Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gyming & Grilling

Gym Day
Today was a gym day for me. I would have loved to have gotten out for a run instead, but it was raining at the time of my break. Of course, the rain would have felt pretty good during a run I must say.

I went with supersets of 3 x 8 for back and triceps today. I should have added in chest but was being a bit lazy I'll admit. And, I'm kind of glad I stuck with back and tris because the weight area got crazy busy with a bunch of guests from a nearby hotel. A little annoying. I think I say that a lot huh?

Anyway, I started with 15 minutes on the elliptical than ran over to claim a spot before all the benches were taken. I did have to shoo two guys off the assisted pull/chin up machine. They were just standing there leaning on it looking out the windows.

SS#1
Assisted wide-grip chin ups
Double-arm overhead triceps extension

SS#2
Double-arm row
Triceps pushdowns

SS#3
Pullovers
Double-arm kickbacks

I also added in 3 sets of 10 reps of low back extensions. I decided to do a short bit of cardio a la Tabata style. Do each exercise for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second rest before moving to next exercise. At the end of all 8, rest 1 minute then repeat as many times as you like (I only did twice).

Burpees
Alternating squats with front kick (body weight)
Kettlebell swings
Kettlebell figure 8's
Kettlebell swing into a squat press
Jabs with light weights
Alternating curtsey lunges with light weights
Plie jacks

Just two rounds burned just shy of 100 calories - hello HIIT! I was definitely sucking wind big time.

Grilling
Jason picked up more propane during his lunch break, so that meant grilling tonight. The rain cleared out and it turned out to be a really pleasant evening.

We went with a Grilled Kale, Veggies & Tofu Salad. Fairly standard salad for us these days. I made a quick marinade/dressing using sugar-free strawberry preserves, garlic, salt, pepper, balsamic and red wine vinegar, agave, and OJ. Easy peasy.

Then we just grilled everything up.We use a veggie basket for the kale, but the squash, zucchini, bell peppers, and tofu go directly on the grill. Perfect mid-week meal if you ask me.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
Grilling
Slightly cooler temps
Good workout
Sunshine