Workout: running and strength + last week’s workouts

September 13, 2016

Good morning! How did Monday go for you? I’m dragging a bit right now. I’m on Day 9 of Whole30 and things have kind of slowed down for me. I’m feeling very tired and I’m not quite sure why. I’m eating more than I usually do. In fact, Matt even commented on how much I’m eating (in a non-offensive way – haha). So I’m hoping things even out a bit in the next few days. I want my energy back!


Other than the dip in energy, I have been feeling pretty good physically. I’ve been enjoying the blend of Orangetheory and strength/conditioning work I’m doing each week. In a perfect world I would be practicing yoga a couple times per week, but I just can’t find the time to get to class. And while I am all for practicing at home, I don’t feel like I get nearly the same experience as I do when I am in a class surrounded by other people.


Last week’s workouts focused a lot on strength. I took one rest day (Wednesday) and opted for a long walk outside. It’s been so long since I’ve taken a walk alone and it felt really good to be on my own with my own thoughts.



Last week’s workouts


TRX total body workout + 45 minute walk with the girls


Upper body

3 rounds of each super set / reps shown on right

  • lat pull down (reps: 15,15,12)
  • underhand cable pull down (15,15,12)


  • seated cable row (15,15,15)
  • v-ups (15,15,15)


  • one arm DB row (15,15,15)
  • stability ball pull ins (20,15,15)


  • bent over barbell row (15,15,12)
  • mountain climbers (30,30,30)


  • alternating DB curl (12,15,12)
  • dips (15,12,12)


  • push ups (15,15,15)
  • mountain climbers (30,30,30)
  • bicycle crunches (30,30,30)



1 hour walk outside (nearly 4 miles)





3 rounds of each super set – no rest in between

  • 15 leg press (I used 115#)
  • 15 jump squats (30 total)


  • 30 walking lunges with kettle bells (40#)
  • 1 min jumping rope


  • 30 single leg toe touches (15 per side)
  • 20 frog jumps (10 forward, 10 backwards)


  • 15 cable hip abduction
  • 60 mountain climbers


  • 15 calf raises (holding 40#)
  • 20 jump squats



Orangetheory – 12 minute run for time. I got 1.77 miles which made me happy.


Running + strength workout (see below – it’s a goodie!)


Running + strength workout

This workout is no joke. I took one of my past strength workouts and added in some cardio and plyometrics to make it a complete workout. The running gets even more challenging as the workout continues and your body fatigues. I grouped each set based on the muscles involved as well as the equipment/space needed in order to minimize set up time.


The strength portion is designed as decreasing sets  – meaning your reps go down after each set. Perform each round three times before moving on to the next round. For example, in round 1 you would run 400 meters and then perform 20 plank rows, 20 dumbbell push ups, and 20 v-ups. Then you would do 15 plank rows, 15 push ups, and 15 v-ups…and so on. So you only do one block of running per round (you’re welcome). You should finish the workout at 1200 meters. Or, add in a final 400 at the end to make it a complete mile. I finished this in 35 minutes. Enjoy!


A Fit Mess

Check out YouTube if you have questions about these exercises or would like to see them demoed. And please let me know if you try it!


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What have your workouts looked like lately? 

What is your ideal training schedule?


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