KOREBALL Review and Giveaway!!

The fitness industry is hot, hot, HOT!  The great thing about it being so hot is that we have new and amazing products coming out each and every day.  One such product is the new KOREBALL.  The KOREBALL is a great product for at home and on the go workouts.  In fact, it was specifically designed to be portable and ready to go wherever YOU want to take your workout.    How about the beach?  Yes, let’s do it!!

KOREBALLWhat is a KOREBALL?  It’s a hybrid of a kettlebell and a medicine ball.  Not as bulky and dangerous as a kettlebell.  Not as round and slippery as a medicine ball.  The KOREBALL has handles on the side to help you grip easily and stay in control at all times.  Plus it’s much safer around small children than both kettlebells and dumbbells.

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I’ve been using the KOREBALL for several months now.  I have totally replaced my medicine ball with this newbie.  I mostly use it for side to sides, ab baskets and in place of dumbbells.  It’s so much easier to use this for dumbbell rows!!

I also really like the ease of filling and the portability.  I filled mine with water.  It’s at max capacity and weighs 11 lbs.  If you are looking for a little more weight, fill with sand verses water.  Watch how easy it is to set up!  20140717-102520-37520326.jpg20140717-102521-37521727.jpg20140717-102522-37522501.jpg20140717-102523-37523176.jpg20140717-102523-37523888.jpgThe website boasts the KOREBALL to be a collapsible, portable  “on the go” workout system.  I agree.  I mostly leave it filled so that I can constantly use it for workouts but this would be so easy to collapse and toss in a suitcase.  LOVE IT!!

KOREBALL has generously agreed to give one lucky reader a KOREBALL ($75 value).  To be entered in the giveaway, please comment below and tell us what type of equipment you use for strength work.  Body weight?  Kettlebells, dumbbells, or traditional iron?  Medicine ball?  Or maybe you just toss the kiddos around?

We will pick one winner via a random number generator on Tuesday, July 22nd. Please follow KOREBALL on Facebook for up to date news on special offers.    And if you can’t wait to win, buy KOREBALL HERE because it just might be on sale and there just might be free shipping as of right now (like this very moment).

Good luck!

** Get Strong, Be Strong, Run Strong ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Manage the “Big” Goal or Race

I know a lot of people who are staring down really big goals and really big races.  Runs that are longer than anything they have ever done.  Multisport events which just seem to keep getting longer and longer.  Some are nonchalant about the approach of their big day while others are scared shitless

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A way to manage the “big” day or even the “big” training plan is to break it down into manageable sections (see my Baby Steps post). Just like we don’t stress about what we actually owe on our homes {with interest}, we don’t look at 13.1, 26.2, 31, 50, 62, 70.3, 100 or 140.6 as a whole.  That would just be scary.  And overwhelming.  Let’s just take it one day at a time.  One mile at a time.  One section at a time.  For example, I’m running a 50K this weekend.  It super scary for me if I think about the fact that I’m going to be running 31 miles especially with so few March miles under my belt.  So I don’t think about it.  I just focus on the fact that I’ll be covering 3 loops with my friends.  I’ve even started using the hashtag  #JustThreeLoops, not only for myself but for my friends who may be a little overwhelmed with what we are about to accomplish. 

When I’m using a big training plan, I don’t look at the entirety of the plan but rather just one week at a time.  Sometimes just one workout at a time if the long run scares me.  I don’t want to spend all week worrying about the 16 miles I have to run on SAT.  So I don’t.  I know that I need to run long on SAT, I’ll just peak at it toward the end of the week so that I can carve out enough time and set up a plan and a possible run partner. Why be all stressed about what is to come?  I think we have enough to stress about in our lives.  Remember, running is fun.  It’s supposed to help us focus and eliminate stress.  If you’re a mom, this is probably the only social time that you will have all week so think about how lucky you are to be able to get out of the house even if you did have to sneak out when the little “angels” were sleeping to spend time with your friends.

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When the day finally does arrive for that long run or ride, break it down into manageable chucks.  A 16 mile run is an 8 mile out and back.  Run the first 8 miles enjoying the trail and the surroundings.  When the turnaround arrives, stop, stretch, send praise to God for your health, strength and not only the ability but the DESIRE to run.  Then plug into some music and cruise that last 8 miles back to your car.   Same with race day, start the race without music and just absorb everything and be thankful. Break the race down into small chunks.  It’s 5 miles until I see my BFF who is working aid station X.  It’s 3 more miles until we run down my favorite street of the entire marathon course.  It’s 4 miles until I see the the  Yankee Runners; I hope they are handing out ice this year!  It’s 2 miles until Pilsen and that’s always fun, plus has some shaded areas!   I may have broken a marathon like Chicago down into 10+ chunks.  I just run from one thing to the next. I do what I have to do to keep moving!   If it’s a race I’m not familiar with, then sometimes I break the race down by water stations.  I just need to run to the next water station, then I can get water and walk thru if I’m not feeling good.  Or I’m going to run until I see the next lady in a sparkle skirt and then I’ll take a short walk break.  Use your imagination.  Keep your brain actively engaged and focused so that you don’t get overwhelmed.

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Most importantly, be confident.  Know that you trained for the big day or maybe you are in the process of training.  If you put in the work, you will be physically ready for the task at hand.  Training plans are popular for a reason and that’s because they work.  Believe it.  Know it.  You are ready.  Know that you are strong enough, tough enough, and trained enough to handle whatever the day brings you. 

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Need a bit more work on the confidence part?  Yeah, me too!  Here are some related posts below to help bolster you for your next big run or race or even in the game of life. 

  • Strong Enough – Are you or a friend struggling with confidence?  This is more life related than running but focuses on the helping others, not judging and remembering that nobody is perfect but we need to own that fact that each and every one of us is ENOUGH.
  • Be a Badass, Not a Victim – Has a safety theme but more importantly drives home the point that confidence is key in every aspect of life.  It can change your life and you may never even know it.
  • Invest in Yourself – This is all about the things you can do to be  more confident.  It’s focused on loving yourself, just the way you are now!  It’s focused on fostering positive relationships and habits which make YOU feel good about YOU.

Now go chase down your dreams, no matter how big or small.  Be strong.  Be confident.  Break your “big” thing down into manageable chunks so that you can methodically check it off in segments.  You can do it.  I know you can.  You know you can.  And just remember that when it gets ugly, cuz that will undoubtedly happen, sometimes the best thing you can do it put your head down, pull your hat a little lower over your eyes, and just keep moving.  Eat up the pavement with your eyes and just stop worrying about everything other than the very next step. 

** Manage  Your Goals, One Step At A Time ** Amanda – TooTallFritz

CrossFit Day 9 & 10 ….

I’m still CrossFitting, no worries I haven’t given it up after the Ironman 70.3 Racine event.  The goal behind Crossfit is to get strong.  Be strong.  Stay strong.  That doesn’t happen overnight.

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I still have one more 70.3 triathlon on my calendar at the end of August but it’s a rollover race (after Great Illini canceled last year, they gave us a free entry to the 2013 race) and I can’t quite decide if I want to do the entire 70.3 or the Olympic.  Time will tell.  I’m not going to worry about it too much right now because quite frankly, I need to start training for the Chicago Marathon in October.  I know, everyone else is like 8 weeks into their training but not me.  I’ll be doing my “first” long training run this weekend, starting gently with a 15 miler.  I have multiples races, mostly half marathons, on my calendar between now and the marathon so I had to make an abbreviated marathon plan with the “finish it” not “win it” mindset.    In fact, can I just run it today and move it off the calendar?

Anyhow, I took one day off of CrossFit after the Ironman 70.3 Racine.  The swim in Racine beat me up so badly that I suffered a few repercussions which I normally wouldn’t experience.  It took a few days to recover  and I had no qualms about the need for a little downtime.  I waited it out and then hit CrossFit last THUR for my 9th WOD.

CrossFit Day 9 – This baby was fun.  Didn’t seem too taxing at the time but my abs were sore for 4 days after.  Good reminder that results are never immediate and they do in fact take time to surface.

Kettlebell Deadlifts:  5-10-15-20-25

Sit-ups:  50-40-30-20-10

100 meter sprint between after each round

Looks like an easy one, right?  Only two moves & a 100 meter sprint to equal one round, five rounds total.  First round:  5 Kettlebell deadlifts, I think we used a heavier one this time, maybe a 15# bell (EDIT – it was actually a 26# kettlebell, YAY!!!).  50 sit-ups using the abmat.  100 meter sprint.  I think my abs started burning around 35 sit-ups (in the first round).  Yep, I’m just that weak.  Then I loved the 100 meter sprint because I was able to make up a little bit of time.    Second round:  10 kettlebell deadlifts, 40 sit-ups, 100 meter sprint.  The total of the 5 rounds were for time.  I finished in 12:26.  I have no idea if this is good or bad compared to the norm because my class is a beginner class so we are all in our own little world of learning CrossFit together.  Kinda nice.

Then we were surprised by a plank contest.  First time for us to plank in class, see a demo pic below.  We were supposed to hold it as long as possible and the winner would get a prize.  I think I was first out but did hold my plank for 45 seconds, which for me is good.  I can already see that I’m getting stronger, even though this was only class #9 for me.  The winners held their planks for over 4 minutes.  OMGosh, that is so not my reality but it was inspiring to watch.  Great job, guys!!!  plank_womenshealthmag

CrossFit Day 10 – This was yesterday.  We started off with an intro to the Push Press which was super intimidating.  Check out this lady doing it at Grove CrossFit.

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Fortunately we didn’t have to add any weight today.  It was hard enough sans weights.  We just practiced the technique and did a few reps with the bar.  I think we did 5 rounds of 5 reps each.  Sounds easy but I realized shortly after we finished that my arms were already “fatigued” which didn’t do me any favors in the Tabatas.

After the “intro” to the Push Press, we moved right into a Tabatas.   According to the TabataTraining blog:

Tabata Training lasts 4 minutes and has 8 intervals in total lasting 20 seconds. Within those 20 seconds however, you are going all out. Make sure you use a weight where you can successfully go all out for all 8 intervals. Also make sure the exercises aren’t too hard and aren’t too easy. The exercises should hard enough so it makes you sweat and breath during a interval, however easy enough so you can last the whole Tabata session.

We’ve done Tabatas before but the exercises within the circuit change depending on the WOD.  For WOD #10, we had ball slams, push-ups, lunges, butterfly sit-ups & kettlebell deadlifts.  We stayed at one station for the entire 4 minutes, which equaled 8 sets of the same exercise (back to back without rotating to the next).  20 seconds on (as many reps as possible in 20 seconds), then a 10 second rest, repeat until all 8 sets are complete, then rotate to the next station.

I’m still feeling this today.  Amazing how such seemingly easy moves can leave me remembering the workout for days to come. That’s alright.  I’m getting stronger.  One day at a time.  Big things to come.  I need to be stronger.

** Don’t Be Afraid to Work on YOUR Weakness ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **