Do you know how hard it is to workout without pulling your hair back?! This week I learned that I have taken hair bands for granted lo all these years when I got to workout with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders — because not only do they have to do every single workout in their dance tights and red lipstick (that magically never smears) but they also have to keep their hair down. And that was just the beginning of the surprises!
The squad invited me out to try out one of their workouts and interview their girls and coaches. It was insanely fun and also – not gonna lie – kicked my butt. Those girls work hard for those bodies! I’m writing up their whole workout (courtesy of Lifetime Fitness – they are the official Vikings cheerleaders trainers) for Shape so you’ll get to see all of it! But I wanted to share with you my personal highlights of the night. And by “highlight” I mean “lowlight” because wow I take bad pictures. We’ve already established I’m not a natural in front of the camera but surround me with bikini models and it’s… awkwardtastic. Not to mention that all the girls were so nice and fun that I couldn’t even hate them a little for getting through an hour of strength training with nary a bead of sweat while I’d pitted out my shirt before the warm up.
Ready for the fun?
It’s like playing Where’s Waldo… if Waldo were hiding in a nunnery.
Sing with me! One of these things is not like the others, one of these things is not the same… Seriously though, this has got to be the best picture of me ever. Hey baby, you come here often?
This pretty much describes how I was the whole evening. The girl on the left is doing the beginning of the pike push-up move and the girl on the right is doing the end. Me, in the middle, is getting karate-chopped by their head trainer as I look confused.
Okay, lie. THIS is what I really did all night: I stalked different cheerleaders and asked them questions instead of letting them actually workout. You can’t tell from this pic but there’s a line of like 30 cheerleaders behind this girl and they’re all facing the same way as they do their band step-outs. All of them except… me! So let’s focus on my adorbs Under Armour slash capris instead! (And see Jennie? They hit me right behind the knees too!) Go get you some – you still have time to enter my Under Armour giveaway!
Yay, I can jump too! Now look at the girl on the far left. See how high she is? I bet it’s the tights.
YOU GUYS. I photo-bombed a super model! Not even the cute pants can save me in this pic.
Yes, this is how I decided to pose for our one and only group shot. I couldn’t have knelt up or sat up or crossed my legs or even done the splits? Nope, I have to aim my lady business right at the camera. But hey, learn from me ladies: pose like the cheerleaders behind me, the trainers next to me or even the turf underneath me. Just not like me. Oh and get a tan.
But then in a major gear shift from the cheerleaders, two days later I got to interview and direct the photoshoot for Kendra Ruff, MMA fighter. Do you see those muscles? Do you!? Watching her move was like art. I kinda want to take this pic and blow it up poster size and hang it on my wall because that’s not creepy at all, right?
Seriously. ART. Also? She let me kick her. Hard! (She was holding pads, no worries.) I’m writing up her entire workout for Shape.com as well and trust me when I say you want to try this one! All bodyweight exercises and I can guarantee at least 75% of them are stuff you’ve never tried before! (Is that just a selling point for me? Anyone else love novel exercise moves or do you prefer the tried and true?)
Last but definitely not least was my interview this morning with cutie-pie athlete Bentley Mancini, a senior volleyball player for Drake University. She worked the heavy ropes like nobody’s business. And she didn’t even smack me when I had to tug her shorts down for her in between takes (that’s me: official de-wedgifier!).
GOOD GLORY I LOVE MY JOB.
It was alotalotalot of work this week but I enjoyed every minute of it. I seriously cannot believe I get to do amazing stuff like this and meet incredible women like these ladies! Pinch me!
*They never said this. Not even once. I was a little disappointed.
If you could try any athlete’s workout with them, whose would you pick?? Anybody have picture-taking tips for me? No seriously, I’m begging you: save me from myself!