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Top 5th Post

December 24th, 2013 · 2 Comments

Welcome to the top 10 posts of all time on Fitness for Mommies. 

This is the 5th most popular post, originally posted on October 19, 2008. 

Weight training is absolutely mandatory if you wish to change your shape. More muscle on your frame takes up less SPACE than fat does, therefor, any girl who wants that “zipped up” toned body, needs to weight train. There are lots of ways to incorporate weight training into your regular workouts each week. For example, push-ups, curl-ups, planks, and leg lunges with no weights could be considered weight training. Another example, would be an intense yoga class- that can be weight training as well. Finally, and my favorite, is basic weight lifting. I love looking in the mirror and seeing some definition in my arms. Just in the last few months, I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my strength just by lifting heavy weights (10, 15, and 20 pounds).

So, given the fact that I am a true believer in weight training, I’d like to introduce a concept you may know about already or may not. It was new to me, so I’m writing about it here; the concept of DOUBLE DUTY. The ability to get a full body weight workout by working more than one muscle at a time, particularly by using a stability ball. If you haven’t got one, now is the time to purchase (On sale for $19.99 on Amazon).

Have you heard of SAVASA? A company of yoga and Pilates tools designed specifically for women! I was absolutely ecstatic to see jump ropes, hand weights, Eco- Weighted balls all designed for women!

From the website:

The Savasa women’s fitness lines unique product designs exemplify its natural origins and opposing forces in its yin yang shapes, textures and lotus flower logo. Symbolizing the strength, balance, unity and harmony women try to find and fit into their everyday lives.

“Throughout the line you’ll find that everything was created with meeting the unique needs of women in mind.

  • Complete family of coordinated-looking, custom-fit fitness products to fit women’s bodies and lifestyles.
  • Convenient, unique exercise DVD’s contain multiple, quick workout options to flex with your lifestyle needs.
  • Eco (short for environmentally conscious) friendly product alternatives to all cancer causing plastics
  • Convenient product selection guides are on each package to help you easily find the products that are the right fit for you.”
Here are just FIVE exercises you could do with the stability ball. The Stability Ball (Body Ball) is one of the most versatile tools that a fitness enthusiat should have. There are probably more than 50 exercises to do just with the ball. One of my personal favs- even better that Savasa makes them in pink!
Squatting with ball + bicep curls
*Lay ball against a wall and lower yourself down so that you look like your sitting in a chair, with the ball between yourself and the wall. This will engage all of your lower body muscles and then by adding even a Bicep curl- your are getting TWICE as much work in the same amount of time.
Strengthen your glutteals with this amazing exercise!
*Lay on ball with your upper body off the ball on your stomach, elbows are slightly bent and hands are on the floor. Legs are straight out behind you and then squeeze and lift your legs as high as they go. Fantastic exercise for the glutteal muscles.
Abdominal Work with the ball.
*Ball Pass: Lay on your back with the ball between your hands above your head, then simply pass the ball from your hands to your feet and lower your feet to the ground. This will work your entire core from top to bottom.
Skip the “girl push-ups” and do these instead.
*Modified Push-Ups: Get on the ball and roll out so that only your feet and shins are on the ball, then lower yourself into a push-up! How about three sets of fifteen??
Image: Women’s Health
*Hamstring Curls. Lay on your back with your feet FLAT on the ball, lift your hips up into a bridge position, then you will roll your feet from a flat position to on your toes. Your hamstrings will scream at you, but it is fantastic for the backs of your legs!
***Sit on it when blogging! Keeps your core active and engaged.
SAVASA has Fitness Trainer Workouts you can access for free here.
Between the Body Ball and a jump rope, you can get a superior workout in just thirty minutes. With the help of my IPOD, cranked on high volume, I love to alternate between jump rope and lifting weights! Burn Massive Calories that Way. Also, this type of high intensity workout is considered HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). I prefer one to two minutes per interval session followed by 1 exercise with weights or the stablity ball. One session I like is to alternate the plank with the jump rope in a one to one ratio. Savasa was kind enough to send me a jump rope as well and I love how the little handles fit into my hands!
When it comes to fitness products, Savasa has got you covered! Not only do they have weighted Eco-Balls, yoga mats, ankle weights, long resistance bands, wrist weights, hand weights…All Savasa products can be purchased online at Amazon and all will qualify for free shipping, so what are you waiting for? Now, is the time to get fit!

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Tags: Fantastic workouts · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

New Warrior Tank from KiraGrace

July 2nd, 2013 · 1 Comment

As a mom, I’m always “attempting” to multitask. It doesn’t always work and a lot of times, it backfires on me, like when I burn my food or manage one of my children doing their daily work while answering the phone, etc.. I honestly don’t think multitasking is worth it most of the time. Better to focus on just one thing at a time, right?
What’s my point anyway?

KiraGrace



KiraGrace has designed some super stylish yoga clothes for all of us to feel sexy in when doing yoga. These styles include open back, open sides of tanks and cute little openings in the pants. I’m excited to say that I received a limited addition red Warrior Tank that does a great job at a variety of things!

A) It fits great
B) Loved the soft stretchy material
C) Stay cool when working out due to the sexy open back nature of the tank
D) Completely unique design
E) Complete shelf bra included in the tank that is plenty sturdy for any workout

Even better than that is that if you buy it…go ahead, click buy now…., 100% of the profits go to Off the Mat into the World.

So, there you go. Six reasons that this KiraGrace tank is worth the money!
I highly recommend it.

FTC- Clearly this is my own opinion and nobody pays me to write this.

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Tags: Yoga Clothing · Yoga Teacher Training · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

New: Wear Me Out Workout Wear

June 9th, 2013 · No Comments



Super cute, Wear Me Out workout gear has created a new line of gear for women that includes comfy, stylish yoga pants, sports bras and tanks at affordable prices. I had the amazing pleasure of trying their new French Terry Wear Me Out bottoms that I just love!

Thank you, Wear Me Out, these pants are fabulous!

FTC- the above pants were given to me for the purposes of review and the opinion is my own.

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Tags: Yoga Clothing · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

5 Best Yoga Poses for Weightlifters

April 15th, 2013 · 10 Comments

Since I’m on the topic of weightlifting, I thought I should take a few minutes to tell you about what I think the absolute best poses for yoga are.  By the way, I do have a 200 hour Yoga Works certificate and do teach 10 hours of yoga a week!  During my training we spent hours on studying the human body, how they work and really analyzing a foot position, leg position in a certain pose.  This training has helped me learn how to get my body where it needs to be in a lift.

Weightlifting requires lots of squats right?  In fact almost every lift we do will end in a squat, so the possibility of having tight hips is likely.  Although, I bet you’d never believe that the top weightlifters in the world are super bendy!  Look at the overhead squat position, a sedentary person who sits in a chair 8 hours a day probably can’t even get into that position!  In fact, I’ve found that even doing a moderately easy yoga class with simple standing poses can unglue some of my tightness. {Although, I still need deep tissue sports massage regularly!!}

This post started as a Top 5 list, however, I’m finding it difficult to narrow down to just five.  For my tight hip body,  it will take hours of daily yoga to unlock all my problem areas and I find I love lifting more than yoga at the moment, so…which poses to do every single day you might ask? Handstands, Back bends, and Twists.  I enjoy teaching yoga to my students and also enjoy the physical benefits of getting to practice it daily.  Best thing to do is to work on your “goats’…the things you stink at.  For me, it’s a fully extended backbend!  And, wow does it feel good when I can do even a partial one.

For more information on yoga, please visit Yoga Journal and seek out a good teacher in your area.  I highly recommend for many reasons!

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Tags: Yoga Teacher Training · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

Planet Gear: Anue by New Balance

March 24th, 2013 · No Comments



Anue by New Balance offers great prices on yoga/workout apparel! Check it out.

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Tags: Cycling, cycling apparel, accessories · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

Addicted to Workout Clothes? Check out PV Body

January 13th, 2013 · No Comments

Click on this link right here and save 20% off PV Body! If you’re like me and you live in workout clothes, then, PV Body is a great alternative to shopping at Lululemon (I know it’s addicting to gather as many crops as possible, but), you can get your hands on new and exciting stuff through PV Body.

Highly Recommend it.

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Tags: Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

5 Best Yoga Poses for Weightllifters

November 13th, 2012 · No Comments

During my Yoga Works training, we spent hours and hours studying the human body, how it works and why yoga can benefit every person– whether it be for stress management, exercise and just personal time.  Every single body is different and will have different needs, so for today’s post, I’d like to spend some time discussing the poses that I think weightlifters might benefit from.  No, I don’t think they need to go down and take a 1.5 hour power yoga class!  A power yoga class can be seriously intense and has hard on the body as an intense weightlifting session.   However, a few minutes spent either before or after a lifting session could be beneficial for the weightlifter.

This post is written from the viewpoint that anybody that is doing any lifting or high rep high intensity exercise will benefit from spending some time working on their tight areas.  I believe there are two areas in the body that will need the most help- the hips and back, particularly by doing the opposite of a squat.

In addition to working on your tight areas, most people doing any yoga would benefit from having certain props at home to enhance their practice.  Yoga Mad offers plenty of yoga blocks, straps and mats for you to check out.

The Five Most Important Poses

Garland Pose.   The pose looks and feels like the bottom of a squat.    It can help by opening working on the tight areas of the hip joint and feels really good.  I like to spend at least a minute or more in this pose.

High Lunge Position  This one, if done correctly, also looks like the bottom of the Split Jerk and for me it helps lengthen the front of my hip.

Strengtheners/Upper Back work such as Upward Facing Dog Pose, Locust Pose  These are highly valuable poses because they both strengthen the upper back as well as lengthen the front of the body.

Bridge Pose with it’s variations of a full backbend.  By far the hardest of all yoga poses for me is the full back bend.  I spend lots of time in bridge pose, squeezing blocks and pushing the top of my hips forward.  This pose along with camel pose can do wonders for tight hip people.

Questions, comments?

 

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Tags: Things that motivate me · Yoga Clothing · Yoga Teacher Training

Yogamat Boutique

April 15th, 2012 · No Comments




I’m excited to introduce you to a new brand of yoga clothing, called Yogamat Boutique. An eco-conscious, not for the landfill, made to last yoga clothing designed by three women in New York City (Karri Jinkins, Ananda Adams and Amber Jung-Devine), who felt the need to have stylish yoga apparel go from the mat to dinner without the need to change.


Yogamat Boutique has a unique line of yoga clothes that include some really nice tops and bottoms. I particularly liked the Tripural and the Delhi Bottoms. In addition, they were kind enough to send me a top, called Bihar which I absolutely adore. This top could be worn over your Cami tops to yoga and then back on for a trip to the store. The shirt is made from an Eco-conscious bamboo and the softness is amazing. I’m sure I will wear this shirt over and over again. It can be worn to yoga, but, yet, it’d look great with jeans as well.



You can purchase Yogamat clothing online at their boutique store or in stores throughout the US.

per FTC rules: Yogamat Boutique sent me one shirt for purposes of review and the above opinion is my own.

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Tags: Things that motivate me · Yoga Clothing · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

How Times Change

April 1st, 2012 · No Comments

As a new parent of just one baby, I had plenty of time to do what I loved- running.  When my youngest was 6 months old, I ran a marathon after training just barely 3 times a week.  I don’t remember it being too stressful because, babies take naps and they also don’t move around too much as a six month old.  Also, my husband was around plenty to pick up and carry our six month old baby boy.

I believe I spent the better part of my first two years plus one year pregnant running only.  I’d also acquired a treadmill during that time, so, if I couldn’t go out to run, I could do something on a treadmill.  In addition, I found I could jump rope, do pushups with the baby in the car seat.

Then, since I had been a cyclist in college, I briefly dabbled in bike racing- between the years of 2006-2009, although I bet I completed only a handful of races during that time.  I enjoy bike riding and occasionally bike racing, but, in order to get really good at bike racing, you need to do it all the time.  No go, for me.  Two kids under the age of 5 was not a time to devote myself to a sport that requires a minimum of 10 hours a week on a bike.   Also, I recall having complete and total meltdowns 15 minutes prior to the races as my husband would be out racing, and I was supposed to be warming up, but, couldn’t concentrate because I was worried about what my children were doing.

Back to running in 2008, trained for the St. Geroge Marathon and ended up injured and running it after having lost a month of training.  Long story, but I ended up in Yoga “rehab” for my stupid hip which had lead to basically tendonitis in my right knee. Yeah, me.

Now, 2012, my longest “workout” takes 15 minutes or less and I can be completely torn up in just 7 minutes.  I love lifting weights and I love that my quads are bigger than they’ve ever been and I love seeing progress in my lifting.  And, I love spending time on mobility work and I just happen to love crossfit.  In all my years of athleticism, I’ve never felt or seen as much progress in my own personal strengths or in my change of body type or in my overall outlook on life as I do with crossfit.  I’ve also met some of the coolest people on the planet through crossfit and have improved my diet by 200% since I first began.  Bye bye iced mocha’s with whip cream daily!!

In summary, CrossFit is working for me because it takes a hell of a lot less time (more or less) {I’m still a die hard}, I’m fitter than I’ve ever been in all my years as an athlete, and I have a 100 pound Snatch, heck yeah!!

 

 

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Tags: Cross Fit · Fantastic workouts · Olympic Lifting · Things that motivate me · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery

alo Sport Sale!

February 26th, 2012 · No Comments

alo sport has some of the best organic/bamboo cotton tanks I’ve ever worn. They are super soft, long lasting and well made. Check it out!

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Tags: Yoga Teacher Training · Yoga, Pilates, Recovery