#MotivationalMondays- “May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor”

The. Mega. Millions.

For those of you who believed you would’ve had commandeered your own yacht, named your own country, or became the next “Donald” by now, I am sorry. I really feel for you, but the odds unfortunately were not in any of our favors.

At least another option with “odds” and “luck” arose to keep your financial fantasies rolling.

The Hunger Games has been slowly sweeping the nation for about two years now. Beginning as a book series, this past month, it debuted in theaters with more captivation than the latest booty-laden rap video.

Many are dubbing the series, “the next harry potter”, which I can totally see being all the attention it has received. However, this is something I could actually foresee happening in the future. So put away your games of quidditch and sorcery.

The current grossing for The Hunger Games is about $330 million, which is almost up to the winning mega millions. This just goes to show America fancies the odds, capitalism, and a good, clean fight these days.

I tore through the book on my kindle the other day, so now I’ll be comforted when actually viewing the movie. I am an analytical movie watcher, so this was the right choice.

The Hunger Games has been receiving accolades from not only movie-goers, but basically the entire pop culture realm in general. Jennifer Lawrence is already predicted to sweep the Oscars and become a legend for this role. Her face is plastered on television, newspapers, and in magazines. I even received a promotional postcard in my mailbox with her warrior face on the front!

All of this marketing mumbo jumbo is working. I read the book, I will be seeing the movie, and now…I’m even partaking in a themed Hunger Games workout routine. (The marketing execs will be very happy to read this.)

Here’s what I did over the weekend:

(Source: Shape Magazine April 2012 issue)

…and yes, that is Glimmer!

All exercises are perfumed for 3 rounds. Shape suggests 3-4 times a week with this regiment.

1. In and Out. Start in plank. Bring right knee towards chest while simultaneously pulling head toward it. Return to original plank position. Bring same knee to opposite side of body. Repeat for 30 seconds each side. (top pic)

2. Clean and Press. Stand with feet hip distance. Bend down in a squat to pick up dumbbells. Bring weights slowly up to shoulder level, while still in a half squat, palms facing each other. Press weights over head completely. Bring weights back down to ground and start over. Repeat for 15-20 reps. (lower left pic)

3. Rotating Jump. Squat and then jump up to twist and land on your left in starting position. Repeat, twisting to the right. Repeat for 30 seconds both sides. (right pic)

4. Goblet Squat. Hold dumbbell below chin vertically. Make sure you are using something heavy to really get a burn going. Squat down almost to ground and rise up to start. Repeat for 20 reps. (top left pic)

5. Push-Pull Extension. Begin in plank. Right hand is holding dumbbell. While you are holding the dumbbell in the right, bend down into push-up position, then come back up. Bend right elbow straight back and rotate your body to the right as you extend right arm up. Return to starting position. Do 10 reps each side. (bottom left pic)

6. Single-Leg Deadlift. Hold dumbbell in left hand and shift all weight into right leg. Bend forward from the hips and your raise left leg to hip height behind you. Return to starting position. Do 20 reps, repeat on opposite side to complete exercise. (top right pic)

7. Lunge Twist. Stand with hips shoulder width apart with a dumbbell raise to chest level, elbows pointed down. Lunge back with right leg as your rotate torso to the left. Return to starting position. Repeat on opposite side. 15 reps. (bottom left pic)

So now you can be prepared for your own reaping and have a little faith in hoping the odds are in your favor.

Peace, love, and odds!

~C.C.D. 

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