Ouch, Charley!

Insert sad face. I’ve been awoken four nights in a row by a ridiculously painful charley horse in my calf muscle!

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Has this happened to you? A charley horse is a leg cramp (can happen in the calf, hamstrings, or quadriceps) that occurs when the muscles crossing a joint contract.  It used to happen to me a lot more growing up, as I played so many sports and probably wasn’t stretching properly or drinking enough water.

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Some causes of charley horses:

– Dehydration
– Heavy Exercise
– High Weight
– Imbalanced Electrolytes

I’m not sure what is going on. I don’t think I’ve been exercising in any new or unusual ways. Maybe it’s another pregnancy induced issue? I’ve been trying to do a lot more stretching; hopefully yoga will help tomorrow night and I’ll keep guzzling the water. Or, maybe I need to increase my potassium levels… banana time.

Ummmm, does anyone remember Charlie Horse?

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Speaking of small, funny looking creatures…

FLUFF BALL!!!! I had a Face Time date with my pup on the weekend. It was actually with my parents, but Macy was obviously involved in the action. Although I miss her snuggles and our walks, it’s nice to be able to see her through the screen. Sadly, the new groomer buzzed her long, golden eyelashes off a couple of weeks ago! This happened before (but just on ONE eye!!!) and it grew back, so I’m sure she’ll be looking a little prettier in the following weeks.

Okay, as promised: CIRCUIT B is here for your strength training pleasure! It is part of the 5-Day Total Body Shape Up workout that I have been writing about lately.

Remember, if you can’t seem to print the workouts, or you want a PDF copy, just fire me off an email and I’ll send it over to you; I’ve sent a bunch of the Circuit A and Core exercises out already. If anyone has trouble opening the files, please let me know that as well.

Happy squatting!

*REMEMBER TO BREAK AFTER #5 then REPEAT!!!!

Circuit B Exercises

Dumbbell Chest Flies on Stability Ball

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Box Jumps
(use 2 sets of risers)


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Hack Squat w/ Stability Ball

(hold weights at side for increased strengthening)

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Burpees
(Increase intensity with a jump at stage D)
Laying Dumbbell Chest Press
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Squats w/ Weight
(quick pace; light weights)
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Side to Side Step Plyos
(only about a 1/4 squat)
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Surrenders
– Use a mat under knee
– Hold light weights above head (the entire time!!!)
– Lunge out and bring back knee down to rest on floor/mat
– Push back up to standing position with front foot
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Swiss Ball Pikes
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Bench Dips: Triceps

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Basic Lunge w/ Shoulder Press

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Side Plank w/ Inner Thigh Raise
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Knee Tuck Jumps

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W-Shoulder Press w/ Leg Extension

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Triceps Kickbacks
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Sumo Squats w/ Triceps Extension

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Squat Thrusts
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