Stadium Workout and a Smoothie

I’ll get to the workout and recipe in a second, but I just want to start off with a little update on my angry muscles:

After being off for 5 days straight, I woke up Tuesday morning feeling pretty good and thought I would stay out of the weight room but do some lighter work at the stadium.  When I got there though, my legs felt like they were stuck in cement and I had zero energy.

Long story short: I still felt like poo. I was clearly not as rested as I thought, and it definitely was not a great way to start out my day.

Tuesday, however, was a different story. I decided to still stay away from my legs besides biking to/from work, and just did a quick (20 min) upper body day including:

Neutral Grip Pullups

Cross-Body Corner Barbell Press

Single Arm Corner Barbell Press

Bent Over DB Rows

Standing Barbell Overhead Press

And you know what? I felt GREAT! I think it was smart of me to stick with a shorter, lower volume upper body day, but at least it got me back in the weight room and finally feeling good again. I still haven’t done a heavy leg day yet this week, and it’s not looking like today will be the day. I think giving my legs a little bit more rest is exactly what I need, and I’m already looking forward to some killer squat sets next week.

Yay for happy muscles!

But just because I haven’t been going hard this week doesn’t mean you cant! Since I haven’t posted a workout in a while, here’s a stadium/stair workout that will work your entire body in a relatively short time. I have designed this for stadium reps, but you can also find a long set of stairs or even a steep hill to sprint up instead.

For the side steps, alternate your lead foot for each column. For the sprints, go all out! Rest for 1 minute in between sets. Repeat 2x if you complete this on a hill or on a smaller set of stairs. 

Now lets get on to my favorite part of this post: a new smoothie recipe!

If you ask my coworkers, I’ve been playing around with smoothie recipes for the past couple of weeks. This particular one started as an epic fail on Tuesday, but a little tweaking here and there has turned it into a new favorite!

Mint Chocolate is one of my absolute favorite flavor combinations, and is almost always my go-to when it comes to ice cream. So I figured, why not try it as a smoothie? As it turns out, it’s pretty darn good.

Give it a try and tell me what you think!

I know whole milk makes a lot of people shy away, but I think in this case it adds a great creaminess to offset the strong flavor from the cocoa powder.  Also, if you don’t want a strong chocolate flavor, stick with 1 Tbs of cocoa powder. The extra 1/2 Tbs really kicks it up a notch. And on that note,  I might just have to make another one right now…

Happy Friday everyone!

Do you like mint-chocolate as a flavor combination? What’s your favorite smoothie flavor? Do you enjoy doing hill/stair/stadium workouts? Anyone have any awesome plans for the weekend? 

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3 thoughts on “Stadium Workout and a Smoothie

  1. Mint-choco is one of my Favs – I think I can actually recreate this here with a shaker. My protein powder is hopefully getting shipped, but its vanilla so I think I can still manage to try it out- turns out one of the Soldiers I work with is into Aromatherapy, she has a whole kit of oils and some are food-grade including lemon and MINT. Score! I can’t do the stadium workout but I can sprint, jump off and do push ups with the treadmill ;o) Or maybe around the perimeter of our Compound but there are no hills for that hehe…. keeping me motivated to try new things. My assistant bands are here – I also downloaded a great Treadmill workout album for my iTouch – 54 minutes of a great interval running coach and the music is pretty good. I plan to post a blog once I get some photos loaded from my workout. Have a great day!

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  2. I love mint and chocolate together too! It has always been one of my favourites. I remember how ecstatic I was when they came out with the mint Aero bar when I was younger haha. I’ve never tried a chocolate mint smoothie though -mine are usually fruity flavoured like strawberry and banana.

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