Have you ever used the Spark workout videos? (They're under Articles & Videos > Videos.) I'll admit that at no point in my 2+ years of sparking had I used one of the cardio videos...until this week.
I didn't feel like doing zumba at home by myself on Tuesday night and was already done seeing Jillian for the day, so I tried out some quick kickboxing, interval cardio, and stretching videos. My heart rate got up to where it needed to be and I had a great time trying new moves and new instructors! If I had a door on my office, this is 100% what I'd be doing on some of my lunch breaks.
I also got a surprise new workout last night when I ended up being the only one at my TRX class...my trainer took full advantage of the opportunity to push me to my limits. We did five rounds of a 5-move, 15-20 rep circuit (squat variatons, row variations, bicep variations, chest press/fly variations, and roll-outs with tricep extensions), followed by 15 minutes of ab work on the floor. Let me not forget to mention that the last round of the circuit was all plyometric variations! I slept like a rock.
(If you want a new ab move, you might want to consider the double toe tap - www.youtube.com/watch?v=
- within your own limits and under appropriate supervision, of course. I did 100+ reps of that last night with lifted shoulders and laughing is not an option today.)
Any new workouts you've been loving?
'Tis the season for TV munchies to go along with the endless stream of football games, so I present two snacks that have been regularly disappearing from my home.
#1: Yogurt Dip (great with carrot and pepper sticks, cucumber "chips", or any other chip-type device)
1 cup plain yogurt (your call on the type - greek? low-fat? whatever you like)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp freshly grated onion OR 1 tsp onion powder
2 tbsp chopped, peeled cucumber (optional)
2 tsp dried mixed herbs - this time all I had was oregano, but you could use dill, parsley, rosemary, basil.....
salt and pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least 20 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
#2: Protein cheesecake balls (makes 4 1" balls)
1 tsp coconut flour
1 scoop (1/4 cup) whey protein - vanilla and chocolate work equally well
1-2 tsp agave nectar or honey
1 tbsp cream cheese
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl - I always need to use my hands to coax the cream cheese into mixing, but if I thought ahead and allowed it to soften at room temperature I probably wouldn't need to do that part. The mixture should be stiff and somewhat dry. Roll into 4 equal balls and refrigerate or eat immediately :)