Week 1 of Rocktober Challenge
October 3, 2013
I have completed 3 days of the Betty Rocker, Rocktober challenge this week. Let me tell you it is tough. The exercises don’t look too hard but they are a challenge when you have to do them for 1 minute each. There are 7 different exercises that she emails you at the beginning of the week and you are to do them at least 3 times in one week – 3 rounds of each set of exercises, for one minute each. A video showing the exercises was also sent with the email. Below are some of the photos of me doing some of the exercises in the challenge.
In addition to doing the Rocktober the last 3 days I have also been keeping up with my last week of my Focus T25 challenge group. It has been tough doing both workouts in one day and my inner thighs are killing me the past two days but I didn’t want to quit my other challenge when this is the last week. I will be posting my weekly T25 post at the end of the week and give you my overall feedback on the workout program. I will post again next week on Rocktober after doing the new grouping of exercises I receive from Betty Rocker the beginning of the week.
I hope everyone is having a good week!
New Fitness Challenge Starts Tomorrow
September 30, 2013
Hey everyone! I just wanted to share with you the latest fitness challenge I have decided to do after my friend Joanna told me about it. It is called Rocktober! It is the Betty Rocker Fitness Challenge for the whole month of October. Here is the link if you are interested and want to sign up. Sign up needs to be done by today though. http://thebettyrocker.com/sign-up-now-for-the-free-30-day-rocktober-fitness-challenge/ This is a free challenge and if you join you will be invited to the facebook challenge group as well. I really like being in the facebook challenge groups because it gives you support from others from all over the world who are doing the same workouts as you.
I just signed up on Saturday so if you do it now you will be all set. I will be finishing my last week of Focus T25 with my challenge group this week along with starting the Betty Rocker challenge tomorrow. Lots of working out to do this week! I will plan to post at the end of the week my Focus T25 and also more about this current challenge.
I hope everyone is having a great evening!
Workout – Focus T25 Week 4 Beta Round + Smoothie Recipes
September 28, 2013
This is the completion of the 9th week of Focus T25 for my challenge group. WOW! I can not believe next week is our last week. I am kind of sad it is ending but I am also looking forward to starting a new workout program that I will be receiving in the mail next week.
The workouts for the past week were:
-Rip’t Circuit -Dynamic Core -Core Cardio -Dynamic Core -Speed 2.0 + Upper Focus for Friday
Below are some of the photos from the past week of workouts:
I also created some new smoothie recipes this week. Below are the recipes. My favorite of the three is probably the Tropical Goji Protein Smoothie.
I hope everyone has had a great week of working out. I would love to hear about what program you are currently doing. Please click on Leave a Reply and let me know.
Enjoy your weekend!
Workout – Focus T25 Week 2 of Beta Round + ShaunTervention Event
September 15, 2013
Week 2 of Beta round T25 – Nailed It! This is the completion of week 7 of the overall workout and week 2 of Beta for my challenge group. The workouts are more challenging in this phase and I really like the fact that a couple of them you use weights or the band with handles for resistance. I like all the cardio but also enjoy doing strength training which the 2 workouts, Rip’t Circuit and Upper Focus, have both of those in them.
This photo collage below is from Friday, double workout day. The workouts were Speed 2.0 & Rip’t Circuit. It was a great workout but also kicked my butt. Tons of sweat as seen in the photos.
I am really enjoying the Beta round so far. See my week 1 Beta round post for info on the workouts included in this phase. I think my favorite so far is still Rip’t Circuit followed by Dynamic Core. Below are some of the photos from the week of workouts. I only had time to do a collage for Friday of this past week – the above collage. I had a lot going on with my kids’ schedules this week and doing some new embroidery designs on shirts and towels. A couple of the shirts I embroidered can be seen in the below photos.
I was also getting ready for the ShaunTervention event in Frisco, Texas that I attended yesterday, Saturday, Sept. 14th. All I can say is that it was Awesome!
We did a tough workout in the morning around 9:45am that lasted about 45 minutes to an hour. Shaun T gave us a 15 minute break and then we all got small notebooks and a pen to take notes on form – called form PerfecShaun. He explained how form over speed = results. He then went on to explain various exercises like lunges, planks and push ups and proper form. We got to take notes and then do more working out while the ShuanTourage team went around to make sure you were doing them in proper form.
After lunch their was his keynote address which was really positive and motivating. He spoke a little about his background and how he got started in the fitness business. He also talked about living to your best potential and how important it is to the overall quality of your life. There was also a Positivity Index quiz to see what types of people you have in your daily life and how they affect you and you affect them. After the quiz he talked about “Raising Your Bar – What changes can you make to elevate the positivity in you life?” We also received these cool journals that begin each week with a positive affirmation and there is space to write in each day of the week to document your journey into discovering your life and making yourself a priority.
After the keynote there was a Q & A session then we each got a professional photo made with Shaun T. The photos are not available for us yet but hopefully will be later this week. I did take a few photos of his keynote session.
I also met some very nice people there. Two of the ladies I met do Shaun T’s Insanity workout. One of them drove 2 1/2 hours to come to the event.
Overall this was a great event and I am so glad I took my mothers advice and signed up to go. I was nervous about working out in front of so many people as I have not done that since attending a jazzercise session in 1987 with a friend. I always workout at home, on my own, to various dvd’s. This was a big change for me – out of my comfort zone. I am so glad I did it though and proud to say I made it through the workout!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am resting today, Sunday, and looking forward to starting week 3 of Beta T25 tomorrow morning.
Workout – Week 4 of Focus T-25 Challenge
August 24, 2013
Week 4 of of Focus T-25 – Nailed It! The alpha phase of these workouts is almost through – only 1 more week to go then we go into the 5 week beta phase. I can tell the workouts are getting easier for me and notice how much more stamina I have getting through them. Especially on Friday – the double workout day.
Here are some highlight photos of the week. I got into making photo collages this week with my pictures. I got the idea from another person in my challenge group.
Also, I made up 2 new smoothie recipes and have those to share:
I also created a new salad recipe. The salad made quite a bit so I had half for lunch and the rest with dinner. Here is the recipe:
I placed all the ingredients except lemon juice and olive oil in a bowl and chilled them for about an hour then put the last 2 ingredients on just before eating it for lunch. This was a really good salad – I thought – a change from a normal lettuce based salad. Note: It is strong with the onion and garlic – best to have some gum or breath mints after eating.
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Water Noodle Workout
July 26, 2013
Lately I have been trying to swim laps or workout in our pool at least 2 or 3 times per week. I get tired of swimming traditional laps so I decided to create my own workout using a water noodle – a long foam tube.
If you click here Water Noodle Workout you can view the pdf file and print it if you would like to use the workout I designed. There are 13 different exercises in this workout, using the foam water noodle. The workout takes about 15 to 20 minutes.
Water workouts are a great way to tone up without a lot of impact on the body or the joints. This workout will tone your whole body with a focus on the core and the legs. I hope you enjoy it.
Note: I designed this workout on my own and took and the photos. I am not a fitness expert but a mother of 3 who has been working out regularly, on my own or with books and dvds, for the past 10+ years. User of this workout assumes all risks when using this workout.
June 3, 2013
Do you workout? If so, do you plan your weekly workouts? Here is my workout planner-schedule that I use to plan my workouts each week: workout schedule table If you click on the highlighted text you should be able to view the schedule and print the pdf if you wish to use it. It is blank and you can fill in your own workouts. This is my own simple form that I made a couple of years ago and it may or may not work for you.
I do believe if you schedule your workouts at the beginning of each week (I do mine on Sundays) you are more likely to stick with them. I have been scheduling my workouts regularly for the last four or five years. I have been working out on my own since 2002. I started with pilates and yoga. We lived in Georgia then and our public library had a great selection of books and dvd’s on pilates and yoga. That is how I began my fitness journey. A couple of years later I began to incorporate cardio, kickboxing and strength training. I now own quite a large collection of various dvd’s on different types of exercise.
Presently I like to vary my workouts from week to week as to what type of workout I am doing. I make myself a personal goal to workout at least 4 or 5 times per week. I am most successful at achieving that goal if I get up early – before my kids – and get in a 30 to 45 minute workout.
One of the reasons I like to vary the types of workouts I do is so that I do not get bored of the same activity. I have read that it is also good to vary your types of activities to confuse the muscles a bit and rev up the metabolism. For example this week I am doing strength-weight training using my Jari Love Get Ripped dvd’s. Last week I did yoga all week Monday thru Saturday using my Shiva Rea dvd’s. Next week I will use my Cathe Friedrich XTrain dvd’s combining cardio and strength.
For me fitness is a daily part of my life. I know that the 30 to 45 minute workout every morning is going to get me going for the day and give me the energy I need for my daily activities.
Also, it is sometimes helpful to have a workout partner or friend. I the past I have walked with a neighbor or rode my bike with a friend or two. These days my cat is my faithful workout friend. I call him my personal trainer. He loves my workout step and to do yoga – Savasana is one of his favorite things to do at the end of my yoga workouts.