Good morning and Happy Sunday!
I hope you’ve all had a great week, and I hope all my American pals had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! We’ve definitely been having a relaxing and joyful time catching up with family and friends, as well as eating leftovers. 🙂
This week seemed to be an ongoing battle between what my mind wanted and what my body wanted in terms of workouts. I think coming home and interrupting routine played a significant role in my greater fatigue this week, but I’m glad I got to move and groove even a little bit every day!
5 min. row warmup + arm workout
3 supersets of each:
- 10 lat pull-downs + 10 pushup burpees
- 12 arnold presses + 30 bench hop overs
- 7-10 bench press + 15 weighted triceps dips
- 20 mac raises + 10 decline pushups
5 min. stairmaster + leg workout
- 4 sets: 10 squats (115#) + 10 pushup burpees
- 3 sets: 15 bulgarian split squats each leg (25#) + 20 jump lunges
- 3 sets: 8-10 hamstring curls (90#) + 20 surfer jumps
I had to be quick and efficient with this leg workout because I still needed to pack and get ready to go home for Thanksgiving break!
I needed a streeeeetch. And Cassey’s ab workouts always kill.
100s challenge + burpees
Basically, in between cooking throughout the day, I did 5 sets of 20 air squats, 20 pushups, 20 sit-ups, and 20 burpees, coming to a grand total of 100 of each exercise. My body was still sore despite yoga the day before, so I just honored that and kept my moves and grooves fun for the day!
I also went on a nice 20 minute walk with Pop. I’ve quickly come to realize how much walking I don’t do when I’m at home since I don’t have to walk up and down stairs, to and from classes, and just everywhere like I do at college. I’m actually significantly less hungry at home, which just goes to show that walking often adds up and uses up quite a bit of energy!
5 sets of 10 burpees throughout the evening + other random exercises
I was still feeling wonky and tired on Friday, and I didn’t have too much time for a real workout since we were preparing dinner for some house guests. Thus, I did my go-to exercise (burpees) in different variations:
- 10 spiderman pushup burpees
- 10 tuck jump burpees
- 10 suicide burpees
- 10 jump lunge single leg burpees
- 10 burpees with proper T pushup at bottom
I made a short video demonstrating the jump lunge single leg burpees for you because I want you to love burpees too. 😀
5 min. row warmup + “Dirty Diana” WOD + 30 min incline walk
Oooooooof yesterday was a rough day on the workout front. I felt crappier than a turkey on Thanksgiving day, and I think it mostly had to do with the fact that I was plain tired. My head was exhausted even though my muscles were fine. Anything I did felt like a huge tax on my body, and I just could not push myself. I completed four rounds of the Dirty Diana workout, and I have never moved so slowly through burpees in my life. I also did Russian kettlebell swings (to eye level instead of overhead).
I was pretty frustrated because I can usually push through fatigue, but yesterday was terrible. I was also confused because I took three pretty easy workout days in a row before yesterday.
Nevertheless, I decided to honor my body since it’s probably thrown off by the change in schedule/environment/food. After attempting to do ab workout on the TRX and realizing that my body was not havin’ that, I just hit the treadmill to walk. I was falling asleep on the 15-minute drive back home (dad took me as a guest to his gym and he was driving!), so I guess that’s proof that I just needed sleep.
Despite the frustration, I had to remind myself to be thankful for a body that can move and get me through the day!
So tell me:
Do you experience times when your mind/brain is exhausted, even though your body is doing alright? Vice versa?
Do you have a favorite burpee variation?