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?!