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Grokker Yoga, Fitness and Cooking Videos

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This week Sweat Pink partnering up with Grokker, the best place to find streaming fitness and cooking videos, to help us get closer to our goal of #1MillionMinutes!

The Sweat Pink team has curated a selection of some of our favorite videos on Grokker (seriously, they have EVERYTHING you can imagine on there). Whether you’re a beginning or a high-intensity expert, looking for something mellow or want to get your heart pounding, there’s something for everyone. Check out some of our favorites and get exploring!

In the past, I haven’t been a fan of online video workouts. Sure, online fitness videos are available in an abundance, but the video quality, content and trainer credentials/expertise are hit and miss. I simply don’t have the time or the desire to search through 1000s of videos to find the “good” ones.

Now, I don’t have to. Let me introduce you to Grokker.

Grokker is the first online resource for fitness videos that clicked for me – high-quality videos from high-quality instructors with a variety of options that are easily searched, all in one convenient place.

Top 5 Reasons You Should Use Grokker

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  1. Collections After a little browsing and trying a few videos you quickly realize who your favorite instructors are for for specific types of workouts. Simply create a collection and add your favorites for easy access. C
  2. Variety You can search broad topics like yoga, fitness or recipes or you can narrow down the search to your specific preferences. For instance, within fitness I searched strength, HIIT and cardio.
  3. Navigate with Ease Finding exactly what you’re looking for or newly released videosIt’s easy to “favorite” videos and instructors and “tag” videos to watch later. Grokker shows a “daily video” for you to check out, and has a list of “new this week” videos that appear on your homepage.
  4. Food Grokker isn’t just for fitness videos. There are a wide variety of searchable cooking tutorials that are easily accessed and can be added to your collections.
  5. Quality The quality of the instructors and the quality of the videos are top notch. There’s not time wasted with hit and miss quality.

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  1. Leave a comment about your experience with online fitness videos. Have you tried them? Yay or nay?
  2. Follow @grokkerinc on Instagram and Twitter.
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  4. Try a video on Grokker (It’s free!)
  5. Tweet about the giveaway tagging @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink (create your own or use the click to tweet below)

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Grokker is a proud sponsor of this weeks Sweat Pink #1MillionMinutes Challenge.

Here are the prompts starting tomorrow:

  • Monday: What does your weekly workout routine look like? Show us a week in the life! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink
  • Tuesday: Try a video workout on Grokker and share a workout selfie! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink
  • Wednesday:  Show us a unique space where you’ve fit a Grokker workout in. Hotel room? Balcony? Stairway? We want to see it!  @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink
  • Thursday:  How do you squeeze in a workout when life gets crazy busy? ’
  • Friday: Free Friday! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink
  • Saturday: What’s your best tip for staying fit while traveling?  @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink
  • Sunday: Sunday Zenday. Show us how you chill out! @grokkerinc #grokkermillion #1millionminutes #sweatpink

In true Sweat Pink fashion:

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I’m so excited to rack up more minutes using video workouts from Grokker!

There’s everything from guided meditation to High Intensity Interval Training for everyone from beginners to advanced, and I’m especially pumped to try Jamie McFaden’s Love Your Core Ab Workout because it will make me extra strong.

I plan to do my video workout in my home gym in the morning before the day starts and after a run. My favorite thing about video workouts is variety, and they’re a super convenient way to get sweaty when I move.

My goal is to hit 250 minutes this week!. I’ll do x5 Resistance Intensity on one of my more intense workout days, and Progressive Relaxation on a rest or lower intensity day.  I challenge Sam (aka Pancake Warriors) to beat my # of minutes or to do Sarah Kusch’s HIIT Workout 1 with me!

Online workout videos? Yay or nay? Do you have a favorite source for online workouts?

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Love Your Body HIIT Workout 7

Workout because you love your body. Not because you hate it.

Instead of focusing on what you want to change or don’t like about your body, focus on the awesomeness of working out:

  • Burn more calories
  • Metabolism stays high AFTER workout (EPOC)
  • Fat burning increases during and post workout
  • Complete an effective workout in less time
  • Increases power
  • Increases speed
  • Increases endurance

Or, even more so, focus on how good your body will feel when the workout is done.

BOOM!

I should warn you, I’ve been on a plank kick lately. So many variations to rock your core!

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Equipment needed:
timer
dumbbells
mat (optional)

Remember:

  • Don’t skip the warm-up or cool-down.
  • Use proper body alignment and good form.
  • Weights and intensity should be based on your fitness level.
  • Modify as needed to meet your fitness level by increasing/decreasing weights or reps.
  • Gradually increase intensity and/or repetitions based on your progress.

As with any type of exercise, HIIT isn’t for everyone. It’s an incredibly effective method for improving fitness in a short time, but it’s also extremely taxing on the body. HIIT duration, intensity and rest periods should be based on your individual fitness level.

See your physician before beginning any exercise program. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician. Any application of this or any other exercise routine set forth in this program is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk.

If you wouldn’t mind answering a quick question it would be greatly appreciated:

What are your online workout preferences?

I want to make the workout as user friendly as possible. When I share a workout do you prefer:

  • video
  • pictures of each exercise
  • written directions on how to do each exercise
  • words only with a full size download to print

I’d also love to know, what do you love about your body?

Make today AMAZING!

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Benefits of a Warm Up Before a Workout

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When I shared the HIIT workouts (Workout 1,Workout 2, Workout 3, Workout 4, Workout 5 and Workout 6), I’ve received comments and emails asking about 3 things: warm-up, cardio and cool down.

Let’s start with the warm-up.

The warm-up. The often skipped, even though we know better, part of a work out. Or is it just me? I’m going into week 5 of not skipping a single warm up before a workout. A little pat on the back for that. There was a time when I never warmed up, unless I had a particularly tight muscle, even though I knew I should.

The biggest difference I’ve noticed is that my body is ready to give 100% into the workout from the beginning instead of feeling like I’m off to a slow start. The warm-up ramps up the full benefits of working out from the beginning.

Don’t skip the warm-up before you workout. It’s important that you gradually work your way up to more intense physical activity.

A warm-up before you exercise does just that. It warms up the body physically and mentally for the workout ahead. It’s like a cup of coffee in the morning before you get ready for the day.

Benefits of a Warm-Up

Increased heart and respiratory rate.
Why is this beneficial?
Increases blood flow to active muscles, and increases the cardiorespiratory system’s capacity to perform the work.

Increased tissue temperature.
Why is this beneficial?
Increases muscle efficiency, flexibility, metabolic rate and rate of muscle contraction.

Increased mental readiness for exercise.
Why is this beneficial?
Gets your head (and body) in the game.

Recommendations

  • The warm-up should be just enough to prepare the body for activity. Warm-up at a low intensity for about 5-10 minutes. The intensity and duration should be based on your goals and levels of fitness.
  • Use a foam roll or stick to release tight spots in the muscles.
  • Depending on your fitness level use dynamic stretching and/or a cardio machine for 3-5 minutes.
  • Use active isolated stretching to target large muscle groups, quads, hamstrings, calves, shoulders and back.
  • The warm-up can be specific or general. A specific warm-up consists of movements that mimic the workout to follow. For example, if you’re workout is going to be weight training, a specific warm up might be body weight squats and/or push-ups. If you’re going for a run, warm-up by walking on a treadmill or dynamic stretching. A general-warm up consists of movements not necessarily related to the upcoming workout. For example, warming up on a treadmill or elliptical before strength training.

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Sample Warm-Up Before Cardio
Foam roll or stick for tight spots
Elliptical or a walk/easy jog on the treadmill

Sample Warm-Up Before HIIT (about 30 seconds each)
Foam roll or stick for tight spots
Jumping jacks
Butt kicks
High knees
Arm circles
Alternating toe touches (wide leg stance, hand to opposite foot)
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The Mental Warm-Up

  • If you’re feeling unmotivated, tell yourself that you only have to do the warm-up and can skip the workout if you still don’t feel like exercising. By the time the warm-up is complete, you’ll probably be ready to keep going.
  • As you begin to move your body, imagine that you’re shaking off the stress of the day. Tension hides in tight muscles and joints, and warming up is a great release.
  • Use your warm-up time visualize doing and completing the workout. Imagine how good it’s going to feel when you’re done. Use this time to set a goal for the workout or for the day.

With your body warm, your heart pumping and your head in the game, you should feel ready rock your workout.

Remember to modify as needed to meet your fitness level. This web site is not intended as a substitute for the medical advice and supervision of your personal physician or fitness professional. Any application of this or any other exercise routine set forth in this program is at the viewer’s discretion and sole risk. 

Are you guilty of skipping the warm-up? How do you warm up before a workout? Does the warm up help motivate you for the workout ahead?

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Comprehensive Physical Fitness

WHOLE LIVING Series Part 1

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Physical fitness play an important role in daily activities. Improving all areas of physical fitness will help improve your ability to perform daily activities and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

If you ask 10 people what does physical fitness mean you’ll get a variety of answers. Physical fitness can be defined as being able to accomplish specific physical tasks like lift a certain amount of weight or run a particular distance in a certain time. That is true, but a comprehensive fitness program includes and goes beyond accomplishing specific goals and activities.

5 Primary Components of Physical Fitness

Cardiorespiratory fitness – the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen rich blood to muscles during sustained physical activity. Basically, cardiorespiratory fitness is the ability of your heart and lungs to work together to provide the necessary oxygen and fuel to your body without quickly reaching a high level of fatigue and tiredness.

Muscular strength – the greatest amount of force a muscle or muscle group can exert to overcome resistance.

Muscular endurance – the ability of a muscle or muscle group to exert force for extended periods of times. Or, how long your muscles can do something before becoming too exhausted to finish.

Flexibility – the ability to move a joint through its full range of motion without hindrance, discomfort or pain.

Body composition – the percentage of body weight that is fat versus fat-free tissue (muscles, bones, water, etc.).

A well rounded fitness program is important for quality of life and overall health. By incorporating these five components into a workouts you can enhance your performance and function, manage your weight, and look and feel your best.

Watch for upcoming articles in a WHOLE LIVING series that will include topics such as secondary components of a comprehensive fitness program, components of health and wellness, nutrition and creating a whole living plan to live your best life.

Do you incorporate all 5 components of physical fitness into your workouts? What component do you include most often? What component do you need to include more often?

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Fitness Humor, HIIT, Legging Love

Thinking Out Loud

I’m taking a study break and chatting with friends at Running with Spoons.

A little humor, having my ass handed to me and legging love.

FITNESS HUMOR

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This is hilarious, especially the TRX and Barre descriptions. I saw this at Popsugar earlier this week and literally laughed out loud. I’ve been wanting to share it but not everyone gets fitness humor. The family wasn’t the least bit interested.

If Fitness Class Descriptions Were Actually Honest, This Is What They Would Say – Popsugar

HIIT WORKOUTS

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HIIT workouts are humbling and kicking my butt. After this workout I was done. Exhausted.

It’s all in how much you put into it.

Start the workout with a mindset of giving it your all, don’t hold back, for 30 minutes.

There’s a satisfaction in making that commitment to a workout.

Walking upstairs was a daunting task so staying downstairs was a good idea at the moment.

LEGGING LOVE

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I have stopped all catalogs coming to the house, EXCEPT Athleta.

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One of my latest purchases! Love love the fit of the Chaturanga Capris. For no other reason than, this just makes me happy.

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And, last, but not least. I’ve been re-writing my mission statement and defining a purpose I’ve only recently realized. Progress, mistakes, baby steps and successes, it all matters. It all makes a difference. We learn, keep trying and moving forward with the determination to never give up.

Time to get back to studying. Have a wonderfully happy Thursday!

Did you think the fitness class descriptions were funny? Do your family and friends get fitness humor? What was the last workout that you finished and felt done with nothing else to give?

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