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Friday the 13th Workout & some pretty healthy take-out!

Tonight's workout involved 3 buddies trying a new combo that we borrowed from BodyRockTV. Using a Lebert placed on its side we mounted pike. Here's the combo:

50:10 work rest x 3 exercises maximum reps maximum effort

1. Pike Jump Side to Side, Jump to Plank, Reptile L/R, Jump to Side in Pike. Repeat
2. Pike Jump Side to Side, Jump to Plank, Knee Tuck L/R, Jump to Side in Pike. Repeat
3. Pike Jump Side to Side, Jump to Plank, Jump to center, Jump to Center, Jump to Side in Pike. Repeat

Here are the numbers. Not bad at all for a new combo. It was also Rob's first calisthenic plyometric set and he really held his own. I did a 202 rep workout, 62 of which were plyo, 140 were straight strength.

Before we hit the gym we took a Friday twilight journey in Toronto's west end for some take out. Ali Baba's at Dundas/Roncesvalles has been a favorite place of mine since the early 1990's. I was thrilled upon my return to Toronto (after a 7 year move to BC) to find that it was still open. Better still they have 6 locations now, although I cannot attest to the quality of any other than my Dundas/Ronces original spot. For $30 we walked away with a monstrous schwarma plate, vegetarian plate, 2 schwarma sandwiches, 6 falafel balls and 2 pitas- hey you have to buy for your friends when you are going somewhere golden like Ali's. We had enough willpower to workout first using that delicious meal (and a beer!) as the carrot of motivation. I swear this is about as close to healthy take out as you can get. We buffeted the 2 plates between 3 people post workout and had leftovers enough for for 2 more meals today. Healthy AND inexpensive, plus a great place that is well managed and worth the drive from Mississauga- yes I DID mention that I drove ALL that way for their amazing food and perhaps it affected my portion sizes :) At least it WAS true!

Today I helped out at the Bump to Toddler show in Mississauga with Core Expectations. It was great to see Sam, I do not get to see her enough- we are both so busy! I do enjoy getting out and talking to women and new moms about health and fitness. Of course we offered our free diastasis recti assessments on site- what a great value to have a free core assessment! I also had the opportunity to talk shop with Julia Di Paola of Physio Excellence who gave me some great feedback regarding my posture and pelvic alignment. I will blog more about this later as I digest the information and practice applying it to my daily posture and my run form. I also talked with Kim Vopni- The Fitness Doula, who is another colleague of mine that I could easily spend days locked in a room with picking her brain for insight. All in all it was an excellent event, although today's turnout in attendance I would say was a bit disappointing.

Tomorrow I have a 16K run at 8:30AM. I am also planning a mini workout tonight- if I can make it happen I'll post the results.

Lastly, I just released my first Newsletter for the year so give a read and take some inspiration I hope!

Happy Saturday Folks!


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