One of the blogs I enjoy reading is The Great Fitness Experiment by Charlotte. Today she had an entertaining story about her and a gym buddy trying new “moves” on the treadmill. After seeing some of their antics, I decided to use my treadmill for my 43 today. I didn’t do any of the moves they did but I’m going to try to figure out how to make some of them work. (I don’t have space between the back of my treadmill and the wall – I think I can use the front, just have to experiment!!)
So, the 43 today was a sliding squat on a moving treadmill!!! I just kept the speed at 1 mph since this was the first time I’ve ever tried these. Because the lead leg takes the brunt of the work, I did 43 facing right and another 43 facing left.
After I finished the first sets (at 0 incline) I decided to up the challenge and do another set each direction with the incline at 5%.
Little more challenging but still I wanted more!! I put the incline at 12% and did another set of 43 in each direction.
This was a fun way to use my treadmill. I’m going to work up to a little higher speed and 30% on the incline!! (maybe not for 43 though)
Today was Plyo HIIT with Les Mills Combat. My legs always feel like jelly after all of the jumping lunges and squats on this workout!! 30 minutes of plyo!!! I also did another round of Jillian Michaels – Six Weeks to a 6 Pack – Level 1. I like the fact that even though it is an ab work-out, she includes cardio and multi-muscle exercises. It is a brutal program!!!
One-on-one (and I’m not talking about basketball or personal training!) time with my boys is so important! I love the time I get to spend with just Jordan or just Hunter!! (and they are at an age where it’s not a lot of time anymore)
I think my favorite part of school days is in the morning when I take the boys to school. Because Jordan is in middle school which starts an hour earlier, it means 2 separate trips. In August, I wasn’t sure that I was going to like driving them every day (they could ride the bus you know!) but now I wouldn’t give that time up for anything!!!
This morning Jordan and I talked about friends. He is fairly quiet and completely OK with doing his own thing (which I love!!) but he does have a couple of good friends. He also deals with people every day (because he is in middle school and it’s how some kids are) that aren’t very nice.
Earlier this morning I read a great quote that Monica at Run Eat Repeat had on her post. (and it is to good not to share!!)
I shared this with Jordan as we were driving today because I think it definitely applies to the life of an adolescent! I just want him to always know that even when other kids say things that aren’t nice – it doesn’t change who he is because it really doesn’t have anything to do with him – just their need to be hateful!) 12-15 minutes (depending on the carpool line) every morning that I wouldn’t trade for a million dollars!!!
Hunter I spend most of the time talking about the song/artist playing on the radio or his newest technique for solving one of his many cubes.
Every once in awhile we do something crazy like solve difficult math problems in our head! He’s 11 and still in elementary school (6th grade) – life is good for him!!!