A Fun Fitness Survey

Good morning, friends!

Today’s post?  A little fitness survey, as seen the other day on Carrots N Cake.

Five Fitness Things I Can’t Live Without:

Does fitness in general count?  How about…

I know that’s 6 things, but I couldn’t decide okay?

Most Embarrassing Song I Listen to While Working Out:

I have a lot of 80’s aerobics specific playlists.  Those are pretty embarrassing, especially when coworkers are able to see my shared iTunes library at work.  Check out my “On my iPod” page to be the judge of this question!

Favorite Pre-Workout Snack or Meal:

Apparently I’m really bad at picking favorites.  First thing that came to mind?  Whole wheat toast, an English muffin, or an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin with almond or peanut butter on it.  Other favorites?  A banana or a Luna bar.

On My Fitness Bucket List:

  • Get full arm strength back after my shoulder injury
  • Pass the ACSM Certification Exam
  • Try Crossfit
  • Make my own fitness video
  • Become a more advanced Yogi

Must Have Tech Tools:

I honestly don’t have any must haves.  I still rock CD’s to class, so even if I say my iPod, it’s not a MUST have.  I don’t have anything else very fancy either!  Does an elliptical count?  Maybe I should get with the times?

Top Exercise Gear:

I already mentioned my toe spacers…

Motivational Mantras:

  • You never regret a workout.
  • Make fitness your way of life.
  • Commit to be fit.

Favorite Cardio Exercise:

  • Cardio intervals interspersed between strength moves in interval/circuit training/bootcamp classes.  Jumping jacks, jump rope, high knees, butt kicks, mountain climbers, football runs, shuffles, cross-overs, ski jumps, skaters, etc.
  • Corpbasics Kix
  • Spin class
  • Interval elliptical workouts

Favorite Strength Moves:

  • Planks!!!
  • Pushups
  • Squats
  • Tricep Dips on a bench
  • Glute Presses

This list goes on and on…

Question of the Day:  Your turn!  You fill out the fitness survey and leave it as a comment.  Would love to hear about all of you.

80’s Playlist

Good morning, everyone!

Last night was my Two-A-Day Tuesday.  Kix with Liz followed by my Muscle class at the Y.

Check out this awesome 80’s remix playlist I used:

  1. Everybody Have Fun Tonight – SoulSearch
  2. Talking In Your Sleep – Disco Fair
  3. Call Me – Nicki Bliss
  4. It’s Raining Men – Airi L
  5. Heart of Rock and Roll – Splits & Kicks
  6. We Built This City – Goody Shack
  7. Shake It Up – Neon World
  8. The Heat Is On – Goody Shack
  9. Roam – Money Makers
  10. Jenny (867-5309) – Southern Love
  11. I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight – Neon World
  12. Working For the Weekend – Money Makers
  13. Rock In the USA – Splits & Kicks
  14. You Don’t Want Me Anymore – SoulSearch

It was a nice change up from my usual music.

For class I did circuits with the step and a body bar.

After my two-in-a-row, my shoulder was feeling a little tender, so this happened:

Tim is in L.A. for work this week, so Trina kindly agreed to be a fill-in for my post-workout muscle rub with The Stick.  Thanks, Trina!  Picture Note:  New Under Armour tank top, $15.

Yesterday’s food included:

  • Breakfast:  Low-fat cottage cheese with cinnamon and blueberries
  • Morning Snack:  Banana
  • Morning Snack:  Almonds
  • Lunch:  Salad with tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, sprouts, and balsamic/basil light vinaigrette and grapes on the side
  • Afternoon Snack:  Luna Bar
  • Dinner:  Chicken salad sandwich on a whole wheat sandwich thin with hummus, lettuce, and sprouts

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite kind of music to workout to?

Have a good one!

Things I’m Loving Lately: September 2011 Edition

Happy Wednesday, readers!  I can’t believe we’re already almost halfway through September.  This year is just flying by.

Today I feel like sharing some of my latest favorite things.  Enjoy 🙂

Teaching Kix

Last night was my Kix teaching debut at the Oak Square Y.  I subbed for Liz’s class while she was in Florida at the National Fitness & Training Center representing CBC and doing a professional video shoot.  I wish I could have gone!  But anyways, I was happy with how class went.  I remembered all the routines, although I need to perfect my transitions during “Let’s Groove Tonight.”  Had a couple awkward ones.  But anyways, really happy with how class went and loved every second of it! AND (knock on wood) my shoulder feels okay today.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!

Grocery Shopping in the Morning

This morning I was up early and couldn’t fall back asleep so I went to the bank and the grocery store before work.  Since they were literally unlocking the doors as I was walking in, there was maybe one other person in the store.  I loved how quiet it was and getting my shopping done so fast without having to bump into anyone or get frustrated with people walking slow and leaving their carriages in the middle of the aisle.  I think I might try and get my grocery shopping done in the morning more often!

Today’s much needed grocery list:

My Body Wash

I’m almost out of my new favorite body wash!  If you haven’t tried Caress brand exfoliating products, you have to.  Especially the Tahitian Renewal scent.  This one “blends the exotic fragrance of pomegranate seeds and Tahitian palm milk with triple silkening moisturizers for ravishing, renewed skin.”  It just smells SO good and makes my showers so much better.

I can’t wait to stock up later.

Mango Flavored Chobani

I’m not sure if this is a new Chobani flavor, but it is unreal.  I first tried it when I grabbed one by accident when I was rushing around Logan Airport before my Arkansas trip last month.  At first I was bummed because it’s one of the 2% flavors and I usually get the 0% kind since they are non-fat.  But I quickly changed my mind when I realized how delicious it was.  Now when I buy Chobani’s I get mostly non-fat ones and then one or two mango flavors a week.  I brought one for lunch today.  Love love love.

The Stick

You might be chuckling to yourself and wondering what “The Stick” is, but I kid you not, it is life changing.  “The Stick is a revolutionary device used to segmentally compress and stretch muscle. It is highly effective in the treatment of muscle pain and trigger points.”

I got one of these at CitySports back in the day because having low arches + doing a lot of HIIT training = very tight calves and sore feet, all the time.  I was impressed then, and it has been working wonders now on my shoulders/arms since my shoulder started bothering me a couple weeks ago.  I mean, this thing is great even when you aren’t sore, so imagine the level of relief it brings when you are.  I definitely prefer this product over a foam roller.  Recommended!

I’m thinking about making this a monthly post, where I write about five things/products/activities/etc that, well, I’ve just been loving lately.  Question of the Day – what do you think about this idea?!

Have a great day!