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Before you head out to your local sports store to purchase that expensive treadmill or recumbent bike, take a look at my fitness gift guide and see how you can use inexpensive equipment to get in the best shape of your life.

I’ve put together a list of things that I and my clients use. There are no machines whatsoever in our programs. It’s simple and it gets the job done fast! Plus, you won’t have huge equipment hogging up space in your house which means more room for bookshelves! Always a plus for homeschool moms.

Here is a list of my favorite equipment to create your at home gym.

Foam rollers are used both before and after workouts. Foam rollers help release muscle tension, knots and increase suppleness. When you use foam rollers on a regular basis you will improve recovery, lessen muscle soreness and decrease your chances for injuries. Less than $20 and it lasts forever.

Here’s a nice DVD to get you started.

Stability balls are great tools and can replace the adjustable bench in many exercises.

Aaaah the kettlebell! I couldn’t say enough about this beautiful little ball of iron. I like to train with multi-joint compound exercises and this little guy fits the bill perfectly. Training with a kettlebell takes care of strength, fat loss and cardiovascular exercise all in one! This should be a staple in everyone’s exercise program. Women who have not exercised for some time should start with an 8 kg, women with more fitness conditioning can begin with a 12 kg and men can start with a 16 kg.

Need help with nutrition? I always refer clients to Dr. Jon Berardi’s Precision Nutrition. No gimmicks, crazy supplements, or dieting just straight forward science. He teaches you to eat what to eat, when to eat and why you eat whole foods.

The last thing you need to round out your home gym are some dumbbells. I didn’t list them here because you can always find them on sale at your local sports store this time of year.

Now, with all this new equipment, you need a program to get started with. I recommend personalized workouts rather than cookie cutter programs. Also, you need to have a support group, a team of other women to cheer you on, bounce questions off of and a knowledgable coach to guide you and advise you along the way. Inspiration Fitness Club is a great way to start off 2009. You will receive expert advice, personalized workouts, a support group, nutrition coaching, daily feedback and a new body! It’s less expensive than joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer.

Well, that’s it! That’s really all you need to get in the best shape of your life. Surprised! Don’t listen to the sales people at Sears! They’ll have you purchasing treadmills, ellipticals and crazy exercise machines! Less is more!

Merry Christmas!



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Yesterday was a scary and busy day for my family.  My husband’s mom and sister were flying in from California so we took the day off from school to get all the last minute cleaning done.  I had to take my 11 year old to an orthodontist for a consultation while my 16 year old drove to the train station to pick up my husband.  What was supposed to be a simple task, turned into something rather scary!

When I got home from the consultation I received a phone call from my daughter that she was lost and in Illinois.  She had jumped on a wrong freeway and didn’t notice that she had until she drove past the “Welcome to Illinois” sign.  Dear daughter was really shook up so we had her stop at a store, go inside and wait until we found her.  It took us almost an hour to finally find her because the store clerks kept giving us horrible directions to the store.  Thank God for cell phones in emergencies.

This got me thinking this morning of how this relates to some women’s fitness journeys.  You begin with a predawn plan or diet and start out with great intentions then something in life causes a detour, maybe an illness, a catastrophic event, laziness – something, and you find yourself going down a different road entirely – maybe the wrong direction.  What causes this to happen?  Why do you do this to yourself?

I think you just don’t have a strong enough “why”.  There will be a lot of people starting New Year’s Resolutions that relate to health, weight loss and fitness.  Very few will actually complete that resolution because they just don’t have a strong desire to accomplish it.  They want to lose weight, get healthier and look better but their is no driving force behind it.  Nothing that will keep them going when the going gets tough, because it will get tough – life happens!

If you are gearing up to get in shape this New Year’s, figure out why you want to do it first.  Don’t just tell yourself you want to lose weight and look better.  Weak reasons! 

Ask yourself these questions:

What is the specific reason you want to lose weight? 
What is holding you back? 
What are you doing that isn’t helping? 
What will you do every day to get you to your goal weight?
What is your goal weight?
What date will you get there? (Don’t be ridiculous now!  Be realistic or you will fail.)
Who will help you?
What will you change in your life?
Why do you want to do all this?
What/Who will it effect?
What will you look like when you’re done?
What will your life be like when you’re done?

Really think about these things this year.  Write your answers down and put them where you can read them every day.  Build that burning desire.

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Well, if you’ve been following my story, I have been enduring a severly bruised tailbone.  I am not 100% better, but I have been able to do a lot more than usual. 

I took all of last week off from exercises because it was very painful.  I am taking today off as well since it is still very sore.  Saturday afternoon I stopped at Sam’s Club to get some water and I made my left glute hurt from using that muscle to lift the bottles into the back of the van.  Ugh!  I need more rest.

Hubby took me out to see the new movie Australia on Saturday.  It was an awesome movie, however, I don’t recommend seeing it if you have a bruised tailbone.  LOL  Two and a half hours of sitting was tough to endure.  I sure wasn’t thinking when I agreed to that!

Today my two younger girls completed a lapbook on Cinderella.  It was a great study on forgiveness and pumpkins.  It sure amazes me how people can read an ordinary childrens book and find deep messages in them.  I sure haven’t been blessed with that gift. 

Thanksgiving was a wonderful holiday for us.  We had planned to drive down to Terre Haute and stay in a hotel, but due to my “rear troubles” we stayed home and had our usual Thanksgiving dinner.  I did make some slight changes to our dinner so it was a little more healthy.  We didn’t have a big dessert offering.  My 11 year old made a light, sugar free pumpkin cake and we had plenty of whole wheat bread (Ugh!).  I love turkey and this year we had one of the biggest yet.  It didn’t fit very well in the huge container I use for brining.  The legs were sticking out!  It was an awesome turkey.  Surprisingly, we have almost eaten the entire bird already.  Wow!

Well, I hope to hear some updates on everyone’s fitness plans for 2009.  I am putting together a 12 week challenge to go along with the launch of my new book.  Let me know if you are interested!


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RKC and Proud of it!

Team Jones

Team Jones

 I just got back yesterday from my Russian Kettlebell Challenge and can now call myself an RKC Instructor. It was the hardest thing I have accomplished besides giving birth to four daughters!

I was pushed to the limits mentally and physically. There was a lot of sweat and tears. Thank the Lord there was no blood, in fact my hands look wonderful. Some of my teammates had some nasty looking tears and blisters. Yikes!
I am proud that I was able to accomplish this as it wasn’t easy. I learned so much and was overwhelmed with the amount of information that was condensed in those three days, but because you were actually doing all the drills yourself, you amazingly retain a lot of what you learn.
I have a great respect for all RKC’s and my teammates that cheered me on during the grad workout.  Thank you. 

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I am winding down after a very eventful day!  Here was my travel log:
Make sure everyone is fed so we can get out the door at 11am. 
Husband decides at 10:30 that the van needs to be vacuumed. 
Wait impatiently on the couch while the hands on the clock move to 11:03am.  Finally, sending the girls outside to yell at him to get a move on. 
11:15am wait biting tongue rather hard while husband finishes his lunch.
11:25 am we are finally on the road.
Get to the airport at 12:30 – made good time.  Check in and husband decides we all need snacks and we take the airport train to the international terminal.
It is now 1:00 pm and I am stressing as I watch my young daughters try to eat their giant soft serve cones the size of basketballs. 
1:10 pm – I give hubby “the look” and we proceed to take the airport train back to my terminal.
1:25 pm – I proceed through security and wait for my flight.
4:10 pm – I arrive in the Twin Cities and proceed to baggage claim.  I wait and wait and wait and wait for my luggage.  I am the only person left staring at the conveyor belt. 
4:45 pm – I decide to wander over to the conveyor belts in the international side of the baggage claim area.  There sits my bag – all alone – feeling much like I did – forlone and forgotten.
4:48 pm – check in to the airport shuttle and told will be 10 minutes before my shuttle arrives.  Go stand outside and wait.
5:00 pm – a woman comes outside and starts yelling for  Angela Ramos.  I answer and she tells me I’m on the wrong side of the building and my shuttle is waiting.Shocked
5:05 pm – I get on the shuttle on my way to the hotel.  Driver gets lost when we reach St. Paul, AngryI receive a phone call from my friends wondering where I am cause they are starving (so am I!).
5: 35 pm – finally reach hotel.  Clap
The rest of the evening went okay, but dang, all that craziness makes me wonder why people would want to travel every week for a living!  Or maybe these things just happen to me!  Ermm

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It has finally arrived!  I am hopping on a plane today and traveling to St. Paul, MN. 

I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown.  I am now ready to realize another goal for the year.  I trained hard for this weekend and I know it will pay off.

When I return I will be start some kettlebell boot camps as well as fitness camps for kids.  So many new things starting up that I am absolutely excited about!

It is so important to set goals for yourself.  Not just fitness goals, but also goals for your family, spiritual, school year, career, financial and educational.  I make sure to always review my goals every day at least once but I attempt to read it three times a day.  Make a list of your goals and don’t be afraid to dream BIG.  Then, take action!  When you have a goal you are working toward you have focus and a purpose.  You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

Well, off to do my last minute packing.

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Spoken For

Spoken For

This weekend was a doozy.  My band performed 3 times in two days.  Whew!  It was a blast.  Sherri and I are now officially the first females to ever perform at a Promise Keepers event.  I have to say it was a little unnerving to be in front of an all male audience, but most of them (with the exception of maybe 2 or 3 men) were members of our own church so it wasn’t too bad.

I have been slowly getting nervous with my RKC certification coming up this week.  I am flying out on Thursday, getting my butt kicked Friday through Sunday and then flying home Monday.  I was originally going to fly home right after the certification, but I think I will be wiped and might not make it to my flight on time. 

The next phase of my boot camps start tomorrow and I’m jazzed to be throwing a Freaky Fat Loss Halloween Extravaganza this month.  If it goes well, I will try one every year.  We will be working out with pumpkins the entire time with some bodyweight exercises thrown in.  I’m requiring everyone where a costume and bring 2 food items for the Winfield food pantry.  The Chamber of Commerce is providing some things for my goodie bags that I will be handing out to all particpants.  I’m excited!  It’s going to be a blast!

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