Hamilton: Choreography

Hey! I’m back!

This summer has been hectic and busy, which meant that the blog went to the wayside, but I’m back now. Anyway, on to more positive things…

While away from the blog I was sucked into the wonderful world that is the Hamilton Soundtrack. It’s sooo good! I read 1776 by David McCullough to get queued into all of the historical references, for which I’m so glad that I did because Lin-Manuel Miranda peppers in so many people, events, and places from the American Revolution that I didn’t know off of the top of my head. (I was brought up in a family that favors American Civil War history over the Revolution.) I also listened to a number of podcasts to get queued into the hip hop and musical theater references. There are so many levels of nerd in Hamilton, and I’m enjoying discovering all of them.

Photo: Joan Marcus via DanceMagazine.com

Photo: Joan Marcus via Hamilton

As I’ve traveled down the black hole that is nerding out about Hamilton, I came across these videos by The Wall Street Journal where Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler both gives meaning to and breaks down the choreography for the hit play.

Because exercises can get repetitive, changing up a move by making it a little more choreographed keeps our fitness routines fresh and exciting. So if you’re like me and you’ve been listening to the Hamilton soundtrack, why not put it on while working out and make lunges a little more interesting?

Fandom Fitness Facebook Finds

Depending on the Facebook algorithm, whether or not you’re on Facebook, or how often you find yourself logging on, you may have missed out on some fun videos, merchandise, or news that relate to a fandom and fitness shared via the Fandom Fitness Facebook page.

If any of those scenarios are the case for you, fear not, true believers, because this post is here to compile all of those videos, merchandise, and news in one place!

D’oh! A Healthier Take on Homer’s Favorite Treat

I’ve been pretty busy lately with being in a wedding, taking on new personal training clients, and celebrating family events, which means the blog has been on the back burner for a couple of weeks.

BUT that doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about it or prepping for posts. On June 1st I tried my hand at baked donuts – adapting  both a gluten-free and a whole wheat recipe and icing both donuts to look like Homer Simpson’s favorite treat. (Yes! I’m finally branching out my fandom posts beyond Marvel and Star Wars!)

Taking the final result to my local comic shop for a taste test, all agreed that both were delicious, but preferred the lighter texture of the whole wheat donut versus the dense, fiber packed texture of the “it’s definitely healthier for me” gluten-free donut. I may re-attempt the gluten-free donut and add baking powder to see if that’ll increase the leavening and make for a lighter donut.

One main change I made in adapting both of these recipes is the use of coconut sugar in place of granulated cane sugar and a stevia baking blend. Coconut sugar has a low glycemic index, which means we won’t get the same blood sugar spikes that we do from traditional donuts, and has more of a warm and caramel like sweetness. I noticed the difference in sweetness when pouring the batter into the pan, which was enough of a lure for me to continue trying out the cane sugar alternative in other recipes.

Anyway, let’s move on to the important part of the post, the recipes themselves:

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Motivation Munnday: X-Men AoA’s Olivia Munn

It’s the Munnday before X-Men: Age of Apocalypse hits theaters, so why not get some motivation for the week via a pertinent event in geek culture?

 

I didn’t have access to G4 back when Olivia Munn was co-hosting Attack of the Show with Chris Hardwick, but I did fall in love her portrayal of economics geek Sloan Sabbith on HBO’s The Newsroom. As part of the press tour for X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, she kept mentioning how much training she’s done for the role to portray one of her favorite (as well as one of mine) X-Men.

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Black Widow Image: Marvel.com

The Her Universe Black Widow Workout

Last month’s live streamed workout hosted by Her Universe and Fierce Lotus Fitness on Periscope is now available to view and participate in on YouTube! I’ve previously written about participating in the workout in a Motivation Monday post from April 18th. (You can read that post here.) 

The choreography for the routine incorporates fitness elements before flowing into a basic fight sequence inspired by Black Widow, which you better believe I was thinking about while watching her moves in Captain America: Civil War (currently available for viewing in a theater near you).

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