Work It, Girl.

If you ask anyone who really loves me, they can tell you at least three things about me:

1. I love Friends (the TV show and I guess my real ones, too)
2. Puffy cheetohs are my beloved go-to hangover food
3. I'm always trying out a new diet/workout plan

Those who know me even a little bit could tell you #3; my colleague jokes that I should create a blog documenting my new body transforming adventures. For a while I literally ate nothing but cabbage while doing two-a-days in the gym (blame unemployment and an aunt who made the best cabbage in Brooklyn). Then it was veganism (although that same co-worker caught me eating a Filet-o-fish when I thought I was in the office alone). Now, I find myself into this new diet (although it's supposed to be a lifestyle change), Whole 30.

With each diet comes a new workout, and I must say, lately I've been loving what I do in the gym. Inspired by my boyfriend (who I simply referred to as my "trainer" before we made it official), it's what I consider Diet Crossfit. He's a Crossfit coach, and since I'm much better at cardio than strength workouts, he's created a workout plan just for me. It incorporates my strengths while still challenging me to be greater and push my body harder than any hour of cardio ever could. A lot of the exercises I recognize from the Crossfit classes I take while visiting him on weekends, so getting practice on my own helps me do that much better when I muster up the courage to take one of his classes (at least I think so).

When possible, I like to do them with a partner, because, let's face it: we all need a friend by our side when we're seeing stars and feel like we're going to vomit. Usually I alternate between my friends Melissa and Andy, which helps keep me motivated. With that said, I'd love for you guys to join me for a week of working out!

So, here's the plan: I'll give you a few of my favorite workouts, and at least twice a week, I'd like you to complete one of them! Here goes....(if you don't know any of the movements, YouTube is your friend!)

  • 3 sets of:
    • 20 burpees
    • 40 spider planks
    • 40 lunges (20 each leg)
    • Note: I did this's a doozy!
  • 21-18-15-12-9-6 of: (those are the number of reps you do for each round)
    • Dumbbell thrusters
    • V-Ups (or crunches)
    • Mountain Climbers (right leg + left leg = 1)
  • 4 Rounds of:
    • 15 Kettlebell swings
    • 15 burpees
    • 60 jump rope
  • 5 Rounds of 
    • 10 burpees
    • 10 push-ups
    • 10 sit-ups
  • If you're REALLY up for a challenge:
    • 100 burpees

These are tough, but they're all under 40 minutes, which is about how long most of us would spend on cardio alone. What I love most about these workouts is that though they're hard, when you're done, you're DONE! No ab work after, and none of that lazy "done with cardio but still need to lift some sort of weight" arm or leg work. And with the 100 burpees, even though it's a KILLER workout, it's quicker than you think. I've done it in less than 12 minutes (my boyfriend in 5...he's freakishly athletic). And trust me, on days when you really don't feel like being at the gym, nothing feels better than being in and out and SWEATY in 12 minutes! So challenge yourself to try it at least once.

This is a journey for me, and I'm happy to have you join it. I'm on mission summer body! Comment here or tweet me @ItsMeJMarie to let me know if you've tried any of the workouts I've suggested...I can't wait to hear from you!

Happy Sweating!

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