Monday, June 22, 2015

Full Body Playground Circuit

A few months back I had a chance to share a workout on Cross Training Couture's Blog. [They are a Christian Athletic Apparel company.] Be sure to check them out!

Cross Training Couture
CTC Blog Post

I enjoyed creating this workout because the exercises listed are all ones you can do at any playground! (It may take a little creativity, but trust me, you can find a way to do them.)

Here it is:

Full Body Playground Circuit

You Will Need:

A Playground


1. 10 incline pushups 
2. 10 hanging bent leg raises
3. 10 step ups (per leg)
4. 10 body weight rows

Complete all 4 exercises then take a 30-60 sec rest.
Repeat circuit 3-4 times.

1. 10 Incline Pushups

Perform pushups with your hands placed on a raised surface such as a the bottom of a slide or step. As I lowered into my pushup, I chose to keep my arms close to my body, with my elbows bending parallel to my body, to target my triceps a little more. (You can choose to do them differently.) Regardless, keep your core strong.

2. Hanging Bent Leg Raises

Using monkey bars, or something similar and secure, hang from the bars with your legs extended. Bend your legs and bring your knees to your chest. Lower your legs back down. Perform these slowly and controlled. If needing more of a challenge, try this with straight legs and try to get your toes to the bar.

 3. 10 Step-Ups (per leg)

Using a step, bench or anything similar, step up onto the surface with one leg. Try to balance at the top and then return to your starting position. Complete 10 steps on the same leg before moving on to the other leg.

4. 10 Body Weight Rows

Find a bar, or something similar, to hold onto that is low enough that you can lean back as pictured, with your feet on the ground. Use the strength in your arms and back to pull your chest up towards the bar. Don't let your shoulders creep up to your ears. You can change the difficulty of the exercise by adjusting how much you use your legs to help you up. (Legs straightened out in front of you will be more difficult than legs bent with your feet under you.)

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Picnic Table Workout

This workout is one I had done back in February. I am just now getting around to posting it. And it has been even longer since I have posted a workout.

So why the delay?

After spending 8 hours each day on a computer for work, the last thing I really want to do when I am done working is get back on the computer. Lame excuse I suppose, but true.

Second, sometimes I worry that by posting these workouts people I know are getting the misconception that I workout all the time (I don't) or perhaps think I am trying to show off (definitely not!)

I just think it's fun to come up with workouts that can be done by almost anyone, almost anywhere. And if anyone sees this and decides to give it a try, cool! And if not, that's cool too. :)

So here is a simple and quick workout you can do using a picnic table (or anything similar).

3 moves, 30 seconds each, 3 times. 

30 seconds of step ups
30 seconds of pushups
30 seconds of dips

30 - 60 sec rest

Voila!  workout complete!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby Paisley

Whoa, how time flies!

I just realized the last time I posted anything was back in October haha.

Well, Baby Paisley has arrived.  She was born November 23rd.
Ta Da!

6 lbs 11 oz, 19 inches long

I love to compare things so.... Jade was 7 lbs 2 oz and 21 inches. :)

I was induced this time around. I don't think I will do that again. The pro to being induced was I knew exactly when I was going in to the hospital, so it made finding someone to watch our toddler much easier. It was also nice to know my doctor would be there (she was going out of town for the holidays...)

Cons? There was no medical reason for me to be induced. Also, I had to lie in bed all day so they could monitor my baby's heart rate and my contractions. Once my contractions got painful, it was a little frustrating to not be able to move around. (In hindsight, I probably should have asked if I could get out of bed, but I didn't.)

Anyway, the most important thing is my baby arrived safe and sound. :)

Paisley was so alert when she came out. I loved how she kept her eyes wide open, trying to take everything in. We love having her as part of our family.

And I can't believe we are now a family of FOUR!