Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Workout Wednesday V2

Name:  Josh Roberts
Age:  25
Occupation:  Josh is a certified personal trainer and martial arts instructor.  He also works with with mentally handicapped children, helping them get ready for their school day.  
Family Stuff:  Josh is married with one young daughter.
Teaching Tai Chi
Fun Fact:  Josh also works in the garden, growing vegetables and fruits and working at a local farmer's market.

1)  How many days per week do you work out, just for yourself?
I run to work most mornings, about 3/4 mile.  3-4 days a week I do body work, meaning weights and/or body weight conditioning exercises.  I practice martial arts 6-7 days a week.

2)  Do you keep your workout schedule the same each week or do you mix it up based on your busy schedule?
I mix it up each week just to fit it in.  Many of my workouts happen when I have a client cancel.

3)  As a personal trainer AND a Tai Chi instructor, do you have a preference when it comes to teaching?
For me it has more to do with the people I am teaching, helping them reach their goals, rather than what I am teaching them.  

4)  Do you lift weights on a weekly basis?
I do more body weight exercises.  I only use conventional weights maybe once a week. 
     *body weight exercises: push-ups, lunges, squats, etc.

5)  Do you find it difficult to squeeze in your own workouts while juggling work and family?
Yes it is very hard sometimes.   In the past I have not been very good at getting my workouts in because I put my family first. I finally have a schedule written out that, so far, has helped me keep track of all my practices and allows me to spend time with my family. I most always spend time with my family when I can and have workouts during nap time or after [my daughters] bedtime or early in the morning before my wife and daughter wake up.   I spend enough time being gone for work so I don't want to miss out on family time for my own workouts. 

6)  What is your favorite part of Tai Chi?
My favorite part of Tai Chi is  the internal exploration, closely followed by combat applications.

7)  What is your favorite part of personal training?
Working one-on-one with students and being able to support them in reaching their goals.  This is closely followed by the improvisation that comes with personal training---the tools being used, a new health issue to work around, or working inside or out.

Josh's Workout:

Warm up with a fast-pace run, lasting about 5 minutes.
30 seconds of each abdominal exercise with 30 jump ropes in between:

  • crunches
  •  V twists
  • bicycles
  • reverse crunches
60 seconds rest
  • 20 squats with knee crossover (see pictures below)
  • 20 burpees
  • 20 jump lunges
  • 10 push-ups with 5 second holds at the bottom and top of the lift
  • Plank with 30 second hold
Cool down with a 5 minute walk or jog.

5 second hold (love it!)

5 second hold
Thank you to Josh for sharing today.  I can definitely relate to being so busy that's it's hard to squeeze in a work out, can't you?  I love that his workout is fast and efficient!  To learn more about Tai Chi click here.

Burpees seem to keep coming up in my posts.  I better do a tutorial soon!  What do you think?


  1. Oh my goodness! That's intense. I wish i was so body would love me for it! ;)

    1. Oh, I know! Me too! I am looking forward to trying his sample workout. I did the crossover squats on Wednesday and I am still feeling it!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. I take Josh's Tai Chi course at Studio on Main. I find him to be a well-informed instructor. I am still working on the 24 steps, (beginning Tai Chi) with other students. The classes are small so there is a lot of individual attention. His Tai Chi class also includes some mediation, which has really helped me with stress levels. I like that. Tai Chi can be for anyone...when I started I was sitting on a chair and recovering from an accident. Now, I can stand for the hour and fully participate in the class. In addition, I've taken some of his exercise classes and found them to be very helpful with core and strength building a good add on for Tai Chi.


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