Worst morning ever - totally overslept and woke up at 6:35. Training starts at 7! I stuffed Shea into his harness and ran him outside, grabbed my stuff, and got in a cab (who takes a cab to the gym!? Gah!) and made it to the gym by 7:02am thankyouverymuch.
Act I - 4 minutes of Turkish Get Ups….as always
We started three minutes with no weights so I can continue to work on my form. Since I have been working on it on my own, I was much improved! So then around minute 3 I was able to use the yellow kettles. When my form still didn’t waver we went over the time and I used the dreaded purple kettles. It’s hard enough to hold 24+ lbs over your head with one arm anyway, but to do with a get up - it’s just really hard. Anyway, I DID IT ON BOTH SIDES WITH PERFECT FORM! Only 2 on each side with the purple, but still. Very happy.
Act II - Purple Kettles 4 sets of 8 each
So 1 set was:
So this entire routine 4 times.
Then goblet squats (new to me) to two hand swings (two hands on 1 heavier kettle) using the green kettle. 4 sets of 8 each - 8 goblet squats and then 8 double swings is 1 set.
Act III - Various
Pull ups with the assisted band - I still cannot and have come to terms that I will never be able to do a pull up. My upper body is just too small in proportion to the rest of me. But with the band, I can do them which is good enough for me. 5 reps then hang on the top as long as you can.
High Pulls using the purple kettle, 8 on each arm
Tactical Lunges using the purple kettle, 8 on each side. One leg at a time.
3 sets of this
Act IV - various
Pistols - I haven’t done these in FOREVER. And (BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE!!!) I freaking could do them today! WOO! Anyway, MFT set up a step with 6ish risers on each side, so I had to go low enough to tap my bootie on the bench - and get back up without using any hands. Basically the trick is to squeeze every inch of your body tight - abs, hamstrings, knees, arms, squeeeeeeeeeze - and you can do it!
Dive Bombers - working to get perfect chatarunga (spelling?) for yoga. Dive Bombers are the same thing except instead of starting in plank, you basically start in downward dog.
3 sets of these.
I freaking worked hard today - it was an awesome workout!
Today’s workout: 45 minute plyo class.
For new readers: Plyo is short for Plyometrics, which is basically using your own bodies resistance instead of weights to get a great workout.
This class is INSANE. It’s for sure the hardest class at the gym. Don’t tell MFT!
For new readers: MFT = My Favorite Trainer - who I work out with every Thursday morning. He helped me lose about 4 inches off my hips and a little more than that (approx 4 1/4”) off my back/chest area before my wedding, and now I will NEVER leave him for fear of it coming back!
Anyway - this class is no joke. I am in good shape. I work out 5ish give or take times a week. Every week. For years. And I am DYING in this class. Today the focus was apparently on legs/glutes. We did an absurd amount of walking lunges. But beyond that was almost 10 minutes of squat jumps. It was 5 squat jumps as pictured here, then hold at the bottom for like 30 L-O-N-G seconds. Then 5 again and so on. For 10 minutes. I literally thought I was going to a) tear a quad b) start crying c) get gym induced turrets where I can’t stop cussing and swearing d) walk out. But I didn’t. I did it.
If there is one exercise I can recommend to anyone it is anything plyo. More than cardio, more than weights. If done properly, its strength and cardio in one, and you can do it anywhere - no gym required. Think planks, push-ups, sit ups, lunges, squats, body builders, running in place with high knees, etc etc.
Get after it! Week is already half over!