Sadly, one of my favorite shows, Eureka, said goodbye last week with its last episode. I’ve already done the Jo from Eureka workout, so I wanted to do one inspired by Allison, one of the main characters on the show. She is a strong, incredibly intelligent woman, who has two kids, and who a lot of people turn to for help, other than Jack and Henry, on the show. She tends to keep a level head with all the crazy experiments gone awry.
Here is a video about Eureka – she first appears at 0:14
Her body is very obviously in great shape. Both in her tasteful but body-conscious outfits, and one or two memorable scenes, one can see it’s pretty obvious…With two kids that body doesn’t just magically happen, she works hard, doing something to get that bod. I’m thinking she does different types of workouts to get the muscle definition – some more intense workouts like the ones we do here, mixed in with some pilates and/or yoga. Also Allison has got a great butt, so we are going to do some exercises that will focus on toning that area.
So the workout combines these types:
18 rounds, 10 second rest, 50 seconds on (get the Seconds Free interval timer app!)
18 minutes total
burpees – high intensity cardio and strength exercise that would tone Allison all over. 9 / 9 / 8
side planks left- tone the abs, which Allison also has and strengthen the core. also relates to yoga positions, which it appears Allison might dabble in 14 / 13 / 15
side planks right 17 / 17 / 14
squats, with weights if necessary – tone that butt 19 / 18 / 16
pushups – elevated – get those arms toned 13 / 13 / 13
butt lifts – tone that butt again! 16 / 16 / 15
Unless you want to, today we will do the burpees minus the pushups to let you really push in the elevated pushups part. So, jump your feet out into a blank, jump them back into a squat, and then jump up! You can also drop your body all the way to the ground instead of just plank. Not as arm challenging as pushups, but more so than just the plank outs. I’ll probably do it this way.
Side Planks Left
Sitting in position to get ready for side plank, lift your body up and into side plank, using your core and abs to do so. Each up is one rep. Side plank right is pictured.
Side Planks Right
I will do these with some weight, but no worries if you don’t. Squat, keeping your back straight and your knees from going over your toes. Stand up straight. One rep.
On a couch or chair or something similar, put your feet. Do a pushup from this elevated position. If you can’t do a regular pushup, or find those challenging, just keep them on the ground and modify with knees down as necessary.
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With your elbows down in plank position, lift one leg at a 90 degree angle, with the thigh parallel to the ground. Lift this leg up, using your butt muscles. Drop the leg. One rep. Now repeat on other side.
I am not an expert, do this at your own risk, ask your doctor, be careful
I am pretty sure this home workout would make the character Jo on Eureka proud. I did this doozy yesterday and my arms now feel like they are going to fall off, accompanied by twinges of pain elsewhere on my body, including the butt.
Eureka is a silly little show on SyFy – my boyfriend Aaron makes fun of me for watching it, and it does enter the cheesefest realm fairly often, but it’s good fun. Eureka is a town in Oregon that is centered around this company called Global Dynamics, which basically does whatever the U.S. military wants it to do while researching crazy medical practices, robots, and basically anything scientific you can think of. It’s like if all of the U.S. military contractors’ got all their best together and put them here, together, doing weird things… constantly. Almost every… basically every episode something goes wrong in the town because of some insane experiment gone wrong. You’d think they learn… but of course they don’t, and where would the show be without the crazy happenings. Jo is a military-trained, incredibly smart, tough person. Like many characters I’ve done so far, she takes crap from no one (except maybe her love interest) and can beat just about anyone up. She is sort of the normalest person that still fits in to Eureka (gets all of the nuances of the science and all that) and acts sometimes as a translator to the town Sheriff, Carter, who fell into his job and who is a smart guy, but no genius like everyone else on the show.
In the last season, Jo trained people who were going to go on a trip to space to be physically fit. Thankfully SyFy has a clip of this, because ALL tribute videos to her were terrible, and only involved her love interest and didn’t show one ounce of her true character.
The workout that I did pretty well mimics a military-style, very tough training that Jo would have done. Also – note the tires you see in the clip – we are going to be doing a “tire run” exercise!
It’s 16 minutes long – 8 exercises twice through. Get your interval timers out! Find an interval timer app on your phone! Seconds Free is a good app.
16 rounds – 10 seconds rest – 50 seconds work
Dive bomber – a tough arm exercise that I could see Jo using to torture her class 11 / 8.5
Tire run and plank – obviously had to do this one 8 / 9
Plank butt exercise – this works out the whole body 18 / 16
Jump Lunge – Cardio and strength at once – this will get them in shape for their space trip 30 / 30
Commando Pushups – Very military style exercise 15 / 15
Side crunch right – Always need those abs strong 19 / 18
Side crunch leg 20 / 20
Side jump lunge – Cardio and leg workout to get the trainees in gear 52 / 48
Tire run and plank
With your feet spread far enough apart you think they’d fit into the center of tires, lift your feet up and down ten times – each foot up, one rep – and then jump your legs out and then back into start the ten feet runs again.
Each time you come back in from your plank is one rep. (Note Skyrim being played in the background. Nerd boyfriend.)
Plank butt exercise
On your elbows, get in in plank position. Have one leg up and bent at a 90 degree angle, with your foot flat toward the ceiling. Raise this leg. One rep. Get into plank and do it on the other side to alternate.
Start laying down, face-down on your stomach. Quickly lift up your body into plank, lifting one leg up and into your chest quickly. Keep your back straight and your body low. One rep. Lay back down and next time lift up and bring in your other leg.
Side crunch leg
See above, switch sides.
Now do everything once more…
Disclaimer: not an expert, do this at your own risk, ask your doctor, be careful! etc etc