Heyo! It’s Saturday and it’s GORGEOUS outside…what a fab combination! I’m rounding out my weight free week and feelin’ awesome. I just got back from my walk to and from the gym with a kettlebell Tabata workout thrown in for good measure. As I posted earlier this week, Tabata is where it’s at in terms of interval training. I did a 30 minute workout and was absolutely DRENCHED in sweat:
Kettlebells are super awesome and here’s why: they combine strength and cardio during a single, compound exercise, which in turn means quicker, more effective workouts. Also, every KB exercise puts huge demand on the stabilizing muscles of the core, which means you have to work even harder to maintain balance. Furthermore, KBs strengthen the tendons and ligaments better than traditional dumbbells, reducing chance of injury. See? They rock. So as you can see…mixing Tabata and KBs means increased fat burning, core strengthening, and tushie sweat.
Here is the workout I wrote for today. My photographer was unavailable, so just envision the above rainbow-looking crazy person jumping around the gym for 30 minutes. You’ll need one medium-heavy KB and a jump rope.
KB Swing <–this is a great, simple tutorial on KB form.
As I said earlier this week, I attended my first Barre class on Wednesday night. It was definitely NOT what I was expecting…and I don’t really think it’s for me. I know tons of people love these classes so I’m not going to blast it here. I will say that due to the popularity of these classes, form and safety did not appear to be a priority of the instructors. I’ll stick to throwing around heavy shit, and tap dancing with maracas:
Welp, I think that’s all I got for today. As you can see, I’m being forced to repeat workout clothes on the blog (#whitegirlproblems), so maybe I’ll treat myself to a new pair of compression tights today…or if any super amazing fitness clothing companies are reading this…help a sista’ out!