As I thought would happen, I’ve gotten pretty darn busy with new clients especially with the vaccine rollout. I am happy about that to be sure and am training 6-7 days/week. But I also need to keep a healthy balance in my life. I needed a blast of pure nature for a weekend.
So my girlfriend and long time client and I took off up the coast for a quick get away in Paso and Cambria. It’s perfect there right now.. cool with fewer people, great, healthy farm to table, fresh, delicious food, guaranteed incredible wines, and we laughed all weekend!
I need nature daily in my life, so the coast and the hillsides are an easy pick up in NorCal. We had a blast! We walked everywhere and ate super healthy as always. That’s hers and my style even on vacation. It just feels good. The fresh air, trees, gardens, birds, and super nice people topped it all off. Wonderful! This combo always inspires me.
Enjoy! Stay healthy and I hope you can escape and get out in your favorite nature-filled place often.
Finally!! I couldn’t be happier to hear the news. It’s been one heckuva long year for gyms, people’s health, and fitness to say the least.
Now, this should be, if you aren’t already, absolutely #1 on your list of priorities .. to get healthy and fit. This will help you stave off most diseases generally speaking. And now I can help you in our open air studio. I would much rather train my clients face to face. I’m happier and so are they. It’s an unmatched, wonderful experience. I really don’t consider it ‘work’ at all. That’s how much I enjoy training everyone. They learn and so do I. I love it!
The heavy ropes. One of my favorite things to do.. to music and usually a long 7 minute song. Fun!
Ps don’t worry. I won’t make you do it.
Enjoy this lovely weekend! And ‘spring forward’ tonight with our clocks. Hooray!
Do you ever feel in a bit of a funk? I did this morning but I just have way too much to be happy about and consider myself a super fortunate girl.
Sooo.. I didn’t dwell or procrastinate at all like last Sunday. In fact, I wrote on my calendar last Sunday to hike PV today. There. Committed. Decided. On my way. The second I started hiking up the trail, I was fine, content, and refreshed. I did the trail twice. Beautiful views don’t you think? It just doesn’t get old to me even with the clouds.
I think that we can all get in a funk lately to say the least, but I am lucky I always think. The biggest thing I have on my side is my good health. Others may not especially now so I really have nothing to feel down about. All I want to do is help as many people as possible to be healthier so that they can care for each other, animals, and nature better. Isn’t that what life’s about?
I hope you are enjoying your Sunday to the fullest and that you are taking good care of yourself. Any way that I can help inspire you, please let me know!
Meet my super fit client Jon, always consistent, runs regularly and works out with his 19 year old son when he’s home for summer from college at BU. He is a pleasure to train, very smart, successful, and a great guy with an awesome family. Recreation Park in El Segundo is one beautiful area with tons of space and fresh air so it has been a lifesaver this past year.
I hope you will stop by anytime and say hello. We have met plenty of families and dogs even a kitty or two. Our town is one friendly town!
How often do you hear someone say that they love lunges? I’m not kidding. I really do. I’ve been doing them since I was around 22 (40 years) and they have changed my body. That and squats have helped me be able to do everything I want to do like run, ski, hike, surf. The combo have kept me strong and lean. Of course I am also super consistent with my workouts and I eat mostly plant based.
Lunges, done right with a slight forward lean, weight in the front hip, core braced, and touching my knee to the ground, are an exercise that I have to stay consistent with, or else.. I will get super sore if I skip even one week. So I stay committed, and if I don’t feel like doing them, I flash forward to how I will feel when I’m done. Stronger! I usually use a 20lb med ball and love adding a twist. Today I grabbed a 12lb dumbbell. Good enough, and I asymmetrically weighted my body with one dumbbell. My core has to do its job to stabilize these stepping lunges. Fun!
My very fit 56 year old client Jon never misses a session. He trains with me twice a week and runs in between, plays golf with his college aged son, and works from home now.
He is really good about moving during the day and has a standing desk for his computer. Perfect! He’s been with me for, oh, about 3 years, maybe more. I tailor his workouts to compliment and strengthen his running, thinking about his foot plant and balance which is especially important for him. Core training is also very important..for everyone and for Jon.
Speaking of, with this side bridge, he has to start in a plank, pick up the disc, and rotate to the side and hold for 10 seconds, all the while with total lumbo pelvic stability which enhances spinal stability and control. It is, done right, a very valuable exercise and should always be performed slowly and mindfully. He can do two sets of 6 holding 10 seconds each side. I will progress him slowly with form always in the forefront of my mind. I also take into consideration mentality, stress levels, rest amounts, as well as prior workouts and any injuries as I train each client every session. We work together. It is always a fun, shared experience. I love what I do!
I learned this move from a very respected colleague of mine Vernon Griffith recently and I have added variations that I love. I just taught this to my client this morning, but the thing is I wanted more. So I am home doing just that. It is so fun! And it’s chilly out so as always, I gotta keep moving.
I don’t know about you but when I wake up in the morning, I come back to the reality of the world, and have to snap out of any sad or depressing thoughts. So I plan my workout, do a couple of stretches in bed, and get psyched for the day! I think, ‘I’m alive!’ especially after losing a few people in my life very recently (not COVID related). I think ‘I am so lucky!’ and I look forward to seeing my clients everyday who are staying consistent and keeping them going.
I hope you are moving daily and staying truly healthy and fit. I am afraid that a lot of people, at least in the US, are not taking the idea of ‘health’ literally enough and doing something about improving their it on a daily basis. I don’t understand that as I read that the obesity problem is STILL increasing in the US. Wow.
So PLEASE exercise, everyday. You don’t have choice anymore. And you, too, will also get hooked!