Linguistic Gymnastics, Epic Level

OK, I promise not to use the term “epic” again (today) as it has been just about flogged to death by popular culture, but this site truly has earned the term. Human languages…amazing.

Active Every Day

A “split routine” has nothing to do with banana splits, although the latter was in the news this morning. For fitness enthusiasts, a split routine allows you to strength train every day while allowing for recovery of previously exercised body parts. This allows for maximum muscle growth and repair while preventing the dreaded phenomenon of diminishing exercise returns, also known as overtraining. Read on to compare and contrast a standard Pilates class to a split routine session. 

Awake

During Pilates class yesterday while discussing the dystopian world portrayed in the movie Elysium, one of my students voiced surprise when I spoke of folks living in the sewers of Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s just the tip of the iceberg, folks. According the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, over 800 million people…nearly 1 billion of our fellow humans, or 1 out of 7 of us…live in densely packed slums grafted onto urban cities around the world. Take a few moments to become aware of this reality, to be grateful for what you have, and to think about the future.

Linguistic Gymnastics…Contrology for Your Frontal Lobes

My thanks must go out to Gordon Hannah, who thoughtfully provided space for a dictionary in the East End Aikikai Aikido Studio where I teach Pilates. I spent part of yesterday’s class jumping up and running over to said book to investigate definitions of thorny words like “ironic” and “inflammable”. Check out this link from Weber State University in Odgen, Utah for more potentially confounding words and phrases. 

Getcher Geek On

Yep. I’m a nerd. And I knew that the first time I sat down with a bowl of cereal before school and was more fascinated by the first animated series “The Transformers” than I was by “Gem”, truly outrageous though she was. Here is a link to a post on making Optimus Prime proud by the creator of Nerd Fitness, Steve Kamb.