Minute Man Workout

Chris and I kicked off our workout today with a quick 10 minute partner AMRAP with med ball lunges, Russian twists, and plank hi-fives.  I also wanted to try out a new workout I came up with I like to call the Minute Man.  For this workout, you simply do a man-maker at the top of the minute for however many minutes you want to do your workout, and then finish each minute with different various exercises. Continue reading Minute Man Workout

Tofu Wontons

October 1st is World Vegetarian Day.  In the spirit of eating less meat, I decided to fix one of my favorite vegetarian dishes, tofu wontons.  These are easy to fix, but I unfortunately don’t know how to make a SMALL batch, so it can be somewhat time consuming if you are making more than 10.

tofu wontons

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Animal Scavenger Hunt

I’ve been wanting to try this animal scavenger hunt for a workout ever since I attempted to do it with the kids I worked with at the Day Camp.  It wasn’t as successful with the children as I had hoped (until I added water balloons as an incentive), but I thought it might be fun in a group workout.

There are a dozen ways this workout could be run.  Today, I decided to write up “clues” about different animals on our whiteboard, then place the corresponding animal cards throughout the park.  animal scavenger hunt

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Playing with a Deck of Cards

One of my favorite types of workouts is called “Deck of Cards”.  It’s exactly what it sounds like, using a deck of cards to tell you what your workout will be.  You assign an exercise for each suit, shuffle the deck, and then draw cards and your rep count will be the number that’s on the card (I usually make face cards 10 and Aces are 15), and repeat until you go through the whole deck.  I also use the Jokers in my deck and assign them a particularly challenging exercise, such as running for me (do I need to write a full blog post on why I don’t run?). Continue reading Playing with a Deck of Cards

Plank Off

After not working out for three weeks, the simple, yet apparently effective Blah Blaster took out a lot from Chris and me.  So, today, I prepared a super quick, low intensity workout I called “Plank Off”.  It didn’t kick our rears like Blah Blaster, but it’s pretty core intensive so it can be effective, too. Continue reading Plank Off

Learning to Fly

Earlier this month, I received a rude awakening.  All summer, I had been preparing and fine-tuning my presentation for this project that has become near and dear to my heart.  My chosen venue to debut EarthFit was the International Congress of Zookeepers in Germany.  To me, sharing this program with the zookeeper community was a no-brainer.  EarthFit had been developed while I was a zookeeper, and it had truly benefited me as a zookeeper. Continue reading Learning to Fly

Dragging My Way Back to a Routine

My husband and I have been away on vacation for three weeks.  Three weeks of eating decadent foods, getting little rest, not drinking enough water, and walking around medieval European towns as our main source of working out.  I had even given us one extra day off the routine, but by Saturday, enough was enough.  We needed to get our rears in gear.  So, I pulled out an oldie from my prepared workouts, called the Blah Blaster! Continue reading Dragging My Way Back to a Routine

EarthFit: Awakening the Passion for Fitness and Conservation

There is an incredible amount of passion residing within me. It seems obvious that I would have such strong infatuation for animals and nature, given my career of choice. A hankering for these particular areas were awoken and nurtured from an early age. Growing up, I jumped at every opportunity to increase my knowledge and experience with wildlife and their environments. As my admiration for nature grew, so did a third, very prominent obsession: conservation. The more I learned about my favorite animals, and the more I studied nature, the more I wanted to do everything in my power to protect both. More than one person can relate to this story, I’m sure. Continue reading EarthFit: Awakening the Passion for Fitness and Conservation