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-via Lydia M., AbsoluteFITness Challege 2.0 participant

Sometimes the most fun things are also really beneficial, fitness-wise.

Here’s a slo-mo video of me smashing the 20-lb smashball — I only did it once for the camera, but Marie had us doing it over and over for 50 seconds at a time in last Tuesday’s AbsoluteFIT class, and BOY does that work out both your core and your aggression!

-Lydia


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So Long to Going It Solo!

AbsoluteFIT keeps you from going nuts out there on the road alone …

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Remember I said I’m training for a half-marathon? That means I’m doing a lot — a LOT — more running these days. Now — running is a great fitness activity, if you’ve got the knees for it, but it is also an essentially solo activity, at least for me.

I don’t run with a partner; I don’t like worrying about pacing or distance or sometimes having to walk and expecting them to do exactly what I want to do — and I don’t mind being alone with my thoughts (I don’t run outdoors with music; I think earbud-wearing while running alone is unwise). But it can be isolating, and occasionally lonely.

So it was with great happiness that I went to Marie’s 9:00 AbsoluteFIT Strength and Endurance session on Tuesday — my people were there! My workout buddies, my comrades! It was wonderful to be back among friends, everyone working at their own level toward their own goals, TOGETHER. I’ve discovered along the way that one of the best things about AbsoluteFIT is this camaraderie — and I’m so glad I have at least a couple of sessions per week to mix into my training schedule. Wouldn’t give this up, no matter what!

Better, stronger, faster together, with AbsoluteFIT! 

—Lydia M. 

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.

 


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Robot Fitness Partners: Making Them Work for You

Hassled, nagged, and hounded (for your own good): An Apple watch fitness story.

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This Christmas, I got a lot of fun things, and one — which I wanted, which I ASKED FOR — that is either going to be my best friend or my worst enemy: an Apple Watch. It pings me — makes a sound and taps me on the wrist — when it’s time to stand up (I’m a writer; yes, I have to be told to stand up), time to “take a minute to breathe” (and you best believe it’s timing me), and time to get going on my daily “move” goals (if I ever hit that target, imma throw a party). It’s kind of awful … but mostly kind of great. It’s an assist to the AbsoluteFIT component of accountability, yes?

And it’s actually just the thing I need — I do tend to sit a lot, tapping away at my laptop, and sometimes when I stand, I have pins and needles … not advisable. I’m home by myself a lot; I have no one to sort of break the spell (work & blissful silence — it’s a pretty good setup).

So what I’m going to do is, not treat these reminders like the enemy. The watch is my little robot fitness pal (that can also text, email, and holler at me when my phone’s ringing). I’m going to get a LOT of credit on my Move and Steps goals by going to AbsoluteFIT, and on days when I’m not in the studio, it’ll remind me not to just sit like a lump; I like seeing those concentric rings get closer to closure!

Longtime users of Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin trackers, etc. — tell me how you make yours work for you (including tips to get to your daily goals). New users — work with me, and we’ll see how we can get these suckers to help us instead of driving us nuts.

—Lydia M.

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.
 


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via – Lydia M., AVAC’s AbsoluteFIT Blogger

We’ve All Got Our Strengths … and Weaknesses.

The other day in Strength and Endurance, trainer Marie had us doing a move wherein we lay on the mats with our heels up on a stability ball, rose up into a bridge, and used our hamstrings and quads to move the ball toward us and away from us. large-ball

This move was pretty much in my wheelhouse — I’ve got decent core strength after all these AbsoluteFIT sessions, and my quads and hamstrings are by far the best-developed muscles in my body. One of my workout partners said, “You make this look easy!”

Well … yeah, THAT exercise — but did you see me try to do the pushups on the BOSU? Hoooo boy. Graceless sweaty struggling ensued, and I had to do them on my knees anyway — while on either side of me, people were cranking them out, no problem, at full extension.

What I’m saying is, everybody has their thing — no matter how fit you are overall, there will be some moves that are just plain difficult for you, and some that are relatively easy. Don’t ever be intimidated by what somebody else in the studio is doing, because we’re all here to improve.

—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.