It’s Spring Break here in Massachusetts and I am loving life. Yesterday was the Boston Marathon, and as a native Bostonian, it was so incredibly amazing. Following the marathon tragedy last year, it was really important for us to be there and cheer on the runners. Boston’s resilience this year has been so inspiring to me and really made me emotional while watching the runners chase such an incredible dream. Also, I drank mimosas all morning…so there’s that.
Such a gorgeous day in my favorite city! Plus, my brother is visiting from California…so I’m a happy, champagne soaked, little lady! I am trying to be as present as I can during this visit and not worry so much about eating and drinking. Something else I’ve realized is that no one really cares if I say no to drinks or foods that I don’t really want…and that it’s totally feasible for me to stay reasonably on track this week even with a delicious cocktails and snacks. It’s totally OK to have a good time…that’s the whole point, right?
Anyway, I’ve been fighting off some kind of gross head cold/allergy misery the past week…so I haven’t really been hitting the gym much. I finally felt a little better this morning and tried out a really great boot camp style, full body workout that I found at Early to Rise. I do not know much about the site, but I do know that the creator is really into metabolic conditioning. After some research, I found out what metabolic conditioning really means. This article really breaks it down nicely, but basically higher work:rest ratio can increase long term endurance. The following workout is focused on a ratio of about 3:1 (work:rest). I modified the workout a bit to work for me.[recipe: “Metabolic Boot Camp” time= “1 hour”]
Warm-up – Do the following circuit twice, resting for 1 minute between circuits. Each exercise is to be performed for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds between exercises.
- Jumping Jacks
- Arm Crosses
- Cross-Body Mountain Climbers
- Leg Swings
Circuit 1-Do the following circuit 3 times, resting for 1 minute between circuits. Each exercise is to be performed for 30 seconds, 10 seconds rest between exercises.
- Bent over barbell row
- Split Squats (30 seconds each leg)
- Spiderman Pushups
Circuit 2 –Do the following circuit 3 times, resting for 1 minute between circuits. Each exercise is to be performed for 30 seconds, rest 10 seconds between exercises.
Finisher – Do the following circuit twice, resting for 30 secs between circuits. Each exercise is to be performed for 20 seconds, rest 10 seconds between exercises.
I was really, really sweaty after this workout…which may have been a result of all the mimosas yesterday…or the lack of oxygen getting through my nostrils…but difficult nonetheless.
I’m thinking about putting together a little summer boot camp series in the Boston area this summer. It sounds like people are interested, but I would love some more feedback from my readers here on F&S! Please complete this survey and let me know what you’re thinking in the comments! I’d really appreciate it! ❤