I knew today’s workout would be a good one. Translation – today’s workoutwas going to work me. And it did. I’m feeling it right now as I type. I’ve been feeling it in my legs, shoulders, arms and back all day, starting just a few hours after the workout.
Usually I don’t “feel it” after a good workout until the next morning. So to feel it so early in the day, that’s a gooood sign. It was just 11 simple exercises done, one right after the other. Then a break and do them again. Some squats, some pushups, some planks, some lunging, some jumping jacks, some moving the medicine ball around. Of course there were variations and combos involved. That’s where you get the “full body” effect. But there was no running today. Nope none whatsoever. If you do your stationary exercises and resistance exercise at a high intensity and don’t let yourself off the hook with breaks, this workout can be a good cardio workout as well.
Shauna, Laura, and I were all working hard. Some of these activities got pretty tough. Then we messed with the variations on round two and made them a bit harder. We held the medicine ball during the squat thrusts, we did our planks with our feet on the ball, we made ourselves lift higher and lunge and squat lower, and we did every pushup with at least one hand on the medicine ball. Let’s just say “Ouch!” Feel those muscles working!
One activity we kept unchanged for both rounds was Plank to Frog to Over. Here are some photos of Laura doing it. First, get into a good solid plank alongside your medicine ball. Then hop your feet forward into a frog stance. With both hands and both feet on the ground, spring sideways over the ball landing on all fours. Then jump those feet out into another plank.
Want to see it in motion? Check out the little snippet I put on YouTube for you. It’s got the catchy little name “Plank to Frog to Over.” (Yeah, can’t post video right here on the blog. Soon that will change)
If you do this fun little exercise right, at a good high intensity, for a decent period of time, you are going to feel it working you all over. Your upper body works, your core works, your legs work . . . . and soon you’ll be screaming out some James Brown of your own, “I feel GOOD! I knew that I would! I feeeel GOOD! I knew that I would. So GOOD! SO GOOD! I got fit – - – -!” What? Those are the words, aren’ t they??