Couplet Routine | Outdoor Summer Workout

by Marianne  - July 23, 2013

Today, I was going to post my video interview with Jonathan Fass, but I really wanted to bring you all a workout first since it’s been a while.  However, I will post my conversation with Jonathan Fass tomorrow. The topic is something I think everyone (myself included) needs to do more – Critically Think. Without the ability to critically think, we are vulnerable to believing anything and everything we read or hear – especially in the fitness industry … with all those sneaky gurus lurking 😉 So I hope our conversation is helpful in understanding a little more about this.  Plus you all get to “meet” my partner in crime 😀


This workout was filmed a few weeks ago. I meant to post it at the time, but I think I ended up writing about something else or I had to go work a night shift (oh, how I DON’T miss those times).  Anyway, here it is 😉


The Workout


You will notice that “exercise of the year” goes to the Single Leg RDL  – When you are without heavier weights, single-leg will add a greater challenge and the best hip hinge strength exercise is the SL RDL.  So, it’s a keeper.  Please start with Bodyweight … balance is tough and it will really get you good at hinging.


Couplet 1

1) Single-Leg Box Squat: 3×10 reps (each side)

2) Single-Leg RDL: 3×10 reps (each side)


Couplet 2

Set your Gymboss Classic Interval Timer for 4-6 cycles of 15 seconds rest and 45 effort. Complete 2-3 rounds of the following two exercises:

1) Plank Climber

2) Two-Handed KB Swing


Couplet 3

1) Single Arm Row: 3×10 reps (each side)

2) Single-Leg Foot-Elevated Hip Thrust: 3×10 reps (each side)


Finish with:

1) Death Sits (L-Sit): 2xmax hold

2) Farmers Walk: 2×30-45 seconds


Hope you enjoy!


Remember to check back tomorrow to meet Dr Fass for our wee chat 🙂  



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  1. I did this workout on Tuesday evening with candles outside my back yard in the early evening. really enjoyed it. love the L sit, my mas hold was 5 seconds twice. I forgot how well rounded your workouts are and how satisfied I feel when finished. Please post more.


  2. Hi Marianne! Finally did this workout, using 12kg KB for all weighted exercises. Really LOVED this workout, I will for sure keep it and repeat again soon, gave me a great post workout high 😀 The L-Sit is SO CHALLENGING, I will try practicing it more often! :))

  3. Hi Marianne!

    I have not done any workouts for weeks now, because the summer is so hot in Norway these days. I have been bicycling in the forest and swimming in the fjord, though, which is very nice! But I will do this workout when it gets chillier, because the single leg exercises are my favourites too. I think it gives me a very good stability and balance, which is more important the older you get.

    And I want to congratulate you with the great decision you told about earlier this summer, and wish you all the best!

    Have a nice summer, kind rgards from Kirsten

  4. single leg reverse deadlift, a favorite of mine. good workout. need to give this one a try.
    looking forward to the interview

  5. Hi Marianne! Great workout! I wanted to ask if you’ve been posting your last few videos differently, as they aren’t showing up on an iPad or iPhone. Previous videos are working just fine, but the more recent videos are not.


    1. Hmm, I don’t know why this is happening 🙁 I’ll check it out. I recorded the videos on my ipad or iphone, so I have no idea why it’s acting odd.

      Thanks for the heads up.

  6. Hi Marianne,

    I really look forward to hearing you and the Fass discuss about “all those sneaky gurus lurking”. LOL.

    Lovely workout, thanks for posting it. You look nice with shorter hair. 🙂


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