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Fitness Assessment: Push-ups, Squats & Crunches…oh my!

May 18th, 2012 at 3:21 pm by under Fitness

“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” -Greg Anderson

I’ll tell myself that the next time I feel like I’m going to die a slow death from Clayton’s series of 5 million grapevines.  Let me be honest. I love to break a good sweat, but starting out a fitness routine after carrying a baby in your belly for 9 months is hard, man! I think the beginning is the hardest part — just getting into a routine, remembering how to squeeze those buns and move those hips takes a little while. It’s pretty amazing how “out of tune” your body is after creating one. Creating one. Isn’t that wild? Your body creates a human being. Man, so cool.

Ok, back on track. Let’s get to my fitness assessment. One of my personal coaches Lisa Holmes came on Mass Appeal to assess my fitness on live TV. I know, I’m brave. I had to do as many push-ups as I could, with good form, in 1 minute — as well as squats and crunches. Yeah, I know it sounds easy. Well, it isn’t.  I have some pictures as evidence:

 Here’s me after doing 41 push-ups in 1 minute.

I started shaking after 2. I collapsed after 41. I was proud. And Lisa was too. ( She’s clapping, you can tell by her hand position.

For the record, she clapped more than once.) 


See, now this is a trick picture. Clearly, I’m doing squats.

What you think is happening: I’m smiling, Lisa is smiling, we are smiling at the joy of squats. Ahh, what fun.

What is really happening: I’m cursing the person who invented squats. Who thought that was really a good idea to make your legs feel like they are on fire? Not to mention it is incredibly unflattering.

Yeah, yeah I know it is good for my muscles. I get it. I felt the burn. Total number of squats: 44. Like a Champ.


 Crunches — here’ s my weakness. Think about it this way — when you’re pregnant, your body has to adapt to a growing baby for 10 full months. In order for there to be space for the baby to grow, your abdominal muscles have to separate. A lot. That explains why I am making that face. Despite the weakness of my core, I still managed to do 50 crunches in a minute.  Is that good? I have no clue. Lisa clapped, so it made me feel good. That’s all that matters. Hopefully that by the end of my 3 months I’ll be able to do 51 ;P

Continuing my journey at ZUMBA tonight! I’ll give you an update next week. ONWARD!

Cardioblast is a blast-tastic workout!

May 16th, 2012 at 1:32 pm by under Fitness

It isn’t called Cardio Blast for nothin’! Clayton rocked the house! We’ll get to Clayton in a bit…

I arrived 2 minutes late and jumped into the warmup — the music was pumpin’ (good tunes, Top 40 remixes, The Biebs “Somebody to Love” never gets old), the fans were going, the class had great energy — It was a blast.

What I didn’t realize is that you don’t stop moving for 50 minutes straight. Literally — you grapevine, kick, punch, march and lift those knees until you can’t see straight. I worked my biceps “Like a G6″ and kickboxed Aerosmith to shame. I’m tellin ya, it’s all about the tunes! I was so pumped up! Oh — and by the way — people continued to trickle in 5, 10, 15 minutes late. I didn’t feel SO bad for being 2 minutes behind schedule.

Now back to Clayton — he was all business. No mercy. Even when I wanted to quit, his motivation kept me going. I didn’t want to disappoint Clayton. I introduced myself at the end of class — turns out,  he runs the ROTC program at Putnam High. Army Veteran.

No wonder I didn’t quit.

The end was my favorite part. Ab workout to “Push it” by Salt & Pepa and “Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer. Hammertime? No, no…It was Cardioblasttime. Game on.

My Post-Baby Fitness Journey Begins!

May 14th, 2012 at 3:13 pm by under Fitness

Becoming a mom is the most fulfilling, amazing, beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me. Each & every moment brings so much happiness and I feel so blessed to have been given the best gift in the world.

That being said, a lot changes! This new addition to the family is such a joy, yet requires some serious adjusting.


Everything from budgeting time to budgeting money, accepting that your new perfume is “eau de formula” and spit up is the hottest spring trend. I mean EVERYTHING changes. I don’t remember the last time I cared about what color my toes are painted. Are they even painted? Yep, i just checked.

You’re probably wondering why I haven’t mentioned the most obvious change — your body! I was holding out because that is what this is all about. Get excited, because I am. I am going on a 3 month fitness expedition and I want you to go on the journey with me! I’ll be keeping my blog up to date to keep you posted on my progress, my experiences and of course, my fun, fun, fun workouts! 

I’ll be working out at Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness in West Springfield, where my Personal Coaches Lisa Holmes & Henri Lafond will help me get into tip top shape. I already went on a tour of the center, had my initial consultation and went over my goals, hopes and dreams. At the very end of my journey, I want to be more toned, be healthier and, most importantly, feel good!



Starting Stats:


I’m going to go to a cardioblast class tomorrow at Healthtrax. I don’t know what to expect — but I know I’m ready to blast away some fat and have a blast, or better yet, a cardiotastic time with cardio. I will give you an update after my class. And I’ll post pictures. Only if I survive. The journey begins!!