The Workout: Dirty 30
Dirty 30 – Renegade Row
Dirty 30 – Side Plank Raise
Dirty 30 – Chest Fly Raise
Dirty 30… I don’t even know where to begin. This workout was packed with so many intense and unique exercises, some with weights and some without. I felt totally worked and loved every minute of it. I think this might be my favorite workout, partly because there were so many new exercise and partly because it was, in my opinion, the hardest workout and therefore the one I need to improve upon the most. I love weights and some of the moves Autumn had us doing were pretty unbelievable. The Renegade Rows involve getting into high plank position, and then using your heavy weight in one hand to do rows. I’m not the most coordinated person out there so this was a little tricky for me at first, trying to find my balance and still lift a 10 lb. weight. Helpful hint: engage your core, butt, legs, and pretty much every other muscle in your body so you don’t fall over and drop a weight on your face. Speaking of your core, the side plank raise was a new twist on a familiar move. Once you’re in side plank position, take your non-supporting arm above your head, in line with your supporting arm. Then raise and lower your non-supporting leg while again clenching every muscle in your body for balance. This move is no joke! The modifier rested on her knee instead on her foot in plank position and even that looked hard. Another weighted exercise was the Chest Fly Raise, which again started out familiar and then got crazy. You start out laying on your back, holding your heavy weights in the air above your head with your legs straight up in the air. As you lower your arms into a chest fly, your legs lower to just above the floor, and then you raise your arms and legs together into the air again. Again, squeeze that core so you don’t brain yourself with a pair of dumbbells. Moral to the story: Dirty 30 is incredibly intense and you’re definitely going to need weights you can handle so you don’t hurt yourself. Be prepared for anything because Autumn is going to keep you on your toes for sure.
2 eggs (1 red), 1 slice of toast (1 yellow)
Spinach (1 green), grilled chicken (1 red), grapes (1/2 purple), reduced fat feta (1/2 blue), dressing (1/2 orange)
p>I’ve been having a lot of filling, carb-loaded lunches this week so today was a nice change of pace. Baby spinach, grilled chicken, red grapes, reduced fat feta cheese and the Fix’s balsamic dressing. Sweet and tangy, crunchy and crisp, and even without carbs it’s totally satisfying.
Grilled Buffalo Chicken (1 red), roasted broccoli (1 green), pasta salad (1 yellow, 1/2 blue, 1/2 orange)< p>Tonight I had family over for a cookout, so my guests had burgers and hot dogs, while I had one of my favorite meals ever: Grilled Buffalo Chicken. I enjoyed the same sides as everyone else, a little pasta salad with dressing, feta and bell peppers and baked broccoli. There were cupcakes for dessert which I let everyone else enjoy, but don’t feel to bad for me because I’m planning to polish off the rest of that cheesecake that’s calling to me from the refrigerator. I just have to wait til I’m alone so I don’t have to share!