Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happity Holidays

Happy Holidays Everyone! :)

Hope your holiday season has been going well. A very big Thank You to everyone who voted for me for the 12th Turbulence Training Contest - I got Second Place! There is a new rule now that once you place, you are ineligible to win again, so no more TT Contest finals for me. But I still may join a contest in the future, just for the accountability and camaraderie.

If you are thinking about getting into shape in the new year, I do recommend a contest to increase accountability and motivation. The 13th TT Contest has recently begun - you can read the rules here: TT Contest Rules

I typically like to start on a Sunday or Monday so that I finish on a weekend. This Sunday (tomorrow!) is January 1st - what a perfect day to start! If you start on January 1, the end of the 12 weeks (Day 84) would then be Saturday, March 24.

If you interested in checking out Turbulence Training without joining the contest, you can do so here: Turbulence Training Trial

It's amazing to see how different people look in their Before and After pictures. For a little inspiration, here are some of the past winners: TT Contest Winners

Don't forget you can win up to $1000! But the real prize is the Platinum TT Membership.

It seems like it wasn't that long ago that I was debating about joining the 1st TT Contest, but it was 4 whole years ago! That has turned out to be one great decision. I have remained a member of the TT forums and have access to tons of different TT workouts. In addition, the Forums provide answers to questions and a place to "meet" with other like-minded TT lovers. And with a new workout coming out every month, it's like the gift that keeps on giving. :)

This year has been up and down for me (or should I say down and then up?) and I am looking forward to hippity hopping into the new year.

Happy New Year and here's to a Happy New You! :)

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Monday, December 19, 2011

TT Voting And New Pull Up Goals

Hello! Seems like so many things have been going on that I don't know where to begin! I'll start with an update on the current TT Contest (#12). Finalists have been announced for the 12-week contest and you can vote here: TT Contest #12 Voting

Thank you to everyone who voted for me during the 6 week mini-contest. It was super exciting to win First Place! The next TT Contest will start December 26. You can read all the rules here: TT Contest Rules

Currently I am using the TT Metabolic Resistance Training Finishers workout. I like the first 2 workouts, but am a bit ambivalent about the 3rd. It's a good workout, but the exercises are by time instead of reps. I typically don't like doing workouts by time. I'm usually not standing near a clock with a second hand, and looking at my watch mid-exercise is annoying. So I counted the number of reps I did in the allotted time, and will just count reps in future workouts.

In a few weeks, after I finish that workout, I am going to start a new Pull Up Challenge Workout that I just bought. I was drawn to it 1) because it is a female trainer 2) with a program to improve pull ups. Her name is Shawna Kaminski and she can do more than 25 pull ups and 100 pushups straight. I am pretty impressed by that! So I am excited to start this workout in early January. Currently, I can do a couple pull ups in a row with a jumping start, but I would love to be able to do a lot more from a full hang. New Goal = 5 perfect pull ups after the first 4 weeks.

I typically don't buy other programs because historically, they haven't worked as well for me. TT always seems to work the best so I am hesitant to start something new. But, I feel like I am in a good place physically and mentally. I don't plan on entering TT Contest #13 because I don't think I have big changes to make. So this seems like a good time to embark on a new 4-week Pull Up Adventure. If it goes well, I'll move on to Phase 2 of the Challenge Workout; if not, I'll be back with a good TT Workout. I'll keep you updated!

Now go vote!! TT Contest #12 Voting


Have a great day and Happy Holidays!!

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