30 Day Ab Challenge – Redux

I’ve been getting some requests to re-post the 30 Day Ab Challenge from a few years back. That particular post was and has been one of the most-searched posts.  It seems to be pretty popular – especially around this time of year (aka upcoming beach season).

This is a fun little exercise that you commit to participating in over 30 days.  You can do the challenge on its own, or as a complement to your current workout routine.  If you’re already accustomed to working your abdominal muscles, then double (or triple) each day’s challenge.  Push yourself – you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish.

Here’s the Challenge (you can view the original post here):

ab-challenge

Have fun!

~FB

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Spell Your Name Workout

This awesome workout just stumbled across my desk this morning – via one of my awesome bootcampers!!

NAME

This is an easy workout to follow – simply match the letters of your name to the corresponding exercises to design your routine.

For example:  Fit Bitch

F – 20 Arm Circles / I – 60 Second Plank / T – 60 Second Wall Sit

B – 50 Jumping Jacks / I – 60 Second Plank / T – 60 Second Wall Sit / C – 20 Crunches / H – 30 Jumping Jacks

You can do your first name only.  Or do your full name.  Or do the routine several times.  (For fun, you could also choose a bunch of numbers between 1 and 26 and then make a routine based on the corresponding exercises.)

It’s pretty basic.

Have fun!

~Fit Bitch

 

Don’t be THAT Person!

My title should really be “Don’t be a Dick!!” but I thought it might be a little inappropriate for a headline.

I’ve been teaching my boot camps for almost a year now and, I’ll be honest, I have had such incredible luck having such sprite, positive, wonderful participants in all of my sessions.

…Except for that one person.

You know who I’m talking about, that person who doesn’t really seem like she wants to be there, who stands – purposefully – away from the other participant, who just brings so much negativity to the class.

I’ve had one of those.  Just one, thankfully, but one is enough.

Starting off, she is an acquaintance.  She’d heard about my classes through someone else and contacted me to register.  She turned down my offer to send her registration forms (medical background info, waiver, etc.) as she said she didn’t have access to a printer.  I told her to arrive to the class a few minutes early and to bring a yoga mat or a thick towel (so she won’t have to work off the dirty floor).  The first night of the new session she arrived to the class late and when I gave her the forms she said she didn’t have her glasses and would have to take them home with her to complete.  Uh…yeah, that’s really not how this works, lady.

Because we were about to get started I had a quick private conversation with her asking if there are any health issues I need to know about (heart, lungs, joint, etc.) or if she had any limitations with her exercising.  All answers were no.

She also didn’t bring a yoga mat or a thick towel.

Part way through the class I announced that we would be doing squats next.  “Uh, no we won’t!” She said.  I looked at her and said “What?”  She replied “I am not doing squats!  I have bad knees!”

Ohhh…okay, so when I asked you if you had any joint or health problems or any limitations with your exercising you thought I was joking?  (This is the part where I want to call her an asshole!)

I’m sure you can imagine how the rest of that class went.

via Yahoo

via Yahoo

The next class, when I arrived at the venue she was outside waiting.  I said hello to her and she ignored me.  When we got inside she shoved her partially-completed forms at me without saying a word.  While everyone else was arriving I went over to speak with her in private, asking her how she felt after the last class (I had also emailed her a day or two after the first class).  “Fine.” was her reply and she turned her head away from me.  I said or asked something about her knees and she looked at me and announced “I know what to do!!”

She also (still) did not bring a yoga mat or a thick towel.

That’s when I sort of lost it.  In a calm-yet-nearly-condescending tone I shot back to her: “I understand that you say you know what to do but as your trainer AND as a fitness professional I need to be aware of your issues and limitations so that I can work with you and so that I am not responsible for your injuries!

I am usually quite tame.  My classes are meant to be fun but this person is so damn negative I want to throat punch her. In all honesty, I really wouldn’t have hurt feelings if she decided not to continue with my classes.

So, for all of you fitness (or any type of) class participants, please don’t be that person.  Go to your class, participate, mingle, have fun, and don’t act like you know it all when someone else is (technically) responsible for you for that time.  Just have fun.  And if you’re determined to be a downer, do everyone else a favor and maybe just stay home.

🙂 🙂

~Fit Bitch

Buti-licious Yoga

Tonight I tried my first Buti Yoga™ session.

I’d seen it advertised just a few days ago and it piqued my interest so I decided to give it a whirl.  And….

….At first I really hated it.  But after a few more minutes I got into it and really enjoyed it.  Like, liked it.  Enough to do it again.  And maybe again and again.

So what is it?

Buti Yoga™, a movement practice that fuses power yoga, tribal dance and plyometrics into a high-intensity workout that transforms the body from the inside out. We train the core using the Spiral Structure technique created by Founder Bizzie Gold that transforms the way the body looks and performs almost instantly.  (http://butiyoga.com/)

Buti Yoga™ via Yahoo

Buti Yoga™
via Yahoo

Buti™ is different from your regular yoga practices.  It’s energizing and it’s cardio-yoga. It incorporates your practice’s poses with some booty-popping, core-engaging cardio and plyo.

After I got over my hatred of stepping outside my yoga comfort zone I really got into this workout.  I could feel my core muscles working (along with the rest of ’em) and by the middle end of the workout my heart rate was up and I was sweating and I was happy with the level of intensity.

I’m looking forward to participating in this again (the sooner, the better!) and I encourage you to try it too – men, don’t be shy!

Have fun!

~Fit Bitch

Torch-It Tuesday

You know, I was really excited that this work week was about halfway over – and then I realized it’s only Tuesday. *sigh* What a slap in the face that is.

I’ve got some news that I’m really excited to share with you coming very soon. You all may not be excited about it but I am….Let’s just say I’ve had a little break thru and I’ll leave it at that for now.

And since it is (sadly) only Tuesday here is a fun little workout for you to do today.

via GetFitNaturally

via GetFitNaturally

I may have posted this workout before. I’m not sure. I’m tired, it’s been a long week already and, as I’ve just mentioned, IT’S ONLY TUESDAY!

This little workout is simple but effective and you can do it pretty much anywhere. Below I’ve included a short YouTube clip on how to do a paper plate push-up; and just to note, if you don’t have paper plates, towels do a dandy job in place of. (You can simply do a regular push-up if you need to vary this exercise.)

Have fun!

~Fit Bitch