Do You Work Hard to Play Hard? Full Body Workout!

Hello all,

I am super excited to introduce the workout that Melissa (original and I did today. After a few days of eating rubbish and drinking a little too much wine, we found it extra hard to workout, but we felt amazing after!

Melissa is such an amazing person. I realise that is an easy thing to say, but this women has dedicated her life to her family and is now about to embark on a whole new chapter in her life and her training, which is really exciting for her and I am so happy for her!

Melissa, your family is a credit to you and I thank you for your hospitality and kindness towards me and I hope my crude Irish humour hasn’t rubbed off on you too much … but I think we get each other 😉

For the purpose of the end clip in the video below, I need to explain what we are actually talking about:

For my close friends and family, they already know my sense of humour often resides in the gutter and toilet, so the following photo was simply irresistible to me. But, you need to know a little about why it all came together.

Study the following picture:

  • In the UK and Ireland “Fanny” = Anterior female body part, south of the navel.
  • “Pucci”, although not pronounced the same, looks like it might also be the name of the same body part.
  • In the top left of the photo (the little tiny red/brown sign), says “Nce Pucci Way” …
  • COME ON, how is that NOT a joke in the making!!!

When I explained the meaning to Melissa, she thought it was hilarious because apparently “Fanny” is US for your butt! Which I find odd because aren’t Fanny-Packs worn on the front??? Anyway, that’s another joke for another day …

The Workout

We decided to do a couplet workout, because we both love them and it meant we would each get to showcase our awesome workout design skills in a fairer way. Melissa designed the first 2 couplets, I designed the last 2.  Each couplet lasts 6 minutes and in all but the 3rd Couplet there are 3 rounds of the exercises. In the 3rd couplet I was being awkward and obsessive about Stand-Kneel-Stands and needed a 3rd slot for them, so there are 2 rounds.

We set the Gymboss Interval Timer for 6 cycles of 20 seconds recovery and 40 seconds effort. We really did put everything we had into this today and boy did I notice a big difference! Even the KBs feel heavier!! But that’s obviously because they’re American 😉 LOL

Try not to get confused by the video, as we did work opposite each other due to lack of equipment.


Reps and weights are recorded reluctantly below. Melissa’s are in Red.

Couplet 1

  1. Jump Rope (we didn’t count)
  2. Super Push Ups (10, 8.5, 8 ) (10, 10, 10)

Couplet 2

  1. Kettlebell Goblet Squat (16kg) (22, 17, 15) (12kg) (12, 11, 11)
  2. Kettlebell Alternating Clean and Press (16kg then 12kg) (5, 6, 6) (12kg) (6, 6, 6)

Couplet 3

  1. Renegade Row (2 x 12kg for both of us) (16, 18 ) (15, 15)
  2. Stand-Kneel-Stand (left) (16kg) (12, 11) (2 x 8kg) (11, 13)
  3. Stand-Kneel-Stand (right) (12, 11) (11.5, 14)

Couplet 4

  1. Two-Handed / Alternating KB Swing (20kg) (27, 27, 24) (12kg) (26, 26, 26)
  2. Dynamic Squats (35, 30, 3o) (29, 29, 29)

This was a great experience and an amazing workout, one that I recommend you try. Even if I had a list of excuses the length of my arm, I still put my all into it and there should be no excuses for not at least trying your best at that given moment.

Both Melissa and I hope you will give this workout a go as Melissa’s butt is already sore only 12 hours later 😉

I want to thank Melissa for helping to design and for taking part in a myomytv workout. Plus, she has shown me Chicago, which is the BEST!!

I will leave you with a beautiful picture of the Windy City.


Marianne and Melissa

  • August 16, 2011

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