Ummmmm. Did you know it’s July?
JULY!! How did that happen?
Well, I’ll tell you how it happened for me: I’ve spent the last six months anticipating (let’s be honest, worrying about) a couple of big events this summer – my youngest son’s graduation from high school last month and my husband’s 100-mile race last weekend. My whole focus was on getting prepared and making it through.
And somehow it simply didn’t occur to me that afterward…? It would suddenly be July.
I’ve learned over the years that when I’m really geared up for a big event, there’s a strange lull afterward, where I can start to feel like I’m getting off track or spinning my wheels, simply because I don’t have that thing to look forward to any more. It’s a delicate time, and if I’m not aware of it, I can get lost in that not-exactly-motivated mood for weeks.
That’s when it’s time to pick a new goal. A new event. A new something to focus on.
So with that in mind, I’ve picked a handful of real humdinger workouts this week! No matter if you’re in a post-graduation fog or simply enjoying a long, lazy summer, let’s get focused on reaching for bigger goals, more challenges, and something… new.
For me, that means that it’s time to get serious about my training for this fall’s 110k race – longer runs, training in the heat, climbing more hills, and daily core strengthening.
Because that, my friends, is how we achieve new, different goals: different workouts. And this week’s Mini Challenge workouts are really going to fit that bill for you, no matter what goal you choose!
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On MONDAY, we’re starting the week with an all-new, super sweaty, no-rest-for-the-wicked REBOUNDER CARDIO TONING workout. This one was a real challenge to my balance, my coordination and my heart and lungs! Grab a pair of light dumbbells for long intervals of complex, full body exercises and some good bouncing FUN! No worries if you don’t have a mini trampoline! You can absolutely get this one done on flat, level ground, too. The SUGGESTED STACKER is another quick and bouncy trampoline workout.
TUESDAY’S 30 minute INDOOR RUN + WALK workout is a terrific, stretch-yourself challenge. We’re tackling intervals of five minutes of running, paired with just one minute of walking. I did NOT include a suggested stacker for this one, because… well, because 30 minutes of running is a lot and these intervals are no joke!
WEDNESDAY’S workout is all STRENGTH, all the time! This great MUSCLE TONING routine is tough stuff, and honestly, you can really call it done with this 20 minutes. But. I included a SUGGESTED STACKER because I thought it was kind of hilarious that I have another (quick! 10 minutes!) strength-only workout where I am wearing the exact same outfit. I know, I’m easily amused. 🙂
On THURSDAY, we’re getting that heart rate up, up, UP while keeping our feet on the ground. It’s LOW IMPACT CARDIO day, and we’re burning fat and calories with absolutely no jumping. This li’l quickie is sweatier than you’d think 10 minutes could be, and of course I’ve paired it with a SUGGESTED STACKER that keeps that jump-free cardio party going.
And FRIDAY. Oh, Friday. This one is just brutal, there’s no way to sugar-coat it. 30 minutes of TOUGH WEIGHTED AB EXERCISES that are sure to really finish off your week. There’s no suggested stacker on this one. You’re welcome. 🙂
As always, Killer B, I hope you enjoy the CHALLENGE this week, and if you’re so inclined, I would LOVE to hear what you’re focusing on these days. What are you looking forward to? Be sure to tag me (@pahlabfitness) on your INSTA or TWITTER so I can cheer you on! #pahlabminichallenge