The weather in the San Francisco / Bay area is finally getting really warm, so I was outside bright and early yesterday morning to do this workout. It would've been pretty much impossible later, because the temps are getting really high!
I'm not complaining at all–I'm a summer girl through and through. And being a morning person is definitely an advantage right now.
Heat and Running
I remember one summer that I spent in Colorado taking linguistics courses at University of Colorado Denver (In case you're new to Urban Jane, I used to be linguist in my “past” life). While taking those pretty intense classes, I was also training for my second marathon.
The summer was really hot there–way hotter than what a Northern European like me was used to.
If I didn't get my running training done by 7 in the morning before heading to school, the workout didn't happen. It got just so hot that I couldn't run later or if I did, I had to carry a gallon of water with me, which was uncomfortable.
Because I still had to go to school (if it was up to me, I would've chosen training, hiking and all the fun outdoor stuff in Colorado any time over sitting in the class), so sometimes I just had to skip the run if I was going to do a 2 hour run and didn't want to hit the pavement at 4.30 in the morning.
Hitting the PR
Despite skipping some runs and cutting some of them shorter, I was able to run my PR a month later. I think it was probably because I was more relaxed with my training, didn't over think it, listened to my body and stayed smart–there was no way I was going to do a 20K run if it was 95F outside.
One more factor that probably contributed to my somewhat unexpectedly fast finishing time was that Colorado is so much higher than Helsinki where I run the marathon. As you may know, training on higher elevation and then coming down to lower elevation positively affects the running performance thanks to oxygen transport function.
Full Body Blaster Sandbag Workout
But let's get back to that sandbag workout!
Seriously, it was so warm outside at 8am when I did this one that I was pouring sweat already half way through this workout.
But it wasn't only because of the heat, this workout was pretty intense too! It includes lots of full body movements, like push ups, squats, push presses and step ups, so you can be sure that your arms, legs and core get a strong workout.
If you missed my post about core training, check it out here and find out why squats and other multi-joint movements are even better core builders than crunches and sit ups.
Ok, here we go–here's your Full Body Blaster Sandbag Workout.
Here’s What You’ll Be Doing inFull Body Blaster Sandbag Workout:
5 rounds of
10 Sandbag Push Ups, Clean & Press
10 Back Squats
10 Step Ups
10 Overhead Squats
10 Push Presses
Watch the video below to see all five movements.
The workout will take you around 20 minutes. The sandbag I'm using here is 40lbs.
If you don't have a sandbag, don't worry–you can use a duffel bag or a backpack filled with heavy stuff.
If you did this workout, let me know how you liked it!
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