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Pet Rock Buddy Workout: Or, the Best Workout I’ve EVER Done — For Two Huge Reasons

I’m going to go ahead and declare this my best post on FBG, EVER. Not because it’s, like, my best piece of writing or anything, but because, well, on this day something big happened. Really, really life-changing big.

First awesome thing: Lauren Sesselman. She happened to be in Kansas City, and we got to meet up for a workout. Of course, I took her to the Fit Pit. I mean, how else do you entertain a workout DVD star and professional soccer player? With a hard workout! And, oh my goodness. I was a little intimidated to work out with, um, an Olympian, but she was so darn cool, sweet and down-to-earth. She was rehabbing a torn ACL, so we chatted about that (and how we’d modify the planned WOD so she challenged herself but didn’t challenge her knee too much), her DVDs, FBG, Kansas City and her (then) upcoming move to Houston to play for their women’s team. It was awesome. 


Lauren is such a sweetie! And a beast in the gym.

Second awesome thing: You know, I’m usually a pretty upbeat happy person — especially at the gym when I’m doing my thing. But, Lauren must have thought that I was really, really happy because I had gotten the NEWS OF MY LIFE literally 45 minutes before we met up that Saturday morning.

Yep, that says what you think it says!

A faint line and then a clear declaration!

Of course, Ryan and I wanted to stay mum about it for awhile, so it was our little secret that day. (Now you know, Lauren — and world!) You can read our full journey to getting knocked up here, but suffice it to say that after three years of trying, it was a very, very, very good day. In fact, there aren’t enough “very’s” in the world to convey how good it was. (And still is!) And, really, there’s nothing like celebrating new life by working out with a professional soccer player, right? RIGHT.

And so, I bounded into the gym and Lauren and I did this workout: Pet Rock!


Okay, so we didn’t do this exact workout. I’ll confess that, in my mental excitement, I forgot to take a photo of the WOD and clearly didn’t have the mental capacity to store it. But, I know the premise well because it’s a buddy workout we do at the gym pretty often. You grab a friend, and then you and your friend pick up something heavy to hold. That heavy something is your “pet rock.” And you can never drop or set down your pet rock. Well, you can, but then you have to do 10 burpees and that’s no fun. So just hold on to your pet rock. The below counts are reps that you and your buddy do as a combined total — taking breaks as needed and switching off your pet rock between the two of you. We used a 25-pound plate as our pet rock, which wasn’t too hard, but in the past I’ve used a 55-pound bar that was pretty darn brutal. Use a weight that challenges you but isn’t impossible!

Pet Rock Buddy Workout

  • 1,000-meter row
  • 60 burpee box jumps
  • 60 ball slams
  • 60 wall ball
  • 60 push-ups
  • 60 jumping lunges

The beauty of this workout is that it’s interval-based where you’re working and you’re resting — but when you’re resting, you’re never resting-resting. Because you’re always holding something heavy! This not only ups the intensity, but when you’re the person doing the moves and your buddy is struggling to hold the pet rock, you bust a move fast to help her out. And, really, it’s fun. It really is. Plus, I like pets, so the whole concept of a workout around a pet rock totally makes me smile. Lauren loved it, too!

After the workout, Lauren and I were sweaty, but hung out for a bit for some goofy photos. Get it? “Hung out?” Har, har!


Working out with a soccer star as cool as Lauren and finding out you’re pregnant? Best. Day. Ever. And don’t worry — more to come. ‘Cause pregnancy is the ultimate test in self-love and intuitive everything. —Jenn 

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  1. April m says:


  2. Kristen says:

    Congratulations!!!!! I know exactly how much of a blessing this is for you! My twin sister just became a mom after four years of trying (they adopted a newborn). She has never been so happy in her entire life.

  3. Jenn says:

    Thank you, ladies! I’m over the moon grateful and excited. 🙂

    —FBG Jenn

  4. Jill says:

    Congratulations! I was hoping that was what this post was about. I’ve been following your journey and am so excited for you. We are trying, and struggling after one miscarriage, so hearing this kind of news gives me faith that it will work out for us, too.

    1. Jenn says:

      Thanks, Jill! 🙂 I really appreciate it. Sorry about your loss — and best of luck to you. Sending you good baby vibes! 🙂

      —FBG Jenn

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