Making Up For Lost Time Challenge

Equipment Needed:

set of dumbbells (I used 12.5lb)

25 lb Kettlebell

This last month I have not been working out like I would like. I have been battling an injury, which has kept me off the trails. Very little running and not a lot of jumping. My workouts have been consistent, but nothing too crazy. Lots of biking. Mt Biking and Road Riding.

Well, Saturday night I was ready for an ass kicking. I needed a good workout. So, I wrote down this workout:


I had no idea what I was in for until I finished Round 4. (I did 20 rounds of 10 Reps).  4 Rounds took me 20 minutes. And it was TOUGH!  I wanted to give up. But, I had already sent the workout to my fellow trainer. I told her I was doing it. That meant there was no other option. 2 hours and 15 minutes later I completed this workout.

I would suggest you choose the amount of rounds you do based on how much time you have. 30 minutes? Do 5 rounds. Hour? Do 10 rounds. Etc.


No Equipment Workout

I haven’t posted very many blogs in the last few months. This is for a few reasons, but mostly because:

A) I’ve been insanely busy working two jobs in their prime seasons (golf course & fitness)

B) my training the last couple months consisted mostly of running, running and more running.

However, as you may have read in my Cayuga Race Report my race is done and my long training runs have subsided and I am starting to get back to more strength/plyometric workouts.

I have also been told by several people in the last 2 weeks that they miss my posts, especially the workouts. Hmmmm. Who knew people were actually reading. Hahahah

So, if you ARE READING and ENJOY IT please let me know.


10 Burpees

10 Plank to Push Up

10 Squat Jumps

10 Hand Release Push Ups

Another Snowed In Workout

Winter has shown itself to us once again here in the Northeast, which lead me to another at home workout.


Each Suit = An Exercise

Each Card # = Amount of Reps

You will see below, I created two separate workouts here. 104 cards combined.

Not sure how many reps that comes out to, but I’m guessing, A LOT!


After mapping this workout out, I started to worry that it may be a little too much. I wasn’t sure how long it was going to take. However, I was surprised to find out that it would only take me 42 minutes to complete. I only took a short break between workouts, but other than that it was running time. I kept a pretty good pace.

{After this, I added 20 minutes on the bike to reach the hour mark}


Snowed In? No Excuse. Another At-Home Workout

Connecticut was hit with some accumulative snowfall today, creating less than desirable driving conditions.


This was evident at my bootcamp class, with numbers only reaching 12 people rather than the usual 20-25. So, I figured I would post the workout I did when I got home tonight for those of you that may get snowed in, or can’t leave the house.


This is the sit and stand. You literally sit on the bottom step, lift you feet an inch, then stand up.

All you need is a 25 lb Kettlebell (you can buy them cheap at Ocean State Job Lot) and a set up dumbbells (I used 5lbs because it’s all I had)



Monday At-Home Workout

imageI’m not like most people. I LOVE Mondays. Yup, me and Pajama Mondays live for our Mondays!!  My husband and I try to take it off together  so we can hang. Sometimes it’s at Mohegan Sun for a day of Poker, sometimes coffee and a hike with the pup…..and sometimes it’s a day like today. Perfection.

It actually started with us miserable. We woke up after 24 hours of wind hitting our condo at 30 mph gusts, and temps in the teens. This equated to 48 degrees INSIDE our condo. I’m not being dramatic. Long story as to why it’s so cold in our house, but all you need to know is it was cold, which equaled misery for us.

But, things got better.  After waking up we started up the fire, made coffee, watched Homeland. What. A. Show. I feel sorry for those who don’t watch it. Next, a trip to the grocery store followed by my husband cooking up a storm, as I sparked up the Christmas Music and began decorating the Christmas Tree. Butternut Squash Soup, Veggie Pizza, Roasted Veggies, Quinoa Salad, Homemade Oat Bread, etc. You can only imagine the aromas that filled the house as I sang along with Bing Crosby and decked the halls. Is this real life? Yes, yes it is.

But, here’s the thing: I was obviously sampling everything the hubs was cooking, and I had taken the day off from working out yesterday. It was like 3 degrees outside and I was feeling like I was coming down with something, so I laid on my couch all day. Now, for some, back to back lazy days is OK. For me, it not only makes me feel guilty, but lazy and…just. not. good.  I need exercise.  Especially in this weather that makes me depressed. I need the endorphins. (Read my post on my SAD condition)

So, with the weather outside frightful, and the fire so delightful….I (reluctantly) marched to the basement (which was probably 45 degrees) set up my bike trainer and a small area for my body weight exercises, and did this circuit…


5 minutes on the Bike Trainer

20 Push Ups

20 Squat Jumps

20 High Pulls (25lb KB)

20 Burpees

20 Plank to Push Ups

Plank to Fatigue

As always, once I was finished I was happy to be done. I showered, and got right back into my sweats to finish decorating the tree and listening to my Christmas Music. I love Mondays!