Time To Get Moving

I wrote about making a resolution early last week, it was about taking a chance on making your life better, not just one typical start of the new year resolution.

Committing to yourself that you’re going to do what you set yourself up to do, and accomplishing it…from working out, to eating well, to personal and professional relationships…the whole picture.

So why it bring it up again?

Because you need to know you can do it. Because you need to commit to the plan, and achieve the goal in the end.

Sure, it sounds easy to say, what do I know, I ‘workout’ for a living right?

Well that’s where you’re wrong, and I know exactly how hard it can be to stick to a goal. I know exactly how hard it can be to juggle your professional life, your personal life, and your health…and make them all work together.

I also know what it’s like to not have it work so well. To make every effort, and have to work even harder than you did previously.

What’s my point…I finally pulled myself into a real workout today. I finally made it all start to count again. It was hard as hell. I had taken about three weeks off for my own reasons, but none good enough to keep me away from my health.

Dig deep, and get it done.

Life doesn’t stop moving along just because you’re having a tough time. It’s hard to hear but we all know it’s true.

No Kettlebell, No Problem, Dumbbell Swings

I love having kettlebell swings in my workouts.  It’s a great explosive exercise that gets your heart rate going.  When you pair kettlebell swings up with bodyweight exercises such as push up and/or pull ups you walk away with a nice full body workout that doesn’t take much time.

If you don’t have access to a kettlebell you can still do swings with a dumbbell.  The grip is slightly different but the movement patterns remain the same.  This is my preferred way of doing dumbbell swings, so when you’re limited on equipment try this out.

New Year…Resolutions

We all get stuck in a rut every once in awhile, even myself.  Regardless of it being related to working out, eating well, personal relationships, or a combination of it all.  It can feel overwhelming and at times it can even feel like you’re hopeless and lost without a direction to turn in.

These are the times where your focus is even more crucial than it is on the days, weeks, and months where you feel on top of your game.

The truth is, it’s hard to dig down deep inside to determine what your next step is.

It’s hard to pick yourself up and convince yourself that the best thing you can do for yourself is push through the tough to get back to the good.

These statements reign true to everything we face from workouts to love and all of the emotions and activities in between.  While most of us believe that we’re better off doing it alone, sometimes we’re right and sometimes we’re wrong, yet given the nature of the human mind we don’t know until it’s done.

As you move forward with your goals this year, imagine the outcome in the future, dream the beautiful big picture of what you want your life to look like, where you want to be, who you want to share it with, and how you want to feel.  Seems silly sometimes the law of attraction, but in one way or another it comes to you if you believe in it but you have to act on it.

Take the time to not only figure out what goals you want to achieve this year, but the goals you want to achieve in five years, and ten years, sixty years.  Where you’ll be, what you’ll be doing, how you’ll feel, what you’ll look like, and who you’ll be with.

Remind yourself of your future, the future only you can create, on a daily basis.

Revisit your dreams, share them with someone so they become a reality that needs to be achieved.

Achieve them, step by step.  Start with the smallest action and grab hold of it, allowing yourself to do whatever it is you want to do, whatever it is you want to be, whatever it is you want to achieve.

Think of all things in life, from success to love as a seed, once you plant it, you till the ground, you water it, you nurture it…

…Take the time to watch it grow.

Kettlebell Windmills and Push Ups Workout

Here’s a great core strengthening workout, that incorporates kettlebell windmills and push ups. It’s a quick workout that can be done in under 15 minutes.

Simply do 3-5 windmills per side, then do push ups that are equal to the number of windmills that are done per side. Complete a total of 3-5 rounds based on your time.

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

What’s Next Jillian?

I suppose she’s actually really smart, or has hired someone who is really smart, since she now has a kettlebell training DVD on the market. Last I recall, her kettlebell training technique had a bit to be desired, at least as of last season.

This recent article in the LA Times has some humor that also makes a valid point. Does she really know what she’s doing or is she in it just for the money?

I even watched the season premiere of this year’s The Biggest Loser, and was completely beside myself as I saw one of the contestants pass out in an effort to secure a place on the show as one of Miss Michaels’ team members. Only to be followed with a preview of the next episode that shows Miss Michaels yelling at someone threatening to make them puke, or something of the like.

What are you thoughts on this, I’d like to hear?