I didn’t go outside today. How sad is that? Albeit, it WAS a rainy/foggy mess out there. I had a late night out with some girlfriends and didn’t get to bed until past 3 AM. It was a slllooowww start to the morning, but I’m proud to say I DID make it to the gym (luckily, we have a gym in our condo building) ;)! Today I warmed up with a 5-minute walk & then tackled an arms + abs workout. I did the following exercises with no rest in between:
|ARMS + ABS WORKOUT|
Reps (Dumbbell Weight)
|Standing V-Raise: Grab a dumbbell in each hand & stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms at your sides. With arms straight but not locked, raise the weights in a V shape until your arms are parallel to the floor. Repeat.||12 reps x 1 set (5 lb.)|
|Mountain Climbers: In plank position (straight arms), alternate lifting knees toward chest. Repeat.||22 reps|
|Shoulder Press: Hold dumbbells at shoulder height, arms bent (elbows below wrists). Press dumbbells upward until arms are extended overhead. Lower to sides of shoulders and repeat.||6 reps x 1 set (15 lb.)|
|Sit Ups||125 reps (divided into one rep of 65 & a second of 60)|
|Tricep Kickbacks: Kneel over bench with arm supporting body. Grasp dumbbell. Position upper arm parallel to floor. Extend arm until it is straight. Return and repeat.||12 reps x 1 set (5 lb.)|
|Regular plank + yoga plank: regular plank on forearms; yoga plank with straight arms||2 mins. each (30 second rest in between)|
|Pike Walk Push Up Combo: Stand with feet together, arms at sides. Bend over (it’s OK for your knees to be slightly bent) & place hands or fingertips on the floor in front of you. Walk hands forward until in a pushup position & do one pushup. Keeping hands in place, walk your feet forward until they’re as close to your hands as possible. That’s one rep.||5 reps|
|Side Plank||1 min. each side|
|Airplane Extension: Lie facedown & extend arms out at shoulder level with your palms facing the floor. Pull your shoulder blades together & lift your arms, legs, and chest off the floor. Holding that position, bring your arms forward, reaching past your head. Hold for one count, then move them back. Lower yourself to the floor. That’s one rep||10 reps|
|Ab Leg Drops: Lie on your back on a bench with legs straight & hanging off the end. Bracing your abs & gripping sides of the bench, lift legs straight up in the air (as close to 90 degrees as possible). In a controlled motion, lower legs (keeping them straight). That’s one rep.||20 reps|
|Crescent Lunge & Row: Grab a dumbbell in right hand & stand with feet together, arms at sides. Lunge forward with left leg until left knee is bent 90 degrees. Lower torso as close as possible to left knee as you raise left arm out to the side to shoulder height, palm down. Row the dumbbell straight up until right elbow passes your torso. That’s one rep. Repeat on both sides.
||12 reps x 1 set (15 lb.)|
|Chest Press: Lie on your back on an exercise bench with arms out to the sides & elbows bent at 90 degrees. Straighten arms toward the ceiling & lower. That’s one rep.||12 reps x 1 set (15 lb.)|
|5 min. STRETCH|
TOTAL TIME (incl. stretch) = 40-minutes
I really enjoy workouts that alternate between different muscle groups. This way, you don’t waste any time resting in between sets! 😉
After accomplishing some laundry, I pretty much called it a day hahah. For dinner tonight, I tried a new recipe – white-wine chicken with roasted veggies! As you’ll probably learn, I’m a big fan of trying a TON of new recipes and hardly ever have anything more than once. Hey, it keeps things innneresting! Anyway, this white-wine chicken with roasted veggies had SO much potential and looked beautiful! When the BF & I went to sit down to munch away, we both really liked it at first! The chicken was so moist and the taste was awesome. Then, within a few short minutes, we did a total 180. It was almost TOO flavourful to handle – perhaps because I used too much white wine vinegar?
After dins, some left over Easter chocolates were in order ;). Now, the BF is watching “Game of Thrones”, of which I have no interest in (too gory, I say!). I’m off to do some cleaning – woop woop.
- Does anyone have experience using white wine vinegar vs. white wine? This recipe called for white wine, but I substituted for ww vinegar as we don’t have any white wine in the house. Bad choice?
Have a great evening and start to the week tomorrow morn! Nighty night. x