New stuff soon to come!

Wanted to reach out and let the world know I haven’t let this project (toyercise) go. This wasn’t some crazy idea gone viral, but for the effort invested, there’s definitely interest. For that, I’m dedicated to deliver some fresh stuff in the coming weeks/months. 

We’ll be busy around our house with an upcoming doctors visit a few states away, and I may share some of that experience on the other blog. Trying to keep this one more focused. In there meantime, here’s some goals for new content: 

  • New exercises 
  • Short, HIIT style routines 
  • (Maybe) longer exercises 
  • A live event via YouTube
  • More blog content 

Have any suggestions? Would love to hear it, just drop a comment!

PS: ten points for whomever can name what’s in the featured picture of this article.

Quite the hiatus… #Rockwall project

So it’s been quite the lull here, my apologies. After a household of sickness flew through, I took an unexpected break from this project. Partly due to boredom, which I think stemmed from lack of direction, and also due to a new project… Let me introduce our living room rock wall. Yep, you read that right. I’m current in the middle of building from scratch an 8 foot tall climbing/bouldering wall in the corner of my living room for my kids (maybe a little for me too 😁). 

Here’s the constraints I was working in: 

  • Estimating: Needed to come up with a good enough design that I could then develop and reasonable estimate from 
  • Start small: This wall was going to be kept small (at least for now). We didn’t want to commit to a huge structure and find our boys play with it for five minutes and be done 
  • 💪: It needed to be strong enough to support my weight so I could benefit too 
  • $$$: The price needed to be kept low 

There was quite a bit of research online done (seems not a lot of people share the how-to this one)… So, in the next couple posts, I’ll share my story and of course some pictures and gotchas along the way.

More coming soon

A quick update to let people know I didn’t let this project fall off the wayside. The past week and a half our house has been battling sickness… Typical cold/cough but now it’s been my turn and blah! I don’t know what’s worse, being sick before or after the kids get sick. This time around I got to watch them get sick and then start feeling like dirt myself while they’ve got all the energy in the world. 

Thankfully, since we’re trying to keep our sickees in here, my mother in law made a run for some fresh fruit and veggies for us yesterday.

Well, like I said, I’ll be back soon with more videos once we get caught up around here. I’m also planning on beefing up the quality of the videos with some more production time spent on them. Until then, take a look over at a great YouTube channel I’ve been enjoying in my sick time: I like to make stuff 

My 6 year old gave me a gun tonight

I lay, motionless in our living room floor. A book under my head. Puzzle pieces under my body. My son runs up, “Here dada, your rifle!”

I look at my hands as he runs off. Try to think for a minute, 

What do I do with this rifle?

He comes back, “Dada, HURRY!”

I sit up. “L, what do I do with this gun? I don’t know how to use it!” He looks back at me, perplexed. Showing me in the air, “You just aim like this, and pull the trigger. Come on!” 

We run off down the hall to the bedroom where I aim my “gun”into the room. My other son bouncing around on the bed. I take aim… Frantically trying to point at anything and flopping my arms all over the place. I pull the trigger with my sights almost set on the ceiling fan and my gun hurls me backwards down the hall!

The boys crack up histerically. I try to take aim again, and the same thing happens. I shout to them, “I can’t aim this thing! What do I do?!” 

My other son runs up. “Here dada, try this gun instead.”

I grab that one from him and look like I’m grabbing something the size of a flea. I take aim at them (because they were asking me to shoot them originally) and shoot my measly flea size gun. I make a pathetic ‘pkewe’ noise and tell them my bullets are doing nothing but bouncing off them. 

This goes on for a little bit longer, them giving me different pretend guns and me bumbling them around and falling all over the place. The boys are laughing and falling over themselves. It was a blast and I wouldn’t trade those 15 or 20 minutes for the world. That short moment of nonstop giggling was a great time of connecting with my boys. 

A while back my wife introduced me to Playful Parenting. It’s a book I’ve yet to make it through (like countless others on my list), yet I’ve picked up a lot of great nuggets along the way. Another feeder into our parenting has been It’s OK Not to Share. If I could sum that one up, the best bit of advice taken from there was if it’s not hurting people or things, have fun. 

Yeah, we weren’t totally looking forward to “gun play,” but also knew it’s pretty typical. With our boys, we always remind them that if you’re “shooting” at people, you need their consent. Sometimes they might be OK with it and sometimes not. If they aren’t in the mood, you need to respect that (and go shoot your weapon somewhere else). 

My Motivation

I was asked via Twitter,

“What’s your fitness motivation.”

My short answer back to them was my kids, wife and the world. Here’s the long version:

Why my kids?

Upon writing this, my boys are 2.5 and almost 6 years old. They are highly active. I’m not going to gender stereotype here and say “typical boys” because I don’t believe that shit. They’re kids. In some ways they’re typical, and in other ways they’re certainly higher energy – but they are my boys. And I want to keep up with them. I want to run, jump, play and have fun with them. I love rock climbing with my older son (his current favorite thing to do). I love throwing them in the air – and they are getting bigger and therefore I need to be stronger.

Also, this is just good modeling. I’m not going to go into the health benefits I reap from exercise. But something they don’t typically mention is this: what gift are you passing on by modeling a healthy lifestyle for your kids and their friends (i.e. the next generation)? A damn good one if you asked me. Let’s keep it realistic here though – I’m not talking about the unsustainable programs that have you committing to working out 80 hours per week. Because, come on, if you have kids (or anything that takes time and energy), who has that kind of time to dedicate to the gym? Why not model for our kids the ability to exercise in a more moderate way that flows with life (more on how to do that later)?

Why my wife?

In these past couple years my wife has been having more physical limitations straining her. To the point where lifting the boys is challenging (if not impossible), moving around some day to day stuff people take for granted leaves her sore the next day, and reaching up high can be quite challenging on her body as well. Compound this by having other pains brought on by her EDS (for example, the occasional rib slipping out of place…), and as an added bonus the number of food limitations she has due to food allergies/sensitivities, one wonders how she makes it through the day keeping up with these two! But she’s amazing and she does. And that’s not even the whole list!

All that said though, right/wrong/whatever… I strive to increase my strength and health to help compensate. Fortunately for me, I don’t have the  food limitations, and other joint/body issues. For as much as our boys have to understand that “mommy needs to rest” sometimes, I strive to be as bulletproof as possible – while at the same time not coming across as a perfectionist. That’s a topic for a whole other post 😉

Why the world?

Finally, I know this sounds cheesy, but seriously – our world is facing a time where obesity is on the rise almost everywhere. Sadly, even I sit behind this computer too much when I know I should be setting up a stand-up desk. We can’t compensate for the amount of time we sit all day by trying to squeeze in a quick 30 minute burst of exercise and thinking all’s going to be ok. We wake up and SIT in a car or bus to get to work. The majority of us then SIT for another 8-10 hours with (if wer’re lucky) a break here or there sprinkled in. Then, we get back in our mode of transportation to SIT some more, only to arrive home and say “Phew, what a rough day… I’m going to SIT my ass on the couch?!?!” See Katy for more info…


So that’s it. My boys, my wife and the world. That’s my fitness motivation. A long time ago I noticed I kept looking at my kid’s toys and thinking of different exercises that could be done with them.  The motivation for this project comes from you, the reader and hoping that I can share these ideas and give you more ideas to help you sit around less and lead a healthier lifestyle.