Wednesday 28 March 2012

Where beams of imagination play, The memory’s soft figures melt away-

Today’s sign of the Apocalypse: Broga  Yeah you read that right and trust us:  It is what you are thinking it is…Now as much as we poke light-hearted fun at all the yoga/soccer moms sitting in their shiny black suv’s today.  Of course they are wearing their “toe” concealing Lululemon pants…Silly question!  It’s only fair that we throw the dudes under the bus as well.  Just the other day outside a local co-op we overheard the many “benefits” that Broga has for the male species.  The only item we would like to add:  Dudes, if you are going to do this do it right…Speedos just like the Spanish fellows were wearing in Majorca last summer!

Moving on…What better way to follow-up the pop quiz from yesterday…Oh, a test!  It won’t hurt we promise…CLICKY HERE when you have a free moment sometime this morning.  We understand life is busy right now.  Really, there are so many choices of organic baby carrots to choose from at the market today.  “Who has the time to worry about “my body”?  Certainly not me!?!”  Take solace in the fact that these posts do in one way or another flow together.  Just like the concomitant injuries you keep tossing around from day-to-day.  Chances are tripping on a twig during your morning trail run closely correlates with the fact you left the toilet seat up last night and the old lady proceeded to put a beat down on you (rather a brisk beat down to boot)!

Simply: Take the time to listen, daily: Every waking minute of the day.  Who knows one of these days you may break in two only to try to explain to the doc how it’s your wife’s fault!?!

The Plan-

This concludes our diet chat for the year.  Thanks for reading…Watching!

The Workout-

Pulled from our “300th post and no we are not going to lament over it” series here at CultFit HQ.

Warm Up into a thick hardy lather…Followed by our signature and hardest program (new peeps, give it a go and prepare to be humbled quick.  Like Grandma quick!!!)

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold followed by:

35 Perfect Push Ups

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold

30 Perfect Push Ups

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold

25 Perfect Push Ups

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold

20 Perfect Push Ups

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold

15 Perfect Push Ups

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold

10 Perfect Push Ups

45-60 Second Hand Stand Hold

5 Perfect Push Ups

Six to seven minutes or so in a hand-stand and 140 Perfect Push Ups…How hard can it be?  Pretty darn hard especially if you don’t use a wall…

Notes:

Well this is what 300 hundred feels like…300 posts that is.  Like life this has been a journey, albeit a splendid one due to one simple reason: You!!!  *Fighting back crocodile tears*  Throw out all the self glorifying stats that drive some here on the blog-o-sphere to do some pretty profound and lame things.  When we get a comment or an email from a passionate peep who shares our simple message: “Listening to and respecting your body”?  That’s all that matters to us here, honestly!  Be well friends, yeah life sucks at times (not as much as the 8am class at YogaMed…JaJa pervs!!!) just keep in mind that “You alone are the best workout tool you will ever need“, ENJOY!!!

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20 Comments on “Wednesday 28 March 2012”

  1. Roc Wieler says:

    “… especially if you don’t use a wall…”

    Challenge accepted. This is gonna hurt.

  2. Did you just call us all a tool? LOL! Loved that video. Awesome single track. Makes me miss California.

    Congrats on the 300th!

    • CultFit says:

      Yeah, “Tool” is a heavily loaded word in this case…Thank you for reading and sharing a laugh with us!!!
      – It’s always great to see people excelling in their given discipline and performing at a high level. “One does not simply jump on a bike and do that…”
      Be well and take care!

  3. Alex says:

    That sound like a killer workout! I’ll be sure to try it … I’ll start with working on being able to do a hand stand!

  4. Julie says:

    I LOVE this post. AY, those dog’s eyes. I’m up for the challenge! Will be using a wall… and later, probably crutches. :) Will report back.

    • CultFit says:

      Please do and have fun giving this one a go!!!

    • Julie says:

      My stint with this proposed workout was a lot of fun and exciting. If I counted right, it looks like the challenge is for 7 sets of handstands and pushups. I did two 60-second handstands, with 20 pushups on the first set and 15 on the second. Feet supported manually (with a human being). OK, fell way short of the prescribed routine, but I’m pumped and motivated to increase my capacity. Thanks!

    • CultFit says:

      Glad to hear you gave it go and had fun! Seeing that you didn’t pass out doing this today… That’s a good thing! The mix of in inversions/push ups/plank holds is unique and challenging to say the least. Something we forget as we age is the ability to tumble and fall properly… The hand stands give us time to work on this:)

    • Julie says:

      Thanks for the chuckle. You guys do inversions and planks too? You totally rock.

    • Julie says:

      Woke up this morning thinking, “Of course handstands are inversions.” I guess I just had backbends on the brain in the moment. As for the plank part of your prescribed workout, I don’t get it, so I’m thinking that I need education on your perfect pushups. Anyway, you’re highly motivating.

    • CultFit says:

      We wrote this back in January(sarcastic as always so please do not feel its written directly towards you):
      http://cultfit.wordpress.com/2012/01/16/monday-16-january-2012/

      If you want to get the same benefit of the program without doing the push up portion? We like to say High Push Up Plank…Simply a plank at the top position. When that becomes easy…Low Push Up Plank…Chin, Chest, Hips one inch from floor.
      So it would look like this:
      Handstand Hold: 45-60 Seconds
      High Push Up Plank: 30-45 Seconds
      Seven or so times through…
      Its key to note that in the handstand to push actively through the floor and reach your toes to the sky…lengthen gently through your body. Sinking in the shoulders is a no/no ;)
      This becomes painfully clear (if you do sink into your shoulders)…after about 50 push ups.

    • Julie says:

      Fabulous. Thanks for taking the time and energy to explain so beautifully. I’m thinking the high, then low, plank idea is an excellent one to work up to pushups. Isometric contractions. Never occurrred to me before to use planks to progressively work towards pushups. Imagine all the frustration and injuries that can be prevented! Brilliant.

    • CultFit says:

      No problem! These are fundamental human movements that are so important to how we live a healthy life…A majority of what we do or try to do is to pattern/load and simplify basic movements: Hinge, Squat and Press.
      A key aspect to a proper push up is breath control and awareness. As simply as possible: Lie on the floor tummy down, hands tucked away at your side palms up. Head neutral, chin resting on the ground. Feet and legs straight, toes pointing as far away from your chin as naturally possible. Take a deep diaphragm breathe through your nose and allow your chest to naturally move, not your chin your chest. Always lift with your heart and not your head…
      Practice that…we often write to allow your breath to release you from the floor. When you get the hang of this and start doing full push ups…its simply amazing! We could jump on a soap box here about how so many get yoga wrong or try to blend yoga with lifting…When we step back and focus primarily on breathing first a lot of what we struggle at becomes more clear.

  5. Congrats on 300 post and inspiring as well as challenge your readers 300 times :)

  6. Amanda says:

    I am still working on the form for a perfect push up. I have never done a handstand before – as in never. I don’t know that today will be the day I break that streak, but I will consider this on my next upper body workout day.

  7. Oh god, press ups are my utter nemesis. Don’t think I’ll be attempting this for a while!

    • CultFit says:

      A great way to get the same benefit is to use a high push up plank as a substitute for the pushup for 30 seconds or so. One good push up is always better than 30 crappy ones!!! If that’s all you can muster up….? Go for it!!! Stay healthy and have a blast trying this!!! Thanks for reading.