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Jump Jump

So…in honor of Salubrious September, I decided to challenge myself with a piece of classic cardio equipment…

The Jump Rope!

For less than $3 you can have your very own high intensity workout. I am using the Gold’s Gym Speed Rope from Walmart.

And for the record…I’m not very good. YET!

I’ve played around with it tonight and I do enjoy it. I am betting this will be just the ticket for interval training.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not the type that likes to hop on the treadmill and sprint 5 miles. The great thing about interval training is that you can get the same results (and fatigue)  but you can use simple moves. Jumping rope, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, etc. Do them at a high intensity (balls to the wall) for 20 seconds, then recover for 10 and repeat the vicious cycle for 8 rounds. By the end you should feel like death. Shape has a great article on Tabata training.

I love the elliptical trainer but sadly I’m without access to one at the moment. One thing I’ve noticed about using cardio machines is that I tend to space out or focus solely on the numbers. Movement is movement, so in the end I know that an unfocused workout is better than none at all, but I want to be present!

Jumping rope leaves no time to be unfocused.

Not gonna lie…when jumping rope I am Rocky Balboa training for his fight. I LOVE all of the Rocky movies, guilty pleasure for sure.

I love that it proves no matter where you are (America or Siberia) even if you don’t have access to fancy workout equipment, you can always get a good workout in.

And classic jams from the 80s never hurt!

So the moral of the story is when you can’t master pull ups, doing them over a fire might prove to help your form.




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They just don’t make ’em like that anymore

First a photo of a working lunch/hungry hound.

Lunch of champions: Everything bagel thin (obsessed!) with Smart Balance, hummus, goat cheese and 2 chopped up carrots. Plus a banana. Not pictured: JUG of water. Hydration overload here!

Carrot beggar! “Please mom…just one…just onnnnneeeeeee”

But back to the main reason for my post:

I’m a sucker for classic movies.

TCM owns me. In college, my ability to get things done solely depended on the TCM schedule and whether or not “Gypsy” was on.

I can remember the first time I saw “Singin’ in the Rain.” I was staying with my grandmother and I had worn out my tape of “Captain January” (Shirley Temple…anyone?!) so I went foraging for other movies and stumbled upon “Singin’ in the Rain.”

The cover looked fun, dancing with umbrellas and obviously singing was involved. I liked rain. So I popped it in and it changed my life!

Whenever it rains I start up that Gene Kelly dance routine. Also in college I had an annoying endearing tendency to sing, “Good Morning!” after every overnight cram session. My friends just LOVED me!

I miss the time when movies were called pictures, when diction mattered, and you had to have talent to make it in Hollywood. (Dancing, singing, and acting, often simultaneously.)

When movies had musicals within them…just because.

The Golden Age of Cinema.

I only wish I had been there to see it firsthand. I’d gladly give up Internet and Starbucks for the chance to go back in time and live large in the 50s.

But why am I going on about the movies?

Well folks I have a confession….

I’ve never seen Gone With the Wind.

And tonight I’m going to change that!

I’ll let you know what I think after I finish (it might take 2 days…it’s a long movie!)

Are there any classic movies you haven’t seen? For me it used to be The Sound of Music (Military Man changed that one) and  Gone With the Wind (Which will change after tonight) But one movie I never, ever, EVER, plan on watching is Titanic. NEVER.

How about you?!


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