The Day After..

For most of you, hitting the gym is the last thing on your mind today.  You’ve still got a high level of tryptophan running through your system.  Those mashed potatoes haven’t gotten up and moved anywhere yet.  And there’s no telling how many glasses of wine you ended up drinking.  So the odds are definitely stacked against you.  But, we’ve gotta work off some of those 5,000 calories we put on.

If you’re having trouble getting out of that sluggish state and getting going, take a loot at this article on how to exercise the day after Thanksgiving.  It’s a simple article that provides some easy tips on how to get back into after a day of gluttony.  Good Luck!!!

Turkey Day Workout

For those of who are in to working out, here is a special workout for you for your Thanksgiving Holiday.  It’s all body weight exercise, so there’s no excuse not to do this.  Besides, you can burn a few calories before you stuff your face later this afternoon…

  1. Pushups
  2. Situps
  3. Mountain Climbers
  4. Front Lunges
  5. Plank Climbs
  6. Squat Jumps
  7. Jumping Jacks
  8. Leg Lifts
  9. Dips
  10. Burpees

Since today is the 28th of November, and I’m going to eat 28 lbs of food, you’ve got 28 reps for each exercise.  You might think that’s a lot of burpees, but just think of how many calories you’ll be burning.  Get after it!!! And have a good Thanksgiving!!!


Thanksgiving Indeed…

“Reunited and it feels so good”

The past 30 days have been nothing if not eye-opening for me.  There were certainly highs and lows (pizza and beer right in front of me), but more than anything it was a challenge that showed me just how disciplined I can be.  Next week I’m going to post some of my takeaways from this challenge.

Today, however, I’m showering in peanut butter and celebrating the fact that I’ve got my dietary freedom back for the next couple of days.  Thanks to all who checked in on me, supported me, and, most importantly, brought me a HUGE F*CKING CAKE to celebrate with!!!

In Defense of Bacon

Doesn’t that look delicious….

Let’s face it.  A lot of people are scared of bacon.  It’s got too many calories.  Too much saturated fat.  Too much sodium.  Whatever type of excuse people can think of, they’ll generally use it.  Well, let’s also face something else.  Bacon is freakin’ delicious.  It’s too delicious to be scared of.  Because of that, I’m always happy when I can find any research that denounced some of the “side effects” of this great food.

If you want to have your bacon and eat it too, then feel more than free.  Check out this article about some a particular bacon-related myth.  So now that some of your fears have been overcome, feel free to have that extra slice at breakfast, or throw it in that Thanksgiving dish that you’ve been wanting to try out.  I know I will.

Workout of the Week

You will only need one KB for this workout.  Choose a moderate weight, because you’re going to be doing a high number of reps with it.  I don’t want the weight to be too light, so make it heavy enough for a challenge.  Here we go…

  1. Pushups – 25
  2. KB Swing – 25
  3. Squat Jump – 25
  4. KB Swing – 20
  5. Situp Jack Knife – 25
  6. KB Swing – 15
  7. Bench Dips – 25
  8. KB Swing – 10
  9. Mountain Climber – 25
  10. KB Swing – 5

You’ll be doing a total of 75 swings each circuit.  Try to complete 3 circuits.


Exercise of the Week

Single Arm Kickback

For this exercise, you will be holding a pushup position with one hand, while the other hand is completing a triceps extension.  The focus here is going to be on core stabilization and upper body strength.  With the one being elevated, you are going to have to engage your core even more than normal to keep from moving.  With the opposite hand, you are working on the triceps, focusing on strength

As you can see here, just like all other pushup variations, you want to keep the torso tight and in a straight line.  Try to squeeze your abs into your stomach/spine.  With you elevated arm, focus on keeping the upper arm (biceps/triceps area) even with your torso, or as close as it can get.  You want your only arm movement to be the rotation at the elbow.  Do no drop the elbow below the level of your torso.  This movement should be done in a slow and controlled manner to maximize its efficiency.