The best Nike commercial I've ever seen (Title IX)

I'm not sure whether I was watching a soccer game (either Euro 2012 or MLS) or Olympic trials on tv today, but I saw this seriously awesome Nike commercial. It gave me goosebumps.

It came out at a perfect time, celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX- "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance..." As a female athlete and tomboy, I know what it's like to deal with boys who won't pass you the ball. I'm used to being picked last for sports when I'm playing with guys. And I savor the looks of amazement on their faces when I kick their asses. So, girl power! I'm so thankful for the women and girls who led the way and are good role models for female athletes today.

I had a pretty lazy day, but I decided to try one of the many workouts I rip out from magazines but never get around to trying. This one is the Beach Body Circuit workout found in the June 2012 issue of Fitness magazine, and you can find the slideshow of it on their website here. Just looking at the pictures, I had no idea how challenging it would actually be (except for the Plank, Row, Flye. I knew that one would be suck suck suck). Some of the moves were fairly simple and I wish I had heavier weights to use with them. I liked the short cardio bursts between sets and I definitely worked up a sweat. I was even able to do this in the living room while Josh was watching a soccer game without disturbing him too much. When I plugged it into www.weighttraining.com, it said I burned something like 600 calories. Pretty sure that's still too high of a number, but I feel good, and tired. Doing 2 complete circuits took about half an hour.

This workout also led me to this week's Workout Move of the Week: The Wraparound
You start lying face up with your legs extended and arms extended behind your head holding a weight (I used 8 lbs). You raise up your right leg to 90 degrees and raise your head and shoulders at the same time, passing the weight around your leg. Then you return to the starting position and do it again but with your left leg. 20 alternating reps.
I loved this move because there were lots of things going on at once, and I could feel my abs and obliques working hard.

I'm getting up early tomorrow to go watch Josh's 5 and 7 year old niece and nephew, so I'll be starting my day running around A LOT. Wish me luck!

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