Considering the skill, time, and practice required to really get good (and safe) withswings, a challenge that surfaces many times for instructors, trainers, and coaches is in the form of someone I call a "fit beginner". In other words, this person may come into your gym with a high degree of athleticism, already in shape, and with great strength and endurance. But they are coming to you because they want to learn the skills necessary to take their training to the next level - or because of their gym experience they know they need your help as an or instructor to learn about the right way first. YES, the Fit Beginner does exist, I've trained several of them (and they're awesome!).
MMMMMMMM Wednesdays are delicious! Thanks to Space Girl Organics! Here's what arrived today and if you are curious as to what a "kiwi berry" is, that is explained in detail (with two of them cut in half as well)
What do I plan to do with all these vegetables? I tell you exactly what in the video above! The recipes mentioned are listed below -- along with a fun little workout too...
It was really "one of those weeks" last week and I used that as an excuse to justify shoving a sled around for what happened to be 3 days in a row (I didn't realize it until now...). Needless to say I was feeling very good in some respects for doing that, and was as always taking dinner very seriously. One of my advanced small group members was up for an extra "partner challenge" so we did this VERY MUCH inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning circuit workout together. It's reasonably scaleable (let me know if you'd like more specifics on that in the comment section below).
A Workout Heavily Inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning
At the last minute, I ended up having a coffee break with a friend today and toted along Zach Even-Esh's brand new Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. She's also an aficionado of incredibly challenging workouts and in addition to being a member of our small group, is almost always up for a "Hey, I have this crazy workout to test, want to try it?" situation. Like the time this past Memorial Day when we did a version of the Murph Hero WOD for fun in the park.
Getting a review copy of the book was a real treat as Zach not only shares tons of cool exercises, approaches to programming, and example workouts, he also shares his own personal story. This is absolutely fascinating stuff, and in some weird way, makes understanding his "no rules" "underground" approach that much easier.
I'm a big fan of questioning the mainstream (a glance at the music I've collected for the past 25+ years will also attest to that). Also, many times I've been let down by "what you're supposed to do" in terms of "women's fitness".
Forgive me for the silly Photoshopped image there at the left, but the excitement of sharing something very simple, very delicious, very convenient, and which can actually be *GASP* economical was just too much. So I had to make a funny parody graphic of the "DaVinci Code" which I did not read, but did somewhat enjoy in movie form.
If you hang around with my in real life, you'll already know that a phase I use with some kind of annoying frequency is "I've cracked the _insert name of food item or general subject here___ code!" How did this simple code get cracked? I was developing a custom recipe for someone, and noticed that I was basically following my usual, instinctual measurements for the few ingredients in the recipe.
Having inherited my great-grandmother's kitchen-eyeball-ability, I noticed that when "that looks right" occurred there was definite a pattern emerging. SO... since not everyone has been blessed with "kitchen-eyeball-ability" and I'm willing to reverse engineer something very simple, here is the now-cracked the crustless quiche code!
If you're doing the low carb thing, this recipe is a real time saver... and no one really will miss the crust if you use delicious ingredients...
The beauty in this fun little recipe is how simple it is. And how you can turn something like leftover vegetables (or a mix of vegetables and certain cooked meats) into a really super treat. It's also easy to have the parts ready to go, then just assemble it and bake when needed... handy for houseguests or if someone's coming over for a weekend brunch.