Perfecting Form

I love my class.  Above, you can see most of the people in our 90 day program.  They all have interesting backgrounds and are here triggered by various experiences, but here for one reason and that reason is to change their lifestyles and get in shape.

One of the most important aspects when working out is having good form.  I have to say, it is awesome to be taking a class where the class leader not only knows your name, but genuinely cares about you. Our class leader wants us all to have good form and do each move really well.  She’s constantly reminding us to lower our shoulders, take wider stances, hold our elbows in, etc.

Today, Marina took time out of her busy schedule creating her high energy music and helping people all over the country lose weight to show me a few things about my form.

So, if you are on the quest for the perfect pushup (I am, because I need to do a bunch for the FBI physical fitness test!) and good form and other maneuvers that make you feel amazing, follow along!

First, place your arms shoulder with apart.  You can be on your knees or on your feet, depending on the modification needed according to your level of fitness.  Your resting position is called a plank position.

Second, from your plank position, lower your body to the ground until your elbows form a 90 degree angle.

Third, breath in as you lower yourself and breath out as you raise your body.

Fourth, keep your rear lowered.  We have a tendency to lift our tush up, but then you are not creating the perfect push-up form (eh, hem…as you can see, I do that!)

Fifth, after you do a few of these, (Marina likes to do three sets of 8-10), make sure to stretch your arms, chest and back. Our fitness guru places a lot of importance on proper stretching and likes to do techniques that elongate and stretch those muscles out.  As you can see in the above photos, I have a long way to go, but Marina never gives up on me.

Many thanks to Roy Kamen (Marina’s awesome hubby) for taking all the above shots!!

Breakfast:  Today was my final breakfast with my beautiful mom.  We had scrambled eggs and wild blueberry jam with tea.

Lunch: A Lonely Salami and Cheese Hoagie (warmed in the oven of course!)

Dinner: Grilled Chicken Salad with Sugar Snap Peas and Red Peppers.