Sunday, March 22, 2009

Does anyone else notice that "Yoga" is a four-letter word?!

So I haven't missed any workouts except for the week I was reallly sick . . . until last thursday . . . when I was scheduled to do Yoga.  I just couldn't get myself to stay up late for it.  So yes.  I skipped it.

Anyone having issues motivating themselves with certain exercises?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

The consequences of working in an office . . .

So I've been doing p90X now for four weeks now, but I've found it rather difficult to contribute to the blog.  Here's the reason:  Starting my new job as a structural engineer has been challenging in one aspect, that of sitting an a desk all day long.  I'm not used to sitting in one location for 9 hours a day tapping away at a computer.  The result of this is that when I'm done with work, the last thing I want to do sometimes is get home and hop on the computer again!  And because, at work, we are strongly encouraged to not do personal stuff on the internet (email, blogs, etc.) that stuff has found itself on the backburner.  

So my apologies for not contributing more to the blog.  But here's an update.

-My favorite workouts have been: Plyometrics and Kenpo
-My least favorites are any of the arm workouts, and of course, Ab Ripper X
-I've only missed two workouts.  Luckily, they were both duing my "off" week.  I missed the stretch workout when a friend's basement flooded. I figure bailing water was my workout that night!
-I look forward to the Plyometrics video, when Tony tells us all to land softly and jump like "cat man and spider woman!" I find it terribly humorous.

Anyway, I promise to try and contibute more.  I enjoy having a structured workout to do everyday, and look forward to doing it everyday!  Except, of course, Ab Ripper X.

Here's my before picture:

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Getting Better

I guess I have to admit I'm getting better at plyometrics, despite it being my least favorite excercise when I started. Now, it's somewhere it the middle of the rankings. Yay for getting into better shape!
My vote for best workout: Arms, Shoulders and Chest. Yesterday's

Monday, February 16, 2009


Yoga again? Already? Seriously, I could die.


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tyler & Janna Week 3

Week four is coming none too soon!
I missed the Kenpo day #6 this week, but I didn't feel too bad about it because we went with another couple and took our significant others sledding for Valentine's day yesterday! After climbing a sand dune about a hundred times, I decided that we had gotten our aerobic workout for the day!

I almost died doing Yoga this week, but I can already feel myself getting flexible again! I used to be quite limber in my gymnastics days, and now I can finally palm the floor and touch my knees with my nose again! Hooray!

My favorite workout this week was the legs and back. I still can only do about 1 1/2 pullups, but I can tell that I am about to have a breakthrough soon! Maybe by week 5 or 6 I will be able to do more.

I have really enjoyed seeing real results week after week. I can do more of the moves every week! I have decided that the best part about p90x is the muscle confusion. I have also decided that the worst part about p90x is the muscle confusion! It seems to really work, but I can't help thinking "I can look like Dreya and STILL have a hard time doing this???"

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ouch Ouch Ouch

Played broomball hockey on Wednesday night.
Played basketball on Thursday night.
Did P90X legs workout on Friday.

My legs hurt.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tyler and Janna's Week #2

Week number two has come and gone, and we are still hanging in there - barely!
We are both "feeling the burn" in week two, and it is awesome!

Tyler's favorite workout this last week was Arms and Shoulders, his least favorite is definitely anything cardio!

My favorite workout this week was Kenpo karate. Our nephew Jake is really into karate (as much as a 5 year old can be) and did the workout with me. It was really fun. I think I ended up making the workout harder than it had to be, as I was alternately doing the moves and chasing Jake around the living room. Fun stuff!

We are both noticing that our arms are getting more defined already. Hopefully we will be noticing some more results in upcoming weeks!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Janna & Tyler's First Week!

Ok, this is my very first blog post ever!
Here are our beginning stats, Tyler & Janna, respectively

Weight 181/99
Resting Heart Rate 61/64
Pull-Ups 1/1&3/4
Vertical Leap -/-
Push-Ups 20/25
Toe Touch -4&1/2/4&1/2
Wall Squat 20sec./45sec.
Bicep Curls 16@25lbs / 15@7.5
In & Outs 25/26
Heart Rate Maximizer 172/127
-1 minute 121/133
-2 minutes 107/83
-3 minutes 81/88
-4 minutes 74/65 *I don't think that my heart rate calculated right... it was all over the place, and sometimes
wouldn't read at all.

My favorite workout of the week was probably the arms and shoulders. It was fun to see results right away.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brian - Day 4

Yoga is surprisingly hard.

And I will never touch my toes. I've got stuff like "Return a serve by a professional tennis player" on my list of things to do in life. Touching my toes with straight legs isn't on there. Gotta stay realistic.

Natalie Yogas It Up! - Day 4

I LOVE stretching. It feels so good to me. Granted, I've been stretching basically since I was 5 and started ballet. However, Yoga can be super hard. This is the 6th time in my life I've done Yoga. Luckily, I've been doing it every Tuesday for the last three weeks. I think that helps. It's hard to do the moves if you don't know what they are! Especially since your head is supposed to be in certain positions most of the time and it's usually not supposed to be on the screen. I'm still not positive I do all the moves right, so maybe I'll get a book or something to tell me what I'm supposed to do. Enjoy Yoga day! It's long, but the last half hour (not the ab part) is totally worth it! :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Natalie's Day 3!

I was exhausted today and took a nap during the kids' naps. It worked out great though, because then I had the energy tonight to do my workout! I'm sore all over though! Here are my numbers today. I always start everything with 5 pounds since I don't know what each of the exercises are or how I'll handle them. The second round I did 10 pounds each. On a lot of them I felt like I wanted something in between.

  • Alternating Shoulder Presses: 15 @ 5lbs, 12 @ 10lbs
  • In & Out Bicep Curls: 30 @ 5lbs, 10 @ 10lbs
  • Two-Arm Tricep Kickbacks: 15 @ 5lbs, 10 @ 10lbs
  • Deep Swimmer's Presses: 15 @ 5lbs, 12 @ 10lbs
  • Full Supination Concentration Curls: 20 @ 5lbs, 20 @ 10lbs
  • Chair Dips: 12, 15
  • Upright Rows: 20 @ 20lbs, 20 @ 25 lbs
  • Static Arm Curls: 15 @ 5lbs, 15 @ 10lbs
  • Flip-Grip Twist Tricep Kickbacks: 15 @ 5lbs, 7 @ 10lbs
  • Two-Angle Shoulder Flys: 20 @ 5lbs, 6 @ 10lbs
  • Crouching Cohen Curls: 20 @ 5lbs, 15 @ 10lbs
  • Lying-Down Tricep Extensions: 15 @ 5lbs, 12 @ 10lbs

Brian - Days 1-3

Okay, whose dumb idea was this anyway? Oh wait. Day three has come and gone and I've gotten up at 6:30 everyday now to do my excercises. That's 4:30 for those of you in Mountain Time. Dedication baby!

Okay, I am officially in pain now. Thank goodness for Ibuprofin. Nice to start off knowing that it's working, at least!
Here are the "before pictures." Fat? Not yet. On my way to being fat. Yep. Hence: P90X with my delicious dinner paid for by Janna and Tyler on the line... mwa hah hah.

Here are my results from the fit test, and one of the criteria that will be used to judge the winner:
Resting Heart Rate – 63
Pull-ups – 9
Vertical Leap – skipped
Push-ups – 40
Toe-Touch - -7 ½"
Wall Squat – 1m 10s
Bicep Curls – 26 @ 20lbs
In & Outs – 33
Max Heart Rate – 161
Max Heart Rate 1 – 135
Max Heart Rate 2 – 123
Max Heart Rate 3 – 114
Max Heart Rate 4 – 109

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Natalie's Day 2 - Had to Make a Change

So I'm going to blog about my journey even if no one else does! I think it helps a TON to write things down. It's more motivating. Plus it helps me get my thoughts out and gives me something to look forward to! Weird maybe, but works for me!

Today I had to do Kempo X (day 6's workout) because Brian still had today's workout in his laptop. I like makes me feel tough. I used to do it twice a week in college at Gold's before I met Brian with that former friend of mine who shall remain nameless. :) It was a good little cardio workout though! Especially after having run almost four miles this morning. I have to keep up my running too! It was nice to be able to get it done while the kiddos were napping. It worked out pretty well today. Hopefully that trend can continue on other days. So I'll do today's workout on Saturday...potentially at Kevin and Naomi's, right? We'll see! :)

Monday, January 26, 2009

I'm In!

So I guess this should really be "Hanks Versus Bluth P90X". I'm motivated because if Janna can do a pull up, so can I! :) (Right now, I can't even do 1.) I think Janna and I are both "freakishly strong" meaning, we are a lot stronger than we look. It'd be nice to look strong for a change too. I'm a tiny bit skeptical, but I've always wanted a 6-pack (of abs, not beer) so let's see if we can make it happen!

Week 1, Day 1 - Chest and Back
  • Standard Push-Up: 10 (feet), 18 (knees)
  • Wide Front Pull-Ups: 0, 0
  • Military Push-Ups: 6 (knees), 3 (knees)
  • Reverse Grip Chin-Ups: 0, 0
  • Wide Fly Push-Ups: 7 (feet), 15 (knees)
  • Closed Grip Overhand Pull-Ups: 0, 0
  • Decline Push-Ups: 4, 3
  • Heavy Pants: 30 @ 5lbs, 20 @ 10lbs
  • Diamond Push-Ups: 0, 0
  • Lawnmowers: 18 @ 5lbs, 20 @ 10lbs
  • Dive-Bomber Push-Ups: 0, 0
  • Back Flys: 10 @ 5lbs, 10 @ 10lbs
Bueno suerte!