tuesday trainer – the best of

July 10, 2012 in Blog, Body, Friends, Sillyness, Tuesday Trainer by lindsaymwright

Some of my most favorite DVDs ever are the “Best Of” Saturday Night Live compilations.  Hilarious and to the point.

In our 300-movie DVD collection, we own the “Best Of” Christopher Walken, Steve Martin and Will Ferrell.  While I’d like to say they get watched often, we always seem to pick something on Netflix over a DVD.

Sorry, DVD collection.  I’m just too dang lazy to get up off the couch – remote control wins again.  (quick – somebody make that into a SomeE Card!)

Anyways, Will Ferrell called and told me that the “Best Of” collection needed some Tuesday Trainer action, in honor of Lindsay’s List turning one next week. 

What a splendid idea, Mr. Ferrell.  I’ll do it. So long as you never make a movie that isn’t a comedy ever again.  #likeeverythingmustgo

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(these selections were based off of my preference (so like my favorite moves), which is what matters most on Lindsay’s List.  Don’t take it personally if you aren’t among the bunch.  But if you ARE, then DO take it personally and know that you’re a star.  No seriously – I looked through almost all of the 35 Tuesday Trainer posts (!) and had a very hard time picking my favorites.  I love you all and am EXTREMELY thankful that you participate week in and week out!  Thank you!)

The Best of Tuesday Trainer:

Best Lower Move – Curtsy Lunge by Kristin

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Best Family Fitness – The Ungers

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Best Upper Body Move – Pushups (with variations) by Tamara

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Best Plyometric Move – Tuck Jumps by Tina

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Best Outfit – Janetha (always)

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Best Core Move – Up/Downs by Michelle

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Most Adventurous Trainer – Bonnie

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Best Videographer – Rebekah

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Best Use of Equipment – Kristen

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Best Yoga Move – Dancer Pose by Allie

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Best Pet Blooper – Randy & Penny

and finally…

Most Loyal Trainer – Bonnie

(she’s been with me since the beginning.)

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Come back Thursday for next week’s TT theme!!!

QUESTION:  Have you ever participated in Tuesday Trainer?  If not, what’s stopping you?  Have you ever completed a TT workout?

splendid…lindsay

tuesday trainer – family & friend fitness

June 26, 2012 in Blog, Family, Guest Post, Kids, Tuesday Trainer, Workout by lindsaymwright

I’m so excited to share this Tuesday Trainer with you guys today.

Like seriously excited.

Tamara and I have quickly become the best of Blends over the last couple of months.  She’s been a HUGE supporter and fitness mentor for me!  Everytime I ask for help or a retweet or FB share, she’s always there to help me promote myself.  I want to do the same for her – always.  Plus, I get to MEET HER at Fitbloggin’ this year!

Thank you for taking over Tuesday Trainer, TamaraAnd thank you for being an AMAZING friend.

Please check out her blog and follow her on Twitter and Facebook!  She knows her stuff!

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So.  Summer is finally here. (I live in the Pacific Northwest where the temperature has only recently climbed about 70).  If you’re anything like me and your schedule gets thrown out the window during July and August, fitness sometimes takes a back seat to fun.

Who wants to go to the gym when the beach is calling your name? Hanging out with friends and family is far more exciting than heading to step class.  Weekends are for relaxing at the cottage, cocktail in hand, not getting up with the sun for an early morning run.

As of Thursday, I’ll have three children on summer holiday and my trips to the gym will be shorter and less frequent than usual.  Rather than stress about workouts lost, I’ll be fitting in my fitness at home, on the playground, at the spray park and the beach and encouraging my children to join me in some big muscle play.

I don’t call it exercise though.  They’d never agree to that!  Instead, I make it a game; they have fun and I stay fit (and sane…).

This week, Tuesday Trainer is highlighting exercises you can do with your child.  Don’t have a child? No worries, any old (well, not too old; the sprinting may be a bit too much for gramps) family member or friend will do.  Or call me, I’m happy to lend you a child in the name of fitness.

Although I’ve compiled the Trainers’ moves into a circuit-style workout, they can also be done on their own; little bursts of energetic movement sprinkled throughout your day!

(Note, we were short on submissions this week; where were you guys?  Getting a head start on your summer holidays?  So we snatched a couple of moves from the Valentine’s Day, partner workout.  Just think of the extra exposure!)

Thanks to all who participated and a gigantic thank you to Lindsay for asking me to help her out this week! —- superb <-the Tamara version of splendid.  I like it.

The Workout

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The Moves

Plank & Plyo Jumps/Shoulder Pushups with Crawl Unders – Tamara, fitknitchick

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Partner Patty Cakes – Carissa, fit2flex & Alex, adventureswithalexandra

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Sprints – Lindsay, lindsayslist  (it sounds like I’m saying tomorrow.  I’m not.  Just screwing up Tamara’s name.)

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Kitty Litter Upright Rows – Deb, smoothiegirleatstoo

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Monkey On Your Back Calf Raises – Rhonda, kidsrunningwild

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Partner Throwdowns – Heather, betterwithveggies

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Partner Ball Crunch Toss – Lisa & Maria, healthydiaries

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Treading Water – Katie, yesiwantcake

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GREAT, GREAT week, ladies!  Thank you!

QUESTION:  What was the last nice thing you did for a family member or friend?

splendid…lindsay & tamara

tuesday trainer – meet your trainers (part VI)

June 19, 2012 in Blog, Meet Your Trainer, Tuesday Trainer by lindsaymwright

Tooting our horns yesterday was fun.

Needed.

And I forgot to CROW myself.  Just one for today – don’t want any eye rolling from the readership.  It’s not a good look on you guys.

I’m a really good motivator.

If we were going into battle (because that seriously happens all the time….in my head), I’d be the one riding a horse, rallying the troops. 

This personality trait bodes well in the fitness industry when you’re trying to get people to move their butts do something they don’t want to do.

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It also works nicely with children and potty training and husbands and salads.

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(unrelated picture, but it makes me smile)

Now I’m going to motivate you to read the rest of this post (which you should BOOKMARK!).  You know you want to.  I’ll give you candy.

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The theme for this week’s Tuesday Trainer is REST!! 

I honestly didn’t get a TRUE rest day this past week.  I did p90x Yoga on Sunday (typically a rest day) and it was actually a pretty great workout!  Lots of pushups and hard poses. 

This week, I asked my trainers to answer a set of questions and encouraged them to wear their pajamas.  Footie or not.

  1. What is your favorite exercise to get your heart rate up?
  2. What is your favorite workout pant?
  3. What time of day do you prefer to workout?
  4. Show me a unique talent (ex: can you click your tongue or cross your eyes?)

Here’s my “Meet Your Trainer”:

Since I was rushing, I didn’t get to show you my talent which is clapping with one hand.  I think I’ve shown this before, but for any newbies….

Yep.  True talent right there!

Now on to our trainers!! 

(You simply must watch each of these, if only for their talents!!  Double jointedness, weird fingers, nose flaring, failure to shower – it’s outrageous!)

Andi – andiandhercandy

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Angela – happyfitmama

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Heather – betterwithveggies  (just tried to touch my thumb to my forearm – not possible – I call camera trickery)

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Lindsay – cottercrunch

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Paige – runningaroundnormal

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Rhonda – kidsrunningwild  (love how she got the kids involved!!!!)

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Tamara – fitknitchick (whose unique talents lie off camera…hmmm)

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LOVED this week, ladies!!  Don’t get me wrong – working out makes me horny, but I like getting to know each other on Rest weeks!  (yep, just said horny.) 

THIS Thursday, I’ve got something special for you guys, so be sure to check back in.

Oh, and just as a little teaser….

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Fitbloggin’.  Baltimore.  Who else is going?? 

QUESTION:  What is your workout/rest day ratio right now?  <- ME?  It’s about 6/1 which I’d like to make 5/2 very soon!

thursday’s theme – REST

June 14, 2012 in Blog, Meet Your Trainer, Thursday's Theme by lindsaymwright

I truly got into the Tuesday Trainer theme for next week.

I napped yesterday.  Like a sleepytime bear.  Like my children.  Like other people and things that nap.

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It was glorious and just what this tired, overrun body was craving. 

(I say give in to your cravings every once in a while.  What’s the worst that could happen?  ((you could neglect the dishes, stain your pillow with drool and show up late to your step aerobics class)).  So maybe don’t give in so much.)

Anyway…

The (timely) theme for this week’s Tuesday Trainer is REST!!

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That’s right – it’s “Meet Your Trainer” time!

Meet Your Trainer submissions give us all a chance to see your personality a bit more.  Here’s how it goes:  I ask a set of questions.  You respond with your answers through a video submission.  Easy as pie (yum, pie.)

So here are the questions:

  1. What is your favorite exercise to get your heart rate up?
  2. What is your favorite workout pant?
  3. What time of day do you prefer to workout?
  4. And I’m adding one more that isn’t in my video – Show me a unique talent (ex: can you click your tongue or cross your eyes?)

Here’s my “Meet Your Trainer”:

Some helpful guidelines:

  • If you’ve never participated in Tuesday Trainer, you can still submit a Meet Your Trainer!! Anyone can participate!!
  • Don’t afraid to be yourself! Show some character!
  • Wear comfy clothes. But please, wear clothes.
  • Try not to ramble – submissions should be no more than 4-5 minutes long.
  • Remember to introduce yourself and your blog.

***DEADLINE for submitting moves is Monday night, the 18th, at 8pm EST. Again, go here to learn how to upload your video!***

That’s all I got.  Jetting off to teach Beginner’s Step, which after Monday’s class, it should be easy as pie (again, yum.  Pie.) 

P.S.  Last day to enter the p28 Giveaway!!  Two winners!

splendid…lindsay

tuesday trainer – vanity moves II

June 12, 2012 in Blog, Body, Tuesday Trainer, Workout by lindsaymwright

Welp.

I stepped outside my comfort area and did something for the first time yesterday.

I taught ADVANCED Step Aerobics!

Me.  The girl who trips over cracks in the pavement (real and imaginary). 

The girl who still thinks the Macarena is cool. 

To watch. 

Because she can’t dance.

I won’t lie.  My anxiety level was through the roof yesterday.

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You see, teaching step is COMPLETELY different than teaching any other class.  It’s choreographed from start to finish, you must stay on beat (a very fast beat, I might add), and you’ve got to keep moving once you start.  Calling steps, listening for the 8 counts, moving your heavy legs up and down….it’s quite similar to the, “Now rub your belly and pat your head at the same time,” bit. 

And well, I CAN’T rub my belly and pat my head at the same time.  I fall over.

BUT.

I overcame my fear (because I had to) and I made it through the 60 minute class.

Only to do it again next Monday. 

At least I’m challenging myself.  Feels good to be challenged.  That’s where true growth lies.

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The theme for this week’s Tuesday Trainer is VANITY MOVES!

Vanity moves don’t specifically get your heart rate up or burn a lot of calories, but are the exercises that you might do as active rest or added on to the end of a workout.  If I’m teaching Core Conditioning, I’ll often incorporate “vanity” exercises into the routine – women tend to LOVE these moves because they think they’re spot reducing.  Smile  Aren’t we all so vain?

The workout below can be added on to your traditional strength training routine – or if you’re a beginner, repeat twice through for your entire workout!

The Workout

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The Moves

Plié Calf Raise – ME

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Wide Arm Pushups – Jill, jillhanner

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Drop and Catch – Andrea, andiandhercandy

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Leg Raise Transfers – Michael, frugalfitness

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SB Hamstring Curls – Tamara, fitknitchick

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Scorpion – Bonnie, lifetothefull

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Backstroke Kick – Rhonda, kidsrunningwild

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As always, thanks ladies (and gent!) for the submissions!!  Come back this Thursday to find out what the theme for next week will be!  We love having new people!

QUESTION:  What body part are you most vain about?  What are you most proud of?  <-ME?  My traps always develop easier than any other muscle – pretty proud of them!

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Enter the p28 Giveaway!!  Two winners!

splendid…lindsay

tuesday trainer – kickboxing

June 5, 2012 in Blog, Love, Marriage, Tuesday Trainer, Workout by lindsaymwright

I think I’d be remiss if I forgot tell you guys that yesterday was my 7 year anniversary with my best friend. 
Seven years of bliss. 
Seven years of give and take.
He moved me across the country.
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I made him move back.
He puts food on the table.
I eat the food he puts on the table.
He gave me babies.
I got super fit for him after the babies.
I got a tattoo.
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He ….needs to get a flippin’ tattoo!
He got me a homebrew Kombucha kit!!
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I got him…nothing (eek).
He makes me smile.
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I make him smile.
It works. 
Really well.
Here’s to a bajillion more babies, tattoos, smiles and years, babe!
On to TT…
 

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The theme for this week’s Tuesday Trainer is KICKBOXING/TAEBO!! 

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I’ll be honest – aside from using some kicks and punching sequences in my classes and watching Billy Blank’s Taebo DVDs, I don’t really know that much about martial arts and kickboxing.  I know that when I incorporate kickboxing into my Bootcamps (specifically weighted punches), my heart rate skyrockets!  Good thing we have Christin as a “Contributing Trainer” to give us some tips!

Christin’s Tips for Martial Arts (video below):

  • All moves come from the core.
  • Make sure that every punch/kick is coming STRAIGHT out from the body.
  • Fight an invisible enemy.

I think the invisible enemy thing is VITAL.  And I’d add sound effects to the list – you need to make an Incredible Hulk sound as your strike.  And aim for the gullet.  Gets ‘em every time. 

The Workout

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The Moves

Front Kick/Donkey Kick – ME

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X-Block – Bobbi, nhershoes

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Hold A Deep Squat And Punch The Air Like You’re Punching A Punching Bag – Janetha, mealsandmoves

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Jab, Hook, Burpee Combo – Tamara, fitknitchick

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Martial Arts Tips/Technique – Christin, christinjoyful

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Skipping Roundhouse Kick – Sherice, foodieluvsfitness

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KO Squat Hold – Bonnie, lifetothefull

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Knee Kicks – Ashley, vibrantlifehealthandwellness

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Thanks, ladies, for those submissions!!  If you want to join in on the Tuesday Trainer trainer (three t’s – I like it), come back on Thursday (another one) when I’ll announce next week’s theme!!

P.S.  Have you entered the Probar Giveaway yet?

splendid…lindsay