Category Archives: Hamstrings

“It’s a Bad Idea”

Today I did another combo move for the 43.  I did a single-leg dead lift with a reverse grip row.  This one took awhile because I like to do dead lifts at a slow, controlled pace and I had to do 2 sets of 43 to get both legs taken care of equally!!

Dead Lift
Dead Lift

You can see that I have a slight bend in my base leg – I would rather do that than end up rounding my back and hurting myself.

row (reverse grip)
row (reverse grip)

I liked this 43 – I prefer moves that work multiple muscle groups and this one got my hamstrings and back really well!!!

I did Day 3 of the 12 Days of Fitness – this is really a fun idea!

I also used Hunter’s new punching bag again today.

check out the sweet pink boxing gloves
check out the sweet pink boxing gloves

I love this thing!!!  I did a solid 22 minutes on the punching bag – 3 sets of 50 single arm jabs (each side) and 500 alternating punches  plus a set of 100 single arm jabs (each side) and then 1000 alternating punches.  Then I did about 3 minutes with the speed bag – I need to work on my timing  for sure!!

I’m hoping that all of the punching will increase my shoulder strength – plus it has to be good for my core!!!  :Delighted:

My original plan for today was to hop on the elliptical.  I sort-of really hate that machine but I decided it would be a good cardio alternative while I can’t run.  I said something about it last night to Chris and he was adamantly against it.  He thinks that I’m going to have to be out of running even longer than 8 weeks because of my complete disregard of the Doc’s rules.  He feels the need to keep reminding me that it’s not just about not running – I’m supposed to be completely non-weight bearing (crutches).  Blah, blah, blah…….I know he’s right but I’m still not going to quit all working out!!!  I figured nixing the elliptical was a good compromise!

I think I mentioned before that Hunter is very good at solving this little puzzle:Rubik Cube

Well, yesterday afternoon he got a new challenge handed to him.

4 x 4 cubeRubik Revenge
4 x 4 cube
Rubik Revenge

By the time he went to bed last night he had pretty much figured out how to solve it – he just needed to perfect the technique and “get quicker”.

Rubik Cube Master!!!
Rubik Cube Master!!!

Here he is this morning with both of them solved (although he is still trying to decide on the “best” method for the 4 x 4).  Genius!!!

Rubik Cube Faker!!!
Rubik Cube Faker!!!

Jordan doesn’t have any interest in trying to solve it.  He just waits for Hunter to solve it and then acts like he did it!!! Then, he messes it up again!!!  Silly!

Happy Fun Friday!!!


100th Day!

Today is my 100th consecutive day of the daily 43!!! I wanted to do a 43 to reflect this milestone.  I think I accomplished my goal today!

I used my step and did a squat series.

14" double step (the Transfirmer)
14″ double step (the Transfirmer)
  • start on step – squat with feet wide
  • step left foot next to right foot – squat feet together
  • step right foot onto floor – squat
  • step right foot back on step – squat feet together
  • step left foot out – squat feet wide
  • step right foot to left – squat feet together
  • step left foot onto floor – squat
  • step left foot back on step – squat feet together

That series makes 1 rep.  I did 43 but then I kept going until I had done 100 reps!!!  (which, in case you are wondering, is a grand total of 800 squats!!)

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Good times!

One of our Christmas Eve traditions is to open presents – so that will take place later today!!!  I hope the boys are happy! Christmas morning we do our stockings and then hang out and enjoy the day – usually we have friends over and play games.

Merry Christmas!!!


No Pain, No Gain – Right?

I hope I don’t need to walk a lot later today (or sit, or stand, or…)!! The 43 totally kicked my butt – literally!!!  I also felt it in my quads and some in my hamstrings!!!

I did a variation on a workout that I pinned on Pinterest yesterday called the Designer Whey Glute Workout.  If you check out their version you will see that they did not do 43 reps so I had to adapt!!

Here is how I did my 43 with this workout.

  • 43 squats
  • 43 lunges with right leg forward
  • 43 stomps (right leg forward, hands on ground, left leg back – bring left foot front and set flat next to right foot, drop your butt, extend left leg again) – Killer!!
  • 43 Cook hip-lifts (place right heel close to butt, pull left knee to chest – lift and lower hips, like a bridge)
That was 1 complete set.  The 2nd set was the same but with the left leg.  3rd set was right leg again and 4th set left leg.
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(For the demo I only did 5 reps on 1 side – no need for you to watch me killing myself!!!)

I thought about only doing 2 sets but in the actual work-out they said 4 sets (of 20 only!!!!) so I figured I should  push myself (HARD) and do  all 4 sets.  Maybe now I will have a “designer butt”!!

I’m sure by tonight I will regret my decision but who knows – maybe all the trips I have to make up-and-down the stairs to do the laundry today will help work out the soreness and shakiness!

Yesterday when Chris got home from Drill I was sort-of cranky.  Solution:


Because Chris knows me well, he automatically goes to the ultra safe!!!  (he didn’t even have to see this cute little chart).

I think I will make a special dinner for my awesome guy!!! (the boys too, of course!)

Happy Sunday!


Work Those Hamstrings!

The 43 today is one of my favorite moves! I LOVE dead-lifts!!  Plus, I added in a row so it was a nice combo move to work hamstrings, butt, and back muscles.

I started standing up straight with 15 pound dumbbells in each hand.  Hinge from the waist and, without rounding your back, lower down.  Come up about halfway and perform row – really squeeze shoulder blades together when you draw your elbows in. Lower arms and slowly lift body back to upright, squeezing butt as you come up.

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For the rest of my work-out I did Les Mills Pump – Combat DVD.  One of my very favorite work-outs when I only have about 45 minutes.  I also did 2 quick 10 minute walks with a friend.

Now I have to get busy on the newsletter for Hunter’s school.  It has to go home tomorrow and I haven’t started – I still have 12+ hours, plenty of time!!!

Kim  :Aerobics: