Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Exercise of the Week: Step Up Pushups...this just got real.

Sitting in the dentist chair for three hours is a real calorie burner. That is how I've spent my afternoon. I got a nice little surprise when I went for my routine cleaning, and the hygienist said..."now we're going to take care of that crown today too, right?" I went in to instant internal see the my dentist, (who is awesome), told me like a year or so ago that I was eventually going to need a crown on one of my teeth, but I didn't realize he pulled the sneak attack and went ahead and scheduled it for me. YIKES. I'm pretty sure I got a really good core workout in while I was there though. I keep my my whole body tight out of fear. For whatever reason my mouth doesn't take too well to the numbing shots they give me for dental work. It never has. They always have to give me another shot later on because I am still feeling the drilling and such. Fun huh? Well 4 shots later...yes, it took FOUR, my mouth is now probably numb enough to last me until I have to go back to get the actual crown put on. (Today was just the temporary.) After sitting feeling like my mouth was in an automotive shop and my lips were like unto a pregnant womans belly, I am done. And no, I am not dramatic at all. 

ANYWAYS...I am IN LOVE with these step up push ups as of late. They work your chest, your legs, and your core. They are challenging, and fun too! I planned on posting them as my exercise of the week, but to try and describe them in words would probably be super got your wish. A video.

Don't worry...the second the sun comes out in Provo I've got my shorts on. I don't care if my legs look like they've been marinating in bleach. I am going to get the warm weather here as fast as I can, and I feel like dressing as if it was here is a good way to do that. 

These step up to push ups are hard on their own, but if you're looking to get crazy try doing them holding 10 to 15 pound dumbbells. Step up holding the dumbbells, step back set them on the ground and push up on top of them. Try to do 3 sets of 10-15 on each leg. I did them this morning as part of my workout and they were killer! 

Do you hate the dentist as much as I do?? I should rephrase that? GOING to the I said my dentist's just what he does that I'm not a fan of. Was the video helpful?? I hope so :) Have a great Wednesday!


Julie said...

Oh...I like those! I'm going to do them tomorrow! thanks for the video.

Sarah said...

Love the video! I will be trying these later. And nay on the dentist

Rene said...

I love my dentist and hygenist. They are so nice to me even when I tell them how much I hate flossing.
I don't know if you talked to my workout instructors here in Texas but we did weighted burpees (with an overhead press instead of upright row)in athletic training. Crazy hard stuff. It's only been 8 hours and I can feel the soreness already. We also did a variation on those step up push ups. Ouch.

Nichole said...

Holy Crap! I hate the dentist. Make sure the put the crown in tight! My tooth is so sensitive. I can't even eat on it! I couldn't get the video to pull up but I want to check out this new exercise!

Anonymous said...

eh i don't mind going to the dentist. i mean, it's not the highlight of my day but it's not the end of the world for me.

sneaky though the way he scheduled that crown for you!

Shannon said...

Wow, those look intense! I'll definitely have to try them. Also, I love that flower painting (or whatever it is?) on the wall.

I hate going to the dentist. I hate the noises, and I almost had to skip reading this post because the thought of the drilling and teeth and shots in the gums just makes me feel queasy.

Rochelle said...

Love the video..but you make that exercise look way easy - I would look retarded doing it!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

I. HATE. THE. DENTIST!!! My dentist is wonderful too but ugh I hate going, so does my Mom and I know I got it from her. I have totally irrational fears about's awful. Love this video, I'm doing these tomorrow!

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

oh I'd freak too, but I do love a good cleaning. Not a crown replacement!
Wish I could load the video, for some reason its not working. I bet its an awesome exercise though!

The Smith Clan said...

I hope you didn't inherit the "hate the dentist chair from me!" I truly do hate going!" I feel your pain! Take care of all those pearly whites!(then you will have less pain in the chair!)Great video!

Stephanie said...

I LOVE the video. :) That is soooooo very very helpful for me. It's like learning dance routines...seeing someone doing it is soo much easier than reading about it! I'll be rocking these tonight! :)

Jen said...

I hate going to the dentist. I have to go tomorrow to finish out my root canal. I'll be going back for the crown part next. Yuck. It's just the smell.
Love your exercises. I'm going to have to try those! I bet it gets the heart rate up!

The Hungry Runner Girl said...

I LOVED THE VIDEO!!! I WATCHED IT TWICE, IT MADE ME SO SO HAPPY!!! You poor thing, I don't know how you came to spin (and helped me out big time by yelling) with a numb face. I hate going to the dentist, maybe I should switch to mark!! "marinated in bleach" I laughed for three minutes about that one. You are HILARIOUS!!! I LOVE YOU GORGEOUS GIRL!

Stefanie D. said...

LOVED THE VIDEO!! Can't wait to go home and try it. :) I actually love the dentist...Crazy, I know. But, I spent a good chunk of my life with braces and retainers. So it's no biggie for me. Have you ever had them give you the laughing gas?? My dentist always does when I'm having work done, and it is AWESOMMMMME. Seriously. Watching Transformers on the ceiling and being high as a kite, is fantastic! LOL.

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

I did these at boot camp--my lats hated me!! wish you be my trainer! Dang girl!

I like my new dentist--they didn't slap me for not flossing regularly. I know. Gross. but I'm lazy!

Jenn said...

Awww...Love the video!! Your legs are awesome!! and those look killer!! Its so nice to see a video cause then we get to see how to do it right PLUS we get to see your gorgeous face too!!

I HATE the dentist, and crowns are a nightmare!
Im going to do those workout things right now!!
Your awesome!! and should def. post more pics of yourself, it motivates us to be in amazing shape like you! :)
xoxo Jenn

Sabrina @ Radioactive Runner said...

love the video! that looks like it could be a killer exercise after about 10 :)

and yes, I definitely hate the dentist.. but I love the gas mask that they give me haha it's so relaxing and sends me to la la land for a bit!
Have a great week!!!

Jenn said...

I LOVE the video and yes, describing them in words would have totally lost me! Those look awesome and I'm going to try them tonight! You are WAY WAY too cute! You little Utah girls with your cute little accents....

Legs marinating in bleach-ha ha ha! Chunks flew out of my mouth with that one!

I work at a Dental office. It IS a torture chamber and we give people shots all day long!!!! I have needed a crown for almost 2 years and keep postponing it.

Thanks again for the video tip:)

Allie said...

I despise the dentist! But I do love these step up pushups. And your legs lol.

Nicole said...

You are so hardcore (in a good way)! Thanks for the video, it was very helpful, it's hard for me to visual workout instructions most of the time. I'm going to try these out right now!

Merediths said...

Hey- my sister in law is wondering what is a good support to wear for her ankles when she is running. She is just starting out and said she has weak ankles. Oh wise running trainer of you have any answers for her?

Sarah said...

ah i am the exact same when it comes to the dentist! I have a hard time getting numb and lay in panic the whole time that im going to feel something. I'd rather have an arm chopped off then go to the dentist.

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