Fun with Workout Toys (4/5 – 4/11)

This week I used a variety of pieces of equipment and other workout “toys” for some of my moves – always fun to use items in different ways!!

Sunday 4/5  45 cross behind lunges (curtsey style) off of step – plyo move.

start
start
hop back to curtsey lunge with right leg
hop back to curtsey lunge with right leg

Push off and hop back to top.

hop to lunge with left leg
hop to lunge with left leg

I need to start incorporating more plyo moves into my workouts again!!!

Monday 4/6  45 double step – plank jack/tricep push-up.

I set my steps up end-to-end and put my feet on the taller one with my hands on the shorter one –

set-up
set-up
jack feet out
jack feet out
as you jump your feet back in go down into a push-up
as you jump your feet back in go down into a push-up

This move was hard – the tricep push-up is what killed me!!!

I ran 10 miles (74:28) followed by an easy mile.

Tuesday 4/7  45 V-sit on vertical foam roller with open/close arms.  This move is a variation of a move from Lindsay (Cotter Crunch) and her 3 New Core Moves – she did the move as a stationary move focusing on holding.  I knew I couldn’t do 45 long holds so I adapted it.

start with arms out and legs out a little
start with arms out and legs out a little
bring arms in and pull knees in
bring arms in and pull knees in

This move might look easy but it was HARD!!!

I did Denise Austin’s Personal Training DVD – always a fun workout for the entire body!!  I even did the stretching segment!!

Wednesday 4/8  45 hinged barbell pulls.

start
start
pull arms up (row)
pull arms up (row)

The key to this move was keeping everything still except the  arms.

I only had time for 6 miles (44:17) followed by a cool down mile.

Thursday 4/9  45 side plank with a leg sweep front-back-front.

start
start
move top leg to the front
move top leg to the front
sweep leg to the back
sweep leg to the back

Move the top leg back to the front to complete the rep.  This took longer than I expected – I had to pause a couple times before completing all 45 reps.  And, then I had to flip over and do some more!

set-up
set-up
 move top leg to the front
move top leg to the front
 sweep leg to the back
sweep leg to the back

Bring that leg to the front to complete 1 rep!  I guess I didn’t use any cool “toys” for this move – oops!!

I did Les Mills Combat – Ultimate Warriors – 60 minutes of fast paced punching and kicking!!!

Friday 4/10  45 shoulder presses with a chair.  I was a slug and slept till 6:00 so I didn’t get my workout done early.  I had my 3rd day of cleaning/set-up at the venue for the past 4 so I decided to do my 45 once I got to the venue.

I used one of our chairs – Screen Shot 2015-04-11 at 2.04.53 PMI held it in front of my chest with both hands (by the front legs) and pressed my arms overhead before lowering to a 90 degree bend.  Sort of a fun way to work my shoulders!!

Saturday 4/11  45 sidearm triceps extensions.

arms in
arms in
extend (palms face back)
extend (palms face back)

Can you tell the pictures are after my run?  I put my shirt back on for them since I’m not super happy with my abs these days.

I ran 10 miles (73:50) followed by 1.5 easy miles.

Do you like to experiment with new uses for standard equipment?  
I like to use different pieces of equipment especially in new ways!!!

Happy Saturday!

Kim

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