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My workout today

Friday, August 15, 2014

I was really excited about my deadlift and thought I'd post my workout today. The 180 lbs worked! I didn't think it was going to come off the floor but it started to move and I got it all the way up and locked it in. I almost did a crazy happy dance in the gym but I controlled myself. Anyway, it's coming along (the numbers at the end of each line don't mean anything...they are points on fitocracy).

kim_collings_9tracked Workout A for 1,389 ptsToday

Parallel-Grip Pull-Up (no assistance)
3 reps 11
2 reps 6
1 reps 2

Pull-Up (no assistance)
2 reps 17

Barbell Deadlift
135 lb x 5 reps 85
145 lb x 5 reps 91
160 lb x 4 reps 92
180 lb x 1 reps (PR) 63
135 lb x 5 reps 85
135 lb x 5 reps 85
135 lb x 5 reps 85

One-Arm Dumbbell Row
50 lb x 6 reps 48
55 lb x 3 reps 38
60 lb x 2 reps 33
50 lb x 5 reps 46
didn't get the 65. next time

Wide-Grip Lat Pulldown
70 lb x 5 reps 27
85 lb x 5 reps 30
95 lb x 3 reps 26
85 lb x 5 reps 30
70 lb x 5 reps 27

Bent Over Barbell Row
45 lb x 10 reps 31
70 lb x 5 reps 31
80 lb x 5 reps 33
90 lb x 5 reps 35
80 lb x 5 reps 33
70 lb x 5 reps 31

Pulse Up - Legs Straight
3 reps 3
3 reps 3
practicing for dragon flag

10 reps 32
10 reps 32
10 reps 32
10 reps 32
10 reps 32
10 reps 32

Running (treadmill)
00:10:45 | 1 mi

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68ANNE 9/14/2014 2:03PM


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IRP1114 8/15/2014 5:38PM

    I bet! And you can totally see your strength in person! emoticon The little guy is still talking about you teaching him how to hang on the monkey bars lol! You are one strong woman! It is no wonder you can do a tough workout like this!

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SUPERKARA36 8/15/2014 5:29PM

    Holy Workout! Great Job!

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RYDERB 8/15/2014 5:15PM

    emoticon Nice job on the pull-ups too!

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KIMCOLLINGS 8/15/2014 5:00PM

    Thanks Arnette and Imelda. It felt good :)

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IRP1114 8/15/2014 4:42PM

    Woooohooooo! Congrats! Sounds like an awesome workout Kim! emoticon

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Mudder and Kayaking

Monday, June 09, 2014

It was a busy weekend and TONS of fun. I did my first mud run on Saturday...the Survivor:




My teammates were great. We helped each other out and had so much fun. There was a cool slide that was a blast:

Here are some of the other obstacles (canned pictures):

....and the medal (this is 2013's but it looks the same other than the date)

On Sunday, the scouts went on a 10 mile kayak trip on Boston Harbor in Olympia, WA. It was a lot of fun too. We were in the open water most of the time, but found some fingerling waterways that we explored. We saw a lot of wildlife including Eagles (there's one in the 2nd picture but really hard to see), blue herons, big jelly fish, seals, otters, and a dog (he wasn't too wild.....pretty friendly actually, especially when I had my snacks around).

If you ever get a chance I definitely recommend a mud run. The short ones aren't too hard and are so much fun and you can go totally at your own pace. The feeling of getting into the mud at the beginning is so great! Like you're a little kid again (and doing something mom would say no

Have a great week everyone!

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MARINEMAMA 7/16/2014 5:39PM

    Fantastic job! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RYDERB 6/27/2014 11:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great pictures! You're such an inspiration! emoticon

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XENA47 6/13/2014 12:16AM

    That is so cool! I've always wanted to do one of those kinds of races.


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68ANNE 6/11/2014 12:30PM

    I have a friend trying to talk me into a mudder but I've been a scaredy cat. It great to hear from you about it.

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ANGEL_AMBER 6/10/2014 9:00AM

    Great pictures! Sounds like you had an awesome weekend. And way-to go on your first mud run!

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    Awesome weekend and great pictures. I have some friends that have done mud runs and they have loved them as well and say they are a great workout.

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WALLAHALLA 6/9/2014 9:29PM

    Looks like a blast!

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WINDY01 6/9/2014 9:04PM

    Wow! That looks like fun! I think I would like to find a mud run around here! Congratulations on all your fitness! emoticon

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LINDAK25 6/9/2014 6:28PM

    emoticon Good for you!

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IRP1114 6/9/2014 4:03PM

    Super cool Kim! You look so strong!! And happy! Sounds like it was amazing! Thank you for sharing : )

Love the kayaking pictures too! Wow hard to believe we have so many beautiful places right in our backyards right!?

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144AUTUMN 6/9/2014 4:00PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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Fun's been a while

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's been a while since I posted a fun facts blog. Instead of food, I'm going with interesting health/body fun facts today:

Fun Fitness Facts About Exercise:

-There is only one type of exercise that requires you hold your breath in order to accomplish the exercise. What is it? It's swimming underwater.
-If you had every single muscle in your body work together at the same time, you could lift about 50,000 pounds.
-If you are not a regular exerciser, by the time you are 65 you may experience as much as an 80% decrease in your muscle strength.
-By the time you have reached old age, you will have walked approximately 70,000 miles.
-The best way to judge whether or not you are exercising at too high of an intensity is to see whether or not you can carry on a conversation. If you can't, you may want to back off of the intensity just a little until you can.
-Bodies are creatures of habit. The more you exercise, the more your body learns to burn fat rather than storing it.
-No wonder your feet hurt - running puts four to seven times your body weight in pressure on your feet.
-Regular exercise is linked to better sex, because it can improve body image, energy, self-esteem and overall fitness.
-Dancing is a terrific and fun form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular fitness just like any other more formal type of exercise.
-If you're always in a bad mood, then getting fit just may help. Regular exercise can enhance mood and overall well-being.
-The top three factors that determine whether or not you will stick to your exercise routine include having support, finding a workout that you like and knowing what you're doing. Your recipe for fitness success just may be working out with a buddy doing something you love after having received formal education on how to do it.
-If you have an inactive spouse, chances are that you will be inactive, too.
-In spite of what you may have read, there is no "best time to exercise." It turns out that the best time to exercise is when it works for you.
-Women's top three recreational activities are walking, aerobics and working out, while men's top three are golf, basketball and walking.
-Regular exercise can reduce the signs and symptoms of PMS.
-Being dehydrated reduces exercise performance. Make sure you hydrate for peak performance during a workout.
-Visualization can help to improve your workout. By visualizing yourself completing the exercise before you actually perform it, then you will be able to perform the exercise with more intensity and effectiveness.
-Visualization of specific exercise actually causes the muscle synapses to fire as if you were performing the exercise. Does this mean that you can get all of your exercise in your mind? Not necessarily, but visualization can be a valuable part of your workout.
-People who cross-train with a variety of exercise are more fit and less injury-prone than those who exercise using only one or two exercise modalities.

Fun Facts About Your Body:

-For every 25 pounds of excess weight, your body needs to pump blood through an extra 5,000 miles of blood vessels.
-How much air do you breathe every hour? You breathe about 700 gallons of air.
-What is your body's strongest muscle? It's your heart - which beats approximately 100,000 times per day. That means that in just 10 days, your heart beats one million times. If you do sustained, intense exercise daily, you'll reach a million even more quickly.
-Your heart pumps about 74 gallons of blood in a single day - enough to fill up three gas tanks!
-A normal sized heart weighs about the same amount as a softball.
-All but 10 ounces of your brain, which weighs approximately three pounds, is water.
-It takes 70 muscles to speak a single word.
-Your body has more than 650 muscles.
-Blood circulates through your body very quickly. The average time it takes for your blood to make the entire circuit is 23 seconds.

By utilizing the fun fitness facts provided above, you can pump up your workout, get to know your body and make your way to the best shape of your life.

Make it a great day!!

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/19/2014 8:07AM


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68ANNE 5/15/2014 2:50PM

    I am dancing away

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IRP1114 5/15/2014 1:53PM

    Missed your blogs! Good stuff! emoticon

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LINDAK25 5/15/2014 1:51PM

    It has been a while! Great stuff.

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WALLAHALLA 5/15/2014 1:35PM

    Whoa emoticon That is a lot of info to digest at once. Glad there isn't a test. emoticon emoticon

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Half Marathon Complete (yayyyy)

Monday, December 02, 2013

Sparkie IRP1114 and I completed our first half marathon yesterday! We were so excited! There were about 15,000 entrants between the four races (full marathon run, full marathon walk, half marathon run, half marathon walk).

Here's the starting line:

We ran down 5th avenue

and then up the express ramps to I-90. It was very strange to be a pedestrian on this vehicle only ramp:

There are a couple of hills that are scary looking but ended up not being as bad as I thought they would be. Here's interlaken Blvd. Beautiful scenery and goes through a quiet ravine:

There were fiddlers there too:

Later, on the home stretch, there was a fella giving out donut bites:

The race ended with a short but significant hill at the end (kind of made you want to say shucks):

Then, we rounded the corner into memorial stadium.....

......and IRP and I ran and crossed the line together:

....and got our medals :)

It was so much fun and such a neat race to work up to. Maybe the full marathon next year? :)

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BLITZEN44 2/18/2014 8:54PM

    Wow! Nice job! Is the first pic at the EMP? Awesome pictures.. you never see those streets free of vehicles unless you do a run like that I guess. Kind of a neat perk! Love the fiddler. The Krispy Kreme devil is a great shot too. Congrats!

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68ANNE 1/6/2014 7:54PM

    That is so amazing!

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RYDERB 12/7/2013 4:41PM

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KALIGIRL 12/4/2013 9:15AM

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/3/2013 2:57PM

    I know...that cracks me up!

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IRP1114 12/3/2013 2:41PM

    Lol! I didn't even notice the horns! Too funny : D

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/3/2013 12:44PM

    MWWENSIN...I wondered too then I realized that he was "tempting" us with his evil ways...AKA donuts, LOL!

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IRP1114 12/2/2013 10:30PM

    Very fun! Almost was too short lol! Definitely want to do the full next year ; )!

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JMEPAYNE 12/2/2013 7:31PM

    Congrats! what a fantastic accomplishment!!

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SDLOV3R 12/2/2013 7:03PM

    Oh how EXCITING!!!!! I just finished my first half a couple weeks ago and I about burst into tears crossing the finish line. What a huge accomplishment for you both! You're more of a runner than I am though if you're contemplating the full lol. I say GO FOR IT! You ladies rock!

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MWWENSIN 12/2/2013 6:41PM

    What's with the Devil horn's on the guys hat handing out the Krispy Kreme donuts?

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 6:37PM

    Yes we did!!! Yay!!!!! It was so fun to run with you Imelda.

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IRP1114 12/2/2013 6:14PM

    YAY! WE DID IT! Thanks for posting the pictures!! I have NO pictures!

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MWWENSIN 12/2/2013 3:08PM

    Great job!

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LINDAK25 12/2/2013 2:31PM

    Good for you! Fantastic!

I'm assuming that the start line photo isn't from this year? Fiddlers? A marathon serenade (there's probably a song in there somewhere).


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WALLAHALLA 12/2/2013 1:42PM

    Totally emoticon journey!!! I'm really impressed!

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 1:39PM

    Thanks so much Dolly Holly. Injuries are the worse. Hope you recover quickly and are out there on the trails/roads soon :)

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K-GETTING-FIT 12/2/2013 1:37PM

    Oh Kim, I am so very happy for you and Imelda!!! Yes, dorky Kristin's eyes are tearing up. It is wonderful that you both shared that moment. Alhough I am not quite the runner that you ladies are, I am even more excited to run my first one in May with my fellow spark buddies. Yes, I will be crying:)

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  Awesome! Half Marathons are great events. Good luck on your next one.

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DOLLYHOLLY 12/2/2013 1:28PM

    emoticon That is emoticon You inspire me to want to run again when I've recovered from injuries and my joints are repaired!

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 1:21PM

    Thanks so much IAMZBEE! Still smiling from it :)

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KIMCOLLINGS 12/2/2013 1:20PM

    I think we have caught the HM bug...we were talking about looking into another one yesterday. We live in the south end, so Tacoma would be perfect (that's such a beautiful area too). Thanks for the tip. Will definitely have to check it out!

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IAMZBEE 12/2/2013 1:19PM

    Way to go, ladies!!!!

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PMRUNNER 12/2/2013 1:17PM

    Yay! Way to go! I did the Seattle half a few times back around 2000-2003. There is another really nice half in Tacoma that goes through point defiance park and along the Tacoma water front. It is called the Pacific Rim HM. If you have caught the HM bug, you should check it out!

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Leg Press Lunacy

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Good workout today. I wanted to post this particularly because of the leg press. It was a killer workout and my legs feel like jello :) Here's what M&F has to say about leg press lunacy:

*Leg Press Lunacy (different leg/foot positions):

"Position #1:
8-10 reps—Feet placed low and shoulder width apart on the platform in order to place the emphasis on the lower quads. With no rest switch to:

Position #2:
8-10 reps—Feet placed narrow (a few inches apart) and midway up on the platform in order to place the emphasis on the vastus lateralis on the outside of the thigh, while beginning to recruit a bit of help from the hamstrings as well. With no rest switch to:

Position #3:
8-10 reps—Feet placed high and wide (a few inches wider than shoulder width) on the platform in order to place the emphasis on the inner thighs (adductors), hamstrings, and glutes.

I suggest running through the “Thigh Thumper” two to three times in a workout (with about 3 minutes in between “trisets”) and then finishing your quad workout with a couple of sets of leg extensions to completely obliterate any remaining stubborn muscle fibers. Try this program anytime you want to challenge your mind and muscles to something a little different than the norm, but be prepared for the pain. "

Today's workout:

0:39:33 || 3.6 mi || 10:57 min/mi || light hills (+380 pts)

Leg Press (each set listed contains the three tri-sets described above. I didn't get 8-10 reps of each so will lower weight a little next time). I'm up to 230 lbs if I do regular leg presses though which is exciting.

180 lb x 13 reps (+34 pts)
140 lb x 18 reps (+32 pts)
140 lb x 16 reps (+31 pts)

Barbell Squat:
45 lb x 20 reps (+61 pts)
115 lb x 6 reps (+79 pts)
115 lb x 7 reps (+83 pts)
135 lb x 4 reps (+78 pts)
115 lb x 5 reps (+75 pts)
95 lb x 10 reps (+77 pts)
95 lb x 7 reps (+72 pts)
95 lb x 7 reps (+72 pts)

25 reps (+16 pts)

70 sec (+31 pts)
60 sec (+27 pts)
60 sec (+27 pts)
60 sec (+27 pts)

Squat Stretch:
120 sec (+12 pts)

10 reps (+19 pts)

Foam Rolling:
10 min (+23 pts)

0:05:00 (+2 pts)


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SIMLANNA 10/11/2013 6:35PM

    I did the leg press lunacy today and I loved it. I added heel raises to it. I am going to do it as part of my leg routine from now on.

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MOTLEM 10/2/2013 9:25PM

    emoticon Lunatics, Lunacy! Makes me feel tired just reading it! emoticon
But emoticon YOU!! Keep workin' it Kim! emoticon

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68ANNE 10/2/2013 8:57PM

    I agree it is lunacy!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/2/2013 4:01PM

    whoa! Lunacy!!!

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