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