Archive for January, 2012

January 31, 2012

TRX Training: Will This Class Hook Me?

TRX Training, a suspension-based training program born from Navy Seals was designed to develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.  The program uses the pull of gravity against your own body weight and is designed with over hundreds of different exercises to work towards any fitness goal.

I first heard about TRX when their TRX On Tour van came by Gonzaga’s campus last year.  While I wasn’t able to check it out due to my work schedule, I did hear great things from our fitness center staff.  More recently, I was talking to one of the trainers and staff members at the RFC and she mentioned how much she loved the program and that it was getting her results she had never received with another program.

Last week while working out, I noticed a schedule for the upcoming pay classes that Gonzaga was offering this spring, and TRX was on the list.  I decided to give it a try and am now taking a class on Tuesday evenings after work for the next 5 weeks. I had a quick training on Thursday evening to learn about the technique and basics and should be ready to go tonight during my first real class.

Based on what I saw in the training class last week, I expect to be sore after this first class and to love every minute of it. I am thinking it will be pretty tough, but I am ready for it and during the 2nd session of classes this spring, I’ll  probably sign up for it twice a week, but we’ll see how it goes.  I’ll post a quick update after the class tonight.

January 27, 2012

6am Workouts Are My Thing I Guess…

This past week I got back into essentially started my 6am workout routine.  I had decided to start going back to the gym before work back in December, but after 1 week, the students were gone for their break and the gym hours drastically changed.  Now this past week was their 2nd week back in session and Tuesday morning marked my early morning return to the Rudolf Fitness Center.  As you know, I am planning on training for a marathon, and while I haven’t started an official training program just yet, I am still getting some short runs in to stay in better shape.  The other thing that I am focusing on is my core and sticking to a few key workouts and planks to get that jump started.

Running in the winter is my favorite the worst thing I can think of when it comes to fitness.  I am not a huge fan of running on a treadmill because of the stationary nature of the beast.  I also don’t like to run on the indoor track because you run by the clock every lap and the clock only moves 1 min every time and that does nothing for making the time feel faster.  Lastly, during the hours of the day that I am able to run, it is still pitch dark outside and not safe for running, especially in the snow, ice, and non-lite areas that I live.  This week I have settled for the treadmill because its the one I can most handle, probably definitely because of the TV’s available for viewing.

So the week went great and I am looking forward to another week of solid workouts.  I am mixing running and biking as the cardio and getting in about 20 minutes of solid core workouts in before heading back home to get ready for work.

Added bonus: I have yet to have a puking attack since the return, but I’ll keep you posted if it returns.

January 5, 2012

‘Biggest Loser’ Quitter Says “I’m Competitive”

The 13th season of The Biggest Loser premiered on Tuesday, just 3 short weeks after cycle 12 ended.  This season features nine established teams and one team of strangers and is dubbed “The Season of No Excuses,” but Ben Shuh, a 34 year-old father of nine, with one on the way, from Howell, MI couldn’t stop with the excuses and asked his team to send him home to his family after just one week on the ranch.

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January 3, 2012

will I win the lottery…into the ING NYC Marathon?

It’s early in 2012, and I have never been one to make resolutions. I don’t think they ever last for people and if I want to make a change, then I don’t need to wait for Jan. 1st.  In November I once again watched the ING NYC Marathon on television and decided that I should apply for the lottery this year.  It just so happens, that the lottery opens at the start of the new year, so this seems like a resolution of sorts.  Applications went live on Jan. 2nd, and I was signed up by 10am.  So I very well could be running my first full marathon this year through NYC, but who knows if I will even get picked, or if I won’t do another one earlier this year.  We’ll see on April 23rd if I am running through the boroughs in Nov. ’12.

photo courtesy of Massage Williamsburg

January 2, 2012

Chelsea Handler & Laura Prepon Ask Audiences ‘Are You There, Chelsea?’

Are You There, Chelsea? premieres Wednesday, Jan. 11th at 8:30 PM on NBC.  Laura Prepon (That 70’s Show, October Road) portrays a 20s-something Chelsea Handler and Handler portrays her sister Sloane and is based on Handler’s three books My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands, Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea, and Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang.  Handler, who serves as executive producer on the show, and Prepon recently spoke with the media about the upcoming series.

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