Friday Five: Favorite Fitness Activities

Linking up with Eat Pray Run DC for today’s post – my favorite fitness activities!

Friday Five - Favorite Fitness Activities

This was kind of difficult for me – I have a lot of stuff I like to do and narrowing it down was tough. #FitGirlProblems But here we go:

1. Hiking.  But I haven’t gone hiking in ages – it’s been pretty hot here the last few months and I just can’t take the heat. It’s cooled down the last couple of weeks so I’m about to get back out there!
hiking, verdugos, hiking in los angeles

2. Running. I love running in races! They’re so exciting. I like running on the treadmill, too, because it’s a good opportunity to catch up on my soaps.

3. Just walking. According to my Fitbit, I walk around 5 miles a day even when I’m not really going anywhere in particular. I guess I just wander around a lot.

4. Body Beast. I had no idea I’d love weightlifting so much. I particularly love that I’m supposed to eat a lot with this program.
Body Beast, Body Beast for Women, weight lifting for women

5. Insanity Pure Cardio (I talked about it here). There was a discussion in my Beachbody coaches’ Facebook group about Pure Cardio this week – it seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it workout. I am firmly in the love-it camp, but then I’ve never blacked out during this workout!
Beachbody Coach, Team Beachbody, P90X, P90X3, T25, Insanity, Turbo Fire, Brazil Butt Lift, Shakeology

What’s your favorite fitness activity?


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Tough it out Tuesday Link-up

Today I’m linking up with Kay at The Best of Intentions.

The Best Of Intentions

It’s been tough for me to stick to my regular exercise routine. For the last two weeks, I’ve been sleeping in, missing morning workouts, and fitting them in at odd times. I don’t have any excuses – the time change was two weeks ago, and I should be accustomed to waking up and working out at 5am.

On Monday, I started T25. Since I’ll be doing doubles of T25 and Body Beast for the next 8 weeks, I will HAVE to stick to a regular schedule.

Body Beast, T25, Beachbody workouts, Body Beast for Women, Beachbody coach
I started the T25 program because I am hosting a challenge group and I wanted to do the same workout as my challengers. I needn’t have bothered; there is exactly one participant. I issued invitations to people who expressed specific interest in T25…no one wanted to make the commitment. Okay. I get it – I procrastinated fitness for years before I got into it. Sticking to a routine is tough, and making changes is scary.
On the other hand, no one ever got fit by talking about it. Aannnd the people I invited are avoiding me. From now on, I’ll just smile and nod when someone asks me about exercise and tells me that they need to get in shape.

What’s been tough for you lately?


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This Week in Workouts

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From My Life to Our Life
  • MondayBody Beast Build: Back&Biceps. I did this in the apartment gym so I used TRX for pullups. Sometimes I forget how much I like TRX, so I love it when I can combine it with my Beachbody workouts. I also did Blogilates Muffin Top Meltdown and Intense Abs. My FitBit says I walked 6.4 miles.
  • TuesdayBrazil Butt Lift BumBum instead of Body Beast cardio, and Beast Abs. Plus a 3-mile run.
  • Wednesday – Body Beast Build:Shoulders. FitBit says I walked 8.9 miles this day. I guess that sort of makes up for my failed running and abs intentions.
  • Thursday – Body Beast rest day. I didn’t have much activity at all this day – FitBit recorded only 3.8 miles walked.
  • Friday – 2-mile run, Body Beast Build: Chest&Tris, and Blogilates Intense Abs. I tried to up my weights with Body Beast this day and met with mixed success. At one point during the Partial Flys, the 20-pound weight just dropped out of my hand and rolled away.
  • Saturday – Body Beast Build:Legs, Blogilates Muffin Top Meltdown, and a 2-mile run.
  • Sunday – Body Beast Build:Back&Biceps (using TRX on the pull-ups again) and Blogilates Intense Abs. FitBit says I walked 6.6 miles this day.

Where I fell short this week:

  • Running – I am not getting in nearly as many miles as I should. The half marathon is not too far away.
  • Nutrition – My calories Monday – Thursday were too low, and I went way, waaay off-plan on the weekend because of social events.
  • Stretching – I need to do a LOT more of this.
  • Water – 2 liters a day is not nearly enough for me and I am really feeling it.

Where I did well this week:

  • Vegetables – Even on my off-plan days, I got in my minimum of 5 veggies and fruits.
  • Increasing my weights – even by just a little bit, and even if only for the first set of exercises, I’m really excited by my increased strength.
  • Just sticking with it -Body Beast ain’t easy and even though I’ve done the first phase of videos 3 or 4 times, I’m still in pain very sore.

 Did you workout this week? Do you take it easy on the weekends or hit the gym?


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Body Beast Update

I haven’t updated my last two workouts because I’ve been in a bit of flurry taking photos of myself in my undies and sending them to strangers on the internet.
I did get to see this sweet ride as a result:Beachbody, Tony Horton, Shaun T, Leandro Carvalho, Chalene Johnson, Beachbody Challenge

I signed a non-disclosure agreement so I can’t say anymore, and it might all come to nothing anyway, but I’m proud of myself for trying because this is out of my comfort zone. Way, waaaay out of my comfort zone.

When You Go Out Of Your Comfort Zone Is When Great Things Happen
On to the workout updates:

Body Beast Build: Back/Biceps, Sagi Kalev, women doing body beast
Body Beast Build: Back & Biceps – I took this workout to the gym so I could use the assisted pull-up machine (although bands would have been fine, too). It was very awkward at the gym with my laptop and the DVD, but I got it done and I went during a non-busy time. Like with the Legs workout, I had to pause several times to get all my reps in and finish the sets. I didn’t use very heavy weights but even trying to curl 8 pounds at the end of a set was a major challenge. I had muscle failure so I’d stop the DVD, rest a bit, then make another attempt. This program is kicking my butt and I love it.
Body Beast cardio, sagi Kalev, women doing body beast

Yesterday was Body Beast Cardio. In the Body Beast universe, cardio means doing squats and lunges really fast while holding weights. The format is this – an exercise for 20 seconds, an excruciating hold for 10 seconds, repeated three times. Since my lower half was still ON FIRE from Tuesday’s leg day,  this was a half-assed workout even though it was only 30 minutes. Next week should be better.

I still need to figure out how I’m going to train for my next half marathon while doing this program. I’m hoping the physical agony soreness will wear off a bit by next week and I can manage to get a few runs in before I lose interest momentum.

What’s up for the weekend?


Spending Time with Sean from The Bachelor

This morning I had a 6am date with Sean Lowe from The Bachelor.Sean Lowe from the Bachelor, wedding, Body Beast But he wasn’t wearing a tuxedo.
Sean Lowe the Bachelor, Sagi Kalev, Body Beast
유씨 and I started the Body Beast workout program today.
Day 1 is Build: Chest / Tris.
Build Chest Tris

OMGWTFBBQ was that a tough workout. I haven’t felt this shaky since, never. I thought it wouldn’t that big of a deal because
-I’ve done a few rounds of P90X;
-There aren’t all that many actual exercises in this video;
-We watched it last night and I was annoyed by how many and how long the breaks were; and
-I used relatively light weights: 8-, 10-, 12- and 15 pounds. (The 15s didn’t make it into the second set of exercises).

Maybe it’s the sequence of the exercises? For the most part, each exercise has 4 sets: start light, go medium, then the heaviest you can, then decrease the weights back to medium or lighter weights. By the time I got to that 4th set, my arms were trembling. There were a few push-up sets in this video too, and I could manage about 3 each time. On my knees. And those breaks, boy did I need them.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from Body Beast. I haven’t seen a lot of reviews on it from women, and the women who do review it are typically body builders or fitness competitors. Obviously, I’m neither; I just want to be fit and strong. And I’d like to be able to put my suitcase in the overhead compartment without assistance.

Have you tried Body Beast? Would you?

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