MMB – Moving is Living

Good morning everyone,

Happy Monday to you!  I hope that as you are reading this blog you are feeling refreshed from your weekend.  The weather is beautiful this time of year and a good reminder of why we live in California and pay the real estate prices that we do!  LOL!  This past Saturday was our 2nd  Fall Movement Mania and it was awesome logging so many of your exercise minutes into miles.  You guys are off to a great start, so let’s keep the momentum going and finding new ways to squeeze in exercise minutes every day!  I want to see those maps filled up by the end of the six weeks and find out who traveled the farthest! 

Fall Movement Mania #2 Recap:

Circuit for 60 minute class:

1) Run around the building

2)20 Jump Squats, 20 Push-ups, 20 Mountain Climbers

3)Cone to cone: walking lunges w/tubing posterior delt. flys

4)4 jog sprints

5)30 MB Jump Slams, 30 seated Russian Twists

6)Cone to cone: Cardio drills – 2 high knees, 2 butt kicks, 2 lateral shuffles

7)20 Sumo Squat Jumps, 20 T-Push-ups, 20 Lateral Burpees

8)25 tubing bicep curls, 20 Tricep push-ups

REPEAT Stations 1-8

Circuit for 30 minute class is the same circuit, but once through


Winners in 60 minute class:

Heather Thompson – 34:30 1st

Joanne Vieira – 35:00 2nd

Wendy McHugh – 36:30 3rd

Winners in 30 minute class:

Kathleen Jacobs – 15:38 1st

Kathy Schalin – 16:55 2nd

Lisa Dillon – 17:00 3rd

Excellent work everyone!  Let’s keep the momentum going and track those exercise minutes this week!  Yahoo!


Announcements and Reminders:

  1.  Fall Movement Mania is now through October 28th.  It’s not too late to join!  Come check out Boot Camp on a Saturday and pick up a map to start tracking your exercise minutes in order to turn into miles.
  2. Running Boot Camp is this coming Sunday, October 8th at 7am.  Let’s get those running legs going and burn up several hundred calories together incorporating strength and core drills.  Class meets at Jen’s home.  See Jen for details.
  3. Cardio Core at Jen’s Studio is full for this Tuesday.  I currently have two openings for October 10th at 7:35pm.  Please contact me if you want to sign up for those spots. 
  4. Recipe page update:  Have you visited my recipe page in a while?  I have four new recipes on there I’d love for you to try!  There are two new raw protein bar recipes, a portobello mushroom pizza, and a black bean burger recipe.  I’ve heard good reports from those clients who have tried and they are getting excited about plant based food!  So, check out my recipe page when you have a minute.


Thought for the week:  Moving is Living

As a trainer, you’ll often hear me repeat myself over and over about how we need to move because moving = mobility = better quality of life.  And I think overall, most of you who are reading this would agree that those sentiments are true.  However, it’s much easier to commit to exercising in your mind than it is to actually do the work.  Also, we are a forgetful people and need constant reminding of what’s good for us.  Why?  Generally speaking, we seek pleasurable things such as; foods with revved up flavor, drinks that are high in calorie and flavor, eating out at restaurants, watching movies, reading a good book.  Now, there is nothing wrong with the above mentioned list and all of those things help bring balance to our lives and help us to have moments of joy with friends, family, or as individuals.  However, if we treat every day like it’s a party, we are going to be in trouble.  Agree? 

So, as a trainer, it’s my duty and privileged responsibility to remind you guys about why we fight.  The reason why we gather together and put the work in is so that you can battle potential diseases that are lingering on the horizons of your life.  Some of you may have high blood pressure or cholesterol and your doctor is wanting to put you on medications.  For the most part, if you manage your nutrition and exercise regularly with bouts of intensity, you’ll be able to keep your weight under control and therefore will have a higher success in keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure in normal range. 

I also want to remind you that pain is our friend.  “What!?” you might be thinking.  It’s true guys. There are two kinds of pain in life; there’s the pain you experience from the work out when your heart rate is up, you are pouring out sweat, and your muscles are being taxed and challenged with every rep. 

Then there’s the kind of pain that sneaks up on you and is silent at first, but then launches the attack at the doctor’s office when you find out that you need to go on medication or you are afraid to move because of your weak back or knees.  I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with casual acquaintances over the years when they’ll talk about their “younger” days when they used to run or go skiing and now they explain with a giggle or laugh that they are too old for that stuff anymore.  Says who?  What changed?  I call this pain because I see that a person’s life is starting to shrink and become smaller.  They aren’t out there doing the activities that they used to love to do because they’ve stopped moving.  Uggh.  Sigh.  So, yes, this is pain. 

The bottom line is that when we stop moving on a regular basis and live a mostly sedentary life, we won’t be physically able to do the active things we used to do because our bodies won’t be conditioned anymore.  Or, let’s say you used to be a pretty good skier, but it’s been 20 years since you’ve gone and now you want to try.  Can you smell the risk of injury in the air? 

The good news is that at any moment you can decide to change and turn things around.  Is it hard work?  You betcha!  Is it going to take time?  Yup.  If it’s been a while since you’ve exercised, don’t focus on what you can’t do, but focus on what you can do and then try your best.  That’s it!  Then, make it a habit and with commitment and consistency, change will occur and the quality of your life will improve.   Mobility is life.  The more you move, the better you will feel and the greater your capacity to love, serve, and flourish.  Now, that sounds like a good plan, don’t you agree?

See you in class soon!