March 12, 2013 by Kristin
September 11, 2012 by Kristin
So my trainer is leaving me… I am legitimately sad, she is moving on. I have a hard time with change, especially when I like something and someone. I loved our workouts and I really enjoyed spending time with her. I do realize that she is not leaving the face of the Earth and sometimes, we will get a chance to workout together. So I started to think why did I love her workouts…
1. We always had time for girl talk in between sets.
2. We would do full body workouts… never hitting a target area, so that way, the next day I feel sore all over but not a bad sore, a GOOD sore!
3. When working out, she already had a plan of what we were doing.
4. She counted for me (I know, how lazy am I?)
5. Overall, I just ALWAYS had a good time with her.
So what did I learn from my 1+ year of training with my trainer:
1. Always count your own reps, we are all adults and we all know how to count.
2. Working out with a friend can help motivate you. A friend can also help you stick to your workout.
3. Always have a plan before going to the gym. You will make your time more effective.
4.There is no need to do back and chest ONLY or biceps and triceps ONLY, mix up your workout and add some quick movements like burpees, you will get your cardio in while lifting weights… 2 birds, people!
5.You can make workouts fun. There is no reason to loath the thought of working out. If your workout is boring, MAKE IT FUN!
June 28, 2012 by Kristin
June 12, 2012 by Kristin
June 11, 2012 by Kristin
June 11, 2012 by Kristin
May 17, 2012 by Kristin
If you ask me, the most calming part of your day is the beginning. The house is usually quiet, the kids are still sleeping, why not use this time wisely and begin the day by doing these 5 RELAXING yoga poses.
Stay in each pose as long as you’d like, only do what is comfortable for your body. If it hurts, stop doing it DUH! And don’t be afraid to play, experiment with what feels good for your body. Just keep breathing
Start Svasana (corpse pose): Lie flat on our back arms relaxed near your side…6 slow, deep belly breaths….Inhale fill the belly, exhale empties….start your day, set an intention…
• FULL BODY STRETCH: Inhale your arms up over head, good full body strength, lengthen from tips of fingers to toes, do this for a few breathes wake the body up…when you’re ready take deep inhale….
• LEG STRETCH: And Exhale Bringing right knee to chest, Hug right knee into chest (Keep neck long by slightly tucking chin, flex and lengthen left leg on the ground) On an inhale, straighten the right leg, heel to ceiling, rotate ankles (clockwise, counterclockwise) Grab onto right leg and gently pull closer to you (nice hamstring stretch… Left leg is still strong, neck still lengthened, shoulders away from ears…breathe)
• TWIST: On an inhale bend right leg, place right foot on ground, spread your arms out wide to make a T shape with your body, and on an exhale, drop the right knee over to the left…stay here breathing for as long as it feels good (shoulders should remain on ground, head can twist in the opposite direction of knee) and bring the knee back up on an inhale.
(REPEAT steps 2 and 3 on the Left Leg)
…Roll over to your right side. Gently and slowly push yourself up to seated position…
• CAT-COW: Come onto all fours in a neutral position. (Wrists directly under shoulders, knees directly under hips and create a long straight line from crown of the head to the tip of the tailbone.) On an inhale, Raise the tailbone towards the ceiling, drop the belly and look up towards the ceiling making a curved U shape with your torso. Shoulders relaxed. Exhale and curve the tailbone down, arch the back and drop the head, chin toward chest. Repeat as many times as feels good.
• DOWN-DOG: from neutral CAT-COW, tuck the toes under, straighten legs, lift the buttocks toward the ceiling
Try a modified down-dog with bent knees.
Thanks to The Yoga Tree House for developing this sequence! www.theyogatreehouse.com