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My Favorite Workout

I have a new favorite upper body/core workout, and if you follow me on Instagram you may already have an idea as to what that is. First there was this photo from last weekend on The Mall downtown.

it’s more fun to be upside down

Then there was this one that I posted on Friday afternoon.

This one is much prettier

This one is much prettier

Holding a handstand really does require an epic amount of upper body and core strength, specifically in your shoulders, but every muscle in your arm will get some work during this. Without fail, whenever I mention that I can still pretty easily kick up into a handstand at the ripe old age of 27.5, the number one question I get is, “How?” I find it pretty difficult to explain, mostly because it’s something I’ve been doing since age five, but I decided to make a video for y’all with some things that will make mastering the handstand easier for you.

  1. warm-up, just with any workout regime you don’t want to go in cold. I usually run a few miles before tackling mine and then stretch out and warm up my wrists. Wrist flexibility and strength is also really important, so roll them around, flex them back and forward, better yet just watch this
  2. You want to work up to a minute for the hollow body hold, in my gymnastics days we called it six inches because hint your body is only supposed to be six inches off the ground.
  3. Honestly? I find the handstand facing the wall more difficult that kicking up into one facing away from the wall… something about having to walk your feet up.
  4. I look like a giant nerd in the video, but the majority of it was filmed on Sunday in my living room so I had to make do with the space I had.
  5. My ass jiggles, a lot, I’m not really happy about it.

Again, like with anything, practice makes perfect. I think the most difficult thing about doing a handstand is getting a feel for that magical center of balance. The strength and conditioning will only take you so far, it’s really about mastering the feel of balancing upside down. Also, by no means are my handstands perfect or nearly as pretty as they used to be. The walking happens because I lose my balance when trying to stay still.

If you have any questions, lay em on me, and don’t be afraid of falling. You most likely won’t, and if you do it doesn’t hurt that much :). Plus it only takes one or two falls out of a handstand before you master the art of the forward roll fall out. Outatkes of me falling out of my handstands.

Heavy Lifting

Thanks for the great recipes yesterday guys!  It seems we all are excited for the start of summer bbq season.  So after discussing with my sister the nurse and our friend Google, we’ve come to the conclusion that I was probably suffering from sun poisoning and wasn’t actually hungover.  Which explains why my feelings of death lasted into Monday.  Good to know.

Last night I returned to the gym and did a 60 minute spin class followed by an upper body workout.  Spin was super hard, and my legs were burning by the end.  This instructor is a slave driver and wants you to keep your RPMs at 75 while on a 17 resistance.  Yeah that’s difficult, and we never drop below 11, I was jello after.  Upper body workout looked like this.

Dumbell Curls

Set 1: 12 x 15 lbs
Set 2: 12 x 15 lbs
Set 3: 12 x 15 lbs

Tricep Kickbacks

Set 1: 12 x 10 lbs
Set 2: 12 x 10 lbs
Set 3: 12 x 10 lbs

One Arm Dumbell Row

Set 1: 12 x 20 lbs (upped my weight!)
Set 2: 12 x 20 lbs
Set 3: 12 x 20 lbs

Bench Press, Dumbells, Inclined

Set 1: 12 x 15 lbs
Set 2: 12 x 15 lbs
Set 3: 12 x 15 lbs

Needless to say I was famished after my workout and headed home to sweat (literally, there’s no ac in my kitchen) over the stove and make dinner.  When I was at the store on Sunday, I picked up the ingredients for my favorite salad of all time and couldn’t wait to stuff it in my face.

That bowl is bigger than my head, btw.  About half a head of iceburg lettuce, half a tomato, ground beef, Mexican cheese, a scoop of sour cream, some crushed up tortilla chips, and fat free Katalina dressing. It was delicious, and not surprisingly, also what I’ll be eating for dinner for the next three nights :).  You people who use greek yogurt instead of sour cream, I don’t get you, there is no substitute.  Sorry. (I’m not really sorry)

Anyway, it’s Wednesday, which is nice especially since I get to leave early on Friday and have Monday off, yay.  I have my fitness assessment/orientation/tour of the new gym today after work.  I’m pretty pumped to be able to use it finally.  Hopefully it’s nice and the classes start soon.  Alright, I’m out, later biotches.

Glory Days

The best thing about taking Monday off from work is that you feel like you completely skip Tuesday.  When I woke up this morning, realized it was Wednesday, and that for once it wasn’t raining, I was instantly in a better mood.  I also had an email on my phone informing me that any swim order over $60 qualified for free shipping at Victoria’s Secret.  I’d had my eye on one particular suit for a while, so this morning I finally ordered it.

And well, because that only totaled $40, I also ordered this fun looking cover-up.

Nothing like getting in some shopping before 10 am on a Wednesday.  I’ve also now hit my quota for swim suits/cover-ups for the season.  One is my limit, until I go to Jamaica in the winter that is :).  Actually I’ll probably just “borrow” what my sister bought for her spring break two months ago.

Anyway, enough of that.  Yesterday I did this upper body workout, and the speed cardio that the work out plan called for.  2x 400 m and 1x 200m.  I threw in a mile warm-up and cool-down to make it an even 3 miles for the day.  The speed work got me thinking, and I kind of want to find out just how fast I can still run 200 m.  I’ve mentioned before, but I actually used to be a pretty good athlete back in high school, especially when it came to track and field.  While I highly doubt that I could still run at 27 second 200 or a 60 second 400, it would be interesting to see what I can do.  Anyone want to race?

Sometimes I miss track meets, and competitive events I was actually good at.  When I wasn’t nervous to run, or jump (mostly jump), because I was the one to beat.  Let’s be serious, long distance races are not my forte and I will never be part of a competitive field when it comes to them.  But for some reason, I was really good at flinging my  body up and over a bar, and launching myself into sand pit.

weeeee

Granted, the 20 plus pounds I’ve put on since then might hinder my abilities now, but that’s neither here nor there.  It would still be fun to try again.  Oh, I also miss my blue and gold spikes, Go Pandas!