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Squat Day 5 Ways (Quick!) | Workout of the Week

Well, hello there! It’s been a hot minute since I shared a WOW. I don’t really know why per se, I just had some other posts I wanted to share. Plus, I have really been on a roll with the recipes and I’m loving it! Coming up next is a glorious Strawberry Pistachio Baked Oatmeal. I’m sitting here trying to focus on typing this post while the smell of the finished product so rudely interrupts me by enveloping my whole house as I impatiently wait for it to cool….

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While I wait, why not talk about working out?! 🙂

I’ve been able to ACTUALLY get into the gym lately!! Woohoo! That’s a win in and of itself. For anyone who doesn’t already know, I have a 3 month old and the gym doesn’t do daycare for them, plus, he keeps me busy. Anyways, in the gym my husband and I have been doing a lot of hardcore cardio and I’ve oddly enough been loving it. We’ve been mostly doing the row machine and HIIT cardio on the treadmill (sprints).

I was so dead after doing our cardio session one day that when we tried to do some ab work afterwards, I laid down with my feet up on a decline bench. After a few reps, I couldn’t even lift myself up to get off. I basically rolled my body backwards off the bench. It was a scene. I should be embarrassed, but I’m not!

This week though, we’re focusing on the beloved (or dreaded, depending on who you’re talking to) LEG DAY.

More specifically, SQUAT DAY.

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So, to reiterate what you’re doing for this workout, we have two supersets to begin with. For superset 1, you are doing 10-12 dumbbell split squats followed immediately by jump squats (using no weights, just bodyweight). Rest for 30 seconds to a minute then repeat the superset two more times for a total of three sets.

For superset 2, you do the same exact thing, but you are going to do these at a squat rack. In case you aren’t sure, no worries, here is how you do a sumo squat and here is how you do a front squat.

And finally (not really, this is a pretty quick, but killer workout), the finisher. For this we are doing pulse squats. This requires no weights. Just squat down to 50 degrees, then instead of standing up fully, do 3 “pulses” or “half squats” (raising up half way three times) before arriving back at standing position. Do two sets of 15 pulse squats, then for the third set do as many reps as possible until failure, and…

you’re done!
Are you a lover or hater of leg day? Do you do squats or stick to other types of leg workouts? If you’re a squatter too, what other types of squats do you like to do?

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Oh and, what did you do for Memorial Day Weekend? We attempted the beach, but got rained out eventually 🙂

 

 

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