As I write this, it’s snowing outside (in the pretty winter wonderland kind of way), I have a really cozy-smelling candle burning (still loving these), and I’m drinking tea (the standard). Bonus: both kids are miraculously sleeping at the same time.
It’s so nice that I’m almost tempted to think “maybe winter ain’t so bad.”
(I can already see the me of 3 months from now, and she’s not looking so thrilled with it.)
At least it’s better than the rainy gloominess we had for the entire weekend. We took a family trip to the library, and I ran a few errands on Saturday, but other than that, we pretty much camped out at home.
I was shocked we had a full house for BodyFlow last night, given the weather—the biggest crowd I’ve taught yet, I think. It was my first time doing the “standing strength” track, which is the hardest in this release, and I was nervous alllll daaay loooong. Luckily, no mistakes!
One thing I’ve been loving about teaching is that the workouts feel so much easier while teaching vs. participating. It’s both weird and awesome. I can think of a couple possible reasons: 1) I’m too busy thinking about choreography and coaching to think about how much my muscles are screaming, 2) I know exactly what’s coming, 3) Peer pressure! (We all kinda think people are watching us in classes, but when you’re teaching, you KNOW they are.)
Anyway, I hear a squeaking baby in the next room (see, the winter fantasy is over already), but I wanted to share this workout I’ve been doing here and there over the past few weeks. Since I still have that postpartum belly going on, I’m all about them planks—this workout weaves them in with compound strength moves for a super efficient sweat session.
Split stance with alternating dumbbell rows: Drop into a lunge and alternate rows on either side of the body, engaging the core to keep everything but your arms stable. Switch legs each round.
Rotating side planks: Get into a high plank, on hands, and take two steps in one direction with both hands and feet. Lift the body to a side plank. Drop back to the plank, take two steps in the other direction, and do another side plank. Repeat.
Squat to overhead press: Squat low with dumbbells at your sides. Rise to standing, then lift the arms and push dumbbells straight up overhead.
High plank, knees to elbows: Hold a high plank, on hands. Reach a knee under to the opposite elbow, then switch sides. Repeat for 1 minute.
Reverse lunges with dumbbell bicep curls: Lunge backward, lifting the dumbbells into bicep curls on your way down. Lower weights as you rise back up to standing.
Elbow plank see-saws: Hold a low plank, on elbows, and slowly lower your thighs to the floor as the chest lifts slightly. Then lift thighs and lower chest back to the horizontal. Repeat, keeping the legs straight and core tight the whole time.
Let me know if you give this a shot!
Have a wonderful week. :)