Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Fun with pumpkins!

Have y'all seen any of the "pumpkin workout" videos on Youtube? Hilarious!

Here's my two-exercise version:

1. Deadlift lunge twists: Holding your pumpkin as you would a medicine ball, lunge front with your right leg. Twist to the right. Then without setting your right leg down, lunge back and twist to the left. Then bring the right leg in, still without setting it down, and perform a single leg deadlift. For extra credit, add a bent-over row to the deadlift.

2. Cross body mountain climbers: Start in a plank position with both hands on your pumpkin. Bring one knee in toward the opposite armpit, then return to your starting position. Repeat on the other side. For extra credit add a pushup when you're in plank position.

If you really want to get crazy, try this: with one hand on the pumpkin do a burpee, only instead of jumping straight up in the air at the end, do a lateral tuck jump over the pumpkin, then drop down and do a burpee on the other side, with your other hand on the pumpkin. That would be the double-diamond version; if the lateral tuck jumps aren't happening, any sort of lateral hop will suffice. Just be sure you don't land ON the pumpkin, or you could have a mess on your hands!