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I am a teacher, fitness/yoga instructor, runner, celebrity stalker, chocolate lover, embarrassing dancer, wine guzzler, can't-live-without-my-girlfriends kind of girl. I also have a collection of high heels that strongly outweighs my collection of runners. My goal is to find balance in my life through health and exercise- and when I say balance, I mean kicking ass in the gym and enjoying food, wine, family, friends, and basking in celebrity news. Let's eat clean and do some craaahaaayzy workouts together... followed by a glass of wine.

Friday, 11 November 2011

The Military Workout!

Pin It Today's workout is in honour of Remembrance/Veteran's Day. Perhaps you've had friends, family, ancestors, colleagues, or acquaintances that have been or are a part of your country's military. This is a job I cannot imagine doing. Often, I see commercials recruiting for the Army, Navy, etc. and sometimes I sit and really think- would I ever be able to do something like that? Serve my country- whether locally or globally- risking my life on a daily basis?

I truly admire the determination, pride, strength, and passion that our veterans show. My heart goes out to anyone who has lost someone in the line of duty. May we never forget.

I reminded myself of this when I came up with this military- inspired, no-nonsense workout. The workout is completely stationary, and can be done anywhere- at the gym or at home. It will take you about 35 minutes- YOU CAN DO ANYTHING FOR 35 MINUTES (sorry, just getting into drill sergeant mode). You'll need a mat and a little bit of space- and you'll need a heart of gold!

Future pain = coming up!
*Note: click on the videos for more detailed instruction on the move*

1. Alternate between Push Ups + Side Plank Crunch and Stand-Up Pendulum Swings. You'll do 20 seconds of the Push Up + Side Plank, rest for 10 seconds, and then move to 20 seconds of the Stand Up Pendulums, rest for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 more times. Rest for 1 minute.

2. Alternate between (Optional Weighted) Goblet Squats and Jumping Planks. Again, you'll do 20 seconds of Goblet Squats with 10 seconds rest, and then move to Jumping Planks for 20 seconds and then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 more times. Rest for 1 minute.

3. Alternate between T-Push Ups (with leglift) and (Optional Weighted) Buddha Crunches. Again, you'll do 20 seconds of T-Push Ups (with leg lift), rest for 10 seconds, and move to 20 seconds of Weighted Buddha Crunches, and rest for 10 seconds. Repeat 3 more times. Rest for 1 minute.

Way to go, Shawn and Bailey! :)

4. This round you WILL NOT TIME. You will do 20 stationary high knee runs, and move directly to 10 split jumps without rest. Repeat 5 times!

Rest for 1 minute- and then, SURPRISE- you will now repeat this entire workout again! Thinking of those who we've lost on this Remembrance Day. Do it for them.