Monday, November 17, 2008

Weekend Challenge and Week 11 Update

This week's TT Members' challenge was the Tar Heels Ultimate Medicine Ball Workout as featured in Men's Health. There are ten different exercises using a medicine ball that you complete in a circuit (20 reps each) and once completing the circuit (200 total reps) you can go again for 400 total reps. It has a lot of non-TT type exercises (like crunches) so it was something quite different than what I have been doing. I did it twice through with a time of 20:48. Two days later, I'm still a little sore. Not too bad, though. Using four different TT for Abs programs in the past year (including my current workout: TT Home Abdominal Workouts) has given me a nice, strong core. Craig said he was actually going to film a TT version of the the workout, so I'll post that when it becomes available. (UPDATE: Craig has posted the video on You Tube - I've added it to the end of this post below.) Here's the workout (CLICK HERE for pictures of the exercises):

2x through circuit:
Big Circles - 10/10 = 20
WoodChoppers - 20
Standing Russian Twist - 20 (left + right for 1 rep)
Squat to press - 20
Med ball Sit ups - 20
Rocky Solo’s - 10/10 = 20
Toe Touch - 20
45 Degrees torso Twist - 20 (left + right for 1 rep)
Suitcase Crunch - 20 (left + right for 1 rep)
Diagonal Crunch - 20 (left + right for 1 rep)

Be careful if you try this workout. Many of these exercises can hurt your back if performed incorrectly.

In other news, the pink beast is gone! We finished painting the kitchen last night. We left the one wall yellow (it looked better after it dried), and painted over the rest of the pink with the same beige as the living room. It's much brighter, and much less pink! :)

And finally, for those of you who are counting, there are only 6 more days until I take my final pictures. I'm getting a little nervous. The competition is looking really fierce on the forums. I hope to finish strong!

UPDATE: OK, here is Craig's version of the medicine ball workout:


STBF said...

Hey Abby, I did the TarHeel 200x2 this morning. I don't know what I was expecting, but I'll give the workout a solid B/B+. Like you said, the TT workouts have given us a great foundation for strong cores, so sometimes it's difficult for a core circuit to actually be challenging. This circuit, when used in conjunction with other TT sessions, is an excellent addition. The last 4 exercises (starting with the Toe Touch) were a fantastic combo.

Can't wait to see your new pics after another 12 weeks-o-tt.

Mike Z

Chad and Shantay said...

The count down begins... woohoo!!! Although my exercise room is filled with other stuff, I have signed up for a 5 week memebership at the Ymca! I will look different in my photos!!

Good Luck!

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