Saturday, January 30, 2010

Shake your man maker

In an effort to switch up my workouts and push myself harder, I turned to my new blogger pal, Tracy, for some fresh ideas. She is a hardcore gym rat with a whole lotta spunk—I love her! She gave me three different workouts, and I tried the first one this morning. I knew it would kick my ass, so my expectations weren't too high—I just wanted to get through it the best I could. And I did, with a few adjustments. Here's what went down:

The workout:

Warmup: 5 minutes of cardio of your choice

What I did: The rowing machine because I haven't done it in forever, plus I'm always looking for ways to tone my arms and back.

Round 1: 30 seconds squat jumps, 30 seconds rest in between/6x

What I did: All six rounds! The first round was fairly effortless, and I thought to myself, "Is this the best Tracy's got?!" Umm yeah, mid-way through round number two my legs felt like tree trunks and my thighs started turning to jello. I really wanted to quit, but I pushed through like a soldier. 

*Rest for a couple minutes

Round 2: FOR TIME (insert panic here)

-With at least 8-lb weights: shoulder press, man makers, butterfly situps/3x
-First time through: 21 reps of each Second: 15 reps of each Third: 9 reps of each

What I did: Don't know what a man maker is? Yeah, I didn't either. See vid below. I knew this would be tough for me, so I didn't worry too much about going super-fast, I just did it without breaks at a steady pace. With 5-pound weights, I completed the first round, then the second round I did 10 reps and the third round I did six reps. I probably could have completed all three rounds, but my form started getting sloppy, and I knew quality was probably better than quantity in this case. I finished in 12 minutes. Not exactly speedy, but oh well!

*Rest a couple minutes

Here are different versions of the man maker. I did the second one and added a lunge with each leg at the end. Talk about a full-body workout—oh yeah, baby!

Round 3: Planks on fists for a minute/3x with 10-seconds rest in between

What I did: So I always thought I was good at planks, but I've never done them with so little rest in between—it was TOUGH! I did the first one for a minute/rest 15 sec; next 45 sec/rest 15 sec; then 30 sec.

Round 4: STRETCH!!! My favorite part :)

After I cooled down a bit, I clocked in 40 minutes on the elliptical. I didn't push it too hard, I just wanted to get a little more cardio in since I think I'm going to take tomorrow to rest. I'm also going to lunch in Chinatown with my bf and a couple friends for Dim Sum, so I wanted to be able to enjoy that. I know this might sound crazy, but I've actually never had Dim Sum. What is it? Dumplings? I know, I'm a total disgrace to New Yorkers everywhere. 

Thanks Tracy for the kick-ass workout! If you ever need ideas on how to shake things up at the gym, check out her blog here. And if you have questions, just ask in the comments section—she's SO good about answering right away. So tell me: How have you guys been pushing yourself at the gym lately? Are you sticking to those resolutions?!


  1. YAY YOU DID IT! was it AWESOME! were you a sweaty beast afterwards! =D jump squats are KILLER ehhhh! and yay for using the rower. way to rock the man makers! =D

  2. I just found your blog and I have been enjoying your past posts! Great workout...awesome! And to chime in about you turning down the internship...I am proud of you for following your gut and doing what you thought was best for you. Beggars CAN be choosers!!

  3. You realize you DID a crossfitlike workout?
    tabata squats!!!!

  4. Yes, Trayn, I was a hot sweaty mess! I do think I could have pushed myself harder with the man makers...giong to work on that and the speed next time. What is a reasonable time to shoot for? Lord have mercy, my thighs are ACHING and my boot is a'burnin'!!!

    Hey Healthy Passion! So glad you like the blog :) Have you done a workout like that before? Am I the last person on the planet to discover man makers??

    I did, Barbara?! AWESOME!! Next tiem I do need to go faster. It's hard to go all out in the beginning bc I was worried I'd run out of steam, but I guess that's the push yourself beyond what you think you can do. Right?