The Husband Workout…because my husband made it up. Read the hilarious story of how this workout came about and then get ready to get your sweat on, with 5 fantastic bodyweight moves!
5 MOVE FRIDAY: THE HUSBAND WORKOUT
Happy (5 Move) Friday! Another Friday, another excited girl! You know Friday’s are my favorite!
Now, before I get into this workout and how it came about, The Hubs said to tell you that he doesn’t think this workout is a real workout, weights are a real workout…then he corrected himself, saying he meant that he just doesn’t enjoy these types of workouts. He likes weights. Really, big, heavy weights.
Just so you know. #thingsmyhusbandsays
I seriously need to start a blog or Instagram account with things he says. I’d make millions.
So, Tuesday, I was planning my workouts for my classes and realized I totally spaced creating a workout for today. I created, shot and filmed all the workouts for March the last week in February. I started thinking through what kind of workout to share and create, but ideas just weren’t flowing. I randomly asked The Hubs for 5 moves, knowing full well that I wouldn’t be able to actually use them, but thinking they might give me inspiration.
His typical response is something along the lines of: bench press, deadlift, heavy squat, box jumps, manmakers. Nearly every time. So I ended my question by saying, ‘ Not bench press, deadlift or squat. I need moves that I can do outside, so I can take photos. I have a kettlebell, medicine ball, etc.’
He immediately said Manmaker, to which I told him to pick something else; I just shared a Manmaker Workout. He started describing a twisting side plank, but didn’t know what the name was. I liked the idea, so I asked for something else.
‘Laying down to standing up and rolling back down. I don’t know what that’s called.’
‘A roll up, you mean?’ I said. I didn’t really know the correct name; I’ve seen it have at least 4-5 names.
I demoed the move and could barely do it, which I knew would be the case. I told him I needed to be able to do the move so I could photograph it and perform it in the video. We kept going through moves, until we got to the Plyo Push-ups. I wasn’t so sure my form would be good enough/that I could do very many.
He said even he could do them and he doesn’t do push-ups that often. To this, I said, ‘Babe, do you want to be the model for this workout? You do all the moves and I’ll take the photos.’
A little smile came across his face that I knew he was trying to hide. He initially said, ‘Can I get new shoes first?’ He’s been wanting new workout shoes because his are getting old. I was like, can’t you just wear another pair or go barefoot? I told him he wasn’t really going to be doing the entire workout, we just needed some photos. After a bit of convincing, He said as long as I could make him look good in the photos, then sure. Same with the video. And as any good wife would do, I told him he always looked good.
So, when the time came to take the photos, he made me pick out his outfit. I got a taste of what it might be like for men when women ask them to give an opinion on an outfit. For some outfits, it doesn’t matter how good (or ‘fine’ or ‘okay’) an ensemble looks, they have to think it looks good, right? We found the right outfit and headed outside.
The photos went surprisingly quickly and he only had to do about 3 plyo push-ups for me to get the right shot! Then came the video. Normally, when I do a video, I’ll do just a few reps of each move, so I had him do the same. Except…I forgot to press record on PhotoBooth!!!! He wasn’t super happy about that. Heh.
As we got ready to film the workout again, a friend of ours drove by and asked what we were doing. It’s always fun when people drive or walk by when I’m filming workouts. Since we know most people in town, I get a kick out of hearing their reactions. This guy is someone The Hubs works out with at the gym on occasion. He asked what moves he was doing, and in his usual fashion, The Hubs tried to explain the move without knowing the name and trying to demo it as he was standing. #failMr. Burpees for Breakfast created a workout! Check it #ontheblog! #sweatpink @fitapproach Click To Tweet
The Hubs was like, ‘This is all a trick! She asked me for exercises and then tricked me into doing them! I can’t even do any of these moves!’ And some other sarcastic comments.
In the end, we got the video filmed and he approved of the pictures. The next morning, I asked him what he would call the workout. He said he wasn’t good with names, but thought it could be called one of two things:
Can you tell he likes, Psych/that we just watched an episode of Psych the night before?
I turned down both of those suggestions, for obvious reasons. I asked him what he would call this workout if he did it with some of his buddies. He said, ‘I’d tell them the workout is 5 moves, here they are.’
Is naming workouts just a blogger thing? A female thing?
So, it was named The Husband Workout. Not very original, I know, but I think it works for now. And because honestly, it is kind of hard to come up with a workout name. You can only use variations of ‘full body workout/full body burner’ so many times.
Complete RX reps ON EACH SIDE (determined by The Hubs, of course) and sets of each move. Rest ~:30 sec between moves and :30 sec – 1 minute between sets.
See moves description for modifications.
- PRISONER SQUAT: Stand upright with shoulders back and down, pelvis tucked, in the middle of your mat. Place hands behind your head. Lunge back with the left leg, until the knee touches the ground (right knee should be at about a 90 degree angle). Move right leg back until knee touches the ground. Move left leg back up (at 90 degrees), then right leg. Drive through heels and keep glutes tight.
** If this move hurts your knees, fold over mat for extra padding. You can also perform a regular squat or squat to box, with hands behind head.
*** 10 reps with left leg leading, 10 reps with right leg leading.
- PLANK TO SIDE PLANK STAR: Assume hand plank position, wrists under shoulders, fingers spread wide – gripping mat, heels shooting to the back of the room, core tight, pelvis slightly tucked. Roll to the left and assume side plank on the left side. Again, pressing down through left hand (fingers wide) with hips lifted. Raise left leg and hold. Return to plank and complete on the other side.
** Cut out the leg lift for a regression.
- PLANK WALKS: Move up and down from hand plank to elbow plank. Keep feet wide, pelvis tucked and glutes tight to prevent hips from wagging back and forth.
** Hand plank to elbow plank to hand plank = 1 rep.
- SPLIT LUNGE JUMPS: Come into a lunge stance and lower, bending knees. Explode up out of the split lunge, switching legs, and landing back in a lunge position. Jump up again, this time, back into the squat jump.
** Both legs count as 1 rep.
- PLYO PUSH-UPS: Perform a push-up. As you push-up to come to start, power through hands, engage core and pec muscles to ‘jump up’ and clap hands together.
** Perform regular push-ups on the ground or elevated surface for regression.
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Oh, I just wish I had a video camera filming him some days. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this kid makes me laugh, every day. Make sure to try this workout and let me know if you like it. We might need to have him back for another workout. Likely with new shoes. He’s such a diva!
We don’t have any weekend plans this weekend, except for me teaching classes. I had my almost last one this weekend. I’m hoping for a more productive weekend than the last one. It’s supposed to be in the high 40’s this weekend, so I’m sure we might be dreaming of warmer weather!
So, tell me:
What type of workouts does your fella do?
What are your plans this weekend?