Nerd Workout! Inspired by SpidermanPosted: July 10, 2012
Oops… sorry it’s been so long again. Last week Aaron was home and it was harder than usual to take the time to do this with him home for once. I’ve also just had a lot going on and needed the break. So, apologies, but it was good and necessary to come back with, I hope, a vengeance. And not to worry, I haven’t given up the nerd or the fit. I have been working on my Dragoncon costumes and still been working out pretty much as often. Just not blogging about it afterward.
Anyway, today’s nerd workout is inspired by the latest Spiderman movie, which was way better than I expected, complete with Donald Glover easter egg/shout out that I’m proud I spotted without having to see it on Youtube later. Spiderman is obviously a great character to inspire a workout. He’s leaping everywhere, he’s hanging on to his spider web cable, he’s using his core. The exercises below try to capture these movements.
This one is for time, so we get a break from the interval timer. My time was 20:40
Three times through the following exercises:
20 Reverse pushups – build your strength to fly from cable to cable
60 side lunges – gain speed and agility to get out of the way of swinging lizard tails
20 leg raises – strengthen your core to help lift yourself up buildings
100 mountain climbers – cardio to scramble away
20 Spidey plies – you know when he lowers himself down and he has his feet together and knees out? well this exercise mimics that. He often is seen crouching this way in other positions, so working out these muscles would be helpful.
20 reverse pushups
If you don’t have something like a dip station or a broom between two chairs that will be steady, you can sub with regular pushups. Not quite the same, but a good exercise. If you do, lift your self up to the bars with your feet steady on the floor.
60 side lunges
Squat down with one leg out. Jump up and switch your leg positions. That’s one rep. Starbuck loves to be slightly in the way :
20 leg raises
If you don’t have something to do this on like a dip station, just lay down on the floor and bring your legs up to the ceiling for one rep. If you do have something, each leg lift is one rep.
100 mountain climbers
In plank position, put one leg underneath you with your knee towards your chest. Switch leg positions. Each switch is one rep. These are the best pics because of Starbuck kind of being in the way – try to keep our back straighter.
20 Spidey plies
With heels together and feet out, in first position if you know ballet, lower yourself down and bend your legs, keeping your back straight. Lower yourself down as much as you can safely without hurting yourself, bending your back, losing your balance, or hurting your knees.
Now go through everything two more times!
Disclaimer: Do these exercises at your own risk, ask your doctor, be careful, I am not an expert!
Side note: I proudly cleaned out my gutters over my laundry room today. The roof over that area was leaking after a horrible storm last night. I finally just got out the ladder and slowly crawled up there and got all the gunk out, since this whole week is apparently going to be thunderstorm after thunderstorm. So I was covered in said gunk:
And yes, I should have worn a shirt, but uh, have you been outside recently in Atlanta? Oof. This picture doesn’t even do the dirt and grime justice, but I was proud to have not fallen off the ladder and (I think!) to have fixed the problem. Basically the gutter is right next to my neighbors fence, so let’s just say that my working out and giving me upper body strength saved me from not having chain link buried in my skin, and not dropping the giant ladder on Starbuck.
And that is all!