Sunday, 13 January 2019

Run, Run & Burpees

Well, that was my first 5 day work week of 2019.  By Wednesday, I wished it was Friday, and by Friday, I thought, heck that was a fast week!

It was a good week for me to get my workouts in though.  Here is a bit of a summary:

Monday - Strength Day; threw some dumbbells around!
Tuesday - 30min Run on the Treadmill (regular treadmill); between 5.8mph & 6.5mph
This actually felt pretty good.  About 5km.
Friday - 30min Interval Run on the Treadmill (Woodway Curve - Manual (no power)
4min Run; 1min Walk (x5)

This kicked my ass (it was difficult, plus tiring on my gluteal muscles).  You seriously can't get sloppy with your running technique on the Woodway because you will either slow down dramatically or fall off.  I was trying to keep my pace at around 6mph and it seriously waffled between 4.8mph & 7mph.
Saturday - My lazy day
Sunday - Cooper and I ventured to Terwillegar Dog Park - it was perfect winter conditions; sunny & blue sky.  We stayed mostly in the single track trails for about 4km. 

Cooper staring at me while I watched the Raptors on TV. 
Are we going to the park or what, Bre?

 Cooper taking in the sights & smells at the dog park.

A pretty great day to be outside in January.

I completed the first month of our 100 BURPEE CHALLENGE.  The challenge consists of completing 100 Burpees on the second weekend of each month.  Ideally, all of them done on Saturday (or Sunday), but they can be done all at once or spread out throughout the day (or, weekend, if need be).  I completed 10 varieties of burpees (10 reps of each).  I will try to compile a video to post later this week. 

My variations consisted of:
1. Basic - Slow & Controlled (no push up)
2. Alternating Single Leg Plank
3. Alternating Single Arm Plank
4. Jumping Jack
5. Push Up
6. Hurdler's Stretch & Reach (L + R)
7. Jump Squat
8. Chest Opener with Partial Backbend
9. Toe Taps (or, Hops)
10. Renegade Row

Like I said before, I will try to get a video together so these variations make more sense.

Happy Sunday! And have a great week,
Breanne :)

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Right Back At It!

I was back to work on Wednesday.  I worked Wednesday, Thursday & Friday, and I am pretty sure the general consensus was that it was the longest 3 day work week in history (ok, maybe a slight exaggeration).

I got a workout in on Thursday afternoon with a group of clients of mine.  A 45-minute barbell based workout with plenty of squats, lunges, presses and curls.  It was fun for all of us -- lots of talk about food, dogs and recipes between sets.  No one died as there was lots of talk before the workout that they would die since they took the time off from the gym over the holidays. Again, no fatalities!

Friday was a full day of work, plus an evening of indulgence in a little town called Lacombe, Alberta.  We started with some beers and Battle Ship competition at Blindman Brewing, and then, made our way to Cilantro & Chive.  This was our second trip to Cilantro & Chive - great food and atmosphere, plus over 100 beers to choose from and an amazing flight of Caesars (yes, a flight of Caesars).  I also realized that I need to start taking more photos (not food photos either), just more photos in general to share here.  I will always have Cooper photos to share.

Todays' workout was short & sweet -- the way I seem to enjoy them these days.
1. 50 Jumping Jacks - 20sec Rest (x3)
2. 5 Burpees with Push Ups - 20sec Rest (x3)
3. 20 Mountain Climbers - 20sec Rest (x5)
4. 30 Bicycle Crunch - 20sec Rest (x5)
As I was writing this, I was enjoying a playlist called hawksley night in canada on Spotify.  The playlist was created by Hawksley Workman, a great Canadian musician.  I have seen him perform numerous times over the years.  This playlist includes lots of Canadian musicians and one of my favorite songs from the 90s - Drinking in LA by Bran Van 3000. Enjoy the song & video!

Get ready for 100 Burpee Challenge next weekend! January 12th to be exact.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, go Oilers & Raptors,

Breanne :)