Sunday, 13 January 2019

Run, Run & Burpees

Well, that was my first 5 day work week of 2019.  By Wednesday, I wished it was Friday, and by Friday, I thought, heck that was a fast week!

It was a good week for me to get my workouts in though.  Here is a bit of a summary:

Monday - Strength Day; threw some dumbbells around!
Tuesday - 30min Run on the Treadmill (regular treadmill); between 5.8mph & 6.5mph
This actually felt pretty good.  About 5km.
Friday - 30min Interval Run on the Treadmill (Woodway Curve - Manual (no power)
4min Run; 1min Walk (x5)

This kicked my ass (it was difficult, plus tiring on my gluteal muscles).  You seriously can't get sloppy with your running technique on the Woodway because you will either slow down dramatically or fall off.  I was trying to keep my pace at around 6mph and it seriously waffled between 4.8mph & 7mph.
Saturday - My lazy day
Sunday - Cooper and I ventured to Terwillegar Dog Park - it was perfect winter conditions; sunny & blue sky.  We stayed mostly in the single track trails for about 4km. 

Cooper staring at me while I watched the Raptors on TV. 
Are we going to the park or what, Bre?

 Cooper taking in the sights & smells at the dog park.

A pretty great day to be outside in January.

I completed the first month of our 100 BURPEE CHALLENGE.  The challenge consists of completing 100 Burpees on the second weekend of each month.  Ideally, all of them done on Saturday (or Sunday), but they can be done all at once or spread out throughout the day (or, weekend, if need be).  I completed 10 varieties of burpees (10 reps of each).  I will try to compile a video to post later this week. 

My variations consisted of:
1. Basic - Slow & Controlled (no push up)
2. Alternating Single Leg Plank
3. Alternating Single Arm Plank
4. Jumping Jack
5. Push Up
6. Hurdler's Stretch & Reach (L + R)
7. Jump Squat
8. Chest Opener with Partial Backbend
9. Toe Taps (or, Hops)
10. Renegade Row

Like I said before, I will try to get a video together so these variations make more sense.

Happy Sunday! And have a great week,
Breanne :)

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Right Back At It!

I was back to work on Wednesday.  I worked Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, and I am pretty sure the general consensus was that it was the longest 3 day work week in history (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration).

I got a workout in on Thursday afternoon with a group of clients of mine.  A 45-minute barbell based workout with plenty of squats, lunges, presses and curls.  It was fun for all of us -- lots of talk about food, dogs and recipes between sets.  No one died as there was lots of talk before the workout that they would die since they took the time off from the gym over the holidays. Again, no fatalities!

Friday was a full day of work, plus an evening of indulgence in a little town called Lacombe, Alberta.  We started with some beers and Battle Ship competition at Blindman Brewing, and then, made our way to Cilantro & Chive.  This was our second trip to Cilantro & Chive - great food and atmosphere, plus over 100 beers to choose from and an amazing flight of Caesars (yes, a flight of Caesars).  I also realized that I need to start taking more photos (not food photos either), just more photos in general to share here.  I will always have Cooper photos to share.

Todays' workout was short & sweet -- the way I seem to enjoy them these days.
1. 50 Jumping Jacks - 20sec Rest (x3)
2. 5 Burpees with Push Ups - 20sec Rest (x3)
3. 20 Mountain Climbers - 20sec Rest (x5)
4. 30 Bicycle Crunch - 20sec Rest (x5)
As I was writing this, I was enjoying a playlist called hawksley night in canada on Spotify.  The playlist was created by Hawksley Workman, a great Canadian musician.  I have seen him perform numerous times over the years.  This playlist includes lots of Canadian musicians and one of my favorite songs from the 90s - Drinking in LA by Bran Van 3000. Enjoy the song & video!

Get ready for 100 Burpee Challenge next weekend! January 12th to be exact.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, go Oilers & Raptors,

Breanne :)

Monday, 31 December 2018

Bring On 2019!

Well, at least it hasn't been a year since my last blog post, but it has been nearly 6 months, so much for me getting on track (in the blog part of my work, anyways).

So, I decided to start on December 31st hoping it will kick start 2019.  My plan is to use my blog posts as a bit of a training log.  I will post what I have done, or plan to do, plus share some of the specifics on my workouts. 

My main training goal for 2019 is a half marathon as a part of a team triathlon with my friends, Jayme (bike) and Carolyn (swim) at the beginning of July.  Jayme used a training program last year from the book Run Less Run Faster and she rocked the run, so I am hoping it will help me out as road running is one of my least favorite things to do, but I am up for the challenge.  I will be doing a decent amount of my winter running on a Woodway Curve treadmill as I really hate cold weather running, plus it has been super slippery in Edmonton this last month or so.

Today's pre-celebration workout was less than 30 minutes long, but it sure got me sweating!  If you participated in my Summer Workout Challenge - I did Workout #6.

Here is the MAIN SET of the workout:
Set Timer for 1min Intervals (x12)
1. Burpee with Push Up
2. Reverse Lunge (L & R) + Jump Squat (repeat)
3. 10 High Knees + 5 Jumping Jacks + 10 Mountain Climbers (repeat)
4. Rest
Sweaty B & Cooper After My Workout

Another initiative, I am implementing for 2019 is 100 Burpee Challenge.  A bunch of clients and I did this back in 2016 -- it was a nice monthly challenge that got everyone talking and moving!  Every second Saturday of each month, you will perform 100 Burpees (all in a row, or in small batches throughout the day) -- that is up to you!  Our first Saturday is January 12th.

Breanne :)

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Sample Exercises And Hello!

It’s been a long time!

I am still working at the Pulse Generator at the U of A Hospital as a personal trainer, fitness instructor and massage therapist.  My other main duty is organizing all fitness classes in Edmonton & Calgary for the Pulse Generator.  I closed my own workout space over one year ago as I needed to claim some of my time back. I am always trying to learn and progress my business.
I am working on some online training options and with that comes challenging my video making skills.

Check out my first very basic video that was made with iMovie.
Click here to access the video:

We will also need the password - FUNKYFIT

Let me know what you think.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Tee Time & Running!

I am super excited to show off my first tee design by
Funky Fit (aka, me). 
"A Little Sweat Never Hurt Nobody"
Let me know if you want to be one of the first with this soft tee.

I have a couple of other designs in the works, but I am eager to see if anyone has any "one liners", motivating words or graphic, they would like to see on a t-shirt or tank -- I am open to all fitness/massage/workout-related ideas.  If your idea ends up on a piece of apparel, you will receive a tee for your great idea!
I am joined by a group of lovely ladies in Canmore this weekend to participate in the Rocky Mountain Soap 10km event.  It should be a great weekend with great food/drinks & company (oh, and a run event too). 

Good Luck Ladies!
Breanne :)

Sunday, 19 April 2015

May & June 2015 - Training Sessions

Here is the latest training information for May & June.  We will be moving outdoors for Saturday mornings (at 9am).

Tuesdays and Thursdays will stay at Ripple Effect as we can open the big bay door so we can work both indoors and outdoors, plus have all of the equipment to use as well.

Please make note of the Saturdays in May with no training session. There will also be no training on Tuesday June 30th and Thursday July 2nd.

Happy Training,
Breanne :)

Friday, 17 April 2015

Workout Gear Swap & Buy

It's Spring Cleaning Time.......let me know if you have any items that you would like to share. 
I need them by Wednesday April 29th.