Thursday, December 18, 2008

Christmas/New Year session times

Sessions will be on every day apart from Thursday 25th December 2008
Friday 26th December 2008 and Thursday 1st January 2009.

Happy Christmas and have a great New Year. See you on the beach!!

John & Nicci 12w Fitness

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Some of the girls in Nicci's group at 12W

Bella the shitsu maltese looks on!
If Sarah can do the peace sign, she must be able to move up a weight category!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Wednesday December 10, 2008

Walking intervals between 12W and 13W........Liz and Annie smashed the bench mark this morning and it now stands at 1 minute 30 seconds. Welcome to Michele who hails from South Africa via the UK and now Ocean Grove. Michele will be supporting South Africa in the Aussie cricket tour commencing this week. Lois is on the mend with her injured hand and is targeting the trip to the Galapagos Islands next year. Nola has finished her Christmas puddings which could double as weights for bicep curls!! Ali and John have a wedding to go to on the 17th January 2009 and Ali has a dress in mind and an exercise regime that targets the dress!!

Today's quiz question: What is the nickname of the touring Sth African cricket team??

Choose your answer from the 2 choices below:

(a) The Proteas (b) The Pretenders

Monday, December 8, 2008

Group class times

Group classes are currently Monday to Friday at 6.15am. Everyone is welcome. We meet at 6.15am on the dirt road track Eggleston Street Ocean Grove and then head down the beach. It was a nice cool morning today, Monday 8th December with Chris, Annie and Ali doing walking time trials from 12w to 13W. A brisk walk takes approx 1 minute 45 seconds. Test yourself on that section and see what time you do it in. We will be aiming to reduce the time and reduce the interval rests. For those who are into running, the benchmark time between 12W and 13W is 55 seconds and the aim is to slowly reduce the time and slowly reduce the rest time between intervals. Working at a higher intensity both walking and running requires more energy and burns more fat. We then followed up with some boxing which again works us at a higher intensity and helps increase our cardio fitness and aerobic capacity.

There might be a few sore quad muscles after the leg workout today as well!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

the 4 minute shower

It's a curious thing that a timed 4 minute shower can seem like it only takes 2 minutes because the shower is an enjoyment opportunity. As we get fit, the timed 4 minute run becomes an enjoyment and time flies just the like the 4 minute shower. It's about enjoyment and the merging of mental thoughts and physical exertion. Does your 4 minute run seem to take the same time as the 4 minute shower????

arm and upper body stretching in the warm up

John & Maree doing pole lunges on the beach

Ocean Grove Beach Thursday Dec 4, 2008

It was a magic morning at sunrise as we started our class

Monday, September 29, 2008

After the grand final Monday 29th Sept 2008

It was a cool morning on the beach this morning with Annie, Lynette and Kathy heading to 9w stairs. It was Kathy's debut class and first time exposure to the 9w stairs. They are always a challenge!

Lois will be back with the 6.15am class on Wednesday 8th October. We also have a new BOSU balance ball and will be using it to improve on core body strength, balance, abs and lower back strength.

Annie is bringing her interval running times down between the sets of stairs and sets a new benchmark for herself each week. The rest of the week looks like great weather. See you at 12w.

PS Ali's camera has been playing up but is now ok so we will have some candid shots soon!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A different way to exercise

News at 12w.......Nicci and the girls have good numbers at the 7am class......we've seen Laura & Kate & Angela & Mal & Anthea & Caz & Arnia & Sandy & Sarah ............John's classes have also seen Baz & Phil return from skiing, Annie is up to 5 sets of 9W stairs, Evelyn is back from Cairns with a new grand daughter Caitlin..congrats to Andrea & Luke, Lois and Lynette are regulars at 8am on Monday & Friday mornings, Nola has returned from the Kimberleys with stories to tell, Liz has headed off to climb the Eiffel Tower and cycle the banks of the Danube and Pete and Jarryd are challenging each other with their workouts at 6am 0n Tuesday & Thursday. Pete is heading off to a uni exchange at Waterloo University near Toronto Canada next year. Seems like fitness minded breeds travel minded people! There is a fitness class or time slot for anyone whatever your level of fitness or whatever your fitness aim, so contact us and move out of the pre contemplation stage into the action stage.

Beach Volleyball

At 12w we have a beach volleyball kit. If you would like to join us for a social game of beach volleyball at 12w after work send us an email. We will set up the beach volleyball net at 12w for a social game on Friday nights after 5pm weather and tide permitting. If you are on our email list we can email you and let you know when we will be setting up. It's free to play, so come and get some exercise and have some fun.

Thought for the day " When we play tennis doubles, someone always keeps the score and the other three players just play. Those three players always ask the other player "what's the score?" and the other player always knows. Are you a player or a scorer?"

When you do personal training or group exercise, you never have to keep the score because someone else always does it for you. It's actually liberating entering into that unknown domain...sometimes scary, but hey..........why not live on the edge for once ...........or twice.......until exercise becomes your daily routine"......................a 12wism!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exercising on the beach

Last Thursday at 12w, a pod of dolphins cavorted in the waves just 50 metres offshore as we exercised. The beauty of exercise at the beach is the lack of structure. Every day presents a different tide, a hard area of sand, a soft section of sand or clumps of seaweed to hurdle or sidestep. Exercise on the beach is akin to an amateur steeplechase ............minds and arms and legs and torsos testing their agility and decision making and the beauty of it rate yourself on your own performance and nobody knows how hard or how little you tried except maybe, that pod of dolphins watching from offshore.

It's not the loneliness of the long distance's simply the best way to meet the new day.

Spring mornings on the beach

Pete, John and Liz perfect
their version of the morning three step.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Heading back to 12W after a good workout

Pushups on the beach

Double power squats by Pete and Liz

Liz follows up the right cross with a powerful left

Liz opens with a right cross

Fido joins Liz for a session

Pete does a ladder combo

The Pete Combo

Pete warms up for a boxing session

The day beckons at 12W before Thursday exercise class

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Why don't we exercise when we know it is good for us?

Some tips

If you intend to exercise tomorrow, leave your exercise clothes and runners out the night before.

Make yourself accountable by telling someone you intend to exercise tomorrow.

Make a commitment to meet at a specific time so you know people will be waiting for you.

Remove the phrase "I used to" from your vocabulary. There's no such thing as "shoulda, coulda and woulda" If you shoulda and coulda you woulda.

Set an achievable target and mentally tick off your success when you achieve it. If you don't achieve it, mentally congratulate yourself for trying and resolve to achieve it next time.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Let's get started

A brisk walk from 12W to 9W steps and then 3 sets of the 9W stairs. The view from the top is awesome.


Look upon stairs as a passport to fitness, not a thing to be avoided. Notice how the new DFO at the bottom of Bourke Street in Melbourne has traffic lights on Spencer St that take you directly across to escalators whilst just to the left are the stairs. Why aren't the stairs directly across and the escalators just to the left?

Take the stairs and feel the enjoyment of the climb!