Conservation Hero WODs

I will have to admit a little factoid about myself. My fitness program is heavily influenced by CrossFit. I have a strange love-hate relationship with CrossFit, but for the most part, and I do mean a majority of my feelings are quite positive. CrossFit offers camaraderie that I have never experienced before. They also offer a huge variety which I greatly appreciate in a workout program. And most of the time, they are very positive reinforcement and encouragement driven.  Continue reading Conservation Hero WODs

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 59: Buff Beach Bum

I should learn my lesson about bad-mouthing how a day goes, because then something is going to happen to shut me right up the next day.  While I may have felt unaccomplished with happenings yesterday, today was pack full of inspiration.  I guess I’ll have to buckle down and pick just one thing, and I think the best topic for the day was Double Bluff Beach workout.  Just call me the Double Bluff Buff Beach Bum.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 59: Buff Beach Bum

100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 31: Great Workout, Anytime

With my husband off to his figure drawing open studio and my late shift at the wildlife refuge, I decided to forego another CrossFit WOD for the day, and finished my trial membership at Anytime Fitness, just down the street from the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.   Continue reading 100 Ways of EarthFit- Day 31: Great Workout, Anytime

Workout at the Park

When Chris and I first moved to Oregon, we found a little park not too far from our apartment that has benches, a playground with monkey bars, and seemed secluded enough to allow some “privacy” while working out.  Then we joined VillaSport for the summer and when we left Villla, our workout park seemed…different.

 

It seemed to have grown crowded by annoying types of people. People smoking (weed), people who didn’t pick up after their dogs (ewww), broken glass on the ground (c’mon, people, KIDS play here), and folks who just let their kids walk up to random strangers and talk to them while said strangers were trying to get their workout on.   Last weekend we hit our limit on how much we could take when we tried to do a circuit workout but with traffic on the road, and then stepping in dog poo during the workout, we were finished with the park once and for all.

Continue reading Workout at the Park

Connecting to Nature in Fitness

Today’s workout was the epitome of everything EarthFit stands for.  We went to the Nature Park that is right across the street, and finished a grueling 90 minute workout.  But it was perfect!  Perfect challenge.  Perfect setting.  Just perfect!

There are a ton of trails at the Tualatin Hills Nature Park.  We decided to hit the main trail and just “stay left”.  Whenever we hit a fork in the trail, we veered left.  So, by going around the entire trail, we jogged about 4.5 miles.   Continue reading Connecting to Nature in Fitness

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

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

Continue reading Animal Scavenger Hunt

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