Posts tagged personal training

Garbage Food

Tonight’s dinner (sigh). I confess, I have a weakness for wings. Some people like chocolate. Some people like steak. I. ADORE. wings.

At Washington State University, where I went to college, (Go Cougs!) they have this thing called “Wing Wednesday” in which every bar in Pullman competes for the title of “best wing in town” every week. I didn’t miss one Wednesday during the entirety of my tenure.

That’s how much I love wings. 

Which brings up the issue of my diet. During the infancy of this blog I wrote about my eating habits much more often than I do now. And truthfully I curbed that habit because of my lack of success in improving my gutter palate. But all things considered, I’ve made great strides in this area as of late…

Garbage food like chicken wings and frozen pizza used to be staples of my (atrocious) eating habits. And while I can’t claim to be a raw vegan or paleo rockstar, these days I have been steadily improving on my dietary choices. There are many more salads in my life than I once thought (or wanted, for that matter).

But every once in a while I like to splurge and tonight was one of those times. So thank you, Joe’s Log Cabin of Wenatchee, Wash. for making some awesome baby chicken flappers!

June 20th Workout

After the four-day-a-week Four-Month Total Transformation course with Blaine we transitioned into a twice-weekly schedule that I thought would be easier. I thought wrong.

Here’s today’s workout, we started with a barbell complex consisting of these exercises followed by this:

A dumbbell and kettle bell complex that included an inclined chest press and a kettle bell single leg Romanian dead lift that required massive amounts of balance from already fatigued leg muscles and then for a little breather we transitioned into this:

A Physio Ball reverse hyper-extension where you lay tummy-down on the ball and raise your straightened legs backward as far as you can. We did two sets of max reps and then went to this high-intensity finisher:

That really makes the ‘ole butt burn…

And last but not least, this was what Blaine put on the board to top it all off:

Usually we do this portion of the workout on our own later in the day and (full-disclosure) sometimes I don’t get around to it…

Don’t judge! Also FYI, I usually post these photos through the Knife Challenge Twitter feed and you can find that here.

Rowing is…


… one of my new favorite things to do.

Today I rowed 5000m in 19:38 and felt like a BOSS.

I had no idea I would like rowing this much but it’s a lot like swimming: you find your rhythm, focus on your breath and push yourself as close to the edge as you can for as long as you can. I found it painful and quite enjoyable.

And the shorter workout was nice. Last Friday Adam took me through the gauntlet. But to be fair he went through it, too. This was our workout:

1500m warmup row

10 minute Airdyne warm up  

10 minute weighted ball throws 

Warm up air squats and pushups 

30/30 interval goblet squats (5 minutes) 

30/30 interval kettlebell swings (5 minutes) 

Bucket pull (260 lbs.) – partner planks while you pull and then you switch 

One-footed kettlebell presses (20 reps) – partner walls sits while you press and then switch

Tabata thrusters for a finisher 

I didn’t feel like vomiting afterwards but I will admit that I slept like a baby that night.