Friday, November 21, 2008

Great new workout

Yesterday I finally received The Kettlebell Way volume 2, The Empire State. It's done by Anthony Diluglio of Punch Gym and Beth Chamberlin an actress on a soap opera (Young and the Restless maybe?) and a certified kettlebell instructor.

So I did the workout this morning and I love it! It consists of 9 rounds. Each round is 3 minute long and includes an upper body exercise, a lower body exercise, and a core exercise. There's a time bar on the side so you can see where you are in the round (although in the first round it's almost impossible to see the blue of the time bar against the backdrop, so I thought it wasn't working!).

This workout is a nice complement to The Kettlebell Way, volume 1 (which is that same thing as AOS Providence). Since there's a core exercise in each round, it works your core more intensely than volume 1. It's not quite as cardiovascularly demanding as volume 1, but I solved that by doing 30s of swings in each 1 minute rest break.

So now I'm off to do a 5 mile run. I'm already tired so this should be an interesting 5 miles. At the beginning of the week I was dreading the taper for the marathon. Right now I'm thinking I'm going to love it!

(30 minutes later) I've decided to scrap the run. My body is tired, and as I look back at this week's training, I can see why. I am all for pushing through stuff and mental toughness, but today the smart play is to not run. (Except if I feel like running later today -- we'll see!)


*aron* said...

i was really nervous about taper for my first marathon too... but by the end my legs felt so fresh and rested, it was great. it really does work!! just trust it :) i am loving the taper right now too... i was definitely ready!

there are a couple good articles on runnersworld about tapering and taper madness too if you want to check them out.

Colette said...

I am just enjoying the picture of the DVD ;)

Kim said...

Don't push too hard through taper. It's called that for a reason girlie! Listen to your body.

Oh...and...have a great weekend!

Julianne said...

My sister has been raving about this kettlebell work out thing! I need to go check out the video!

Good luck tapering, nothing to worry about!!