I have been working like a BEAST this week, as of Thursday morning I've logged 5 work outs and will finish my week off with eight on Saturday. My eating has been stellar... aside from the bag of popcorn I had Wednesday night.....and Tuesday night., but whatever I'm not going to beat myself about it. Running and two a days makes a girl hungry!What's up holler, Mardi Gras I am ready for you! I've had to make a few adjustments to my run schedule because the weather decided to be uncooperative with my boss lady agenda. That's ok, where there is a will there is a way!
No five mile run Wednesday night. Rain rain rain, womp womp womp. Instead, I did a killer round of treadmill circuit training to Tabata (details below)
1 Mile Speed Run
Arms to Tabata Timer
1 Mile Run Uphill Intervals- 10 Minutes
Legs & Back to Tabata Timer
1 Mile Run Rolling "Hills"- 10 Minutes
Booty Work to Tabata Timer
1 Mile Run Uphill- 10 Minutes
Abs to Tabata Timer
I couldn't stand the thought of chaining myself to the treadmill for five miles, and the last time I did treadmill circuit training, my endurance level on the road spiked up big time, plus I still got in four miles. Ok so what is this tabata (TA- BAH-TA) timer you want to know?! It's an easy peasy timed method of completing exercises. I use a free ap I downloaded for iPhone that times my work outs and allows me to play music at the same time. This girl can't get a thing done without her music, sing it to meh Usher!
Tabata is a four minute round of 20 seconds activity 10 seconds rest. When I use tabata I'll pick two arm moves for a total of four minutes, then switch to another two moves for another four minute round and so forth. Tabata is also an awesome way to get your heart rate back up after a period of rest ie burpees, mountain climbers, squats, plyo lunges in rounds of 20 seconds.
Tabata is a fun way to change up your sets and free yourself up from counting. I really dislike counting my sets. When I work out with someone else, I almost always rely on that person, ahheem thanks Madeline, to count for me. Woopsies!
The following are examples of two moves in four minute rounds:
Arms- Total 12 Minutes
Legs- Total 8 Minutes
Heart Rate- Total 8 Minutes
Curtsy Lunge with a Shoulder Press
Squat with a shoulder Press
Booty Work- Total 8 Minutes
Abs- Total 8 Minutes
Rocking High Plank
In between each of those rounds I inserted 10 Minutes of Cardio- yesterday I chose to run a mile in between each. This was an amazing work out. While it did take me about an hour and 20 minutes to complete I never once felt bored and it was challenging!
Who ran out and bought Miracle Rice yesterday? What ya gonna make with it?!
I have on hoop earrings today, and I just can't stop singing "I'm still Jenny from the block!" HA! Hope ya'll are having an awesome week!