Hi guys! How’s the day treating ya? Is it the weekend yet?! I’m so happy to hear you liked the banana bread recipe. Our batch is gone, and a new one will definitely be made this weekend.
Today, I thought I’d share a new leg workout in addition to an awesome giveaway from my friends at Reebok.
This workout combines muscular endurance (high reps to fatigue the muscles), strength, power and core stabilization. Basically, it’s the whole package if you’re looking for a sweaty and intense leg workout If you need to modify, please be sure to honor your body. Always check with a doc before making any fitness changes.
Warm up, 5-7 minutes moderate cardio
4 sets of the following:
-Lateral lunges (20 total). Make sure to keep your chest lifted and abs engaged. Power through your heel to return to your standing (start) position.
-Low plie squat jumps (10). Keep your hips low and chest lifted the entire time. Endeavor to get your thighs parallel to the floor. (Beginners can walk out and in from a plie squat position)
-Cutsy lunge to oblique squeeze (20 total). For the oblique squeeze, you’ll lift your back leg off the floor, and bend it up towards your elbow.
-Side to side hops (20 total). Try to kick your booty in between hops and engage your obliques to create your momentum from side to side. (Beginners: hold a plank either in full position or on your knees and alternate bringing one knee in towards to elbow on that same side.
-Plank leg lift (10 each side). Use your glutes to lift your heel up towards the ceiling (or sky!) 10 times before gently lowering down to repeat on the other side.
-Squat countdown (10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 10!). Go as low as you can and make sure to squeeze everything on the way up. If you want a challenge, try squat jumps instead, or hold weights.
-Hold your squat position (30 seconds)
-Cool down and stretch
The rest of this post is sponsored by my friends at Reebok, who kindly offered a pair of my current favorite running/everything sneakers to a lucky reader.
I was originally running in the pair of sneakers that our Tucson running store recommended to me. After my knee injury, they didn’t feel as good as they once did, and I found that the stiffness of the shoe aggravated my hip and knee. It was raining one morning and I had a training run in the books. Since I didn’t want my official “running sneakers” to get gross in the rain, I decided to wear my ONE Cushions (which I originally used for teaching and circuit type workouts) with my Superfeet inserts and just wash them afterwards.
I was shocked to find that they felt SO much better than my usual running shoes. They were light, flexible, and with the inserts, it neutralized my pronation. (They’re usually not recommend as a support shoe if you pronate or supinate, but I’ve found that with my inserts, they feel fantastic. I’d check with a running store first to get your stride anaylzed!) Ever since then, I’ve been a hardcore ONE Cushion fan.
A few months ago, I purchased a new pair of ONE Cushions, and Reebok surprised me with a bright shiny new pair this past week.
Another benefit of these shoes is the fact that they’re extremely reflective; it’s almost like they glow in the dark! I was running Sabino Canyon one evening and it seemed like EVERYONE stopped to compliment me on the color or great reflection of the shoes.
Reebok offered a pair of ONE Cushions to a lucky reader, and I’d like to match it by purchasing another pair (so there will be two winners) because I love them so much. Even if you have your specific running shoe that you’re married to (like I once did!) they also make fantastic crosstraining sneakers.
Here’s how to enter:
I’ll pick two lucky winners this Saturday night and announce in Sunday morning’s post (5/4).
Ready, set, go!
This post is sponsored by Reebok. As always, all opinions are my own <3 I’m happy to share the ONE Cushion love!