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.
Happy Friday! This post is a little later than normal since I took today off from work. It feels good to be relaxing in my pajamas. It felt good to relax in my pajamas last night too. I enjoyed a some kitty time and a some wine (I tried the Veranda 2008 cab and absolutely loved it).
I plan to attend spin class later, and I’m excited to bring my new Polar HR monitor. Seeing my HR while exercising has been really interesting. I generally don’t track calories burned, but it’s still a nice reality check to see it after a really hard (or a much too easy) workout.
I brought it to the gym yesterday for a 3-mile treadmill run and a quick, full-body workout.
This workout was quick but not easy. Do 10 power cleans, 8-10 bosu burpees, and 12-15 kb swings. Complete each move back to back, then rest a minute, and then do it again. Perform 3 sets of the circuit.
Happy Friday – be sure to get out and do something fun!
Happy Friday! As if Friday didn’t make me happy enough, I had extra bits of joy to share. Larabar so kindly sent me a few new-to-me flavors to review, and boy were they good!
I even liked the coconut cream pie flavor even though I’m not nuts for coconut. My favorite was definitely the chocolate chip cherry bar (duh… girls <3 chocolate), but the cappuccino was a very close second.
I guess I can still say that I haven’t met a bar I didn’t like. I enjoyed these as afternoon snacks, but I also really like to have Larabars before races. Lucky for me, there were free mini Larabars after my half marathon. Score!
I also have a video to share. This is one of the hip exercises I’ve been doing (when I remember to do them) for my physical therapy. You can easily do it at home since all you need is a resistance band.
Do you guys like the exercise videos, or is the video aspect unnecessary?
Remember how I said I refrained from pizza & cookies at Thursday’s office gathering? Yeah… my willpower is relatively respectable, but it lacks staying power. Yesterday I wanted something bad. I wanted something sinful.
I gave into my deepest, darkest desires. To be more specific, I gave into my deep-fried-est, dark-sauce-est desires, and I ordered take-out sesame chicken. It was just as glorious as I imagined…
… except it was *more* glorious than I imagined because it came with brown rice. It didn’t last long.
Sometimes you’ve just gotta’ go for it. Other times, you’ve also just gotta’ run. I’m about to meet my running buddy for a 3-mile run around the neighborhood, but before I go, I want to show you the tricips tricks that I promised yesterday.
1 – Kickback with a Twist
2 – Overhead Triceps Press with a Squeeze
3 – Overhead Triceps with Portability
I usually only do 1-3 triceps exercises during 1 workout. I do 1 when I’m working a full-body routine. I do 2 when I’m focusing on chest & triceps only. (Many chest moves also engage triceps.) I do 2-3 when I’m focusing specifically on arms, like bis and tris day.
I hope these little tricks help you change up your typical hum-drum moves. I like that they give a little added umph. (PS – If you didn’t catch my Friday Fitness post yesterday, I recommend it!)
Okay… I’m off to run. What are you doing to stay fit this weekend? Or are Saturdays/Sundays your rest days?
Happy Caturday! I have Christmas kitty pics, a kitty video, and a Christmas workout video. I know that you’re probably wondering why I put in so much cat stuff, but seriously, this is cute. I just couldn’t help myself.
Awww… okay… now Caturday video. I don’t know if it’s more gross that she likes my less-than-clean running top or that I actually thought it was funny enough to film for a wee bit before taking it away from her.
Now it’s time for that video y’all asked for. This is the 12 Moves of Christmas. I did it to music, but I removed all the sound so that you can play it with your own festive tunes. As you see, I also made sure to get the tree in the shot.
The first minute is one of the most awkward things you’ve ever seen. Seriously. It’s just a minute of jumping jacks! haha. I hope you like the workout. It only takes 4 minutes and 30 seconds, so you can rest for 30 to 90 seconds before doing it all over again. This recording was my 3rd time going through it, and I did a total of 4 before switching over to some pilates.
I have a run planned for later this morning, and I have a tacky sweater party later tonight. Wish me luck with both!