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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

So a few weeks ago, my husband borrowed the P90X dvd's from a friend because he wanted to get into better shape (not that he's AT ALL in bad shape) and these videos KICKED HIS BUTT. By the 3rd day of he video's, he was so sore he couldn't raise his arms above shoulder level, nor could he bend them past 90 degrees. Though I felt bad for him, I did take advantage of the situtation. Its not often I get to tickle him nonstop without reprecusions. Besides, he did milk it for a week, saying that he couldn't scrub dishes because it hurt too much. =P

So my husband took a week off from P90X after just 3 days of doing it and we decided that it is a program that you should build up to, rather than jumpin in head first. These workouts are no joke. Its called P90 because most of the workouts are 90 minutes or more! I don't know what I was thinking, but my husband has convinced me to do the program with him. We are doing regular workouts this week to prepare for P90X and we'll be starting the program on Monday.

Today, we took the fit test which is supposed to determine if you are fit enough to do the program. We both passed with flying colors. I couldn't do a pullup though, which was pretty sad. However, I did 20 regular pushups and beat my husband at the wall sit. I have to admit that, though this will probably be the hardest I have worked since high school, I'm excited to see the results.

Well, I'm also trying to get more sleep these days so I better go to bed. I'll write more after our next workout!

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TURNINGJ 1/13/2010 7:42AM

    I really enjoy the P90X program - just wish it was more realistic... only 60 min workouts 5 times per week... 6 days at 90 is so hard when you have so much to do... I hated the yoga - regularly screaming at the tv "I don't want to do anymore freaking vinyasa's or planks!"... And I would be screaming at Tony and pam the blam...they make it look so effortless and barely sweat! I never got past the 3rd week after trying two times... just couldn't keep it up for 3 months... I keep saying - one day I'll do it - just to say I conquered it! But not in the right mindset yet..... Good luck to you!!!

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NYBYRD 1/12/2010 9:32PM

    I also have P90X, and X really stands for EXTREME!! The workouts are crazy, but fun! You will definitely be sore for the first week or so, but you will get a really great workout. I hope you and your husband enjoy...I incorporate P90X into my weekly routine of several different exercises, such as walking, biking, and or Tae bo. I don't like just doing 1 routine, but definitely stick to it!

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Low budget workout room for a small space

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

My husband and I live in a small apartment and we both dream of having a very large workout space, but for now, we've usurped some space in the bedroom. I thought I would share my setup. My laptop gets used for playing the workout videos, and goes on the TV table, but is not shown.

Workout videos - $10-20 each
"Rarely used" 2lb weights as book ends - $0
Jump Rope - $5
Tube style stretch bands - $10
Removeable hangers - $2
Mirror - $15
Exercise ball - $20
Pilates mat - $12
Adjustable weight set - $45
3lb and 5 lb weights - $6-8 each
Stretch bands - $10
TV table stolen from living room - $0

Total cost to recreate: $237
Total space needed: 7' x 6'
Items I don't use much: tube style stretch bands
Items I use constantly: 5 lb weights, workout videos, pilates mat, exercise ball
Wish list: BOSU or other balance ball, weight bench, more workout videos

Now many of these things were either given to me, found on sale or borrowed from other parts of the house, and I've pulled it together slowly. I've barely noticed the cost. If you were to buy these things all at once you might need to save a little money first. I would suggest starting with the highest priority items and purchasing slowly, much like I did.

What is your home gym like? Any low cost or small space tips?

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KAYOTIC 12/12/2009 7:50PM

    I just keep my equipment in the living room (both at my house and at my boyfriends where I spend most weekends). Since I live alone, it's no big deal. Over the years I've collected a number of DVD's some light weight that I rarely use, and I have 2 yoga mats, one at home one at bf's since I've been big into the at home yoga lately. I have a gym membership, so I do my major cardio and ST there during the week, and on weekends, my bf and I are trying to get out and do our cardio outside. Can't wait to start skiing!

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JOPAPGH 12/9/2009 2:42PM

    Great use of a small space!

My cardio workout space is a basement with low ceilings. I have a treadmill and a mountain bike on a stationary stand with a tv, vcr, dvd player, connection to the tivo upstairs and a place to hook up my MP3 player.

Still haven't decided where to set up for strength training.

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My Motivation Collage

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Here's a scan of the motivation collage I created from magazine clippings. I'd love to look like the girl in the upper right. I know a body like that takes lots of work. I've got the opportunity to work like that this summer if I would only take advantage! I need to plaster these images everywhere, get serious about training, and stop over-indulging when I get cravings! I know what I DO and DO NOT want to look like as I grow older and I know which one I will achieve by eating unhealthy and sitting on my bum.

I did a lower body workout after my run today. For now I've got my eye on the prize. Just gotta hold onto that in the weeks to follow!

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PJEROME72 4/23/2009 3:41PM

    Great Job Laura! I know you will succeed. emoticon

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SUSANBPANTS 4/23/2009 9:37AM

    Very artsy, Laura. I approve! I have been working on filling my mini photo album with motivational pictures. It helps.

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Trying Yoga

Sunday, March 08, 2009

When I made my "fitness binder" (see Runner's World and other thoughts) I included a section for yoga and pilates. I had tried a bunch of poses and really enjoyed them so I decided I wanted to learn/try more yoga. Since I know very few moves, I was having a hard time creating "flows" which are an important part of the yoga experience. So I jumped in the car and drove to the bookstore. There was quite a large selection of workout videos there, and it was a bit overwhelming. I ended up sitting in the isle of the store reading the backs of each dvd. I thought about what I wanted to achieve by doing these videos and that helped me choose much more easily.

First, I want to do yoga to improve my flexibility, and release tension. For these purposes I chose "am pm yoga for beginners". I have done 2 pm and 1 am routine from the dvd so far and it has really made my back and shoulders feel loose and relaxed! I plan to do at least one routine from this dvd daily.

Second, I wanted to do yoga as stregnth and balance training and I really wanted it to be challenging. So I picked up a dvd called "Yoga Conditioning for Athletes". I tried two of the workouts on there this morning and I'm quickly learning that I'm not very flexible!

Finally, getting cardio when I don't have time for the gym and can't get outside is a big concern for me so I grabbed a non-yoga video called "Total Body Cardio" and... OH MY LORD!
I recommend this dvd VERY highly. I tried the 30 minute cardio workout (there are also 10 min and 50 min workouts on there) just a few minutes ago and the sweat is just pouring off me. And when they say "total body" they mean it. This was a seriously challenging, invigorating and fun workout! At one point we were doing this cool transition between modified pushups and modified side planks and I was having so much fun!

The videos pictured above are the actual videos I bought at Border's Bookstore if you are interested in buying them!

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TANYA210 3/8/2009 1:45PM

    I have been doing yoga for over a year now. I tried tons of yoga dvds off of netflix before I found one i love. I will look into trying the cardio yoga. I also found a weite yoga journal.com and under multimedia there are yoga sessions that you can do from your computer. The instructer'd name is Jason Crandell. I love them also.


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Running Log

Saturday, March 07, 2009

5.25 miles
Stillwater/College Ave loop w/ Andrew

~3 miles
28 minutes
w/ Andrew on a warm sunny afternoon!
felt much better than last time

~3 miles
29 minutes
w/Andrew on a warm sunny afternoon!
muscles tight but loosened up 2nd half of run

2.42 miles
26 minutes
10:31 pace on treadmill
Recovery run, still sore from race!

3.1 miles
Luv 2 Run 5k #1
Surprised myself with my time!
New PR goal: 23:00?

3.94 miles
~35 min
tight muscles

4.6 miles
9 minutes per mile (41:30)
Ran with April and Andrew
knees sore after but otherwise I feel great!

3.1 miles
on treadmill, random level 6, 10 min/mi
30 minutes of continuous running is pushing my endurance right now. Need to run more.

2.2 miles
Ran outside w/ April & Andrew
signed up for B2B today!

2 miles
First outside run of the year!
Running is a lot harder outside than on the treadmill.

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LOGDIVA 3/7/2009 5:46PM

    Well done!
I'm SO envious....yesterday was a run day and I was on the Dreadmill, today only walk but I DID get outside for it. YES, outdoors is more difficult than outdoors but at the same time is much more satisfying, methinks...
Here's to warmer weather and SPRING!

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