Since I recently touched on my sprint workout and sprinting biomechanics, I thought it’d be a good time to elaborate on exactly what it is I do when I hit the track and WHY.
Sprinting helps in burning body fat while maintaining and even building muscle. Being that it is a high impact exercise, sprinting also helps build bone density and strength. And of course, it builds endurance, so even if you’re a distance runner you can benefit from adding some sprint sessions to your training as it will help increase your speed and and allow you to go further during those long bouts of cardio.
So if you’re looking to challenge yourself and mix up your training, try this out to start. And be warned, this is a full body workout – you can expect to feel soreness in everything from your chest, upper back, abs, quads and hammies. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at a sprinter’s physique and tell me that they’re not using every single muscle of their body to work!
It’s Tuesday! That means it’s sprinting day. I have a love hate relationship with the track; it’s no secret that I hate cardio, but sprinting is A-okay (albeit physically draining) in my book since you can see results quickly with regular practice.
In anticipation of hitting the track I thought I’d share what a sprint day is comprised of. Before any knee driving takes place, I do a series of dynamic warm-ups. Warming up is a workout in and of itself and takes at least 20 solid minutes. This video does a good job of explaining what dynamic warm-ups are and includes demonstratons of a lot of the exercises I do:
It’s always a challenge when I straighten out my hair. My typical process takes 2 days for optimal results. Day 1: wash and air dry in a braid or bun; Day 2: flat iron. Whether or not my hair falls smoothly after I flat iron it is a crapshoot. So this week when I did my hair I decided to try out a new line of products that I received at an event featuring celebrity hair stylist Marco Pena - Keratin Smooth by Tresemme.
This Saturday I’ll be participating in my first mud run ever! It should be . . . interesting . . . and fun. I have never done an obstacle course, nor do I regularly run 3 miles (in mud or otherwise). But I’m really looking forward to getting dirty with my friend Carmen of Latino Fit Club, my training buddy Toneka of EmbraceU and my surfing partener Zums! The best part is that it’s for a good cause: to raise funds for lukemia and lymphoma patients.
I don’t know where it happened. Could’ve been at the gym, stretching during ballet or at the track, but I’ve managed to strain my left hamstring. I vote the track – sprinting is brutal! I consulted with a trainer after feeling sharp pains at the insertion point of my hammie (that would be the point where the muscles meet the glutes) every time I’d stretch, and feeling a dull pain pretty much at all other times. I’m not known for resting, taking it easy is not my ‘thing’ in any aspect of life, but I have to listen to my body . . . I suppose. So I took today off from training, but will be back at it with some modifications. A bit of light reading led to my discovering that stretching a strained hammie too soon is counterproductive; well don’t I feel sheepish, I’ve been stretching that bad boy out thinking that it was just tighter than normal!
I decided to do more research and this is what else I’ve learned regarding strained AKA pulled hamstrings:
You know what they say, there is a first time for everything folks. A few years ago I was in a music video for (Lil’) Romeo’s group ‘College Boyzz’. Yeah, Romeo, Master P’s son. It was a fun day, Romeo and his dad Master P were both really nice and cool to work with. But I had forgotten about it until my friend Crystal decided to revive the video by posting it to my Facebook page. It was my first music video (and so far only . . . and probably last), and I was one of the lead chicks, and I remember being so nervous and being so out of my element that any rythm that I had just went out the window. Ah memories! LOL.
Makeup aficionados rejoice! I had the pleasure of attending a special presentation by Covergirl this weekend to announce the launch of their newest product: 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Fabulous foundation; a matte color line with primer and concealer built in. We had the opportunity to test out the foundation along with a full range of Covergirl products in order to create our perfect look.
There was even a full tutorial on foundation application! That being said, here are some tips I picked up on regarding applying your makeup:
If using your hands: make sure they’re clean – be careful with oily/acne prone skin and streaks.
Sponges: They’re more sanitary. Will give you a more sheer coverage. It will soak up some of the product so you’ll have to keep them clean.
Foundation Brush: Makes it easier to blend out the foundation. Also easier to concentrate in areas where you need to conceal. Make sure you clean them after a few uses.
Stippling Brush: Gives you an airbrush look. Stippling your foundation helps give it a clean finish.
Celebrity makeup artist Luis Casco did the honors.
Photo Courtesy of Monique of www.curvesandchaos.com
I have an interesting skin tone (that’s my way of saying that my face doesn’t match the rest of my body) so he taught me how to properly blend two colors for the best possible match and coverage. I’m quite impressed with the foundation. I don’t usually wear matte as I opt for a more sheer look, but this makeup was light-weight and easy to blend and most importantly, looked very natural.
Thanks for developing another awesome product Covergirl! I’m adding the 3 in 1 Outlast Stay Fabulous to my list of things I love, along with your Lash Blast 24 Hour Mascara that I already wear on a daily basis!
We’re in the throws of awards show season! From the Emmy’s to the Grammy’s at the start of the year to the Imagen Awards and Oscar’s this weekend, this town has been in a frenzy. I too have been in a frenzy.
I’m still figuring out which is going to be my first bikini competition of the season and I’m almost at a decision: sometime in late April or early May. While I figure the specifics of that out, I am being mindful of my diet and training and have started cutting back on my carbs. This week is going to be my first ‘official’ week of competition dieting, so begins the challenge of prepping food ahead of time and staying on my plan. I decided to try out Diet-to-Go for a few days this past week because, quite frankly, I’ve been having 14 hour days between training, work and auditions and haven’t had the time or the mental capacity to think about food prep. Diet-to-Go is a meal delivery service that offers a variety of options such as low carb, vegetarian and low fat weekly meal deliveries – and it’s the most inexpensive fresh diet delivery system on the market, which makes choosing it a no-brainer! I opted for low carb (duh!) and I was pleased not only with the convenience of not having to figure out what to eat when, but also the quality of the food.
My parents came to visit this weekend! In usual ‘my parent’ fashion, I got a call saying “We’re coming down tomorrow”. I like LOVE my parents, so their random and rather unexpected visits are something I’ve come to look forward to and, well, expect. They usually come bearing gifts which only adds to their charm This time, my mom brought down a few things that I had been storing at her house for safe keeping, as well as some items that she knew my antique-loving self would love to have in my home. Decorating the apartment is still an on-going project, but I’m off to a solid start!
My most prized possession and decorative piece (my mom’s been storing it for me for years):
I actually used that typewriter in high school to type up papers!