Athletes who play a unilateral sport (e.g. baseball, shot put, etc.), musicians, and others tend to have less rotation on one side of their bodies. This is a quick and simple test you can do that requires you to be mindful and aware of your own asymmetry. Once you figure out which side is tighter, add in relevant exercises in the transverse plane, like cable chops or medicine ball throws!

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bike ride to the gym

  • 6 x 5 pec machine @ 135#
  • 4 x 5 dips
  • 6 x 5 row machine @ 160#
  • 6 x 5 low row machine @ 145#
  • 3 x 10 tricep press machine @ 125#
  • 6 x 5 seated press machine @ 210#
  • 30 minutes on the stationary bike

the gym workers (Chelsea and Tara) received Dove chocolates & satsumas

Mrs. Snap and i picked 3 grocery bags full of satsumas to complete the harvest from our tree
Workout Wednesday: No Gym, No Problem!
This week I have been battling a cold and started going stir crazy from the feeling of being so unproductive. Finally, yesterday I loaded up on cold medicine and spent the afternoon and evening pum…

Winter is here.  It is currently -31′c (-24′f) outside.  It wouldn’t be so bad if it gradually went that cold.  We were having such WARM temperatures for this time of year (-7′c, -10′c) then it just dropped off.  It’s like mother nature forgot to pay the gas bill.

My boss loves me though, and gave me a heater for my desk.  I’m snug as a bug in a rug. 

Today is Legs and Abs day.  My legs are still sore from cardio yesterday.  I did bike intervals.  Let’s see how this goes shall we? hahahah.

Had a smoothie for breakfast.  my snacks today are; banana, apple, pear, greek yogurt (i know, i know I’m allergic to diary but yogurt in moderation doesn’t bother me), and almonds.  That’s over the course of the day.  Fruit heavy I realize, but I like fruit.  I’m having a rough time adjusting to my diagnosis and dealing with the symptoms as I am in the middle of a bad flare up.  Now isn’t the time to struggle to learn to like foods I’m not keen on.  I figure if I ensure I’m eating clean, nutritious foods I enjoy, I’ll be more likely to stay on track.  

Review: Forever 21′s Fitness Clothing Line

I am so ashamed to come on here and admit that I have had much of the same running/workout gear for over 10 years <enter my face of shame>. Wait, before you start judging, let me explain…I started running in 2005 and joined the Nike Run Hit Wonder Ambassador Team (still not sure how I got this opportunity). Every week we would meet with the runners in the community, have workshops, serve as pacers for attendees, hold raffles, and I somehow always ended up leaving with a TON of Nike wear. I got jackets, shirts, shoes, a watch, Nike accessories, hats, running pants…YOU NAME IT (LOL)! I ended up with such a collection, where in addition to my race gear, I really didn’t need much of anything. There are still shirts I haven’t worn.

Getting back to the present moment, I decided it was time to revamp my fitness wear. During the week I run, indoor rock climb, spin and do some light weight training. So I have been looking for clothing that is versatile for my runs, practical for my rock climbing, but also be cute enough while wicking away the tons of sweat I perspire during my spinning class.

While in Forever 21 about a week ago picking up a couple of items for my daughter, I noticed they added a fitness apparel section in the store. I initially thought they were cute but was skeptical on the quality and sturdiness. However, for the small price tag I figured I had nothing to lose so I gave it a try.

I decided to try one of their sports bras. I liked the back of the bra and though I’m not a fan of pads, I thought they would be useful in the event my headlights are shining. This seems to be the case when I take post workout photos but I digress.

Forever 21 has the little lotus flower (I think) on their line of fitness clothing.

I snagged these leggings. Why? Because of the sheer panels on the legs, duh! I always thought this addition to the workout clothing adds a little bit of sexiness. Yes, you can workout and be and/or feel sexy!

I put my hand through the sheer panel so you can get a sense of how sheer the pants are.

I figured this is a simple F21 outfit in which to begin.

I wore this outfit last week when I went rock climbing and I was impressed. This outfit was comfortable, allowed me to maneuver around the rock. The pants had a great amount of stretch. Mind you, I am not dripping sweat after I rock climb. Glisten, yes. Pour sweat? Nah son. However, this outfit did its job and I felt comfortable which is one of my top priorities.

You can’t really see the sheer panels in this light but you get the idea…I hope!

Tangent: Can you tell I had a good tan this summer? Belly is on pale yellow while arms are on caramel (please pray for me).

One of my workout photos I posted to Instagram. Are you following me? livingsimplistically <shameless plug>.

I decided to then follow my rock climbing workout with my spinning workout a week later, which is when I do the most sweating besides running. So…

The top did an excellent job supporting me as I rode through hill climbs, push ups and intervals. The pants were extremely comfortable in allowing me to move. However, the amount of sweat I perspired during class left me looking like I peed my pants! I’m so serious. I will say I didn’t feel wet so the pants did their job wicking away sweat, but perhaps my choice in gray leggings wasn’t the best for a class where a TON of sweating is going to take place. I’ll take the blame for this one and will not throw Forever 21 under the bus.

I LOVE this workout outfit. I can’t lie. I won’t wear the leggings to spinning ever again, but the top will be joining me again. If you are ever looking for cute and trendy workout clothes, but do not want to spend an arm and a leg for them, check out Forever 21. 

I would also like to add that even after I washed the leggings they still kept their shape. The sheer panel didn’t shrink, and nothing came undone. Let’s see how these pieces hold up after several washes.

***This post is not sponsored by Forever 21 and entirely my own thoughts and opinion on the featured product***

Living Simplistically,

hump day 10


10 miles on an increasingly stormy weather without the precip.  Windy and cold, but we were still spared the snow that’s heading this way.  Felt pretty good otherwise, best run in several days.  The snow should be arriving in the next 12 hours, though my neighborhood might escape with a few inches.  Having been getting in some consistent running, several double digit days in a row, and looking to keep it going for most if not the entire week.

On a normal day, I read really quickly, so it takes me much longer to get through an audiobook than it would the standard version of the story. Audiobooks give me more time to chew over a story, which is really enjoyable for someone who reads books at the fastest speed possible.

I was chuffed with myself because I had discovered how to read while exercising. I know I wasn’t the first to come up with this plan (in fact I’m very late to to the game) but I was all excited to get my feet into my running shoes and take to the streets! I was afraid that not having a constant beat or motivational pop music might make me flounder early in my runs and give up.