To be perfectly honest, I LOVED this commercial (and it totally brought me to tears).
It’s refreshing to see the ‘start’ of someone’s journey instead of the end and I was fist pumping long after it aired. Anyone who’s ever had to overcome obstacles to get to where they want to be knows what it’s like when it’s ‘hard’. When you’re not the ‘fastest’. When every step feels like a mile. I think a lot of people can relate to this ad, and it’s a refreshing break from Nike’s usual fitspo.
But some are questioning whether or not Nike is exploiting Nathan (the 12 year old in the ad) and there’s been a fair share of trolls making fat shaming comments on YouTube (adults making fun of a 12 year old. Well done assholes). I guess it’s how you choose to see it that really matters.
I just love Nathan. I think he’s ‘great’. I choose to see this ad as motivational and inspiring. :)
Thoughts? Love the ad? Hate the ad?
I unlocked the Super Salad reward from Nike Training Club a little while ago, and had yet to try any of the recipes. So I thought I’d give this one a go today and I’m really happy I did.
It’s asian inspired and deliciously fresh. We don’t tend to think ‘salads’ in the winter, but this one tastes and reminds me of summertime.
Note: the recipe below is from unlocking the ‘Super Salad’ reward from Nike Training Club (2500 minutes), but I’ve made modifications to the original recipe. See the end of the post for why!
Energy Fusion Salad
Time: Less than 10 minutes.
- 1 Lime for juice & zest
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
Warning: This is a CRAZY workout!
You’ll get a SICK calorie burn with this circuit from Patrick Goudeau! I adore the moves in this workout: they work multiple muscle groups at the same time to boost your burn & shoot your heart rate WAY up. It’s challenging, but IT IS DO-ABLE (don’t worry if you can’t get all the moves down perfectly). It’s intense, so it doesn’t need to be long. Set aside 25-30 minutes to kill this BIG time.
IMPORTANT: this isn’t yet available on the NTC App! I’ve created my own circuit based on Patrick’s latest moves that you can do with an Interval Timeranywhere (and you don’t need the Nike Training App to do it). It kicked my ass, but you have to push yourself. :) I did 4 rounds and it took me about 36 minutes or so, including my warm up and stretch.
How to do it:
- Watch the video above for all the moves in this circuit, or use the list at the end of this post.
- Warm up for 5 minutes (those of you who have the App, you can do a warm up from any of the Get Toned Or Get Strong workouts, then pause). For everyone else, a minute of each of the following: jump rope, walking lunges, run in place, straight leg kicks & side to side shuffles, then rest one minute.
- Set your Interval Timer for 7, one minute rounds. You’ll do 6 one minute intervals of each of the moves, then one minute rest.
- Repeat the 7 minute circuit 2-4 times for a SERIOUS total body workout.
- Cooldown (walk around for 1-2 minutes) then stretch.
* If you prefer to do it without a timer, aim for the recommendations in the video demos, and move quickly from one exercise to another. Total time after the warmup should be about 20-30 minutes)
Total Time: 25-40 minutes
- A set of medium to light dumbbells (or as heavy as you need to. You do not need weights if you don’t have them - simply pretend you have them, and keep good form. Soupcans aren’t the sexiest tools, but if that’s all you got… ).
- A mat
- Bottle of water
- Great playlist (see below)
- An interval timer or stop watch.
BEGINNERS! I’ve added some ideas for modifications you can use if you need them! Read below!
Here’s MY playlist, but feel free to use your own!
Watch all the moves in the video above (do them each a few times half-assed before you start to make sure you have them down), set your timer and get ready to move!
Patrick Goudeau Meets Chichi Kix - Nike Training Club Circuit
* Do 60 seconds of each move, then rest one minute. Repeat 2-4 times!
1. Belly Ups
Modification options: Step back instead of jumping back, add a modified pushup instead, or remove the pushup all together.
2. Straight Leg Lunge to Bicep Curl
Modification options: Tap your foot on the ground anytime you need help with your balance, and keep one foot on the floor if you can’t lift the knee.
Modification options: Use your momentum to help you up, and feel free to use your hands/feet to get up more slowly (still intense!). You can stand & catch your balance, before you add the jump, or take it out if you need to catch your breath.
4. Crab Curl to Press
Modification options: Placing your upper back & shoulders on a couch can help keep them steady. You can also do a hip lift (bridge) instead, take the dumbbells out, and just do the chest press instead of the bicep curl. Make the move work for you.
5. Side to Side Shuffles with a Side Lunge
Modification options: Don’t go as deep or as fast, and reach down as far as you can go if you can’t touch the ground.
6. Lunge Press to Flyback
Modification options: Step back instead of the jump back, and go as slow as you need to. No need for dumbbells if you’re having a tough time: this one’s hard for a full minute!
7. Rest. Don’t stop moving, get some water, and get ready to do it all again!
It’s no secret that I love my Nike Training App (hell, I think I mention it here at least once a day). It’s hard for me to find things that keep me challenged, which is why the App is so awesome for me. It’s also user friendly enough that I’d recommend it to pretty much everyone I know.
I’ve created this circuit based on exercises you can find on the App (this is great for those of you who can’t get the App). You won’t find this combo on the App itself, so for those of you who ALREADY have it, give this a try!
When I say Crazy Bitch… I mean Crazy Bitch.
Set your interval timer for the following interval sequence. We’re going to repeat each sequence 2 times (A, B, C done twice each). The last minute in the sequence? REST.
- 1 minute,
- 1 minute,
- 30 seconds,
- 1 minute,
- 1 minute,
- 30 seconds,
- 1 minute. REST
YOU DON’T NEED WEIGHTS! Start with body weight & work up to it.
You can do each circuit once or twice. This workout should take you 25 - 40 minutes.
5 minute warmup - 1 minute each
1. Forward Lunge With Arm Curl
2. Burpee To Shoulder Press
3. Jump Rope (no video)
4. Sumo Squat With Lateral Raise
5. Walk Outs
6. Jump Rope (no video)
Circuit B (all video)
I may have just fallen in love with a shoe… oh Nike.
Love the colors, the selection and DYING for a pair of these.
I’m not a fan of barefoot running (I agree with the basic concepts about our ‘natural state’, but unless you’ve been raised barefoot, it doesn’t hold water with me). Though I know people who swear by it, I caution against it. The only way to tell if you’re barefoot running material is to try it, and since our feet, knees, hips & back are at stake, the consequences of finding out that you’re NOT a barefoot runner are too high in my books. It’s not for everyone, and not for me.
But this blog is all about finding out what’s right for YOU. If you like the concept of barefoot running, and hate the toe-sock-iness of Vibrams, this shoe is for YOU. And like other models on the Nike site, you can customize it to your tastes.
This model is flexible, lightweight and provides a bit more cushioning than the Nike Free Run. Plus, it’s REALLY pretty.