It is rare for me to be up before 7:00 on a Saturday (especially when I stayed up till midnight watching basketball) – however today is for a good cause – Hunter has a Cello Competition in Manhattan this morning so off we go!!! I wanted to get my workout done before we left because the rest of the day is going to be full!
For the 43 today I did a Plie Squat and lunge combo. Start with a plie squat:
Turn to right lunge:
Back to plie:
Those 4 moves = 1 rep x 43. I stayed in a low squat/lunge the entire time so my quads were on fire by the time I finished all 43!! Thanks to Chris for posing for the pictures last night!!
I wanted to do a pretty quick workout so I did Les Mills Combat – Combat 45. It’s been a couple of weeks since I did some Combat and I always love it (even if it is at the butt crack of dawn!!).
Yesterday afternoon was beautiful!!! I went on a 2 mile walk with a neighbor and one of her dogs (a cute little Papillon who wasn’t really into walking and ended up being carried over half the way – silly girl!).
Then Chris and the boys and I played tennis for about an hour – always fun because Chris is the only true tennis player in the group the rest of us just run around a lot!!
Fun times for sure!! Hunter wore his new basketball shoes because he wants to break them in a little before he starts basketball camp on Monday night. Tennis – basketball – both involve a ball – who needs special shoes??
Since I was the one who stopped and took a few pictures, there are none of me (funny that happens on vacation a lot, too) – maybe we should work on that!! Nah!
Jordan and I decided to enjoy the weather and just walk home from the courts – another 2.5 mile walk around the lake!!!
I think my post title yesterday was pretty accurate – it was definitely a Fun Friday! We finished off the night with some Chinese food, rum drinks and the NCAA basketball tournament! Bummer that Kansas lost but I still have Duke winning the whole thing so I have a chance to win!!
Now – I’m off to listen to some awesome cello music!!
Today I thought I would give my upper body a little break with the 43 and do a leg exercise. (It has been hard to come up with non-weight bearing moves that still offer a challenge for my lower body!!!)
I took one of my Pilates moves and turned it into the 43. I did a leg lift that included complete range of motion.
Lie on left side – body in a straight line – propped on left elbow
Point right toes and place it slightly in front of left foot
Lift right leg straight in the air
Flex right foot and lower leg behind left foot
Point toes and raise right leg in the air
Flex foot and lower in front of left leg
The above is 1 rep. This move should be performed in a smooth, controlled manner. And, of course, I did 43 with my right leg and 43 with my left leg!
After working my legs – and I felt it for sure – I decided to work on my plank hold again. I did another 3 minute plank – I’m not sure I will ever be able to hold it longer than that. (makes my wrists hurt)
Last night was Hunter’s cello bash (and by bash I mean LONG concert – good but LONG – like 2.5 hours!) and I had big plans to post a video of him playing his duet. Ummm….apparently, if you don’t charge your camera battery in advance then you get a message that says – battery exhausted. I tried using my iPhone but I couldn’t zoom in and blah, blah, blah – no video to share.
I made the demo yesterday and this morning I added on to the move from the video. In the demo, I just did the V-sit and then rolled back to the start. This morning I decided that was far too easy for the 43 so I added the extra steps listed above! Much better!
I did Pick Your Spot Pilates again this morning – Belly, Butt & Thighs. I feel sure that I will be a Pilates expert at the end of the next 8 weeks!!! (or maybe just sick of pilates – who knows?)
Last night we went to Hunter’s orchestra concert at school (6th grade orchestra!!!). It was a very nice program – you can definitely hear and see the improvement from last year’s programs!!!
I really do like the sound of the cello and Hunter is getting quite good!
Today I get to test my musical ability (or complete lack there-of!). I’m subbing in the music room!! Sort-of comical because I have less than zero sense of rhythm, pitch or anything else needed in music. (Good thing I already know that the plan is to show a video of some sort today – hope it is a good one!!!)