Toni Morrison has passed away from pneumonia at the age of 88. Let’s keep her family in our thoughts during this time of mourning. She was truly a brilliant author.
Those street performers you see performing for a honest living, those I don’t mind giving a tip for. Those performers that you see on trains, primarily hip-hop dancers, you could probably guess the race of those dancers, those irk me. What’s even more bothersome they aren’t supposed to perform on trains. I get so frustrated that sometimes I report them to the conductor as panhandlers. That’s their job, right? Am I not mistaken?
Welcome to another Les Mills BodyPump review. In time for summer vacation, yay! Time to get your butts, abs, legs, chest, and ALL of your muscles toned for summer. The instructor I took this class was my very first BodyPump instructor Cindy I. She teaches at Auto Mall in Fremont and Fremont Sport. Without further ado, let’s review this release.
- Warm Up (I Need – Wilkinson, Hayla) – Dead Rows, Single Rows, Clean and Press, High Pulls, Squats and Lunges. This was honestly better suited for a warm-up track.
- Squats (Wild Wild Son, Club Mix – Armin van Buuren and Sam Martin) – Timing is key is this track, Not a lot of pulses, just bottom-halves and singles. But even without weight (Instructor did the last set without weight, so I wanted to avoid injury and did this without weight, will probably do it with weight soon), it was a doozy.
- Chest (Heads Up – JAIN) – Mainly singles, very little bottom-half pulses, and static and walking push-ups. Pretty easy.
- Back and Leg (First Time – Seven Lions, SLANDER, Dabin, Dylan Matthew) – The whole posterior chain, upper back, lower back, glutes, and legs gets targeted and it’s wonderful! (Not really.) We start with dead rows, then go into high pulls with dead rows, transitioning to clean and press and dead rows. The icing of this half-rotten cake (No offense to Cindy, she just had to follow the choreography) was the squat press. Woo for Cindy for not going into a 5 minutes diatribe about what seems to be a history of the clean and press.
- Triceps (Woman Like Me – Little Mix feat. Nicki Minaj) – Tricep Extensions, Tricep Rows, and Press-Pullover, Dips (5-4 and above, your booty will touch the floor, so three risers is welcome for dips), and overhead tricep extensions.
- Biceps (Machine – Imagine Dragons) – Biceps are the easiest to do, Bar work which includes pulses and full ranges moves. Moving on to the plates, alternating arms, and mid-ranges pulses
- Lunges (Buscando – GTA feat. Jenn Morel) – Having a Spanish-speaking instructor (her native language is Spanish) she was really in her zone. Her energy transpired on us while we did static lunges and backward-stepping lunges.
- Shoulders – (Losing It – FISHER) – Slow clean, overhead press, push press, then going on the ground for side raises, rotator raises, and rear delt raise. Second part we did TWICE.
- Core (Taki Taki – DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B) – Kelly actually introduced the choreo to me. C Crunches, Hip Bridges, Glutes, and Hovers.
- Cooldown (Want To – Dua Lipa) – Is this a cool-down track or a warm-up track? Just god-awful. But at this point you just wanna go home. 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Every quarter I go to either the Bayview or Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to volunteer. And every quarter, the cafe gets swamped, food bank tends to fill up and run out real fast, medical appointments gets booked up, but there’s one place that is rarely visited. The job section. This is my job, volunteering at PHC. I gain experience from working there, and eventually when I get a paid job, this will help me. I am blessed to have a home, loving parents, a dog, therapists, psychiatrist, and so on. Those people I feel chose to be in this situation. When I do check-in, I develop a road map to what they need. I try to convince them, to go to the job section. They don’t even volunteer at PHC to get job experience, they go straight to the cafe or the food bank. I understand they need it, but Ms. Zordel and Meghan Freebeck, co-CEOs, developed this program to get what they need and it even got endorsed by London Breed. This is no excuse to stay homeless.
Most of you who have read my mom’s blog noticed that she posted something about Papaya now named Einstein by yours truly. 🙂 Now, I will post an update on how this little dog has grown to an adult, possibly even a senior dog. Where did the time go?
It was May 22, 2010. We didn’t know that this little guy will change our lives and our hearts forever. He’s still alive, but I haven’t posted any recent pictures so I really can’t share it you. I’m amazed that this surprise has turned out to be a good one. Memories will last forever in my heart even after he dies. He was there when my maternal grandmother passed and just sat there until the nurse, Tracy, pronounced her dead. We were all weeping at her death, Einstein included.
It’s been nearly 8 years since we adopted him. I noticed that he stopped eating doggie treats and tend to go to human food. He loves human food. We have to mix chicken in his kibble just to get him to eat it. He still doesn’t bark much. Basenjis are very protective and know when it is beneficial for them to listen to their owner. 😛 We noticed that in him as well. He has that Greyhound trot, that I think comes from the Basenji side of him. We do not see any Labrador Retriever in him. Belgian Sheepdog, Flat-Coated Retriever are the two other combos we see in him. Maybe Border Collie. We will miss him tremendously when he crosses Rainbow Bridge. Here is the poem.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.
When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
I personally love living in Fremont. Easy access to BART, robust (not-so-great compared to Oakland) public transit system, and centrally located in between Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco. It’s relatively cheap for families to live in than let’s say Cupertino or Palo Alto. Very little crime especially compared to even a neighboring city called Union City. But there is some drawbacks to Fremont
Fremont is not very diverse. It’s mainly Asian and White. The school system, while better than let’s say Hayward or Oakland, is over-crowded, students are bussed out of their home school or even their attendance area (For instance going from North to South Fremont), teachers are underpaid compared to Dublin, Pleasanton, and San Ramon Valley, large class sizes. The city council in previous times, did not have a backbone to developers. While it’s starting to change now, the damage is done, and traffic in the city is horrendous. Of all the cities served on the Hayward Line, Fremont has the most people getting at the station and it’s mainly the Fremont Station.
There are some good parts about the city, I cannot tell a lie about that. Especially from my house, I can get to the grocery store, the gym, BART, medical centers, coffee shops, parks, buses, and libraries. The downtown is coming up rapidly and it’s not just all residential, it is also businesses. Every August, there is a festival called the Art and Wine Festival. Costco is within the mecca called Pacific Commons, and that includes a movie theater, a SuperTarget (which is basically a Target on steroids), and many eateries. We thrive on the fact that the minute the clock strikes midnight, BART closes and we sleep peacefully knowing that only our neighbors come into our neighborhoods at night.
All in all, I’ll say Fremont is a mixed bag and depending on what you want in a city, I can’t say Fremont is a good city for families, but we pride ourselves in keeping our streets clean, well-patrolled, and calm. I’m glad I call Fremont my home.
- Warm-Up (Jackie Chan) – Dead Rows, Clean and Press, Dead Lifts, Squats and Lunges aka your usual suspects.
- Squats (Natural) – Tons of pulses and bottom halves.
- Chest (Satisfied) – Walking Push Ups (remember this from the shoulder track from 85, anyone old school BodyPumpers?????), and a very short chest press workout, you can technically do this on the gym floor.
- Back and Leg (The Island Pt. 1 (Dawn) [Skrillex Remix]) – New move, high pulls where you just pull the bar up to lower chest, but lift your heels up. Plate clean and press too. 🙂
- Triceps (I Like It) Cardi B? The one that threw a shoe at Nicki Minaj? This song meshes well with the choreography though. Dips (3 risers please!), Tricep Push Ups, Overhead Extensions.
- Biceps (Shadowboxer) You know the drill. I don’t feel like I need to explain it.
- Lunges (The In Between) Lunges (please put plates underneath the benchtop, you need it.) Squats, and backward stepping lunges off the benchtop.
- Shoulders (Blah Blah Blah) It’s a mashup of Boomshakalak and Into Dust, Boomshakalak from the last release, Into Dust from 104. Annoying song, reminded me of Friday and not the Rebecca Black version, even more annoying. 😉
- Core (Complicated) – Why do I need to explain it? Same routine as 108.
- Cooldown (Deep End) See Above
Welcome to this review of BodyPump 108!
- Warm-Up (Panic Room) Back to basics with this one, just dead rows, clean and press, squats, and lunges.
- Squats (Pump It Up – Extended Mix) Three identical sets of work, very fast, a lot of pulses, and the cherry on top a high tempo.
- Chest (Great Wide Open) A funky combo where you hold the hold plates up, then go wide, then move it to center, then move it back up top. Then chest flies, then push ups. Very slow tempo.
- Back and Leg (Therapy – Club Extended Remix) Power Press, Clean and Press, and Single Row with Plate Only easy track.
- Triceps (Say Amen, Saturday Night) Overhead Extensions, Push-ups, and Kick-Back Rows. Twice!
- Biceps (Make It Rain) Alternating Curls, Pulses, then, Bicep Rows, then switch to barbells and then do pulses and more pulses.
- Lunges (Ready for It) Easier than most of the lunge tracks these days, Backward stepping lunges, squats, and static lunges.
- Shoulders (Boomshalak, Extended Mix) Reverse Fly with a twist (literal), Upright Rows, Push Ups, Twice.
- Abs (LET YOU BE RIGHT) Opposite of chest combo to begin, hip bridges, and hovers
- Cool-down (Remind Me To Forget) Easy track, a lot of yoga-like stretching.
I can’t stress this enough. STOP TELLING YOUR SANTA AGE KIDS (OR TEENAGERS FOR THAT MATTER) THAT THEIR EXPENSIVE GIFTS ARE FROM SANTA.
BECAUSE SOME FAMILIES CAN’T AFFORD THAT. LITTLE KIDS WONDER WHY THEY GOT SOCKS, COATS, OR HAND ME DOWN TOYS, WHILE OTHER KIDS GOT iPADS.
I’ve seen enough parents, especially from Project Homeless Connect in San Francisco (I’ve been doing this for 4 years and 9 months including 3 holiday seasons) cry either to me or my fellow volunteers that their kid weren’t good enough or if Santa didn’t like them as much. Breaks my heart to see that happening.
SO TAKE THAT CREDIT FOR THE GIFT, SANTA DIDN’T BUY ANY GIFTS. MOMMY OR DADDY GAVE IT. Be blessed with what you can afford.
Happy Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or whatever you celebrate this holiday season!