We Rocked the ROC Race!

Last Saturday, I ran my first ever obstacle race! The ROC Race in Chicago, billed as “the craziest 5k of your life!” is the original game show-inspired obstacle run! It’s a 3-mile fun run filled with larger than life obstacle challenges! I hosted a giveaway for two free entries on my website, and fun surprise, one of the winners was my client Toni! So she and I, along with my 17 year old son and Toni’s best friend Chris, met up and ROC’d the ROC Race! The race was just as fun as I hoped it would be! The obstacles varied in difficulty, which made it fun for everyone. Some were easy and just for fun – like giant inflatable slides and a giant bounce house! Others challenged your strength – like the Get It Up (and Over) climbing wall, and the Gorilla bars. Guys. GUYS. Guess what? I did all the Gorilla Bars! I couldn’t do hand over hand, but I didn’t drop – I completed the entire sequence! And then get this – dropped backwards into the pit anyhow. OMG. How annoying! I lost my balance on my dismount. But there was a guy who was coaching me the whole time and that was super cool – “You’ve got great concentration! Keep going! You’re almost there. Steady pace, don’t lose momentum…” That REALLY helped because my grip was giving out but because of his encouragement, I kept at it! When I fell back into the pit, he yelled, “Great job! It counts!” WOO! Then there were obstacles that required balance, agility and coordination – like the Tight...

5 Ways Tight Muscles Will Ruin Your Life

Ruin. RUIN I say! Sorry, just experimenting with those shocking headlines to get more notice. *shrug* But for realz, people, tight muscles aren’t just uncomfortable. They can be downright hazardous to your health. And THAT’S that truth. I’m going to tell you how tight muscles will ruin your life hold you back, but first, a story. It begins like this – I started up my daily morning yoga again! I’m one day in! :::pats self on back::: Did I ever tell you about my daily morning yoga challenge? In December of 2012, I challenged myself to do 10 sun salutations first thing every morning. First thing. In my pajamas, before coffee, before brushing teeth (ew gross!), before I could begin fretting over my to-do list, before email…. FIRST THING. It was a brilliant way to start my day and I quickly became hooked. I thrive well under deadlines and pressure and competition (in case, cough, you hadn’t noticed), so committing to every day ensured I did it. I marked it on my calendar. I liked checking off little boxes marked “complete” because I’m super nerdy I need the visual affirmation and reminder. I even found myself a handful of times doing my 10 sun salutations just before midnight because I’d forgotten, or otherwise hadn’t gotten to it that day. God forbid I missed a day! That was unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE! Take a breath, Laura. Well, I began falling off the wagon in May, which is, incidentally, when I launched This is Fit Workouts. June was pretty spotty. In July, we hosted a huge Superman Man of Steel movie premiere party...

Replay Monday!

We’re going back in time for this week’s Quickie Workout….  to the 2nd workout I ever posted.  I see all kinds of wrong in this one, but that just demonstrates we’ve come a long way, Baby! The filming is a bit rough, and you can tell I’m nervous as all get out, but the exercises are legit so we’re doing this one again! Actually, the modifications I offer aren’t as legit as they should be. Also, I was too busy Super Bowl Partying to get a new workout ready. Dammit, why do I have to be so honest? Grab your weights, and let’s HiiT this oldie but goodie! I’ve got some Super Bowl Party indulgence to sweat out!  Something tells me the bear crawls, star jacks, side planks and lunges in this quickie workout will take care of that in no time. Speaking of Super Bowl indulgence, holy Seahawks victory! We didn’t have a stake in this game, but from the amount of hooting and screaming going on, you’da thought we did! For this week’s workout, you’ll need a set of light dumbbells, a set of heavy dumbbells, a mat, and your Gymboss Interval Timer! Learn the exercises plus modifications to make them easier in the Preview Video: Now let’s do this Workout in Real...

The 5 Most Oddly-Named Exercises

Me: “This move is called Sunrise, Sunset.” Client: “Oh, funny. I was in Fiddler on the Roof many years ago. I didn’t realize it would come back to haunt me in this form.” During Sunrise Sunset, you lie face-up with arms and legs extended toward the ceiling and a stability ball in your hands. You open, lowering arms and legs toward the floor, then close and pass the ball from hands to ankles. Then, you open again, and repeat, passing the ball from hands to ankles each time. Then, you whine and cry and flop around in pain. It’s a challenging move. One can see why this move is called Sunrise, Sunset, because as you pass the stability ball from hands to feet and open long each time, the ball arcs like a sunrise and a…. well, a sunset. And it’s beyond me to come up with a name that’s any better and doesn’t involve complicated lingo. I suppose I could call it “ab and hip  and shoulder extension with pull-over utilizing stability ball.” Huh? Exactly. My client’s comment made me chuckle, and made her lose her focus, but it got me thinking about all the other ridiculously named exercises out there. So I did a little brainstorming and a little digging and came up with my top 5 most oddly-named exercises. 1) DIPSTICKS – aka Pistol Squats I love dipsticks! I do. To me, they are the ultimate leg exercise and this move also challenges your balance and agility, which means you’re building a strong core. Whenever I see a pistol squat variation, I almost have to try it....

Ah, Push – P-Push It Real Good!

It’s still resolution time, and gyms are busier than ever.  I  love it – I thrive in a busy gym! Others? Not so much. There’s a tendency for regular gym-goers to have a cavalier attitude toward the newcomers. They know that fewer than 20% will actually stick around, and they look forward to the days when they don’t have to wait to use the squat rack. I get that. But in my gym, we always have to wait to use the squat rack! That’s because there’s one. One Squat Rack. Even though my gym is very small,  I love it when it’s busy. I joke that I’m going to walk around placing sticky notes that say, “Mine Mine Mine” on all the equipment I’ll want to use, but really, I find it very motivating to be surrounded by lots of people getting their fit on.  Resolution or not? I’m totally digging that people are at the gym! But my resolution is a bit different. The only resolution I made for myself this year is to get more sleep.  I’ve got the exercise thing down, I’ve got my diet dialed in, but now that I’ve launched This is Fit, taken on 3 personal training jobs, and still have a house to maintain and one child left in the nest, I’m recognizing my need to be smarter about rest and sleep. In case you haven’t noticed, I am a DOer. I almost never power down until I have to, and I almost never just sit and watch TV until my husband presses me to watch a movie with him. It’s just my...