Category Archives: Shoulders

What Was I Thinking?!

Sometime when I pick the 43 for the day I don’t really think it through very well and I misjudge how HARD it is going to be!!!  Today was a prime example!

The 43 was a wall sit (which would have been plenty by itself!!!) with a bicep curl to a shoulder press. Why?????  To use one of Hunter’s sayings – I’m a “dunderhead.”  (I don’t have any idea what that means but it cracks me up when he says it!!!)

Wall Sit – Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press

I started out with 10 pound dumbbells in each hand.  After the first 23 I decided to lower to 8 pounds.  So, instead of doing 43 straight through, I did 23, quick change of weights, then 20 more.  My legs were on fire!!!  It was awesome!

Wall Sit – Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press
Wall Sit – Bicep Curl to Shoulder Press

After the torture challenge, I decided to break the rules a little and run because RUNNERS RUN!!!

I ran 4 miles in 24:20 and then did 2.5 at a much easier pace with a steep incline.  I figure if I don’t run too many miles then it doesn’t really count!

Gotta get going – full day of errands to catch up after subbing all week!

Have a super Wednesday!!!



Shakey, Shakey

Between the 43 for the day and my work-out, my arms are a shakey mess!!!   😀

For the 43, I did a twisting side plank.  I started in side plank and then twisted forward and down to work my obliques.  I felt it in my obliques, of course but also my supporting arm was shaking up a storm by the time I hit 43.

Side Plank
Twisting Side Plank

For this exercise, I did 43 on one side then switched sides and did 43 more.  I was overjoyed when I finished both sides!!

The rest of the work-out was Chalean Extreme Burn Circuit 3 – shoulders again!!!  For some reason, no matter how much I try, I can’t get past 15 pounds per side when I do shoulder presses.  I guess I will just keep on plugging away!

I’m fixing to get dinner in the crock-pot because I’m subbing 5th grade this afternoon and then Jordan has a band concert tonight so we will be on the go.

Enjoy your Monday!!!


Do y’all have an area that no matter how hard you train it doesn’t feel like you are seeing improvement?

Burpees with the Boys

Saturday!!!  Only a 43 today – rest day otherwise!

Today the boys did the demo for me.  Hunter is planning to do his age (11) at some point but decided breakfast needed to take priority!

Burpees (sometimes called squat thrusts) are always hard for me.  I think it is the combination of moves done in a quick manner – I don’t know but it is something I always have to force myself to do.  Start standing then quickly put hands on floor near feet. Jump feet back to plank position. Right away, jump feet back to hands. Stand and jump into the air then repeat.

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There are many ways to really increase the intensity of the burpee.  One very common way is to add a push-up every time you are in the plank position.  For my 43 I decided to just go with the version without a push-up. (lots of push-ups already this week)

Enjoy your weekend!!


Mission Complete!!

Today’s 43 was a fun one.  I did a modified version of a single-arm clean and press.

The single arm clean and press is a whole body exercise focusing on the lower body, the core and the shoulders. By doing this move one arm at a time, the core has to work extra hard to keep your body balanced and the combination of movements really gets your heart rate up.

  1. Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding a weight (I used a 10 pound dumbbell) in the right hand.
  2. Squat down touching the weight the the floor and keeping the back straight, abs in and the knees behind the toes.
  3. Push back up, pulling the weight up into a single arm row.
  4. In a smooth movement, flip the elbow down and the weight up and press the weight overhead.

Because I’m still trying to take it a little easy on my lower body, I took out the squat (thus the modified version).  I did 43 reps with my right arm and then immediately did 43 with my left arm.  I think I might feel this in my shoulders tomorrow.

After my 43, I decided that a light jog would work out the last of the soreness in my legs.  I’m happy to say that even though it is a couple days late, I finished my 43 miles!!! I did an easy 5.5 today and felt good doing it.

Looking forward to the next 43!