Saturday, July 23, 2011

Pumping iron

I've been putting off starting my experimental new workout plan because I've been so busy editing a book on deadline, but then I thought, Isn't the whole point of a 10-minute workout that you can do it despite being busy? As a matter of fact, it is.

So, needing a break and a shower anyway, this was the workout I did just now:
10 close-grip push-ups
10 inverted rows
20 kettleball swings
Rest 1 minute
Repeat 5 times
(The "research" phase involved some Googling to find out just what close-grip push-ups, inverted rows, and kettleball swings actually were.) 
Immediate results: My arms now feel like licorice, and I'm still breathing hard, five minutes later.

Also, I did the rows, not inverted, with 20-pound dumbbells. There is no way I could lift my body weight. When I get to the point where I can, I guess I'll have to start doing this at the gym. They probably have real kettleballs there, too.


  1. I don't know what any of those things are either, but it sounds interesting.

  2. Hey Julie, you can use a regular door to do inverted rows. Just straddle it, holding the doorknobs with each hand and raise yourself. The closer you get to horizontal, the harder it'll be. (also this will be limited mobility cuz yer crotch'll get in the way ;)

    A single dumbbell can be used in the kettlebell swing.

    And if you could do 10 full pushups first time out? I am IMPRESSED!