For the first time in what feels like FOREVER, the weather was not completely disgusting over the weekend. I was able to walk a 2 blocks without automatically breaking out in a sweat... So, while we still can, it's always fun to workout outside at a favorite park that has a fit trail. We decided to bring our stuff near the parallel dip bars (these are very long) and set up "shop" Using a beta tool with google maps satalite images, I had already marked out (and triangulated using visible items like rooflines and electric poles) our 50 ft &q
Considering the skill, time, and practice required to really get good (and safe) withswings, a challenge that surfaces many times for instructors, trainers, and coaches is in the form of someone I call a "fit beginner". In other words, this person may come into your gym with a high degree of athleticism, already in shape, and with great strength and endurance. But they are coming to you because they want to learn the skills necessary to take their training to the next level - or because of their gym experience they know they need your help as an or instructor to learn about the right way first. YES, the Fit Beginner does exist, I've trained several of them (and they're awesome!).
MMMMMMMM Wednesdays are delicious! Thanks to Space Girl Organics! Here's what arrived today and if you are curious as to what a "kiwi berry" is, that is explained in detail (with two of them cut in half as well)
What do I plan to do with all these vegetables? I tell you exactly what in the video above! The recipes mentioned are listed below -- along with a fun little workout too...
It was really "one of those weeks" last week and I used that as an excuse to justify shoving a sled around for what happened to be 3 days in a row (I didn't realize it until now...). Needless to say I was feeling very good in some respects for doing that, and was as always taking dinner very seriously. One of my advanced small group members was up for an extra "partner challenge" so we did this VERY MUCH inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning circuit workout together. It's reasonably scaleable (let me know if you'd like more specifics on that in the comment section below).
A Workout Heavily Inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning
At the last minute, I ended up having a coffee break with a friend today and toted along Zach Even-Esh's brand new Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. She's also an aficionado of incredibly challenging workouts and in addition to being a member of our small group, is almost always up for a "Hey, I have this crazy workout to test, want to try it?" situation. Like the time this past Memorial Day when we did a version of the Murph Hero WOD for fun in the park.
Getting a review copy of the book was a real treat as Zach not only shares tons of cool exercises, approaches to programming, and example workouts, he also shares his own personal story. This is absolutely fascinating stuff, and in some weird way, makes understanding his "no rules" "underground" approach that much easier.
I'm a big fan of questioning the mainstream (a glance at the music I've collected for the past 25+ years will also attest to that). Also, many times I've been let down by "what you're supposed to do" in terms of "women's fitness".