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Eat More Water

Most of us have been told we shouldnt drink our sugar intake, but how many of you have been told you should eat more water? 

No.... not ice cubes!   

We need water and we need it often. A lot of people are dehydrated for most of the day.  Would you recognize it if you were dehydrated?  

Even knowing how important it is to remain hydrated, some people would rather it, than drink plain water at regular intervals during the day. If this describes you, or someone you care for, try slipping more of these foods into your/their day;

  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Lime
  • Strawberries
  • Eggplant
  • Soup
  • and yes, Coffee too.  

Check out this article by Dr. Erin Nitschke for some great info, tips and examples of good sources of edible water: 

 http://acefitness.org/eatyourwater

 

 Share this blog with anyone you think may need more hydration in their day. 

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Fit Tip: Start Simply, Simply Start


Do something today to help make tomorrow a little easier, and a little bit healthier.

Don’t allow yourself to get overwhelmed by the big picture and all that you want to accomplish.

Just take that first step today.


Keep it simple.

Use what you have available.


Even if today’s win is a 15 minute timeout for yourself for some  breathing exercises, and then to plan and set yourself up for tomorrows win. Figure out what possible barriers may prevent you from investing some time and energy on yourself tomorrow. Once identified, they are easier to offset. Maybe simply getting up 20 minutes earlier can be the difference between a great day or another one that gets away from you.


Dont underestimate a good nights sleep as a great tool for a better tomorrow.

 

Tell us whats your win today.

Your comment below may inspire others to achieve a win of their own today too.

💪😊👍

 

 

 

 

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Spring Time Session

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Try this #drfwow

1000m Row easy warm up intensity.

Mobility/dynamic stretching focusing both on the muscles worked below amd your own specific trouble spots.

1 Minute Squats

1 Minute Push Ups or Chest Press.

Plank for max quality time.

12 mins of your personal fav cardio.

1 Minute Squats

1 Minute Push Ups or Chest Press.

Plank for max quality time.


Not enough??? 

2 Minutes active recovery, before repeating all of the above. Aim to beat your work output done in round 1.  ( more reps or heavier weights, increased distance/cals burned etc) 

Modify or progress this as needed for it to be challenging.

Take Recovery as needed too.

Enjoy.

Let us know in the comments how you do.

💪😉👍

#damienrochefitness

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Spring Time Session

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Spring Time Session

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Try this #drfwow

1000m Row easy warm up intensity.

Mobility/dynamic stretching focusing both on the muscles worked below amd your own specific trouble spots.

1 Minute Squats

1 Minute Push Ups or Chest Press.

Plank for max quality time.

12 mins of your personal fav cardio.

1 Minute Squats

1 Minute Push Ups or Chest Press.

Plank for max quality time.


Not enough??? 

2 Minutes active recovery, before repeating all of the above. Aim to beat your work output done in round 1.  ( more reps or heavier weights, increased distance/cals burned etc) 

Modify or progress this as needed for it to be challenging.

Take Recovery as needed too.

Enjoy.

Let us know in the comments how you do.

💪😉👍

#damienrochefitness

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Home Bootcamp

45 minutes of fun without having to leave your house.

7-12 minutes warm up/mobility 

Fives

x 8 Minutes  

5 Squats

5 Push Ups

5 crunches

Repeat as often as possible until 8 mins is up.  

Record your total full rounds plus the last rep of the last exercise performed before timer goes off.  

(Example 18 Rounds + 3 Push Ups.)  

30 sec light jog

30 sec easy paced Jump Jacks  

Brief water break   

30 sec ISOMETRIC HOLDS

Note:

Begin Time once in position with a solid technique. Transition time is not included.  Pause timer if you need to come out of position for any breaks. Break time is not included  

30 sec Plank

30 sec Squat hold

30 sec Hollow Body Hold (lower back must be in contact with floor )  

Repeat x 5 times.  

30 sec light jog

30 sec easy paced Jump Jacks  

Brief water break

7 alternating lunges 

7 burpees  

Repeat x 7 minutes  

Record your result.  

 30 sec light jog

30 sec easy paced Jump Jacks  

Brief water break  

5 push ups

5 second slow and even descent to the bottom of your push up depth.  

5 second hold.  

Push the floor away as fast as possible.  

Repeat 5 times.  

10 Squats

10 sec slow and steady descent to bottom of your squat.  

10 sec hold.  

Stand up explosively.  

Repeat 10 times.  

 

 30 sec light jog

30 sec easy paced Jump Jacks  

Brief water break

 

 

cool down / stretch / hydrate  /refuel 

 

 

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Pi-Day Workout

  It’s National Pi Day, (March 14th) so here at Damien Roche Fitness we came up with a Pi Daywork out for you. If you are a true fan of Math you may want to start this workout at 1:59pm this afternoon. (3.14 1 59 ....) For everyone else, just warm up and get this 15 Minute (approx) Bodyweight workout in whenever suits you. This workout will hit most of your muscle groups and get your heart rate up there. The movements are bodyweight only, right up to the Warrior Makers (often called Man Makers). If you have no weights close sub in Atomic Push-ups. These will be extra tough coming just after that AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible/Pretty) 

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Pi Day Workout.  

So warm up well and stretch appropriate for your body’s needs.  Make sure you are adequately hydrated before you begin and take sips as needed throughout. 

Pi Day Workout

3 Minutes:  

Challenge yourself and do as many as you can of each of the following exercises for 30 sec each, And them repeat them one more time before moving on  

  • Ladder Climbers
  • Lunges
  • Mountain Climbers

1 Minute: 

Plank, add Shoulder Taps if you can manage it without tilting your torso to do so. Wider foot stance makes this easier so choose a width that’s difficult to control.  

4 Minutes: 

Each of the following exercises are for 1 Minute each. Break it up into 30 second intervals to make it a little easier to maintain good form. Repeat, to make up 4 minutes.  

1 Minute:

Wall Squat

Make sure your heels are directly below your knees for this one. Try to get your hips as close to level with your knees as you can hold for one full minute.  

5 Minute A.M.R.A.P.  

Repeat 5 repititions of each of the following exercises  once completed, repeat, again and again until your 5 minutes are up. Aim to get as many rounds as possible completed. 

  • Squats  
  • Push ups  
  • Crunches  

9

Warrior Makers.  

Select 2 weights that are difficult to press overhead. 9 reps at the end of this workout should be very tough, so challenge yourself but don’t go so heavy that form suffers  

If you are unfamiliar with this excellent exercise, here is a description. (Will add a vid later)  

  • Place weights by feet.
  • Place hands beside them.
  • Send legs out behind you into a tall plank.  
  • Do a push up.  
  • Pick up one weight and row your elbow toward your hip, and try to get it higher than your back. Do this without tilting your torso.  
  • Return the weight slowly to the floor. 
  • Return your hand to the floor. 
  • Repeat with the other side and carefully return hand to floor. 
  • Pull feet in close to hands. 
  • Drop hips down and raise chest up so you are in a deep squat position. 
  • Pick up both weights and bicep curl them up directly over your elbows, while remaining in the deep squat.  
  • As soon as your forearms are vertical, push the floor down and using your hip drive send those weights all the way over head.   
  • Lower your elbows, while keeping your forearms vertical.  
  • Squat down and return weights to the floor near your feet. 

Thats one rep !!  

Do 8 more.  

Enjoy.  

 

 

 

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Do You Treat Shoveling Snow Like A Workout?

Shoveling snow IS a workout. 
And a very tough one at that, since it involves multiple body parts working together.  
Treat it like one. 
Shoveling snow will find your weakest link and test it to its limit.

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Broman byJohn Magee  ‭(845) 239-8978‬

Here are some suggestions to help your workout more efficient and keep yourself injury free.

1. Hydrate before, during and after you have returned back to your warm house. Water should be enough if you are finished within an hour.  Electrolytes will need to be included for longer duration. 

2. As with any workout, you should warm up and stretch specifically for the actions you will be doing. Ease into the work. Begin with smaller shovel loads and smaller movements. The weight can gradually increase as you limber up and allow your heart rate increase gradually. 

3. Balance both sides of the body by switching the direction you clear the snow. Even if that means you are working at a slower pace on your weaker side, that's ok. This can be great for recovery of your breathing and heart rate. By ensuring you are balancing the effort on each side,  your weaker side will be as natural as your dominant side, or close to it.

4. If expecting a lot of snow (as we certainly have with each snow storm this year) it might be best to tackle the shoveling task a few times throughout the day before it becomes too much.

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5. If possible try not to raise the snow over chest height. This will help reduce the risk of heart attack.


6. There's no need to fill the shovel. Less loads, will make it easier and faster than over packing each time. Time management studies during the Industrial Revolution found that giving slightly smaller shovels to the guys shoveling coal into the steam engines resulted in the same volume of coal being shoveled in a shorter time. This meant that workers were not fatiguing as quickly and most importantly, working without injuring themselves. So, maybe that extra big shovel isn't doing you as many favors as you think. You may do great with it initially, but your form will probably suffer and then injury will be more likely.

7. Remember to take breaks often and listen to your body. When you are doing a typical workout or a Bootcamp session, you would listen to your body and ease back or take a break before you're broke. However, clearing snow is more difficult to stop in the moment because you are most likely way closer to completing the task and you instinctively push to finish it. Often this is when your weak link gives out or when you slip or fall. It is far better to come back to it later, as annoying as that may be.

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8. Throw something in the crock pot before you go out. ;) 😊👍

9. If possible, pay a neighbor or your insured plow guy to do it. Your coffee will taste so much better looking out at the Winter Wonderland when it doesn't equate hours of physical labor in your mind. 

Take care.

Enjoy the fresh air workout.
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Stuck at home but want a good workout? Ok then...

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Stuck at home but want a good workout? Ok then...

Body Weight Workout: SuperSet Format

(You must warm up and stretch appropriately for these exercises and for your body's needs. Modify for any injury or limitations accordingly. )

Pair up the following exercises and perform them back to back repeatedly before moving on to the next pair.  (Gymboss is a free timer app which is great for workouts such as this.)

Superset Format looks like this:

Exercise A 40 Sec

Exercise B 40 Sec

Recovery 15 Sec

Repeat

Repeat again

Add another 60 to 90 sec recovery break here before moving on to the next pair. 

Pair 1

A) Jump Jacks
B) Squats

Pair 2

A) Crunches
B) Ladder Climbs

Pair 3

A) Alternating Lunges
B) Atomic Push ups

Pair 4

A) Military Mountain Climbers (knee to outside of elbow)
B) Russian Twists

Pair 5

A) Plank Jacks /or foot lifts without tilting body
B) High Knees with fast pumping elbows, core engaged

Bonus:
30 burpees /or inchworms
For time. 
Rest as needed but do not stop the clock until last rep is finished.

As always... Listen to your body... and proper form rates higher than speedy reps.

Do them perfectly, then add speed and strength to the perfect rep.

In the comments below let us know both your favorite pair and your least fav. 

💪😃👍


Enjoy.

Damien

 

 

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Day 31: The Bonus ;)

I couldn’t leave you guys hanging on New Year’s Eve with an empty void in your day.  

So here’s a bonus mini workout for you using your newly attained and hard earned push up and plank super powers. 

 

Tabata

20 sec work, 10 sec active rest

x 8 rounds.  

Use the free Gymboss app for easiest tracking of your time and rounds. 

Exercise 1

Plank Shoulder Taps.  

Exercise 2  

Speed Squats  

Exercise 3  

Push Ups ( moo haw haw )  

Exercise 4

Jumping Jacks Or Ladder Climbers

Choose 1, no switching once you begin.  

Warm up well. 

60-90 sec between exercises.  

 

Happy New “You” everybody.  

Great job getting a fantastic head start on your 2018 goals.  

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Day 30: Congratulations. This is the Finale (maybe)

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Day 30: Congratulations. This is the Finale (maybe)

Similar to Day 2 but faster.

Check back and locate your results from Day 2. Know the time target you have to beat.

Warm up, and stretch.

100 pushups,

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in the shortest amount of time that you can.

Start your timer, begin, take breaks as needed (before needed), stop the timer as you finish your last rep. Note your result somewhere and share it with us.

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If you needed  to modify the push up on Day 2, compare like with like today, even if you can now do a tougher version.

This is your challenge. 

Do what you can.

Crush Day 2's result..

However you choose to do it, warm up well and stretch before and after each block.

Aim for quality reps only. Do Not count a poor rep. Repeat it instead.

Again, Quality is the win today!.

 

THANK YOU ALL

FOR PLAYING

YOU GUYS ARE ALL ROCKSTARS

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Day 29: Roche Plank

Welcome to your last Plank day of this challenge. 4 weeks completed already. Well done to everyone who has made it this far.   

Today’s is a tough one of course. It combines a lot of the work we have already done.... Plank Jacks and assisted single arm push ups with both forearm and tall plank.  

 

The Roche plank is different to most of the others we have done so far, in that we willl not be holding either of the tall or forearm plank for any duration.

The focus on today’s challenge will be in maintaining a solid technique as you move upward and in returning to the floor.

Keep your corset muscles engaged. 

Keep your spine’s natural curves with no extra bending or sagging as you change from one to the other. 

Minimal tilt of torso as you raise and lower yourself.  

Today’s Challenge: 

40 sec Roche Plank 

20 sec rest.  

Repeat for as many rounds as you can hold good form.  

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Day 28: These Again

Check back here for the specifics.

Day 16

No 5s this time.

Minimal of 10 per side.

Aim to do 50 quality reps, in the least amount of sets.

Finish one side, before starting on the other.

Rest as needed for quality.

 

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Day 27: Tall Plank

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Day 27: Tall Plank

Another Back to Basics today.

Tall Plank, for Time. A direct comparison with Day 3.

Again, do not rush this.

Take time to get your head in the right place for a personal best. Look back on your last times and choose a time greater than it. Refuse to give up mentally until you hit this target. Get your music set up or whatever tools you use to keep focused.

This one has many mental battles to fight before you really get to your physical limit.

Once for fades, and you cant control it, you are done.

Looking forward to hearing about your new Personal Bests today.

When it gets awful...SMILE... Almost Everything is is easier when you smile.

Enjoy the fact that you can do this.

Enjoy the fact that you committed to this challenge and made it this far, during a hectic time of year.

You guys Rock.

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Day 26: Single Leg Off Set Push-ups.

Revisit our fun Off Set Push Ups in Day 8. 

Today we increase the work by doing it with one foot raised slightly off the floor. 

Alternate hand positions every 5 reps. When your right hand is closer to your hips than your left, your right foot is off the floor. 

Steady, controlled pace.  

Inhale down, exhale as you push the floor away.  

Minimal torso tilt.  

Solid core with corset muscles engaged throughout each rep.  

Break as needed to ensure a quality 100 reps. (50 each stance)  

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Day 25: Merry Christmas

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Day 25: Merry Christmas

Here’s wishing you all a great holiday. Merry Christmas to you all.

Today’s challenge will be a Basic Forearm Plank. No added add-ons.

A direct copy of Day 1.

Check your time for that day, and also any personal bests since. 

 

Today we crush it.

Aim to add at least a minute of quality plank to it.

Don’t rush it.

Get your mind in a good place before you begin. 

 

Good luck and Merry Christmas.

 

I look forward to seeing how far you have come in 3 and a half weeks.

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Day 24: 4 Sets

Keeping it simple today. Not easy, just simple.

Choose the toughest form of push up in which you can maintain a solid form for a full 25 reps with no rest. This may mean taking it to a higher step or a counter, and that is ok.  The goal here is all the reps in one go with good form.  If 25 seems too much, drop it to 5 sets of 20, but as the goal here is sustained effort for many reps, with perfect form (worth repeating this often!!) do not do less than 20. Minimal of 4 minutes break between sets but feel free to spread the sets out over hours.

Alternatively if 25 seems too easy, choose to do a far tougher version... Elevate your feet, single legs, off set, assisted single arms.... whichever you choose. Just make sure it fits the rep range above, without a break....with perfect form.

 

Merry Christmas to you all.

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Day 23: Superset Planks

Today's challenge partners up two tough versions of plank. A tall: Shoulder Taps, and a low: Plank Jacks. 

Perform the first and then immediately transition into the 2nd. Then take a break. 

Click on links below to refresh the basics of each.

Shoulder Taps : Plank Jacks :Brief Rest.  

Level 1:  

10 sec Shoulder Taps  : 10 sec Plank Jacks : 15 section rest x 3 Rounds. 

Level 2:  

20 sec: 20 sec :15 Rest x 3  

Level 3  

30:30:15 x 3

Level 4  

40:40:15 x 3

Level 5

50:50:15 x 3

Level 6: 

1 min: 1min : 15 x 3 to 5 sets of perfect form.

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Day 22: Tempo Change

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Day 22: Tempo Change

Choose the toughest form that you can do well in this format.  

7 Push Ups as fast as you can.  

3 Push Ups as slow as you can.  

Rest for at least 4 minutes. 

Repeat 10 times.  

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Slow as you go down. Slow as you come up. Aim for 4 to 8 Seconds each direction. Smooth and steady motion through the full range of movement. Be half way, half way through your count.  It is too easy to hang out in the more comfortable zones while speeding through the weaker range, so stay in the game mentally and don’t switch off. 

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Day 21: Extended Plank

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Day 21: Extended Plank

Dial n the Tall Plank basics

Revisiting Day 3's Tall Plank today with a very effective add on. Today's plank is about quality hold, for a Max time. 

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Extend one arm out in front and place it on the ground. Leave at least the distance of one hand print between where your hand was when it was on the ground directly below your shoulder and where you place it. If you want you can use a two step walk out where you place the heel of one hand inline with the finger tips of the other and repeat with both sides. 

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Leave the spacing of one hand print between hands. 

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Place hands side by side and hold.  

This plank will hit the core in more challenging way to the tall plank.  Everyone's degree of shoulder mobility is different so pay attention to any discomfort there. In a few cases the shoulders may be the weaker link and fail before the core. If this is the case for you, don't force it. Return to tall planks and do alternating hand lifts every 3-5 sec without tilting, or shoulder taps.

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Day 20: Single Leg Push Ups

This is a repeat of Day 10 except you guys are stronger now, so you wont be needing the buffer sets of 5 where you have both feet on the ground. Click here to refresh your memory.

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So....

Do 5 Push Ups, Left Leg just off the ground.

Without tilting, place Left Leg down and raise up Right Leg.

Do 5 Push Ups.

Repeat until form begins to suffer.

Take a break.

Repeat until 100 are complete.

 

 

 

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