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Today: Last week’s workouts | 003

I think I skipped a week.  I think no one cares.  Let’s move on.

Last week was the final week of the Mama Beasts’ winter challenge and I’m sort of disappointed that it’s over.  I think I’m going to start giving myself imaginary points for workouts, non-Cheeze-Its dinners and routine “me” time.  Points are weirdly motivating.  

They also distract (sort of) from the actual work — the past few weeks flew by and I’m left with some pretty solid good habits.  Like eating breakfast.  And staying tuned in during workouts at home.  And being a bit more mindful of my tendency to snack when stressed. 

last week's workouts

Last week’s workouts | 003

Monday: The Name Game – Class was canceled due to snow, so we were given a “name game” workout to complete at home.  Each letter of the alphabet had a corresponding number and exercise (for example, E = 50 squats). There were extra points awarded for completing your first, middle and last name… I got through E-L-I and considered whether or not I could legally change my name to Eli Smith… or something even a letter or two shorter than my ridiculously long name.  When it was all said and done (I broke it up over the course of the day and it took me until almost 10 PM to finish), I completed:

  • 75 burpees
  • 25 power burpees
  • 90 second wall sit
  • 50 crunches
  • 200 air squats
  • 50 biceps curls
  • 100 high knees
  • 90 second high plank
  • 90 second low plank
  • 200 step-ups
  • 300 mountain climbers
  • 50 plank jacks
  • 50 triceps extensions
  • 900 swear words

You could easily come up with your own “name game” workout and use random (or not so random) words instead of names.  I’m definitely holding onto this one for future use.

Tuesday: Plyo pyramid (another at-home workout)

Wednesday: Class with Mama Beasts

Thursday: Yoga (Happy Hips + Hearts flow from OneOEight.tv), “Booty Burner Pyramid” from a past MB challenge

Friday: Class with Mama Beasts; Class (and the challenge) ended with a Beep Test (it has a bunch of other names — more details here thanks to the Internet).  This was my first time running a beep test and admittedly, had no idea what was going on… so I am looking forward to redeeming myself at the next opportunity.  Also, I downloaded a beep test app and fully intend to train under the cover of darkness in our driveway.  Or whatever.

Saturday + Sunday: Rest (I think I was still sore from the name game).

Also On Tap for Today:

If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?

Today: Last week’s workouts | 002

Last week, I treated myself to an in-the-house only yoga mat (my other mat has spent some time outdoors, on the beach, and being run over by toddlers wielding doll strollers).  It only took one unrolling for Grace to claim it as her own.  She told me she’d share it with me and then demanded I do squats and “exercise with my feet.”  Lord, help me.

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I do appreciate that I am able to workout with both children at my side, as challenging as that can be at times.  I want them to see exercise as an opportunity to care for themselves.  I want them to feel strong, capable and proud of themselves and their bodies.  

And hopefully, down the road, they’ll have a much better understanding of how those bodies work.  For instance: They will know that before they were born, our belly buttons were not connected to one another by an umbilical cord (a fact I came to grasp just weeks before Grace was born… so that was special).

Anatomy aside, here are last week’s workouts. (I’m including FitBit stats this week for the heck of it). 

Last week’s workouts | 002

Monday: Class with Mama Beasts // FitBit: 16,065 steps, 6.71 miles

Tuesday: At home workout (for our Mama Beasts challenge) // FitBit: 12,121 steps, 5.06 miles

Wednesday: Class with Mama Beasts // FitBit: 11,517 steps, 4.81 miles

Thursday: Yoga and a little time playing around with my Stretch Deck (a great, portable reference for people who know they need to stretch, but are too lazy/tired to put much thought into a routine).  I signed up for a free trial with OneOEight and have been loving their online yoga classes and guided meditations.   You can select classes based on length, vibe, etc. // FitBit: 10,048 steps, 4.2 miles

Friday: More yoga. // FitBit: 10,056 steps, 4.2 miles

Saturday: At home tabata workout (for our Mama Beasts challenge) // FitBit: 7,073 steps, 2.97 miles

Sunday: Rest // FitBit: 13,509 steps, 5.64 miles

Also On Tap for Today:

How are you moving this week?

Today: The sport of fitness has arrived. {Part 1}

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false]I can think of no better way to end a wild week than a day of fitness with a lovely group of ladies.

Reebok generously welcomed a group of FitFluential Ambassadors to their headquarters in Canton, Massachusetts (just a short trip down the Expressway) for what proved to be an incredible experience.

Despite logging a pathetic ten hours of sleep between Wednesday and Thursday nights, I couldn’t help but feel energized crossing Reebok’s campus.  From the minute I reached the reception desk, I felt warmly welcomed.  I met two ladies who also live in Southie, so you know they’re good people.  Their team is friendly, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and above all, they clearly love what they do.

The day started with Johnice Graham giving us an introduction to the brand and their current campaign, The sport of fitness has arrived, as well as their partnership with CrossFit.

For the record: I still get chills every time I see that ad.  I also kind of love the Chad Johnson and Annie Thorisdottir one.  Mostly because I kind of love Chad.  Probably as much as Tina loves Annie.  The workplace culture was remarkable, there is no mistaking that Reebok employees practice what they preach.  As Johnice shared with us, in the last year alone, Reebok employees have lost over 4,000 lbs. by engaging with fitness in the workplace.  From an on-site CrossFit box to walking paths, fitness classes, sports fields, and a track that wraps around the headquarter’s main building, it seems there are limitless options for getting and staying fit.

I especially liked the “express WODS” posted throughout the building.

The morning’s discussion provided the perfect segue into our first workout at Reebok CrossFit ONE, in our matching Reebok gear and RealFlex kicks.

I’d heard Tina and Mal rave about their visit to CrossFit ONE earlier this year and was really excited (and admittedly, a bit scared) to give CrossFit a try.

Austin Malleolo, head coach at CrossFit One and one of the best CrossFit athletes in the world, gave us an introduction to the CrossFit philosophy and took us through a quick warm-up with Caleb Diebolt before we paired up for a partnered WOD.  The advantage to being engaged to a CrossFit addict is that I’ve unknowingly absorbed all the lingo.  I was excited to see kettle bell swings and running on the workout, but pull-ups?  Not so much.

[Photo by Kelly Olexa]

Sarah asked me to be her partner, and I eagerly agreed… until I remembered that she had her videographer with her.  I’d like to apologize to all of her viewers for any and all of my on camera time.  Fortunately, Sarah saved me when it came to pull-ups and jumped in whenever I was close to giving up.  That’s the beauty of a partner workout.  Want to see us in action?  Kelly Olexa posted this great video of the two of us.

The kettlebell swings were definitely my favorite, and Austin, Caleb and the other coaches were great about helping us with form, and motivating us all to crank out a few more reps. We finished three rounds in 15:03.  A quick and sweaty workout, to be sure.   And yes, I can see what all the hype is about.

[Photo by Kelly Olexa]

I’m looking forward to hitting up an intro session at our neighborhood’s box soon.  I think I’m ready to sip the Kool-Aid, especially after talking a bit more about it with Bridget during this morning’s run.  I’ve been promising Nick that I’d join him at CrossFit Southie one of these days, and with work craziness starting to wind down for the new few months, I am running out of excuses. 😉

Highlights from the afternoon included a focus group and discussion on women’s footwear and apparel, a visit to Reebok’s Human Performance Engineering Lab (safety goggles!), and a cardio dance class with Ilyse Baker that had us stomping, shaking our hips, and channeling our inner Beyonce.  More on all of this to come. 

{Oh hey… here’s Part 2.}

In the meantime, many, many thanks to Johnice and everyone at Reebok, as well as Kelly and the team at FitFluential for making the day possible.  I am so grateful to have been included.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Running (and catching up) with Bridget 🙂
  • IMAX movie at the Aquarium
  • Grocery shopping, laundry, and other glamourous things

How do you stay fit at work?  

Today: Let’s get physical.

[tweetmeme source=”elizabethev” only_single=false] The downside to kicking the year off (BAM!) by running a marathon is that, well, what else is there left to do?  I mean, clearly there is a lot left to do (not the least of which is laundry), but I’ve spend the last month or so in a fitness rut.  I’ve been playing soccer every week, and had a blast running the Bradford Valentine’s Day race, but otherwise… I’ve been doing a whole lot of not much.

Fortunately, I got my glutes kicked right back into high gear this weekend.  Squatting and kicking and lunging and curling until I nearly expired was exactly what I needed.  I think.  I had the pleasure of joining Elina, Kathy and Rachel for a F.I.T. House event at Life is Good on Newbury Street.  Emily McCavanagh founded Fitness Inspired Training with a holistic and refreshing approach to fitness and teaches clients how to get fit, eat fit, and live fit.  We got worked by Emily’s 45 minute F.I.T. Pump class, which can be completed anywhere– at home, in the office, or on the road.  Two days later, I am basically crippled.  In a good way.

I love Emily’s attitude and approach.  I had fun, while at the same time cursing the day I was born.  Which incidentally, was March 1st.  Hint, hint. Her F.I.T. Pump workout included three targeted exercises for each major muscle group, followed by a 30-second high intensity blast of each.  A sampling of the workout:

  • Quadriceps: Squats on toes, sissy squats (faulty advertising at its best), alternating lunges
  • Hamstrings: Deadlift with resistance band, bridge with leg kick out, reverse plank with leg lift
  • Glutes: Front squat with resistance band, side to side lunge, squat with kick
  • Chest: Chest press, chest fly, chest pumps (like fist pumps… but harder)
  • Back: Wide row, single arm row, lat pull down
  • Biceps, Triceps and Shoulders: Front bicep, tricep kickbacks, shoulder press
  • Upper abs: straight leg crunch, reverse straight leg crunch, straight leg sit-up (my favorite, for real)
  • Lower abs: reverse crunch with bottom lift, reverse crunch, cross arm extensions

I got sweaty just typing that.  This was just the routine shake-up I needed.

How cute is the little jump drive? It's loaded up with fantastic recipes and Emily's killer F.I.T. Pump workout.

Following the workout, we got a sneak peak of Life is Good‘s new fitness line.  I love Life is Good‘s philosophy and charitable work.  I know first hand what a difference being powered by optimism makes, and love that this mantra can be found inside their workout gear.  You know, for your bum to read while you’re out running.

So many new mantras, so little room on my bumper.

After the one-manequin fashion show, Emily’s colleague treated us to kale smoothies, which she calls Shrek Shakes :),  and some creative and practical nutrition advice.  I’ll save that bit for later this week, when I plan to introduce you to ANDI… muhaha.  Stay tuned.  Or whatever.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • If we don’t win tonight’s soccer game, I may just burn a shinguard at mid-field
  • Brilliant!  Google’s Recipe finder!
  • Turning into a pumpkin 29 at midnight

How do you keep your life fresh and sexy? On second though, just answer the fresh part…