What are you bringing to the beach this summer?

Sometimes I ask my clients if they have any request before the workout and lately I’ve been asked to focus on the core. I am a strong believer that you can never have to much of it and I always incorporate some into every workout. So as a good listener I did what I was told and started the day with some vicious work to the abs, focusing on the strength instead of endurance.

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So the ladies started with 10×3 crunches (front and oblique both sides 10 each) followed by 15 back extensions with a 10 lb. weight. As most of us we all have our weakness and strengths so the weight added was ranging from 10-45 lb and with no rest we moved on to 15 cable crunches. Sometimes it can be tricky to engage the abs and you end up hinging from the hip instead of drawing the navel in. This was followed by the Romanian chair with 15 high knees with added weight to the wrists and by now I think most of them stated to have a nice burn going for them.

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But we didn’t stop because we all have a decision to make on what kind of six-pack you’ll bringing to the beach this summer…

is it this…

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…or this??

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So we kept going doing situps with 15 Russian twists on an incline bench and just for fun we finished it off with 30 sliding mountain climbers.

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I don’t think any of the ladies thought it was a breeze but weight training is not supposed to be comfortable because if it is, you should work harder! The girls kept on kicking ass and finished the day off with some heavy lifting to the legs.

Guess who is back and now as a Personal Trainer!

Well… it’s been a while since I posted anything and I don’t really have any excuses except for it has  been a few changes around here in the past 8 months.

During the fall I started teaching in over at Lifestyle Fitness and at the same time I was studying for my NASM Personal Training Certificate. This was a big change in my life because and just like for everyone else somehow life  s flying by at the same pace or even faster. During the fall we traveled, celebrated our holidays with family and friends and we got a new family member…Gary-Taser our adorable Pomeranian puppy

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Anyhow now I am back and hopefully going to inspire you again to a healthier lifestyle…so I guess the challenge continues ;)

Suck it up and keep on pushing!

How crazy can life be, really…

…so what is going on? Well let me tell you, one of my dearest friends are moving to Switzerland. This is a family that came to the States at the same time as us and our kids are like sibling so it is with a sad heart I see them leave but we will send them off with a party to be remembered . So with this coming up this weekend there is a lot of things that need to be organized and this is at the same weekend as i have my mid-term exam for my NASM PT-Certification. I am not doing this by myself as we (everyone that is coming) all chipping in and I am also asking for help from the professionals. So last night me and Freddie had a wine/sushi tasting with some fabulous wines that my good friend picked for us…I know life is hard, right?!

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 So while this is happening life is flying by my window, just like it does when having kids as well as keeping up with my own fitness, classes and studying. So this morning I went for my run before teaching my 10am class and yes I am finally back to running after months of a knee issue but l will confess it is not a walk in the park. As I am was coming into my final leg of my 3 mile run this morning everything is hurting and that is when I am thinking of Knut (my son) who got up at 5.20  this morning to go skating before school. I was thinking about the girls I train every day and when they leave the gym you can tell they haven’t participated in a fashion show. So how am I suppose to justify to anyone to keep on going if I would give up? So there I am, at my final leg and I am thinking to myself “suck it up and keep on pushing”  and as I am coming up on my driveway I not feeling so great. I have done it before and learned from my mistake and this time I went to the side of the house where I almost barfed….but just almost 🙂  

…but all this it’s a “good” crazy and even though it stresses me out I would not want to change a single thing because the people that surrounds me are truly amazing and keep on inspiring me every day.

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This is Anna and Ellie who kicked ass earlier on this week…way to go girls!

A stormy Wednesday Night

I had no classes today so I decided to kill my arms and shoulders over at Lifetime Fitness this morning and it went really well 🙂 So this evening I decided to cozy up in the mid-September storm with Chicken Gratin with taste of India and a glass of red wine from the Rhone Valley…Thank you Elise 😉

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La Ferme Julien, Traders Joe $5.99!!! Together with my favorite candle from Henri Bendel

Chicken Gratin

1 whole “Store grilled” Chicken

1 Red Bell Pepper

1 Head Broccoli

1.2 cups/ 3 dl Cream

0.4/1 dl cup mango Chutney

1 tablespoon curry powder

splash of sambal oelek

1 Garlic Clove

Chop the chicken, vegetable

Quinoa

Chop the chicken, vegetables and put it in an oven proof dish. Mix the cream, Sambal Oelek, Mango Chutney, garlic, and Curry in a bowl. Pour it over the chicken and the vegetables and place it in the oven for 12-20 minutes. Meanwhile cook the quinoa according to the direction on the instructions. Serve the chicken with quinoa and a green salad.

Super Tuesday

I am not a big fan of spinning but I do it anyway because I have to get my cardio in somehow and I am not really sure if my knee is up for getting back to running yet. So the class I do on Tuesday the instructor is amazing as he is very energetic and gets everyone going and it was no difference today.

I am always very focused on what I am doing and don’t really pay much attention of the people around me. I am also a firm believer that it is “your exercise” and you push yourself wherever you want to take it  but at some point during the class I looked around and saw this woman riding along almost like the sun was shining down on her and the birds was singing. Now the room we workout in is always very dark and most of the people around her were so breathless and I’ll tell you there was no pretty sounds coming out of them as they were chipping for air. At this point the woman was riding her bike without holding on to the handles, she started to look at her self in the mirror and start fixing her hair! I’m telling you, my hair is the least of my concerns when I am in a dark room trying to kick my own ass…lol

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Like I said people can do what every they want in the gym but I don’t get it when you clearly don’t even trying to make an effort. It is almost like they’re thinking “If I am sitting on the bike I’ll lose weight, increase my cardiovascular fitness” or whatever the reason might be. I think it is a waste of time but if it makes them feel good about themselves I guess it’s ok but that is not the way I roll. I rather put a 100% effort into what I do and go home and feel like I did my best and that is what I did today!

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I need some sanity in my life!!!

Ok, so we have finally had the schedules for the kids and in all honestly I think it is a full-time job just to keep up! So I am very glad that I am back with Rebecca for my Pilates sessions last Wednesday as I think this might bring some sanity to my life 😉

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It has been a while since I did Pilates and I could really feel it too because it is so very different compared to what I am doing myself over at the gym. At the moment I am focusing building strength and endurance with a lot of stable strength exercises combined with movements in a more unstable environment. So it is very nice to mix it up with the weights and the spinning as well as I really need to work on my flexibility because I am tight like crazy…

 

Pizza Date Night

Earlier this week I went to Costco and could not believe my eyes when I saw they already brought out the Christmas decoration and what I thought was even more weird was that there were people putting the stuff in their carts!

Anyhow at my house the summer is far from over so last night me and Freddie had a “Pizza Date Night” on the patio before Laura and her crew came to join us for a glass of wine.

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Low-Carb Pizza Dough

4 eggs

100 grams Parmesan Cheese

2 tablespoons Phyllium Husk

0.75 Deciliter Water

Tomato sauce

1 can Tomato Sauce

Fresh Chopped Tarragon

Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper

Topping

Mushrooms, olives, marinated garlic, ham, cheese

Whisk all the ingredients together and let it “rest” for 5 minutes. Spread it put on parchment paper and bake in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until it as a nice surface to it.

Add the topping and bake it again until the cheese has melted.

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I served this with home made coleslaw and a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon…

Homemade Coleslaw

Cabbage

Red onion

Garlic

Mayonnaise (recipe https://mrsmalin.com/2013/04/29/alabama-drumsticks-so-easy-and-fool-proof/ )

Dijon mustard

Vinegar

Salt and pepper

 

Fifteen is the magic number!

Now a days when I am on a tight schedule I really have to manage my time more efficiently so with no time to spare I shot straight over to the gym as soon as I dropped the kids at the bus so I could get my workout in before Laura and Lynne came in for their 10 a clock workout. And what a leg session I managed to get in, I was completely drenched by the end of it and as I have been walking up and down the stairs in the house this evening I slowly start feeling it’s paying off 😉

I started out with some “heavyish” weights to get my legs working, the plan is to shape them or tone them if you will. I was working with a heavier load aiming for 15 reps with not a lot of rest between the exercises, I’m hoping my legs will look good for our next vacation (you can’t start 2 weeks prior to the trip, right!)

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I mixed both stable and more of an unstable environment to execute the exercises so hopefully this will pay off in the end. I finished off with high intensity for the last 5-10 minutes. I did squat jumps, sumo squat jump, jumping lunges and speed skaters

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I will admit I do feel a little stupid timing the intervals as I am jumping away all alone! It sort of feels better doing it with other people but I guess I just have to get over it as my “people” came in when my hour was over and cranked out one h**l of a workout of their own and I had the pleasure of hanging with them every single minute….nicely done girls!

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My first day at work!

Today was the day when everything changed because when I got up this morning Freddie had to send the kids off to school while I was teaching my first class over at the Warehouse…wohoo!

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I will admit that I was very nervous but I guess it is like whenever you start a new job, you do not really know what to expect even if you know what you are doing. I know my business and I came prepared, I had put together a cracking total body workout with focus on legs. I have a feeling that the girls will be sore tomorrow and the reason I know this is because I did the workout myself yesterday and my legs are just getting more and more sore as the hours are moving along 😉 But like to old saying, you have to lead from the front, right?!

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I hope the girls liked it because I really enjoyed myself and what better job can you have if it is your passion and I am really looking forward to our next session?! So get ready girls… I have already tried out your next workout…ouch  😉

The last and final workout with my girls!!!

Wow, I think the summer finally arrived just in time for school to start tomorrow! I really feel sorry for all the kids that has to sit in the classrooms with no air conditioning when temperatures are expected to climb into the mid 90th! Another thing that starts tomorrow is my first class over at the warehouse and I am so excited that the time has finally come but that also means that I did my final workout with the girls this past friday!

Unfortunately I was not able to make in over at the warehouse so we meet up over at Lifetime and cranked out an awesome leg workout.

We started out with by warming up the gluts with bridge, glut kickback and walking butt lifts. I know this exercises looks really silly but with a high rep count you get a nice burn going on the backside 😉

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Non of us had a lot of time to spare so we hurried into the next circuit where we started out with some stabilization movements and I decided to go heavy on the weights when I started the single leg romanian deadlift followed straight into a reverse lunge with a high knee.

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This super set was in combination with some core work where we completed 15 leg raises and Leg pulls from a Pilates ball continuing both working the hamstring and the glut as well the shoulders and the abs.

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    I would not say this was a walk in the park by any means but we stepped it up another notch and moved over to the leg press and leg extension machine. I decided that we were going to do drop set on both machines and it work well because when we were doing the step up with a jump I really had to fight through the last 5 repetitions. The legs were wobbling as I was walking back towards the machines to take my well deserved rest 😉

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This picture was that sharp but you get the gesture 🙂

When the hour was almost up we still had our last circuit for the day and I thought I would end it where I started it. So again I picked up the 25 pound kettlebells and lunged it over the floor and it worked out to be about 30 very hard and heavy steps before I finished it out with pikes and hip abductors on the TRX.

 

 

 

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When I woke up yesterday morning my hammies wore quite sore but I can not say this enough, Knut is my true inspiration as he is working his butt off getting ready for the hockey season and I guess I can’t complain cos my bones weren’t sticking out…lol

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