Saturday, December 22, 2012

Avoiding Injury in the Gym

What is it with my choice of TV shows?

The Playboy Club - cancelled. After just 3 episodes!
GCB - cancelled. At least this show made it a whole 10 episodes.


Christmas Break has officially begun in the Moore house! After the gym, we lazed around in fuzzy Christmas socks and our flannel pajamas, and this evening, sipped on some cinnamon whiskey while searching for another show to watch on Hulu ... 

Instead, we found a movie. That changed my life.


If you have any qualms about pit bulls, you need to watch this. If you're a dog lover, and still shy away from pits, you need to watch this. Whatever you think you know about pitbulls, is wrong. They don't have a locking jaw. They don't have the strongest bite among dogs. In fact, of all dog bites reported in the last 5 years, only 20% of them came from Pit bull associated breeds. Do you know who had the most? Retrievers and labs! This movie had me laughing and crying, and honestly, so proud of "my" precious Lola.


I may just walk her when her owners are at work, but she is the sweetest, gentlest, silliest dog I know, and wouldn't hurt a fly. 


I told my husband after watching this, I know what breed our next dog will be. ;)


It's been freezing here in the ATL! Thank goodness I had a hot and sweaty workout planned this morning (and some serious mobility afterwards).


I'm loving kettlebells these days. My PT told me that all of my pain and injuries are coming from muscle imbalances = overcompensating muscles = overuse injuries. It's true. I can strict press 50 pounds on my right arm, and can't get close to that on my left. Which is why I have some terrible tendonitis developing in my right elbow. Which NOW means, I'm favoring my left arm more, because the pain is so brutal on my right. It's just compounding. 

So, I've decided to add a LOT more unilateral movements into my training. From single arm swings, presses, to pull ups. Yes, single arm pullups. I've pretty much put the barbell down until I can get a little more balance in my musculature.

Loving my new kicks!

 5 rounds:

15 push ups
20 steps walking lunge with kettlebell overhead
20 kettle bell push press (10 each arm)
20 single leg dead lifts (10 each leg)
15 goblet squats
50 double unders
2-3 minute rest between rounds

Total time: 43:06
I can't really say that I was going for time. What I was going for was completing every movement unbroken and working on perfect form.

And seriously looking forward to some brunch when I got home.


A big old bowl of creamy custard oats topped with berries, pepitas and a dollop of crunchy peanut butter. Yum! 

Do you practice unilateral movements?

Are you a pit bull lover?

If you could only put one topping on your oatmeal, 
what would it be?

30 comments:

  1. I have that movie in my netflixqueue and I have a pit who is my big baby. I can't wait to watch it.

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  2. I have a german shepherd/pitbull mix. He is the sweetest boy, but people are intimidated when they see him. It sucks, but at least I get all the cuddles to myself :)

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  3. Aww, I love pit bulls, but it's true-- people are so scared of them! My family has always owned boxers and people are even terrified of those, even though they are literally the sweetest lap dogs ever. I'll see people step off the path when we're walking our boxer, just to keep a safe distance. Equally amusing and sad at the same time.

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  4. I saw that movie last week on Netflix and cried my eyes out. Just like most of the general public, I used to be terrified of pitbulls. But, then I met my boyfriend (who had the sweetest pitbull Lily) and I totally became pro-pitbulls. Since then we've added another pitbull to our family. All my pitbulls want to do is cuddle up with us on the couch all day long. Yes, they are protective of their family but they love everyone they meet and are good with children.

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  5. We have a boxer and he is the biggest baby ever, but you better believe if someone comes up to the house that he doesn't know, he is definitely in his guard. I really want a pitbull, when we get a bigger house (we have no room!)

    I do quite a bit of unilateral moving with my workouts, but mostly because I'm still trying to master the barbell movements. I don't eat oatmeal much, but when i do, i usually mix chocolate peanut butter protein powder into it. Kills the blandness.

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  6. I do unilateral in shoulders and legs workouts. I love eating my eggs and oatmeal every morning and the one thing i would put is peanut butter or almond butter to make it creamy.

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  7. My sister & I volunteered yesterday with a local rescue organization, & we were walking lots of pits and pit mixes that were rescued from the streets of Detroit. I have to say that I was apprehensive at first, because I haven't interacted much with pits. But they were great-- really fun for me because they wanted to run, & run, & run! They would make great dogs for runners. I could see myself hitting a new PR if I had a furry running buddy to keep me company on long runs :)

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    1. That is so great you got out there to volunteer!

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  8. love pit bulls!! i hate how everyone assumes that they are just mean aggressive dogs on their own, its the owners not the dog. hmmmm any topping....i would choose fresh blueberries because i've never put them on it

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  9. I nominated you for the versatile blogger award! http://moonfitness.net/2012/12/23/blog-nomination/

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  10. guilty, I watched both those shows + Pan Am (which also got cancelled around same time frame) I LOVE kettlebells! My favorite move right now is windmill squats to build the core!

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    1. I have a feeling I'd love Pan Am, too!

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  11. I haven't seen that documentary, but I will have to check it out. Pit bulls have always been one of my favorite dog breeds, but I understand why people are so intimidated by them. I do unilateral strength training, but probably not as much as I should. I'm left-handed and left-eye dominate, but I'm pretty sure I'm strongest on my right side for most movements. It just seems like it would be the other way around.

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  12. Good post on all the positive aspects of pitties. It's the people not the breed!

    On another note, can you post your custard oat recipe?

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  13. I love dogs, but I've never been around pit bulls. I haven't done any unilateral training- it just never occurred to me.

    I am loving your shoes, though? What kind are they? I'm in the market for a new pair of shoes for myself that I can use for Crossfit and running.

    If I could only choose one oatmeal topping, it would have to be berries. I love those things, especially blackberries. We have them at our local Sam's club for about $2.20 for a decent sized container. I've gone through two in the past three days. Oops!

    what recipe do you use for your custard oats?

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  14. We have a pittie baby and he is the sweetest, silliest boy ever. when we got him he was 3lbs and SUPER anemic, and ate up with worms. Now he's a big healthy boy and SO SO sweet. he just wants to lay around and chew on bones. My mother & brother in law both have pits and they are equally as silly and lovable. It makes me so sad when people scoff and tell me how horrible the breed is..

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  15. Pitbulls are wonderful. Unfortunately, they are banned here in Ontario, we've been fighting for years to overturn it :(

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  16. We have two labradors who have been through deployments with me while my husband was gone and while he's been on dets, in four years of marriage the longest he has been home is 7 months. Needless to say our two girls are super protective of me and even bark and snap at my husband when he hugs me, so it doesn't surprise me that they made your list.

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    1. Just goes to show! Thank your husband for his service and great wives like you that stay by his side. :) Our dog is also pretty protective of me, and has curled his lips at my husband before when he smacks my butt or has him move away from me ... We are working on it!

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  17. I follow both your blog and your instagram and it absolutely makes my day that you are a pittie lover!! I am a HUGE animal lover with a special passion for Pitties! I have not watched Beyond the Myth yet.. but plan to do so VERY soon! You should read The Lost Dogs by Jim Gorant. It is absolutely wonderful! You will cry and it can be sad and horrific but in the end I promise that you will be so glad you read it! This book tells the terrifying story of the Michael Vick dogs but also of the rescuers who worked so hard day and night 24/7 to find a happy ending for these wonderful animals. I have goosebumps just typing about it! I would definitely recommend to anyone!! Follow me on instagram @LovesBeee or Jessica Gibbs for more pittie and rescue photos!

    On another note, you are a wonderful inspiration and the motivation behind my physical fitness!

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    1. I've got the book on hold for me at our local library, and thanks for the inspiring and kind words!

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    2. You are very welcome! Right back atcha!

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  18. Our neighbor's daughter adopted a lab-mix puppy from the pound at 6 weeks of age. Turns out the dog was a pit-bull mix. It's been raised in a loving home for the past 4 yrs. Over the past several months, it has shown signs of aggression and has bit the daughter and mother - both requiring trips to the ER. Both bites were unprovoked. They were reluctant to put the dog down, because "she was such a sweet dog." On Christmas Eve, the pit attacked their Miniature Yorkie. The Yorkie did not survive. They put the pit down that night. Lost 2 dogs in an hours' time. Devastating. Sorry, I don't want that in my house or on my street.

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    1. I've heard two similar stories ... One was a chihuahua that grew more aggressive as he aged. The other was a German Sheperd. Both bit someone, the Sheperd was put down, the Chiuaua is going through obedience training ...

      It's a tough call with any dog I think. At the end of the day, they are still an animal.

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  19. Did you post a recipe of your custard oats on the blog before? I am slowly switching from vegan to vegetarian and am starting to try out some new recipes that include eggs :). P.S. what size kettlebell do you use? I want to buy one but I'm not really sure what size to get. I was thinking 15 lbs?

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    1. I have a 1 pood bell at home, 35 pounds. I find anything less than that is easily outgrown.

      I did post once how to make the custard oats, but need to link it to my recipes page still, stay tuned!

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