Mobility Warm Up – My New Favorite | The Reluctant Exerciser

Sonjia and Her Tricky Smile - I dare you to not get tricked into any new workout!

Our workouts are constantly evolving. Sonjia is always introducing new moves to keep us interested and challenged. Our "old" warm ups consisted of 3 - 5 rounds of old school moves - body weight squats, easy assisted pull ups, pushups, and sit ups. But I gotta say, our new mobility warm up  feels SOOOOO good on my legs, hips, chest, shoulders, and back. The tempo in these videos is much faster than what I do (this is a WARM UP for crying out loud), but you can get the idea of the move. Mobility Continue Reading

Lumberjack 20 Crossfit WOD | The Reluctant Exerciser

The Lumberjack 20 Workout

I was VERY excited to get back to my CrossFit class after my time off (due to health, family stuff, and overall sluggishness). Until I saw the board. Say WHAT? This is NOT what I had in mind for my easing back into my groove! I've heard of the Lumberjack 20 Memorial WOD - it's pretty famous actually with a touching story. But I would never knowingly volunteer for this workout! Oh well... I was hydrated, fed, and THERE (my biggest barrier to working out), so I might as well try, Continue Reading

Happy Birthday Lucille Ball

Stunning Photo of Lucille Ball

I've always been quite proud of sharing a birthday with Lucille Ball. Of course I grew up with I Love Lucy, and enjoyed the show like today's kids are hooked on video games. But as I got older, I learned to appreciate the Lucy Ricardo character along with Lucille Ball the woman. Today is Lucille Ball's 100th Birthday - Happy Birthday Lucy! <<and happy 44 to moi>> What is not to love about her spirit, humor, and determination? I just finished her autobiography, "Love, Lucy" and Continue Reading

Meeting @WorkoutNirvana For Real!

Suzanne and Me - Together at Last at the Gym! Notice the black shorts and pink tops? Totally unplanned!

Suzanne (Workout Nirvana) was one of my FIRST twitter friends, and we connected immediately. I love Suzanne for so many reasons, but here's just a few: she's VERY smart she exudes confidence her blog is packed with well-researched and outstanding fitness information she CELEBRATES feeling and being strong through weightlifting she's mostly sweet, with a little snark (just like me) We hit it off so well, that we even did a few Workout Swaps. We created a workout typical for Continue Reading

I Loved This Crossfit Workout | Surprise to the Reluctant Exerciser

Sonjia and Her Tricky Smile - I dare you to not get tricked into any new workout!

Despite my best intentions NOT to go, I put on my shoes 20 minutes before the class, drank a shake and some water, and headed to the gym to try one of Sonjia's crossfit workouts. Deep down, I'm a couch potato, faint fearing, sissy. That said, this reluctant exerciser is giddy to really enjoy a workout!  And I'm even more stoked to do really well! You know... the ones where you keep going because you're feeling like an animal? Well, that's how this crossfit workout went for me. I did all the Continue Reading

20 Minute Playground Workout | My Modified Cindy


Back in the day - before adjusting to my new empty nest and my low back injury - I was becoming pretty darn strong! I was working out with Sonjia regularly and doing a variety of full body, compound, high rep workouts.  I LOVED getting stronger! I LOVED being able to work out longer at higher heart rates! She tricked me one time and had me do Cindy's (5 assisted pull ups, 10 pushups, 15 bodyweight squats for 20 minutes). I remember the first time it was HARD! I had to take several breaks and my Continue Reading

It Wasn’t Pretty, But It Counts: My Modified CrossFit Class


It's been a slow recovery with my  low back injury. But after some great progress, I decided it was time to make it back to Sonjia's CrossFit class (after nearly 4 months).  I almost didn't want to write about this because what I actually did was VERY different than her prescribed workout (enter my pride).  But since I LOVE this kind of full body, compound workout, I thought I would share it. The other really great lesson about today is the reminder that ALL exercise is scalable and can be Continue Reading

Recovering From a Low Back Injury – Patience and Perseverance


Well it's been a few months since I've had my groove on. Hurting my low back in January definitely put a damper on my exercise routine - and that's an understatement! Let me put it this way, it was one month before I could get out of bed without helping myself with my arms. Unloading the dishwasher was painful. Getting in and out of the car hurt. I could not bend over at the waist unsupported. My core was SHOT! I will NEVER take my low back for granted again! Recovering from this low back injury Continue Reading

Join Us for the First Workout Swap of 2011

1.4.2011 Workout

When was the last time you REALLY mixed up your workouts?  That's the concept behind what has become a monthly workout swap with Suzanne @WorkoutNirvana. By mixing it up, we can break through plateaus and challenge our cardiovascular and muscular health in new ways. According to Livestrong, "Repeating the same routine week after week will cause your weight loss and results to stagger and your workouts may become flatlined. Instead of sticking to a few basic exercises in your routine Continue Reading

Lifting Weights – My Workout Swap Recap


Workout buddies hold us accountable and add some fun & motivation on days that I'd rather nap on the couch. I don't really have any exercise partners at home (waaaaaaaah), but I've found oodles of friends through my social media tribe which I am VERY thankful for and are a source of ongoing encouragement. Even though we're a thousand miles apart, Suzanne from Workout Nirvana (@workoutnirvana) tops my list of workout partners through our Workout Swaps. Here's how it works: We each design Continue Reading