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Hawaiian Vibes with a Bit of AbsoluteFIT

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Blogger @ AVAC®

I’m missing the studio (a little) but the beach is pretty great as an alternative – and check out that muscle definition! Fearless in a bikini at 43, y’all – that’s AbsoluteFIT. (Don’t worry, I wasn’t actually working out – just had my kid take a quick side-plank shot for drama’s sake. Back to lounging – aloha, everybody, and I’ll see ya the day after I get back!)

–Lydia M.

www.avac.us/AbsoluteFIT


WonderMom Can Do Anything!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT blogger

AbsoluteFIT keeps you strong, even in your dotage — tell that to the kids!

Kids — sometimes they underestimate their parents.

One of my most treasured childhood memories was the steaming summer afternoon when I was twelve, and my fifteen-year-old brother and two of his friends — all nearing six feet tall, with wingspans to match — challenged my mom to a 3-on-1 game of basketball. They saw a 35-year-old 5’5” mom of three; practically an old lady, surely no match for them.

Long story short: The 1966 high school state semifinals bball champ absolutely smoked those boys — burnt their weak game to the ground! It was glorious!

My own kids are still young enough that they think I can pretty much do anything, but they were somewhat skeptical when I said I could jump two-footed onto something as high as their beds. They tried it themselves several times and said it was impossible. Well:

Take that, young whippersnappers! I’m going to keep doing AbsoluteFIT, at least in part because I want to keep blowing their minds for decades to come.

—Lydia M.

www.avac.us/AbsoluteFIT

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


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Warning: AbsoluteFIT Can Be Habit-Forming!

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT blogger

AbsoluteFIT is one of those habits you’re glad to have.

You know I mean that in a good way, right? Heh. OK but just look at this:

That’s the MyFitnessPal app on my phone — I’ve logged 65+ days in a row (starting when I was on the AbsoluteFIT Challenge 2.0), which I think I can now call a genuine habit.

Food-wise, it keeps me honest, and so far, it’s helped me lose 11 pounds with remarkably little effort. And that’s INCLUDING a food category I’ve created in the app called “blowout” — that’s how I log things like my awesome, high-calorie Mother’s Day (breakfast in bed, big lunch, favorite dinner cooked by my husband and topped off by lots of wine and cake). It’s dispiriting to break feasts like that into their component parts, so I just … don’t. I’ll just be like — “blowout, 3,500 calories.” And the next day, I’m back to the usual detailed logging.

Exercise-wise, it’s a thrill to see how many workouts I’m getting — those “calisthenics” are how I categorize my AbsoluteFIT workouts, which I average four per week. You get credit for other stuff too, like walking, biking, or playing “Magic Power Rangers” with the kids, so jot that down too.

Want to replace some current not-so-good habits with better ones? No better time to start than right now …

—Lydia M. 


Thwarting Your Genetic Destiny, the AbsoluteFIT Way

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT blogger at AVAC®

Again with the batwings … 

We gotta talk triceps, so many women’s faaaaaaavrit subject.

Armwise, my genetic destiny, as I’ve mentioned here before, is Batwing City, USA — aka bingo wings, aka my beloved grandmother’s bequest to me (whether she wanted to give them to me or not). But AbsoluteFIT changes you — you still have the body you were born with, but you CAN make improvements or adjustments.

The cover pic is me doing tricep pushups — GOSH but they’re difficult, and I can’t do a single one at full extension (they’re all from the knees). But here’s another angle that works ‘em:

Now, that’s not slo-mo. That’s just me making an Exercise Face while I do TRX rows really slowly, working chest, back, upper arms, and core all at once. Never a wasted second on the TRX, y’all.

Wanna come in and learn how to do these yourself? Sign up for a workout today!

—Lydia M. 

http://www.AbsoluteFIT.us

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


On the Ropes in AbsoluteFIT

via – Lydia M., AbsoluteFIT

Don’t be intimidated by equipment you haven’t used before — it’s fun to try new things!

We use a lot of different equipment in AbsoluteFIT workouts; some of it, you can tell what it’s for (e.g. dumbbells are pretty self-explanatory), and some of it is … not. Heh. But the trainers explain everything, they’ll show you the form, they’ll make adjustments based on your fitness level and experience, and — this is the best part — using all this new stuff, you never get bored.

Case in point: Watch my friend Fiona give ‘em heck* on the heavy ropes:

Did she know how to do that before a trainer showed her? No — but look how awesome she is at it now!

Get into the studio and pick up something weird today!

—Lydia M. 

*it’s heck because she’s Canadian, eh.

Lydia Markoff is an Almaden-area writer, mom, and fitness enthusiast with Texas roots, a New York education, and a Californian heart. She plays bass, reads a lot, watches too much TV, and can be found in the AbsoluteFIT studio three to five times a week. Her life goals include having a body like Linda Hamilton’s in Terminator 2, and/or having Bill Murray randomly crash a party she is attending. If you need something from her, try bribing her with good coffee or cold beer; odds are, she wants one or the other of those right now.


Gotta Start Somewhere

via – Lydia M., AVAC AbsoluteFIT Contributor

We’re doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge 2.0!

Friday night, we got together in the Cafe: a group of the people who are doing the AbsoluteFIT challenge. We learned what to expect, we got some kickoff advice and some schwag, and we got to meet our fellow challengers.

Each of us has our reasons — and I’ll be telling others’ stories in addition to my own. Each of us has our goals; mine include major changes in my nutrition situation. Each of us will be going for a personal best.

And me?
I’m gonna be writing about it, every step of the way, starting with … this: 

Work with me, people. And if you’re doing the challenge, share your thoughts — we can all do better if we work together!!

—Lydia M. 

www.avac.us


It’s a Great Time to do the ‘D’

Continuing on in our regular series “The Vail Blog” – A monthly discussion on the “ABC’s” of discipline in health, fitness and wellness.

via – Jackie Vail, Personal Trainer, Team AVAC®

jackie-vailThe Vail Blog – “D”

When creating a diet plan, we can learn a lot from the letter D. From dried fruit and nuts to vitamin D, make sure you are defining healthy choices on a daily routine.  A daily plan and determination will make the commitment for discipline easier to conquer!

A quick and easy idea for a snack is to have dried fruit and nuts available in your pantry. They are loaded with wonderful nutrients and a handful is perfect in offering controlled intake.

driedfruit.jpgWhen choosing your fitness routine try to include some time outside. Vitamin D through natural sunlight is a wonderful way to ensure you get the health benefits necessary for beautiful skin!

∴ A great explanation of Vitamin D and why it’s important for us.

Is dried fruit good or bad? A detailed article on this debate.

– Jackie Vail, CPT

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