Ladder Workout and Whole30 Snack

Sometimes when I go to the gym, all I want to do is put my brain on auto-pilot and get in and get out.  A good workout doesn’t always have to be multiple rounds of multiple reps and…wait am I on round 3 or round 4? Was this exercise supposed to be 30 seconds or 1 minute?  Don’t get me wrong, I love a good, intense workout but sometimes it’s nice to put together a short and sweet plan and get ‘er done.

Here’s a ladder workout that requires little to no equipment.  This can easily be done at home, just use a (sturdy!) chair for the box jumps and warm up by doing high knees, running your stairs, “fake” jump roping, etc.

Bodyweight Ladder WorkoutThe Easter egg theme was totally unintentional.  I think it’s my subconscious talking? #comeonspring

I know I’m making this the most random post ever, but I also wanted to share a fun appetizer recipe that is Whole30/Paleo approved! During the Whole30 challenge, Matt and I made it a point not to go out for dinner/drinks because…well, what’s the point?  If anything, the challenge certainly saved us a lot of money!  We did end up spontaneously having a few friends over one night and I was determined to whip up a few snacks that I could eat AND my guests would enjoy….also so I wasn’t a huge hostess-fail. These bacon wrapped dates are good any time, anywhere. Challenge or no challenge.  I mean, who doesn’t love bacon?

DSC02020Bacon Wrapped Dates

Cook bacon in a skillet until halfway done, then wrap around a date (pitted!) and secure with a toothpick. Bake at 350 until bacon is cooked through.  Frying the bacon before baking makes it a little crispier in the end.  I also only used about a half a piece of bacon per date, but it really depends on the ratio you prefer.

 

That’s all for today!  Make it a great one!

So Much Snoozing, So Little Time…

A trainer once told me…

10 Minutes

I think I need to reintroduce that mantra into my life.

Backing up to Wednesday morning…

5:15 – Alarm sounds. Immediate snooze. Pretty sure I didn’t even open my eyes.

5:25 – Alarm sounds. Alarm off. One eye open this time.

6:00 – Both eyes open…CRAP!

Fast forward 15 minutes and I’m at the gym, with 30 minutes to get in and get out. I hadn’t put together a workout in advance (whoops) and I wasn’t really in the mood to do a multi-circuit, detailed workout, so I warmed up for 10 minutes on the bike and then decided to combine some of my favorite exercises into one workout and just go-big-or-go-home for 20 minutes straight. Here’s what it looked like!

20 Minute AMRAP

Between the kettlebell swings and split box jumps, my inner thighs were pretty sore for a couple days afterwards so mission = accomplished!

(For those of you who aren’t familiar, for Split Box Jumps, instead of starting with the box in front of you, start with one foot on the floor on each side of the box then jump up onto the box so your feet meet in the middle.)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

Friday Favorites: Workout Edition

Hey there!  Today I’m linking up with Heather over at Housewife Glamour for another edition of Friday Favorites, but this time it’s the Workout Edition!  I decided I would share some of my favorite workouts that I’ve posted over the past 6 months or so.  After all of the cookies I’ve been posting about (and eating) lately…seriously, so many cookies… it’s probably time that I give you a few ways to burn them off! 🙂

Housewife Glamour

1. Cardio Ladder WorkoutA good way to keep your heart rate up, without a treadmill.

Cardio Ladder2. Full Body Dumbbell Workout

Full Body Dumbbell Circuit Workout3. Running/Strength Workout

Run4. Fab 5050 reps aren’t that much fun, but you only do it once for each exercise!

Fab 50 Workout

5. Burpee Bonanza! For real, so many burpees…

Burpee Ladder Workout6. 15 Minute Ab WorkoutI’ll usually add this to a cardio day.

15 Minute Abs7. Full Body Gym Workout

Full Body Workout8. Tabata- Upper Body/Core

Upper Body Tabata Workout9. Cardio RemixChanging up that cardio again!

Cardio Remix10. Legs/Lower Body WorkoutWho doesn’t want Carrie Underwood’s legs?!

Gorgeous Gams

 

Have a great weekend!

Gorgeous Gams

Raise your hand if you watched the CMA awards on Wednesday night.  Now raise your hand if you immediately jumped off the couch and started doing squats after seeing Carrie Underwood’s legs?!  I think I might have actually turned green with envy.

Carrie Underwood(Source)

Say whaaat?!  I mean, it’s not really even fair.  Buuut instead of wallowing in my own jealousy, I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I’ve been saying I want to improve the definition in my legs for months now and haven’t really committed.  Part of it is because of my IT band issues and the other part is probably more about a lack of organization and planning.  Now that my leg pain is gone (as long as I don’t overdo it again) I have no excuse not to plan effective leg workouts to complete once or twice a week.  Thursday morning, I was up and at ’em and headed straight to the gym where I completed this “Gorgeous Gams” workout.

Gorgeous GamsI was already a little sore by the end of the day, so I think it did the trick.  Carrie legs, here I come! 😉

Here are links to a few of the exercises that might not be as familiar:

Single Leg Squat (I used 10# dumbbells)

Elvis Squat (I used a 15# bar)

Sumo Deadlift to High Pull (I used a 35# kettlebell)

Cross-Back Lunges (I used 10# dumbbellS)

Step Up with Leg Lift (Similar to lunge w/ leg lift in this post and I used a 15# bar)

Split Box Jumps: Similar to a standard box jump, but start with one leg on each side of the box, then jump up on the box so your feet meet in the middle. Really works those inner thighs!

 

Happy Friday!  Have a great weekend!

Piloga Rookie

Last night, I decided to be adventurous and try a “Piloga” class at my local gym.  Piloga is supposed to be a combination of Pilates and Yoga, neither of which I have done before.  With all of the issues I have been having with my hamstrings, I decided I would like to try to get into yoga, and I thought the addition of Pilates would make for a challenging, yet low-impact, workout.  This particular class was a little slow for my liking and didn’t incorporate as much Pilates as I had hoped (a lot of breathing and self-reflection, which I think I am a little too high strung for)….let’s just say I’m not convinced, but I’m not totally opposed either!  I actually think a regular yoga/Pilates class would be very beneficial to my overall health, I think I just need to find the right class.  It might just be a little trial and error for now!

Although last night’s workout was a bit of a bust, I did, however, get a great workout in this morning!  I wanted to get some good cardio in, but without the usual running routine.  I started with a 10min warm up on the elliptical, and then got to work on the ladder workout below.   It ended up being a pretty good full-body routine, with more abs than I expected, and my heart rate was up the entire time.  After I was finished, I realized I ended up doing 210 situps!  Kettlebell swings also work the core….so I will probably be feeling that tomorrow. 🙂

Cardio Ladder