Park Workout with the Kiddos

Workin' Out

Welp, I got my workout in. It wasn’t as structered as I had hoped, but it got done.

It only took until nearly dark, and a family trip to the park after yet another busy day, but that’s alright.

Even though the actual workout was a bit scattered, my muscles now feel fatigued and I’m certain I’ll be slightly sore come morning. Mostly because I haven’t worked out in a week!

Each exercise I did between 12-20 reps. Somewheres around 3 rounds of everything. To be honest, I lost track and just kept jumping into different exercises as I went along while the kids and Javin were playing.

Playgrounds actually make really good gyms. Just have to get creative.

And, it’s another way for the kids to see Mama live an active lifestyle.

 

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Plank Workout

Workin' Out

Planks are wonderful.

They are for the most part low impact. They offer total body possibilities. They allow you to take exercise anywhere and everywhere without equipment. They help build strength, but also posture and balance.

I decided to play around with your average plank and came up with a fun planking workout that was somewhat new to me, and also challenging enough that I was sore the next day from the exercises. These planks however, used added equipment. I did use a step/box and a set of dumbbells.

1. Decline plank with alternate kick through— The goal with these were to keep a tight form, and push my “kick” as close to my opposite elbow I could get without twisting my hips to the point where my core was no longer strong and activated.

2. Plank with front raise— Holding the plank position while lifting a dumbbell forward until arm was straight and parallel to the floor. Then alternate sides.

3. Plank twists— The one exercise in this workout I’ve done many times. From the forearms, twist just enough as you dip your hips. You should feel these in your obliques.

4. Reverse plank with leg lifts— Reverse planks are challenging without adding any extra movements to them. The position of hands are my biggest struggle with these, as after a while, my wrists get tired and achy. From the full reverse plank, lift legs and alternate sides. I noticed that with each leg lift, I had to focus on keeping my glutes and core tight or my hips wanted to fall and break form.

5. Plank with open and push— similar to the front raise, but opening up your body just enough to push overhead rather than up and forward. Again, keep form tight and don’t allow wobbly twists.

All these exercises were done in controlled movements. Never try to go so fast that you sacrifice form in order to finish the reps faster. Each exercise ranged between 12-20 reps. Do 3-5 rounds.

Supplemental Workout to Running

Workin' Out

Here we are, the week of the Rogue Relay that my husband and I have been eager for now for over a year. Last year I would have liked to have been a part of a team, only, having our second child threw a wrench into training plans.

Not that our training plans actually went as planned this year.

–We bought a house, in which we still haven’t moved into.
–This winter was the rainiest I think I’ve ever experienced all my life.
–Schedule conflicts were challenging to say the least

But…we trained. 

I may not have gotten in as many runs as I would have liked, but the days I couldn’t leave the house because contractors were around, the weather was impossible, or the timing just didn’t seem to fit, I still worked out at home.

And here’s the thing…All runners should be cross-training anyways. 

My runs have never felt stronger than this last year, and I feel I owe that all to cross-training. Even after two babies in the last three years, and the ups and downs of pregnancies and childbirth, I came out faster and mentally stronger than I think I ever have been. Sure, I used to be able to run 10-16 miles DAILY, but that was when I WANTED to. The fact that I am able to get in only 1-2 runs a week and still blast out a challenging 8 miles in an hour, I am happy with that. I like the way I feel when I am lifting weights, and I like the way my body doesn’t feel like it’s breaking down after I workout. These days, it’s almost as though all my running in the past has taken a toll on every joint and after my runs, I ache. I have come to the conclusion that after this relay, I probably wont have the interest to run very often. Hiking, weighted workouts, and walks will do me just fine. I know I can stay in shape with that lifestyle.

Anywho, Javin and I put together a workout to supplement our runs we have coming up. We figured we should make it our last challenging workout so as we are not sore for the relay. We also wanted to work muscles that wouldn’t be used as much while running, or muscles that would help our running by limiting imbalances. 

Hamstrings: Most runners are quad dominant. (shoot, most people in general are) Both Javin and I both have experienced knee pain when our hamstrings get left out.

Arms: We initially wanted to hit only shoulders, but this evolved into arms overall. You use them to pump, which is kind of a big deal in running. Arms are important for counterbalance, bio-mechanics etc. 

Abs: Strong abs increase stability in your hips and pelvis during running. Your core affects your posture, which affects your speed and so on. 

We broke the workout up into muscle groups, and worked each muscle group individually before moving onto the next. This way, we could be sure we got the most of each exercise.

Hamstrings:

  1. Single leg RDL x 20 each leg
  2. Glute stretch Bridge into Bridge pulses x20 each leg + 20 pulses
  3. RDLs x 20

3 Sets

Arms:

  1. Equalizer dips (Assisted) x 15
  2. OH Band pulls x15
  3. Butterfly Raises x15

3 Sets

Abs:

  1. Plank with Glute lifts x 20
  2. V Chops x 20
  3. Plank Pointers into Reach throughs x15 each side
    (As Javin calls it, “The Extreme Plank!”)

3 Sets

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Single leg bridges with bridge pulses

 

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1 leg RDL

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RDL

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Plank w/ Glute lifts

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V Chop

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Plank pointers with reach through

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OH Band pulls

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Butterfly raises

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Dips