You might consider it an easy week, but...Becky has a plan for ya and you really outta pay attention to this weeks episode!  See, Becky is the Race Director for the Arts and Drafts 5k coming up in Norton Shores later this Summer and it's her goal to make it the best run ever.  So, you are going to find ways to work your way in to shape for the event over the coming weeks and months so when the race day arrives on August 17th you are ready to go.  If it's your first attempt at a 5k or maybe you're s seasoned veteran, you can be part of this event she's pouring her heart and soul into to help benefit No More Sidelines.

Welcome to episode 98 of Fit and healthy with Becky on The Muskegon Channel, where today, Becky is going to show us a thing or two you can do with a barbell that doesn't involve some guy standing there looking in a mirror trying to look all "buff" at the gym.  Yes, there are actually plenty of practical applications for a barbell and a little added weight, if you are up for the challenge, and Becky is going to run you through them this week from The Gym in North Muskegon. 

Have you noticed?  We're inching closer and closer to 100 episodes of Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel.  If you've been here since the start, you're probably going to live to be 100 years old or more, and if this is you're just coming on board, you've found the most fun way to get going on a fitness program there is.  

On the bench doesn't mean what you think it does.  Sorry Charlie.  Becky is back this week from The Gym in North Muskegon and she's got a little elevation for you to add to the amazing workout you're about to embark upon!  After all, what would a new week be without a new outlook, a new start and a new challenge? 

Well, from the title of this one, we're going to go ahead and open with "always consult a physician before you start this or any exercise program".  Best be upfront about what's to come.  You might be in for it this week but if you've been chuggin' along with Fit and Healthy With Becky on The Muskegon Channel, you should be fine.

Usually, it's a different discipline week to week, but BOOM!  Becky is hitting you with back to back weeks of tabata!!  You're working in bursts and you're doing 20 seconds on and 10 seconds recovery.  Things are thawed out now and it's time for the rubber to hit the road when it comes to getting in shape for the Summer!  This is a great way to get going in the privacy of your own home and when you get the knack, you can join up with Becky and one of her classes or...maybe a little one on one coaching!

It's been a while since Becky busted out the timer!  Yes, Tabata is a workout program based on bursts of work, followed by bursts of rest and it's all designed to mix it up when it comes to what your body is experiencing.  After all, a routine is good but you want to change things up a little and get those muscles attention.  20 second cycles of lunges, squats and more.  Add in some dumbbells for your proper pump-a-tude and you're getting it!

Every minute on the minute!  You blast out the recommended exercises and if you beat the clock....you get a break, up until the top of the next minute.  Get it?  Well, it's a quick way to get that heart rate up and sustain it while you work different areas of your body!  If you have not put it together yet, EMOM is an acronym for every minute on the minute.  It's early on a Monday, so we thought we'd explain it a little.  

Beginner or advanced, the medicine ball can play a role in your work out!  They come in all sizes and weights, and unlike your "dad's medicine ball" they are not some big ugly old leather thing sitting in a gym waiting for some boxer to come along and make use of it.  No, pretty much like anything else, Becky finds a multitude of uses for the medicine ball and today she's out to rock your body from hard to toe.

Who cuts a big ball in half and makes an exercise implement out of it?  You guessed it!!  Becky does!  It's called a Bosu Ball and while it's no stranger to Fit and Healthy with Becky on the Muskegon Channel, it might be new to you so let's get you up to speed on what it is and how it works.  It's kind of designed for a mid level or more work out so if you are a beginner, take it kind of easy getting started on it!