Lost Girl is my new show. Lost Girl is very familiar in a lot of ways. Reminiscent of Buffy, True Blood, and Warehouse 13, the show feels like an old friend, but not in a re-hashed already done way. It just nicely fits into that family, while still being original and interesting. The main character, Bo, is a Succubus and discovers the world of fae and that she is fae. I’ll let you look that up if you aren’t already familiar from some other sci fi/fantasy show (True Blood). So, sex. Is in this show. But since that is completely tied to her character and her specific type of fae, it fits. There’s sexuality in this show, but it is completely open in a refreshing way. Bo likes all kinds and they don’t make a big deal about it, or overly focus on certain situations in any male gaze kind of way. Sorry, took one too many feminist classes in college. So! Good show. Bo also has an amazing best friend in human Kenzie, who adds some comedy and some incredible boots to the mix. Bo and Kenzie begin their own private investigation firm that doesn’t really appear to make any money, but that is what jump starts the plot in nearly every episode. A mystery must be solved, big bads must be defeated, and through it all Bo must kick some butt as she also taps it. Sorry, there is no real lady like way of describing this show
So just take a gander at this video:
And here is a huge part of why the show is irresistible, Kenzie:
Here is what you came for though, the workout. (FINALLY!!!!)
10 Side step cross lunge back and kick – To avoid the inevitable fae she is fighting with, she could use these exercises to hone her agility and fighting skills to avoid attacks and give them back.
20 Chair tuck in and lift – Strengthen her core to improve fighting and other succubi skills
20 Squat jumps – Cardio and strength training for fighting
10 Dive bombers – Since Bo is a succubus, I wanted an exercise that would work out her arm muscles and be a little sexy too.
50 Mountain Climbers – Cardio for running, core strength for agility, speed, strength
15 e. side Side Lifts (30) – Pretty sure Bo would like the V this exercise makes in your abs.
19:02 was my time… beat me!
Oh and I of course had to add substantial amounts of eyeliner to my face for this in honor of the show. And this lighting wasn’t meant to be reminiscent of the show’s lighting, that happened because it was dark, but this pretty much fits.
Side step cross lunge back and kick 10
The title of this is more complicated than it is… Jump/step to your right and then bring your left leg diagonally behind your right leg, lunging with your right leg. Lift your left leg up into a strong kick. Drop that leg back down to slightly behind your right foot. This positions you to jump to the other side. That is one rep.
Chair tuck in and lift 20
Grab a sturdy chair that won’t shift. Place your hands on the floor and your feet on the chair in plank. Tuck your leg in towards your chest, then straighten to the chair and lift your foot a few feet up. That is one rep. Do it with the other leg next.
Squat jumps 20
Squat down and jump up as quick as you can. One rep.
Dive bombers 10
Get in plank, then put your butt in the air, with your head towards the floor, back straight. Dive your head down to the floor and lift up to the ceiling, keeping your butt down, and the tops of your legs off the floor. Reverse the motion to get your butt back up in the air. One rep.
Mountain Climbers 50
Get in plank, then bring one foot in underneath your body. Switch legs. Each switch is one rep.
Side Lifts 15 each side (30)
Sit on the ground, with your legs out to one side and leaning on one hand. Lift yourself up into a side plank, using those side ab muscles to move. Lift up 15 times on one side. Then switch and do side lifts on the other side.
That is your first round – you will complete three!
Yesterday I didn’t post a workout because I was exhausted by this weekend’s extreme fun times in New Orleans. What a great city. Also, because I was digging holes in the ground for work that day. I know, you are so jealous. No, but seriously, it’s not so bad, and it’s nice to have that added variety in to work life. Occasionally, I get to work outside in beautiful fall weather.
Being in the Louisiana area, it inspired me to have this week’s Nerd Workout be from True Blood. I’ve hesitated doing True Blood because there is not a ton of obvious working out, especially for Sookie, but they are all so buff that’s inspiration enough. All of these people have noticeable muscle tone, females included, so this workout is meant to make those abs and arms and butt.. and everything…get strong and toned. There is also the physical altercations between vampires, jumping, tackling, pushing, even if they are just naturally strong. I think these following exercises incorporate that. Your arms and side abs will feel this tomorrow.
And an action video:
10 pushup burpees – Cardio and strength to look hot/attack vampires, werewolves, or any other of the infinite creatures that seem to live in this part of Louisiana
30 squats and side leg lift – Tone your legs to look hot/kick off attackers
10 divebombers – A great arm exercises to look hot/push off attackers
30 side lifts (15 on each side) – Tone your side abs to look hot/have core strength
60 mountain climbers – cardio to look hot/run away
20 drop down burpees – extra boost of cardio to make sure you look really, really hot
my times: 18:44
10 pushup burpees
You know the drill. Jump your feet out into a plank. Do a pushup, on your knees if needed. Jump your feet back in towards your hands. Do a squat jump. One rep.
30 squats and side leg lift
Squat down, keeping your back straight, and knees from going over your toes. Lift up, lifting one leg straight to your side. One rep. Next rep, lift the other leg.
Start on hands and feet, butt in the air, head down. With control, swoop head down and up towards the ceiling, while lowering your butt. Return to the original position. One rep.
30 side lifts (15 on each side)
Start in sitting position, with your legs out and your arm to one side. Lift up into a side plank, using your ab muscles. Do this 15 times. Then switch sides.
60 mountain climbers
Start in plank. Put one foot towards your hands. Switch feet positions. That is one rep. Each switch is a rep.
20 drop down burpees
To get extra cardio, but not kill your arms, these don’t include a pushup, but make you drop all the way down to the floor. Jump your fee out into a plank, drop down to the floor. Jump your feet back to your hands. Do a squat jump. One rep.
Do it all one more time! And try not to sweat.
Disclaimer: Be careful, ask your doctor, I am not an expert.
Sorry for the long break in workouts. I had this one done last week, but just needed the blogging break I guess.
I suppose most of you who are ever going to see Prometheus have probably already seen it. Most people tend to fall pretty strongly into two camps – the like or dislike camp. Regardless of where you fall, you have to admit it was a beautiful film, and I think the characters of David and Elizabeth Shaw were very well acted. There is also something to be said for a movie that provokes such strong reactions from people. I do agree that some of the plot points were unnecessarily and overly confusing, but boy does it provide a lot of fodder for discussion. Anyway, this blog is about working out, not my personal review of the movie I guess.
This movie definitely has some physical action, unsurprisingly, and Charlize Theron’s character immediately starts doing pushups after waking up from a years-long sleep. Even though this workout mainly focuses on Shaw, I had to incorporate some straight pushups. Maybe she and Shaw would have worked out together if, you know, things had turned out differently.
Shaw is a strong character, emotionally and physically, particularly by the end of the movie. Since we see her stumbling around in a bandage bathing suit essentially, we also know girl is fit. And nerdy. Perfect workout inspiration for this blog
Here is a trailer that shows some part of this
So here is the breakdown!
18 minutes long – 18 rounds, 10 seconds off, 50 seconds on, 3 times through 6 exercises. Get those interval timers out! Seconds Free on your phone.
High knees (too damn hot outside for sprinting, my original idea) 130 / 109 / 130 – run away from aliens, falling ships, etc etc
Pushups 20 / 16 / 19 – ship workout
Side plank lifts on right side 17 / 16 / 16 – Shaw needs a strong core/abs to uh, stand up later on in the movie
Side plank lifts on left side 17 / 16 / 14
Leaping – two hops 16 / 14 / 15 Leap across the ground that is actually a space ship rising from the ground
Belly down and up – 11 / 10 / 10 – Be able to jump up after falling down
High Knees -
Drive them up as fast and high as possible. One knee up equals one rep.
You know the drill. Mod as needed – knees down if you can’t do a regular pushup.
Side plank lifts right side
Sitting on the right side of your butt with your legs out and right arm down, prepare yourself to lift up into a side plank, using your core and ab muscles to do so. Each side plank is one rep.
Side plank lifts left side
See above, just do it on the left side
Leaping – two hops
Jump/hop twice. I did it down the length of the yoga mat. At the end, turn around. One rep is the two hops.
Do this twice and turn:
Belly down and get up
Crouch down and and jump your feet out to lay belly down on the ground. Lift your self up and get back in the crouch position. That is one rep.
Disclaimer: Please be careful, do this at your own risk, I am not an expert, ask your doctor.