WOW is Coming Back

It’s Wednesday of this week already and the rain is keeping me down. We’re watching our friend’s dog, hosting a meal train for a friend who had a baby, and preschool starts this week. On top of all of that I traveled last weekend to Asheville for a NETA Yoga Foundations workshop with a wonderful group of women and I’m all out of whack on my training. Oh, and did I mention that my dryer is currently out of commission?

One thing that has also been lacking on the blog lately (and I know I skipped Meditation Monday this week) is WORKOUT WEDNESDAY! It’s been a hot minute since I posted a video or information on a yoga pose (since April!) and part of the reason has been SUMMER and job transition and life.

This week in particular is bad because of everything I listed above, plus my training partner is out of town and it’s hard for me to stay motivated to workout in the rain when I don’t have anyone to run with…..I’m an Obliger. But, the drive is still there, deep inside of me, wanting to come out. And because I’m switching jobs and won’t be teaching yoga on the regular, Workout Wednesday posts are going to help me maintain my rhythm in that practice. Starting next week I will be posting a small series of poses each week and eventually building up to a longer class. It’s going to be sort of the same way that I was teaching Yoga I and Yoga II at CFCC.

Next Wednesday we’ll be starting at the beginning….Awakening Poses. If you’ve done them before, it’ll be review and a great way to wake up for the day. If you’ve never done them before, come check them out! I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Other things to look for from the blog include the return of Guest Yoga Stories on Thursdays (starting tomorrow), continued Meditation Monday (back on Monday), more Fave Reads Friday (working on my Gretchen), and the random thoughts I have popping in from time to time. So, take a deep breath, keep calm, and OM!

Workout Wednesday #9 – Yoga Prop: The Wall

Do you know what a yoga prop is? It’s a tool that allows you to do your yoga better or differently. For most people practicing yoga involves a mat, music, and the occasional instructor. Other yoga props that people may be more familiar with include:

Some people are scared to use props because they think that it’s not “REAL YOGA” or that it makes them look weak. Not true! Props are essential for some people and may be the only way for them to experience yoga at all (think Chair Yoga). These props are great, but even more important thank all of the others (for some participants) is the WALL!

And, as always….

While I am a fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, this workout is unsolicited, un-sponsored, and not intended as advice for you to use to diagnose your own injuries, treat them, nor rehab anything; nor is it an exercise prescription that will meet your personal needs, likes, and abilities. Please check in with your healthcare professional if you’re having health problems and before starting any new exercise routine.

Just curious…

Have you tried props yet in your practice?

Why or why not?

Workout Wednesday #8 – The Ball

Happy Wednesday All! I don’t know about you, but I love my physio ball! I’ve posted a few times about my physio ball

And you can see me use it in my HIIT workouts, but today I want to talk a little more about all the ways you can incorporate it.

Here’s the chart for sizing your ball

And, as always….

While I am a fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, this workout is unsolicited, un-sponsored, and not intended as advice for you to use to diagnose your own injuries, treat them, nor rehab anything; nor is it an exercise prescription that will meet your personal needs, likes, and abilities. Please check in with your healthcare professional if you’re having health problems and before starting any new exercise routine.

Just curious…

What’s your favorite physio ball exercise?

Workout Wednesday #7 – Breathing for Optimal Performance

Do you know how to breathe? Way back last fall I asked you to take notice of your breath in the first Mini Movie Monday post. If you haven’t watched that video….you may want to. Breathing is essential to our daily life and especially to our performance as athletes and fitness enthusiasts. This Runner’s World article (and many others) highlight one such study regarding runners and it’s pretty much a universal truth when it comes to exercise:

“Exercise improves the conditioning of the diaphragm, the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen, and the intercostal muscles, which lie between the ribs and enable you to inhale and exhale,” says Everett Murphy, M.D., a runner and pulmonologist at Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kansas. “When you take a breath, 80 percent of the work is done by the diaphragm. If you strengthen your diaphragm, you may improve your endurance and be less likely to become fatigued.”

This was backed up by researchers from the Centre for Sports Medicine and Human Performance at Brunel University in England, who recently measured fatigue levels of marathoners’ respiratory muscles and leg muscles. They found a direct link-runners whose breathing was the most strained showed the most leg weakness-and concluded in their study that the harder the respiratory muscles had to work, the more the legs would struggle in a race.

The key to preventing lung-and leg-fatigue is breathing more fully.

Therefore, today we are going to learn a yoga breathing technique known as Dirga Pranayama that will teach us to breathe more fully in our daily lives as well as during our activities.

And, as always….

While I am a fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, this workout is unsolicited, un-sponsored, and not intended as advice for you to use to diagnose your own injuries, treat them, nor rehab anything; nor is it an exercise prescription that will meet your personal needs, likes, and abilities. Please check in with your healthcare professional if you’re having health problems and before starting any new exercise routine.

Just curious…

How has breathing impacted your performance? Your life?

Workout Wednesday #6 – Loving Your Exercises

I’ve been doing my HIIT routine for awhile now and have missed very few weeks. There have even been a few times that I’ve had to double up on HIITing for the week due to lack of options for running or time. However, I’ve come to realize two things:

  1. I don’t truly love each of the exercises that I’ve chosen as much as I thought  I would
  2. Some of the things I set the bar a little low on

So, changes to the HIIT routine this time around include new exercises and variations on others, but still sticking with 8 exercises for 20 seconds on/10 seconds off for 3 rounds. I hope that the next time I’m ready for a change it will be the 4th round!

If you’re interested, I also read this article from ACE the other night

ACE-SPONSORED RESEARCH: HIIT VS. STEADY-STATE TRAINING

it doesn’t seem to matter what type you’re doing, after 8 weeks interest starts to decline….we’ll talk more about motivational strategies, variation, and other principles of training again soon!

And, as always….

While I am a fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, this workout is unsolicited, un-sponsored, and not intended as advice for you to use to diagnose your own injuries, treat them, nor rehab anything; nor is it an exercise prescription that will meet your personal needs, likes, and abilities. Please check in with your healthcare professional if you’re having health problems and before starting any new exercise routine.

Want more posts on HIIT?

Want more posts on Principles of Training?

What types of exercises would you like to see in Workout Wednesdays?

Workout Wednesday #5 – 5 Favorite Pilates Exercises

Pilates is one of the things that I wish I gave more attention to in my life. I spend a lot of time (until recently) doing yoga and running. I had originally intended to share with you some running warm-up drills, but decided instead to share instead, my 5 Favorite Pilates Exercises in the hopes that it will also help me to get back into the habit of doing them! I am traveling to one of my favorite out of town workshop sites the end of March to teach a Mat Pilates workshop for NETA, so it’d be great if I could get a little more regular practice under my belt before I get there!

Here are a few other posts I’ve written about Pilates in the past:

Prepped

You Mean Pilates Was a DUDE?!

Fast Friday Tips: Nayoya No-No

And, as always….

While I am a fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, this workout is unsolicited, un-sponsored, and not intended as advice for you to use to diagnose your own injuries, treat them, nor rehab anything; nor is it an exercise prescription that will meet your personal needs, likes, and abilities. Please check in with your healthcare professional if you’re having health problems and before starting any new exercise routine.

Workout Wednesday #4 – Beginners’ Yoga Sequence

So, this morning I did it…..I got up when I heard my kids up; I got ready; I committed to running before the rain; and I did it! Now it’s rainy and gloomy here and my body feels awful because I haven’t slept well and I’ve been terrible about exercise.

It’s been 5 weeks since my last run and I’ve only done 3 all year, but running is not my only measure of success. I’ve snuck in a few walks, I’ve been HIITing, and Yoga has been there for me A LOT lately!

For today I’m sharing with a you a video I made today, by request, of the yoga sequence that I did last week with my CFCC ConEd Beginner’s Yoga class. Ann and Kelly…..here’s to you! Enjoy!

No modifications are offered in this video, so remember that you should only work within the limits of what your body can reasonably do without being guided directly by an instructor. Hope you enjoy and Namaste!

Workout Wednesday #3 – Intermediate Yoga Flow

So, this post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I had a total brain lapse as to what day yesterday was…. to re-iterate what The Bloggess had to say this week:

This week is hard, y’all.

Just imagine it’s still Wednesday…..

After a great start via this weekend, I have fallen down a little. I chose not to do my HIIT workout on Monday (I’m doing it Friday instead) because I knew I’d taught all weekend and was going to Defy Gravity on Tuesday to jump my heart out….and I did. Plus, I attempted several different elements on the Ninja Warrior course and almost dunked a basketball on the warp wall trampoline. And today I’ve skipped my run in favor of tomorrow’s long day of yoga (I’m going for a long run Saturday instead). This has also left me with low motivation for making you a new workout video, so I thought I’d share one that’s “old”, but new to the blog:

Remember that you should only work within the limits of what your body can reasonably do without being guided directly by an instructor. Hope you enjoy and Namaste!

How is your week shaping up?

Workout Wednesday #2 – Breath of Joy

Last Thursday my classes at CFCC started the semester with breathing exercises. We end that first day with the Breath of Joy which I mentioned back in my 30 Days of Yoga post. They leave to start the new semester feeling awake, energized, and smiling big (mostly because it’s one of their first silly things I ask them to do in class).

Last night I was struggling with what to share today for my second Workout Wednesday post/video and during the Farewell Address by President Obama, it came to me: Breath of Joy! Why? Because it makes you happy and this week for me has been about being happy. See Monday’s post for more on that…..and without further ado:

What makes you happy right now?

Workout Wednesday #1 – Body Weight Basics for HIIT

So, I’m going to try and make this a weekly endeavor to share either a yoga series or some other workout with you. Try being the operative word here as some of these goals have fallen by the wayside in the past. This week I want to share a short video with you of the HIIT routine I am doing.

While I am a fitness professional with multiple degrees and certifications, this workout is unsolicited, unsponsored, and not intended as advice for you to use to diagnose your own injuries, treat them, nor rehab anything; nor is it an exercise prescription that will meet your personal needs, likes, and abilities. Please check in with your healthcare professional if you’re having health problems and before starting any new exercise routine.

I decided that I like a very short workout on Mondays to get my week started and not to set myself up for disaster. It’s something I can do in my upstairs, so no need to worry about the weather. It requires little or no equipment, depending upon how you choose to do the exercises. It takes less than 15 minutes to complete and works almost all major muscle groups. I’ve done it twice now and have decided that it will stick for awhile for sure. (I usually know after the first few times if it’s something I’ll keep up.)

Two years ago in April I tried to HIIT regularly for awhile and I enjoyed it, but something told me that I should do MORE and that didn’t workout too well. I had some great links to more about what HIIT training is in that post and I’ve talked about it a few other times in regards to other types of HIIT/Tabata/Interval training. For this go around I found a Tabata timer that I liked and then wrote out 8 different exercises I knew I could accomplish multiple times for 20 seconds each. I am able to complete 3 rounds right now in the allotted time I have each Monday and with how little my body has truly exercised over the last month or so.

After 3 takes and much editing….hope you enjoy!

Have you done HIIT/Tabata/Interval Training before?

What is your favorite short workout?

What do you do to start out the week?