Wild Wednesday

I do not have anything all that exciting to share today, but many of you have asked for us to continue to share our actual workouts on occasion, so I thought I would share today’s “wild Wednesday workout.”

This workout was a fun circuit incorporating body weight exercises, medicine balls and body bars. We had a ”substitute trainer” for the day. However, this did not mean it was an “easy” day. Our trainer today usually trains with us in class, so she knows exactly what we are capable of and how to push us. She definitely did not let us down! I actually find that on those rare occasions we train with someone else, it is often a tiny bit harder (No one let my trainer read this today, please!) because we are doing things a little bit differently and throwing in some exercises we haven’t done in forever (hello, side plank rotations!).

Today was a little bit tough for me because I have been sick for several days. I woke up Sunday with a terrible head cold. I’m sure that had nothing to do with running Ragnar (i.e. no sleep) and then another half marathon on Saturday. Oops. At any rate, this was my first day back at the gym. That always makes for a tough day, especially when the layoff is due to sicknes. I was actually pretty relieved to see that today’s workout did not involve lifting any heavy weight overhead. Here is what we did today:

Round 1:

  1. Overhead (bodybar) walking lunges the length of the gym floor. When you reached the other end, it was 30 V-up’s with the body bar and then walking lunges back to the start.

    Overhead walking lunges

    Overhead walking lunges

  2. While your partner was completing #1, you had to do 30 medicine ball travel push-ups (medicine ball under one hand for a push-up and then roll it to the other hand….back and forth), 30 medicine ball squat tosses and then hold a plank until your partner returned. Thankfully, I had a quick partner today so the planks were never that long!

    Push up on medicine ball

    Push up on medicine ball

Medicine Ball squats with tosses

Medicine Ball squats with tosses

Repeat 3 times!

Round 2:

  1. Broad jump with a burpee across the gym floor. When we reached the far end, we had to do 30 side plank rotations on each side. When that was completed, it was time to broad jump and burpee back to start.
  2. While your partner was jumping & planking, you had to complete 30 squat jumps (Touching the floor with hands on each one to make sure we were actually squatting low enough!), 30 push-ups with a release at the bottom (Shoot arms out to side when chest is on the floor – helps to make sure you are going all the way down.), and then hold a wall sit while waiting for your partner.

    Trainer Kristine making wall sits look FUN. Haha

    Trainer Kristine making wall sits look FUN. Haha

Of course, this was also repeated 3 times!

Fun stuff, right? I had to rush out after class so I did not get a fun group photo. I did manage to snap a few pictures of some of the girls demonstrating the moves though.

In other randomness, I am starting to look at marathon training plans for the 2015 Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge (a 5K, 10K, half marathon & full marathon on consecutive days for those of you that are unfamiliar with this running craziness).Unknown

I signed up for this several months ago because Disney races sell out in the blink of an eye, but really didn’t give it much thought since I was still in “recovery mode” with my foot. After Ragnar and then a pretty solid half marathon last weekend (recap coming soon), I finally feel ready to commit to a plan. My first marathon happened in such a hurry that my only “plan” was to add mileage as quickly and safely as possible. I would like to take a slightly better approach this time!

What are YOU doing to stay active today? Are you training for anything in particular?

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