Bodyweight Bonanza

by Marianne  - May 2, 2010

Hi everyone,

I tell you it is great to be off on holiday, I finally have the time to post new workouts more regularly, or at least for the next couple of weeks until I’m back at work.

I don’t know if I’m being paranoid or not, but when I was watching this video back, I think I look like I’ve put on some size again!!ย  Unfortunately I have been treating myself the last few days, so maybe my glycogen stores have justย  refilled or something, but all the same, I will need to get back on track with the diet.ย  I have got into a few bad eating habits now when I’m in work, with regards to chocolate. While I’m off I plan to knock that habit on the head and go back with a stronger attitude and will to say “no thanks” or “stop staring at me Milk Tray”.

So, I will be including more cardio/bodyweight workouts and abdominal training along with my usual Kettlebell stuff, to help me achieve my goals.ย  I feel like I’ve undone all the progress I reported last week now ๐Ÿ™ But I’m probably just having a “flumpy day”.

The Workout

Back to business now, with today’s workout. I have been asked by GrapeWine to include more bodyweight/cardio and I was totally up for this today.ย  This workout lasted 18 minutes.ย  It has 3 rounds of 6 exercises.ย  I set myย Gymboss Interval Timer for 18 cycles of 15 seconds rest and 45 seconds MAX effort.ย  If you don’t have an interval timer, you could set so many reps per exercise and try and complete as many rounds in a set time or, just do 3 rounds with the set reps, but always try and challenge yourself.

The exercises and my reps per round are as follows:

  1. Alternating Reverse Lunges (26, 23, 27)
  2. Dive-Bombers (9, 10, 8 )
  3. Skater Jumps (28, 22, 19)
  4. Plank Climbers (changing lead arm each rep) (18, 20, 14)
  5. Lunge Jumps (26, 21, 18)
  6. Power Jumping Jacks (16, 12, 12)

In hindsight, I would not put the lunge jumps and Power Jacks beside each other as these are both explosive exercises and also work the mostly the same muscles, so this sequence is a killer. But the Power Jacks are a really great exercise for the outer sweep of the quads, for those shapely legs we’re all after ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope you all enjoy this workout.

Tomorrow is the Belfast Marathon and I am participating in a relay, so I will let you know how I get on.ย  I am not looking forward to running on the road again, because last time I injured my achilles tendon, so I don’t hold high hopes for tomorrow. Will try and get some footage though of my attempt lol

Bye for now everyone



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  1. Marianne

    I tried this workout this morning and it was very hard! If I am doing a circuit like this I don’t usually use my timer and just do X number of reps. The timer added a whole knew element! It was kind of funny but at the end I realized that I had set it for 16 sec of rest instead of 15. I was very glad to have the extra second. I added ball pikes and pull-ups just because and mid way through I was really not impressed with myself but I finished.

    My numbers were very similar to your except for the reverse lunges. I could only do about half of what you did. My knees don’t love that move but I did it slow and with good form so hopefully there will be progress!
    Thanks for the workout!
    My husband is going next week to the rhuematologist and is going to as about the anti-TNF therapy. I have my fingers crossed!

    1. Pull-ups – wow good for you, bet that was tough! Wish I had an extra second too LOL

      Good luck next week, i hope he gets a new treatment ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hello Marianne

    I found your site through MissFit aka Melissa and have been checking it out. I have to say I am very impressed. I just started Kettlebells about a month ago and LOVE them. I am really looking foward to doing some of your workouts!
    The coolest thing about finding your site is reading your about post. My husband was just diagnosed with AS this past Christmas and we have been trying to figure out what to do and how to help him. He was feeling really down and has been in alot of pain lately (the NAIDS are not working well) and then I read your story. He has some hope that there is a possibility of him being able to workout in the future and hopefully use Kettlebells too!

    Anyways, you look great and your workouts are inspiring!

    Cheers from Canada

    1. Hi Heather, thanks for visiting my site, Melissa is so great!!

      I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s diagnosis, but it is definitely not the end of the world! I don’t know how long he has been in pain before the diagnosis, but I know I was glad to have a name for it, so I knew it wasn’t all in my head. NAIDS did not work for me either. Get him a good rhuematologist and ask about anti-TNF therapy, this treatment has enabled me to do what I do. Tell him to always do a little exercise, and keep moving, so the joints don’t get the chance to fuse. I hope he’s not in too much pain :/

      Thanks again Heather for your encouraging comment ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. Oh, cool, a new workout!
    I did the other day your Bodyweight Booty Burn which i enjoyed.
    Keep them coming!

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