Friday, February 14, 2014

Friday 5, Giveaway Winner, and Strength move of the week!

Hi Everyone!
It's been a fun week, and trust me, I've been enjoying the snow holidays for all their worth, because the last time I saw snow like this in the Carolinas was in 1992! Micah and I  and our adorable German Shepherd, Orion, played in the snow for quite awhile, and the best thing was watching Orion trying to "fetch" snowballs. HAHAHA My dog loves to entertain! I thought it would be appropriate to list 5 things I did in the snow, well, here they are. My brave husband has over a 30 minute drive, and he gave me a scare, when it took him 2 hours to get home driving through the snow, but when he got home, he had a red rose for me! What an awesome man I have!

For my Friday Five, I thought it would be appropriate to list 5 things I did in the snow, well, here they are.

1. Snowballs! Our dog thinks it's fun to "fetch" back a piece, so, we'd toss them up in the air, and he'd go for it!
2. Fixed a really yummy Santa Fe soup recipe
3. Planned my first fit club for 21 Day Fix! (It's going to be so much fun!)
4. Lots of workouts!
5. Clutter removing...I'm doing the 40 Days = 40 Bags of Clutter challenge

I'm changing subject rapidly, but I feel like I have a lot of ground to cover.  Last Friday, I hosted a giveaway for a Mash Up Conditioning Tempo (drumroll please) Courtney Fields! Congrats Courtney! Thanks for visiting the blog, and I hope that you'll continue to do so in the future!

Now, onto the strength training move of the week: the squat. This is an essential move, and it's super important that you start out with the correct form, because trust me, it's tough to correct improper form on a squat, I've had to do this with many clients. The good news is, it's doable. Today's challenge is to do 1 minute of the squats described in this video. Pick a squat style, then go for it. Think quality, not quantity. Some extra pointers: 1. Keep your abs engaged throughout the entire movement, and exhale as you stand. 2. Squeeze your glutes at the top of the movement and pause for 2 counts. This will help prevent squats from hurting your knees.
Squats are important for your metabolism in general, think large muscle groups burn more calories, and it's a functional movement. SO without further ado, here it is. The squat!

This is my first video tutorial, and I'd love your feedback!

Have a wonderful Friday! Stay Warm!




  1. Yay, so excited I won! Thank you!!!!

    Also, I LOVE squats! I use my kettlebell and do my swings from an exploding squat. It's seriously the best booty and thigh (an full body really) workout ever.

  2. Funny enough, I just did some squats in my office :) Thanks for linking up!

  3. So funny, I too played with my dog in the snow and I also bought all the ingredients to make Santa Fe soup!

  4. Oooh 40 bags of clutter gone - I need to do that! I should see if my dog would like to chase snowballs, she'd probably watch them fly right by her face. :)

  5. I love your accent! And I love that you encourage people to literally have a seat when squatting if they're new to exercising. I've had a handful of older clients that need to just practice sitting down and standing up without assistance!