Short, Sweet, and Sweaty: Turkish Get-Ups & Tabata Squats
If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you may have noticed I don’t do many long workouts. Sure, I enjoy going long hikes, walks, or even an occasional jog but as far as scheduled workouts I prefer them short and intense. It’s better for my body, for my sanity and I’m not a hamster. (re: long treadmill sessions) Call me lazy but I don’t want to make the time to bust out an hour or more in the gym every day and if I can do the workout in my living room I’m even happier.
Living Room Workout
(short, sweet, and sweaty)
Loved it and will definitely be doing it again. The video shows the get-up with a kettlebell but a dumbbell can be used in it’s place. The weight distribution is different but it still works just fine. Don’t let any kettlebell snob tell you differently.
Over the last few months I’ve come to love get-ups. It’s a very “functional” movement that really works the “core”. (Don’t you just love fitness buzzwords. I don’t. I think they are annoying but I still use them.) Get-ups are great for overall strength (fantastic for the shoulders) and flexibility. You can google turkish get-ups and quickly find a wealth of information as to why they are kick azz but there is another benefit I haven’t read about: relaxation. When I am holding an iron ball (or dumbbell) above my face I better have serious mental focus. I find this forced extended period of mental focus almost meditative. A long set of get-ups is on par with taking a long bath, albeit, a sweat bath but relaxing nonetheless. When I’m done I feel strong and focused.
If you’ve never tried Tabata and you’re like me preferring short and sweet, then you might want to give the Tabata protocol a try. It’s another one of my favorites. Tabata protocol? Wth is that, you ask? You can read about Tabata here.
I’m trying to make my blog a little more personal so I thought I’d share my attempt to shorten my longish bangs yesterday. I was hoping to have Bettie Page bangs but ended up looking more like a drunk Cleopatra.
You can’t tell as much in the pictures but they are pretty choppy, short, and UNEVEN. Ugh. When will I learn to stop playing with scissors!
There is a yummy giveaway over at a new (to me) blog I just found called Jocelyn Eats Fresh! Who happens to be another low sugar gal! Yay!!!! Check it out!
Have a great Monday.
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