Week of Feb. 14, 2010

This is a long post full of hodge-podge updates.

1. This week, classes are on Monday and Wednesday (Feb. 15 & 17), same time and location.  My daughters are in a play this Thurs. night.  I’m still waiting to hear about vacation next week.

2. Benefits of Body Weight Exercises (what you do every boot camp) can be found below.

3. Ahhhh, Valentine’s Day.  The history behind the holiday (I know, it’s not related to exercise, but thought I’d put it out there)

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What are the best body weight exercises for improving functional strength?

(source: http://www.greenfitnessworld.com/green-fitness/building-functional-strength-bodyweight-exercises-2)

Functional training must encompass all planes of human movement to be truly effective.  In my opinion this does not eliminate isolation exercises such as  using weights or weight machines, which have their place strictly for strength building. However, body weight exercises are by far the #1 way to increase your functional strength, balance, flexibility, and natural muscle development.  If you are not able to control your own body effectively then functional strength is something you do not have. The exercises to start with are myriad.  They include the exercises of our youth- the push-up, pull-up, dip, etc.

There are, of course, many other options for body weight exercises. From beginner to advanced, there is sure to be a routine to tax you, and take you to the next level of fitness, using only bodyweight exercises!

The basic body weight exercises for functional strength.

  • push-up
  • dip
  • pull-up
  • squats
  • lunge

Advanced body weight exercises for function strength

  • one arm push-up
  • one arm pull-up
  • one leg squats
  • muscle ups
  • rope and ring training

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The story of Valentines Day begins during the heyday of the Roman Empire, which held a festival every February. This Lupercian Festival was held in honor of the God of Fertility and during the festivities young men would get to choose their mate. At the time marriage was a common occurrence, but when Claudius became Emperor he changed all of that. Fearing that men would refuse their duty to fight because they would not want to leave their wives behind, he outlawed all marriages. Young couples still fell in love though and still wished to marry and they took these desires to the Catholic Bishop Valentine who, understanding love, began to secretly marry couples. When Claudius found out, he had Valentine arrested and ordered put to death. While waiting in jail, Valentine began exchanging letters with the jailer’s daughter and soon had fallen in love with her. The day he was to be beheaded, he wrote her one last note and signed it: ‘From Your Valentine’.

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2 responses to “Week of Feb. 14, 2010

  1. Lisa….April Wine is going to be at Higher Ground on Saturday night.

    • Boot Camp with LSD

      I’m so bummed . . . the mini camp is Sunday morning. Thanks for the news. I’ll have to catch them next time 🙂

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