Sunday Wrap Up
We took a family trip to Dick’s this weekend to pick up new running shoes. Don’t be surprised that we shopped for running shoes there. The Dick’s at Southpark has a great selection of shoes. They also give us big time coupons in the Charlotte entertainment guide each year, so we save a decent amount of money. While we were there, we looked in the fitness department to see if we wanted to buy anything to use for our home workouts. We didn’t end up getting anything, but I did price shop on some of the items that I have used in several of my past posts (in case you were using cost as a reason why you couldn’t get this equipment yourself).
Last week, I posted a driveway jump rope workout. Get this. Dick’s has almost 10 different jump ropes ranging in price from $5.99-$19.99. You can even take these jump ropes out of the bag to see if they work for you. Um, one of the cheapest cardio inventions of all time.
Following our trip to Dick’s, we grilled out and prepped leftovers for the rest of the week. I can’t reiterate enough how much it helps us to prep food on Sunday for a few nights of the week. We are too busy to go to the store and cook every night. If we didn’t prep, we would be eating out far too much. Oftentimes, I will utilize what we cook on Sunday to make a variety of quick recipes, so we don’t feel like we are eating the same thing every night. I have found that grilling chicken to use during the week is a great base to work with. Remember the healthy chicken Panini with guacamole and pepperjack?
By the way, those are baked russet potatoes that you see (click link for recipe). I realize that potatoes have a lot of carbs, but we do eat them regularly. It is important for people who exercise regularly to include carbohydrates in their diet (this is what ultimately provides energy to your muscles). I’m not saying to go out and binge on carbs, but instead recognize that in order for us to be able to work out at the level that we do, we need to eat them.
Monday Front Porch DUFifty Workout
This morning was an at home workout kind of day. After several days in a row of teaching, my body was ready to take a break from cardio to do some strength work. Like most Mondays, I am somewhat pressed for time, so my at-home workout is usually less than thirty minutes and something that I could take on the road, if I was traveling that morning. I think that I have mentioned before when I was driving to some of my overnight clients, sometimes I would pack a set of dumbbells so that I could do exercises in my hotel room.
Today’s workout utilized a kettlebell (that’s it!). Think heavy enough that 10 repetitions are hard (you almost can’t get to 10). For me this is a 25 pound kettlebell. You only need a little bit of space to do this workout. Think enough space to do a burpee.
Total workout time today was approximately thirty minutes. I have coined the term “DUFifty” for any workout that I do where I am hitting 50 reps of several exercises (over several circuits). Today’s workout does just that with a combination of strength/cardio exercises in between.
Warm up – I jumped rope for two minutes. I didn’t include this in the equirement for the workout, because your warm up can vary day to day. If you don’t have a jump rope, think jumping jacks, body weight squats, imperial walkers, or dynamic stretches.
Workout – Today, I completed a variation of a circuit that I have done in previous posts. There are four stations. Complete each station sequentially. I have found that if I move from exercise to exercise, I am less likely to get bored. Complete all repetitions with little to no rest in between exercises.
Station 1 – Kettlebell swing/burpee combo – Start doing 10 Kettlebell swings, followed by 10 burpees. Next do 9 kettlebell swings, then 9 burpees. Follow the pattern, subtracting one rep of each exercise until you get to 1. Move to Station 2.
Station 2 – Complete the following exercises sequentially. Repeat the circuit until you have completed the station three times.
- Kettlebell side bend – 10 each side.
- Kettlebell goblet squat – 10 repetitions.
- Kettlebell upright rows – 10 repetitions.
- Front Porch Step Up – 10 each leg. These can be done with or without weight. If you don’t have something to step up on to, do a front lunge.
Station 3 – Kettlebell swing/burpee combo – Just like Station 1, except start with 5 Kettlebell swings, followed by 5 burpees. Work your way down until get to 1. Move to Station 4.
Station 4 – Repeat Station 2 exercises sequentially. This time you only need to repeat the circuit twice.
If you didn’t think that it was possible to work up a good sweat at home, in less than 30 minutes, I challenge you to do this workout! Don’t even waste your time getting in your car to go to the gym.