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The new crunch

What is the new crunch? Not very different from the old crunch, except you perform your crunches on the ball.

Ballcrunch

Why is this better? Because it supports your back and isolates your abdominal muscles. In other words, it helps you get better at working them out.

 

 


 

Boot Camp for beginners

Bootcamp

Courtesy of Shape Magazine

 

There is nothing more inspiring than a fitness Boot Camp. Most people get to join a group with the illusion that the drills are easy. The truth is that they look relatively easy because we are used to watching people in the movies doing things that require advanced levels of fitness. Also, the lack of gym equipment tricks one into thinking that the exercises should feel natural to everyone. Perhaps they should. But the truth is that Boot Camp is tough. It is also highly rewarding. Make sure you read Shape Magazine's article to get good advice on what to do to turn your Boot Camp experience into a positive and much gratifying one.

 

Triceps Dip on a Ball

Triceps Dip on Ball
Courtesy of Shape Magazine

 

Shape Magazine regularly features new tweaks on old exercises to get you going and have you constantly challenged. This is the way to see results after all.

Body Parts: Core, Triceps       Equipment: Balance Ball

A

Sit on a stability ball with knees bent, feet fl at, and hands resting on ball next to hips. Straighten elbows to lift hips, shift forward slightly, and move feet farther away from ball (the straighter your legs, the harder the move).

B

Bend elbows and lower hips toward ground. Press up and repeat.

 

 



Iron girl

Iron-girl-training

From time to time, we all complain about how difficult it is to be fit. Sometimes we lack motivation, others inspiration. Yet, there are so many organizations and businesses that are ready to support you. Are you the next iron girl?

http://www.athleta.net/chi/2011/04/22/train-for-athleta-iron-girl/

 

 


 

 

 

Working on your image

Kristin

 

What we like about how Kristin McGee looks in this pose is her flexibility and strength.  An image of health is a beautiful image.

 

 


Athletes as role models

While doing research on why we admire athletes, I stumbled upon a blog on grammar and why it is important. The author makes a very effective analogy between a grammatically correct sentence and an athlete. I quote directly from the author's text:

[…] An athlete […] moves toward a goal, wasting no motion. [He] focuses on what is important. [He] has rhythm. In a skillful athlete we admire the unity and clarity of his purpose, the economy, focus, and rhythm of his movement.

What a great analogy and how true to how athletes think.

 

 


Back to school

Back to school means back to fitness for everyone in the family. The secret to success on both fronts? Organization. Create a schedule for your daily activities (including your homework) and learn a new sport step by step. Better yet, convince your best friend to follow you in this renewed commitment to fitness. Extra bonus: the more organized you get, the extra time you have for fun activities.

 

 


Your footwear and performance

We know that choosing the right pair of shoes is paramount in fitness. This is the best way to avoid injuries and maintain your comfort no matter how hard your work out is.

But did you know that socks are equally important? We have found that Smartwool socks are the best: they are made of a durable wool blend that keeps your feet dry and have extra cushioning to give you support and an additional bout of energy. They are certainly pricey but one pair goes a long way–in fact, Smartwool products last for years. 

 

 


FITT

I will repeat something I learned from Amie Hoff, Fitness Consultant and Entrepreneur: Change it up, if you want to get FITT= Frequency, Intensity, Time, or Type.

Her advice? Increase at least one every week by 10%.

 

 

 


Challenge of the week

Have you tried to walk with your hands on the treadmill? This is a great exercise both for cardiovascular training and core strengthening. Here is a demonstration from youtube.com: