You know what’s great about long weekends? It makes the work week so much shorter. Even though yesterday felt like a Monday all day long (at least it did to me), by the end of the day there were only three work days left in the week. While I do truly enjoy my job, I enjoy weekends as well and I have some fun things planned this weekend that I’m looking forward to.
So I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s a little cold out right now.
I know, I know, it’s January and supposed to be cold. But after weeks of mostly mild temperatures, this arctic blast has come as a bit of a shock to this girl. It was so cold yesterday morning I didn’t even want to get out of bed to go to the gym (lazy, party of 1). Since I was planning to do some strength training, I decided to do my workout at home and burrowed under the covers for a few more moments sleep. I had downloaded the Nike Training Club app ages ago, but never got around to trying any of the workouts.
I didn’t have a clear plan for this workout. I knew I didn’t want to do any tough leg exercises since I was planning a speed workout for the next day, so I decided to checkout the “Get Focused” 15 minute workouts. The first workout I did was the Arm Definer:
- Single Leg Arm Curls (1 minute, 5lb weight)
- Alternating Medicine Ball Push-up (1 minute)
- Modified Tricep Push-up (1 minute)
- Sumo Squat with Press (30 seconds, 5lb weight)
- Plank Row (1 minute, 5lb weight)
- Recover (30 seconds)
- Repeat 2 more times for total of 15 minutes.
Although this workout focused on arms, there was still some decent core work going on and some light leg work too with the Sumo Squats. I thought the medicine ball push-ups were the hardest. I don’t have the best balance in the world so I ended up doing these on my knees to avoid face planting.
For my second workout, I went with the “Ab Burner” workout. Core strength is definitely an area I need to focus on so I felt like this workout would be a good complement to the arm workout.
- Toe touches (1 minute)
- Russian Twists (1 minute)
- Plank (30 seconds)
- Modified Side Plank (1 minute)
- Crazy Ivans (1 minute)
- Recover (30 seconds)
- Repeat 2 more times for a total of 15 minutes.
The Toe Touches, Russian Twists, and Crazy Ivans were all supposed to be done with a medicine ball. I attempted to do this, but my abs were not having any of that. I did at least try to use the medicine ball each time through the circuit, but I feel like I still got a good core workout in without the ball (those Russian Twists and Crazy Ivans are no joke).
After finishing up the Ab Burner, I did a 15 minute stretching workout (also from the app, the Shawn Johnson Full Stretch bonus workout) to cool down. I’m trying this week to make more of an effort to stretch. It’s only been a few days, but so far I’m doing well!
Overall, I was very pleased with my first experience with the NTC app. The workouts were challenging and can easily be done at home or at the gym. I especially liked that there are videos demonstrating each exercise, as well as a countdown and cues to let you know when to change sides or move to the next exercise. I’m looking forward to trying some of the longer workouts to keep my strength training interesting. Best part, the app is totally free for both iPhone/iPods and Android devices (I think it’s also available for Blackberry, but don’t quote me on that).
Now it’s your turn! Ever use the Nike Training Club app? What did you think? Any other fitness apps you like? Tell me about it!