Woahmygoshit’sfinallyFriday!!! As you can imagine, I’m pretty excited. Kevin and I have a double-date on tap for tonight, so that should be fun. He has class tomorrow, but I have a full day planned for myself. It includes:
Long walk or spin class (monitoring the HR of course)
Trip to the mall or Babies R Us or Destination Maternity (so many options – so little time!)
Laying out for a wee bit while reading my latest library book (squeeee!)
Baking a blackberry cobbler (my favorite!)
Don’t you just feel awful for me given this arduous to-do list???
If you didn’t win, you can still use the discount code I mentioned in the giveaway post. Yes folks, we’re all winners here.
Let’s see, I’ve covered fun, food, and so now it must be time for fitness. If you’re like me, fitness often falls into the “fun” category too, but let’s not nit-pick. I mentioned a move when I posted my new workout routine, but I didn’t post a description. This video clip should help.
Got it? As the belly grows, I don’t think pushups will be an option. I’ve gotta get them in while I can! This move works the chest, back, and core. It’s a good one!
Tell me something food, fun, or fitness related you’ve got going on today or this weekend!!!
Happy Friday! Wow, i had no idea how many raw egg eaters we have around here. Practice safe dough, y’all!
I’ve got a new move for you. I filmed this little number before hitting the pool yesterday, and I found it share-worthy.
The twisting bosu lunge is a compound exercise that works… umm… everything. Ha. It sort of works biceps and shoulders as you extend your weight from your chest. It definitely works the core, both with twisting and with keeping yourself from toppling head over heels. Gotta love stabilizers! It also really works the lower body, especially the glutes.
This exercise can be performed however you like doing your reps/sets. I did 3 sets of 10 the other day, but I think sets of 12 or 15 would work too since you’re not really going all that heavy on these. Just be careful and take it slow. If you have poor balance, work up to this by doing other balance moves and removing the bosu ball component for now.
Note to self: don’t film in running skirt
Oh, and I have one other thing I wanted to share. Thanks to Fitfluential, Quest kindly sent me more bars to sample and review. Woohoo! They also sent pb chocolate cups, so I’ll share my thoughts on those as well. Luckily I think I got over my chocolate craving already, but I’m sure it’ll be back in no time.
On Tuesday morning, I was supposed to hit the gym, run, and follow up with some back and ab work. Well, it was rainy, and my bed was comfy. I still made it to the gym, but since I overslept 10… errrr… 20 minutes, I only squeezed in a run and the back exercises.
*Side Note: Remember how I mentioned how Nike Tempo shorts flatter NO ONE – see above for exhibit A. I swear I have a butt. It may not be much of one, but I have one gosh dangit!
So yesterday, I created this circuit to quickly incorporate the core work I skipped on Tuesday with the shoulder work I had planned. I got pretty sweaty, so I think that counts for something.
There’s the circuit, but lemme’ give you a little breakdown. Do a warmup. That’s important. Next, do 10 minutes on the elliptical. You can substitute your favorite cardio, but keep this first part at a steady yet challenging pace/resistance. Bust out of that comfort zone!
Okay, then it’s onto the first circuit, which you do twice. Feel free to rest between each round of the circuit if you need it. I had to catch my breath, but I didn’t think it was really “rest worthy.”
You pretty much continue as it states, but I’d like to mention that the first set of intervals are more speed focused and the second set are more resistance focused. Don’t forget a lil’ cool down as well.
Got it? Y’all are smart cookies. I have faith in you. I also now have a craving for cookies.
Do you ever wear things you know are unflattering?
After a relaxing weekend of painting, beers, and a spa day, I was ready to hit the gym yesterday. I think my gym’s going to have a bruise because I hit it hard!
I created a new workout plan that was somewhat inspired by this month’s issue of Oxygen magazine. I like to change up my routines every 4-6 weeks, and I was itching to try something new. I plan to follow my new routine throughout October, and if I’m still seeing gains by the end, I may push it a week or two into November as well.
Monday will consist of either this plate workout, which I adore, or this cross-fit style WOD workout. The WOD is pulled right from Oxygen magazine, so I can’t repost it for you, but I can say it’s three rounds of circuit-like training. That’s the workout I did yesterday, followed by 25 minutes on the elliptical, 10 of which included heavy intervals.
I also did 20-30 minutes of yoga on my lunch break. By 3 p.m., I was starting to feel the effects. I hope my legs aren’t too heavy my run today!
Hopefully I’ll squeeze in 2 or 3 miles on the treadmill before banging out some core work this morning. This core routine was also inspired by Oxygen, but I adapted it to fit my needs.
Low-to-high cable wood chop (8 per side)
Stability ball Russian twist (8 per side) – probably with cable, possibly with medicine ball
Stability ball cable crunch (12 reps) – use rope pulley
Hanging leg raises (to fail)
Oblique Crunch (6 per side) – probably use a plate or dumbbell with these
A few planks for good measure
Wednesday will be legs/booty, and Thursday will have more treadmill bonding and core work. I’ll finish up the week with arms/chest on Friday and a long jog or walk on Saturday. I’ll post those workouts once I have more time to review them. Since they are my routines instead of Oxygen’s, I’ll be able to post more details than I did today.