Crow Pose Accomplished

by Jillian on January 25, 2012 · 2 comments

Yesterday afternoon I headed into the city for some fun events. First on tap was a little sample session at Soft Serve Fruit Co. with Caitlin.

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I’ll be doing a post on that later, so stay tuned!

Next, Caitlin and I headed over to Whole Foods to grab some real dinner at the salad bar.

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Heaven in a take-out container. I pretty much grabbed a little bit of everything. We chatted about the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and how things are going with studying and work. It was nice to catch up, as I haven’t seen her since the Lady Foot Locker event.

After that, we headed to Strala Yoga to meet Ashley and Ashley for a yoga session.

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(photo compliments of Ashley)

Nadya was our teacher for the “Strong” yoga session. I really enjoyed it! We worked on our legs a lot throughout the 1.5 hour session. I even did a crow pose!

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Finally! I attempted the side crow and was able to keep my feet off the ground for about 3 seconds. Next time!

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Ashley, on the other hand, busted out an inversion.

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I could see why it took her a few classes to finally get it, but she had me in awe.

Overall, I really enjoyed the class. It felt amazing and my entire body was stretched and rejuvenated. I was glad that I got to catch up with some blends and even meet a new one!

Workout & Breakfast

I woke up today feeling a bit sore, but very stretched out and ready to hit some weights. I thought that I had posted a similar upper body workout from a Saturday a few weeks ago, but it looks like I never posted it, so I’ll do that for you guys now!

I did the following circuits like this: Do all three (or two) exercises back to back with no break and then take a 45-60 second break. Repeat 3x. *Use a weight that gets you to at least 15 reps while feeling the burn during the last few.

Circuit 1

  • DB military press
  • front shoulder raises
  • seated DB reverse lat raises

Circuit 2

  • seated cable pull row
  • DB chest press

Circuit 3

  • lat cable pull down
  • pushups

Circuit 4

  • barbell lying triceps extension a.k.a. skull crushers (LOVE THESE!)
  • tricep dips on bench

For biceps, I did 5 pyramid sets of cable hammer curls with the rope attachment. Pyramid sets are when you start the first set with a lower weight and higher reps and build up to a higher weight doing less reps.

While I was waiting for Joe to finish up lifting, I held a 2 minute plank! Woo! We headed over to the treadmills and I completed the following:

  • .25 miles @ 3.5
  • .25 miles @ 7.5
  • .25 miles @ 4.0
  • .25 miles @ 7.5
  • .25 miles @ 4.2
  • .25 miles @ 7.7
  • .25 miles @ 4.5
  • .25 miles @ 8.0

I did a quick 10 minutes on the stairmaster to finish up.

I’ll spare you breakfast because it was the same as yesterday.

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(recycled photo)

After reading comments from yesterday’s post, it seems like a lot of you have different habits when it comes to choosing whether to eat pre-workout or not. Timing seems to be the key! I was surprised this morning that I didn’t eat before the gym because we didn’t make it there until almost 9:30!

  • Have you surprised yourself with doing a seemingly impossible yoga pose (or any fitness related feat) lately?

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Stephanie January 25, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Way to go on tackling crow pose! Side crow is tough!

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2 Juliette @ Finish Your Broccoli January 29, 2012 at 10:37 pm

That’s awesome! Congrats on accomplishing crow pose! I saw Ashely W. this weekend at kettlebell kickboxing and she said she’s been going to Strala a ton and loves it. I’m slightly obsessed with Tara Stiles and I’ve been dying to go!

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