Excuse Me While I Lumberjack

This afternoon’s gym session was a toss-up between good and bad. Well not bad, just went in a different direction than I had planned.

I started off with a mile and a half run before jumping on the stair master and walking 10 minutes, which equaled 39 floors. What what! I had planned on going into the women’s gym to work on my abs and maybe just maybe get a quick 5 minute workout on the nordic trainer, but BOTH were taken. I’m not just talking about my special corner where I work da abs, but even the 2 mats in front of the room were being used. Grrrr!

Instead, I decided to complete a quick strength training circuit before heading back to work.

Afternoon Workout

  • 1.5 mile run
  • 10 minutes stair master, 39 floors
  • 3 sets of 13 lateral pull-downs, 55 lbs.
  • 3 sets of 13 back extension, 100 lbs.
  • 2 sets of 13 medicine ball lumberjack squats (1 set each side)
  • 2 sets of 13 medicine back lumberjack chops

To be honest, I’m not even sure if “lumberjack chops/squats” are even the correct terms, but several months ago I found the exercises in one of my workout magazines and recall the word lumberjack in it.

Here’s a brief rundown of my so-called lumberjack exercises:

Medicine Ball Lumberjack Squat: Stand as if you’re ready to squat, feet a little wider than hips, and hold a medicine ball at your waist. As you squat, bring the medicine ball to either your left or right side. Upon standing, swing the medicine ball to your opposite shoulder. So squat, medicine ball to your left foot, and upon standing, medicine ball swings above your right shoulder. Do all reps on one side and then repeat the other side.

Medicine Ball Lumberjack Chops: This is the same as the squat, but you’re just not squatting. Stand with feet wider than hips and hold medicine ball to one side at your hip. Bring the ball above your opposite shoulder, and complete all reps on that side before switching.

They’re awesome exercises for your shoulders, butt (if you squat) and your core. Plus, you feel pretty damn badass while you do it. 🙂

After my workout, I got back into work mode while I demolished leftovers from the other night. Grilled chicken, veggies and half a sweet potato.

How’s that for a Healthy Lunch?

Delish baby!

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