Today’s Workout

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Today's Workout

An easy one today. I’ve just started on the Les Mills – Look Better Naked course with three other girls that I train with regularly. There are also three new girls in the group who have just started the programme. I think they were in a bit of shock from their first session on Monday so this should stop them getting scared off. For me the tough part is the diet. It seems like it’s not restrictive but it really is. Each day I have to consume 2ltrs water minimum, no more than 2 servings of fruit, 4 servings of carbs, 5 servings of protein, 2 fats and as many veges as I like (5+ recommended) provided they are not carrots, potato, sweet potato, pumpkin, corn, parsnip etc. One serving is 1/2 cup in size for carbs and veges, 1 serving of protein is 100gm and 1 serving of fat is 1/4 avocado or 1/2 tbsp olive oil or 2 egg yolks or 10 nuts for example. I find it tricky to stay within 2 fats per day so, I don’t add any oil to salads or vegetables. Salt, pepper and lemon juice are ok though. I’ve also decided I’m going to have a cucumber, celery, kale, parsley, lemon, green apple, cos lettuce and spinach juice in the afternoons to prevent snacking. I guess we’ll have to see how that goes…..

Here are some demos for you:
Medicine Ball Slams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWghPf9dso0
Thrusters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7ljnk8OS3M
Stationary Lunges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCpu8IhLvBg
Hip Thrusts (This video is kind of hilarious. But at least you can see what the exercise is.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH4A1DkTleg
Box Jumps (I use a step and make it about 4 levels high) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wc65Gdd2Omg
Calf Raises http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwLzBJYoWlI
Ice Skaters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnZtEoYNs1A
Walking Lunges (Sorry about the music on this one, the technique is good though.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qoYbW34tFU
Burpees http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burpee_%28exercise%29
Squat Jumps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVaEhXotL7M
Hover http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRXKg21pE-4
Side Plank https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iyr6ETMJT0M
Back Extensions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrS8vOLpVfc

Thursday Workout

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Thursday Workout

My trainer said this was an easy one today. She was a little disappointed that my abs were not in agony after yesterday and told me to focus on using those muscles more. I have a feeling they will be hurting tomorrow.

Monday Workout

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Monday Workout

Enjoy this workout, I really liked it. Make sure you have enough resistance on your bar to make it worthwhile. 🙂

Here are some references for the different exercises.
Chest Press http://vimeo.com/32179426
Forward Row http://vimeo.com/32179569
Power Press http://vimeo.com/32179880
Bicep Curls http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO_CNYidOw0
Tricep Dips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0326dy_-CzM

Meet Thomas

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Meet Thomas

Even though I grew up riding, it’s been a long time since I was in the saddle. Eight years to be exact. I’ve been wanting to get back in to it but never knew where to go until a friend told me about the Helensville Riding School. I had my first lesson and absolutely loved it. Thomas was so placid and well behaved it was easy to concentrate on what I was learning without having to worry about his temperament. In my first lesson I learnt to correct my posture during trotting, better hand control, to move sideways by squeezing Thomas with one leg and to pivot 180° with his front hooves staying in the same spot. I had the best time and have booked another lesson for next week. I can’t wait to update what I’ve learnt each time and I seem to be getting a great leg workout to boot.