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GymPact & DIY Workout Armband for CellPhone

2 Feb

GymPact, New Feature!

I signed up for the phone app, GymPact, a few weeks ago. For those of you unfamiliar, check it out, it’s a really neat tool that helps keep you motivated to workout!

My pact is that I must get to the gym at least 3x/week or else I pay $5.00 to GymPact for each gym session I miss. Since getting the app three weeks ago, I’ve made my pact and then some – Until this week . . . I got pretty sick, so I skipped working out Monday through Wednesday.

Once Thursday evening came around, I started feeling better and realized I still needed to get in my three workouts before the week was over! It was so late that I didn’t feel like going to the gym, so I thought I’d try GymPact’s new workout-at-home feature.

This new feature uses the accelerometer in your phone to track movement. As long as you move around for at least 30 minutes your workout counts toward your pact for the week.

Now, I just needed to strap on my phone, and get moving! Only problem was, I had no armband to keep my phone on me while I worked out . . .

DIY Armband for Cell Phone

I ended up searching online and found a REALLY easy solution. So easy that I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of it myself!

DIY Armband Out Of an Old Sock!

I watched this video and got started!

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

(Credit: Photo by Sharon Vaknin/CNET)

Step 1: Get A Sock & Pair Of Scissors

Sock must be big enough to fit around your upper arm

I used an old soccer sock.

Sock must be big enough to fit on your arm

Step 2: Cut Sock Above the “foot” Part

Cut Sock

Full Sock minus “foot” Sock = Tube Sock!

Tube Sock

Step 4: Pull Tube Sock Up Your Arm and Fold Cell Phone Inside!

Sock Arm Band

The arm band worked really well! My phone stayed in place the entire time while I jumped rope, did lunges, some sit-ups and a few other miscellaneous things to keep myself moving around!

The at-home GymPact feature worked great as well! I’ll do a follow-up blog with a little more detail and how to make sure you get credit for your full 30 minutes of working out, but for now I’ll just say –> I definitely recommend it if you need a little “push” of motivation to workout at home or get to the gym!

Workout Cal

Trampoline Fitness – Best Workout Ever!

15 Jan

Finally had my Trampoline class tonight with my friend, Sara and it was a BLAST!

First you put on black velcro-strapped high-top trampoline shoes.

Trampoline Shoes

Then step into this enormous room with trampoline “floors” and slanted trampoline walls.

(Click for larger image)

(Click for larger image)

Then you jump around like a maniac for 60 minutes. Well, sort of.

The instructor had us do planks and other exercises that are more difficult on the trampolines since you have to balance yourself, but it was mainly lots of jumping!

When class was over we stayed a bit longer and jumped around.

Here are some our supah schweet trampoline moves…

My ninja toe touch moves

Me

Sara's crazy ninja toe touch moves

Sara

casey jump

sara jump

The video below is our ‘bouncing off the wall’ move we learned.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to watch the vid with your head turned to the side because I’m not tech savvy enough to fix the orientation.


One of my 2013 goals was to find new workouts that I really enjoy and this one will definitely be in my workout plans again in the future!

If you want to find a trampoline workout –> I found this one through Meetup.com, but you may be able to find something near you by Googling “indoor trampoline park” or going to Sky Zone Sports and seeing if there’s one in your area. If there is, go try it out! It’s tons of fun!

Don’t forget to check out my Workout Cal!