Suspension training or taking my home workouts to a new level

Yesterday was one of those days you just can’t get out of the … bed gym! 🙂 Yeah, I kind of hear how that sounds, but that’s true! I finally received the Kettler Sling Trainer I ordered at the beginning of this month. And I love it! It was my first TRX workout at home and not only today I feel every inch of my body, but Miss I had a blast fooling around with it.

There are so many exercises you can do with the Sling Trainer – I don’t have to worry I’ll ever get bored! Here are a couple of exercises you can do with a suspension training sling. What I love most about that .pdf is that it also shows you the muscle groups you’ll be working while doing a certain move.TRX Workout

The Sling Trainer is a great training tool for home or when traveling to a destination without a gym. It’s a cheaper than the TRX gear, but I’ll have to see how durable this sling is. I hope it will worth its money! 🙂

How will I be training you may be thinking… You already know I love HIIT and bodyweight exercises, so for starters I’ll be focusing on these two types of workouts. When I won’t be doing a full suspension workout, I will most certainly integrate some exercises in my workouts (for instance I’ll be doing a lot of Atomic Pikes, Bridges, and Suspended Lunges or Pistol Squats).

Above you can see my workout from yesterday that led to a calorie burn of 394 kcal. It was a great workout, and I loved every minute of it. Hard, intense, fun and so worth it! 🙂 Especially because seaside vacation coming up really soon! Like this Saturday soon!

Do you use a suspension trainer for your workouts?

What’s your favorite exercise using a suspension trainer?

What was your experience with TRX or other sling trainer?

I’d love to hear from you!

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Weekend Five – 5 Gadgets I can’t live without

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Today is my dad’s 55th birthday and words just can’t express how blessed I am by the parents I’ve been given! Miss I. and I made him homemade birthday cards, because they are better than the store bought ones. And we’ve just started a new tradition: making a happy birthday video of Miss I. singing Happy Birthday and presenting or explaining the gift she made – you know there’s always a trick or a twist. 😉 I can’t wait for my dad to see it!

My dad is all about gadgets – you name one and most certainly he owns it or gives you a reason why he didn’t buy that gadget, but another. Of course, our birthday present is a gadget that I’m sure he’ll love. So while I was looking for the perfect gift for my father, I found myself thinking the list of things I couldn’t live without. Weekend Five Gadgets

1. Smartphone wallet/case

ardium_smartphone_wallet_v2 I love this little wallet for my iPhone. Sometimes I don’t want to bring my entire purse with me but I always need my phone. This enables you to carry your driver’s license, credit card, cash, etc. within your phone case. I also like that it covers my phone face so that when text messages pop up curious onlookers aren’t tempted to read my messages.

2. Polar FT4

polar_ft4_bronze_topI bought my Polar FT4 Heart Monitor watch back in 2012, and I have been using it ever since for each workout I did. So after 2 and a half years of regular use, it works perfectly and gives me an accurate overview of my calories burned and keeps me on track when my heart rate gets higher than the value I set up as a safe max. I absolutely love this watch! You should try it too.

3. Nexus 7

tech-specs-n7I love my Nexus 7! There is no better alternative on the market for a 7 inch tablet, that you can just pick up and carry around with you, easily throw it in a purse or bag (no matter the size), and know it’s there when you need it. I love it for its size, great screen, affordable price and its loooong battery life.

4. Portable smartphone / tablet battery charger

htc-battery-bar-slide-01 If you are on-the-go a lot during the day using your phone or tablet, then definitely you need one of these! I plug my phone into the battery charger using a micro-USB cable and it fully charges my phone and adds more than 50% battery life to my tablet. It’s a great gadget to have around when traveling, or to carry around in your purse for just in case situations.

5. FlipCam Ultra HD Camera

33637213-2-440-OVR-1 FlipCam is so easy to use – just power on and press record to start capturing up to 2 hours of incredible HD video. When you’re done recording, just connect the flip-out USB arm to a PC or Mac and download your videos. Unfortunately Cisco exited the Flip business April 2011, but I am really happy I still have this mini-camera! I’m sure you would have loved it too!

What are your favorite gadgets? 

My First Guest Post is Published!

I’m more than thrilled that my first ever guest post has been published on ForTwoFitness‘s blog! For those of you who don’t know yet, ForTwo Fitness was founded by a fitness-oriented expecting mom, who discovered that there was a major lack of stylish maternity active-wear. The brand encourages women to keep fit and healthy during their pregnancy, while staying stylish and comfy. Even though TwoFor Fitness is serving customers in over 175 countries, it’s still a family-owned and operated business. All I can say is great job, and I hope I’ll be ordering maternity clothing really soon! This time, I’ll be celebrating my bump in style. 😉

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Today’s guest blogger was me, with a post about How To’s of a Fit  Baby Bump. I hope you’ll be following the link and read my blog post, along with the other great posts that have already been published on ForTwo Fitness blog.

Thank you, ForTwo Fitness!

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Do you remember the first time your guest post was published? 🙂

Sexy Legs Workout & Fresh Fruit and Yogurt Popsicles

It’s leg day. And I’m not in the best workout mood. But my 30th birthday and vacation to the sea side are coming up soon, so there’s no cheating – there are only 2 weeks left. For those of you who don’t know this yet, one of my New Year’s resolutions is a 101 challenge with myself – to get in the best shape of my life before turning 30. So far so good – I am by far the most fit I’ve ever been; but why stop here? I feel I can do more and I like it now more than ever, because during all this regular training, I managed to know my body really well. I know now when it’s OK to push a little bit harder, when to skip the workout (without remorse) and when to I need to give myself a little incentive to do upstairs and “hit the gym”. Like today.

Do you know that legs have the biggest muscles in your body? And do you know if you want to lose weight or tone your body you have to train them really hard? You see, big muscles burn more energy, so the bigger they are, the more kcal you’re gonna burn. Always works for me to get me there and be workout ready. 🙂

So here it is – I tried to avoid pistol squats, because not everybody can do them, and the most important thing is to do an exercise with the proper form. I also didn’t include calf raises, because if you’re doing the jumping jacks with the legs really wide, you’ll also be training those calves.
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Try not to take breaks between exercises. Push through the burn, but if you really have to stop, then stop for a couple of seconds and then continue.

After this workout I was craving for something sweet… Sooo badly!… I am still on my 100 Days of Summer challenge and it begins to be a real challenge, especially when I’m out. Anyway, yesterday I made 8 fresh fruit and yogurt pops, and I didn’t have the chance to taste them yet. I was pretty warmed up after the legs workout, so this treat felt like heaven. It was also my dinner, as it contained pretty much everything:

2 cups oats
2 cups yogurt
1 cup hazelnut milk
2 cups raspberries, strawberries,  blackberries,

sliced bananas and cherries

I didn’t add any other sweetener like maple syrup, Stevie or agave nectar, because both strawberries and cherries were really sweet. The cookies next to my Popsicle are made also homemade and the filling is plum jam, 100% plums, no sugar added or any other sweetener, no preservatives or any other flavors. Here it’s called majun.

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What’s your leg day schedule? How often do you have leg day training?

What’s your favorite Popsicle recipe?

Running My First 5K @ the End of Summer

Oh, wow, it’s a new week already!? I can’t believe how time flies by! On my side things have been a little hectic during this last week, and I am still trying to get everything back in order so we can get back to the usual schedule.

I’ve been planning to start running and until now all I did was start looking for the right places to run. 🙂 I know, I am a planner – I like to have everything aligned, everything figured out and then I take action. Not that I can’t handle uncertainty and unexpected situations, but I love more a good preparation and a clear schedule.

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You’d say you can run anywhere, but unfortunately it’s not applicable in my case. Where we live there are quite a lot stray dogs, and even though I am not afraid of dogs (I’ve got two of them at home, and both of them are large size) I really am reluctant to do my running among them. So I checked out the places where I can run in the mornings and I’ve got two options:

  • there’s a sports field pretty close to where I live, but unfortunately it’s not very well maintained. But at least I’m not going to run on asphalt. 🙂
  • the schools will soon be out so I will be able to train using their sports court.

For my weekend runs, I would like to take the forest trails together with a friend of mine – it’s always better to run with someone. 🙂 There are 4 trails that are 2.5 km (1.55 miles), 3.2 km (1.9 miles), 4 km (2.48 miles) and 4.4 km (2.7 miles) long. To begin with, I’m going to focus on running on the green trail, as it’s 2.5 km one way, so round trip would be exactly 5 km (3.1 miles).

Trasee Padurea VerdeI’ve already got my Couch-To-5K running plan that Salt recommended, and I can’t wait to begin training!

But till then, I’m looking to buy some running clothes, shoes and accessories. I am looking to get a FlipBelt or D-Belt or even a wrist cuff, water bottle, running arm band, headband and so on. – I love shopping, so during next weeks I’ll be having a lot of fun looking for the best running equipment!

Do you have a running apparel brand you’d like to recommend?

What are your favorite running shoes?

What is the running gear / accessories you can’t live without?

Do you have stray dogs in your area? Where do you run? Do you carry a dog-chaser device?

Weekend Five – 5 Things to be Thankful for

This week was quite sad and not really productive. We had to say goodbye to an uncle of us – a great man, a really nice person and an even more incredible family man. So this Weekend Five is about being grateful to be healthy and alive, and to be thankful for what we have. Here are my top 5 things that crossed my mind this week:

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  1. I am thankful for being blessed with a wonderful family, great husband and a beautiful daughter, and for us three being in good health.
  2. I am for mom and dad who were the first people to love me, who taught me, cheered and supported me every single time. I am happy they decided that I shouldn’t be the only child, so I am really thankful for having a sister and that we finally get along. 🙂
  3. I am grateful for my +80 year old grandparents and being able to see them each time we go “home” to our hometown. It’s a great feeling each time we visit them, knowing that there are four generations within one room. And I am really happy Miss I. gets to know and remember them.
  4. I am thankful for having true friends, people who love and support me and who always have my best interest at heart.
  5. I am grateful or the ability to help others, as a reminder that all of us are at one point in need, one way or another.

How often do you think about your life, family, friends a.o? How often do you give thanks for what you’ve got so far? But more important, how often do you tell them?