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how taking care of your body will allow your soul to achieve a higher level of happiness

Favorite Terrible Workout of the Week

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I try to make each workout tough and challenging, but for some reason, there is always one during the week that kicks me in the butt more than the others. I like to call this type of workout the “Favorite Terrible Workout of the Week.” I seem to have more willpower these days to take on more weight or to make sure I don’t take more rest in between circuits. Overall, I just feel pretty strong. These are also terrible because walking the rest of the day is challenging. It’s weird how you can feel so good after a workout like this, but your body is saying “ugh, I hate you right now for doing this to me!” Well, I encountered a Favorite Terrible Workout of the Week yesterday and I’d like to share it with you.  

5 Deadlift

5 Inverted row

Repeat X 5

30-60 second rest in between

I recommend doing the inverted row as quickly as possible after the deadlift, but don’t rush your deadlift. Keep good form!

Rest 2-3 minutes and grab some water (you better enjoy this rest 😉  )

Push prowler  using low bars  25 yards

15 Kettlebell Swings

Push prowler back to starting position using tall posts 25 yards

10 pushups

Repeat 4 X

Rest 1-2 minute in between each circuit




Above is a picture of a prowler, but if you have a smaller sled you are able to push, that works, too. I pushed the prowler unweighted but feel free to make it more “terrible” by adding some weights to it.

I did the above workout at my new favorite gym 11 Athletics. Here is a link to their website and I recommend going to try it out for a day. They have a 50 yard turf field and lots of room for functional workouts. The staff is laid back and very informative and knowledgeable. They are basically da bomb diggity.

11 Athletics

If you are awesome and try this workout, let me know how you felt after. Did you try any variations?

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Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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