Happy Wednesday everyone!
I have a rare day off of work today on this cold, rainy, dreary Wednesday and I was so excited to have a day off to enjoy some outdoor time by myself, and was planning to take my camera out for a lovely fall hike, but alas, the weather has other plans for me. As I sit here enjoying my morning coffee in silence while the kids are at school I’m coming up with plan B for my day.
What to do? What to do? Shall I clean the house? Go shopping? Sit here and write blog posts?
Oh wait, I know! It’s Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie from The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie from Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced, Michelle at Fruition Fitness and Nicole from Fitful Focus. While I do workout on Wednesdays, I rarely have the time to write-up my workouts to share with you, but today is different, I have ALL DAY so I thought I’d share with a workout I like to do here at home. Besides, there’s nothing quite like a good heart pumping workout to make you feel better, especially on a yucky fall day.
This is a plyometric workout that I like to do that’s great for runners and for other endurance athletes.
What are plyometrics?
A plyometric movement is a quick, powerful move that starts with an eccentric (muscle lengthening) action and is immediately followed by a concentric (muscle shortening) action. Performing plyometric movements increases muscular power, which translates to higher jumps and faster sprint times.
Back when Mike Meadows was my trainer, he would occasionally put me through a similar workout, though he would add in medicine ball standing long jumps etc. I loved the workouts because I felt like I was getting a cardio and strength workout all in one. They were very challenging.
I’ll start with a 5 minute warm up walking up and down the stairs, then do three circuits of the exercises below. Each movement will be done for 1 minute, with a 30 second rest between movements. I’ve set up the Gymboss App on my phone as a timer to beep for each work and rest interval:
Here’s the workout I’m going to do today:
I’ll update this post with a sweaty selfie once my workout is done. Have a great day everyone and I hope you enjoy the workout!
EDIT: As promised, here are the sweaty pics of me doing today’s workout. I love those skater jumps!
Question: What’s your favourite rainy day workout?