People are often surprised by the various forms of exercise I do. I guess most yogis and runners don’t do CrossFit or vise versa, yet I like to do all three. For me, each activity helps and supports me in different ways. My workouts provide me with great physical and emotional balance; all feeding into the various aspects of my life and personality. Why do one when you can do all three?
Recently I have read and heard a lot of negative things about CrossFit. People are talking about why it’s bad for you, how it can cause injury, how it’s a cult, you have to be paleo, as well as that it’s intimidating and too competitive. Well in this weeks blog I’d like to share some reasons why CrossFit isn’t those things, how it’s helped me to become a better athlete, and how it’s helped to change my life.
I am back in the States after a fabulous two week cruise in the Mediterranean. Over the course of my trip I got to visit and explore Rome and Naples-Italy, Istanbul and Kusadasi-Turkey, as well as Santorini, Mykonos, and Athens- Greece. It was certainly a trip of a lifetime! Cruising is a great way to explore many cities in a short period of time. We cruised on the ship, the Celebrity Reflection. It was beautiful! The ship had lots of amenities and had excellent, trained, and accommodating staff that were happy to help provide you with anything you needed to make your tip the best it could be.
This week, during some of the quiet times on the ship, I have been thinking a lot about what is means to be strong and live a courageous life. Which has lead me to consider what it means to move beyond what we think we are expected to do and begin to think about what it is we want to do. This may mean taking the road less traveled. Continue reading There’s a Warrior Inside Each of Us!
This week I am preparing and packing for vacation. My husband and I are going to be taking a two week cruise in the Mediterranean. We will be visiting Italy, Turkey, and Greece. In order to prepare for travel, one of the most important things I do is to plan and write down my schedule and workouts ahead of time. It is important for me, that while I am away, I still find time to workout. Working out is an important part of my everyday life and I want to make sure I can continue to maintain some sort of balance and routine even while I travel. Plus, since I have started my training for the NYC marathon I need to run 6 days a week. So it’s even more critical for me to have a workout plan in place. I want to be sure I get my workouts in and still have plenty of time to enjoy this once in a lifetime vacation.
About 5 years ago, when I lived in Brookline, MA a friend of mine was trying to get me to start running with her. At the time, she was training for her first marathon and I remember thinking she was crazy! I had no desire to run, let alone train for a marathon. I often argued with her and told her I couldn’t run, that I wasn’t built that way, and that my body was not physically capable of such a thing. Looking back, I could not have been more wrong. Today, I love running and wish I would have started sooner because everyone can be a runner! Whether your run a 12 minute mile or 7 minute mile you are still a runner!
I absolutely LOVE burpees. I get pumped and VERY excited when I know they are in the workout of the day (WOD). In order to prepare for class, I will even wear my YAY burpee socks and my I LOVE burpees T-shirt. I know that I am one of the few people who actually like and enjoy this movement, but it wasn’t always that way.
Stretching is an important component to any fitness routine. I love to actively stretch and encourage all my friends and students to practice yoga on a regular basis. However, if you can’t get to class here are a few static stretches you can do AFTER your run (when your muscles are warm and joints lubricated) to help with recovery. Stretching helps improve performance and prevent aches and pains. Continue reading Stretches for Runners
A strong healthy practice, starts with a strong healthy core.
Those of you who know me or have taken one of my classes know that I LOVE planks!! I am sure to incorporate tons of planks into my flows. When coming to class, you can expect planks, side planks, plank holds, and plank push-ups 🙂
The plank is one of the best exercises you can do for your core because it works your transverse abdominals or your “six pack” abdominal muscles. It also helps to engage your back, arms, shoulders, glutes, and hamstrings. Just a few of the reasons why I love planks so much! Continue reading Let’s Plank!