Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Side Plank!

Hi there! This week, I thought I would remind you of a classic core exercise that works like gangbusters on your whole body, but particularly your obliques and tranversus abdominus.  As shown, come up onto your forearm, lifting from your core, pushing up through the waistline.  Keep breathing.  Hold, for anywhere from 10 seconds to a minute depending on your level.  Variations include putting the bottom knee on the floor to make it easier, or lifting the top leg up (abduction) to make it harder.


Saturday, 9:30 am

Join me for fun on Monday (6am), Wednesday and Friday mornings (6:10 am), for my weight lifting classes at Le Club (free), or Monday and Wednesday evenings (5:30pm) for TRX at Le Club (nominal fee).  Tuesday evenings, I teach my own version of Body Pump called Muscle Revolution--come and try it!

Have a great day!  Melissa

Garlic Mustard Pesto...yes, the weed!!

More nutritious than spinach, garlic mustard is everywhere in the spring as an invasive weed.  Pull it, and USE it!
4 cloves of garlic
3 tbs. garlic mustard taproots
3/4 cups parsley
1 cup garlic mustard leaves
1 cup basil
1-1/2 cup low-sodium olives
2 cups walnuts or pine nuts
1/2 cup mellow miso
1-1/4 cups olive oil or as needed
1. Chop the garlic and garlic mustard roots in a food processor.
2. Add the parsley, garlic, garlic mustard and basil and chop.
3. Add the nuts and chop coarsely.
4. Add the olive oil and miso and process until you've created a coarse paste.
Makes 4 cups