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Monday, January 31, 2011

Can you Burpee?

Wahoo! I'm getting back into the game.

I did my first session with my new kettlebells and it was great. I can see why they are so efficient since you are working several muscle groups at the same time. My core was engaged during my whole routine and that will be a huge benefit to my running come spring.
I already have a few favorite exercises.

(Variation: do this with a 2 1/2 yr old boy laying on your stomach with his feet in your face. Mine thought it was a ride when I'd raise and lower my hips. Weeeee!)

Something else I'm pretty stoked about is going on over at RunnerManWannabe's place. He's hosting a Burpee contest (not to be confused with burper contest) to see how many you can do in 2 min. Go take a gander at the details if you'd like in. I did a few burpee's today to practice and lets just say I'm gonna need until the deadline (Feb. 13th) to get a good number. It's all just for a good time and to take on a fun challenge. Join us!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hi, my name is Slacker

Remember me?

Wow. I suck. I new the holidays would be nuts but I wasn't fully prepared for all the craziness that would follow them. Here are my lame excuses...

Excuse #1 - We are full blown in the middle of building our house and decided to do the electrical work ourselves. Lesson - save up a little more money so you can pay someone else to do it. Waaaaaaay too many late nights.

Excuse #2 - Getting bids for the house. I now know the names of all available siding, doors, tile, carpet, rock, cupboards, faucets, sinks, light fixtures, and paint colors. I have things scrolled on little sticky notes all over the place and half of them I don't understand. Haggling for the right price makes me cranky.

Excuse #3 - At the end of December I was asked to be the Primary President in my ward (I'm a steward over all the children in my local church). I LOVE this calling but the end/first of the year has a lot of busy work and to top it off we are moving church buildings this week so I've been prepping for that.

Thus my blog life (and all other forms of social life) have suffered. I've gotten into an exercise funk and I hate it. It's time to do something about it. Here are my new toys.

During the cold/dark/winter months I tend to do more strength training than running (since there's just so many miles I can pound out on a treadmill) and I decided it was time to splurge on some new equipment to finally get me going. Kettle balls are a killer tool to build up core strength as well has tone arms/legs. Here we go!

Do you use a kettle ball? What is your favorite kettle exercise routine? (I've got me a chart to go with them so I can learn the kettle ball lingo)