July 3, 2014
To celebrate the season two start of Free!, I thought I would post a beginners swim workout!
Now I’m not usually one to watch sports anime, but I’m glad I was introduced to this one last year. It’s a great team-spirit show that kind of takes the piss out of your typical sports-themed anime.
Swimming offers great low-impact fitness, which is extra perfect for people with injuries. It’s both cardiovascular and strength building, thanks to the resistant nature of water (being twelve times as dense as air).
Swimming cuts back unwanted fat, tones muscle, builds strength, and gives a stress alleviating all-over body workout.
Healthy weight, healthy heart, healthy lungs…sounds good to me!
So without further ado, I present the:
I Only Swim Free Workout
-ALWAYS do the warm up and cool down.
-25M = 1 Length of a standard pool. A lap would be 2 lengths (there and back again).
-Suggested, but Optional Equipment: Pull Buoy, Kickboard
4 x 25M SLOW, easy going lengths.
Go as slow as you need to. Your aim is to get your blood flowing and muscles ready to rock!
Rest 2 minutes. If you can, exit the pool and complete these simple swimmer stretches with minimal resistance:
2 x 25M Moderately paced lengths.
Freestyle swim! Use both arms and legs to work the entire body.
Rest 1 minute.
2 x 25M Moderately paced lengths with pull buoy.
Place the pull buoy between your thighs or ankles to provide support to the body without kicking your legs; this allows you to focus on training only your arms and developing both endurance and upper body strength.
Rest 1 minute.
2 x 25M Moderately paced lengths with kickboard.
Holding the kickboard from the top (not the sides) will let you focus on your kick without the use of arms. Remember to always have a tight core and kick from your hips, not your knees.
Rest 1 minute.
2 x 25M SLOW, easy going lengths. When you exit the pool, repeat the same stretches from the chart in the warm up section.
CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve completed the I Only Swim Free workout!
This plan is based on Speedo’s recommended beginner swimming program. When I lived in Florida I swam all the time and used this as a basis.
I thought a Speedo lesson would be appropriate!
I never had a pull buoy or a kickboard when I swam, but that didn’t stop me from completing the no legs/no arms sections. I would recommend the equipment though because it makes it easier to focus on your technique.
Also, just because this is a beginner workout, don’t worry about completing it all the first time around. If you find you are too tired before then end, write down what you completed and then try to surpass that record the next time around! As a fitness golden rule, ALWAYS do the warm up and cool down, even if you don’t complete the main sets.
Like any sport, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to methods. I hope you enjoy it and I encourage you to check out your local pool/swim clubs for more information. <3
Ta for now! I can’t wait until summer hits Australia because there are some wicked outdoor pools/beaches here. :3
June 13, 2014
So back in October I said I had some amazing news to announce and it’s taken me this long to sort things out…
I, along with Fandom Fitness, have moved to Australia!
Yeaaaaaaaaah it’s been a heck of a journey to get here but things are starting to settle down. Still trying to get a feel for the convention scene here. There’s one called Supanova this weekend that I’ll try to attend and then another called SMASH! in August.
Fandom Fitness has been on quite the hiatus because of my move (which if you were curious, had to do with a job opportunity…AND ADVENTURE!). I really really REALLY hope to get it back up and running ASAP.
Until then, please enjoy this sweet sweet Okami remix that I’ve been working out to lately. If you’ve never played Okami, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING RIGHT NOW AND PLAY IT. RIGHT NOW. And don’t forget to exercise regularly and takes breaks while playing! :3
January 13, 2014
It seems to be a common occurrence that when the season changes, so does my interest in whatever exercise regime I’m up to at the time. This fall was tough, temperatures have been super low and work has been very insane. Finding the time to exercise is always a priority in my life but when it’s hard, it’s hard.
About a month ago a friend introduced me to Jillian Michaels. OK, so I knew who she was…but I had never explored any of her work. I was skeptical at first but let me tell you, her programs pack a punch! Long story short, the program I decided to try out was her 30 Day Shred and it consisted of three difficulty levels (you’re meant to do each level for ten days spread out over a month).
Each level is just under half an hour and it works you hard. Jillian has a great sense of humor when it comes to fitness (no fake smiles or gloating) and she knows just what to say to keep up the motivation. It’s only half an hour, so I can sneak these in daily with no problem. She also offers different intensity options for each exercise in case you’re a beginner or injured.
You might be thinking “hey, half an hour isn’t long enough!” In certain circumstance, you’re right…but the aim of this program is to gradually get you up to a decent fitness level and it’s been a great maintenance routine for me. Each level includes strength, cardio, AND core work. Nuff said.
Without getting into too much detail, I can say the program does focus on high reps/low weight, which is associated with being strong and slim. I definitely noticed areas of my body that were strong and bulky gradually become more defined without losing the strength. In fact I feel stronger and quite agile and I’m totally cool with that!
Here’s a great pro/con article written about the program:
I recently finished the 30 days and wowsa, I feel great. Now I’m continuing the workouts (starting over) but I’m also doing my own, self-built strength routines here and there to keep things interesting and to make sure I don’t become complacent with the same thing over and over. My self-built routines tend to be more low rep/high weight, so alternating the two gives my body plenty of challenges.
“I know you feel that little knot in your stomach, that is your body getting stronger. That is fear leaving the body right there.” – Jillian Micheals (during a core exercise)
SO GROOD. MUCH QUOTE. VERY INSPIRE.
If you’re looking for a follow along exercise program that is time-efficient and a little different, I highly suggest this one. And stick to it! So many people give up after 5 days but trust me: keep going! If you’re struggling at first don’t be afraid to alternate a day on and a day off (I did this for level three because it was intense). Even if it takes you more than 30 days to do all of the levels, it’s better than not doing anything at all!
Here’s a link to level one. Take a look! If this is your style, the 30 Day Shred dvd is something crazy cheap like $10.
tl;dr: I really recommend Jillian’s 30 Day Shred if you’re looking for something cost/time efficient but still works you hard for amazing results. Although it focuses on slimming down, the strength exercises in the program won’t disappoint when it comes to building muscle.
Just remember: Stick with it, work hard but within the limit of your abilities, and have fun. Fun is the most important part IMO…which is why I change things up all the time!
Till next time!
P.S. This program does seem quite female oriented, but I need to say that I have a few male friends who loved and got great results from it. Like I said, this isn’t a regime you’d follow to pack on the Kenshiro muscles…but for cutting weight efficiently and building muscle? Bang on.
October 24, 2013
I’m presently emerging from my “convention season is over and work is crazy” hiatus…seems to happen every year! Fandom Fitness has some pretty amazing news to announce soon, but for now…enjoy some awesome dinosaur music.
Great for jogging, you can totally pretend you’re running away from Velociraptors or along with some speedy Gallimimus!
Bye for now!
August 28, 2013
I have more non class-related pictures on the way, but for now enjoy our group pictures!
One “serious” and one “gunshow.”
GOSH, everyone looks so fantastic!!! It was by far the most fun class I’ve taught to date and I really really really hope to do it again next year.
I hope everyone stays active! There’s a good group of people on the Otakon forums who keep up to date with each other on fitness goals: http://board.otakon.com/index.php?showtopic=24214 (a new 2014 post might be made eventually).
And of course, my Facebook page. :3 www.facebook.com/fandomfitness
Hit me up if you guys have any questions, concerns, or just want to say hi!
August 20, 2013
Here’s a quick peak at the moves we learnt during the Anime Aerobics class. If you want to see how they are executed, google the specific move and let YouTube do the rest!
So here are the steps in the order that we learnt them:
Warm-up included 4 basic cardio boxing moves:
Jab Front, Jab Side, Hook, and Uppercut
Major muscles we stretched during the warm-up were:
Shoulders, triceps, quadriceps (thighs), calves, and hamstrings.
Cardio Dance Section:
Basic Grapevine (x4)
Grapevine with Leg Curl (x4)
Knee Lifts (x8)
Heel Digs (x8)
Hips Side to Side (x4) (You might not be able to google this one…but as long as you step side to side and wiggle those hips, you’re all good!)
Rocker Step (a.k.a Step to the side with fist pump.) (x4)
Salsa and Bachata (As longs as you get the basic moves down, you can ad-lib to the music. Zumba videos are usually good at showing the basics for these.)
Major muscles we stretched during the cool-down were:
Shoulders, triceps, quadriceps (thighs), calves, and hamstrings.
August 15, 2013
OK so here’s the deal. The following is a list of links that lead to the sources of music I used in my Anime Aerobics class. I need to point out that aerobics music is a little tricky and that you usually can’t just use a song in its original format (sometimes you can, and it’s amazing). I’ve taken these songs and spliced them down to a 4/4 count to ensure continuity during the class. I’ve also sped up/slowed down some of the tracks.
This being said, some of the direct links will be great for workout music and some of them will be too slow. All of them will most likely not have a continuous 4/4 count.
Because of this, I’ve uploaded my actual class music file on SoundCloud!
Although I spent many hard hours editing this beauty, I take absolutely no credit for creating the music itself. Music credit can be found through the YouTube links. :)
Anime Aerobics Playlist:
Cardio Boxing Warm-Up:
Attack On Titan Opening (Hip Hop Remix) by Sparks Dynamite
Battlecry by Nujabes – Samurai Champloo
Tetris Remix by DreamHack
Just Communication by Two-Mix – Gundam Wing
D. City Rock! by Teddy Loid featuring Debra Zeer – Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt
Tank! Remix by Luke Vibert – Cowboy Bebop
Butterfly by ON/OFF – Durarara
Change the World by V6 – InuYasha
Yuukyou Seishunka Remix by Exit Trance/KONEKO PROJECT – Code Geass
Legend of Zelda Remix by Technobase.FM2
Gerudo Valley (Trance Mix) by John Karingal – Ocarina of Time
Motteke! Sailor Fuku Electro Otome Chikku Mix by Ryosuke Nakanishi – Lucky Star
Still Alive Remix by Castex – Portal
Moon Light Densetsu Remix by Anipara Kids – Sailor Moon
Dragon Soul Remix by Dizzi Mystica feat. MAKI – Dragon Ball Kai
Hi Ho Ready Go – One Piece
Legend of Zelda Bachata
Gerudo Valley Orchestrated by Z.R.E.O. - Ocarina of Time
Kesenai Tsumi Slow Remix by Nan Kitade – Fullmetal Alchemist
The Real Folk Blues by The Seatbelts – Cowboy Bebop
Hope you enjoy! My next post will be a breakdown of the moves we learnt during the class. Some pictures are also on their way! <3
August 10, 2013
This post is mostly to welcome those who have come to this site after attending my Anime Aerobics class at Otakon! Hiiiiiii~
If you’re here to get info on what songs were used in the class, I have not had a chance to upload the list yet. This will come soon so keep checking back!
Thanks for coming to the class…you guys ROCKED MY WORLD!!! <3 <3 <3