For those who know me well, you know how much I love basketball. And that’s why I’m thrilled to be part of the United Amputee Basketball Association’s 2014 Titanium Cup. Hosted by Phillips Arena, this tournament will show people that life with limb loss is far from limiting.
Because we need one final push to make it happen, we’re doing some fundraising.
The money raised will buy tickets for area youth to attend the Hawks vs. Raptors game just following the tourney.
Thank you for any and all support!!!

http://www.gofundme.com/7kpp14

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I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions. Never have been. Never will be. But I do believe in taking advantage of the after-Christmas sales. And it was just that that prompted me to buy these bad-boys.
So as someone who loves the treadmill as my cardio of choice, I’m going to break in these new shoes and walk away my holiday “sins”.

Photo courtesy of TRX
Photo courtesy of TRX

Developed by a Navy SEAL, TRX training is a work-out system that is comprised of nylon straps within a suspension system.  It is engineered to provide an all-over body work out that uses one’s own body weight for a maximal effect.  It’s transportable and can  done in gyms or in homes, with or without trainers.

Shiloh
Shiloh

My friendly Kettlebell trainer got me started on TRX about three years ago and I have been hooked ever since.  Using one’s own body weight, the resistance created is only as big (or little) as the user.  That means that you’re not using more than your body can handle, thereby decreasing the potential for injury, while getting a fabulous fat-burning work-out.  What is also great is that TRX can be done standing or sitting, with limbs or without limbs, and in a gym or in your home

What’s even better is that it works ALL of those things that Spanx can’t fix while giving an all-over body work-out, in an efficiently short amount of time.   Biceps bulge.  Triceps tone.  Pecs perk.  And glutes get up-lifted.

From a Limbitless scale (rating it as being prosthetic-user friendly), I’d give it a 5 out of 5! And from a Fabulous scale (rating it as a fitness-friendly work-out), it gets another 5!

What’s not to love?   Let’s get fit:TRX!

KettlbellThe year after I graduated from college, I moved to Winter Park, Colorado to train with the Development Team for the U.S. Disabled Ski Team.  This was the fall and winter of 1990 into spring of 1991, at a time when disabled sports were still making their appearance in the Olympics as “Demonstration Teams”.  It was the time just prior to the U.S. Ski Team adopting the U.S. Disabled Ski Team under the same umbrella, the occurrence of which subsequently changed the world of disabled sports and athletes.

While I was vying for a much-coveted spot to be on the Demonstration Team going 1992 Winter Olympics in France, the end of a physically grueling ski season found me just shy of making the team.  With achieving an otherwise impressive international ranking in women’s three-track downhill skiing after one season, I was ready to head back to Minnesota.  Quite simply, I was still toying with the idea of going to medical school and I was tired of living on ramen noodles and day-old bread, even though I had procured a $500.00 financial sponsorship from Colgate Palmolive –something almost un-heard of at that time, especially in disabled sports.

So, with sense of accomplishment; a broken down car; and less than $13.00 to my name, my brother came out to Colorado to pack up my stuff and take me home.  As we crossed the Berthoud Pass and headed east, I never looked back, except for the fitness routines that I developed during my dry-land training.

While I have dabbled in pretty-much all things fitness for most of my life, I was always seeking to find the Russian Kettlebell training that one of my coaches made me do on a regular basis.    And three years ago, I found it at the Pilates House in Hopkins with an especially astute, Russian Kettlebell-certified trainer. Shannon.

Not only do I love the efficient cardio work-out that I get after a 30-minute Russian Kettlebell work-out, but I love that it’s a total kick-ass sport with a high caloric burn, too.  According to WebMD, an average adult burns about 400 calories in 20 minutes.  Umm, hello!  How amazingly efficient is that?

Although I work-out religiously with Shannon, I have tried group classes offered at other studios and would never recommend them to anyone as the lack of one-on-one training is too risky.  I mean, let’s face it:  you’re swinging a 19 kg iron bell, which in U.S. measures is nearly 39 pounds, and doing it improperly could cause some serious harm.

So, with the watchful eye of my Shannon, and more recently her newly adopted dog, Shiloh, I continue to marvel at the amazing effects of Russian Kettlebell.  My abs are firmer.  My bra fat is less flabby.  And my “Hello Helen’s” are now saying “Good-Bye Gertrude’s”.

Not only do I love it for the benefits on my body, but I love that it is a limbitless (my term for “prosthesis friendly”) fitness routine.  And not only do I love the work-out itself, but I love Shannon, who has taken the time to see how I adapt to things and continues to push me to make the most of my work-outs.

Here’s to the long-lasting benefits of being a professional athlete!