A Workout To Warm You Up

by Jen on January 17, 2013

Watch out.

Apparently, snow is¬†imminent. What our local weather celeb says is pretty much considered word of god around here and he’s on board with the snow forecast. I believe this because all of my friends in Alabama are posting snow pictures on Facebook. When it actually snow in Birmingham, there’s a good chance that the forecasted snow will make it here too. It’s due to arrive in Charlotte sometime after 6 p.m. This is what happens in the south when it snows (or if there’s eve a chance)…everyone freaks out, buys all the bread and milk, schools and businesses close before the snow even arrives and when the snow does arrive, those that venture out into it ram their cars into each other. It’s quite entertaining, really.

This is basically what life has looked like around here for four days. My long-time PT client posted on Facebook today that she was tired of living in the land of no sun so I used that as inspiration to put together a little, “run from the snow” workout for her.

It’s a chipper! Chippers are workouts where you “chip away” at large numbers of reps of each exercise before moving to the next. The rep scheme decreases as you go along but your body fatigues so 30 push ups feel as hard as 90 squats. This is a long workout. It should take you anywhere from 30-45 minutes.

My client had a love/hate relationship with this one. I kept reminding her how good she would feel when it was done and she admitted that I was right as collapsed onto her foam roller at the end. I’m not going to lie, this one is tough and will leave you with serious jello legs. Oh, and I should mention that she started with a 500 meter row and then intervals of rowing sprints that totaled another 1,000 meters.

In other exciting news, my new area for the living room rug finally came and I love it! I ordered it from Rugs USA a few weeks ago and have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. My designer friend turned me on to the site and they have some really cool styles and run great sales. They also offer free shipping. I’m really pleased with the quality of the rug for the price I paid and will be using them for some other rugs I need for around the house.

You should have seen me moving furniture and rolling this thing out at 10:30 last night. I broke a sweat but I was determined to get it set up. I couldn’t stand to keep it all wrapped up!

Have a good day! Stay warm!!!

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

That workout looks killer!! Not sure I could have the discipline to do it myself without someone training me. I love your rug as well. So pretty!

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2 Nicole {spinsushi} January 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Jenn I love the the rug! It def works. Stay warm:)

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3 Katherine January 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Looks like this workout would make ya sore :P

http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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4 Donna January 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Best workout ever! I’m already feeling sore (which I love) and I love the rug!!! :-)

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5 Addy @ Six-Kick Switch January 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Cute rug! It looks like the redecorating is really coming together! Here I am complaining about the California wind, but at least its a nice 70 degrees out…no snow in sight!

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6 Bess @ Bess Be Fit January 17, 2013 at 4:58 pm

Love the new rug!! Oh and how I miss the south’s reaction to snow. I still am in shock when it snows up here and I have to go to work. Like WHAT?! It’s unsafe! The roads! The snow! It can’t be! I don’t think I’ll ever get out of that mindset haha :)

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7 kate January 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

ohhh i love the rug! we have been back and forth for weeks on 2 different rugs from that site, glad you like it…makes me feel better ordering from there! seems too good to be true!

agree about charlotte’s reaction to snow! just means i get to work from home tomorrow, since no one will make the effort to drive uptown!!

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8 She Rocks Fitness January 17, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Totally going to try this workout next week! It looks like it will kick my butt and then I will try it on some of my clients. Keep you posted. PS: the sun came out for a hot minute today in Jersey and now it is freezing and it looks like it is going to snow here. Of course I got my car washed! ;)

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9 Lindsey January 17, 2013 at 8:05 pm

This may be a long shot, but is there a “chipper workout” I could do at home?

Cute rug!

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10 Hayley C January 17, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I’m gonna do this workout tomorrow morning before yoga- Thanks, Jen!

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11 sophie January 17, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Gorgeous rug! Beautiful blue color.
I am laughing about the snow reaction, though… We had 5 inches (outside Boston) yesterday, and the kids still went to school. The plow hadn’t even come down the road yet when the bus picked them up.
Hope Sullie enjoys it :)!

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12 Grace @ PracticingGrace January 17, 2013 at 9:57 pm

The rug looks great!! Your hard work is paying off. Come train me in DC pleaseeee

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13 jin January 17, 2013 at 11:29 pm

this workout looks like it’s going to hurt!!! I can’t wait to give it a try!
Thanks for Sharing!

xo, jin

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14 Tara | Treble in the Kitchen January 18, 2013 at 4:43 am

The rug looks so great! My fiance and I are moving in a couple of weeks and need a good rug for the living room :) I’ll definitely check out Rugs USA!

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15 LEM January 18, 2013 at 6:40 am

I have the same rug!! Good choice. I love it, but it sheds.

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16 Katie January 18, 2013 at 10:21 am

LOVE the rug! Thanks for sharing that site!

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17 Jen January 18, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thank you so much for the link to HEAB’s post…LOVED it! I love honesty and she hit the nail on the head.

Love your new rug. :)

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18 Danielle January 18, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Hi Jen, I just recently discovered your blog and I’m really LOVING it! I live in the Netherlands and I was a very busy, active (although I was never as badass as you are;)) and type A person and unfortunately got very sick one year ago. I’ve been diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue syndrome and walking around the block (or the canals in my case; I live in Amsterdam) is now even to strenuous. Thanks to your blog I signed up to an gentle yoga session for next week and I’m very excited. I really need to recover badly and want to try everything out. I’m actually rrrreally tight and non-flexible (I also have chronic myofascial pain syndrome > aka lots of active triggerpoints) so I hope I’ll make it through class! Sorry for the long comment. I just wanted to thank you for your wonderful blog, photos and honesty. You seem like a lovely person. Greets from Amsterdam! xxx

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19 Cate January 19, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Just did the workout and i LOVED it! I didn’t have a pullup bar so I subbed curls + shoulder press (there’s probably a name for when you combine those two but I don’t know it) for that one. AWESOME!

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20 kristina January 20, 2013 at 2:10 am

I did this WOD today!! finished in 29:31. was a great body weight workout. I had done mostly upper body wods the four days prior- so this was perfect! =) thanks! keep posting!

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21 Val January 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hi Jen I love following your blog I live in Pittsburgh, my daughter and daughter in law live in Charlotte. They follow your blog as well. I am interested in the possibility of giving them a personal training session with you. Can you tell me what your rate is where you would train them?
Please email me your response.

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22 Val January 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

Hi Jen I love following your blog I live in Pittsburgh, my daughter and daughter in law live in Charlotte. They follow your blog as well. I am interested in the possibility of giving them a personal training session with you. Can you tell me what your rate is where you would train them?
Please email me your response. thanks Val

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23 tara February 18, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Hi…I modified this Chipper workout slightly for a Kettlebell class my boyfriend teaches. He is not an “aerobics teacher” if you ask him and i’m always getting on him to change it up. As a guy he sees no reason to do that : )

But we know us gals like to change it up. So i suggested something like this. We modified it and used the kettlebell for swings, lunges, shoulder presses, etc and it was great ! Its simple to follow and i think the class (all girls !) really appreciated the change up from his normal routine.

Thanks again !
Tara

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24 http://youtube.com/ October 14, 2013 at 7:31 pm

This is a topic that’s near to my heart… Cheers!

Where are your contact details though?

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25 Michele April 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

Hey Jen!

It’s not snowing, but I thought I’d give this chipper workout a shot to break up my marathon training and it kicked my butt! Love the approach – I’m inspired to put a few of these workouts together, myself. Thanks for posting this!

Michele

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