(An A to Z Challenge entry)
Day two of this double challenge and let me tell you, after such a looong workout hiatus, I can FEEL the burn from day one. As I mentioned yesterday, my abs got an additional workout and whenever Jak made me laugh today, I told him to stop because it hurt to laugh. True story.
And so, as we venture into day 2, I woke up from a nice nap at 7:30 pm and realized, oh man, I gotta do my “B” exercises. I researched a few options and at one point, my list looked like this: Butt Lift, bear crawl, boxer, body-up,
Burpee. The burpees were crossed out nearly as fast as added –because I know how awful they are. Great workout yes, but knowing my limits right now I would likely just wind up either 1) giving up immediately or 2) injuring myself. Now I don’t want to be an advocate for either of those options so I decided to do what was best for me today. Also, given how tender my abs were, I quickly narrowed my list back down to look more like this: Butt lift and boxer. The butterfly stretch was a mid-work out add on as it randomly popped into my head.
The butt lift (or if I want a double b, it is also called the butt bridge) was an original on my list. I was set out to do this and perhaps try it all by itself if I hadn’t quickly learned my way while doing my “A” exercises. I used bodybuilding.com’s butt lift instructions.
This is a relatively low impact toning exercise that works your glutes and hamstrings. I could feel both muscle groups get a work out and this is an exercise I can see myself doing again.
As I was researching additional moves, I came across www.greatist.com where I found boxer on this list: 50 Bodyweight Exercises that You Can Do Anywhere. This sounded perfect and I think I found another resource for future alphabet letters!
Greatist describes Boxer as:
Starting with feet hip-width apart and knees bent, keep the elbows in and extend one arm forward and the other arm back. Hug the arms back in and switch arms—like you’re in the ring!
They share a link with to a gif on how to do it, but the following picture was also helpful.
I did this for several repetitions. In the gif they link to, they show you can also use weights in your arms as you get more advanced. I liked it enough, but as I was doing it I remembered I used to do a boxing routine to Daddy Yankee’s Rompe song at a former Latin Hip Hop dance class (before Zumba was super popular). So as I resumed to the floor to continue some butt lifts, I looked on my phone for the infamous Daddy Yankee song.
I started the song up and as I was half way through, I eventually remembered ALL of the moves, including the intermitted hand claps. This was PERFECT. It gave my “B” workout the exact cardio it needed. The entire song is 3:08, so after a hardcore cardio of that, I resumed back to the floor for some more butt lifts when I suddenly remembered: Butterfly stretches!
In case you don’t remember this wonderful stretch from elementary school gym class, For Dummies provides this excellent instruction list.
And it was a beautiful stretch especially after my Rompe boxing match!
I really liked this workout! After I remembered a couple of old school moves to pair with some new ones, I felt like I actually got a comprehensive workout for 30 minutes. My final lineup went as such: Butt lift, new boxer, Rompe boxer and butterfly stretches. I repeated this three times, with a few extra butt lifts thrown in there for good measure. My final buzzer went off while I was completing Rompe boxer but I just had to finish that song! Now that’s a great mentality to have while working out.
Health point challenge: Success!
What are some of your favorite “B” exercises? What exercises from your past have you thought about revisiting? Do you have any exercise suggestions for future letters? Leave your comments below!
P.S. If you are ever with me and want to learn Rompe — just ask, I would love to teach you this fun-filled cardio workout!