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38 is Great Chipper Workout + Best New Noodle Replacement + Packing Madness

Hi there!

In the world of fitness we crazies like to celebrate birthdays and special occasions with some extra fun challenges. I’ve mentioned several times before that I train a small group of friends at 5:30 a.m. once a week. We get super excited when it’s someone in the group’s birthday. This week we were celebrating a 38 so I went above and beyond our normal “birthday burpees” and created a whole workout centered around 38.

May I present to you the “38 is Great Chipper Workout.” (Happy birthday Kelly!)

38 is great chipper workout

Chipper-style workouts mean that you complete all 38 reps of the exercise before moving onto the next. It’s a grind but at least you can check it off, move on and know you’re not coming back to it again.

You’ve seen most of these exercises before around here but here are some notes for some that might be unfamiliar or need modifications.

  • Med ball squat jumps – hold a med ball (I recommend 8-10 pounds) while you do squat jumps. Touch it to the floor at the bottom keeping chest up and butt down and jump with it overhead at the top. Take the jump out if you need to modify and just tap and reach with the ball.
  • Plyo push ups – this is a new one! My trainer has had me doing more plyometrics and they are a great challenge! Perform a push up on knees or toes (I recommend starting on knees to get a feel) and as you press out of the floor, jump your hands off the floor. Make it easier by elevating your surface and do these on a step or a bench.
  • Kettlebell deadlift – hold one heavyish kettlebell in front of you in a standing position with feet under or just outside of the feet and perform a Romanian deadlift with it, hinging at the hips with the slightest knee bend, a straight spine and shoulders back. Tap kettlebell to floor between the toes and stand back up with it engaging glutes and hams. Do NOT use your back or round your back.
  • Plank up downs – start in a high plank, walk down to forearm plank, walk back up to high plank. Modify to knees if needed. You can find this and 100 other planks in my book, Ultimate Plank Fitness. 🙂
  • Tricep dips – you know the drill.
  • Pull ups – band or machine assisted if needed. Modify to TRX, cable or ring rows if needed.
  • Jump lunges – modify to forward stepping if jumping isn’t for you. 38 on each leg, not total! Want even more challenge? Hold some dumbbells.
  • Hammer curl to overhead press – just like it sounds!
  • Sit ups – your choice of variation.
  • Burpees – everyone’s fave. Pick your variation based on ability.

Happy sweating!


We’ve covered the fitness, now let’s talk food. I am in that crazy pre-vacation mode where you have to cram a week’s worth of stuff into two days so dinner was courtesy of the freezer last night. I pulled out some homemade spaghetti sauce and served it over my new favorite, broccoli slaw from Trader Joe’s. Y’all, I love some zoodles but the broccoli slaw is so much sturdier and less watery. I got a lot of questions on Instagram about how I cook it. I just place it in a skillet heated to medium with a little oil and then pour a half cup of water into the pan and cover it. I let it cook for about 5 minutes or until it’s not crunchy anymore but not completely cooked down. Think “al dente” broccoli slaw. Haha.


I started packing two days early, which is a monumental achievement for me. All the yoga clothes. (And a sad puppy…or just tired…it was nearly midnight.)


Giveaway winners! 

Girl Tribe Giveaway: Comment #41, Natalie (Healthy Not Hectic e-book), Comment #35, Jenny C (Girl Tribe Tank) – I will email  you two!

ALDI Feel Good $50 GC Giveaway: Sarah F, she already has her gift certificate! 🙂

What’s your favorite noodle alternative?

Do you get stressed pre-travel or keep your cool? 

{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Lauren February 23, 2016, 11:49 am

    Love that Trader Joe’s broccoli slaw! I’ve been putting it into stir fries or as a cooked side dish but hadn’t thought to use it add a noodle replacement. Will have to try it. Enjoy the yoga retreat!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 23, 2016, 2:17 pm

      Thanks! I love the idea of putting it in a stir fry!

  • Nikki February 23, 2016, 6:07 pm

    I have never thought of using slaw or broccoli slaw as a noodle substitute. I got a spiralizer for Christmas and love it. So far I have only made zoodles but have made chicken zoodle soup, zoodles raw with halved cherry tomatoes and pesto to name a few. I used to hate spaghetti squash, like it made me angry (the nerve of this squash pretending it’s spaghetti!) but now I like it. Roast in oven and mix with sautéed or steamed veggies and tomato sauce. I also have a good recipe that mixes roast SS with toasted pine nuts, chicken sausage and kale. Yum.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 24, 2016, 7:30 am

      Haha! Thanks for the ideas!

  • Dani February 23, 2016, 7:03 pm

    That workout was deceivingly difficult! My arms and butt are gonna burn tomorrow!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 24, 2016, 7:34 am

      Haha! Good! 🙂 I hope you liked it!

  • Alex February 23, 2016, 8:52 pm

    Oooh, I never thought to try broccoli slaw as a noodle substitute. I’ll give it a try this weekend! So far spaghetti squash is my favourite 🙂

  • Jennifer February 23, 2016, 9:13 pm

    Dogs are so funny – even when they are incredibly tired they want to hang out with the “pack” so will snooze in a brightly lit room instead of going to a dark place to rest!

  • ACKTIVE LIFE February 24, 2016, 7:44 am

    AWESOME workout! I usually don’t get too stressed about traveling, but now that I live on a island traveling has a whole new meaning! XOXO

    • Jen DeCurtins February 24, 2016, 5:24 pm

      I’m sure it does! It seems like a major process for you every time! You’ll get good at it!

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt February 24, 2016, 8:25 am

    Never thought of doing slaw as noodles! How simple!
    I get stressed before I travel– I hate and am terrible at packing!

  • Morgan February 24, 2016, 9:30 am

    I loved all your workout clothes! : )

    • Jen DeCurtins February 24, 2016, 5:23 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  • Lisa @ TechChick Adventures February 24, 2016, 3:16 pm

    I’m not sure it’s pre-vacation “stress”, but it is more of “psycho packing Mom” mode! I have a huge mental checklist of everything needs to be done, and packed, and planned, and printed… if it wasn’t for me, I’m not sure what my family would do 🙂 Love that collection of yoga clothes!! Do you tend to buy the same brand of capris? I was wondering what brand you like.

    • Jen DeCurtins February 24, 2016, 5:23 pm

      Girl, I can’t EVEN imagine with kids in the mix! You are super mom!

      I like Lululemon for basics, Liquido for patterns and Track & Field Store for fashion (limited availability in US) when it comes to leggings and capris.

  • Brittany February 25, 2016, 6:11 am

    I can’t wait to hear about your retreat! I’m hosting my first one in November and I’m super excited about it. We’ll have to team up sometime!!

  • tara February 25, 2016, 1:22 pm

    i like zoodles but really they are a lot of work and mess for me. and take a while if you truly salt and drain them on towels the “right” way to reduce the water. sooo…the slaw might be a good idea ! i am a ok packer. i just always take to much of some stuff and not enough of other stuff. always.

  • Alyssa@afitmess.com February 26, 2016, 6:04 am

    I love that workout! Anyone who can do 38 strict plyo push ups is my hero!

    • Jen DeCurtins February 26, 2016, 6:40 am

      Haha! Right! Knees or elevated surface please!

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