The Burpee Jack + Helpful Cues
Just like Monday, I woke up, coffeed up, and headed upstairs to the gym for some ChaLEAN Extreme. I’m really loving dispersing these workouts into my routine.
There. I took a picture of myself doin’ the darn thang! And yes, I always work out in mismatched Nike tempo shorts + a tee shirt when I workout at home. I also usually have mismatched socks, as evidenced above. I put in a wee bit more thought when I exercise in public
I’ve been digging the cardio lately, so I’ve been upping my cardio from 3-4 days a week to 5-6 days a week. Then I’ve also been doing a lighter, less intense version of my usual strength training 2-3 times a week.
Anyway, today I did ChaLEAN Extreme’s Fat Burn Challenge. I’m only doing the cardio/interval vids right now, and then doing my own thing in the gym as far as strength training is concerned.
Although I’m not a HUGE fan of workout DVD’s (just my preference,) I do appreciate a good refresher of some new exercises to use with clients. One of my favorites on ChaLEAN Extreme? The Burpee jack. It’s where you go into a burpee, but instead of just jumping your feet back in from the plank position, you do a plank jack first.
Then you jump your feet back in and jump to standing to complete the burpee. Talk about sky rocketing the heart rate!
Another thing I like about fitness videos is learning new cues. Sometimes I think if I have to say “keep the weight in your heels” one more time, I’m going to explode (kidding, kind of ) so it’s nice to hear new ways of saying the same thing.
I can’t remember where I heard it first, but one cue that I’ll always remember for sumo squats helped me – and I always use it with clients: to think that you’re between two panes of glass and you need to be as narrow as you can while going down into a squat. It always reminds me to pull my knees back and tuck my tail bone under, without saying that exactly.
After sweating it out for a little over half an hour, I made a smoothie to go to sip on while I train my next client:
Chocolate PB smoothie, which is out of this world good. In this order: 1 c. coconut milk, vanilla whey protein powder, sea salt, cinnamon, 1 tbsp. PB, 1 tbsp. instant coffee (yum,) 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1 handful spinach, ice ice baby.
Time to get ready to train the next client!
Who’s your favorite fitness personality?
What’s one of your favorite exercise “cues?”