On Sunday I attempted something I hadn’t done before: 50 power jumps. I learned this move from Shaun T’s Insanity, and basically it looks as the visual suggests. You jump with your knees up in the air. I like to do sets of 10 at a time to get it over faster.
I hadn’t planned on doing these power jumps, but I was trying to capture an in-action photo of myself working out. (Do you know how hard that is to do?) My coaches post pictures online, and I find them super inspiring. But every photo I took was out of focus or strange. Nevertheless, it put a challenge in front of me: perfecting the jump. I kept doing it until I got a photo I liked. And then, when I was so close to 50, I decided to do another 15 jumps.
Needless to say I was incredibly sore the next day. It’s been a while since I really challenged my body like that. On top of the 50 jumps, I also increased my weights during my upper body workout. There is a big difference between 5 and 10 pound dumbbells! I swear I am still sore, two days later.
The entire workout reminded me of the importance of changing things up. When I was a hardcore runner, I’d often fall into fitness ruts. I’d put in my 30 minutes on the treadmill and get out of the gym. My weight stayed the same (despite my attempts to shed pounds). And I wasn’t gaining muscle. It all makes sense given this article Jenna recently passed on to me. Which is why I love Shaun T. and his fitness programs. Or adding in a few power jumps to a routine workout. It all adds up to something bigger. And I don’t get bored.
I have been doing T25 for the past couple of months, and I can feel myself tiring of the program. So, I’ve been adding running back into the workout schedule. Right now my weeks look something like this:
- M: Run 3 miles
- T: T25 Upper Body Focus
- W: Run 3 miles
- Th: T25 Rip’t Circuit
- F: Rest
- S: T25 Dynamic Core/Core Cardio
- Su: Run 4-5 miles
I am training for an 8K with Jenna, and I think this is the perfect routine to keep me from getting bored. Plus I get to enjoy the last nice days of the calendar year!
How do you change things up?