A little bit of abs…

Yesterday morning Knut had his first session of conditioning before the tryout get starting and I guess there is no different for a child having time off as it is for an adult…it hurts! (the difference is it takes longer for us to get it back). So when Knut’s hour was over I had that in mind when I made it over to Lifestyle fitness for my own session.

We started with warming up the abs with 20 crunches and 30 second plank from the Pilates ball (no pics but arms on the ball) it is important to keep the elbows in front of you as much as you can to get the abs engaged to its max.

After the warmup kept on working the abs on the mat with 15 leg raisers with the Pilates ball between our feet. Taking them slow and let the abs contract at every single rep.

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This movement was accompanied by 15 push ups from the Pilates ball, now every single rep your chest is supposed to touch the ball and you’ll use the bounce to push yourself up again. You might think this sounds simple when you can actually use the bounce but try it and you probably change your mind…lol

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So it was a relief as soon as the 15 reps were completed and we moved into the last movement in this circuit…15 squat with lifting the Pilates ball overhead.

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At the second circuit we  exchanged the Pilates ball to a heavier ball, a 14 pound medicine ball and this routine was longer than the previous two as well as the intensity. So with 10 walking lunges with the ball overhead we traveled across the gym and at every rep we paused in the leap focusing on holding the abdominal.

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    Leaving the ball behind we made our back doing the inch worm. This was done from out toes and making sure that we had a nice stretch going in our hamstrings before we moved forward with our hands holding the “plank” for a few seconds.

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 When the 10 inch worms was completed we finished out with 50 bicycle crunched before we jumped back to our medicine ball and lunged back. At the other end of the gym we finished with 10 side lunges and 20 wood chops.sidelunge

With the high intensity over and done with it was nice being able to bring the heart rate back down again but still focusing on the abs. So with 15 leg raisers from the Romanian chair, 15 chops…

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 …15 roll out…

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 …15 weighted side bend completed ( I thought) our day was over. To do the side bend correctly it is important to get a good stretch of the obliques and then contract them as you breathing out in a big belly breath. I found that after 10 reps it was hard to get a good contraction but I guess that was because I was getting tired 😉

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So like I said the hour was over and both me and my companion was getting tired when Jonathan asked us we were up for some intervals and how can we turn that down…I wish I had as soon as I started…lol

We finished out on the bike with 30 second high residence as fast possible with a sufficient rest in-between to be able to crank out every single interval. The first five we were seated leaning over the handles and standing for the final 5.  It took around 15 minutes and after every completed interval I thought of Knut and how hard he work…and at thought the only thing I could do was just keep on going even if it hurt…

 

A week of pain finally came to it’s end…

The first week of pain was completed on friday and the last thing we did was making the arms work (the only thing that is not sore) and Jonathan had put together another intense program. We started out with a quick warm up for the shoulders and arms with 20 scarecrows, 10 hands to push ups and 10 push ups.

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Again this was still ok although at the third set I had a nice burning going for me in the shoulders. It was at the following circuit the real workout started and with no rest in between the exercises the burn that was tingling in my shoulders turned into a full on fire after 15 upright rows with the barbell, 15 shoulder raise…

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and 15 Arnold press…as you might have realized I haven’t been to active for the last month lifting weight I wanted to be sensitive so my first set I picked up the 12 pound dumbbell to complete my 15 but I realized fast that it was a little light for me so the second and third set I changed it into 15 pounds instead…

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 and finally burn out on high rows on the TRX until exhaustion before we could take a quick breather before we got going again.

When we moved into a different muscle group (still working the arms) I was very glad because I don’t think my shoulders could have taken anymore at that point and the following circuit was a fun one. We started with 15 chest flies, now this was supposed to very heavy and at the end every rep we were coming into a nice stretch for the pecks…

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…and when the 15 was completed without setting the dumbbell down we finished with 15 presses. Again taking the dumbbells down deep to get the most out of the exercise.

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The next three exercises in this circuit was very straight forward…15 pulldown (heavy) 15 biceps curls and 15 triceps extension.

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And what is a “armday” with out the  big ropes so the last 10 minutes we completed the friday workout with intervals. I will admit that at this point I wasn’t going at my fastest pace and I thought my arms was going to fall off but never the less I finished every second of every interval.

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It’s painfully truthful!

Ok, now I am back in business for real! After we came back from Sweden Freddie and I hung out a few days in here in “Chicago” before we took our 10 years anniversary honeymoon to the British Virgin Island and what a week…heaven!

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So yesterday was my second workout being back for real and being back in my normal routines but today I am suffering from lying in a sun chair reading “Gone with the wind”  not doing to many other things except for throwing myself in the crystal clear ocean every other 30 minutes. It is also a great reminder of how painful it is to lay on coach for to long and as panful it is so it’s great to be back to my old routines and Jonathan had set up a great leg day Wednesday for us.

First out for the workout was 20 leg abductor from the TRX followed by 10 single leg squat touching our hands to the ground to be finished off with a step up with a high knee thrust. At the time being it didn’t felt so bad but this was just the beginning and I know one of the reasons why I can’t walk like a normal person today is because of the single leg squats for a starter 🙂

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But there was no time to complain because as soon as the three sets was completed we moved into the seconds circuit that contained of 20 lateral lunges with a reach, 20 forward lunged with the medicine ball static overhead.

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These two exercises alone gets your hart rate up to a decant level so when we finally made it back to our mats starting with 15 “peeing dogs” and leg extension from the knees squeezing the glut at every rep was some kind of relief!

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The problem was that it didn’t last for long as we finished out this circuit with 15 weighted squats. The trick to it was to squat slowly pause at the bottom come right up but not all the way and go right back down again. It was at this point my legs  started to feel a little wobbly…loll

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So the workout was coming to an end but we were not quite there. It was a beautiful day and not to hot so we took it outside for some drills with the agility ladder working both cardio and speed as well our coordination.  So with this my conclusion from my vacation is that is painfully truthful living like a slacker…haha

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Light weight and high reps

Although I had the time for my appointment for my workout on the phone I still manage to mistake the time so my warmup lasted for 25 minutes before the rest of the crew showed up. I do think that was a good thing as I was/am very sore from Wednesdays workout and this gave me an opportunity to loosen up my body.

As soon as every one was warmed up we brought out 5 pound dumbbells and a medicine ball and started with 25 shoulder raise and 25 shoulder press. With the very light weight I say the fist 15 reps are very easy it is the last 10 you really starting to get a burn. The circuit was long so after working with the dumbbell we picked up the medicine ball doing 20 wood shops, 50 russian twists and 50 bicycle crunches before started to skip ropes for 2 minutes. I really try to get the intensity going and giving it my all so the last 15 second I try to double skip.

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The second circuit we kept on focusing on upper body starting on the mat in a push up position doing plank to push up, slow climbers and push ups all in 30 seconds intervals followed by 15 leg raises.

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To finish off the arms we picked up the light dumbbells and cranked out 25 kick backs and 25 biceps curls.

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 After a quick clean up we headed over to the TRX and the big ropes and let me tell you I was reminded why I don’t really take time off because this was just brutal but what can you do then to put your head down and work through the pain 🙂 

We started at the TRX doing 10 high rows, 10 low rows, 15 trice extension and 15 pikes. Keep in mind that the at this point my arms had seen the best of me but we walked over to the ropes and started 3 sets of intervals of 30 seconds on and 30 seconds off before when went back to the TRX. This was a very intense workout and I know today is going to be as hard! 

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I am back in town!!

After three weeks living out of a suitcase I am back home…for now. It has been three amazing week that I have spent with family and friends and for that reason I have not updated my blog but with that being said I still worked out, mainly running between 6-12 km pretty much 5 days a week. So when the miles where ticking on my knee thought I over did it a bit so the last week I decided to take a break. This is my first break since I started this blog, seven months ago…but now I am back and full of energy!!!

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I was so glad being back at Lifestyle Fitness seeing my gals and Jonathan. Like I said I was so full of energy that I could have kept on going for hours just to make every little muscle in my body work.

So after a quick warmup on 15% incline on the treadmill (I realize it’s nothing compare to all the hills I’ve been running up and down in Sweden) while we were catching up it was time to get to work. We started off working the core and hamstring using a mat and a Pilates ball.

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15 leg extensions each leg in a plank position and 15 leg raises with the Pilates Ball.

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15 Hamstrings curls

This was followed by 15 weighted spilt stand squats (each leg) and two minutes skipping with the old jump rope. So far I was feeling great and I think in my mind I could have squatted with 50 pound dumbbells without a problem but my three weeks without any real weight training was sneaking up upon me fast…

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  It was the following circuit that reminded me why I don’t really take any time off because three weeks ago this would have been a walk in the park but after completed the first set I thought my arms was going to fall off and I loved it!

We stated with 2 walking lunges and a squat to press (10 steps and 5 squats) down the gym. At the end we did 15 bent over rows before we walked back and finished out on 15 romanian deadlifts.

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Meanwhile the other group was giving it all on the bike for about three-ish minutes before we swapped.

When the second circuit was completed three times our “official” hour was over but I have mentioned this before, the hour is not over until Jonathan says so! So all we could do was to bring out the 35 pound kettlebell to complete our last and final circuit. This consisted of 30 seconds jumping lunges, 15 second rest, 30 seconds squat jumps, 15 seconds rest and 30 seconds kettlebell swings. After I completed my third set I was not so cocky anymore but I am looking forward coming back for more later on this morning because I am back in town 😉

 

A decent hill!

I am not used to these bright nights as I had a terrible time trying to sleep last night and when I woke up I after h few hours sleep I think every single muscle was aching in my body.  I was not looking forward to my morning run but I took the bull by horns and I hit the 2k’s just to get down the lake I’ve run around so many times before.

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There is a stunning track around the lake.

Every step was a pain and my legs where heavy like rocks. It was not a fast run and I had to walk the last kilometer coming back to my moms apartment as the hills can be a nightmare. I had not much left in the legs but I decided to do sprint intervals up the hill and although this was not a great performance I did complete almost 8.5 k with two very tired legs and that is ok 😉

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 The towns own San Francisco hills

Be careful for what you wish for…

We finally arrived in my hometown Örnsköldsvik it’s a little of a tongue twister for a novice and although it is hard to pronounce it is a stunning small town on the east coast in the Baltic sea.

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Last night at 10pm when I put Mira to bed she was crying that she didn’t want to go to sleep when it was morning…the picture is taken at 10.40 at night and the sun has just disappeared behind the mountain.

I did my best last week but even though you do your very best it is easy to keep on doing things you are used to so after my fist week in Sweden I was longing for some good old soreness. So I rang my sister-in-law to see if she could set me up with her TRX trainer and so she did. Both yesterday and today I was hanging in the cord off the ceiling in the Pilates Studio that was very peaceful and nice but yet energizing.

 The class was very different from the training I normally do with Jonathan although most of the movements was the same as we do over at the warehouse. Here we worked different tempo and it was intense in a different way to what I am used to. Johanna was a great instructor as she was both very inspiring as well as professional and I am for ever grateful that she would fit me into her class in such short notice. 

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http://www.pilatesstudio.se

The rest of the afternoon we went to visit my aunt and in the car over there the tiredness and the pre-soreness pain was creeping up on me and I know that my run tomorrow will be a though one!

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Knut by the sea

 

30k in 6 days

I spent 6 days in Norrköping and with my sister and her family and I have never ever before actually gone for a run the day after midsummer but this year I did and it was the fastest of them all and I was all alone.

I thought I kept my stuff together in our suitcases but somehow you never do, especially not with 2 kids 😉 so the entire morning I spent packing all our belongings but I did manage to get a quick 5k in before we had to drive to the train and head north and this completed 30k in 6 days…

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Just me and the badger…he made me sprint fast past him lol

You think you’ll die but somehow you always survive!

Today we decided that my sister Helena would come with me for my workout and I know when I write this that I won’t offend her when I say she is slightly out of shape but she would like to come back to the routine of working out again. I didn’t want to do a long run as I already completed 16k in two days but I knew I needed to focus on the legs so I thought we would start with a quick warmup around the block. It was Helena who was showing the way as well as the space. She took us through fields and forests and in the middle of the thickest woods Helena started to slow down as she was getting a side stitch but at that point I told her to keep on running as  we were being completely eaten by every mosquito there was! She did great and we finished the warmup run of just under 2k although she thought she was about to die but amazingly she didn’t…lol.

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When we got back we pulled out the old lashing straps and started doing 15 single legs squats each leg, 15 hip abductions and 30 bicycle pull in.

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In between every finished rep we did 6 sprint intervals and Helena did really well and kept up and finishing off what we started.

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After my 18th sprint my legs started to feel a little wobbly and I decided to finish the day with some core exercises.

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This workout took us 1.45 minutes to complete and even though it was not that many circuits I have a feeling I’ll feel it tomorrow 🙂

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DIY with TRX

We spent the day at the park today as Helena had a meeting she needed to attend to at work but as soon as we got back home I went for a run. I did the same track as I did yesterday and with all the hills it was crazy hard so the last kilometer I did 20 seconds intervals sprints all the way back to the house.

I had already asked Jan for a set of lashing straps before I left and he had them ready for me and I attached them to an old apple tree that Helena and Jan has in their garden and I was ready for a simple TRX workout.

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First out I focused on the hips and core doing hip abduction with pulling in the legs.

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When I had completed 15 reps I went straight into 50 bicycle crunches and a 30 sec plank and both my shoulders and abs was screaming at the end of it.

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My second circuit I decided to focus on my arms and as I started doing my rows a horse was passing by…I’m pretty sure this can only happened on the countryside… lol

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I finished my workout with biceps curls and triceps extensions and when I was done I was very tired…I think I still suffering a bit from the jet lag…

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