Workout I Did: Shoveling Snowpocalypse
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Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse and Snowzilla. It really doesn’t matter what you call it, but the Midwest recently got hit with not one but two major snowstorms. Like, more snow than I’d ever seen in Kansas City—and even more than the one winter I survived in Minnesota in graduate school. So, yeah, like a lot of snow—like a foot-plus for each storm system. Which, of course, had to be shoveled. And that leads me to the Workout I Did…
For this workout, you pretty much have to wear every piece of clothing you own. No matter if it matches. I personally think that the crazier and more mismatched you can look with your stocking cap, scarf and sunglasses, the better.
And then you get to shoveling. The key here—to get a really good workout and to avoid getting injured—is to bend your legs nice and deep when you start scooping. This will not only burn the heck out of your quads and hammies, but it also saves your back from getting jacked.
For both Snowpocalypse shoveling workouts, my husband and I actually went out with the intention of it being “a workout.” So we got low and worked interval-style where we’d clear a path, break, and then get going again. We never rested more than a minute, and that was usually just to stop and look around at how pretty the snow was (or help a neighbor get out of their driveway). And, my goodness, we certainly got our heart rates up.
Have I mentioned Ryan loves, loves, loves snow? Makes him giddy. (And note the bonus use he’s getting for his cool new Brooks Running jacket!)
Oh, and for added balance work (and because she loves it), I had Siena hooked up to me on our hands-free leash. She loves divebombing in the snow and chasing anything that moves, so I was always having to balance while I was shoveling. Bonus core WOD!
Ever done a snow shoveling workout? Survived Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse/Snowzilla, too? —Jenn