Fri-yay. Fri-yay. Fri-yay! It IS Friday—Faves Friday at that.Today, we’re talking all you missed on the blog this week, plus my Favorite Do Anywhere CrossFit Workouts (perfect for your busy on-the-go lifestyle).
Here’s what you missed on the blog this week:
12 Steps to Peace with Food
Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Mind: The Brain Gut Connection
What to Eat for a Run: The Truth About Carbing Up, Gels & Post-Workout Nutrition
Doctor’s Orders: Why Vitamins & Minerals Are Good For You
As for other “Favorite” things, today I am sharing with you my top 10 Favorite CrossFit-style workouts (read: Functional and Primal movement patterns) you can do anywhere (not just a CrossFit gym, but at home or at your traditional gym—modification options provided).
One of my favorite things to do is PLAY and move—no longer in an obsessive way, but in a fun, life-giving, energizing way!
After spending 14 years, hating on my body and using fitness as a form of punishment and mandate to “get my butt into shape!,” I came to terms with the facts that I had an UNHEALTHY RELATIONSHIP with fitness.
Over the course of that 14 years, fitness and movement was primarily about sculpting, chiseling, shaping and hating on my body. I saw my body as an OBJECT—doing everything within my power to fight against it.
Listen up. I have a secret for you.
Your body wants to work for you! Not against you!
Annnnd…You CAN have a body you love and feel confident in—AND a mindset that is TWICE as stunning (Read: At peace. Not war with your body).
This happens when you connect—or rather—re-connect—with all the ways you and your body are designed to: Move. Function. Eat. Love. Live. And just be.
Like a plant that needs water and sunshine, our human bodies need good food, a little bit of movement (even as simple as a walk) and self-love every day to thrive.
Enter: Primal movement (i.e. the so-called hyped “CrossFit” style of workouts—integrating movements your body was designed to thrive upon, and a blend of all energy systems: Strength, power, endurance and let us not forget, rest).
Exercise is nothing more than movement.
And that movement, when not abused, can do a body good.
No matter what your relationship with exercise or fitness is like, instead of:
- Beating yourself up for not getting to the gym this holiday
- Forcing yourself to go to the gym to burn calories
- Or, never thinking twice about fitness or movement (Do you really need it?)
…If you begin to view it as life-giving movement, things make a lot more sense..
If you’re feeling uninspired in the gym, stressed out, apathetic, or enslaved to exercise…spice things up with one of these guys. Move it, then go out there and conquer the other amazing things you were meant to do!
Top 10 Do-Anywhere CrossFit Style Workouts
500 Meter Row (Options: 20 Burpees or 400 Meter Run)
21 Kettlebell Swings
12 Pull-ups or Push-ups
20 Minute AMRAP
10 Kettlebell Swings
7 Burpee Pullup
200-Meter Run or Row
15 Minute AMRAP
3 Rounds, 1 Minute each movement:
Box Jumps (Options: Stepups)
Wall-balls (Option: Squat Jumps)
Sumo Deadlift Highpulls
Rest 1-minute after each round
10-Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible)
15 Dumbbell Step-ups
10 Backsquats (95 lbs.; Options: Goblet Squats)
10 Pull-ups (Options: 10 Bent Over Rows)
50 Box Jumps (Options: Step-ups)
50 Pullups/Rows (Options: Banded Pull-aparts)
50 Kettlebell Swings (Or Dumbbell Swings)
50 Walking Lunges
50 Knees to Chest or Situps
50 Back Extensions
50 Wallballs (Options: Squat Jumps)
50 Double Unders or Jumping Jacks
5 Handstand Pushups (Options: Strict press or knees-up on chair pushups)
7 Overhead Squats (Options: Dumbbell 1-Arm Overhead Squats—7 each arm)
9 Ring Rows or Pull-ups (Options: Banded Pull-aparts or Bent Over Rows)
100-Meter Sprint + 20 Pushups
Walk back to start between rounds