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Video of me busting up a sidewalk with a sledgehammer!!

Sunday, July 29, 2012


Here's a video of me breaking up a concrete sidewalk with a sledgehammer. The sidewalk had 2 sections, about 5 feet long and 3 feet long by 3 feet wide. When I went to rent the sledgehammer and said what I wanted to do, the guys at the rental store looked at each other and LAUGHED! Then they said it would take me "DAYS" to do it, if I even could. Adding in, "Don't wear those sandals when you do it." Uh, thanks, but I was actually planning on doing it barefoot (not!)

I actually went to another rental place a couple weeks ago to check things out and he wouldn't even let me see the sledgehammer saying, "there's no way you can do it that way... this is when you get your boyfriend to help."

Ok... I'm just over 5 ft 3 and a size 4/6 but I've a lot of strength in this small package! The job took me about AN HOUR, and I did it AFTER I ran and worked out, too, and this was my recovery day after running 15 miles yesterday!

My form might not be perfect... BUT THIS IS ALSO THE FIRST TIME I'VE EVER USED A SLEDGEHAMMER!

THIS IS FOR ANYONE WHO HAS BEEN LAUGHED AT AND TOLD THEY COULD NOT DO SOMETHING!! YOU NEVER KNOW UNTIL YOU TRY!!

Oh, and PS: I built that wall and the built-in cabinet that is behind me in the first shot, framed and installed those doors, finished the drywall and painted everything, moved that window over from the right side of the room, wired the whole room, refinished the hardwood floors, and installed the chandelier overhead... among other things. :)
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MARYELLEN301 8/14/2012 3:01PM

    I sure hope you took a copy of the video to the smart a$$e$ who laughed at you! You go girl!!

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ILOVEROSES 8/14/2012 9:40AM

    Love the video! emoticon

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EMILYDOODLE 8/6/2012 10:24PM

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NYC_NATIVE 8/2/2012 7:17AM

    Very nice. As for that abandoned nearby tire, you can start swinging at it next, or perhaps even do a tire flip for another total-body workout. :D

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MAMACAT2_3 7/31/2012 4:51PM

    You are my herooooo!! Girl power!! Phew!

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DOGSTARDADDY 7/30/2012 3:16PM

    Awesome!!!

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SANDERSON83 7/30/2012 3:06PM

    Love the video editing! LOL

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TRI_BABE 7/30/2012 1:16PM

    What's funny is when I was looking on YouTube for videos on how to properly swing a sledgehammer, there were SO many workout videos showing workouts with one - most hitting a big old truck tire. It almost seems like the truck tire would not give you the full workout, in a way, because of the rebound action after the sledge hits the tire.

I felt this had worked my quads, triceps, upper back/lats, traps, somewhat in my deltoids and also a bit in my torso/abs. It actually does give you a pretty good workout.

I do have a big truck tire someone dumped however many years ago in the ravine/alley behind my house. Hmmm... LOLOLOL

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BOB240 7/30/2012 11:19AM

    OK..I'll buy your workout DVD.... Coach Nicole is history...

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JULIEEG81 7/30/2012 8:56AM

    Great Job! emoticon

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STESSEDOUT27 7/30/2012 5:04AM

    GREAT JOB! LOL loved the music!
You are a machine girl! Love it when the Idiot
men just laugh and then you make them look stupid! emoticon

Awesome job and done faster than ifyou had hired it out! emoticon

I've always had the attitude that I can do it myself and always have emoticon

Love the video and the blog! Great work on the interior as well, you ROCK!!!!!!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 7/30/2012 4:13AM

   
I told you that it wouldn't be as hard as you thought, nevermind the fool at the rental place ..... boyfriend indeed!!!

It's amazing how much you can get on the down stroke once you've hefted it over your shoulder. I'm 56 and I still wield the sledgehammer and axe (probably shouldn't) but you do what you've gotta do.

This clip was terrific!!!

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BTW Cody is a cutie

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SHEILA1505 7/30/2012 1:59AM

    Good job - all of them - love the background music too :)
What are you going to use to fill the space - lawn or other paving?

Hugs

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MOONSTORMER 7/30/2012 1:29AM

    love love LOVE this!!

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LIFEGENESIS 7/29/2012 10:05PM

    You are my hero! :D Great job! Seriously...I know who I am going to get a hold of when a tough job comes up. Yup. yup. ;D

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SPRINGHAZE 7/29/2012 9:31PM

    awesome vid!!!

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TRI_BABE 7/29/2012 8:56PM

    LOL Lecates!! I just got done running and doing my own "boot camp" workout (sets of push-ups, walking lunges, squats, ab work, etc) in 80 degree weather! I look so sweaty and gross I thought about not posting it but whatever... Well if this were a make-up blog I would look differently perhaps :)

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SMURFETE09 7/29/2012 8:54PM

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

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LECATES 7/29/2012 8:50PM

    Man, I don't want to make you mad at me---LOL---maybe you should go show this video to those idiots at the 2 stores. Amazing---and actually, you are prettier in this video than in your pictures!

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GARDENCHRIS 7/29/2012 8:27PM

    good for you! Don't you hte it when men look at you like.... ok ... do it anyway . emoticon

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/29/2012 8:18PM

    Nice job and awesome workout!!

Rest and relax into tomorrow!

Have a great week!

Kelly

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FANGFACEKITTY 7/29/2012 8:15PM

    emoticon You are my hero! I want to be you when I grow up!

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CAROLJEAN64 7/29/2012 7:57PM

    Please, please, please take this video to both rental stores and show it to them... no comment necessary!!!

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