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Thursday, March 10, 2011

The gals and guy at the gym ordered a set of Kettle Bells!

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We've always made due with Dumbbells (the equipment, not people) in the past. I've never used Kettle Bells before but am looking forward to it.

One of the instructors plans to get certified to teach with them. There will also be an orientation class required before you're allowed to take the actual class.

I'm not sure how many of each size they ordered but they are 10lbs, 15lbs, 20lbs, and 25lbs. Also, they are in a nice man-ly color of metal...no paint, no plastic, no shin (or chin) protecting rubber coating, these things look downright medieval...like a cannon ball with a handle!

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I was concerned that the heaviest they ordered was 25lbs but it's ok, I picked it up and the damn thing weights like 40lbs or something...someone's gonna get hurt.

  
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TURTLE_MOM 3/12/2011 9:49AM

    I think this is one of those fitness trends, like the medicine balls! I do think they are interesting, but the way you use them doesn't look like fun to me. I'm afraid I'll let go and it will go flying!

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ELEXEY 3/11/2011 10:33PM

    I always enjoy your blogs, thank you for always making me laugh!

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DOJORAT 3/11/2011 8:53PM

    I love my Kettlebell! I use the Jillian Michaels Shred it with weights workout which is an awesome kettlebell workout! My only fear is that one of these days my hands are going to get too sweaty and the thing is going to let loose during one of the kettlebell swings and go right through the TV screen!
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/11/2011 12:20PM

    I have blue ones and I love them almost as much as your description of them !

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SCHAHARAZADE 3/11/2011 9:41AM

    I use the bells in one work out that I half heartedly attempt.

One thing I noticed is the way the bells are swung (high or wide arcs) can give you a terrible wrenching pull if you are not careful to control them. It could be that I get carried away as my bell is only 4 pounds (?).

But when I swing it, especially over head, the momentum of the bell drags it way back. I have to be 'present' (not distracted) to control the swing on the top or I hurt my shoulder. Or worse yet, the bell goes flying away when I realize I am about to dislocate my shoulder if I don't let go emoticon! Ooops!

I probably need a much heavier bell.

And yes, my bell has a grip on it, covered in fire engine red plastic :-) Not sure if the plastic provides any kind of cushioning. I have never dropped it on my foot or smashed a body part...yet.

I think I like the bell but I am not sure I would replace my weights with it.




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PAMBWS 3/11/2011 9:13AM

    Let us know how you like them...I keep thinking I might buy a couple for home use...apparently an awesome full-body workout.

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TIME4COFFEE 3/11/2011 1:15AM

    I would like a nice girlie color, like PINK!
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MABELPIE 3/10/2011 7:40PM

    re GL: I think it depends what you are doing...I find 15 or 20 lbs just fine for some swings, but I do thrusters and lifts and squats with heavier ones and I'm sure sparky can lift more than me (when I have access - I've used heavier at crossfit but I think my gym only has them up to 30 or so for regular use, I think they have others hidden away though). Like with dumbbells there are a zillion different moves, and you need diff weights for diff stuff. I'm sure you can convince your gym to diversify weights once you master the basics.

Crossfit men working at the Rx-ed weights, though, use 60 or so lb kettlebells for swings emoticon

Have fun with all that EXPLOSIVE power!

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/10/2011 6:15PM

    Hrm, seems to me that free weights could be a much larger liability than kettle bells. Don't gyms have you sign waivers before you can play with their bells?

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JOSOP2009 3/10/2011 5:18PM

    How does that go at parties? "Hi, I'm Sparky, and I'm certified to help people play with their...bells"?

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SPARKYWATSON 3/10/2011 4:32PM

    I'm guessing it's an insurance related thing for the company that runs our fitness center. Remember, some people would want to blame the fitness company, the equipment company, and/or the instructor if they drop the friggin' thing on their foot. I did mention these things look medieval, right?

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/10/2011 4:28PM

    Come again? You need to get certified to "teach with kettle bells"? Rule 1, don't smash your face. Rule 2, don't smash someone else's face. Class over, right?

OK, admittedly, I've never played with them, but I don't see a large curriculum here. heh.

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GRACEFULIFE 3/10/2011 4:04PM

    LOL, the 25 pounder weighs 40 pounds. My understanding is that those are still pink colored as far as kettlebells go. Probably good to start with, though.. and since I lack experience with them, who am I to say?

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CAROLJEAN64 3/10/2011 3:31PM

    I have used kettle balls a few times.... they are challenging and fun,... the perfect combination for strength training.

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Who can do it?

Thursday, March 03, 2011

There is a local church that advertises on the radio with a positive message and an invitation to worship with them. The positive messages are nice to hear and think about while I wait for my talk radio host to come back with the non-politically correct message I really enjoy.

Today's message was on encouragement. There's a lot of that around here on Sparkpeople. What stuck with me was the break down of the word to the simple form (I like simple), "to give courage". The message ended with suggesting the listener take time to encourage others even if it is as simple as telling someone, and this is a direct quote, "You can do it!".

So, I get to use my favorite Emoticon:

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Ooops...not that one...this one:

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...because YOU can do it!

  
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MEGA_MILES 3/6/2011 11:18AM

    So can you! emoticon

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SUGARBABY60 3/6/2011 3:23AM

    You are so right and thank you for the words of courage today, it was very helpful!
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THEMIGHTYLILLIE 3/4/2011 10:20PM

    Yay!!!!!! You rock!!!! Thanks for the"giving of courage"!!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/4/2011 2:39AM

    Much as I like encouragement ,politically incorrect is always my favourite !Of course you can do it!

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TURTLE_MOM 3/3/2011 8:09PM

    Simple yet motivating!

To give encouragement sometimes is the best way to feel encouraged ourselves!



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KISSYTINA 3/3/2011 5:22PM

    Loved this blog, and the positive message! Thank you so much for sharing!

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SCHAHARAZADE 3/3/2011 1:57PM

    Well BrewmasterBillllllll....

Man
k is a slang term for Disgusting
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IND is the initials for subway train system in New York.

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Oh and!

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JOSOP2009 3/3/2011 12:13PM

    @BB While the urban dictionary gives your definition of mankind for the word "ind" (with due credit to Jack Handey), the highest vote getters for "mank" all include the word disgusting, so wouldn't that make mankind a disgusting mystery?

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TIME4COFFEE 3/3/2011 12:11PM

    Interesting on "to give courage". If you think about it, to begin and continue with a weight loss regime does take courage so words of sharing courage can be helpful when the supply is running low. Sometimes I need encouragement, and I LOVE to give it.

By the way, I also love 'non-politically correct' - bet you couldn't ever tell!
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PAMBWS 3/3/2011 11:31AM

    What an awesome message...& to see the simple meaning...which is the heart of the message...
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SPARKYWATSON 3/3/2011 11:06AM

    Well Bill, you can done did it with the best of 'em.

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BREWMASTERBILL 3/3/2011 10:25AM

    I like to break down words myself. For example, in order to understand mankind, we have to look at the word itself: "Mankind". Basically, it's made up of two separate words - "mank" and "ind". What do these words mean ? It's a mystery, and that's why so is mankind.

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KENDRACARROLL 3/3/2011 10:22AM

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What do you do when you gym is closed?

Friday, February 25, 2011

I'm stuck. The gym at work is closed because of an electrical smoke smell in the building. Wouldn't be a huge issue but all my gym clothes and shoes are down there too. I guess I'll end up going for a stroll around the parking lot or maybe go down later this afternoon.

  
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PTBEAST 3/8/2011 6:06AM

    Sorry that I am late to the party, so it may no longer be an issue, but a suggestion for a quick, effective work out when you can't get to the gym:

Rounds of Sprawls (like burppies, but sprawl as you would in wrestling if someone shot in for a double leg and get up as fast as you can) and jump squats. I do 3 minute rounds with one minute rest. This is a great substitute workout or as a torture session after strength training.

Good luck with your training situation

Dave

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/27/2011 8:08AM

    Yeah Pam, and running barefoot in winter in parking lots is not real bright. Don't listen to her, Tim. But do go buy more than one set of workout gear. Dang!

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PAMBWS 2/25/2011 8:12PM

    Newest research says running barefoot is better for you...so, not to worry about shoes in the locker...

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DMGABBETT 2/25/2011 6:05PM

    Air squats!

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SPARKYWATSON 2/25/2011 3:53PM

    You want me to fight her?

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TIME4COFFEE 2/25/2011 3:46PM

    A vigorous walk and then a little workout with the wife!
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D_K455 2/25/2011 3:29PM

    I walk outside

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/25/2011 3:17PM

    Burpees.

Lots and lots of Burpees.

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/25/2011 2:35PM

    You are creative you will think of something !(no short piers though the wet look is out)

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SPARKYWATSON 2/25/2011 2:30PM

    dangit!

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/25/2011 2:12PM

    off a short pier

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SPARKYWATSON 2/25/2011 2:02PM

    Thank you for not adding ...off a short pier!

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ZUMBAWITHTASHA 2/25/2011 1:15PM

    Go for a long walk...

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/25/2011 1:07PM

    Day off? Maybe swap today with your rest day?

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Success with pictures

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sorry, but this is probably not what most of you were expecting...but it's me, what were you expecting?

So, my status for most of the day was:

SPARKYWATSON is about to embark on a hunt. I've heard stories of the elusive Bigfoot having been spotted in the area. Hopefully by this evening, I'll have tall tales to tell.

I am here to report that the hunt went well. Bigfoot was more elusive than I expected but I am, if nothing else, persistent.

Here's the pictures of the post hunt festivities:







There was one more picture but it was a little blurry!

Bigfoot is something called a Barley Wine. It is in fact a beer but it is a BIG beer. It is almost 10% Alcohol by Volume and is an acquired taste...which I have acquired.

Read more about it if you choose: www.ratebeer.com/beer/sierra-nevada-
bigfoot/371/


Just know that I enjoy these things in moderation, it will be fully tracked, and I will be in my calorie range for the day.

One down, eleven more to go. These things can be cellered (stored at proper temperatures) for years and only get better as they age. If everything goes according to plan, it will take me 11 years to drink them all...I'm guessing it won't take more than 11 months. I'm persistent after all.

  
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CALIFSHEWOLF 2/22/2011 9:04AM

    I am not a beer drinker, but I did see Bigfoot one time while I was camping, and after several shots of mezcal. I also saw the Chupacabra and several werewolves. I do like the label, though.

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ONECOOKIETWO 2/20/2011 11:10AM

    I'm guessing it won't take you more than 11 days...

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/20/2011 6:52AM

    Nice catch, Tex. This is exactly the same appearance that I've seen in other pictures of Bigfoot captures. It doesn't look like you doctored them at all.

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SUGARBABY60 2/20/2011 4:22AM

    Hic ! Burp! ###$%$# (well THAT is what the 'big 'boys do ) GREAT BLOG very enjoyable!

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TWOTIMESS 2/20/2011 1:05AM

    Very nice label, but whooo! the alcohol content! After one of those I'll be taking on Big Foot singlehandedly, LOL! "Come here, you big hairy sissy!"

Was the last photo blurred after the bottle was empty?
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CHERIRIDDELL 2/19/2011 11:31PM

    LOL I don't drink beer at all but my husband would love this blog if he were here (apparently he is not keen to even try local Aghani beer) I do make a mean beer bread and cheesy beer soup in keeping with Joyryder's Irish theme !

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TIME4COFFEE 2/19/2011 11:08PM

    I'm impressed that your persistence paid off.
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Someone's got some 'splainin' to do!

Friday, February 18, 2011

What is up with this?

  
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CALIFSHEWOLF 2/19/2011 5:21PM

    Wow...you must be REALLY special.

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SBEAR5 2/19/2011 12:56PM

    Way to lead the way, Tim! :)

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PAMBWS 2/19/2011 11:54AM

    You've managed what the rest of us can only aspire to...lead the way!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2011 10:22AM

    That's hilarious! emoticon

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BREWMASTERBILL 2/19/2011 7:09AM

    GL FTW! Nails "flipped it" in fine fashion.

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SUGARBABY60 2/19/2011 3:44AM

    If points were like calories they would be "eaten up" in no time at all. Well congratulations for the overachievement! woo hoo!

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TWOTIMESS 2/19/2011 2:24AM

    Bwahahahaha! They've got to come up with a good explanation! A time warp?

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GRACEFULIFE 2/18/2011 11:16PM

    LOL, flipped it. I think I only ever flipped a game on the Atari 2600. I could never get that damn hack to work on the Galaga arcade machine.

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KISSYTINA 2/18/2011 9:36PM

    OMG! That is hilarious! I saw that they had changed the levels. But, wow... I don't even know what to say about that!




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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/18/2011 1:58PM

    AWESOME.
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BREWMASTERBILL 2/18/2011 1:34PM

    Dude, you flipped it!

(anyone remember when that phrase was popular?)

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 2/18/2011 12:34PM

    emoticon Did the Spark Police fine you for over-achievement?

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TIME4COFFEE 2/18/2011 12:09PM

    That took talent and dedication.
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GRACEFULIFE 2/18/2011 12:05PM

    You can did it!

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HOT4FITNESS 2/18/2011 11:39AM

    Did you take out a loan for some sparkpoints a while back. LOL!!

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SPARKYWATSON 2/18/2011 11:25AM

    Seems the trophy levels have changed

Greater than
100,000 points
80,000 - 99,999 points
60,000 - 79,999 points
50,000 - 59,999 points
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SPARKYWATSON 2/18/2011 10:53AM

    Every point I earn now puts me deeper in the hole but I just can't stop myself!

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KENDRACARROLL 2/18/2011 10:43AM

    That's funny :)

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WINDEE52 2/18/2011 10:26AM

    That's hysterical! :)

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