Once upon a time, my manager at my gym in London ran up to me, and said, "since you're American and you guys do a proper Halloween, do you want to create a workout with a pumpkin? We'll get someone to paint your face really scary and put it in the paper." I was like, "UH DUHHHH!!!" I LOVE HALLOWEEN! I mean.. I'm not a huge fan of scary things, but if someone wanted to watch a scary movie or go to a haunted house- I'm game. I do also love dressing up, decorating the house, and eating 4 servings of fun sized candy bars. I love the weather in October (although, holy hot and humid, Texas!) and love all the holidays that follow. Once this Texas weather drops down, and I can get basic in my jeans and booties, I'll be extra pumped.
Back up to my story about the pumpkin workout. It happened. And I am doing a #throwback and bringing it to the blog! So, before you carve into your giant squash, pick it up for a quick sweat! Here are 5 moves you can do with your staple Halloween decoration, or- with a medicine ball, dynamax ball, kettlebell, dumbbell....
1.Goblet squat with overhead press:
Stand with your feet wider than hip width apart. Push hips back, bend knees like you are about to sit back in a chair, and lower body until thighs are parallel to the floor.
With the weight focused in the heels, push yourself up to the start position and push the pumpkin over your head. Bring the pumpkin down to start position, and repeat it 10-15 times.
2. Lunge with a twist
Stand with feet hip width apart. Grab the pumpkin and stretch your arms forward.
Take a long step back with your right foot, planting it behind you, and then lowering your body until both legs are bent into right angles.
Lunge forward and twist to your left over your left leg. Step forward, and repeat taking a step back with your left foot, and twisting over your right leg. Get in 10-15 on each leg.
3. Uneven push up
Start in plank position with the right hand on the pumpkin.
Keep the torso square to the floor, perform the push up by bending and lowering yourself towards the ground, and then straighten both arms back to the start position.
If a traditional push up is too hard, put your knees on the floor. Get 12-15 in each side.
4. Russian twist
Hold the pumpkin in both hands, sit on the ground with knees bent and heels in front of you.
Lean slightly back without rounding your spine and keep the back straight.
Pull your belly button to your spine, twist slowly to the left, bringing the pumpkin to your left side, then twist to the right side. Follow the pumpkin with your eyes so you can get the full range of motion.
Twist back and forth for 30 seconds. Rest 15 seconds, repeat 4 times.
5. Mountain climbers
Start with hands on the pumpkin keeping your hands directly beneath your shoulders. With your core engaged, bring your right knee forward under your chest with the toes hovering over ground.
Return to start position. Switch legs and bring the left knee forward. Keep switching legs and begin to pick up the pace until it feels like running in place in a plank position. Do 40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest five times.
I challenge you to try this before Halloween! I think it'd be pretty cool if you did the whole workout with a pumpkin, but if you choose a medicine ball or any of the other tools I mentioned above, I'll be okay with that! The most important part about fitness is to have FUN with it! And be mindful of all of the fun sized candy bars you consume- remember those are for the kids! ;)