Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Workout Wednesday: Feeling Pumped

First let me say that I am not a certified coach (yet) of any sort. This is just a fun way for me to share a workout/exercise that I found online or learned from someone else and really liked.

The idea for Workout Wednesday comes from Theresa at A Change of Pace. Check out her blog here. I loved the idea because I find great workouts and new exercises mostly from reading and seeing them in use by other active people.

I've been participating in the Under Armour #SweatADay challenge off and on for a few months now. Monday's challenge was a new one for me and really spoke to my buttisimo!

Jumping Side Lunges:

Here's the How-to from Shauna's Instagram post:
"Side lunges...with a lateral hop. Mmm hmm yes. #takeitside indeed. 
1 - Start in a side lunge. Bend your right knee and sit your butt back, knee doesn't go passed your toes and heel stays down. Left leg will be straight. Toes are all facing straight ahead. Bring your hands down to the ground. This will assure you keep your butt low!
2 - Hop up and to the left landing in a side lunge on the other side -- left knee bent, right leg straight. 
3 - Repeat side to side. I find it hard to get a ton of air when jumping from this position but you will absolutely feel it! 
Be cautious of how you land. Absorb the landing with knees bent but then straighten out the other leg so it's a true side lunge." 
I did this exercise for one minute and couldn't believe how much I felt it. In fact, at first I thought I might have pulled something because I was feeling tightness in my glutes that I haven't felt in a long time. 

That tightness told me that I was working my muscles in a good way. The slight soreness I felt the next day was even more confirmation. 

What workout or exercise has you feeling "pumped" lately?

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