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My Spring Equinox Fitness Challenge

Week one of my Spring Equinox fitness challenge left me sore in all the right places.


Both my sessions last week began with three circuits each containing two exercises, with each circuit repeated three times. Having a skilled eye watch me perform pec flies while reclined on an exercise ball is really helpful and I am learning how I like to cheat. My trainer keeps me honest and moving. I have been schooled in the fun one can have with sliding disks and medicine balls. The second half of my workouts are in the pool. I feel like I am 8 years old again taking swim lessons, and I love it. My freestyle stroke is quite messy, but under trainer Hannah's instruction I am cleaning it up and feeling more power in my stroke.

I also learned yet another plank variation involving a medicine ball. To learn about it, read more.

  • Begin in a classic plank position, but place your hands on an eight-pound medicine ball instead of on the ground. Make sure to keep your shoulders over your wrists and the ball because it is easy to slide back.
  • Take your left hand off the ball and place it on the ground to the left of the ball, and then bring your right over as well.
  • Return your right hand to the medicine ball and then your left. Repeat to the right side, starting with the right arm.
  • When you have walked your hands to both sides and returned to the middle, you have completed one rep. Do six full reps, for three sets.

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