My real life workout today: 4/23/12

I didn’t get a chance to do New Move Monday. You name it, it happened. But that’s ok, because I figure that you might have an interest in seeing exactly what I did for my real life workout! I exercise at a college gym and I honestly think the dudes in there think I’m insane. I don’t talk to any of them because I get in my own zone, but I know they have to wonder why this blonde tries to rule the roost in there. HA!

(I’m not going to explain these moves, so if you are curious what some of them are, ask in comments and I can explain further)

The honest truth is EVERY SINGLE workout of mine is different. Every one. I don’t walk in with a plan but I do walk in with different parts I want to focus on, or a new exercise I want to try. I also enjoy doing exercises at the gym in pair combinations. So I’ll do one exercise and then quickly move to another, then go back to the first and repeat. Remember, I’ve decided to take it up a notch this month, so I’ve been hitting it hard and heavy.

If I used weights, I noted it. Also 2×12 would be read 2 sets of 12 reps.

Today’s Workout: April 23, 2012


2 miles on treadmill. 6.5mph .5% incline


♦ 2×14: kettlebell swings (18 lbs)

♦ 3×10: incline chin-ups

♦ 3×20 sec: skater hops & tap (PLYO BURST)

♦ 3×12 chest press pulley machine (10lbs each side??)

♦ 3×10 single leg hip thrust (my new fave move)

♦ 2×12 tricep kickbacks

♦ 3×8 Combo: traveling push-ups, plank jacks, mountain climbers (cardio burst)

♦ 3×12 wall balls (12 lbs)

♦ 3×12 wall jumps (Plyo Burst)

♦ 2×10 single leg dead lifts (20lbs)

♦ 2×12 bicep curls (12 lb each arm)


3×12 Combo: leg raise/oblique crunch on leg raise machine

2×12 punch up punch out (on my muffin-top makeover)

Basically, I was am toast. I realize that this looks like a lot, but it took me about 65 min from top to bottom. I don’t take a ton of time to rest in between exercises as I like to keep my heart pumping.

So. What did you do today for your workout?!

*Note: My strength day workouts aren’t always this intense or involved. I was “feeling it” today and went for it. Plus I was due for a good one! :)


  1. JinkaBloom says

    I did CrossFit today. I now have “T-Rex” arms, noodle legs and my bum bum is gonna hurt tomorrow. (ok, it already hurts but it’s gonna be worse tomorrow.) LOL!

  2. ann gardner says

    I just did bicycle sprints this morning (one minute easier and one minute fast with an increase in the ‘level’). Had to study for finals at the same time, and running is a bit harder to get some studying in :) LOL.

  3. Tiffany says

    I went to the gym @ 5am – I did a 2 mile run on the treadmill, too. I was around 5.3 mph most of the time, but would bump it up here and there for a minute. It took me 24 min to run my 2 miles. You did yours at 6.5 mph. Am I running it too slow? I can’t imagine doing 2 miles @ 6.5 mph. My heart rate was 150, which after researching I think was too high?? 6.5 – your talking about the arrow you push up to speed up the treadmill, right? Maybe I’ve got it all wrong. – Thanks for your FB page. I love it!

    • says

      Tiffany: There is no “too slow”! I love that you are doing intervals. That is a great workout. You should try and improve on your time, but don’t worry about being slower than anyone else. If you focus on improvements, using yourself as the gauge, then you are doing great! And yes–I’m talking about that arrow!! :) Keep it up!

  4. says

    For the past year I’ve been going to fitness boot camp 3x/week, so every Monday, Wednesday and Friday I drag myself out of bed to be there at 5:30 a.m. (!). I love that we do something different every time; I tend to get bored rather easily with workouts so I appreciate the challenge of trying new things and changing it up often. And having a group to work out with (and commiserate with when we have to do a zillion burpees) is so much better than working out alone. I haven’t lost much weight (still struggling with my sugar addiction) but can definitely tell a difference in the fit of my clothes as well as my strength and overall endurance.

  5. Kathy McRay says

    Wow Clare, thank you for sharing. I’m 59 and just started working out in Jan. I walk/run a mile on the treadmill at 4mph. I have started doing intervals of running. I then do some work on the machines. I do some leg,arm and core work and vary what I do each day. Then I do some streching. I am seeing an improvement of my strength but have plenty of room for improvement. I work out at lunch so my time is limited. I really appreciate your website.

  6. Lisa Buchanan says

    I did a 60 minute zumba class at the YMCA today – I LOVE it and she really kicked our tail….but it felt oh so good! :)

  7. MariaM says

    I don’t do workout because I don’t have time lately (I Know this is quite bad :( ) but instead of using my car I go by foot whenever I can, don’t use elevators and walk walk walk! Otherwise, I LOVE jogging at least twice a week 😉

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