Archive | May, 2010

Exercise of the Week – May 31, 2010

Posted on 31. May, 2010 in Exercises

Tricep Dips

Time to get ready for tank tops, swimsuits, sundresses and all the other bare armed clothing of summer. Dips are a classic upper body exercise that people have been doing for years, and there is a reason why. Dips get the job done, they are a body weight only exercise, and they help to sculpt firm, sexy arms for men and women alike.

Dips primarily work the Triceps muscles that are on the back of the arm, and they also work the shoulder muscles. Dips can be done as part of a body weight only exercise program, or they can be incorporated into a program that uses weights, exercise bands, or other exercise equipment.

The proper way to do a dip is to put your hands on something sturdy such as a chair, a bench, or even a windowsill or the side of a desk. As long as the object is flat and won’t move, it will work fine.   Keep your back as close to the chair or other object as you can, because otherwise you will put undue strain on your shoulders, and you will lose some of the benefit to the Triceps muscles.  Drop down until your upper arms are parallel to the ground, and then go all the way back up until your arms are completely straight. To keep constant tension on the muscles – which helps you to get faster results – don’t lock your elbows at the top of the movement.  Try for 10-12 reps per set and shoot for at least 2, if not 3 sets!

Three popular dip variations, in order of difficulty, are:

•Knees bent with legs closer to the chair

•Legs fully extended

•Legs fully extended with one leg raised in the air.

No matter how you do your dips, use good form, maintain full control on the way up and on the way down, and mentally focus on the muscles as you do your repetitions.


Weekly Tips for May 31, 2010 – Get Ready for Summer!

Posted on 31. May, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:  

1. GREEN- Here are some ideas for summertime to think more green; Reduce the amount of plastic utensils you throw away by switching to reusable utensils.   Go reusable and stop spedning money on paper plates, paper cups and disposable water bottles.  Reduce trash by composting your veggies. Reduce the amount of time and energy spent (not to mention your own comfort level)  by cooking two meals at once in the oven.  Reduce the strain on your freezer by keeping it full — it runs more efficiently.  Take your reusable bag (more…)

Child Safety Event on May 25, 2010 in San Marcos, CA

Posted on 24. May, 2010 in For Kids, Uncategorized

TAKE 25 EVENT in SAN MARCOS on MAY 25, 2010 @ 5pm.

On Tuesday, May 25th, you can join the City of San Marcos, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office in the TAKE 25 campaign, a nation-wide event to raise awareness on child safety.

In honor of the May 25th National Missing Children’s Day, the City of San Marcos is hosting a presentation on child safety and child abduction prevention and there will be free fingerprinting for children. Phyllis Adkisson Shess, Deputy District Attorney, Director of Sex Offender Management from the DA’s office and a member of the SAFE Task Force will be providing information on current laws and restrictions for sex offenders.

Doors will open at 5:00 pm for free child fingerprinting and the presentation will begin at 5:30 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069. For more information, please contact San Marcos Crime Prevention at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3111.

Information on Take 25 and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children can be found at

Exercise of the Week — May 24, 2010

Posted on 23. May, 2010 in Exercises

The Farmer’s Walk

This is a move you sometimes see in competition. In the traditional version, you pick up heavy weights in each hand and walk as fast as you can for as far as you can. In this version, you push a heavy weight overhead and walk, keeping your arms locked and your core very tight to support you. You can use a barbell or heavy dumbbells…or anything heavy that you can get a good grip on. Simply push the weight overhead (have a spotter nearby to help if you need to) and walk across the room holding the weight overhead (or at your sides). Repeat for as many laps as you can handle. You’ll notice you have to use every muscle in your body to stay in control, so this is a wonderful whole body exercise.

Weekly Tips for May 24, 2010

Posted on 23. May, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

1. GREEN- Not sure what to do with all your plastic hotel cards, empty gift cards, old library cards and expired rewards cards?  You can now (more…)

Family Fun for Weekend of May 22, 2010

Posted on 21. May, 2010 in Uncategorized

Lots to do this weekend!  Fun for the whole family and enjoy the outdoors.

Sat., May 22, 2010 7:30 am – 11:30 am.  Lake Murray’s Kid’s Fishing Derby.  Bring out the kids ages 15 and younger to compete in a fishing derby. (more…)

FREEBIES for May 20, 2010 & info. on Disneyland

Posted on 20. May, 2010 in For Kids, Fun, Uncategorized

There has been a lapse in Freebies lately, honestly there hasn’t been any great ones to pass on to you.  Here are some new Freebies and recommendation for a locals trip to Disneyland.

1. Free Energy Cliff bar, if you are a little slow these days, let this energy bar help you re-enter the race. (more…)

Family Fun for Weekend fo May 15, 2010

Posted on 14. May, 2010 in Fun, Uncategorized

1st Annual Moonlight Jazz Festival on Sat., May 15, 2010 from 4-9pm at the Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista. (more…)

Exercise for May 10, 2010 — Jennifer Aniston’s Reverse Crunch

Posted on 10. May, 2010 in Exercises

Whittle your waist away with this great core exercise, REVERSE CRUNCH.

1. Lie on your back with hands alongside your body.  Bend your knees 90 degrees, lifting your feet and crossing your ankles.

2. Contract your abs, using them to slowly curl your butt and hips up off the mat, keeping your legs bent at 90 degreees.  Lower back down slowly.  Do 3 sets of 15 reps about 3 times per week, while avoiding overeating.

For a challenge: Do this move on a decline bench with your head toweard the top end. To stablilize yourself, hold the bench with your hands behind your head.

Weekly Tips for May 10, 2010

Posted on 10. May, 2010 in Uncategorized

Tips from RockIt Mom:

1. GREEN - Are you getting ready for a spectacular summer vacation?  Asking yourself “How do I go green while traveling?”  Here are some ideas to make your hotel stay a little greener, try out the following:

•Reuse your towels. If you’re staying in a hotel more than one night, hanging your towel back on the rack universally means “I’ll use it again.”  That way, you’ll be conserving extra water and energy from washing an extra towel. (more…)