Lunges, lunges and more lunges!!! Today’s 43 was all about the lunge! To make it more fun, I decided to work off the clock. Start with a forward lunge with your right leg (to 12 o’clock). With the same leg, lunge to the side (3 o’clock). Lunge back with your right leg (6 o’clock).
There are lots of ways to make this even more challenging. I chose to do 43 sets with the right leg and then 43 with the left leg. You could alternate legs to make it a little easier. Also, once I started with my right leg I kept it going and did not tap my foot in between lunges or clock sets. If you wanted to add in a toe tap it would give you a little bit of a break. The most important thing is to watch that your knees don’t go over your toes.
I figured since it is fall and the trees are blowing all over I would use that for my inspiration for today’s 43. I decided to take the tree pose and amp it up by using this cute little wobble ball: (this one is part of the Firm fitness collection)
I did 43 tree poses, holding each for 30 seconds. Because I was standing on the wobble ball, I had to tap my toe a couple of times. I realized that my right leg has much better balance than my left! I just alternated legs so it was a total of 43 and not 43 per leg. I only paused long enough between each pose to switch legs and get my balance. This worked every muscle in my lower body as well as my core and concentration!!!
After I finished 43 on the wobble ball, I did a tree pose with my right foot on the floor and held for 43 seconds and then repeated with my left foot on the floor. Much easier without the wobble!!!
I started my second week of Chalean Extreme by repeating Burn Circuit 1. I will spend 4 weeks doing the Burn Circuit before I move on.
I’m fixing to walk on my treadmill for awhile – not because I’m obsessed with working out but because I’m behind on Dancing with the Stars and I figure if I’m going to watch some mindless TV I might as well be moving, too!!
I actually did two 43s today! First I did a straight-leg sit-up holding an 8 pound medicine ball on my chest. Then….I moved on to the FUN 43! Treadmill intervals!!!
I warmed up for 0.5 mile at 8 minute pace. For the 43 I did 0.1 mile intervals at 6 minute pace. I ran 0.1 hard then back down to the 8 minute pace for 0.1 until I had done 43 at the fast pace (6 minutes/mile). I ended up running for 9 miles in exactly 1 hour (plus a short cool-down).
Running is my favorite – I hope I can increase my running again soon!
It’s another subbing kind of day – 4th grade – WooHoo!
Today I needed to get in a good work-out and I decided to let my 43 be the work-out. I did a continuous movement (even the recovery is still in motion) interval work-out using my treadmill. I’m fortunate that my treadmill can go up to a 30% incline grade!!
I set my speed at 4.5 mph (13:20 minutes/mile) and kept that speed through-out. I started at 3% incline and used that incline as my recovery. I did 1 recovery minute and then 1 minute with a 30% incline until I had done 43 at the max incline. (I actually went just past the 86 minutes so that I could do 6.5 miles during the interval training – 86:19). I walked slowly with no incline until I finished 7 miles.
This work-out got my heart rate up and kept it up almost the entire time. It was AWESOME!!!