Finally! It’s Fabulous Fitness Friday! Five Favorite Workouts For Friends!

As much as I love alliteration in my blog titles, I think this one goes a little too far. Plus, there is no “f” word I can think of to replace “workout.”  Is there?

Fitness Friday - workoutsBefore the Run Through Redlands Half Marathon last weekend, Alan and I posed with some of our cross country runners. They ran the 5k. One of the twins was 24th overall, and finished 2nd in her age group, The young man was 10th overall, but was 6th in his age group. Obviously the run was stacked with a lot of high school runners!

I am currently nursing a strange “running” injury. A couple weeks ago I ran 18 miles. Toward the end of the run, my right arm was really tired from carrying my water bottle. In fact, the next day the muscles in my forearm were sore. I actually laughed at that. Now, almost two weeks later, it’s not so funny anymore. On Wednesday, I could hardly lift anything, and if I accidentally tried to pick up something or twist at the wrist, the pain was pretty intense. Since then, I’ve had a chiropractor perform some Active Release Therapy, had a massage therapist work on it, had it taped, iced, and I’ve been really careful about how I move it. Next I’m going to try some magnet therapy. It’s feeling much better, though I’m a little concerned about my long run this weekend. I have carried a bottle for the last 15 years and never had a problem, so this is really strange to me. Only I could run 18 miles and end up with an elbow injury!

Fabulous Fitness Friday

I have a client who I was coaching to run the Rock and Roll Marathon in San Diego. She was doing great in her training, but unfortunately, life interfered and her work load became overwhelming, so we decided to change her goals. She wasn’t ready to plan for another race, even a shorter distance, so instead we are focusing on health, fitness, and weight loss.

To that end, in addition to running, we have added some strength training to her program. She was doing a little before, but we were focused more on the running. Because high intensity training is so great for fitness and fat loss, I have added one HIIT workout to her program each week, in addition to the one speed training that she had been doing before.

I have been digging around in my own archives because when I’m training a long distance client I want to make sure that she really understands the exercise and can perform it with proper form. Most of my workouts have either a video demonstration or clear written instructions, so I can easily send them to my client and feel confident she can learn from them.

Another advantage of the high intensity workouts is that they usually take only about a half hour (or less) to complete. I know that my client is really busy, so for her to be able to get in a great workout in a short amount of time is important. I bet it is important to you too! Plus, she works out at home with just a few pieces of equipment, so she needs a plan that can be done anywhere. So if you’re looking for a challenging, quick workout that you can do at home, check out five of my favorites!

The Seven Minute Workout

The Seven Minute Workout is a high intensity, fast workout that you can do at the gym or at home.  It is based on an article in the  American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Journal that states that 12 high intensity exercises, combined with very short breaks, using only your body weight and a chair fulfills the latest mandates for high intensity effort. For an extra challenge, complete two or three sets of the workout.

Fitness Friday - Favorite WorkoutsClick here for video instruction.

Back to School Workout

Yes, I know that that we’re approaching summer break, not back to school, but this workout is great for any time of the year. It is designed to be done outdoors on a track, but it’s great for at-home too. Just head out the door for the running intervals!

 Fitness Friday - Favorite workouts

 The You Tube Circuit Workout

A few months ago, I started working on a video library of the exercises that I use in my workout. Not the whole workout, just each individual exercise. This workout comprises the first five videos that I made.

Fitness Friday - You Tube WorkoutAnd the links to the videos:

Plank to Side Plank
Lunge w/Twist
Mountain Climbers
Squat Jump
Sorry, no push up video.

Fast and Furious Workout

The only equipment needed for this challenging workout is a medicine ball.

Fitness Friday - Favorite WorkoutsYou’ll find the complete video instruction here.

Total Body Functional Workout

This workout is pretty high intensity from beginning to end, including a quarter mile run to finish off each set. It will really get your heart rate up  and work your whole body in a short amount of time. Each set takes less that five minutes (plus the run), so you can complete a great workout in less than a half hour. Because it needs no equipment, you can take it outdoors (maybe to the high school track for a great place to get your running in).

Fitness Friday - Favorite workoutsVideo here.

And I want to leave you with a final workout (yes, that makes six, but six doesn’t start with an “f” so…). This workout, oddly enough, is my most re-pinned workout, which kind of cracks me up because I did nothing to make it “pinnable.” In fact, it is just a picture of me, taking a picture of the workout. See:

Week1Silly picture or not, it’s a pretty great workout and will definitely challenge you.

So, I have a 20 mile run on my schedule this weekend. I’m not real excited about it because it’s going to be hot on Saturday (over 100), so I’ll have to get out the door really early. What is your plan for the weekend? Any races, big runs or other events? Maybe one of the Fabulous Friday workouts?

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    • says

      They are going to have so much fun at the ball game! I love the thought of your boys experience their first Yankee game..the look in their eyes, everything is so big and exciting! Fun!

      My arm feels pretty good after my massage yesterday. I’m still being very careful, but the pain level is way down, more like a one or two. Just worried about my 20 mile run tomorrow. I hate wearing things around my waist or on my back, but I might have to suck it up.
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  1. says

    My plans this weekend don’t include running, but they do include hiking and walking! I hope your arm feels better soon. Even a one ounce difference at the end of a lever (such as a watch on a wrist) can throw off biomechanical balance so I am not surprised your arm finally squawked at the water bottle. Tough choice as I would always bring water if I were to go out in the heat you face. pant pant sweat sweat
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    • says

      Something like that :-)

      I’m still not sure what I’m going to do. I hate wearing pack around my waist. They always feel like they’re squeezing my bladder. I did look online at some packs that have the 2 or 4 small bottles, thinking they might be more comfortable, but they cost over $40! That seems like an awful lot to me.

      I also considered a camelback, but I hate the swishy sound that they make. And I’ve never run in one, so running 20 for my first time seems a little dangerous.

      So I’ll probably end up carrying my bottle and try to carry it some of the time in my other hand. It’s hard though, just doesn’t feel right!
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