Zuzana is back. I used to do her workouts when she was on Bodyrock but they got a new girl (who is not as classy as Zuzka).
She has been back for a few weeks but I only just got around to doing one of her workouts tonight. This workout was:
Split squat jumps (in lunge position, jump up and down X times on one leg; then switch to other side)
Single leg lunges with back foot on a chair (X times on one leg; then switch to the other side)
Superman pushups (do a pushup, but come down to the floor and do a superman, then another pushup, floor, superman, etc…)
It was a pyramid scheme where you go through the rounds and do 5 reps, then 10, then 15, then 10, and finally 5 again. I just did it along with Zuzana and if I finished ahead of her I did jumping jacks. This workout took me about 18.5 minutes.
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It’s been a while since I did one of these… But first an update: NYC is recovering from the hurricane (Irene) that passed through last night. To be honest, not much happened in Manhattan. I think the major damage occurred in the outer boroughs (poor Staten Island) and New Jersey (my mom is without power and water). Our power didn’t even flicker. On the plus side, I did have a mini Reese’s cup yesterday that I got at the hardware store. I love these things.
Our weekend went well. We mostly hung out with our neighbors (friends) and ate good food together. A few of us like to cook and all of us like to eat. This morning I went for a run (a little over 3 miles) after not having run for ages (at least 1.5 years?). It felt great. The subways are still not running so we can only get to places on foot (…or taxi). They probably won’t be running for the morning commute tomorrow so I plan on walking.
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Last week I shared my workouts with you and now I’m doing it again. This week looks a wee bit different than last week though! The first couple days I BodyRocked but the next were more yoga and walking-centric. I am in a yoga groove again.
Walk home from dinner (@ Candle79) – 1 mile
BodyRock – 11:20 time challenge, and then my reps for the interval training were: High Knees – 74, 58, 67, 70; Pendulums: 40, 38, 41, 42
Last night Bobby and I went to NJ for my sister’s high school graduation. It was great! I’m so proud of her. Afterwards we went out to Uno’s where I wolfed down a Cobb Salad. My dad came back with us to the city because he has a super-fun pension conference here today.
Some yogis like to do 108 sun salutations at each change of the season (spring to summer, summer to fall, etc…). There are many answers to the question, “Why 108?” and one of them is that there are supposedly 108 names for Buddha. HuffPo has some more.
I’ll share another French moment. This IS a food blog after all. (I got the best comment ever yesterday.)
Coca-cola. (Bobby’s. Real sugar coke! I still don’t like it.)
Pain au chocolat. (To share.)
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Another Tuesday. Another day of BodyRocking. Today’s Fat Burning Poker Face Workout was a 20-minute max reps challenge. Here are my scores. I think I could have pushed myself more in the beginning because you can see my reps did not decrease much as I went through. I was still beat at the end:
Round Kick Crunch (Left)
Round Kick Crunch (Right)
These workouts are short and effective and, as my husband will tell you, efficiency and optimization are always, always, on my mind. Whether it’s minimizing the amount of time we have to wait at stop lights while walking or maximizing utils, I am an optimization machine. (I was an econ and math major in college.)
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I know I have not been posting. Sometimes I want to write, but have no time. Sometimes I have time, but nothing to write.
Today I have some yoga to share.
This morning I remembered writing about a sweaty yoga class (podcast) that I did back in California. It was in my first apartment there so I knew it had to be sometime in early 2009. I dug around and found it – the post was called “I Heart Housewives” – fitting because at the time that’s what I was. Not a wife yet, but acting housewifey and being unemployed.
The podcast was a 60-minute Baptiste Power Vinyasa class led by Philip Urso. It was Fast HOUR of Power – 03/29/2007. You can find it here.
Highlights (forgive me if my memory is not exact):
Begin in down dog. Move immediately into fast sun salutations. Then slow…
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I just did Crunch: Fat Burning Dance Party. Jennifer Galardi is one of my favorites! She has a great body – lean and toned – which is motivating, and she’s really energetic. Her routines are fun and the time flies. This video was 40 minutes long and it’s free if you have Netflix streaming.
I am about to do Yoga for Buns #1. This is podcast #9 from the Yogadownload podcast. Only… 40 more to go. I have done a lot of them in the last few years but I thought it would be fun to go from the beginning and do them all in order. I don’t remember if I have done this one before. It sounds painful. (20 minutes)