Fitness, Running, Vegan

Brain workout

This mornings work out started off in the usual way, and then our trainer decided to mess with my brain and throw in something entirely new.  Enter the Turkish kettle bell get up.  Sounds easy enough, right?  Just get up from a laying down starting position while holding a kettle bell in one hand.  Piece of cake…..wrong!!

My brain likes simple and easy moves that early in the morning (or at really anytime of the day).  The set of moves in this exercise were a little much for me to keep up with.  You start on your side with one hand holding a kettle.  Then roll over to your back with the arm with the kettle bell going straight up and the same leg bent.  From there you do something similar to a v-up sit up and then contort yourself into a variation of a side plank.  And this is where my brain started to check out.  From the side plank you bring  the opposite leg, from the bent one you started with, under you and then somehow get into a deep lunge.  From the lunge you stand up and then proceed to do everything over but backwards.  Sounds fun, huh?  Yeah…!  Oh and during the whole process you are supposed to keep your eye on the kettle bell so that you are focused on keeping your core tight.  It took me several tries on either side to get this to look somewhat correct.  It was a learning experience to say the least.

It looked something like this:


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It’s good to try new things.  If you do the same workout every time, your body will get used to it and then you won’t see as much progress or you may even plateau.  I’m also thankful to have such an “adventurous” trainer, he keeps me on my toes (even if I have to do tricks like a trained seal to get there)!

One hour group workout @ 6am

Warm up 4 mile bike, 1000m row

First set

  • 300m row, 10 kettle bell swings
  • 200m row, 15 kettle bell swings
  • 100m row, 20 kettle bell swings

Second set

  • Kettle bell sit up x10
  • *Attempted to learn* Turkish kettle bell get up

Third set x3

  • Kettle bell snatch with single arm kettle bell clean, each side x5
  • Single leg Romanian dead lift with kettle bell, each side x10
  • Dead lift with 85-105 lbs x5

Cool down .6 mile walk home


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