Rest is not something I’m good at or even enjoy that much. However, other than my daily 45s I have now taken 7 days off!! I can’t even remember the last time I did that willingly!
Sunday 3/29 – 45 seated twists.
Return to center –
This was a new (to me) version of an oblique twist – you can definitely feel it in your obliques but it takes out the lower core work that you get in a reclined Russian Twist.
I did a one person race. I ran a loop around our neighborhood that is about 2.15 miles over and over.
I decided that 25 miles was good for the day!! I was only taking a sip of water after each lap and I don’t think that 12 sips in over 4 hours was enough for me!!
Monday 3/30 – 45 foam roller ab tuck. This move is one that Lindsay (CotterCrunch) included in her 3 New Core Moves post a couple weeks ago.
Holding a plank while completing all 45 reps was definitely a challenge!!!
Tuesday 3/31 – 45 low squats while on wobble balls – holding medicine ball – bring elbows to knees.
Adding the balance challenge with the wobble balls was fun!
Wednesday 4/1 – 45 plank walk-ups from floor to BOSU.
At some point I started wondering if I should do 2 sets of 45 – one with the right hand leading and one with the left hand leading. I decided to just go with one set so I alternated lead hands every 5 reps.
Thursday 4/2 – 45 cross body mountain climbers with feet on ledge.
Return to start and bring left knee in –
Obviously this move went faster when I wasn’t trying to pose for a picture!! I liked doing the mountain climbers with my feet up – it changed the feel of the move a little. Right-left = 1 rep.
Friday 4/3 – 45 decline tricep dips (feet on chair – hands on floor).
This move was small but I definitely felt it in my triceps!!!
Saturday 4/4 – 45 diamond butt lifts.
This was another small move but very effective!!!
Since I’m actually writing this on Sunday (Easter) and I didn’t work out today, I have successfully managed to take 7 days off without going crazy!!!
It might take me awhile to figure out how I want to do my Daily 44s since I’m not posting every day!!
Sunday 3/16 – 44 Squat thrust with 4 plank jacks
No other workout – Sunday is usually my day off if I take one for the week.
Monday 3/17 – 44 seated row with band
I ran 11 miles in 88:07 followed by an easy cool down mile.
Tuesday 3/18 – 44 windshield wipers with bender ball. This move is awesome for your entire core!!!
I counted a right – left as 1 rep. Not gonna lie – this move was hard for me!! I guess my core/obliques need more work!!!
Another long run (trying to get used to running on tired legs!) – 12 miles in 95:36 followed by 2 easy miles.
Wednesday 3/19 – 44 hammer curls while standing on wobble balls.
I used 10 pound dumbbells which was about as heavy as I could handle for that many reps.
I pulled out another DVD that I haven’t done in a long time – Shape Sculpt Your Abs. I did the entire 60 minutes plus the 12 minute bonus. I like that even though the title implies that it is just an Ab workout, it is really a full body workout!!!
Thursday 3/20 – 44 side lying hip abductions. This move was thanks to Nellie (Brooklyn Active Mama) and her Weekly Wednesday Workout. I have done a move similar before but this one had a slight variation – when you lift your leg, you pull it slightly back.
It didn’t take very many of these to feel it in my hip and outer thighs!!! And, you know I don’t want to be unbalanced so I flipped over and did 44 more!
I also got in my 3rd run of the week. 8 miles in 62:13 followed by 1.6 miles nice and easy!!!
Friday 3/21 – 44 Jefferson Dead Lifts. This move was brand new to me and I liked it OK since I like to find new things to try for my daily moves but I’m not sure I would do it regularly. I saw it on Tamara’s (Fitknitchick) Facebook page the other night and thought it would be fun!
You can see in the picture that the grip is different from a standard grip with one hand facing out and the other in.
I decided that since it seemed like one side was working a little differently I should flip around and do another set of 44 the other way.
I think that I prefer the straight leg dead lift to really target my hamstrings and butt!!
I did a new workout that I just won from Kim (BusyBod) “Thanks, Kim!!!” – The MashUP Conditioning DVD. This workout was intense!!! The idea is to work the entire body in a short time (longer if you combine segments). Each 15 minute segment consists of 3 parts – 5 minutes of strength based moves (also some agility involved). This is 5 moves for 1 minute each!
The next section was HIIT – 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off for 5 minutes. I’ve never done HIIT with that long of a rest but it was kind of nice.
The final 5 minutes was the mind/body connection – 5 primarily core moves for 1 minute each and you were encouraged to stretch as needed.
I did 2 (there are 7 total) of the Tempo segments for a 30 minute intense workout!!
Saturday 3/22 – 44 jump squats onto wobble balls. You know I’m loving my wobble balls and this was a fun way to do some jump squats!!!
I tried flipping them over and really working my balance but after nearly twisting my ankle twice I decided that it was challenging enough the way I did it!!!
And, I ran again this morning!!! 8 miles in 56:52 plus 2.2 easy miles. Today for the HappyFitMarch challenge we were supposed to run a mile and compare it to the past 3 Saturdays. I used my 8th mile today (I’ve been using my first mile which is never my fastest!) – 6:00 for the final mile.
Overall, it was a great week of 44s and working out!! I ran 4 out of 7 days for a total of 31 miles plus 6.8 easy miles.