THIS. IS. A. CHANGE. WORTH. MAKING.
My attention span, as you will find out in this portion of my blog, is very short. I get very bored and used to workouts super-fast. I find workouts that resonate with what I need: another change, another option to keep things interesting.
I told you I like change!
ENTER: Tiffany Brooks at www.whollymother.org. She has been doing these workouts for several years, and just launched her wellness blog this last week! She is a life-long friend of our family, and her workouts rock my comfort zone boat like no other. She will be posting workouts frequently on her website as well as her Instagram profile, so follow her @wholly_mother on Instagram, too!
THIS. IS. A. CHANGE. WORTH. MAKING.
I am not saying the other workouts I do are out the window because they aren’t. But I’m aware that not every workout I try and talk about is a fit for everyone, so when I find something that rocks, I want to share it to hopefully encourage you to check it out. This is my fitness journey just as I am hoping it is yours, too: to change with what your body says it needs, listen to your body, check in with how excited you feel to move, watch for plateaus, etc.
I have done several of her workouts, and I look forward to integrating them into my daily routine. She is super down to earth and encouraging and gives the person reading (me and hopefully the future you) alternatives that better suit the need. She is a busy warrior woman of 5 children, and when asked why she loves to workout, this was part of her response (which of course makes me love her even more):
“I have five young children so daily life is full! From the time I wake up until the time I go to bed, I’m pouring out of myself. I strongly believe in the daily practice of self-care and I think exercise is a great way to show myself some extra love. Mothers give so much of themselves all day long. It’s too easy to forget about our own health in the midst of the daily grind of motherhood. Carving out 30 minutes or so to move my body isn’t selfish or something to feel guilty about. I love that my children get to see me prioritizing myself and my health. Also, if I’m not taking care of my own heart, mind, and body how do I expect myself to successfully care for five children?!”
So right on. Tiff and her workouts connect with me as a mom, as a busy woman, and someone who is hoping to care for those around me with grace and strength!
Top 3 reasons why I LOVE the workouts on www.whollymother.org
1. I cannot finish them.
Tiff is a huge advocate for listening to your own body paired with the push to do your best, and the workouts have caused me to find that zone. The “I cannot finish them” zone. I love that. I love that I cannot finish them. The fine line between giving up because I’d rather be comfortable and stopping the workout because I simply cannot go any further is where I find myself every time I do these workouts. I get to reassess the reason I stopped, every single time and gives room for more next time, more push and more guts.
2. I don’t feel like I need to supplement with another short workout.
The problem with a lot of the short workouts out there is that It leaves you feeling like it wasn’t enough. So, this is huge for me. As much as I would love to integrate multiple workouts throughout my day, I just have too many things on my plate that I value to spend it all on fitness. When I find myself after ANY workout with more to give or leftover energy, I know it’s time to change something. The change is usually the intensity in which I do the workout, the length, or the weight. But sometimes it’s to change up the workout altogether. And for me, this workout is worth the change and is more than enough.
3. I don’t need a million pieces of equipment
I hate when I get excited about a workout, tie my shoes, get the kids to bed or distracted for a bit, and I find out I don’t have all the equipment I need. Nothing takes the wind out of my sails like that does. I even try to convince myself that I will run to the store for the equipment and come back home to do it after. NO WAY. It just doesn’t happen. These workouts do have some equipment, but nothing that can’t be altered to get a very similar workout otherwise.
Our bodies are so smart. It knows how to conserve energy, anticipate our habits; what time we will extend energy and how hard we will push ourselves. So, the change in workout, in movement, in duration, and in weight confuses the body, keeps it on its toes, frees it from boredom and deters plateaus. Tiff Brooks at www.whollymother.org is a light in my life, in fitness, wellness, family and her victorious faith. I love her workouts, and I know you will too. Go to www.thewhollymother.org to change it up, today!
BELOW ARE THREE SEPARATE WORKOUTS FOR YOU TO TRY THIS WEEK! I WANT TO KNOW WHO'S TRYING THEM AND HOW YOU LIKE (OR IN MY CASE, LOVE) THEM!
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WARM UP: 2 MIN PLANK, 2 MIN RIGHT PLANK, 2 MIN LEFT PLANK
STRENGTH: 3 SETS OF 10 STRICT PUSH-UPS (NO KNEES AND UNBROKEN SETS)
MAKE IT YOUR OWN, 3-5 ROUNDS AND TIME YOURSELF OR SEE HOW MANY ROUNDS IN YOUR OWN SET TIME CAP:
50 HIGH KNEES (HOLD A WEIGHT OR ARMS ABOVE HEAD FOR EXTRA CHALLENGE)
10 REPS OF 1 SQUAT/1 LEFT LEG LUNGE/1RIGHT LEG LUNGE (ADD WEIGHT FOR EXTRA CHALLENGE)
50 JUMP ROPE (TRAVEL WHILE YOU JUMP FOR EXTRA CHALLENGE)
10 THRUSTERS (WITH A WEIGHT THAT CHALLENGES YOU)
10 JUMPING LUNGES (EXTRA CHALLENGE (ADD WEIGHT FOR EXTRA CHALLENGE)
5 MIN WARM UP
30 SEC MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS 30 SEC PLANK
SET A TIMER FOR 15 OR 20 MINUTES:
100 JUMP ROPES
50 AIR SQUATS
100 JUMP ROPES
DO EACH SET 3-4 ROUNDS (CHECK OUT BELOW MY FAST-FORWARDED VIDEO OF MY THIRD ROUND...MY LEGS WERE ON FIRE)
10 AIR SQUATS
10 LEFT LEG LUNGE
10 SHOULDER TAPS IN PLANK
10 JUMP LUNGES
10 RIGHT LEG LUNGES
10 SPIDER MANS
10 SIDE TO SIDE JUMPS
10 ALTERNATING LUNGE JUMPS