Ah, winter workouts. Its been awhile since I posted one for you guys. Sorry about that – it appears that I got off on a few tangents. Two weeks ago I lost my workout notebook. It was this lovely little spiral-bound 3×5 notecard book. I’m pretty sure I lost it somewhere in my kitchen. Which is not exactly cavernous. Nor does it have many crevices or large cracks that such a notebook can fall into. There are no gaping holes. Nothing sucks up anything. There’s no wind. There’s no strange gravitational forces. I’m sure wasn’t incinerated in the oven during one of my many recent beet-roasting afternoons. But I can’t find it. It’s gone. It’s lost.
So, I’ve been using Fitness Blender videos for inspiration. My sister started it, and they’re pretty sweet straightforward videos. I like them. This is the one we did on Monday.
Find the workout here, on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNZe01hqMW8
Just in case the link doesn’t work, it’s on YouTube and here is the specific name:
HIIT Cardio and Abs Workout – 30 Minute At Home HIIT Workout with Abs Exercises
I made one little change, because I am a glutton for challenge. I added another set of ab exercises. So, the format went: Warm up, followed by 8 sets of cardio exercises. Each set was 4 x 20sec on/10sec off. In between each set of cardio we did 2 sets of ab exercises at 50 sec on/10 sec off. I simply repeated the ab exercises shown in the video twice, instead of once. My abs need all the work they can get! Today I’ve got a few sore spots – I like it!
We are also a little over a week into the Burpee-Plank Challenge. So far, so easy! I few things I have learned:
1. It’s not always an awesome idea to invite your husband to share in the plank challenge. I invited mine and his first ever plank in life lasted 2.5 minutes. Bastard. I am SO not texting him any motivation!!!
2. At least one of my friends is a closet cheerleader. My favorite cheer text so far:
Get off the sidewalk, get off the grass! Tina Susak’s coming fast! Look at her plank look, and see her burpee. It’s almost like its her birthday! Sound off: 1,2. Sound off: 3,4. Bring it on down now 1,2,3,4! 1-2! 3-4!
Amazing. And funny. And fun.
3. It’s extra hard to do burpees and run shuttles in between each one. With a toddler chasing you. I bet you could find a toddler to chase you….
4. You might not want to imagine what your butt looks like when you do burpees in the driveway with your backside facing the street. Just in case a neighbor drives by. Don’t imagine it. Just don’t. You will not do your butt justice, I am certain. But if I face the street then the neighbors will see my face as I do them, which I’m sure does not have some lovely serene look on it. Maybe I just shouldn’t do them in the driveway. Sorry neighbors.
I hope all of you are having a grand old-time with your workout challenges, your New Year’s resolutions, your healthy life changes. I know that I feel nearly human again after finally finishing off all those dang Christmas cookies! And my kids are loving the breakfast smoothies 🙂
And if anyone knows where my notebook went – stop holding out on me. You can’t stop me. I will still come up with workouts!!