Thursday, March 01, 2007

Kickstands, handstands, and the Sacramento Kings

Kickstand lunges

Because you only use your back foot for balance, they feel a lot like pistols (single-leg squats) -- at least the top part of a pistol. The next day my entire lower body felt exerted, but it's hard to say which exercise hit which part. I love variations on lunges and squats, because especially for women, they seem to work the entire lower body in perfect proportion, as opposed to doing isolation exercises. Just my opinion though, and everyone has an opinion!

Handstands

So I got brave and tried handstands out in the great wide open (translation: not against a wall). Didn't go so well. I couldn't get my body to go into a forward roll, so I landed nearly flat on my back five times in a row. Yeah, it hurt a little -- thank goodness for the spongy flooring by the rock wall at my gym! Austin gave me a tip last night -- try to look at your toes as you come out of handstand. I'll let you know how that goes.

Also, I've found a few online bloggers who are working on handstands!!! I'm NOT the only one! One of these days I'm going to post links of what I read, and you'd better believe my fellow handstand people will be listed!

Sacramento Kings

Tim and I got to go out on the town last night. We headed to Bistro Midtown (Susan, if you're reading -- you'd LOVE IT! The design concept is strong and extends to every single aspect of the restaurant!) for dinner. Tried the Kobe mini-burgers as an appetizer, had salads and then split an order of salmon for dinner. Kings were on FIRE, and we had really good seats which made the game even better. And Mike Bibby was unstoppable on his three-point shots!

Bad news -- weighed myself this morning, and I'm over my own personal threshhold weight (possibly due to last night's eats), so it's time to tighten up the diet.

Getting Intentional

I think it's actually time to get intentional about life in general. Having a plan would be a good thing, rather than "Ummmm, I want to exercise, so what do I want to do?" every single time I workout. Having a food plan would be a good thing too. That's what I'm going to be working on in the next few days, and I'll be sure to keep you posted!

3 comments:

Eileen said...

Getting Intentional...I am going to email you something that will help with that....

You always do such fun fitness stuff. I remember landing flat on my back trying to do handstands...only I was 10 years old! How neat that you are doing that now...I've had an idea rolling around in my head that I'd like to get to where I can do a REAL split. I don't think I cuold even do one at 10, but I think I could get there if I work at it, with intention of course...

KatieFeldmom said...

It's about time that Bibby got some fire!!!! Glad that you and your husband had a good time out on the town. Have a great weekend.

Greg said...

Here is a good video on roll outs from handstands etc.
http://www.crossfit.com/cf-video/CrossFit_ForwardRoll.mov