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Long Live Obsession!

Lee and Jake Brinn Surf obsessionistsI once had a client say to me: “Lee, you must admit…you’re a little over the top” and I said “Well I’m just as obsessed with getting you to your dream as I am with living mine if that makes you feel any better”.
I’ve found that when our focus is precisely directed at the one thing that we want; we get it! If you’re completely consumed by it then you become it! Oh, you may appear slightly insane at times or “a bit over the top” but who cares! I can tell you with certainty that most onlookers secretly wish they were as committed as you and someday will ask “How do you do it?” Life’s crossing guards with their good intentions beg us to choose safe routes, social acceptance, and paths free of danger. However by doing so, we get side tracked with tasks that keep us busy as bees but fail to provide true fulfillment in our lives. Every treasure in my life was challenging to attain and keep. I sincerely believe that the reward is equal to the effort. Still we unceasingly feel we’ve worked hard enough…when we’ve almost done so. As a tadpole struggling to catch my first wave I was treated to a profound bit of advice by a 19 year old wise man & surfer. As he paddled up alongside me he said;

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Make It Count…

How important is a single moment? I once read a magazine article entirely devoted to one set of barbell rows performed by the great Dorian Yates. The six-time Olympian world champion believed in efficiency. For over sixty years, there has been an ongoing debate regarding the number of reps and sets required to maximize ones muscular potential, but there was no debate about who the world champion was at that time. One of my favorite quotes is “The proof is in the pudding”. Whatever this athlete was doing was working… so I read the writers words intently, carefully saving each descriptive phrase into my memory.  As I read, I began to grasp the writer’s deep appreciation for the champion’s method. The article spared no detail or a doubt as to the lifter’s purpose. I was convinced that Dorian’s efficiency was his edge. I committed myself to maximizing every workout, every set, and every rep. Continue reading Make It Count…

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Snow Cream!

We enjoy this seasonal snow treat, once maybe twice a year if we’re lucky! Hey… we live in Virginia :- )

 

To make 3-ingredient Vanilla Snow Cream, you’ll need:

8-12 cups of fresh, white, new-fallen snow (a cup here in North America is 8 oz.)
300 ml  can of sweetened condensed milk (10 ounces)
1 tsp vanilla
Large bowl
measuring cup
wooden spoon
freezer-proof container for storing your leftovers
ingredients for snow ice cream – snow, condensed milk and vanilla

Fill a huge salad bowl with fresh snow. Gather about 10-12 cups of snow. Very light and fluffy and impossible to pack.  Your snow might be heavier, and you may not need as much as I did. Don’t worry too much about being precise. You can always add more snow to your ice cream if need be.

Sprinkle a tsp of vanilla onto the snow.

Then drizzle half the condensed milk over top.

With the wooden spoon, fold the condensed milk and vanilla into the snow, kind of chopping, stirring and mixing to combine everything, mixing condensed milk and snow together.

Then we transfer the whole mixture back into the big bowl of remaining snow, and add the rest of the condensed milk as desired.  The condensed milk does not melt the snow, and make it watery.  It’s quite the opposite, actually.  The snow sort of freezes the condensed milk, making it thick and icy.

This is an updated version of the Brinn family Snow Cream recipe – This one is easier and makes for a chunkier bowl of snow cream! Courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com 

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Fit (back, Chest, Arms, Balance)

Big sets. Use weights that are appropriate for quality repetitions.

Station 1

Jump Rope x 2 min. or Bike med-high intensity 2 min.

Close grip lat pull x 10

Bent over Barbell or single arm Dumbbell Rows  Continue reading Fit (back, Chest, Arms, Balance)

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M.I.B (Mission Impossible)

  1. Chin-ups x 3-6 or reverse bench press (modified pull-ups)
  2. Toe Touch x 25 (sitting on your sit-bones with feet in the air knees bent slightly) 
  3. Squat Thrusts (Touch floor with hands on squat) x 20
  4. Burpees with Jump x 5
  5. Bench Dips x 20
  6. Toe Touch x 15
  7. Squat Thrusts x 15
  8. Pushups x 10 (full 90 degrees elbows)
  9. Toe Touch x 25
  10. Squat Thrusts x 20
  11. Jumping Lunges x 20 ea.
  12. Chins x 3-6 or reverse bench press (modified pull-ups)
  13. Toe Touch x 10
  14. Squat Thrusts x 10
  15. Pogo over Versa Bar x 60 sec
  16. High Knees x 60 sec (knees up to waist)
  17. Squat Thrust Touch floor x 15

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Need a workout but don’t have a gym?

CO-ED Total Body Beginner, 2 – 3 days per week (35 min)

Tools of the trade: One role up exercise mat (yoga mat), one exercise band with handles (…tension red or medium), and a Buddy (more fun). Workouts for Home and Travel BT

 

Standing Wide Leg stretch (hold for 20 seconds x 3)

Standing Single Leg runners stretch for quads x 20ct

Butterfly Stretch x 20ct. (Seated on your mat pulling heals towards you)

10 inch arm circles x 30 (moderate speed)

Rear Shoulder (Pull each arm close & across chest stretching the rear delts x 10 ct. ea.

Triceps stretch x 10 ct. ea. (Elbow bent over head pressing gently with other hand) Continue reading Need a workout but don’t have a gym?

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