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TRX torture for legs

Since I didn’t have an excuse for just doing triceps and biceps, on Saturday I headed for the gym head filled with thoughts about deadlift and squats and that sort of things. But well, both squat racks were taken (come on people, sun was shining and it was HOT outside, go there so I can deadlift and not be outside), I had to figure something else out. I decided to do some TRX. For those of you who don’t know what TRX is, here’s a short explanation.

TRX is a workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You’re in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise – because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance.” –source

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TRX is quite fun, and you can do circuit training or just focus on certain muscle groups, what ever you want. This is what I did:

  • Pistol squats
  • Balance lunges
  • Push-ups (as in the pic)
  • Row
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep extension
  • Planks
  • And some other abs too, without the TRX suspension system

My legs are really really sore, the one legged squats were tough! As you can see from my expression.

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On Sunday I finally went for a jog. I’m not gonna call it a run, since I walked half of it, and the jog wasn’t that long. But my pollen-filled lungs didn’t fail, so I can run again. And guess who was playing music for me during my run? Bon Jovi!

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He was behind the appartment block. But he was there 🙂

It was a great and warm day, and I really hope my shiny white legs got some sun. Despite the sun block. Lots of it.

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Late bloomer

I’m always a bit late with these Les Mills classes. The new routines comes, and I’m like “well, it’s too crowded this week, I’ll go next week”. The next week comes, and I don’t go. Then after the new routine is a month old, and everyone else knows it, then I go. No pressure! This new BodyJam is great great great! Definitely going again next Monday. The house routine, oh dear! Love it!

Besides finding BodyJam again, I’ve been making smoothies. There’s couple of things I’ve learned:

  • it’s all about the colors of the ingredients
  • no matter how careful you try to be, you end up with a suspiciously brown smoothie

But tonight I managed to make a nice one, which was sweet but not too sweet and not at all brownish color! Here’s the ingredients/recipe:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of red currants
  • 1 spoon of turkish yoghurt
  • about half a cup of lemon&orange juice, or just orange juice
  • oatmeal flakes

Do you have any favorite smoothie recipes to share? Please do so 🙂

About food: Evening snack

Or and enner. Get it? Like dinner but in the evening. This is the last meal of the day, and the one I’m more likely to skip. But I shouldn’t.

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Pretty much every night the same. Same place, same bowl. Curd, pineapple and something. What’s your favorite meal of the day?

About food: Dinner

Ah, the most waited of them all. Dinner *epic music here*! Depending of the day, I eat right after work before working out, or I scramble my workout and then drag myself home and eat. And try not to fall asleep on the couch afterwards.

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Meat and greens. This meal was beef, veggies, tofu and korean(ish) buchim sauce. And spring onions. A quick recipe for the tofu buchim:

You need 200g of firm tofu, 3 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp chilipowder, 1 tsp crushed garlic, 1/2 tsp sesame seed oil, 1 tsp sesame seeds, 1 tsp sugar. Slice the tofu, throw it on a pan and mix the sauce while frying the tofu. Enjoy!

Since I eat pretty much anything, except tomatoes (hate ’em) my dinner is either beef, chicken or fish. Couple times a week I have rice, potatoes or pasta with my meat, but otherwise is a lot of veggies. Lucky me, I like my greens 😀

What do you eat for dinner?

Weekly wrap-up, 11/2013

Week 11 done and done. I ended this week with gym. How surprising! But what is surprising, I didn’t do G6. I played around with TRX and kettlebells and barbell. Just all around fun.

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  • 3 * 10, kettle bell swings, 16kg
  • 2 * 10, kettle bell hang clean + press, 12kg
  • 3 * 15/leg, stepping on the board
  • 3 * 10, romanian deadlift, 30kg
  • 3 * 10, TRX row
  • 3 * 10, TRX pushups
  • 3 * 10, TRX hip drop
  • 3 * 10, TRX triceps
  • 3 * 10, TRX hip raises
  • 3 * 10, TRX plank
  • 3*5 situps with a stick held up and 3 * 5 with the stick behind the shoulders (see the awesome pic below) 😀

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The last one I’m proud of, last fall I couldn’t do one. Now I did 30 and it didn’t even feel hard.

I had a fun weekend, I went to my see my 17-year-old little brother on Saturday. We played Monopoly, ate too much cake and went to the movies. Great fun!

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What it comes to the weekly stats, here they are:

  • Monday: BodyJam
  • Tuesday: Gym
  • Wednesday: Core training, Skating
  • Thursday: Gym
  • Friday: Running
  • Saturday:
  • Sunday: Running, Gym

Everything is going as planned, and next week will resemble pretty much this week. Then it’s time for working-my-ass-off-week.

About food: Lunches

From Monday to Friday: lunch is the easiest of my meals. 4/5 I just walk to salad bar and collect my lunch from there.

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(I didn’t have my camera with me at the lunch, but you’ll get the picture…)

I’m kind of lucky that I’m currently working at my customer’s site. My own offices are located in the center of the town, and unless I bring my own stuff with me, it’s restaurant lunch. There’s some good choices, but I’ve already had one too many chicken salads from the closest lunch place… The salad buffet at my customer’s is awesome. They allow you mix and match your choices and ask is if there’s some thing you’d like to have. Like one day they asked me if there’s anything I’d like to have at the buffe. I told them that grapes would be great, and low and behold. Couple of days later, grapes.

So the weekday lunches, I got them covered. On weekends it’s a different issue. I get up later on the weekend, so naturally I’ll eat my breakfast around the time I’m used to eat lunch. In Finland, the normal lunch time is between 11 and 13. I’m a 11am luncher. 11:15 and I feel like I’ll starve. But this is only from Monday to Friday. On weekends, I skip breakfast, lunch and snack time and still not feel hungry. But I’m working on that.

About food: Snacks

Afternoon snacks. I need them. If I don’t, I’ll eat some candy or chocolate. If I want to eat (irritatingly) healthy (no afternoon candy) I need to either buy a sandwich from the canteen or take my own stuff with me. It’s a kind of a nuisance to carry the food around, but I just don’t like the sandwiches…. A typical snack consists of some fruits and some source of protein. Like an orange, mix of different nuts and goji berries.

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Or curd. cottage cheese, berries and some seeds (hemp, sesam, sunflower etc).

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I have a few favorite snacks. And I don’t get bored with them. I’m just waiting for summer so I can get fresh strawberries ❤ I also keep protein bars and different oat meal bars in my bags, just in case I forget to take my snack with me or daily plans change. So I don’t need to buy that Snickers bar. But occasionally I do want it (and enjoy eating it too!)…

What about you? Do you eat snacks? What kind of snacks do you prefer?