Appreciating your fitness level...

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Registered: 04-05-2002
Appreciating your fitness level...
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Mon, 12-03-2012 - 2:37pm

I think it's easy for us to get down on ourselves if we don't feel like we're working hard enough/eating well but we should take a few minutes to appreciate what we can do.  I naturally assume our fitness level here is average and am surprised that, say, doing 10 crunches should be a piece of cake but it's really not!  The more I do, outside the gym, the more I appreciate it.

So, let's hear it for things we've been able to do recently that would impress the non-gym rat...

I'll start w/ what made me think about this. Our warm up at parkour (my favorite part of parkour because, as I told the instructor, I love doing burpess because it's the only part of the class where I feel success) was two times through of: 15 burpees w/ tricep push ups and then high jumps hands on the vault; 10 jumps onto the wall and back down; 20 precision jumps (high jumps, knees up, land as lightly as possible, repeat) and spiderman walks across the floor. It was easy but it occurred to me later that it would be really challenging if you didn't work out.  Of course,I can't imagine anyone wanting to try parkout if they weren't somewhat fit.  But then again, there are people who have never moved off the couch and decide they want to learn to ski so who knows?






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 3:40pm

Haha-perfect timing on this post. I was on the treadmill yesterday trying to wog a quick mile after a short workout when an older man walked up to me and told me he really is "proud" of me. He went on to explain that he finds me an inspiration because I work out so hard and he sees me often and he knows how difficult it is for a working mother to keep herself in shape, etc. I was really embarrassed because I had been in a hurry and had only done a light workout and had to wonder what it was he was impressed with.

My light workout was 3 sets of:
35 sit ups
15 push-ups
10 lunges each leg with bicep curls
15 skull crushers

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 4:47pm

Wowza--I'd love to see you on a heavy day!

Oh, try this burpee I came up w/ for a client and then did on my own.

hands down jump feet out to push up, walk feet up on a high bench/chair, spiderman knees (knee to shoulder)x6,push up, walk feet down, push up, feet jump back.  Go back the other way.  Do it 5 times total. Rest repeat 3 times total. It's a killer. It works out to 90 push ups, 180 spiderman knees, 30 burpees.  The legs were the most tired. It took all my mental effort to be able to jump them back again.






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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 5:00pm

lol Jean, I'm just thinking of your vaulting jumps and spidermans and can feel the burn already. Your parkour sounds much like cross-camp which I find so difficult.

You are going to have to show me a video of the burpee so I can try it. I am horrible with directions.

I did long jump burpees a couple of weeks ago and my butt was sore for two days from the jumping.

Karla
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Registered: 05-08-2006
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 5:24pm
I appreciate my fitness level, but your parkour warmup would finish me... I Love that I can walk for hours. I love that even though my suitcase was stupid heavy, I could manage it. I love that I can swim for an hour and not even be really tired. I love that my default way of eating is basically healthy. I love that I have a lot of energy most of the time.
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 7:43pm
An hour of swimming is amazing! That is what I consider really fit.

Karla
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Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 8:20am
Yay for this post! I don't really have much in the way to share as my workouts have been mundane lately but I did do an interval workout on Sunday - 8 second sprint, 12 second rest for 20 minutes. That ain't bad. ;)
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Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:07pm

I find anything to do with speed very difficult. I don't know if I am just lazy and don't want to move fast or what, but the thought of doing sprinting intervals sounds so exhausting. 

Karla
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:11pm

I can't find a video but am still looking. Let me try to describe it better.

1) do the first part of the burpee w/ the push up but stay in a plank position.  Have a chair or bench to the right of the feet.  

2) stay in the plank position and walk your feet onto the chair. Do a push up.

3)Then do the spideman plank. It's like this video,only feet on the bench/chair.  Don't do the rotational one (although it would be an awesome addition).  Six times so three times per leg.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnnLJWn84Iw

4) keeping in the plank, walk your feet down to the other side of the bench/chair and then jump your feet back to your hands (the last part of the burpee).

5) do the same thing to the other side.

The jump back for the last part of the burpee is the hardest part, believe it or not!






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:12pm

Love this.  It's about what it adds to your every day life, overall.  Your workouts would exhaust me. I'd love to be able to swim for an hour!






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Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 12-04-2012 - 2:13pm

Oooh, love the idea. I'm going to try that.  I tell myself I can do anything for xxx seconds. But, it's so hard when you do so many of them!






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