Workout I Did: A Jumping and Deadlift Workout I Love to Hate (in a Good Way)
Welcome to a new fun feature on the FBG blogs! Over the last year, we’ve heard from more and more readers that you’d like to know more about what workouts we do. A bit of it is just for curiosity’s sake, but a lot of it is so that when we do a good workout, we can share it and you can try it, too! Now, remember, we’re not giving individualized advice (see your doctor for that!) and—obviously—use your common sense, but here’s a workout we recently did and loved! Read them all and feel the workout love here!
Long ago, I kind of hated jumping. Okay, I really hated jumping. Despite having fairly long legs, I couldn’t jump very far or very high. But, as I’ve learned over the years, the things you dislike the most at the gym are usually the ones you need to work on the most. In my experience “hating” something usually means that you’re not so hot at it. And working on it changes that. So this workout, which involves two things I’m not so hot at—deadlifts and box jumps—is one that I loved. To hate. Which is a good thing. Oh, and full credit where credit is due—this workout came from The Fit Pit!
Workout I Did: Jumps and Deadlifts
First: Start off with three long jump attempts. Jumpas far as you can.
Next: Do a circuit of 50 deadlifts and 50 box jumps—twice. The goal here is to be fast and accurate, so choose a lighter weight (I did just 65 pounds) and pick a box height that allows you to take as few of breaks as possible (I did the standard height box). And, of course, have good form.
Last: Do three more long jump attempts. Be amazed at how—despite having tired legs and being out of breath—you actually can jump farther! (Talk about a cool party trick.)
This workout doesn’t take a long time to do (depending on the weight and height of the box, 15 to 30 minutes), but it’s a great way to burn your legs out and get your heart rate up and going with plyometric training. And while you’ll love this deadlift workout if you love jumping and doing legs, you’ll get even more out of it if you hate doing those things.
Next on my list of things I love to hate? Burpees. Burpees, you will be mine! What workout do you love to hate? —Jenn