Hey you guys!
First of all, Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to all my friends and family north of the border! I’ve been in Canada for about 12 years now if you count my time in university, and it’s safe to say I’m pretty Canadian in many ways now. While there’s nothing like a Thanksgiving in the United States when you know everyone is sitting down to a meal on that last Thursday of November (and we’ll be doing the same with family in California next month!), Canadians do it pretty well too, celebrating any day of the long weekend, eating the same familiar, traditional foods like in the US and maybe even greeting this time of year with…SNOW!
That’s right! We’ve had three days of snow now, so Thanksgiving has really felt more like Christmas here in Calgary! It hasn’t been super cold (obviously cold enough to snow, though!) and the snow has melted daily but we’ve woken up with more snow each day since Friday. Hard to believe! It’s early this year, but it actually has me excited about winter and ski season.
We got together with Mikey’s family and had a great day with everyone celebrating family and eating delicious food.
We also celebrated our friends’ commitment to raise their beautiful little girl in the knowledge of Jesus and his love for her at her dedication service on Sunday! It was so great to see a lot of friends and connect with them.
Working backwards in the weekend, we went to a locked room with two other couples Saturday and also enjoy a beautiful Italian meal out and some bubble tea to finish the day. What a fun evening – and again, so fun to connect with people we haven’t seen in ages!
It’s been a fun-filled weekend of friends and food, and Monday I trained a client (very quiet load on a snowy holiday Monday!) and got my own workout in. I wanted to share a few short, effective workouts – some you may have seen online via Instagram and some I haven’t shared yet!
Here’s a Tabata Workout that’s short and fun – use a medicine ball, a slam ball, a weight, a pumpkin or just your body weight! Give this a go: 20 sec on, 10 sec off, 2 rounds of:
– plank MB taps
– explosive jump slams
Here’s a fuller workout that consists of 3 rounds. For the weighted movements, complete 10 reps for round 1, 5 for round 2, then back to 10 reps for the last round:
The Kitchen Sink Workout: 3 rounds
- 200 m run (~0.13 miles)
- 10 (then 5, then 10) reps double kettle bell clean & press
- 25 yards walking lunges, weighted
- 25 yards gorilla crawls
- 10 (then 5, then 10) reps pull ups
- 10 (then 5, then 10) reps burpees
Here’s one I had Mikey and our friend Ash do together this week:
Got a pair of dumbbells and can’t make it to the gym? Try this home workout when you’re stuck at home or if you usually workout there:
#SweatBetter Home Workout: 5 Rounds, 10 reps each of:
- Plank Row + 4 Mountain Climbers + Clean & Press
- Swing-Through Push Ups + Triceps Dips
- Deficit Sumo Squats
And one last workout for you, a Battle Ropes Tabata:
Have fun with some of these, modify as needed and get after it! Oh – and one more fitness-related thing – I had a fun surprise last week. I received a $50 cheque for getting second in my age group for the Melissa’s Run Half-Marathon!
Just a fun thing to celebrate. What are YOU celebrating in your life lately? Got any good workout links to share?
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes that I rediscovered on a cup while browsing some shops in the neighborhood of Kensington on Saturday:
Live well & be well!