Category: Workout

Playground Workout + Vacation Time!

This past weekend, we headed to the park before dinner to get some of our energy out. As you can see, we have some work to do on our see-sawing skills.

see saw

While my little man was playing in the sand, I filmed a quick workout to share with y’all. Lately a lot of my workouts have been inspired by watching the kids at recess, so it’s only fitting to film one at an actual playground. This one is perfect for when you have a few adults watching the kids, because you could take turns completing it while they’re busy playing away.

The workout is meant to be completed as a twenty-minute AMRAP (or “as many rounds as possible”), which means you basically bust you you-know-what the entire time. The point is to get through as many rounds of the workout in the time allotted, while still watching your form of course. The trickiest one for me was the swing knee tucks. Sand is probably the worst surface ever for trying to hold yourself steady. I’m just pretending it was a fun challenge or something. Whatever works. And remember that I am a CPT, not your doctor. Please don’t make any crazy changes to your routine without consulting a physician first.

Playground Workout



And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Step Ups: Lift your right foot off the ground and place it on the bench. Lift your left foot off the ground and use the muscles in your legs and core to lift this foot onto the bench as well. Really squeeze those glutes at the top. For real, squeeze the heck out of ‘em. Step back down one foot at a time and repeat.

Chin Ups: Find a horizontal bar and grab it with your palms facing you. Your hands should be about shoulder width apart.  Lift your feet off of the ground so that you are hanging straight down from the bar. Then lift yourself up as far as you can, using your biceps and back. Get your chin over the bar if possible! Lower yourself back to hanging and keep it going.

RLE Split Squats: Lift one foot and place it on the slide (or bench) behind you. The top of your lifted foot should be touching the slide. Squat down, while keeping your abs contracted and your chest up. Lift back up and repeat the process until you’re done with all the reps for one leg. Switch legs and repeat.

Swing Knee Tucks: Place your feet in the seat of a swing. Lift your knees from the ground and get into push up position, keeping your core tight and your body straight. Pull your knees toward your chest. Return to the starting position by extending both legs out again. Repeat!

Sprints: If the playground is pretty big, a lap around might suffice. If you’d rather not stray that far, just do high knees for thirty seconds. That’s equally as painful when done correctly.


 

While this would have been an awesome workout for me to do this week in our backyard, I have to admit that I haven’t worked out at all this week. Whoops. I’ve been way too amped up about our Disney trip. So if you try it while I’m gone, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you think.

Speaking of our trip, we’re actually heading out of town right this very second. Tonight we’ll be staying with Maddy and her family, and in the morning we’ll all be heading to Orlando. Caravan style. I can’t wait to see the kids exploring the parks together, especially since they are all pretty close in age. If y’all have any last minute suggestions for us, feel free to send them my way. Okay, I’ll quit rambling now and actually get in the car. See y’all later! :)

The Recess Workout: Make Fitness Fun

Hey y’all! Remember when I talked about filming a workout on Monday? Well, I guess it’s time to share that bad boy. Honestly, I had fun coming up with this one because I based it off of things we do at recess. I taught my kids how to play hopscotch last week and they loved it. While I was hopping back and forth, I realized that it was actually a killer workout. Fitness can be a blast when it’s in the name of fun, you know? You can also learn that way, but that’s a post for another day. Sight word hopscotch, for the win.

sight word hopscotch

 

The following workout is a circuit, so it’s very similar to what I always post. The main difference is that it includes moves that remind me of the types of games we played as kids. Tossing a ball? Yeah, totally nailed it back then. It just seems a bit harder now that I’m doing it with a med ball. ;)

RECESS WORKOUT


And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Med Ball Sit Up Tosses: Lie flat on your back with knees bent, holding a medicine ball above your head. Contract your abs to lift your chest toward your knees, keeping the medicine ball overhead. Lower the ball to your chest and throw it into the air. Catch it and slowly return to the starting position. It’s the ultimate game of catch, y’all.

Cross Jacks: Stand up with your feet more than hip-width distance apart and your arms straight out to your sides. Jump up while crossing your right arm over your left arm and your right leg over your left leg. Immediately reverse the motion and return to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm and leg on top of your right. Essentially, this is just a jumping jack that makes you look a little nuts.

Med Ball Lying Leg Raises: Lie on your back and place a medicine ball between your ankles. Start with your legs elevated, with your feet almost directly above your hips. Allow your legs to drop straight down as far as possible without touching the floor. You’re fighting gravity here, people. Immediately bring your legs back up to the starting position.

Hopscotch Squats: Squat down with feet about hip-width distance apart. While remaining in a squatted position, jump your feet together. Continue jumping in and out (kind of like hopscotch!) while making sure you stay in as deep a squat as possible.

Crab Walk Toe Touches: Lie on your back and then lift yourself onto your hands and feet into crab position. Step forward with your right arm and leg, then immediately step forward with your left arm and leg. It’s just your basic crab walk from elementary school, if you remember those! Lift your right leg and reach your left arm toward it above you. Take two more “steps” and then lift your left leg and reach toward it with your right arm. It sounds way more complicated than it is when I try to type it out.

Hope your Wednesday is going well! If you try this workout, let me know! I didn’t realize how much stronger I was as a child until I tried crab walking again. Tough stuff.

Question: What workout or exercise is most FUN to you?

Dumbbell Workout: Combo Moves Are Hard, Y’all

Other than a slight cough and an oddly manly voice, I’m feeling 100% back to normal today! Exciting stuff. I’m hoping to get back into a workout routine now that I can breathe again. After work I headed to the gym for a fun tabata class, which was exactly what I needed to motivate me.

Now that I’ve filled you in on today, let’s rewind to the workout that never happened last Thursday. I’ve completed it a few times in the past, but I can’t wait to redeem myself after that embarrassing fail. Maybe tomorrow? Speaking of fails, look how close I got to centering my body on the mat. Head, meet pavement.

hip bridge chest press

 

The workout includes five combo moves using two dumbbells. I love how total-body moves challenge my strength and coordination. I have all the gross motor skills of a toddler, so I love this workout for helping me out with that.

 

dumbbell circuit workout



And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Romanian Deadlifts + Upright Rows: Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your knees slightly bent. Holding a pair of dumbbells in your hands, slowly hinge forward at the hips until your torso is as low as you can get it without bending or arching your back. Return to standing by squeezing your glutes. Immediately lift the dumbbells to chest height, keeping them close to your body with your elbows out to the sides. Return to the starting position.

Forward Lunges + Overhead Presses: Stand with your feet together, holding a dumbbell in each hand just above your shoulders. Step your right foot forward and lower into a lunge, while pressing the weights overhead. Push yourself back up to standing and lower the weights back to your shoulders. Repeat with the leg left. For the purposes of this workout, that’s one rep. I know, I’m so wrong for that.

Hip Bridges + Chest Presses: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Hold a pair of dumbbells directly above your chest with your palms facing away from you. Lift your hips off of the floor until your torso forms a straight line, bracing your core to help stabilize you. Next, press the weights straight up and then lower them back to your chest. Lower your hips to return to the starting position (but don’t let them touch the floor).

Sumo Squats + Bicep Curls: Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, turning your toes out. Hold a pair of dumbbells in your hands with your palms facing out. Bend your knees and slowly lower yourself into a squat, while contracting your biceps to perform a curl. Push yourself back up to standing while lowering your arms. To me, this is like rubbing your belly while patting your head. I’m working on it.

Reverse Planks + Tricep Dips: Sit down with your legs extended straight in front of you. Holding two dumbbells, reach back a comfortable distance behind your hips and press yourself up into a reverse plank. Your torso and legs should form a straight line and your shoulders your be over your hands. Slowly bend at the elbows to perform a tricep dip. Start over. Yeah, these can be rough.

 

Hope y’all are having a good night, too. Let me know if you try this workout, and I’ll see you tomorrow!

Get Moving + Cardio Core Circuit

Today after school, I practically begged myself to get up and get moving. I knew I’d feel better if I worked out than if I didn’t, but I still had trouble talking myself into it. Luckily, I have a really simple workout in my back pocket at all times. Not literally, but you get the drift. It includes a few fun moves, like twisting knee tucks. They kind of make you look like a drunk frog, but whatever.

twisting knee tucks

After my quick circuit, I felt so good that I actually kept working out. I went to the gym and took a class. I know. My mind is blown, too. I don’t work out for days and then I do more than I have all month. I guess sometimes you really do just have to force  yourself to get going. Momentum is real, y’all.

Cardio Core Circuit



And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Twisting Knee Tucks: Begin this move in plank position, with your feet together. Quickly jump your feet towards your right hand and then back out into plank position. Repeat on your left side. Continue alternating sides until your time is up.

V Sit Ups: Lie down on your back with your legs together and your arms by your side. Raise your shoulders off of the ground and lift your legs to about a 45 degree angle. Brace your core and lift yourself into a “V”. Your legs can remain extended or you can bend them as you sit up. I need to work on keeping my torso straighter and my core tucked. My body rejects these. Keeping my arms a bit higher would help.

Plank Jacks: Get into push up position. While bracing your core, jump your feet out as wide as you can and then jump them back together. This is one of my favorite ways to easily spice up a boring old plank. Oh, and sweat a lot.

Alternating 2-Point Plank: Begin in plank position, with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your torso as straight as possible, lift your left leg and right arm so that they are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

High Knees: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your right knee toward your chest and quickly place it back on the ground. Do the same with your left. Continue to alternate knees as quickly as you can. Seriously, this is really just running in place while trying to look goofy by slapping your knees into your chest. No big deal.

Plank Side Walk: Begin in plank position. Cross your right hand over your left while you step your left foot to the left. Then step your left hand and right foot to the left, so you’re back in plank position.That’s a lot of lefts, y’all. I hope you followed that, because I did it and I still just got confused. Thank goodness for the pictures.

Mountain Climbers: Get into push up position with your right leg toward your chest. Explosively switch positions of your legs, kicking the right leg back while tucking the left leg under your chest. It’s basically like running parallel to the ground, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Well, it’s 9 pm (aka my bedtime) so I better go. Let me know if you try this one! I know I did it before I lifted weights, but I think it would work better as a “finisher”, you know? It’s also just fine by itself, though, I promise. :)

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And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Twisting Knee Tucks: Begin this move in plank position, with your feet together. Quickly jump your feet towards your right hand and then back out into plank position. Repeat on your left side. Continue alternating sides until your time is up.

V Sit Ups: Lie down on your back with your legs together and your arms by your side. Raise your shoulders off of the ground and lift your legs to about a 45 degree angle. Brace your core and lift yourself into a “V”. Your legs can remain extended or you can bend them as you sit up. I need to work on keeping my torso straighter and my core tucked. My body rejects these. Keeping my arms a bit higher would help.

Plank Jacks: Get into push up position. While bracing your core, jump your feet out as wide as you can and then jump them back together. This is one of my favorite ways to easily spice up a boring old plank. Oh, and sweat a lot.

Alternating 2-Point Plank: Begin in plank position, with your feet hip-width apart. Keeping your torso as straight as possible, lift your left leg and right arm so that they are parallel to the ground. Hold for a few seconds and lower. Repeat with the opposite arm and leg.

High Knees: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Lift your right knee toward your chest and quickly place it back on the ground. Do the same with your left. Continue to alternate knees as quickly as you can. Seriously, this is really just running in place while trying to look goofy by slapping your knees into your chest. No big deal.

Plank Side Walk: Begin in plank position. Cross your right hand over your left while you step your left foot to the left. Then step your left hand and right foot to the left, so you’re back in plank position.That’s a lot of lefts, y’all. I hope you followed that, because I did it and I still just got confused. Thank goodness for the pictures.

Mountain Climbers: Get into push up position with your right leg toward your chest. Explosively switch positions of your legs, kicking the right leg back while tucking the left leg under your chest. It’s basically like running parallel to the ground, at least that’s what I tell myself.

Well, it’s 9 pm (aka my bedtime) so I better go. Let me know if you try this one! I know I did it before I lifted weights, but I think it would work better as a “finisher”, you know? It’s also just fine by itself, though, I promise. :)