Mom Thoughts

Here are some random thoughts from my random mom brain today:

  • See those shoes in the first picture? Sure they look like water shoes/slippers or something from Star Trek, but they are the best kid shoes yet! They are super flexible, breathable, and great in water. The best part is the sand and wood chips located on every playground in Utah can not get in! Beckett has a freak out if sand gets in his shoes so sandals and flip flops are out. Even tennis shoes seem to get sand in them and they are so hot. These shoes have been perfect. You can find them on Amazon here
  • I thought I knew about hunger when I was pregnant, but that was nothing. I am HUNGRY at all times of the day. This is not a joke. Nolan is eating 4 oz every 2 hours or so which means I am burning a lot of calories! I can eat enough to have that wonderful full feeling last about 10 minutes, and then I am hungry again. Our grocery budget may need some adjusting. 
  • You know your kids have the greatest dad ever when he sets up a campground in your backyard to make up for your rained out camping trip. Complete with a camp fire, roasting marshmallows, sleeping in the tent, and peeing on the bushes. 
  • Sometimes I stress about how I am going to fit a work out in every day, but then I came to the conclusion that I am working out all day every day by taking care of my boys instead of sitting at my desk at work. Cardio: jump on trampoline for 45 minutes and push double stroller to and from park. Biceps: carry ridiculously large 2 month old and average sized 2 year old up and down stairs multiple times a day. Thighs: do 100 squat/bounces at every nap to get baby sleepy. Triceps: Hold baby straight out in front of you and bounce them up and down. Do 3 sets of 25. Now that I have come to this realization I can stop feeling guilty about secretly eating ice cream while both kids are napping instead of working out. 


MR Lakshmi said...

Two summers ago, I worked with a great gal from Hollywood, Rachel Nichols.
Rachel did some TT workouts while filming a movie up here in Toronto.

That's about it for me in terms of training Hollywood actors or
actresses in person, but recently I was asked, "Imagine you're
working with a major film star who has eight weeks to lose 30
pounds of fat and build some muscle in preparation for the lead
role in the latest Hollywood blockbuster. What do you do with them?"

Here's my answer...

I would have control over every single thing that they eat. That's
the biggest ticket to success here. No booze, no excess sugar, and
just giving them enough reward to stick with the program.

If this "star" is a typical overweight, sedentary individual, we'll have
no problem getting rid of 20 pounds of fat through nutrition.

As for exercise, we need to be consistent, and stick with our intensity
principles. We would do 3 hard workouts per week using strength
training followed by interval training with the program being centered
around basic movement patterns done with free weights.

Everything is done in supersets in the workout to get more done in
less time. For example, we might do a squat supersetted with a
pressing exercise. I also like to pair free weight exercises and
bodyweight exercises in supersets, for example, a dumbbell split
squat paired with a decline pushup.

We'll do 3 superset pairs, each for 1-3 sets, and stick to 8
repetitions per set. Then we'll finish the workout with 6 hard
intervals of 30-60 seconds (with 60-120 seconds rest between each).
This way, we are in and out of the gym in 45 minutes.

On "off days", we'd still get at least 30 minutes, if not 60
minutes, of low-intensity exercise. But it wouldn't just be slow
cardio. Instead, we'd focus on low-intensity bodyweight training.
For example, if the actor can do a maximum of 25 bodyweight squats,
15 pushups, and 5 chinups, we would use easier versions of those
exercises in circuits.

Here's a sample 6 exercise bodyweight circuit that we'd do at least
3 times, doing 10 reps per exercise.

Wall Squat
Kneeling Pushup
Beginner Inverted Bodyweight Row
Stability Ball Leg Curl
Mountain Climber

After that, we might cross train with a variety of cardio exercises
to avoid overuse injuries that occur when you repeatedly do the
same activity and nothing else.

So that's pretty much it. If he (or she) sticks to their nutrition,
we're as good as gold and the actor will be ready just in time.

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