Schweaty Spring Workout and a Little Bit of Spice

Last night’s Circuit Training class sure was a sweaty one!


Of course the one day I didn’t wear one of my usual fitness tanks, the temperature in the Annex was out of control.  This cotton shirt did NOT do the trick.  Neither did my pants.  It literally looked like I peed myself!

Gross, I know.

Here’s the workout we did:

Schweaty Spring Workout

A 60 minute combination / variation of my Work It Hard Circuits 2, Tone It Up Upper Body Pyramid Workout, and floor work.


Do 5 – 10 minutes of dynamic movements and static stretching combined.

Do the following exercises as prescribed below, one right after the other.  Then go back and repeat through a second time.  Note:  Last night we modified a bit on the second time through the circuit because of the heat and being short on time; however if you are trying this on your own you can try as prescribed.  Just make sure to listen to your bodies and modify if need be.  Any questions on the moves themselves, let me know!

  • Side to Side Punch Lunges:  1 minute
  • Around the World Lunge & Squat Combo — Right Leg:  15 reps
    Front lunge right, then squat by stepping out to the right, then back lunge right = 1 rep
  • Jump Rope:  30 seconds
  • Around the World Lunge & Squat Combo — Left Leg:  15 reps
  • Inchworms:  1 minute
    Start standing, bend down and walk yourself out to a plank, do 1 pushup, walk yourself back, and jump up
  • Walking Plank:  30 seconds
  • Side to Side Ski Jumps:  45 seconds
  • Surrender Squats:  15 each side


  • 10 Bent Over Dumbbell Rows
  • 20 Overhead Tricep Extensions
  • 30 Bicep Curls
  • 40 Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 50 Jumping Jacks
  • 40 Plank Shoulder Taps
  • 30 Bicep Curls
  • 20 Overhead Tricep Extensions
  • 10 Bent Over Dumbbell Rows


  • Body Bar Leg Work — credit to Erin at CBC for these!  Do on both legs.
    Outer Thigh:  Lying on left side, place one end of body bar on outside of right foot.  Your right leg should be stacked directly on top of your left.  The other end of the bar should be on the floor.  Lift up and down, slowly, for 3 sets of 10.  Finish by pulsing for 2 sets of 10.  Don’t let your feet touch on the lifts!
    Inner Thigh: Stay lying on same side, just switch the bar to the inside of left foot.  Do the slow leg lifts for 2 sets of 10, then pulse for 1 set of 10.  Again, don’t let your foot touch the floor.
  • Ab Combo #1: Bridge & Crunch / Heel Taps — do 10 reps of each, then repeat for a second set
  • Ab Combo #2: 10 V-Ups
  • Ab Combo #3: Double Hips (again credit to Erin at CBC who taught these on Saturday!) — 2 sets of 10


Phew!  Was a good class!  I’m super sore today.  Anyone else?

After class, dinner was inhaled had.

Tim had a yummy shrimp stir fry waiting for me when I got in from my Two A Day!  In the mix besides the shrimp were shroomies, orange peppers, garlic, onion, fennel seed, and a teeny bit of… wait for it… jalapeño.

See the jalapeño hiding in there?  I hate spicy food, but Tim is trying to build up my spicy food tolerance by sneaking in teeny bits of jalapeño into our meals without me noticing.  Well last night it was pretty obvious to me when I was taking a big bite and he was just STARING at me and then blurted out his secret!  Then I was in my head for the rest of the meal thinking it was spicy.  Had Tim not said anything, I probably wouldn’t have even noticed!  Men.  🙂

After dinner, I relaxed a bit and went to bed by 11.  Finally got 8 hours of sleep too.

I’m off to meet up with two of my high school besties tonight for dinner.  I can’t wait!

The Awk Spot: The Time I Had to Switch Shirts at the Bar

Time for another glimpse into my awkward life.

Let’s rewind a year.

I’m at a concert with four of my girlfriends.

Please make note of my attire.  The leopard shirt is a very important piece of this story.

The concert isn’t really the main point of this story, so just take away that at said concert there was lots of dancing, lots of beers, and lots of fun.  After the concert, we decided to head to a bar down the street to continue our night.  Katrina, Bridget, and I were the first three to get into the bar.  We found a good spot, settled in, and all was well.

…until the bouncer approached me and said “Ma’am, you are going to have to leave.”

Um, what?!  WHY!?

“We don’t sell that beer here.  C’mon, you need to go.  Now.”

Apparently I was still holding my Bud Light (the ones in the blue bottles) from the concert.  I had brought a beer INTO the bar from another venue.  Smooth move, Athena.  Now, I’m really not one for rule breaking or confrontation, so I tried apologizing and saying that I didn’t even realize I was holding it still.  I even held it out to give it back, indicating that I would be compliant with throwing it away.

No dice. 

At this point, I was getting pissed off because this huge woman bouncer clearly was having a bad day and forced me out of the bar.  Bridget and Trina followed me back outside, and I told them I would just take a cab home and not to worry about it.  They wouldn’t hear of it and suggested that we just get back in line.  The bouncer yelled over to us, “There’s no way you’re getting back in, girls!”


So instead we just went to the line for the bar next door, which just happens to connect inside to the original bar we were in.  The bouncer whispered something to the bouncer of bar #2, so my chances didn’t look good, but I actually got back into the bar with no problem whatsoever.

Athena for the win! 

I beelined it toward the back, where I saw that Slesh and Mastro had already found some other people we knew.  But at some point during my sprint to the back of the bar, Katrina and Bridget got re-kicked out!  From association with “the girl in the leopard shirt.” Really!?

“Where is she?  I know she’s in there.”  -Relentless bouncer

But Bridget and Trina were pretty slick and convinced brutal bouncer woman that they had sent me home in a cab.    And they got back in.  And they each got a free beer because they said it wasn’t fair that they got kicked out.  Atta GIRLS!  Shining moment of friendship, right there.

Meanwhile, I am still in the bar, getting urgent texts from Bridget:

Theenie, hide.

Theenie, get in the bathroom NOW.

Theenie, they are looking for you!!!

I listened to Bridget, my voice of reason, and met her in the bathroom.  We then squished into a stall together and proceeded to switch shirts.  Well, kind of.  I took off my leopard shirt, stuffed it to the bottom of my purse, and put on Bridget’s shirt instead.  And then Bridget REALLY had a shining moment of friendship that night not only was she willing to give me her shirt so I could be “safe,” but she also wore her jacket zipped up – with no shirt on underneath – for the rest of the night!

LOL!  I could have just worn the jacket!  But nope.  I rocked Bridget’s really cute outfit for the rest of the night, while she stayed all zipped up.

And while the bouncer – to no success – continued looking for “the girl in the leopard shirt.”


Thanks, Bridget!!!

Ever been kicked out of, or almost kicked out of, a bar before?!  Can you think of a time you or a friend had a “shining moment of friendship?”  Ever encountered a brutal bouncer?

Can’t get enough of my awkwardness?  Check out my past “Awk Spot” series posts!

Catch ya later!