Tag Archives: functional fitness

Grown-Up Jungle Gym

11 Aug

Happy weekend! We’re currently waiting for the rescue to come do a “home visit” in order for us to adopt a 4 legged member of the family. This should be the last “check off” to get through until we can go pick her up! Crossing fingers we’ll have a dog in the house sometime this week!

There’s an outdoor gym pretty close to our house and I’d been there once or twice by myself but really wanted to go with hubby to be able to have an assist for pull-ups (I want to be able to get 5 on my own) and just to be able to go workout together. So last night before dinner we finally had time to head down there and make use of the grown-up jungle gym 🙂

It was great! They have directions along with every piece of equipment so even someone completely new to working out could make use of it and they even give suggestions for reps and time. A lot of it involved jumps/impact exercises so we had to skip those because of my ankle but still got an awesome shoulder/back workout in.

We did 2 rounds of:

20 push-ups


You can see some of the different equipment at the park, it’s a pretty good circuit!

Parallel Bar Walks

ImageBody Dips

Pull-Ups (Hubby assisted me with those)

Monkey Bars


Complete with a battle wound 😉

It was a lot of fun to be able to get a good workout in together and enjoy the beautiful weather! After the workout we came home and I made chicken with red peppers and asparagus for dinner (look for the recipe soon).

Does your city or neighborhood have anything like this? What do you do for outdoor workouts?


Workout and Such

21 Jun

I finally have time to post a workout! I had to get up early for physical therapy, which ended up taking a really long time, and then got a workout in so I can write while I ice my ankle 🙂

I realized that in Japan I was def. adding strength but wasn’t really seeing any more definition or weight loss or… physical gains I guess. I keep meaning to take pictures and restart the progress pictures/updates but, keep forgetting… I will try to do that soon. So, I’ve made the decision to get back to more circuit styles and timed workouts. The next month is going to be a lot more traveling and starting a new job so it’s going to be about being effective with the time I have.

On that note… today was a 45 min timed workout focusing on the upper body. It was a little all over the place until I set into a routine but here’s a rough idea:

  • 3 min warm-up
  • 1 min rows
  • 2 min bicep curls
  • 1 min mountain climbers (I did these slowly instead of jumping from foot to foot)
  • 2 min balance drills
  • 30 sec squats
  • 2 min skull crushers
  • 2 min upright row
  • 1 min inch worms
  • 1 min burpees (I modified these a bit for my foot, jumped back but then stepped one foot in at a time)
  • 30 sec rest
  • 1 min inch worms
  • 1 min plank
  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 2 min punches with weights

Then I did this circuit 3 times:

  • 1 min Reverse Flyes
  • 1 min Rows
  • 1 min Skull Crushers
  • 1 min plank with rotation


**thanks Mike from MidAtlantic for the (still) amazing photo!