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Workin' It Out

(last night’s) Workout: Walked on treadmill 55 min (3.2 miles)

Random stuff first. My thigh is feeling much better today. Glad I did a light workout last night. And about that severe weather – it wasn’t so severe. We unplugged TVs and computers and I cleaned the house instead for nothing. To think I could have been sitting in front of the TV not cleaning the whole time.

You know what I love? New half marathons popping up in my area. The Iron Girl Clearwater Half Marathon on April 10 is sounding pretty good right now. That time of year is a crap shoot in Florida – it can be 40 degrees or it can be 90 degrees. And this girl sucks at hot weather running. I think that’s the only thing that’s holding me back from signing up.

That view definitely does not suck.

So, I thought it would be fun to post some of my favorite workouts in more detail (you’ll be able to find them linked on my Faves page too). This past weekend, I did a workout with my personal trainer that I loved. I briefly mentioned it in another post, but here are the details. 

**Remember: what works for me may not work for you. Adapt the excercise, weight, and intensity to your level of fitness.***

We did 2 sets of each of these excercises.



Explanation of Exercises:



  • The excercise looked just like this without a bunch of guys staring at me. Picture one guy. My husband. Laughing at me in the background. We did a full swinging motion on both the right and left side. By the way, please do not do this if you do not know how to swing a sledgehammer. It’s DANGEROUS. Our personal trainer’s husband demonstrated how to hold and swing a sledgehammer and we practiced several times before actually doing the workout.

Fireman Runs

fireman runs

  • They looked like this, but with a 50 lb bag of bird seed over one shoulder. And a lot less smiling.

Tire Lifts


  • We flipped a tire about this size down our personal trainers backyard and back. Use your knees to lift the tire (NOT your back). This crap was FUN. 🙂

 Kettle Bell Swings


  •  Keep your back straight and squat as the bell goes between your legs.



  • I’m terrible at these. So I do my sets by jumping up partially and then using my arm strength to pull me the rest of the way up. These are so good for you and I want to get better at them.




  • Just like this…minus the acrobatic part C.

I felt this workout for 2 days afterwards, particularly in my shoulders, back, and lats. I love a workout that gives you that sore-but-it-feels-so-good feeling afterwards.  🙂


Filed under Crossfit

I’m Breaking Up with Elliptical Machines

Last night I tried the treadmill incline workout that was featured on Peanut Butter Fingers. It was definitely a challenge! The whole workout is close to 2.30 miles, and by the 11% incline, I had to hold on the the machine intermittently to keep up the pace. Today, my buns and hips hurt. And that’s a good thing!

I didn’t run the whole time, so do I add that to my monthly miles? I’m kinda torn on that.

After the incline workout, I hopped on the ellipical for 20 minutes. Then I decided that the elliptical is the most boring machine ever. The ellipticals at my gym make my feet fall asleep. They look like this one. So, you can’t increase the incline – only the resistance. Maybe that’s why my feet fall asleep? Or maybe it’s a stroke from the bottom up.

I was trying to think of things I’d rather do than be on an elliptical. I knew it wasn’t for me when I decided I would rather be the person working at Catering Connection that makes sure 1000 toothpicks go into every box. And that they are in fact, “double pointed.”

Speaking of toothpicks, if you ever don’t know what to do with yours and you have a friend that passed out who happens to have a fro…


Just a suggestion.

Last night, I also did my “initial test” for the 100 Push Up Challenge. I was able to do 16 consecutive push ups until I wanted to “rest” at the top position. This was after my workout and I was still sore from my Cardio Fitness class the day before, so who knows if I could do more. But I’m gonna go with it anyway. I’m starting the challenge on Monday!


Filed under 100 Push Up Challenge, elliptical machines, workouts