Thursday, November 17, 2011

ab workouts for dummies?

Yep, even I care about abs. Hah. But like everyone else...I've figured out that it's just not that easy to look fab like those Hollywood folks seem to be able to get for whatever movie they must get ripped for.

If you've seen Brad Pitt in Fight Club or Robert Downing, Jr. in Iron Man 2 or ALL the guys in Spartacas: Blood and Sand, then you know what I'm talking about. I think it's amazing that these guys get ripped for the roles they take on. And they are probably hired for these roles in confidence that they'll prepare for the part and excel at it!

But haven't you wondered how they do it? Me too. I'm an active gal, love the outdoors, box and lift weights and such...but I can't say I have ripped abs. So what's the secret?

It's all laid out plain and simple over at

No doubt true physical improvement takes time. I'm well aware that there isn't a pill for such a fix. I don't think any of us, male or female wanna look like a bodybuilder with veins all popping out all over...just fit...lean bodies...flat stomach. Simple. Nothing hard about this concept. Workout for dummies. Yep, that's what I've been looking for. Cut the crap out and tell me what I need to know for results!

Visual Impact Muscle Building makes sense to me! I've done workouts that hurt. Yep. Not knowing the proper way to execute an exercise. Easy to strain your back or neck that way. But this teaches the RIGHT way to conduct at home exercise. ...the goal with this manual is to teach you exactly the variables that you need to tweak to get the exact look you desire.

YET ANOTHER reason why I like this little course! You don't have to go to the gym which makes it workout-for-dummies-like. All you have to have are some weights and a bench. Simple. I just don't like having to go somewhere to exercise. I should be able to get fit in the comfort of my own home or yard or garage.

So hop on over to Visual Impact Muscle Building and let me know what you think. That way we ALL will see results and feel great heading into 2012!!

Oh and there's also a course now just for woman too! Visual Impact for Women!
Check that one out too!

Chow for now.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

...are you ok?

It's November here in Northwest Ohio...and everyone is prepping for the impending Winter. Warm sunny days are numbered. So in the spirit of celebrating the outdoors I opted to hit the trail and off to Oak Openings I went.

I love trail maps and carry the Oak Openings trail map with me on a hike like the holy grail. Not because I can't find my way...just because I've always loved trail maps. (and because I like to have backup were I to head off trail on a whim and need some guidance to find my way back) .

So I pulled out said map in an effort to decide what route I'd take through the woods this day. I've been jonesin to hike the 16 miler (stay tuned for a play-by-play of that) but I have two favs at Oak Openings: the Evergreen Trail and the Ridge Trail. I opted to hike the Evergreen Trail and along the southeast edge of this trail I'd hook up with the Ridge Trail. Oh my! INDEED it made for a FABULOUS walk through the woods!

I was briefly startled at one point while attempting to capture a picture (shown here on the left) I was laying on the trail just south of the pine grove on the Ridge trail when two hikers emerged from the woods. I can only imagine what it looked like. I hopped up and they said, "oh, hah, we thought you might have been hurt". I chuckled to myself as to just how crazy that must have looked.

Highlights of this 2 hour hike include: pine groves, deer (the locals...hah), an owl (LOVE seeing owls in the wild!!), and a cozy fire in one of the shelters around Mallard Lake to finish out the afternoon.

The shelters scattered around Mallard Lake are FABULOUS! Anyone can start a little cozy fire with the wood provided and enjoy a quiet sit observing passing hikers and the ducks on the lake. Oak Openings Metro Park just continues to grow on me.

And now...onward to the 16 miler!!