Happy memorial day to you! Today I have a full body ladder workout to share with you, plus a simple recipe. If you love seafood and spices, you'll love this shrimp orange skillet.
This last weekend was fantastic. Who doesn't love long weekends, especially when the weather is beautiful.
My weekend started with an early AM bootcamp on Saturday morning. The class was small, because many people were out of town for the long weekend, but it was still fun.
I really love that the weather is warm and there's enough light in the morning so we're able to do at least part of the bootcamp workout outside. It makes a big difference compared to being inside–I'm telling you, you feel more energized instantly when working out outdoors!
Saturday Bootcamp Workout
I'm going to start sharing my Saturday morning bootcamp workouts here on the blog as well. You can get some inspiration for your own workouts, or if you're local but missed the class, you can still do the workout later. I hope you do 🙂
Many of those workouts are done with bodyweight only, but many of them require either a kettlebell, set of dumbbells, medicine ball, plyo box or jump rope. Sometimes we also use Bosu balls, tires, battle ropes etc.
My bootcamp workouts are often similar to my own workouts. The difference is that my own workouts actually tend to be shorter, as I don't usually spend more than 30 minutes on a workout, unless I'm doing a long run or practicing some skill.
Full Body Ladder Workout
On Saturday, we did the following ladder workout. Prior to this workout, we did some warm-up at the park (push ups, squats and lunges) and also some hill sprints.
Oh yeah, hill sprints! Hills are one of the many fun things about living in the Bay area. You can find a different hill to run for every weekday, if you want to.
Anyway, here goes: Saturday morning bootcamp workout.
If there's an kettlebell image next to the exercise, do that with added weight. In this one, we used weights for
- Front Squats (holding a kettlebell or dumbbell against the chest)
- Russian Twists (holding a kettlebell or dumbbell with both hands and moving it from side to side)
- Walking Lunges (holding a kettlebell or dumbbell against the chest while walking; another option is to hold one weight in each hand and arms straight by the sides)
- Split Squats (holding a kettlebell or dumbbell against the chest while squatting; another option is to hold one weight in each hand and arms straight by the sides)
I recommend taking moderate weights for this workout, because the number of reps is high. Ideally you'll do those 100 squats unbroken, so think how much weight you're able to do them with.
You can do the same ladder with no weights at all and still get a good workout. And if you feel especially strong today, go the ladder back the other way again. I'll be especially proud of you!
Beach Day + Rest Day
The rest of the Saturday was spent outdoors. That's what makes me the happiest. It was a rest day for me, so being outside and getting a lot of walking in was the best way to spend it.
We headed to Pacifica and then Half Moon Bay. The beaches are gorgeous here, yet the water is cold, so unless you're up to go swimming in 60F water, you just hang out at the beach.
I had my book with me–The Power of Habit–that I've really been loving. It's really good and if you'd like to learn more about how habits are created, what it takes to add better habits to your life, what's the difference between willpower and habits and why we actually do things we do, read this.
It was a perfect day with some light movement and lots of reading.
Shrimp Orange Skillet
If you don't feel like cooking a whole lot on this beautiful long weekend, I have a recipe for you. It's super easy to make, takes you only about 25 minutes to cook and is nutritious and healthy. What's not to love?
I've said this earlier, but I'm not good at cooking things that are outside of my comfort zone. I just like to eat same things over and over again, because I know how to make them and because most of those things are really hard to mess up.
Shrimp is a little bit outside of my comfort zone though. But I had this bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer and something had to be done with it. So I poked around the web, got some ideas, modified them (as always), and ended up with this super simple shrimp and orange skillet.
If I could cook it, you can too. The only thing you could potentially mess up is to over cook the shrimp. Be sure to cook only until it's nice and pink, but no longer than that.
Also, I love pretty spicy food, so I was generous with garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Feel free to add less of those, because the end result was pretty spicy.
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