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The Kamagon Ball For At Home Workouts

I am all about simple, versatile, functional and easy when it comes to workouts. Which is why I only purchase equipment for my home gym that can be used in a number of ways, and that doesn’t take up a ton of space…enter the Kamagon Ball from Hedstrom Fitness. This bad boy is a rockstar when it comes to workout equipment…here’s why:

The Kamagon ball isn’t big and bulky.

The Kamagon Ball fits in my guest room closet, with my dumbbells and resistance bands. It doesn’t take up too much space, and is clearly…easily stored!

The Kamagon Ball Uses Hydro Intertia to train your core.

Ummm…big words much? Well yeah, but this is actually pretty cool. The Kamagon ball can be filled with water. This allows you to add as much resistance as you’d like. It also adds an imbalance to your moves. Now, instead of just doing a squat press with a kettle bell, you are doing a squat press with the Kamagon Ball and it’s moving water. The moving water will require you to engage your core to stabilize your body during each movement.

The Kamagon Ball is versatile.

You can use the Kamagon ball similarly to the way you would use a Kettlebell, only double handed moves are easier because of the two handles. You can add or remove resistance by adjusting the amount of water in the Kamagon Ball. You can truly use this piece of equipment to add core training and resistance to any type of movement, making it a fantastic edition to your home gym!

The Kamagon Ball trains your nervous system.

The Kamagon Ball is a destabilized weight that uses hydro-inertia, to work your muscles while simultaneously training the nervous system. Muscles don’t act on their own; they must receive signals from the nerves that branch throughout the entire body. Stability training is a highly effective way to make these signals more efficient and effective!

Kamagon

 

The efficiency of Hydro-Inertia™ resistance mimics real life situations far more than static weights such as dumbbells or kettle bells. This is not only important for athletes in their functional training programs. When you play with your children or grandchildren, you are not picking up static weights.

I absolutely love this addition to my home gym, and can’t wait to find new ways to incorporate it into my workouts.

Check out this sample workout I put together and then grab your own and give it a try!

(3 sets of 12 for each move)

Want to try one out?

I’ve got a special discount code for you!

Just enter the code: SPHF25 at checkout and get 25% off your order!

Some great stuff

Some day soon I will get back to posting regularly, but for now, I wanted to pass on some great stuff that you need to make some time to listen to!!!! God has used each of these in my life over the past few weeks to give me a little perspective, and to focus my eyes a little more intently on who He really is!

  • The first is a sermon preached at my church a few weeks ago. One of the pastors spoke on Jonah (the whole book), and God used it to really get me thinking, praying and moving. It is a little long, but so worth it!!!!! Here is the link…  

  • Last weekend we were soooooo blessed to be back in NYC! I love my old church there so much, and it amazes me to see their heart for worship! I love sitting in a packed house with people from all different backgrounds and nationalities listening to the word of God being taught in a way that gives you a greater desire to love Him more (sorry for the run-on sentence…I live my life in run on sentences :)!  This sermon was so interesting to me, and I thought it would be great for anyone who feels called to full time ministry (or whose husband has been-or might be confused about-being called to ministry!). This sermon from 1Kings looks at Elisha’s call! Check it out!

  • These next two I got from one of my favorite blogs The Gospel Coalition. My friend Kitty went to their women’s conference and recommended the first one (which I have listened to twice because it  was sooooooooooo good!). They are a little long, but more worth it than I could possibly tell you!!! You really have to listen to them…..okay people!

PS 22 Chorus

In case you were unsure of my love for these two, let me remind you that two of my most favorite people are Carrie Underwood and David Cook.  If you have been around here for than a minute than you already know that,  and may be way over me talking about them! Unfortunately for you though, I am not! 
So, (I know you are busting at the seams to ask) what do the two of them have in common other than being American Idol winners? Well since you are so persistent……I will answer!  
Both Carrie and David have had the opportunity to sing with an amazing 5th grade choir at 
Staten Island’s PS22 (The PS stands for Public School, I went to PS165!). 
These kids are amazing! They have sung with lots of cool people, have been all over You Tube, sang at the Academy Awards and been featured by Oprah at her Academy Awards after party!  
(*disclaimer* I do not support watching Oprah or doing anything she says

….but that is pretty big time!) 

I don’t know too much more about them, but this definitely seems like the coolest choir on the block!
And because I think they are so cool,  I wanted to post my favorite videos of them singing with Carrie and David!  The soloists are awesome, and I love their expression!  Hope this lightens things up for you this weekend….ENJOY!

Mean Girl Frenemies

Today I am posting over at MODsquad about a topic I unfortunately know a little too much about….Mean girls!  Check out a sneak peak and then click on over to keep reading!

I used to be a mean girl. I have been in the “in” crowd. I have been out of the “in” crowd, and I have desperately fought to hold one foot “in”, even when I wasn’t wanted.  There is so much to say about BFF’s and frenemies…..I hardly know where to start! I suppose the best place would be to point out what the difference between the two is.

A BFF:
Encourages you
Tells you the truth (for your good, not to hurt you)
Believes the things you say
Sticks up for you
Forgives you
Doesn’t ask you to choose between them and another friend
Does things you want to do sometimes
Pushes you to do the right thing, even when it is hard
Sits with you at lunch when no one else will

Books

So, it has been a long time since I have written about a book. To make up for that, I am going to give you a snap shot of what I have been reading and a few quick thoughts on each book.  I have already talked extensively about my musical schizophrenia….. but it seems that I am also biblio-schizophrenic as well! Check it out!
 This was a book I really needed to read. It was written in response to the Emergent Church movement, but served as an encouragement as to why the local church is so important (imperfect as it might be!). Love this writer!
No Really, I do love Kevin DeYoung! This book was one we did with a small group (which I don’t recommend).  There were definitely some good things to think about in this one, especially regarding what it means to be missional, or “to be the gospel/Jesus” to others (which we can’t do. Thankfully Jesus did it though!). Not my favorite of his books, but worth the read!
 
I know that there has been lots of talk about this book in Christian circles, mainly regarding the Driscoll’s chapters on sex. While those are there and important, there really is so much more in here!  I loved the parts about friendship and the different ways God healed their marriage. There are also lots of great practical tips in here, and lots to think about. Regarding the sex chapters (and all of the others as well) read the whole book, and decide for yourself, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, what you believe scripture says about the topics they are discussing! But do read the book!
This book is great for those who struggle with an unhealthy view of food, diet and exercise. However, it is written from the point of view of overeating/over indulging. Some of the practical advice might not be helpful to those struggling with binging and purging, or excessively restricting their food intake. However, the parts where she digs into the thoughts behind all of those eating disorders and the idol they can become are awesome!!!!
I love the simple idea of this book. My favorite part was Tchividjian’s story of how God revealed His grace to him in a totally new way. He walks through some dark times in his life, and then goes through all that Colossians (and lots of other texts) says about who we are in Christ. I know we would all say that we believe the title of this book is true, but I know almost no one who truly lives that way. We all have our own Jesus + _________ sentence that we are desperately holding on to. Tchividjian’s goal in this book is to replace those blanks with nothing….because that is truly all we need in Christ! Great read!
ummm….don’t judge! I read LC’s last series of books (LA Candy) and totally loved them, so had to grab this one as soon as it came out.  It is an easy fun summer read if you are interested in the fictional lives of reality t.v. stars (which I totally am!). I seriously read it in a day and a half!

So, I am of course, the last one to jump on this bandwagon, but I really hate those things (bandwagons that is). I totally thought I would hate these, because I assumed they trivialized human life. In actuality Collins does just the opposite with this series. I loved the characters and well developed and consistent they were. I will say I loved the first two books better than the third, but all of them were awesome! These are definitely another great summer read (for the 5 who haven’t read them yet!)/

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