Move It Monday – Kettlebells and Core!

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Happy Monday! 🙂

After this past weekend and our burger binge, my body was begging for a good workout. It was a bit windy for a long run last night, so I traded it in for an hour of plyometrics. Plyometrics is a form of jump training. It’s a series of explosive movements that require lots of energy, for short amounts of time. If you haven’t tried it before, it may seem intimidating, but it’s a great workout. If you find yourself in a fitness rut, plyometrics is a great way to get out. 🙂

The rest of the week’s workouts/dinners looks like this:

Monday – Cereal (I work late)

Warm-Up – 2o minutes treadmill (10 walk, 10 run)

Kettlebell Circuit (see below)

Tuesday – Grilled Pork Chops w/ Sauteed Onions and Green Beans

2.5 mile run

Bodyweight Circuit

Wednesday – Chicken and Quinoa Stir Fry

Monsoon Sweat Workout (click to open)

Thursday – Grilled Beef/Mushroom Burgers w/ Sweet Potato “Fries”

Indoor Cycle Class -1 hour

Friday – Out for dinner

2 mile run outside

Bodyweight Circuit

Saturday  – Ball Park Grub 

Walking, Walking, Walking (out of town) 🙂

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I told you that I was going to give you a good core workout, but instead I am giving you my core AND kettlebell workout from today. It’s a keeper. 🙂

Pink Kettlebell

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(click on the exercise for a video how-to)

Kettlebell Circuit

Swings – 20 lb, 1 minute

Sumo Squats w/ Raise – 20 lb, 1 minute

Figure 8’s w/ Twist – 20 lb, 1 minute

Split Squats – 15 lb, 10 reps each side

Get Up Sit Up – 15 lb, 10 reps each side

Plank w/ Row – 15 lb, 10 reps each side

-repeat this 2x’s, for a total of three sets. You may have to adjust the weight and reps/time. Just listen to your body and adjust accordingly.-

Core

Up and Down Plank

Scissor Twist

V Sits

Tuck and Hold

Cross Leg Sit Up

You are going to do as many reps as possible for one minute on each exercise. Rest only as much as needed, and move to the next exercise. Repeat this 2 times. Again, you can modify this workout according to your fitness level. 🙂

Hope you feel the burn!

Do you plan your meals or workouts for the week? Or the month, even? What are some of your favorites?

I try to plan both every week. I think planning your meals can be a money and time saver. You can plan meals that use crossover ingredients, cutting down on waste. Also, you can prep all of your veggies and what not in advance.

As far as workouts go, I think planning them is always a good idea. Things happen and sometimes we have to improvise, but if we have a plan in advance, it’s harder to make excuses for not squeezing that workout in. What about you? 🙂

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