Saturday, January 28, 2012

TURKEY, VEGETABLE, & CARAMELIZED ONION PASTA


Do you ever have a day that you just dread boring things like grocery shopping, even if it has to be done?  That was how I felt today.  It's the end of January, but today was a beautiful, warm day in L.A.  A lazy summer feeling came over me after my workout, so I opted out of grocery shopping.  For dinner, I made my husband spaghetti with ground turkey.  I'm not eating tomatoes or wheat these days, so I looked at what was in the fridge & pantry.  I was inspired by a great side dish I've made in the past: caramelized onion & roasted red pepper linguine (Bon Appetit March 2002).  I turned that delicious side dish into a main dish with more color.  It was very tasty!  Here is my experiment:

Friday, January 27, 2012

THE BEST SALMON RECIPE EVER




On a cold November day, I was tailgating at a Buffalo Bills game.  Just when I was beginning to doubt my choice to attend that game on such a cold day, an amazing aroma overwhelmed me.  The source of that wonderful smell was a large foil packet on a tray, & someone was bringing it my way.  I never really liked salmon before, but this recipe converted me.  Not to sound cliche, but that salmon melted in my mouth.  It was hot, salty, sweet, & spicy all at once.  When I asked how to make it, I couldn't believe how easy it was!  Ten years later, I am still making this recipe.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

GARLIC & ROSEMARY GRILLED FLANK STEAK WITH ROASTED VEGETABLES & BROCCOLI RABE

I had a hormone-free, grain-fed piece of flank steak in my fridge, & this is what became if it.  Before I continue, I realize some people will make a case that beef is not healthy.  As someone who did not eat beef for many years, I understand where you are coming from.  However, I like red meat, especially when it is a very lean cut.  Interestingly, my cholesterol, LDL/HLD ratio, & triglyceride levels all improved when I reintroduced lean red meat to my diet (from good to great...they have never been bad).   

ROASTED VEGETABLES

Roasted vegetables are versatile, delicious, healthy, easy to make, & great for left overs.  Why wouldn't someone make these?  Tonight these vegetables accompanied flank steak (the steak recipe is a separate post which can be found here.)

Saturday, January 21, 2012

TURKEY CUTLETS IN BALSAMIC-BROWN SUGAR SAUCE, B+ MODIFIED


Since late November, I have been eating by the guidelines of "Eat Right For Your Type."  My blood type is B+, which is why my posted recipes are sometimes labeled "B+ modified/friendly."  If I find a recipe I like that has ingredients I should avoid, I usually tweak it to suit my needs.  This recipe was very easy to change, & easy to make.  The original recipe is linked below.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

KEEP THE INTERNET FREE & OPEN

If you live in the United States, Jan 18th you may have noticed that many websites were either "blacked out" or had protest notices to call attention to some controversial bills.  If you like the internet free & open, please take time to educate yourself & tell your representatives how you feel.  You can either call or email them to voice your opinion.  This link will take you to the US House of Representatives' website.  You can easily look up your representative, then contact via email or phone to voice your opinion.  It only takes a few minutes.  The Jan 18th blackout was very effective, but the writers of SOPA/PIPA will continue to to try to get their bills passed.  It is important to tell your representative what you think!


Here's a NY Times article that shows how protesting & contacting your representative CAN make a difference, & quickly.


Here are some links you can use to educate yourself:
SOPA (Wikipedia)
PIPA (Wikipedia)
Wikipedia's blackout
Why these bills are the wrong way to try to stop piracy (Google)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

HAVING A COLD REALLY SUCKS. BUTTERNUT SQUASH DOES NOT.


What I'm about to discuss is not high on the importance scale, but I wonder how many other people have this happen to them. 

Last week I acknowledged that I had not been sick in over a year.  A few days later, I caught a cold.  I don't believe that I jinxed myself, but started thinking about how nice a cold-free year-plus was.  I firmly believe that exercise & diet are what have kept me physically & mentally healthy during a very stressful year.  I wasn't eating as healthy as usual the week before I got sick...I like to think that's why I fell victim to a virus.  Does anyone else notice that when they are stressed & not taking care of themself they get sick?  There are plenty of studies linking physical activity & a healthy diet to immune function, but I like to hear personal stories.  

Here's what I made to make myself feel better:  




CURRIED ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP
INGREDIENTS
(I used left over roasted balsamic butternut squash & onion from this recipe & a left over baked sweet potato.)

1/2
butternut squash, peeled & cubed
1/2
onion, diced
1-2
Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp
Balsamic vinegar
1
sweet potato, diced (optional)
2 tsp
dried thyme or 1 Tbsp fresh
~2.5 cups
water or broth (adjust based on your preferred soup thickness)
1 Tbsp
curry powder
Pinch
salt
To taste
cayenne pepper
To taste
nutmeg 
1/4 cup
Milk (optional)

PREPARATION (skip to 4 if you have cooked squash)
1.       Preheat the oven to 375 degrees (F)
2.      Toss the butternut squash, sweet potato, & onion with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme, & a pinch of salt.
3.     Roast on a baking sheet in the oven for 20-30 min, turning every 5-10 minutes.
4.     Puree the cooked vegetables with water/broth, adjusting the quantity based on your preferred thickness.  Be careful if you are pureeing the vegetables while they are hot.  Work in batches if you have a small food processor.  


5.     Transfer to a saucepan to warm the soup.  Season with cayenne pepper, curry powder, nutmeg, & salt to taste.  If the texture isn't a smooth as you would like, blend some more (I use an immersion blender).  Add a little milk if you wish (I didn't measure, but I think I added about 1/4cup); it isn't necessary, but I like it. 


This soup will freeze well.  I eat it plain, but it's good with the usual soup partners: salad, bread, sandwiches....enjoy!  




YOU MAY ALSO LIKE
Cream-less Cream of Broccoli Soup
Potato Leek Soup
Roasted Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash

Following Eat Right For Your Type?  Click here to jump to Dr. D'Adamo's Typebase Index to see how the ingredients in this recipe work for you.
Do you want to learn more about the Blood Type Diet?  See the links I have posted in the left column of this site under the heading "Learn More About the Blood Type Diet."

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Sunday, January 8, 2012

SNEAK MORE VEGETABLES INTO YOUR MEALS

Here are some of my favorite vegetable “recipes,” & ideas to get more vegetables into your meals.

**I rarely measure anything, so I apologize for the imprecise descriptions**

  • Add a handful of fresh spinach to smoothies
  • Eat leftovers on top of salad (usually you won’t need salad dressing beacuse the leftovers have plenty of flavor)
  • Puree fresh spinach & add it to spaghetti sauce if you are eating spaghetti (it will discolor your sauce…).  
  • Throw spinach, kale, or Swiss chard into soups.
  • Grate zucchini or squash & add it to burritos, eggs, spaghetti sauce, turkey burgers, almost anything.  When it’s grated you won’t really taste it, but will still have the benefit of eating it.  I usually grate 1 large zucchini for a 1.25 lb package of ground turkey.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

TURKEY CHILI

Tomorrow I am hosting a baby shower.  Thinking that it would be a cool January day, I decided to make turkey chili.  It is supposed to be in the mid 70's tomorrow, but I already bought my ingredients & don't want to change my menu.  I found a great recipe on Epicurious that I modified for the criteria of my blood type guidelines (Eat Right For Your Type).  This batch came out a little spicy, but that's what I was going for.  Use fewer chilies if you don't like a spicy chili.  The mashed beans & grated sweet potato added texture & thickness to what would have otherwise been a thin chili.  The original recipe was for all white beans.  I used a mix of white & red to add color.   I used red & green bell peppers for the same reason.  Below is the result of my experiment.  The next time I make this, I may add some pureed carrots.



INGREDIENTS (to serve 12-16 people; will fill a large stockpot)

Monday, January 2, 2012

FUN, INEXPENSIVE, & ACTIVE THINGS TO DO IN LA

LA/ SANTA MONICA

This trail is challenging, fun, very sunny, & has great views of Santa Monica, South Bay, Catalina Island, & beautiful homes.  There is a small “waterfall” sometimes.  Unfortunately, dogs aren’t allowed.  Bring money for parking if you plan to park in the park lot.  There is parking along Sunset Blvd or Temescal Canyon, but you have to hunt for it. 

This trail is long, challenging, & once you reach higher spots along it, you can see 360 views of LA, Santa Monica/South Bay, San Fernando Valley, etc.  Dogs are allowed, & you can mountain bike this trail.

POTATO LEEK SOUP (B+ FRIENDLY)

Blood Type Diet-Modified (B+) Potato Leek Soup (Modified from an Epicurious recipe)

SKINNY MONKEY BANANA "ICE CREAM" (B+ Friendly)



Over the summer I saw a post on Bodyrock.tv for ice-cream-less banana ice cream.  I meant to make it back then, but never did.  You can use the banana as a base for whatever variety you think of.  I love Ben & Jerry's "Chunky Monkey," so tonight I tried to make my own version.


I made enough for 2.  I don't recommend making this unless you will eat it right away.  The consistency is like soft serve ice cream, & I don't know how well it does with re-freezing.

BODYROCK.TV/The Daily HIIT BEGINNER'S GUIDE

Now that New Year’s Day has passed, my guess is there will be many more new Bodyrockers.  Many beginners have the same questions.   I began to save my answers to common questions a while ago; here is my collection. 

There is a summary of links in this post at the end of the page.

(I am not affiliated with Bodyrock.tv or The Daily HIIT in anyway other than that I do the workouts, & I am not a trainer.  I am not liable or responsible if you injure yourself while doing a workout anywhere.  Consult your doctor before starting a new exercise regimen.  This post is all my opinion & is not endorsed by anyone at Bodyrock.tv or The Daily HIIT.)

WHAT IS BODYROCK.TV / The Daily HIIT, & WHO ARE BODYROCKERS?
You may have stumbled across this page while checking out a recipe.  Bodyrock.tv & the Daily HIIT are amazing websites that provide free, short, intense workouts that can be done at home with little or no equipment.  The people who do these workouts call themselves Bodyrockers.  A friend told me about Bodyrock in February of 2011, & I have been hooked since.

WHERE DO I START?
The Daily HIIT posts new workouts almost daily, & is completely self contained.  The videos show proper technique, give you a breakdown of the routine, & even have a timer built in in case you need it.  The new site makes jumping into these workouts easy.  Here is the "Getting Started" page from The Daily HIIT.

If that's intimidating to you or you want a more structured guide, there are beginner guides on Bodyrock.tv.  In Jan 2012 they posted a visual quick start guide, which you can find here.  Another post, “How to Start Working Out with Us At Home” is helpful.  There are few posts about the equipment used, as well as homemade alternatives.  Not all alternatives are listed in that post, especially because many alternatives have been posted within workout comment threads by Bodyrockers.  I have a few of them linked later in this guide. 

The best way to start is to just do a workout.   No matter how intimidating a workout looks, it can always be made easier through modification.   If a new workout isn't posted, just pick one from the hundreds archived on the site (Some of the older workouts no longer have a main image associated with the post.  Those older workouts are still available.)

If you like structure, a 30-day challenge began in Jan 2012.  Here is a link to the first workout (Fit Test), & here is a link to the whole challenge.  If you are overwhelmed by these workouts, just pick another one from the archives!  The Daily HIIT frequently posts new challenges as well.

HOW DO THESE WORKOUTS WORK?
It may seem unbelievable that these short workouts can be effective.  The topic was constantly discussed in the comments on Bodyrock.tv when it was the main site.  Much of that conversation occurs on Facebook now.  Take time to read through Bodyrockers' posts (Bodyrockers section).  Many people have similar stories regarding increased fitness following these workouts rather than hour long cardio sessions/weightlifting sessions.  Personally, I am fitter than I was before Bodyrocking, & I was a disciplined gym-rat before. 


When I started, I used to spend about 1-1 1/2 hours at the gym (not including warm up/cool down), so I was skeptical about the short workouts being effective. I don't know about everyone else, but this is what I do:
5-8 min
12-40 min
Workout (whichever I choose for the day. I usually do just one....sometimes I'll combine them but not often)
3-5 min
Bonus. I usually add a "bonus" of about 3-5 min of extra things.  Lately, they've been doing this as part of the workout.
0-20 min
Cardio - either the interval skipping I mentioned before, running, or walking if I'm super wiped out from the workout. I don't always do extra cardio.
10-20 min
30-93min
Total

I still spend about an hour working out, but it is more efficient & effective than my old routine.  The workout is always different, so I don't get bored.  I often workout on my hour-long lunch break; these workouts are perfect.  I don't use my gym membership anymore, but these workouts can be done in a gym.  I have most of the equipment used, but I accumulated it slowly.  The equipment is not necessary, & there are always modifications you can do either at home, work, or the gym (more detail below).

Here is something a Bodyrocker wrote, which was posted on the site in March 2010:

I wanted to share something with you that I thought you might like to hear. I bought myself one of those BodyBugg things (you wear it on your arm and it counts calories) anyhow….I did an experiment. One week I did my regular workouts at the gym, such as their bootcamp class, aerobics, weight training and when I plugged my bodybugg into my computer I averaged 6.4 calories burned per minute in those classes (and the Bootcamp is an interval class). The next week I did your awesome Tabata style workouts and guess what???? I averaged 11.4 calories per minute with your workout, dripped with sweat, and held a longer afterburn too! So….that proved to me in a more concrete way that your workouts are more effective at burning calories…which explains to me why working out with you has been more effective than what I was doing with my trainer, which I already knew but it’s nice to have actual evidence as to why. 

HOW ARE THE WORKOUTS DONE?
The workouts are constructed in 2 different ways, usually:  Intervals, or Time Challenge.  Sometimes, Sean does Pyramid/Ladder workouts.

1.  INTERVALS
You work for a fixed period of time, with very short breaks.  The breaks are just long enough to write how many reps you did for that round, & to move to the next exercise.  Your goal is to move as quickly as you can with good form.  Always keep good form rather than race through.  Also, as you get tired and form suffers, switch to an easier variation & keep moving rather than just stop.

"10/30" means 10 seconds rest (when you write down your reps), 30 seconds work (pushing to your maximum).  If there are 4 exercises & you're going to repeat them all 3 times (12 rounds total), rounds 1-4 (round 1*) you will complete 1 set of each exercise, one following the next, then rounds 5-8(round 2*) would repeat that, & rounds 9-12 (round 3*) repeat again.    Many workouts follow this format.  There is usually a workout breakdown posted with the video so that you know how to set your timer.  See 1/10/2011 Cherry Cherry Boom Boom Workout for an example of this type of format in action (this should help you set up how to write down reps, too):
24 rounds, 24 min total      
1. set timer for 10 sec/50 sec 24 rounds
2. hit start
 [beep after 10 sec]
3. mountain climber sprints
[beep after 50 sec] stop & write reps [beep after 10 sec]
4. single leg raises
[beep after 50 sec] stop & write reps [beep after 10 sec]
5. mountain climber sprints
[beep after 50 sec] stop & write reps [beep after 10 sec]
6. sandbag squat + kick up
[beep after 50 sec] stop & write reps [beep after 10 sec]
7. mountain climber sprints
[beep after 50 sec] stop & write reps [beep after 10 sec]
8. tricep knee raises
[beep after 50 sec] stop & write reps [beep after 10 sec]
Repeat steps 3-8 for the other 3 rounds.

I usually note any substitutions/modifications I made as well as how much weight I used, if applicable.  This is so that I can try to beat my scores if I repeat a workout.  I also write the date I completed a workout, the date the workout was posted, & its title so that I can find it easily later.

Occasionally the format changes so that you finish all sets of 1 exercise before moving on to the next one (Psychopath workout or Pumped Up Kicks are each a good example of that).   For workouts like these, rather than completing a set of each move sequentially in a round, you will be finishing all sets of one exercise in multiple rounds before moving to the next exercise. 

Here's what my workout log looked like for the Pumped Up Kicks Workout:

PUMPED UP KICKS WORKOUT 10/30 sec, 24 rounds, 16 min 
Exercise
Round
frop hop + 2 push ups
1
2
high knee skipping
3
4
SB clean press + squat press
5
6
high knee skipping
7
8
SB around the world squat, alt direction
9
10
high knee skipping
11
12
UGI jump lunge swing
13
14
high knee skipping
15
16
elevated push-up 
17
18
high knee skipping
19
20
mid-side (alt side) hanging knee raise on DS 
21
22
skipping
23
24
Bonus 10/50 sec, 3 rounds, 3 min
side plank bicycle RT  
_________
hanging knee raise on DS 
_________
side plank bicycle LT 
_________
2. TIME CHALLENGE
Another other way that the workouts are constructed is as a "time challenge."  These workouts have a fixed number of reps, & your goal is to complete them as quickly as possible, with good form.  Form is always more important than speed.  For these, I write out each exercise, the # reps, & a description or sketch if needed.

3.  PYRAMID/LADDER
These workouts are very challenging.  You will start with a certain number & complete than number of reps for each exercise.  For the next round, you will do one less round of each rep, & continue in that fashion until you get to one rep.
Example: 
Exercise
Round 1
Round  2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
Round 7
Round 8
Round 9
Round 10
Squats
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Pushups
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Lunges
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Hanging Knee Raises
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Side Jump Lunges
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1
Pike Press Jump Tuck
10
9
8
7
6
5
4
3
2
1

IT IS IMPORTANT TO WARM UP & COOL DOWN!
Bodyrock has tabs in the "workout" section for warm-up & cool-down.   There are a few of each to choose from if you don't have a routine you like already.  I'm sure you know this, but it's important to do both.   When I started, I had a little chart I put in my workout log so that I could remember what stretches to do.

WARMUP ROUTINE: 27 rounds 15sec à  6:45
1. Shoulder Rolls
10. Jump in Place
19. Scissors
2. Arm scissors (hug)
11. Fwd-Backward Jump
20. Lunge hip stretch (L)
3. Arm Chops (like swimming)
12. Side to Side Jump
21. Floor hamstring stretch (L)
4. Wrist circles
13. Twist Jump
22. Lunge hip stretch (R)
5. Ankle rolls RT
14. Jacks
23. Floor hamstring stretch (R)
6. Knee Circle RT (rt knee bent, trace wide circles with toe)
15. ½ jump squat
24. Upper body twist
7. Captain Hip open/close
16. Side to side leg lift
25. Fwd Bend Twist
8. March in Place
17. Reach across side lunge
26. Side to Side reach
9. Jog in Place
18. High kick to opp hand
27. Yoga fwd bend stretch

STRETCHING ROUTINE:  10-15 sec hold, work to 20-30 sec. 10-15 min
1. Walk in place to cool down
10. Sit, 1 leg straight, other bent, forehead to knee, flat back
2. Chin up/down on inhale/exhale
11. Frog: kneel, knees wide, feet side flat, go to forearms, butt stays btw knees
3. Fwd Bend Twist on in/exhale
12.  Sit, legs wide, walk out & back slowly, knees stay pointed up
4. Arm across chest shoulder stretch
13. Cobra
5. Arm behind head triceps stretch
14. Down dog, after few breaths, bend knees
6. Arm behind back shoulder stretch
15. Cat stretch on all  fours
7. Kneel, hand on mat,  fingers to knees bicep stretch
16. Sit, legs extended, touch toes
8. Kneel, clasp hands behind back,  lift hand up
17. Lying Back stretch
9. Lunge hip stretch, chest up à hamstring
18. Pretzel  stretch

IS THIS REALLY ALL YOU DO?
The workouts are very challenging, & you control how intense your workout is.  If you are wiped out, then celebrate a great workout!  If you feel up to doing more, add something you enjoy.  Some people do more than one workout, some run, & many of us follow the workouts with jumping/skipping rope.  If you are new to it, try interval skipping in 10/20sec intervals (rest in the 10 sec, work in the 20 sec) & jump however you want to.  Work up to 20 min of interval skipping.  If you don’t like skipping rope, do whatever you enjoy! 

HOW WILL I TRACK MY PROGRESS?
  • Record your reps for each workout you do.  If you repeat a workout, you will be able to compare to previous scores.  The more detailed your entry, the better.  I note how much weight I use (if any), any modifications I do, & if I switch from full to modified moves (ex, 20 squat jumps/10 squats or 10 full push ups/10 knee push ups)
  • Do the Fit Test posted on Bodyrock.tv (or something else you like) when you begin & repeat it occasionally.
  • Measure your body fat with calipers.  Here's a post with instructions on how to do it yourself.  If you belong to a gym, someone there may be able to help you with this.  
WHAT IF I AM PREGNANT?

See this series of posts by a Bodyrocker (Kate Rita) who was pregnant while Bodyrocking, & is a certified prenatal/postnatal fitness specialist.   She has her own website, which is linked on the Bodyrock posts.  Below are her posts featured on Bodyrock:





Following Kate-Rita’s guidelines, I made my own pregnancy workouts when I was pregnant with my son.  If you would like to try them, visit my pregnancy blog.

DO I REALLY NEED ALL THE EQUIPMENT?
Not most of it.  For most moves involving equipment, you can make substitutions/modifications.  If you sub another exercise that works the same muscles, you’ll do fine.  If you DO want to buy equipment, you can find it here.

INTERVAL TIMER: YES!!
This is a must!  If you can’t afford to buy a Gymboss, there are free options!  Do you have a smart phone?  iTunes & Android markets each have great interval timer apps for free.

iTunes:
1. Round Timer by transcendent systems is my favorite.  This app is the most like the clip-on Gymboss we all love.   The logo is a red alarm-looking bell.
2. Gymboss (logo is a black & white stick figure in a circle, who looks like he's running).  The round timer app is super-easy to use, & Gymboss will let you build custom workouts.  Their app isn't as easy as their timer but it's nice.

Android: I like these equally:
1."HIIT Interval Training" by Giorgi Regni (the logo has a runner's silhouette).  Easy to use & you can save presets.
2. "A HIIT Interval Timer" by Pimpim Mobile (the logo looks like an analog clock). This one is also easy to use, but you can also make very specific workouts.  If you wanted, you could make each round say "jump rope, squats, knee raises, etc."  I love both.

You can run or jump in place without a jump rope, but it’s so much better with a jump rope!  The $5 they cost is money well spent.  It is part of many BR workouts.  Jump roping used to be something I hated, but now I love it.  Time passes quickly with intervals, & my endurance has improved.  Make sure to wear well-cushioned shoes.  If your ankles, feet, or shins feel sore quickly, do what you can & work up to longer sessions.  You should improve with consistent practice.

Find something cushioned to use if you can’t afford a mat.  On vacation this year, I used 2 beach towels. 
Bodyrockers have been very creative when it comes to this piece of equipment.  I used to sub bent over rows for reverse pushups until I saw the broomstick chair suggestion.  For hanging leg raises, I either did lying leg lifts on the ground or hung from a bar at the gym. 
At Home
At a Gym
a walker
homemade (see Fitness Tips on the site)
countertop corners for leg raises
under a table, hold onto the top for reverse pushups
roman chair
pull up bars
parallel bars
treadmill handles?

This piece of equipment is similar enough to the dip station that I don't plan to buy one.  If you do not have the equalizer, see the suggested dip station substitutions. 

A soft fitball makes a workout more challenging, but isn’t a must.  There are plenty of easy substitutions:
Regular medicine ball
Bosu ball
Dumbbells
Kettleball
Basketball
Omit & just use your own bodyweight
Dynamax makes a soft fitball which isn’t cheap, but it is more affordable than UGI.  I bought my 8# “Accelerator” for about $91 after tax & shipping to California

SANDBAG, T-bar, POWERBLOCKS, OR KETTLEBELLS: NO
At either home or the gym, these are thing people have used:
kitty litter
duffel bag dumbbells
a child
kettleball
barbell
Filling materials for homemade or bought:
Sand, rocks, rice, salt.  Salt is cheap & compact.  I paid $6 for 25# at smart & final.  I split it into 6 baggies for easy weight adjustment).
Here’s an example of a homemade sandbag made from items you can find in your home.

Here's a homemade pink sandbag that looks exactly like the one for sale.  It requires sewing.  The link will take you to a tutorial.

I don’t think it’s necessary, but I also don’t do pull ups (old injury).  These are easy to use at home & quite versatile.  Many of the hanging ab moves on the dip station could be done with a pull up bar.   See this old workout where Zuzana used a wall for pull ups & hanging knee raises.

HOW DO YOU DO A NINJA JUMP ?!
See this tutorial for a ninja jump + sandbag pickup.  (Note 3/12/2012: I didn't realize the former link was to a video that has been removed.  I found another tutorial...hopefully it doesn't get pulled from the site!)

CAN I SEARCH FOR WORKOUTS BY TYPE OR AREA?
Yes & no.  Bodyrock used to be searchable, but as of May 2013, that has been disabled.  The Daily HIIT does have a search feature, but it isn't a free-text one.  There is an awesome bodyrock workout search website. You can search by various criteria, like "rep-workout, intervals, skipping, no equipment," etc.  (Note: it does not include workouts from the time Lisa-Marie & Sean took over hosting BRTV)

Remember that any exercise with equipment can be made into a bodyweight only variation.

WHAT ABOUT DIET?
See the Food/Diet tab on the site.  Diet is important…no matter how much you workout, a bad diet can sabotage your hard work!

WHAT IF MY FAMILY/FRIENDS AREN'T SUPPORTIVE?
This topic had been discussed at length.

WHAT BRAND OF CLOTHES ARE WORN?
Lululemon seems to be the most often worn brand.

ARE THERE BODYROCK.TV T-SHIRTS?

I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TIME
This could be the most common reason people give for not working out.
Usually, there are little bits of time throughout the day that could be found to squeeze in activity.
After work, do a workout instead of going online or watching TV.
Workout while you watch TV.
Most of the workouts are 4 min segments repeated 3 times for a 12 min workout.  Do a 4 min workout if that’s all you have time for!  4 min may seem like nothing, but 4 min a day is better than nothing.

Personally, I solved this problem by exercising on my lunch break.  Here’s a copy of a post I wrote a while ago:

** Brief summary: Bodyrocking during my lunch break was the answer to not having enough time.**

Pre-Bodyrock, I used to do the standard workout routine of long cardio workouts & long strength training sessions.  I would spend a minimum of 60 minutes (usually 90 min) at the gym.  Between my commute (1 hour each way)  & my long work day (10 hr), it was difficult to get motivated to spend so much time working out, but I did it.  Then, I changed jobs.  I went from an active, on-my-feet-all-day job, to a sedentary one with the same schedule, same commute, & now I have to study.  I knew that if I didn't find a way to 1) make sure I exercise consistently each day & 2) suppress my appetite a bit, I would probably gain weight.


Years ago, when I was a broke student with no time, I walked or went up & down stairs on my lunch break.  I went back to that habit.  I decided to work out in a park by work during my 1 hour lunch break using an app on the iphone, Nike training Camp.  I was very skeptical that their 15min - 45 min routines (including warm up/cool down) would be "enough."  They were...but with about 6 routines to choose from, I started to get bored.  Around the same time, my friend Tara told me about Bodyrock.  I was hooked from the first workout.  Now I do them 6-7 times a week.  2-3 of those days are done at work on my lunch break.  Since starting, I have only done ONE workout like my old ones.  It was so boring that I stopped within 10 min & started a BR one instead!  

Some people ask me about working out at lunch & are turned off to it for many reasons.  
1) Preparation time 
2) Getting sweaty at work is icky
3) How can you have a good workout & eat in an hour?

Like most things, once you have a set routine, it's easy.

1) PREP TIME 

At night I pack my workout clothes in a bag.  In that bag are toiletries.  I keep this at work: shoes, 2 sets of dumbbells, a yoga mat (in a bag), & a jump rope.  Since I will not have time to go buy lunch, I must pack my lunch. I always have done this, so it's not any extra time.  I usually pack breakfast/snacks/lunch as I make dinner.  I pick my workouts ahead of time. 
 2) THE ICKY FACTOR
I carry toiletries, workout clothes, & a change of some clothes with me in my bag.  I clean up within 7 min after my workout.  No one has said to me, "You stink."  I have asked...  Also, I feel more alert & energized for the rest of the day!
3) TIME
I pick a few workouts at a time for work.  I choose ones that have minimal equipment, or that can be modified with what I keep at work.  5min warm up + 12 min workout + 6 min cool down = 23 min.  I have extra time to add in jump rope or a longer workout.  Say I add 20 min skipping --> 43 min total.  I can still clean up & eat fast.  The key is to prepare everything ahead of time.  I have coworkers who join me sometimes, & it's nice to have someone else to workout with.  

Since starting Bodyrock workouts, the longest period I've gone without working out is 4 days.  If I don't workout, I feel terrible.  Not because I feel guilty, but because I feel so much better if I move.   I say all the time that these workouts keep me happy, healthy, & sane.

 SUMMARY OF LINKS
WORKOUT INFORMATION
Amazing websites with short, high intensity workouts for free.
Link to Bodyrock.tv’s beginner guide (FAQ); Link to Visual Quick Start Guide 1/2012
Link to Bodyrock.tv’s tips, including “How To Start Working Out With Us At Home”
Link to warm ups on Bodyrock.tv
Link to cool down & stretching posts Bodyrock.tv
A great website that you can you to quickly search by various criteria (reps, intervals, time, etc)
TIMERS, EQUIPMENT, & SUBSTITUTIONS
A free interval timer for your computer
The timer used on Bodyrock.tv
This company sells the dip station, pull up bars, Indian clubs, & jump rope used on Bodyrock.tv.  They ship to the USACanada, Europe, Australia, & New Zealand.
Link to Bodyrock.tv’s dip station link. Here you can see posts about cheaper alternatives, ways others have saved money, & of course a link to the dip station.
Link to the Lebert Equalizer
You can buy one almost anywhere for very little.  This is the one sold by the dip station people.  
Can be found many places probably, but this is the one sold by Ultimate Body Press.
Link to Bodyrock.tv’s sandbag link. Here you can see posts about less expensive alternatives, ways others have saved money, & of course a link to the sandbag.
Link to UGI
Less expensive alternative, 14inch diameter.  Multiple weights & colors.

MISCELLANOUS
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Possibly the best workout clothes ever….but pricey.
T-shirts & more
BODYROCK.TV TEAM
Freddy & the rest of the team are very active on Facebook.
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