The April Five
Here are photos of this month’s moves. Click here to see full descriptions of these exercises. Could you do one minute of each of these today?
1) Warrior II:
2) Leg Pull Back:
3) Swan Dive:
4) Double Leg Kick:
5) Rolling Like A Ball:
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She offers these photos to remind you of the work you have done with her in a private training session or class. Please see your medical professional prior to beginning a new exercise program.
It has been a while since I’ve posted a sweet treat and I decided we are in need of chocolate. Here is THE BEST no bake brownie recipe!
You will need a food processor, an 8×8 pan, and spatula.
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 ½ cups (about 15 – 20) pitted dates
- 1/2 cup, plus 4 Tbsp. cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
- 2 tsp vanilla, divided
- ¼ cup, plus 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp. sea salt
- 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted (plus some extra to grease the pan)
- Optional toppings: 1 Tbsp. walnuts, pinch of flaked sea salt, or pinch of shredded coconut
- Combine walnuts, dates, 4 Tbsps. cocoa powder, 1 ½ tsp vanilla, 3 Tbsps. maple syrup, and salt in food processor. Blend until all ingredients are incorporated into a smooth paste. Now you have your basic dough.
- Lightly grease an 8 inch baking dish. Press dough into dish until evenly distributed.
- Now for the icing. In a mixing bowl combine remaining 1/2 cup cocoa, remaining ½ tsp vanilla, ¼ cup maple syrup, and oil. Stir to combine. Spread evenly over brownies.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours, then cut into squares.
∗Your brownies will be delicious just like this. If you want to give them a crunchy topping sprinkle a few walnuts, shredded coconut, and flaked sea salt on top.∗
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage therapist. She offers this recipe as a “healthier” option to traditional brownies made with flour and refined sugar. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.
Meet Doug. In 2015 he suffered a shoulder injury that left him with pain, and limited range of motion. A few months later he underwent a successful surgery to reattach a torn tendon. He then went to physical therapy, religiously did his exercises and has regained all of the lost mobility in his shoulder. He began meeting with me for movement + massage sessions in the fall or 2015. Over the past two years he has been lifting progressively heavier weights, and is now stronger than he was before his surgery.
He and his wife love to kayak. In fact right now they are in Mexico where they have done something active every day: lifting weights, yoga, Pilates, swimming, kayaking, hiking to waterfalls… Before he left for Mexico we talked about his desire to continue his workouts while on vacation, so that he wouldn’t loose the strength he has built over the past year. I offered my favorite body weight travel exercises (squats, lunges, push ups, dips) in case there was no traditional gym where they were staying. He concocted a plan to make his own weights using dowels, sandbags and a fishing scale to confirm the weight (did I mention he is a creative genius?). I wasn’t sure exactly what he was talking about until he sent me this photo.
I present to you Doug’s homemade beach barbells! Maybe I will have him video a tutorial on how he created these once he is back in town.
Who do you know who is recovering from surgery? Could your person benefit from strength training with Anne?
Contact her to set up a consultation and discuss if you are a good fit (503) 705-4762.
Anne McCranie is a Portland based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She works with her clients one on one and in small groups, using a combination of movement + massage to aid in pain relief, increase strength, and improve mobility.