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What do you get when you mix a Sumo with a Donkey?

Here’s what you don’t get: much of a punchline!

Today’s tabatas:

20/10 x 8  (20s of work/10s of rest x 8 rounds total)


Sumo Squats


Donkey Kicks

I’m off to bed after these tabatas! Tomorrow morning I’ve got a hot date in the dissection lab (no disrespect intended).  This is something I’ve been looking forward to for 9 years!

P.S. Something I’m also excited about: Animal Inside Out at the NHM!



My not-New Years’ Resolutions

This is my vision board for January. These aren’t New Year’s resolutions, as personally I’ve never had any success with making New Year’s resolutions! I’m planning on making a vision board for every month this year, as a visual reminder of my goals.  Also, I think it’s gorgeous ❤

There is a lot on here, but I’m very optimistic.  Some of these goals are challenges: I’ve joined the 10,000 swing challenge with over 280 other swingers (relax, mom!), which means that I have to complete 10,000 kettlebell swings in January.  If you were to swing daily, that is equal to about 333 per day. However, I’ll be on vacation for 7 days of the month (see goal of ‘Learn to Surf’ above!), and will need a few rest days, so I need to push myself to get some jam-packed high rep days in before and after!  I’m also doing the I ♥ to run” Running Streak! challenge where participants run at least a mile every single day for whatever duration they choose. I’m choosing to run every day until June 31st, which is 6 full months, and an absolute bare minimum of 182 miles (although, throw a marathon, marathon training, and other races in there, and I’ll far exceed that). I’ve completed my first run of 2012 and have already logged 2 miles (with some single leg touchdowns & inchworms thrown in for good measure).

I WISH I could say that my tricep (narrow) press-ups sucked, but the truth is, I can’t actually do them, so for now I’ll just say that they’re non-existent. I can do them from my knees, but really struggle to have my legs extended. Same goes for proper pull-ups! Something to work on.

Some of these goals  – – ‘Stop to smell the roses’ & ‘A mile in their shoes’ serve as constant reminders to be the best woman that I can be.  Sometimes I am so stressed or rushed that I miss the everyday beauty in my environment.  When I first moved to Cambridge, I was constantly in awe of the incredible ‘foreign’ place that I was fortunate enough to be experiencing, and I realised the other day that the scenery doesn’t phase me anymore, unless I’m actually ‘stopping to smell the roses’ and making a point of appreciating my surroundings. So, in January, I’m going to try to re-claim that feeling of wonderment and take lots of photos along the way.  ‘A mile in their shoes’ prevents me from being unnecessarily and unfairly critical, and I’m not sure anyone’s going to argue against that!

Ethos: the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution. (merriam webster). 

Be Strong. Be Adventurous. Be Very Powerful. Love. Live Fully Completely. What more can a girl ask for, really? Everything that I do in January has to contribute to these guiding beliefs.

‘Help Women Get Strong & Healthy’ is one of the goals that is nearest & dearest to my heart.  When I first moved to Cambridge,  just a tad more than two years ago, I ended up joining Charlie’s bootcamps so that I would be able to develop my own social network and not rely on Justin’s labmates & friends (as lovely as they are, I just knew I needed some of my very own). Because of Charlie, my life has been forever changed.  She took me under her wing, educated me, mentored me, and encouraged me, and it goes without saying that I have absolutely blossomed in this past year.  She affected me in a way I could never have predicted, and I want to pass that along to every woman who comes through our studio doors with an open mind and a desire to train hard.

KettleBelle Besties @ New Year's Eve 2011

Our KettleBelles studio is only 4 months old, and it’s been quite the ride so far, but I’m hanging on and loving every minute of it.  The positive feedback loop keeps me going on those days when I (might) doubt myself.  When our KettleBelles tell me that their Christmases were full of workouts and fitness-related gifts, I get incredibly happy & excited, as I know that we’re in the middle of a women’s strength training revolution. Strong is the new skinny.

TracyBelle had an amazing Christmas!

You’ll be hearing a lot more from me this month, as one of my goals is to write every day. I’m planning on putting out some great blog posts & articles that will hopefully entertain as well as educate our loyal KettleBelle followers. If there’s anything specific that you’d like me to write about, let me know by emailing cambridgekettlebelles@gmail.com

My challenge for you, then, is to make your own vision board. I do this with all of my clients and it gives us a great idea of why we’re doing what we’re doing.  It doesn’t have to look like mine, and it can have pictures on it if that’s what motivates you to reach for the stars & achieve your goals.  Put it somewhere visible, but special, and look at it daily.

Lots of KettleBelle love,