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Get ready to sweat.

Happy Tuesday, friends!

I’m back for another of my favorite exercise moves! I learned this one from my friend Jess, who actually just asked me to be in her wedding next October! How cute is this?? When I opened the envelope, there were two envelopes: one held this puzzle to put together…

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And the other held a piece of paper with the wedding’s date and a really sweet note. Adorable! Heart you Jess :)

Anyway, back to the sweating! This is a variation of my Weighted Push-Up with Arm Lift and is another great move for toning not just your arms, but also your core (including those pesky obliques!). Give it a try :)

Weighted Push-Up with Side Plank

Instructions:

1) As with my other push up move, you need some weights that have a square edge so you aren’t rolling all over the place. I picked these up at Target for a few bucks, but most gyms have them too. I use 5 or 6 lb weights for this move, but feel free to adjust that!

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2) Get into a plank position with your hands holding/on top of your weights. Your feet should be a little less than hip distance apart. Be sure to keep your abs tight and lifted to support your lower back.

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3) Next, slowly lower yourself into a pushup — try to get your body perfectly parallel to the floor in a straight line. Make sure your hips don’t droop down and that your abs are still tight. Try to hold it a few seconds if you can.

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(The lighting in that room makes me look tan! I’m totally not.)

4) Raise yourself back up into a plank position, and then slowly lift one of your arms up while turning towards that side, bringing yourself into a side plank position. You have two options: you can either place one foot on top of the other, like I’ve done here:

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Or you can place your top leg in front of the other, like I’ve done here. Whichever feels more comfortable! This staggered feet version is easier to do in a fluid motion, and also easier in terms of balancing.

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5) Hold yourself in the side plank for 10 seconds, or as long as you can.

6) Come back into plank, hold for 5 seconds, and repeat on the other side. Continue until this happens:

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And you know I wouldn’t end an exercise post without this!

CONGRATULATORY THUMBS UP!!! he he

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Oh and check out how sexy my knee is now as a result of my epic wipeout last week:

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The other one is scab-tastic. So hot!!

I’m off to class and lab! We’re hydrogenating olive oil today in Chem lab to make it into solid vegetable shortening… trans fat, here we come!

Give my new workout move a try and let me know if you like it! Has anyone tried the Eagle Ab or the original Weighted Push Up with Arm Lift yet?? What’d you think?

Ta-ta!

Comments

  1. 1

    Awww THANKS for the shout out! I so love you!!! Nice moves by the way ;) and we totally rock the eagle abs AND Arm Lift fun. Keep em coming. I’ve never followed a blog before so…sigh…you are my first…and its a habit now!!

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    That is one serious bruise! I love the workout posts. I am going to try those moves out today! Thanks for posting :)

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    YOUR POOR KNEE! I feel bad for laughing now! EEEK.

    If it makes you feel better I have a huge bruise, um, on the back of my upper leg as a result of this weekend’s shenanigans.

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    That’s a really cute way of asking someone to be a bridesmaid!

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    That is the cutest way to ask someone to be your bridesmaid! Can you believe I have never been a part of a wedding party before?

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    1. I love your Virginia is for runners shirt. very cute
    2. What a creative way to ask to be a bridesmaid. I’ll remember that. For some time far, far in the future…. :)

    I tried the weighted push up w/ arm lift and booooy that’s tough! great workout, though!

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    Wow! That looks tough but awesome! I will try it out soon!

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    Your bruise makes you totally hardcore. And so do those plank pushups!

    I called my bridesmaids on the phone. Not creative!

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    That is an adorable way to ask someone to be a bridesmaid!

    And your bruise definitely makes you look tough!

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    I like the 3rd to last picture. “And this is the part of the exercise where you die.” faceplant!

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    Alright I seriously have to start doing these in the morning. I must build my strength up! Great moves-thank you!

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    LOL!! Great last shot there! That’s what I’m going to look like when I attempt this exercise! ;)

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    Looks like a great workout! I wish I could try it out, but I don’t think my wrist will let me. :(

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    So what did you say?

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    um, excuse you missy… bruises on the back of your leg from a night out?? do tell. were trainers involved? ;)

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    … To Jess? No, of course. Haha jk. Yes, obviously.

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