That crazy contraption I’m trying out in the above picture would be a TRX suspension strap. Ryan received the strap for Christmas from his mom and has been asking if I have wanted to try it ever since.
I’ve seen what he does on that thing and it looks tough. I’ve declined his offer to teach me some exercises on the TRX strap for a while now.
Today I finally gave in and told him he could show me some core exercises. They were no joke! The strap uses your body weight and balance to totally kick your butt.
As I was watching Ryan demonstrate some of the exercises he wanted me to try, a man sitting near by said, “On the other side of fear is victory.”
Sounds like something I should add to my list of exercise mantras, huh?
Well, his words of encouragement resonated with me and I attempted everything Ryan showed me. I loved the plank-like movements and can totally see how this simple strap could totally rock your body. I’m glad I gave it a go!
Before attempting the TRX exercises, I did the following total-body workout:
- 20 min. ellitpical
Followed by three sets of the following:
- 20 Swiss ball squats (as seen on my friend Ben’s website)
- 20 Swiss ball hamstring curls
- 15 leg extensions
- 15 deadlifts
- 15 shoulder raises
- 15 bicep curls
- 15 tricep dips
Walk + Breakfast
After the gym, we came home to take Sadie on a quick one-mile walk around the neighborhood. Though our walk lasted less than 20 minutes, it was still plenty of time for our little stick lover to nab a delicious-looking piece of wood. When we arrived back home, it was time for breakfast!
Dippy eggs + Canadian bacon + Toasted multigrain English muffin Runny yolks are the best.
Off to shower before meeting up with my friend Merri for some shopping!
Motivational Mantra of the Day
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. (Stephanie, a la Beverly Sills)