Bite This: Candy Themed Halloween Workout

Candy-themed Halloween workout

Candy-crazy season has begun! You can’t walk into a grocery store without seeing row upon row of delicious-looking treats, all of them perfectly packaged with Halloween shapes and colors, and in tantalizingly small servings.  Those fun-size Snickers bars and Reese’s pumpkins couldn’t have THAT many calories, could they?

Well, not if you only eat one or two, but who does that??  We’re more likely to “parent-tax” the heck out of our children’s Halloween candy stashes, sneak two or three or four pieces every day, day after day, and before you know it we’re full-on into the Holidays and it’s Christmas candy calling your name.  We’re not saying don’t eat the candy (ok maybe don’t eat ALL the candy), but a Halloween workout featuring candy that also makes us think first? We’re down for that!

Stop the Madness!

UCanRow2 to the rescue, for Halloween and beyond to help you make smarter choices, or at least think before you bite.  Below we offer two variations on candy-themed Halloween rowing workouts.  One can be done as an individual rower or with a group, the other is a partner workout.  Both will help you burn off a few fun-size bars, or fend off overconsumption with good reminders of how hard torching those calories really is.

Prep the Workouts

For both workouts you’re going to need some Halloween candy wrappers.  Either use the wrappers themselves or tape them on a piece of paper.  That way you can make multiple copies, particularly useful if you’re doing this with a group.  Then you can cut the paper in strips and write the calorie count on each one.

To help you plan and time the workout, know that a 10-second change in 500m split is equivalent to about 100 calories per hour: A 2:30 split is about 650 calories per hour, while a 2:10 split works out to about 850 calories per hour.  A fun-size Snickers has 160 calories, so it will take about 15 minutes to burn at 2:30 and 11 minutes at 2:10.

NOTE: As we’ve mentioned before, we don’t usually like to use calories to track our workouts.  That’s because we don’t want our athletes thinking that the number they see on the screen is an exact reflection of the calories they’ve burned.  The erg’s monitor is more accurate than a treadmill but it’s still more of an educated guess than an exact reading (You can get a better read if you use a heart rate strap, but that’s not completely accurate either.).

Let’s begin!

Halloween Workout #1

Pick one or two pieces of “candy,” either choosing them blind or grabbing your favorites.  Total the number of calories in each piece, then row to that amount on your monitor (press the “change units” button on the monitor until the screen shows calories).

When you’ve hit the calorie target, get off the rowing machine and do:

10 push ups
31 sit-ups

Repeat the above for 2-3 additional rounds if you want more work.  Obviously you can vary the off-erg moves, too, depending on how much variety and challenge you want.

Halloween workout #2 – partner rowing workout

Partner A chooses 1-2 pieces of “candy,” and rows to the total number of calories (Hit “change units” on your monitor until it shows calories.).  While Partner A is rowing, Partner B does a series of moves for a total number of reps that equals the number of calories.  For your fun-size Snickers you might do:

40 sit-ups
40 push-ups
40 air squats
40 jumping jacks

Or if you want to ramp it up you could do:

50 sit-ups
40 burpees
40 air squats
30 push press

 

Sounds fun, right?  And it should certainly help people think carefully about how much candy they really want to tear into. Try the workouts and tell us how you did in the comments.  Did you do them as prescribed, or make up your own variation?  We’d love to hear, too, if you have another favorite Halloween workout.  Need more SkiErg or indoor rowing workouts? Go here and grab one, or find a certified indoor rowing instructor in your area who can take you through an awesome rowing workout.  Happy Halloween, and don’t bite off more than you can chew!

Rowing Workouts for the Dog Days Challenge

Dog Days of Summer 2015 rowing challenge

The Concept2 Dog Days of Summer Challenge has begun!  This one starts out easily, with a goal of only 10,000 meters total skied or rowed in the whole week.  Easy peasy compared to the 40,000-meter target you have to hit in the last week of the month.  As with all of Concept2’s online challenges, it’s a good idea to have a strategy for how you’re going to approach the month.

Intrepid rowers/skiers and long-distance/rowing endurance fans may like to hit the goal all at once.  And really, why not try a marathon or half-marathon during the month if you’ve got a good base?  This is also a challenge that lets you count your on-water or on-snow meters, so if that’s an option for you definitely take advantage … and send us pics!

But if you’re a rowing instructor with classes to teach or you like more variety in your SkiErg and indoor rowing workouts, try splitting up the distance over several workouts.  Here are a couple of sample workouts we’ve done at the UCanRow2 Bodyshop during the first week of the challenge.  Obviously you can increase the distances or add more workouts to meet the goals of subsequent weeks.

Let us know what you do, and we’ll share more of ours, too!

 

Workout #1

Row, SkiErg or mix 3 rounds of 1112 meters (use the undefined rest feature on the monitor)

In between do:

15, 12, 10 reps of:

Dumbbell rows
KB cleans
Mountain climbers

 

Workout #2

Row/Ski/Mix 4 rounds of 834 meters (with undefined rest)

In between choose 3-4 of the following exercises, and perform them in descending reps:

12, 10, 8, 6 reps of:

Push press
Tire flips/wallballs
Squats/lunges
TRX sweeps
Sit-ups
200m run

What’s your challenge strategy or fave workout? Tell us in the comments, we’d love to share it with the world!

Celebrate the Big Day With a Big Workout

 

Cosmos workout

We love birthdays and other big life events around here!  They’re a great way to celebrate those special moments and build your fitness community, which is an important part of any successful fitness business.  People never get tired of them, and in fact they look forward to that shared sinking feeling you get when you know there’s a challenging workout coming up.  Plus, they’re a great way to add variety to your workout routine.

Yes, lots of gyms like to do birthday burpees and the like, but we’d like to encourage you to take that a step farther and really get creative.  We’ll give you some examples, but we’d also love to hear how you mark those big days.

Life Events

Weddings, anniversaries, birth of babies – or grandbabies.  They all provide opportunities to do something out of the norm.  For example, when one of our members had her first grandbaby (Born 3/12/15, weighing 9.5 lbs., 22 inches long), we celebrated with this workout:

Welcome Cosmos Workout

Warm up then do 3-5 rounds of:

1215m row or ski
9 snatch jacks or jumping jacks
22-sec. plank
9 “Charlie’s Angel’s” squats with a twist (From sumo squat position, extend arms in front of body and interlace fingers as if pointing gun. Rotate ribs slowly R and L, hips facing forward)
22 split lunges or med-ball cleans or ball slams
9 hollow rocks or sit-ups

Birthday Workouts

Landmark or other birthdays are another fun one to do this way.

In our UCanRow2 Bodyshop small-group personal training studio we’ll set up a workout where our athletes row or ski meters equaling the person’s birth year, for example, then add reps revolving around their age.  Or make it harder and make the birth year a meter interval.  Usually we try to include the birthday girl or boy’s favorite moves or machines.  And yes, we always make our birthday workouts challenging.  There’s nothing like a good shared sweat to commemorate another year of life!

Here are a couple of examples we’ve done:

Happy 51st Birthday Sarah 

5 Rounds

Ski 510 m

10 DB snatch (LR=1 or 5 each side)

25 sit ups

510m run or row

10 KB swings

10 Lunges

Finisher: 51 jumping jacks or double unders or burpees.

Lou's 79th birthday workout

Happy 79th Birthday lou

Row 2000m
7 push-ups, 9 box steps (or box jumps)

Row 2000m
7 DB snatches, 9 bicep curls

Row 2000m
7 jumping jacks, 9 single-leg lateral jumps

Ski 790m
7 bench sits, 9 sit-ups

Row 790m
7 push-ups, 9 sit-ups

Ski or Row 790m

DONE!

 Holiday Workouts

Holidays work for this approach too of course.  Fourth of July, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, they all work.  Here’s one example:

Firecracker Fourth (7-4-2011)

Warm up for 10 min – stretch
Set erg or SkiErg monitor for 7411m
And GO!
Or…..
Set monitor after warm up for Intervals: Distance, 500m row/ski with unlimited rest

Then do:
7 – burpees
4- pull ups
11- pushups
4-7 rounds for time

Done, let the grilling begin!

Got a favorite celebratory workout you like to do? Share it with the world in the comments!

 

Body Shop Rowing Workout 3-18-15

This is a great rowing workout to break up a big meter target, like the kind you might have during a rowing challenge. Keep in mind that heavy cardio, even on a rowing machine, will eat into your strength over time unless you balance it with off-erg work. 

Do this series again if you need more meters, and scale down the off-erg reps as needed.  Sub the rowing machine for the SkiErg on the last interval if you don’t have access to a SkiErg. 

  

At-Home Rowing Workouts that Work

Need a great at-home rowing or bodyweight workout? UCanRow2.com has you covered.  #indoorrowing #workout #fitness

You can’t make it to the gym every day, and let’s face it, some days you don’t even want to. It’s snowing, raining, butt cold, broiling hot, or you’ve got a sick kid or you simply don’t feel like it.  We get it, we’ve been there. Much as we love them, you certainly don’t need a formal rowing program at a gym (hopefully taught by a certified instructor) to get a great workout.

We’ve given you some home-based options below, one for those of you who have access to a rowing machine, and others for those of you who don’t, or who want to try something new. In all you’ve got a week’s worth of bodyweight and rowing workouts, enough to get you through the worst blizzard, kid flu or vacation.

If you have more equipment than just a rowing machine available head over to our Workouts page for many more options.

Try these workout and let us know what you think.  Got a favorite home workout? Share it with the world in the comments.

Key term for all workouts: AMRAP = As Many Rounds As Possible (in the time prescribed).

Erg + Bodyweight Workouts

Workout #1

AMRAP 20 mins
Row 500 meters
9 push-ups
9 squat jumps
9 mountain climbers
9 jumping jacks

Workout #2

AMRAP 25 mins
5 v-ups
Row 1000m
5 sit-ups

Workout #3

5 Rounds
Row 500-750-1000-1500-2000m (Set up your workout on the monitor using Intervals>Distance with undefined rest)
In between do: 21-18-15-12-9 reps of:
Air squats
Push-ups
Sit-ups
Supermans

Bodyweight-Only Workouts

Workout #1

Run in place 6 mins
100 push-ups
100 sit-ups
100 air squats
100 jumping jacks

Workout #2

5 Rounds
5 burpees
5 jumping lunges
5 squat jumps
5 jumping jacks

Workout #3

5 Rounds
5 push-ups
5 supermans
5 wall walks (be careful to wear shoes that won’t mark your wall)
5 standing broad jumps
5 lengths gator walk (plank position)

Workout #4

AMRAP 10-20 mins
5 pushups
10 air squats
15 situps
20 mountain climbers
15 lateral hops
10 jumping junges
5 hollow rocks (or other sit-ups)

Rowing Through the World Cup: The Soccer Fan’s Workout

The World Cup is here!  So many hours of game time, SO many hours waiting for something to happen.  Why not set up your rowing machine in front of the TV  so you can cheer your team on while still getting in a great workout?

Sure, you could row steady-state through the whole thing, but a typical game runs around 100 minutes with stoppage time, and no commercials to break it up! Give the game a little variety by following these rules for the UCanRow2 Soccer Fan’s Workout:

Set up your rowing machine with a straight view of the TV so you don’t have to crank your neck upwards or to the side.  After the national anthem, start off with easy rowing for 6-10 minutes at 20-24 SPM.  Once you’re in your zone, hold a steady pace at 22-24 SPM or lower, but make sure you keep it controlled and don’t get too sidetracked by the TV in front of you.  Remember, hold good technique!

Up Your Game: Once the action begins, a yellow card, goal, injury, etc., add in the following for a little variety.

Yellow Card – Bad boy! 20-stroke sprint at race pace.

Corner Kick – Drop your stroke rating to 20 strokes per minute or lower for the duration of the play. Remember to s-l-o-w your slide on the recovery to help you row low.

Substitution – Water break!

Injury – Wish them luck to get back in the game with 10 hard strokes, 20 if the player is taken off the field on a stretcher.

Goal – Celebrate really loud with a big “GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL!” and then put the handle in the hook and do 10 jumping jacks or burpees.  Get back on the erg and grab a sip of water.

Penalty Kicks – Place handle in the hook and do 5 bodyweight squats during each kick.  In between kicks, get back on the erg but don’t strap in (This is a good opportunity to practice rowing with your feet out of the straps).

Half time – If you need a break, put the handle in the hook and record your meters.  That’s the number you want to try to beat in the second half of the game.  Bathroom break if you need it, or grab a healthy snack like a banana or an energy bar.  Make sure to stretch and get back on the erg for the start of the second half.  If you don’t need a break, just keep rowing! Do 6 x 1 minute of effort, 1 minute paddle then easy paddle. Remember to get fluids before the start of the second half.

Game Over – At the end of the game, record your meters in your online logbook and try to meet or exceed your meters for the next game.

Great job, soccer fan! Hopefully your team took the WIN!  Got suggestions for other ways to spice up the World Cup row?  Pop down to the comments and share!