How to Use a Wall For a Workout

Workin' Out

Sometimes when you don’t have a gym with equipment handy, working out can become so…blah. So when you’re bored of the typical body weight exercises, and want to get in a total body workout, all you need is a little creativity.

And a wall.

**Note: To those who have husbands who would freak out if your feet are on the wall…ask them before doing this workout!** (My husband looked at me with those “Oh no! What do you think you’re doing putting your feet on our wall?!” eyes, and before he could say anything I explained that A) our house is a construction zone and NOTHING is clean, B) we still have to paint every wall in the house, and C) if wifey didn’t get her workout in no one benefits.)

I decided to throw in a little upper body, a little lower body, a little cardio, and a little core. In addition to the wall exercises, I also did jump rope intervals.

1 leg wall sit
1-Leg wall sits. You’d be surprised how much this forces your core into action as well. decline pushup
Decline push-ups- killer!
elevated bridges
Elevated bridges, be sure to squeeze those butt cheeks at extension. lunge squat
Lunge squatswall sitWall sit

Bridge kicks, and 3-tap crunches

If the decline push-ups are too challenging, flip around and angle your body so that your hands are on the wall. If Incline push-ups are too easy, try pushing yourself off the wall and making them explosive, plyometric style.

This workout wasn’t as structured as it could have been, I maxed myself on wall sits, as well as push-ups. Then with lunge squats and bridges I did 15 each leg, and a total of 20. For the 3-tap crunches I did 10 (1, 2, 3 =1) and the bridge kicks I did for a bout a minute each round.

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Are we Ever Done Transforming Ourselves?

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1 Corinthians 6:19
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the holy spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price, therefore, honor God with your bodies.

Between the time we are born into this world and adulthood we undergo an uncountable number of transformations as human beings. To be able to cover them all would take a matter of days, weeks, years even! So to simply make this post more specific, we will be applying this very question to one area: fitness and health. 

When I look back on my fitness transformations, there are many. From an athletic and sporty student in school, to an avid long-distance runner (because that was my “me” time) to becoming a personal trainer and learning about how our bodies work, to an organic mama, to a body builder and bikini competitor, and doing so while pregnant with my second child. The human body truly is magnificent, and the changes it is able to endure is mind blowing.

Something to be thankful and grateful for.

I look back and though I see many good changes, there were bad transformations I went through as well. All learning points in my life, I assure you. But to be where I am now, at a place in my life where many people would consider themselves “content”, I am still learning, and developing and hoping to continue my transformations for as long as I possibly can.

You see, transforming is the only way to continue to grow. The only way to honor God with my body. The only way to show my children to do the same. The only way to help others do the same.

This is why I am so adamant to set goals for myself.

How can I be stronger?
How can I get faster?
How can I become healthier?
How can I be happier?
How can I teach my children to want and do the same?

So here I am, 10 years later, at 28 years old, still working towards bettering myself. Transformation should never be a destination, but should become a way of life. And the answer to the question “Are we ever really done transforming ourselves?” is no, we shouldn’t be.

When you let your body slip into an unhealthy state, or give up, you are not only disrespecting yourself, and your loved-ones who care to see you healthy, but our Creator as well.

God created it.
Jesus died for it.
The spirit lives within it.
I better take care of it.

 

 

Passion

Mama Mama
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Passion

noun
1. any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
2. a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything
–To be passionate, is one of God’s greatest gifts. I do, however, believe that I am one of those unfortunately lucky individuals blessed with an overwhelming scope of things and reasons to feel passionately about, and that at times makes life a bit chaotic.
–Good thing I thrive on chaos.
–As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to dabble in so many areas of life. I could never settle in to one field of work, or one more goal or one project without wanting to begin another as well. I am that person who always has the best intentions and greatest ideas but tends to want to take on more than I should at once. I can’t help it. I just get so excited so easily about things that “set my soul on fire”.
–Nearly 10 years ago I entered the fitness world as a personal trainer, and have been content there ever since. The wonderful thing about being a part of the fitness industry is that it is ever-growing and always adapting. However, I have experienced numerous life-changing events as of late, and my passion I once had for training has faded, and I know it’s time I need a change. There were a number of factors, but all-in-all I have decided that personal training isn’t going to be what I want to be known for anymore. Of course, I will still train. My husband and I both have a love for staying in shape, and we need to continue to keep up with our two young children. I am only just beginning to teach them to live fit lives.
–As for clients, I am not sure where that road will lead me. 
–There is so much more I want to learn, and share, and encourage others about.
–We have been in the process of buying our first house, and it has been a loooong process. The home we found to be ours is on eight acres and will give our family the opportunities we have been praying for. Our children will learn to garden organically, raise chickens, explore, and hopefully find passion of their own as they grow. I will be homeschooling through a faith-based program, and stocking up our pantry with home-canned foods. We will continue to utilize natural remedies as well as keeping our home clean with products we can trust around our children. ALL of these things is what I want “Fit&Natural Mama” to be about. ALL of these things set my soul on fire.