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Weight Training & Kids: When, How Much Should they Lift?

October 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

“Mommy, come watch what I can do!”

My five year old walks up to the 53 pound KB and picked it up!

Mommy says, “his back is rounding and that’s too heavy for him!”

We go over proper technique and he tries it again.  Again, back rounding, so, I sent him back to the 15 pound kettlebell and the answer I got was “mommy this is too light for me!!”  Ha ha ha, but, the point I was making is that 53 pounds is too much weight at such a young age.   My children are only 5 and 7 and they do like to do workouts in the garage…something that looks the picture above {2 pullups, 3 deadlifts, 2 pullups and 3 deadlifts} with Baseball being the game they play at the end.

Then, I saw this Q and A on Experience Life Magazine and when and how much weight kids should be lifting.  I agreed with the article:  Body weight workouts are more appropriate for children under age 9, and then after age 9 they could start lifting a little weight.   Mine are 5 and 7, and most of the time are content with burpees, box jumps, pullups, pullovers, skin the cats…whatever, as long as it’s child driven and easy for them, I say GO FOR IT!

What’s your opinion of kids and lifting weights?

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View from the Lake

September 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Apologies for lack of posting! We spent the day at Big Bear Lake yesterday and had a “nail biting” blast. My youngest got stung by a nasty kind of wasp, his face is still swollen and my older one spent a half hour out there in the choppy water paddling with his seven year old little friend!

You can read more about my scary moments on Breathe Magazine!

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Fun Fitness Exercises to Do With Your Kids

August 9th, 2011 · No Comments

is now live on Breathe Magazine.

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“Adventure Hiking”

August 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

is now live on Breathe Magazine.

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5 Exercises to do in Your Kitchen

August 1st, 2011 · No Comments

Hello readers..I’m sitting here at my favorite coffee shop concocting blog posts and low and behold, I hear the Barista discuss how he doesn’t need cardio since he’s a “skinny guy” and he’s been working on his pushups and situps at home.  He turns to his buddy, and he says “I just can’t think of what else I can do at home.”  So, here I am, giving you the answer, since he didn’t ask me, hahaha!  I can always come up with a zillion ways to get a workout in anytime or anywhere!

The following is a list you all could do in your kitchen, while your dinner is cooking on the Bar-B-Que!

10 Upside Down Push-ups (Place feet on a chair and get your bum as high in the air as possible, then lower your head to the floor.  Crown of the head must touch the floor.

20 Bent Over Rows using soup cans, milk jugs, or hand weights if you have them.

30 Scissor Kicks.  Lay on the floor, place your hands under your butt and scissor kick your feet within one inch of the ground. Right/Left is one.

40 Leg Lowers with a Ball between your feet.  Simply lay on the floor and place a ball between your ankles.  Could be a soccer ball or a stuffed animal, doesn’t matter, then simply raise and lower it to the ground.

50 Air Squats. Simple.  Butt must go below parallel!

There you go.  If you have 15 minutes, go for as many rounds as possible in that amount of time.

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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids · Things that motivate me

New Blog Post on Breathe Magazine

July 19th, 2011 · No Comments

on Nurturing Kids Dreams is live now.

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On the Road to Regionals!

June 6th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Yes, it’s true, the CrossFit Regionals are just around the corner for all of us Southern California people!! We’ve been training hard, but, in the off times, I’ve also been playing out with my kids, a lot.

Below is a snippet of how we stay active and busy through the last days of school:

Hiking in a local park

Getting 2 new kittens and reading Kittens First Full Moon to them.

At school, I organized a school wide field day where all the students ran and played in water…This was my secret training, lol, hauling water buckets for 8 hours!!

Watch my kid climb wall, literally.

We’re off and busy with 4.5 days of real school left, YAHOO.

What are your plans for keeping your kids busy this summer?

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Fit Family Goes Bike Racing!

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

is now live on Breathe Magazine.

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Update: The Redlands Classic

April 2nd, 2011 · 5 Comments

I love this time of year! The Redlands Bicycle Classic started Thursday and we are a host family the duration of the classic. Our team is a composite team put together solely for the purpose of the Redlands Classic. There are three very interesting veteran racers; Dirk Friel, Anton Villatoro, and Alexi Grewal. And, then there are five very young racers who are just starting out in their career with hopes of becoming the next big racers! Last night, I made dinner for most of the team (Large pot of non-paleo pasta, sweet potatoes, and fruit and they ATE it all!! I’m quite certain they are going to EAT the entire contents of my fridge before Sunday. It’s been a blast for us to have so much extra life around here and my kids are having a ball meeting and greeting them! We will probably continue to be host families in the next years, it’s just too much fun.

In addition to being a host family, my school also was lucky enough to have four of the women from the Peanut Butter and Co. team make a visit. All of my elementary students got to hear about each of the women’s cycling background, how they came into racing their bikes and how much peanut butter they get to eat! My students were thrilled and the best comment was “well if you’re bike is made of carbon fiber like an airplane, can you fly on it?”

Finally, we are onto Saturday, which has the best events of the week- the kids races and the Criterium for the mens and women’s teams. Both children had a fun time racing their bikes, although, I’m kind of mad at Shimano for not sponsoring the kids races with medals this year! Why was this year different?  There are well over 300 children participating this year, it gets promoted all over town and in every elementary school.   Yes, my kids do it to win, but, also they know from prior experience that they will get a medal at the end!!  To them, it’s the reward they get for doing it.  Regardless,  the Redlands Classic is one of the few bike races where children of all ages actually get to participate.  It’s been a great opportunity for the entire community to come together and let the kids race too.

Life is good and busy!!

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Tags: Fitness for Kids and Family · Kids · Redlands Classic

Adventures in Active Vacations for Kids!

March 21st, 2011 · 1 Comment

Yes, we are on vacation again.  The beauty of being a school teacher and I’ve decided that spring break is the best vacation ever! Why? Because there are no holidays surrounding it which means no stress to buy gifts, cook extra dishes, or host family members!  So, we’re off an yet another adventure today, we’ve spent the last 3 days hiking the hills in our area and having a blast!

But, first, my protein pancake has to kick off this photo post!

6 egg whites, 1 scoop protein powder, 1/2 cup blueberries topped with 100% maple syrup!  Delicious!

Indiana Jones impersonator!

This green whip cream made his day!

Big hill climb hike with rain threatening, but we had a blast!

“Narnian Soldiers” fighting with foam swords!

And, we’re off and yet another one today!

What do you do with your kids for active day trip vacations??

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