I am an educated, experienced and certified personal trainer. Some days I act like it. Other days...not so much.
So why am I a lazy personal trainer?
I LOVE WORKING OUT. I LOVE DONUTS. I LOVE RUNNING 5Ks. I LOVE LAZY TV NIGHTS WITH JFBs (SEE MY LINGO LIST).
CAN I POSSIBLY BE A HAPPY, HEALTHY PERSON WITH SUCH CONFLICTING PASSIONS?
I'm trying! Follow my quest to OVERCOME LAZY!
Sunday, May 13, 2012
My New Fitness Crush: The Rope
With a little plyo action, this thing is
Shhhh… Don’t tell the Bosu, but I’ve got a new fitness
I’m not talking about the ubiquitous jump rope that we’ve
all known since childhood, I’m talking about, The ROPE!
Fitness rope, undulation rope, heavy exercise rope, battling
rope (my favorite – how tough does THAT sound!) …. Known by various names, the rope is another
ingeniously simple item that has emerged as a seriously effective and
satisfying piece of workout equipment.
Serious core workout!
I caught wind of this serpentine sensation about a year or
two ago and have been interested in trying one ever since.I wanted to do a test drive to see if it
would be a worthwhile purchase but never ran across any ropes to try.My interest in them spiked when I started my
park boot camp class but I still hesitated on committing to a buy until a
recent incursion of lower-body injuries among my boot campers and friends – plus
myself! – made it a necessity.
While my boot camp classes are a diverse mixture of
activities, they almost always include some sort of running, hopping and/or burpeeing.However, this suddenly was not a safe option
for many of us, so I knew we needed another alternative.
Hence my impulsive leap into rope training territory.Actually it wasn’t that impulsive.I’d seen a ton of videos and had been mulling
it over for some time, so I just went for it!
And, WOWEEEE WOW WOW, am I glad I did!This thing is awesome!We played around with my new rope (it’s 50-feet,
1.5 inches) at boot camp and since then I’ve created some kick-ass (hey - ass
is in the Bible) workouts at home and can’t wait to keep unfurling more of this
slinky sweetie’s secrets. I love how it’s about as uncomplicated as
workout equipment gets, yet can effectively work the body out from head to
toe.It has a primitive,
old-school-tough kind of feel to it, yet it’s refreshing, invigorating and
accessible to most everyone – even those with lower-body ailments!
So I guess I suffer from gym equipment infidelity.Just when I think I’ve got enough fitness
goodies to keep me satisfied, something else comes along to entice me and test
my loyalty. Trust me, I am picky.I don’t
just let any ol’ thigh master or ab roller-type seduce me… and I still love
you, my dear Bosu.You will always hold
a prominent position in my workouts.… It’s
just that I think there’s plenty of room in our relationship for this new rope….
Ooooo, and maybe one of those land
paddleboards (a.k.a. skupboards) I saw someone on the other day….