Fitness Diary: Week 4

Melissa Puppo

EXCITING UPDATE: I am starting to notice more definition in my arms and legs. YAY!

I took advantage of the snow day last Tuesday by doing a cardio kickboxing online video and ab workout in my lounge. Because of some family issues back home, I had to adjust my workout schedule for the rest of the week. But it’s all good — I still got my workouts in, with a mix of circuit training, free weights, elliptical, medicine balls and other exercises.

I’ve also made a game plan for the week — I am going to give up two things I absolutely love, mayonnaise and cheese! It sounds really random, but I use those a lot, so it’s been a bit of a struggle. When eating at my favorite spots, I can’t order what I normally would. I’m still going strong though, and my friend is doing it with me.

I want to share with you all a super quick workout that you can do in your room, apartment or whenever you have spare time. I tried it the other day, and it got me working hard:

Start with a mat (or comfortable surface) and do 60 crunches with legs crossed in the air.
Attempt to do as many push-ups as possible until you can’t, or if you’re like me, until your body literally collapses to the ground.
Reach between crunches. Make sure your feet are touching and part your knees, so you can bring your arms through the hole to target your upper abs.
Push-ups again! Stop groaning and just do it.
Scissor kicks. Do as many as you can, and be sure to keep legs straight and move them as fast as possible. I’d start with 20, but if you can keep going, do more.
More push- ups!
Lie flat on the ground and raise legs straight out a few inches off the ground. Bring them in and raise them above your head making sure you raise your body off the ground each time. Do as many as you can. Aim for 10-20 to start.
2 minute plank.

You’re done! Happy sweating!!

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