Rainbow-striped sweat towel? Check. Hair pulled back? Check. Sports bra adjusted to move armpit skin inward so I can pretend it belongs on my chest? Double check! Dumbbells, Harbinger weighted jump rope, and My Trainer 100-Calorie Workout cards? Check! After a set-up routine that would make a shuttle launch jealous, the Gym Buddies and I were finally ready for today’s sweat fest. Well, except for one thing. Nodding solemnly, we slipped on our weight gloves, wrapped the velcro around our wrists and flexed our hands into fists just to hear that leather creak. Now we were ready for some serious workout action.
I’m wearing the Harbinger Flexfit women’s glove. I love it because I have really tiny hands and these are the first weight gloves I’ve found that actually fit me!
We love our weight-lifting gloves. Not only do they help protect our delicate lady hands from unsightly blisters and help us keep a good grip on the ‘bells when our palms get sweaty but they also make us feel, well, bada**. There’s no other word for it. There’s just something about strapping on our black fingerless gloves that makes us feel tough. It reminds me of when I used to strap on my gymnastics grips before doing bars. Just the act of wrapping the straps around my wristbands gave me confidence. (Random bit of trivia: people often think gymnast wear grips to prevent tearing the skin on their hands or getting blisters. The grips are just there to help you grip the bar better – your hands will still shred until they make zombies jealous or until you get your callouses built up.) And thanks to some gym drama that I can’t talk about on this site because it was partially caused by this site (wait, I think I saw this once in a movie… it ended with Sandra Bullock killing some dude with a fire extinguisher), the Gym Buddies and I need all the toughness we can muster. Yeah that was mean, if you’re really curious e-mail me and I’ll fill you in. We’ve even been known to wear our weight gloves long after we’ve finished lifting just, you know, ’cause we can. We swagger. Steal candy from babies (which is a lot harder than you’d think!). You know, tough stuff.
Today’s workout was a circuit made up of Tabata intervals of speed jump roping alternated with weight lifting and plyometric moves from MizFit’s new 100-calorie workout cards. This was awesome for two reasons: first, I love combining weight lifting with high-intensity intervals, so much more bang for your workout buck! And second, because I have long had a deep desire to workout with the inimitable MizFit. Ever since I started blogging, I’ve had a major girlcrush on her and have daydreamed about pumping some iron with her whilst discussing toddler horror stories (even though she’s already told me she doesn’t like talking while she works out but hey, it’s my daydream!). So since she posed as the fitness model demonstrating all the moves on the cards, as I toted her tiny cardboard-mounted self around the gym with me it was almost like living out my dream. She’s an amazing listener, in case you’re curious.
For our weight lifting portion, I purchased two sets of 6 cards from My Trainer and MizFit provided with moves on both front and back. Each card = 1 workout that will burn approximately 100 calories. We’ve already established that I don’t care anymore about how many calories I burn during a workout but I do love a good sweaty challenge so the Gym Buddies and I decided to do all 6 cards back-to-back. Three times through. We’re insane. I know. While the moves were simple – lots of squats, lunges and lateral raises – they were effective and covered all the major body parts, leaving us feeling well worked out.
I get a lot of e-mails from readers asking me for a good program for someone brand new to exercise (sometimes I get so caught up in what we do that I forget that most of our workouts aren’t really beginner friendly) and these cards would be perfect! They’re broken up into totally manageable chunks with each workout card taking us between 6 and 10 minutes to complete 3 sets of. In addition, MizFit provides clear instructions and adorable pictures of how to do each move. Equipment is minimal -some dumbbells, a hula hoop (!!!), and resistance bands.
For the cardio intervals, Harbinger Fitness provided us with four 2-lb weighted jump ropes. I’d never used a weighted rope before – the removable weights are stored in the handles – and was amazed at how fast it burned out my biceps! Clipping my Gymboss interval timer to my cleavage a la Zuzana of Bodyrock.TV (which I then had to move after remember that I have no cleavage and jumping rope with a piece of plastic thumping against my sternum is really uncomfortable), I tried out a variety of jump rope techniques. Did you know they have whole workouts built around just the humble jump rope? I would love to try one of these classes! We did jumping jacks, one legged hops, the boxer skip, high knees, butt kickers, double unders and crossovers but our favorite was just the regular speed jump. Why? Because we could compete with each other, silly! Krista started it by telling us she did 48 hops in 20 seconds. I beat her with 52 hops. And then Allison spanked us all with a killer 67 hops in 20 seconds!
Gym Buddy Allison knows how to work that rope!
We got a great cardio and weight interval workout with time to warm up and cool down (i.e. take pictures of our sweaty selves – normally we take pics before the workout but today I thought we’d give you the gross sweaty-bangs version) in less than an hour!
Do you wear weight gloves? Have you ever done a jump rope workout? What do you do (or wear or say) that makes you feel seriously bada**??
Interested in getting some of your own gear? Leave me a comment and one GFE winner will get their own weighted rope and 2 different sets of My Trainer workout cards! U.S. only for this one, sorry:( But anyone can still enter my PlanetGear giveaway! Both giveaways end Saturday at midnight.
P.S. At the risk of turning this post into one huge product placement – FTC, I got the rope, and the gloves for free but was not compensated in any other way (I bought the cards myself!) – I want to add how much I love my Gymboss timer. They’re not paying me to say this. I don’t get an affiliate fee or anything from them. I just really think it’s a great workout tool; we use it all the time. And also, because I know someone will ask, my supercute tunic top and capri tights are from J.C. Penney. I know! They have some seriously cute and durable workout gear for amazingly cheap. Again, not getting paid nor did I get any free stuff from them (although if you read this J.C. Penney and want to sponsor me, I’m your girl!) but I adore their stuff.