Fighting that cardio boredom…

Hey there!

I started off my morning yesterday with a little 5:30 am workout, per usual.  I have to admit, I wasn’t really in the mood to “get after it” like I usually am but hey, I figured I’m there, might as well make the most of it right?  My hamstring is STILL giving me issues, so I decided to take it easy on the cardio.  I started off with 10 min on the bike, 10 min on the elliptical, then my boredom got the best of me, so I decided to do a quick 10 min Tabata workout to switch things up, before I finished with 10 more minutes on the elliptical.  On it’s own, this Tabata workout only adds up to 10 minutes, but paired with extra cardio and a workout like the 24 x 24 Leg Burners, it’s a quick and easy way to break a sweat and avoid the boredom.

Timely Tabata

Plank Spider Squat

Start in straight arm plank position.  Bring your right foot up next to your right arm, come back to starting positions.  Repeat on left, come back to starting position.  Then, jump both feet to squat position, keeping hands on the ground.  Return to starting position and repeat continuously until the time is up.

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 P.S. I got these adorable monogram Nike running shorts as a bridesmaid gift last weekend.  Note to brides out there: LOVE this idea! It’s not another tote to add to the collection, and obviously something I will wear time and time again. 🙂  Thanks Kelly!

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One of my latest obsessions is protein pancakes.  I’ve tried a million and one recipes out there and, I have to say, most are pretty darn good!  This recipe is a combination of some of the recipes I’ve tried.  I just opened up my pantry and decided to give it a go. If you haven’t gathered this by now, I’m a sucker for anything and everything low carb, and I think these fit into that category so I have a little extra love for them. 🙂

Protein Pancakes

 If you make a smiley face with the syrup, it tastes better. 🙂

Protein Pancakes

Mix together the following ingredients:

1 whole egg

2 egg whites

2 tbsp oats

1 tbsp almond flour

1 tsp (or more) cinnamon

1 tsp (or more) stevia

1/8 tsp baking powder

Optional add-ins- chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, etc.

Makes one large pancake.  I usually top it with a little peanut butter and sugar free syrup.

Arms/Abs Circuit

Last spring, I over-did it a little in the running category, and ended up with a strained hamstring in my left leg.  NOT ideal for someone like me, who likes to get to the gym and get her sweat on at least 5 times a week.  Plus, it was around the time Rams tryouts were starting, so that added to the stress level even more!  I tried resisting doctor’s orders, but eventually gave in and started the process of nursing my leg back to health.  I couldn’t run for a couple of months, and had to stick to the bike and arms/abs exercises.  Let me tell you, that got old REALLY fast!  Eventually, I graduated to the elliptical, and then back to running.  Now, 1 year later, I found myself in almost the same situation, but this time, in my right leg!  Ohhhh the frustration!  Luckily this time around, I recognized the signs before it got too bad, took it easy for several weeks, and now feel like I am finally close to back to normal. 🙂  I wanted to share one of the workouts I did, while I was still trying to preserve as much of my legs as possible.  Enjoy!

Monday Workout

 

Here are the descriptions for a few of the not-so-common exercises.

V-Ups

Step 1: Lie on your back with arms over head.

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Step 2: Using your core muscles, keep your legs straight and bring your hands towards your toes.

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Up Down Planks

Step 1:  Start on your elbows in plank position

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Step 2:  Push up, one hand at a time, until you are in straight arm plank position

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Step 3: Return to starting position, one arm at a time

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Mountain Climbers

Step 1:  Start in straight arm plank position

Step 2: Bring one knee in towards your chest, switch legs continuously until your time/reps are over

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Sumo Squat to High Pull

(I usually use a kettlebell for this exercise, but since I didn’t have one handy, I used a dumbbell)

Step 1:  Start with your feet wider than your hips, toes turned out

Step 2: Squat and bring the weight up to chest level as you come up

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Plank Jumping Jacks

Step 1:  Start in plank position, feet close together

Step 2:  Jump both feet wide and then jump back to starting position

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Squat with Front Arm Raise

Step 1:  Start with feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart

Step 2:  As you squat, bring both arms in front of you to shoulder level

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Plank Ball Roll-Outs

Step 1:  Start with your knees on the ground, elbows bent and forearms on the stability ball

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Step 2:  Keeping your weight on your arms and abs pulled in tight, roll out until your body is in a straight line (or as close to it as possible)

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