Thursday, May 31, 2012

JAG's Video Club

For years I've been using my camera as an exercise tool. I've learned a lot about my tendencies and muscular imbalances by watching videos of myself doing my exercises. By watching myself, I can adjust what I'm doing and thereby change my tendencies or correct my imbalances.

In the past, I'd typically watch a video once (or more, if I need to study it) and then delete it. But, for the past year or so, I've been putting together clips from these videos and, just for fun, posting them on YouTube before deleting them.

(Scroll down to the bottom of this page for samples of some of those YouTube videos)
Now I want to make my entire workout available. Not just clips.  Announcing...

JAG's Video Club

Each month I am going to upload my current workout including warm up and cool down, and I'll upload my stretching/yoga/body tuning or whatever type of session I'm using to heal my body, and a Nia workout that I'm working on. Access to each video will be available, through download or streaming, for $9 each. The videos will change monthly.  To check out this month's videos, click here and visit my website. 

Keep in mind that I'm not creating instructional videos. I'm going to add a commentary track to a video of one of my work outs. You may follow along, or you may just watch. You might learn something to apply to your workouts or you might just think I'm silly.  But I'm not going to be recommending anything. I have to mention this because I am licensed as a Personal Trainer and could give people exercise prescriptions and instruction.  But this isn't that. This is my workout, made available to you. 

And another thing I'm doing is creating a subscription option. For those people who think they're going to be wanting more than one of these videos, it makes sense to sign up for JAG's Video Club. This is only $13 per month and it includes access to every video I upload (at least three new videos each month).

Again, these are videos of my workouts, so I can't guarantee what types of things you will see, but historically, I work on a strength workout, a stretching/healing type of workout I call a "flow" routine and a Nia routine each month, so you'll most likely see a new one of those types of  videos each month.

Click here to check out my channel on YouTube where you can see the types of videos I've been posting. Don't worry, I won't include any videos of my dog, River, in the subscriptions. :)

Membership in JAG's Video Club includes a Starter Package of videos which demonstrate some of the basic moves that make up my body of work, some simple exercises and body tuning movements that I did and do to prepare my body for movement. It also includes a very basic workout, with a warm up and cool down, and a fun Nia primer.  While the Starter Package is a month's worth of videos that I've pre-made, you will be "live" with me beginning the second month. You'll be getting the workouts in the same month I'm working on them. 

 Click here to get started. Your credit card will be billed $13 and once you verify your email address, you'll have immediate access to the Starter Package. Then you'll start getting emails with links to the new videos as they're uploaded.  The subscriptions are handled through PayPal. They can be canceled at any time and you'll stop receiving new videos immediately.  If decide you want to start receiving them again, we'll have your information so you can start up again at any time.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

River's First Road Trip

I've always had dogs that love riding in cars. 
 River is the first dog I've had since I stopped owning cars. I'd love to take him on road trips with me, but first I need to find out how he’s going to do in the car. 

I have taken him for one ride, about six months ago. It was in the back of an SUV with no windows and he was in his crate and he got sick in the car. Oops. (I’ve since learned that I did it all wrong.)
So now I’ve rented a sedan for our road trip. I wanted to do some acclimatizing to the car so we went through a series of introductions:
first test: sitting in the car, he was fine
second: starting the car, fine
third: backing up and rolling back into place, all fine
then we took a break.

We went back inside and I put on the leash and harness. (Well, I put it on him haha) Then, 
back out to the car for more steps: sitting, fine; starting, fine; backing up, fine. So, we drive half way around the block and park on the street, and he’s fine. We get out, play in the grass, get back in the car, fine. I start it up, roll it forward and back a few times. Get out, get back in. He’s totally fine.
So then we get out and walk home to take another break. About twenty minutes later, we go out again and he seems happy when he spots our car, he runs up to it, hits it with his nose and hangs out by it. 

So I let him in, we do all the same things and he's fine. We drive all the way around the block and park again, get out and walk home. And he’s good with it all. Then we took a long break, and he took a nap.
Later, we all three go out to the car; River, Zeke and I. We go through all the steps, but this time, River gets the back seat and Zeke in the passenger seat where River had previously sat. But River settles into his seat and even seems comfortable with the seat belt strap on him.
Everything seems good, so we drive around three blocks and pull into our garage and park. Toward the end, I noticed he had started drooling slightly. We get out of the car and, in the garage, I run him around the car a few times ... thinking he needed to shake it off. 
But basically, he was showing no signs of distress other than a little hesitant and a little drool. He was fine.
So, we go inside, take off the leash. He drinks some water, and then comes over and stands next to where I'm sitting. I pull him up to sit on my lap like we do every day ... and that's when it happened...

he lost his lunch on the hallway floor.

He never seemed overly distressed. In fact, it seemed that the thing that bothered him the most was the fact that he threw up. Afterwards, it almost seemed like he was worried about how we were going to react. But we were cool about it. 
Well, now he’s resting again. 
Tomorrow we have a reservation in a hotel in Friday Harbor, which is a good two hours driving and then getting on a ferry. We have no idea what this trip holds, but then, that’s the joy of the road trip, isn’t it?  

We're in for an adventure. 

So far, a landlubber.