I love making themed workouts. Almost as much as I adore doing themed workouts. Last month, I started coaching online Zoom workouts for my old CrossFit box, South Island CrossFit during the coronavirus shutdown. And I decided if I’m going to lead workouts, I might as well have some fun. So I implemented Fandom Fitness Fridays. And today, my first and probably most dear to my heart fandom- The Legend of King Arthur.
The past few weeks we’ve had some fun with Joss Whedon and celebrating his contribution to the world of sci-fi, girl power, and geeky/nerdy fandoms. Three weeks, and three Tabatas. You’ll be pleased to know this week, I’m not doing a Tabata. No, no, a high intensity interval training workout with only four movements can’t cover all the awesome that is in this week’s workout. We have to create something…bigger.
In the last Tabata in the Joss Whedon tribute series, I want to celebrate my own personal favorite Joss Whedon creation. Yes, yes, I adore Buffy for being a lead kick-ass female character in a time female kick-ass characters were few and far between. And the story of a smuggler ship crew in a Sci-Fi Western is just about the most creative idea I’ve ever heard. But it just isn’t my favorite. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 2/18/20: Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Tabata”
Last week, I shared the first of three Joss Whedon universe workouts, inspired by Buffy: The Vampire Slayer. This week I’m dredging up another old Whedon television show that sadly didn’t last nearly as long as fans would have liked. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 2/1120: The Wonderful World of Whedon Part 2”
Sunday was a crazy day here in America. It was Super Bowl Sunday…also known as Superb Owl Sunday in zookeeper circles (and really, I have to just take a moment to thank all my zookeeper friends for their absolutely SUPERB owl photos they shared on social media. I didn’t waste nearly enough time looking at all the fluff and cute). Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/6/20: Groundhog 2020”
Because I attended NerdFaire and caught the Fandom Fitness bug while there this weekend, I have decided to dub February “Fandom Fitness Month”. Every Tuesday this month I’ll be sharing a fun Fandom Fitness workout. And we’re going to center it around a particular individual this month, the incredible Joss Whedon. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 2/4/20: Joss Whedon Universe Fandom Fitness”
It’s a ZooFit Crossover special. I love when my passion for zookeeping and passion for fandoms collide. Like back in 2010, I watched an adorable little movie called “How to Train Your Dragon”. I loved it so much I read the books. And I fell in love with the original story for another different reason. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/16/20: Appreciate Your Dragons”
Today is Christmas Eve. Tonight, Santa Claus will ride his sleigh around the world and deliver his toys to good girls and boys.
We all know the story of how Santa travels with his sleigh, and “eight tiny reindeer”. But to deliver THAT many toys and gifts to THAT many children, those reindeer are probably pretty buff. Which inspired me to create the Reindeer Tabata workout.
In case you haven’t experienced a Tabata, this is a high-intensity interval training workout, where you exercise for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. For this particular Tabata, you will switch exercises every time your timer goes off, until you complete one full round of all eight exercises. Rest for one full minute, then repeat the cycle of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off for all eight exercises. Repeat for a total of 4 full rounds.
If you want to keep score, and repeat the workout later on (even next year), write the total number of repetitions you get in the whole round. Your score is the total number of reps from your best round.
- Dasher Shuttle Sprints
- Dancer Skaters
- Prancer High Knees
- Vixen V-ups
- Comet Broad Jumps
- Cupid Crunches
- Donner Jacks
- Blitzen Quickfeet
- BONUS ROUND- Rudolph Russian Twists
(So, except a select few, these exercises came from the personalities of the reindeer rather than just their name. Did you know Donner and Blitzen mean “Thunder and Lightning” in German? Who knew? You learn something new every day, and then you make a workout to reflect it…)
Today we celebrate the winter solstice. It is officially winter. NOW, my mom is allowed to say it’s cold…It hasn’t been cold until now.
Okay, a quick moment of truth here: I am not Jewish, nor really all that knowledgable about Judaism. But ZooFit is for everyone, not just those who celebrate Christmas. This holiday season, I want to include everyone, so I created my first every Hanukkah workout.
Eight Crazy Nights
Most of what I do know about The Festival of Lights is from the (very old, I’m totally aging myself) Saturday Night Live skit with Adam Sandler when he sang the Hanukkah Song. “Instead of one day of presents, we have eight crazy nights” is his line.
This workout is a different type of rep count than most of my others. Start with 1 rep of exercise 1. Next you do 2 of exercise 2 and 1 of exercise 1. Then 3 of exercise 3, 2 of #2, and 1 of #1. After that, 4 of exercise 4, 3 of #3, 2 of #2, and 1 of #1. All the way until your final round you do 8 of exercise 8, and all the way back down to 1 of exercise 1.
- 1 Zoo-maker
- 2 Inchworms (then 1 zoo-maker)
- 3 Lunges, each side (then 2 inchworms, and 1 zoo-maker)
- 4 Kangaroo Jumps (then 3 lunges on each side, 2 inchworms, and 1 zoo-maker)
- 5 Burpees (then 4 kangaroo jumps, 3…, and 1 zoo-maker)- make them fun! You’ll have 4 rounds of these, so why not try 4 variations of burpees?
- 6 Pike Push-ups (then 5 burpees, 4…, and 1 zoo-maker)
- 7 V-ups (then 6 pike push-ups, 5…, and 1 zoo-maker)
- 8 Giraffe Reach-downs, each side (then 7 v-ups, 6…, and 1 zoo-maker)
Let me know what you think about my very first Hanukkah workout in the comments! Looking forward to a happy and healthy holiday for everyone! Mazel Tov!