Dec 102014
 

The Warrior Room does a ton of charity work. The recent one for the holidays was the “Bad Form Violation.” Gym members were being fined $1 for each “bad form” violation during classes and the money raised goes to The Annie Ross House toy drive. (They were also collecting unwrapped toys for kids.) Annie Ross House is a local shelter for families in crisis:

“We are the only emergency family shelter in all of Clackamas County and serve families with children who are currently experiencing homelessness. Five families a night reside at the Annie Ross House and we also provide six units of transitional housing to families with large barriers to housing. When families arrive at the shelter they are given a food box, personal care items, and each young child has a stuffed toy waiting in their room. Families occupy a single room and share three bathrooms and communal kitchen, dining and living rooms.”

I love all the charity work the members of the Warrior Room participate in! This was a good cause. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous about getting a bunch of violations!! Some of the citations were really funny. Check it out:

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When I saw the “inability to count” violation I had to laugh AND groan. If I was going to get a citation it would be that one. I can NEVER remember how many reps/sets we’re supposed to do in class. I don’t know why, maybe because Ashley gives us too much info at one time for me to remember, maybe I’m just too focused on the activity to remember the numbers. LOL

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Impressive multi-tasker! They are pretty funny and the wall is plastered with the citations. Stay tuned to see if I make that wall…..!

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They raised a bunch of money for the charity and also collected a TON of toys for kids for the charity, too. They filled the back of the Warrior Room truck with toys and took them to the Milwaukie holiday parade:

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Good job everyone who donated!

Class #1 – 1/2 Tabata, 1/2 Isolation

It was a challenging class for a lot of reasons. The first was the partner workout. The partner workouts are fun but hard because you end up working a lot harder than normal because you have a partner relying on you. So taking breather breaks isn’t an option. This particular partner workout was especially hard. Check it out:

We faced each other and got down in push-up position. Then we did 16 push-ups at the same time, slapping alternating hands with each push-up. So it goes like this: push-up, clap left hand, push-up, clap right hand and continue. THEN it was 8 partner burpees with a hand clap in between each one before jumping up. Then we did 30 traditional kettlebell swings then 16 lateral jumps. Dripping in sweat after one round! We did three I think (but like I said above, I have a hard time counting in class LOL).

Deck Squats

These are a lot harder than they look. You squat down, roll onto your back with your legs up and then roll back onto your feet. It REALLY works your core. I found that holding a small kettlebell while doing this made it a LOT easier to get back up. The momentum and the weight of the kettlebell made it easier. Before when I did this move in class I struggled a lot with getting back on my feet. Give this one a try and you’ll see how challenging it can be!

Kettlebell Hang Clean

This was a newish move for me. (As is the next one.) This is most definitely a full-body workout. It’s a squat, a core workout as well as shoulders and biceps. I felt this one the next day!

Kettlebell Dead Clean

This one is hard. I kept wanting to do it like the hang clean. But after a few rounds I got the hang of it. Dead lifts are a good core and glute workout. It’s even more challenging doing it with just one kettlebell.

We finished up with a bunch of ab work (ouch) and then cooled down. It was a good burn.

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Class #2 – Kettle Bell Conditioning

Saturday’s class was a good one. There wasn’t anything new to me, but there were plenty of moves that I like to do. One routine we did was a set of 30 swings (I went up to 35 pounds), followed by 10 up-downs, then see-saw presses, then 5 burpees. We did four rounds of this. The see-saw press is a fun one. I used the orange kettle bells for that one, they are 15 pounds each. I could have gone up to 20 pounds for that move but it was a packed class and they were all taken.

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Then there was a set of 100 mountain climbers, followed by 12 tuck jumps (I modified with squats jumps), then 12 double mountain climbers followed by another 12 tuck jumps, then 12 sumo mountain climbers followed by 12 tuck jumps. Sound like a lot? It is! My heart rate was pounding!

What I like about the Warrior Room is that Ashley is always good about modifications for people. If there is ever something someone can’t do she comes up with a variation. For me, it’s lunges. My physical therapist told me long ago, DON’T DO LUNGES. Like ever. It’s just not knee-friendly and I do notice that my knees get cranky when I try to do lunges. So whenever lunges are part of the workout, Ashley gives me a modification. This time it was doing the TRX knees to chest move.

After that there was an ab set (v-ups, windmills, etc). Then we did a set of double swings (I used the black kettlebells –20 pounds each), followed by squats, squats presses and then a deadlift (with the silver kettlebell which is 35 pounds).

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After that set of the kettle bell work we dd the mountain climber sequence again. Personally I enjoy the 1/2 Isolation & 1/2 Tabata class (see above) than the Kettle Bell Conditioning class because it’s more fast-paced and burns more calories. But the KB conditioning class is a good balance because it focuses more on perfecting the KB moves.

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So there are two different classes that were both a lot of fun and a good workout!

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Nov 242014
 

I am so glad I’m not sick anymore. Having bronchitis and being segregated in the house for four days straight made me stir crazy and aching for some social interaction!

Friday

First swim in two weeks! Bronchitis is an ass-kicker. I wasn’t sure how I’d do because swimming is the #1 barometer on fitness in my opinion. If you are not up to par you will know it immediately in the pool. I had my inhaler with me just in case, but didn’t need it. I was able to swim and breathe normally and didn’t cough once! The only thing I noticed was I was getting really tired towards the end of the swim. Despite all that I did 1.125 miles without any breaks and felt great.

Saturday

Back at the Warrior Room! Thank goodness. I was still not back to normal. My stamina isn’t fabulous. My muscles were getting fatigued quicker than normal and I had to stop to rest in between sets. Other than that the class was really fun and the workout was challenging. There was one set we did where we held kettle bells in each hand and did front raises then Ashley would say “hold” and we’d have to hold the kettlebells in mid-air. It is SO MUCH harder than it sounds, trust me. Even with super light weight kettle bells it was brutal. Then we did the same thing with side lateral raises and holds. Ouch!

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Later on Saturday we went to our friend’s house for a housewarming party. They bought a house together recently and have been fixing it up so this was our change to catch up with them and see the new place.

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Michael made his famous mac n’ cheese to bring. Trust me, this is the perfect mac n’ cheese recipe. If you ever make this for a potluck or holiday party, be prepared to be nominated to make it for every following potluck for the rest of your life. Word will spread. People will request it. Trust me, I know. Michael made it one year for my family Christmas party and I think there would be a mutiny if he ever skipped it a year!

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While I ate some of the mac n’ cheese, I tried to limit how much because it’s so high in calories. I was trying to practice what I preached when it came to holiday eating…try a little bit of everything I want but don’t go overboard.

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Christi also made some roasted nuts that were AMAZING and I ended up eating way too many of those babies. They were seriously so good. Butter, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, rosemary and thyme. Amazing. We ended up playing Cards Against Humanity for a few hours and before we knew it, it was really late. It was a fun night though!

Sunday

Sunday I was finally back to yoga class. I’d missed it. So had my stiff joints and muscles. I also got in a two mile run on the treadmill before class. Which was nice because both things loosened up my tight muscles after the Warrior Room Saturday.

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After class Michael and I went over to a friend’s house for lunch and board games! Something else I had missed terribly lately.

My friend Courtney made chili so I found a cornbread recipe and made that. I decided to do mini muffins and used my mini muffin tray that we got as a wedding present. I liked the mini size. :) Because I used the mini muffin tray and I substituted the Splenda Blend, the calorie came out to 60 calories per muffin. Obviously if you do regular sized muffins that will change.

Cornbread Muffins

Prep Time: 14 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 or 32 depending on size

Serving Size: 1 muffin

From: http://princesspinkygirl.com/delicious-cornbread-muffins/

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup yellow corn meal
  • 1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine corn meal, flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
  3. Combine milk, egg and butter/margarine and mix well.
  4. Combine the dry and liquid ingredients in a bowl and mix (do not overmix, should be slightly lumpy).
  5. Pour batter into a well greased muffin pan.
  6. Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
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I made three changes to the recipe: first I substituted Splenda Blend for the sugar and then I added about 1/4 cup of corn kernels. I like cornbread that has actual corn in it. Lastly, I heated the oven at 350 instead of 400 because they are so much smaller than other muffins. I thought they might get overdone.

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I liked the muffins and I liked the flavor. They were a little on the dry side eating them on their own. But with some butter melted on top or with chili, they were fine. I’d make these again but I’d probably add maybe some shredded cheese to make them a little moister? Other than that it was good.

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I love chili! It was fantastic and she used chunks of beef instead of just ground beef. It was really good and next time I make chili I want to try using chunks of beef in it. Usually I just do ground turkey or beef. This was a nice variation.

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We played two games, Love Letter and Gloom. They were both really fun. I liked the Gloom game but it was really involved and intricate. I need to play it a few more times to really get it I think.

It was the kind of weekend that was jam-packed and I didn’t have any downtime to myself, but it was worth it. It was a ton of fun!

Do you have any game recommendations? Looking for something new!

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