Movement, Strength

April Workout

Logging today’s strength practise session, just to see where things are at: Warmup Qigong Body swings Upper body stretches 5 Slow Inverted Rows Rope skipping 100 regular jumps (1 x 100 jumps in one go) 100 speed jumps (needed a few restarts) 150 one-legged jumps (75 LR) 50 high jumps (knees up) Kettlebell Practise Simple &… Read More April Workout

Movement, Strength

Do You Even Plank?

As some of you who know me, know, I’ve been a fan of Planking since many years. The strength exercise variation of it, though, long remained elusive to me, because I struggled with the torso alignment required for executing a plank with proper form. What helped me immensely, was the brilliant Katy Bowman’s advice to… Read More Do You Even Plank?

Movement, Strength

Chloé Bruce Warmup

I’ve been loving this 20-minute mini-workout/warmup video by the amazing Chloé Bruce. She has tons of great instructional sets on her website, as well as free kicking, strength and mobility work videos on FB, Instagram and Youtube. Go check them out!

Movement, Strength

Inverted Rows

An amazing exercise for the back and upper body is the inverted row. I’ve started doing these recently, just a few slow reps at a time using my at-home ballet barre (a sturdy table or a sturdy broom across 2 kitchen chairs would work too) and it’s been helping to open up my upper body… Read More Inverted Rows

Movement, Strength

Weekly KettleBells

A short recap of this Sunday’s workout: Rope skipping 200 regular jumps (2 x 100 jumps) 100 one-legged jumps (50 LR) 50 high jumps (knees up) Kettlebell Practise Simple & Sinister warmup (8kg) 5 Slomo Deadlifts (20kg) 2 x 10 KB Swings (16kg) 2 x 10 KB Swings (20kg) 2 x TGU (8kg LR) 2 x… Read More Weekly KettleBells

Movement, Strength

Korean Cardio

This weekend we had a slightly different workout day than our ‘regular’ jump-rope-and-kettlebell routine. We took part in a yearly local TaeKwondo forms tournament, preceded by a group warmup and a deeply educative self-defense workshop. The warmup contained some very interesting (and entertaining!) partner exercises, for instance situp-high-fives/tens followed by a backward roll, then getting… Read More Korean Cardio

Movement, Strength

The Power of Breath

How you breathe – it changes everything. This was one of the most profound lessons we learned from our coaches at today‘s MartialArts4Children charity workshops. How you move, what (and how much!) you feel, your speed and accuracy of reaction, your mood, your flexibility, your (inner and outer) strength, all is connected to your breath. We… Read More The Power of Breath

Movement, Strength

Layers of Strength

Working towards specific goals (like surviving our Taekwondo black belt test!) is teaching me that everything builds in layers. Growth – Gaining strength, refining motor skills, deepening understanding, increasing ranges of motion, learning a new language, gaining maturity.. it all works iteratively. We learn in layers. Bit by bit. Rock upon rock. There can be leaps,… Read More Layers of Strength

Movement, Strength

Strength for February

A short recap of the last workout/strength practise session of the month – in this case also our Taekwondo belt test preparation workout. This February has been action-packed, with lots of dance events (and thus plenty loaded carries!), but not as much time taken on Sundays for focused strength work. Nevertheless, we managed to squeeze in 2… Read More Strength for February