Andrea Du Cane's awesome Kettlebell Goddess Workout DVD (run time: 2 hours, 25 minutes)
What's all this MONDAY Monkey Business??!?
This blew me away. I wasn't even planning on writing a blog post today at all, but whenshared a video on Facebook just now of 7-year-old Marina Shvets setting a pull-ups record for Ukraine on Ukraine's got talent I just couldn't keep this unintended performance tip to myself. Thank goodness they seem to shoot this show with what seems like 50 different cameras, because across a few brief flashes, I could tell what she was doing.
Here's the video of her knocking out 26 pull ups without dropping down from the bar:
Here's what I learned from watching her... (I also made a video to show what I mean, so you can scroll down to that if you wish haha. My video is VERY boring compared to her feat... but hopefully you will learn something from it!)
Normally when I do dead hang pull ups, I have my thumb over the bar as a matter of habit and preference...
An Efficient Approach to Dinner for One or Two, or How to Take Full Advantage of a Giant Red Cabbage
Occasionally I won't share things because I think they're too obvious... only to have a friend say, NO, that's not obvious. So, if this next idea is too obvious, I apologize! I've been cooking for one or two for a very very very long time in a variety of interesting cooking circumstances. All of this has led to really efficient meals almost by accident. Last night is a perfect example that you may wish to replicate.
First of all, the organic delivery service I use sent a GIANT head of red cabbage last week, and I've been enjoying it quite a bit. The outer leaves were in such great shape that I was even able to use them as "burrito wrappers" Trim down (flatten) the stem just like you do for collard wraps (click here for collard wrap recipe and how-to video), and then you have this big round wrap ready to go! People who think the flavor of raw collard is a bit too strong will want to try cabbage leaf wraps for sure. Depending on the cabbage you have, it even has a hint of sweetness. And a giant red cabbage has a really great color.
A pattern I've seen for years (and have also personally experienced) is that the more advanced you get, the less you really need. While there's always a seemingly human-nature-fueled thirst for gadgets and gizmos, and while new stuff can be motivating and a lot of fun (and I certainly have a first class collection of workout goods) it's important to remember that we can do a whole lot with less, or next to nothing. I can remember a time when I thought I needed specially timed meals, protein shakes and a whole gym full of machines and treadmills to be in shape. Of course the funny part was I always felt like I was still missing something--no matter how many "for women" fitness articles (and watch out, guys... there's plenty of goofiness in your media too) I read or how many times I tried the polite pretty workouts contained within.