HIGH Fitness Class

06/29/17 – Thursday

6am. Let me tell you, this is pretty early for your girl! But it’s totally worth waking up early, watching the sunrise, and exercising with a dearly missed friend! I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I signed up to take this HIGH fitness class. Cassidy Jones reached out to me saying that she’d love for me to join her and that she thought I’d enjoy this type of workout. Well she was darn right! Although it was difficult at times and I’m totally sore right now, there was such high energy (no pun intended) and it was overall a wonderful workout (I can tell because my legs feel like jello and I was covered in sweat)!

I believe anyone can take this class and that everyone should at least give it a try (also the first class is free so why not?!) It’s a different type of workout that will leave you sweaty and sore, but think about how fit you’re getting! I’ll be back in Clovis middle July if you want to go once or twice a week together 🙂

 What is it?

You’re probably asking yourself, “What is HIGH fitness?” Well, according to highfitness.com, they state it as, “HIGH fitness is a hardcore, fun fitness class that incorporates aerobic interval training with music you love and intense easy to follow fitness choreography. It combines FUN (pop songs of old and new that everyone knows and love) with INTENSITY (interval plyometrics and cardio) with CONSISTENCY (each song has specific simple moves taught the same by all instructors). Together they make a recipe for success, repeat participation and results! HIGH fitness produces a high caloric burn and full-body toning through its carefully formulated choreography that alternates between intense cardio peaks and toning tracks. Get addicted to being fit!

Things to expect in a HIGH fitness class:

  • Strong, simple, easy-to-follow choreography
  • Plyometric-type interval training moves: jump squats, burps, tuck jumps, etc.
  • Low, concentrated, full-body toning moves that sculpt you from top to bottom
  • Fun, motivating music from all genres that you KNOW and LOVE
  • Intense cardio-peak track
  • Options given for all levels of fitness to cater to your needs
  • People of all ages and stages
  • Non-judgemental, welcoming environment
  • Guaranteed workout
  • Sweaty blast
  • Motivation & inspiration from instructors to push you harder than you would on your own.”1

 

Attached is a short video explaining the vision of HIGH fitness including clips from a workout: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDEgGZu48B0

If you still have more questions, visit this website for FAQ: https://highfitness.com/faq/

1: https://highfitness.com/what-is-it/

 

It Never Gets Old

06/26/17 – Monday

There’s nothing like a day in Yosemite with good company and a warm smile. On this beautiful Monday, I met Jess Snow in Oakhurst where we set out for a little adventure. We headed up and through the gate (I have a pass so feel free to explore Yosemite with me during summer!) and then through the tunnel. I wish I could put in words the jaw dropping affect that overcomes you when you lay eyes on the view of El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Falls. But I can’t so I guess you’ll have to see it for yourself 😉 And when you think the view can’t be better, you remember you’re viewing God’s creation with your friend and then life seems complete.

So just a little fun fact about El Capitan that I was trying to remember and tell Jess today but was lacking all the information, involves bears and a worm. This was a little tale told by the Yo-Ho-Me-Tik Indians.

“One day Grizzly Bear and her two baby cubs were taking a walk by the Merced River. They had been digging up roots, searching for bugs and worms. So, they were very tired. They approached a large flat rock along the Merced River and laid down to rest for awhile. The following morning, Grizzly Bear and her two baby cubs awoke. They looked around curiously. Overnight, that flat rock had grown into a large mountain and was high enough to touch the moon. Because of this, they could not find their way to Ahwahanee. So they waited.

The old bird and animal people of Ahwahanee were stunned to see that the mother bear and her cubs were on top of the rock. They wanted to help the mother bear and her cubs, but no one could reach them. They all tried to climb it, but could not reach the top. Mouse tried first, but he could not climb even half of the way. Rat was next. He climbed a little higher. Then Mountain Lion, Fox, Crow and many others tried. But not one could climb to the top of the rock. All of the animal people were discouraged! How could they help the bears down from the rock?

At last, after all the rest had failed, here came Too-Tock, the green measuring worm. “I can climb the rock to save the bears!,” Worm said. They all laughed at the little worm, but the little worm tried anyway to prove himself right. As he climbed he sang a little song. He had been climbing for days until at last he had reached the top of the rock. But it was too late. He had not been able to save the bears, because they had starved to death.

Too-Tock brought a rib bone down from the top to prove he had made it. They were all stunned to see him with the rib bone. They danced around and held a memorial. Since then, the great rock has been called Too-Tock-Awn-oo-Lah in honor of the little worm.” 1

(However there have been several myths that the bears were rescued by the little worm as well)

 

Want another one? Okay! Here is the myth of Bridalveil Falls.

“The vast ravine of Yo Semitee, formed by tearing apart the solid Sierras, is graced by many waterfalls raining down the mile-high cliffs.” The Indians used to tell this legend about the one called Bridal Veil Fall.

Hundreds of years ago, in the shelter of this valley, lived Tu- tok-a-nu-la and his tribe. He was a wise chief, trusted and loved by his people, always setting a good example by saving crops and game for winter.

While he was hunting one day, he saw the lovely guardian spirit of the valley for the first time. His people called her Ti-sa-yak. He thought her beautiful beyond his imagination. Her skin was white, her hair was golden, and her eyes were like heaven. Her voice, as sweet as the song of a thrush, led him to her. But when he stretched his arms toward her, she rose, lighter than a bird, and soon vanished in the sky.

From that moment, the Chief knew no peace, and he no longer cared for the well-being of his people.

Without his directions, Yo Semite became a desert. When Ti-sa-yac came again, after a long time, she wept because bushes were growing where corn had grown before, and bears rooted where the huts had been. On a mighty dome of rock, she knelt and prayed to the Great Spirit Above, asking him to restore its virtue to the land.

He granted her plea. Stooping from the sky, the Great Spirit Above spread new life of green on all the valley floor. And smiting the mountains, he broke a channel for the pent-up snow that soon melted. The water ran and leaped far down, pooling in a lake below and flowing off to gladden other land.

The birds returned with their songs, the flowering plants returned with their blossoms, and the corn soon swayed in the breeze. When the Yo Semitee people came back to their valley,they gave the name of Ti-sa-yac to what is now called South Dome. That is where she had knelt.

Then the Chief came home again. When he heard what the beautiful spirit maiden had done, his love for her became stronger than ever. Climbing to the crest of a rock that rises three thousand feet above the valley, he carved his likeness there with his hunting knife. He wanted his tribe to remember him after he departed from the earth.

Tired from his work, he sat at the foot of Bridal Veil Fall. Suddenly he saw a rainbow arching over the figure of Ti-sa-yac, who was shining from the water. She smiled at him and beckoned to him. With a cry of joy, he sprang into the waterfall and disappeared with his beloved.

The rainbow quivered on the falling water, and the sun went down.”2

 

 

1: http://www.firstpeople.us/FP-Html-Legends/How_El_Capitan_Grew-Miwok.html

2: http://www.indigenouspeople.net/bridalve.htm

Lil Update!

For one, PLEASE go watch “What the Health” on Netflix right away! It’s an inspiring and informative documentary on the foods we eat today including protein assumption, negatives of the meat industry, and success stories. Go watch it!

I’ll keep this post strictly towards photos and if you are curious about any of the foods, ingredients, or where I purchased these yummy and health meals, please feel free to email me. Also, it is easier for me to post my creations and the beautiful food I consume on my vegan Instagram page (@katiekimikoeats). Enjoy!