Workout of the Day: Sandbag Stairway to Hell

Missing the gym because it’s closed? Or because we are social distancing, self-quarantined, or simply sheltering in place? Today may give you one small ray of hope that we can stay true to our commitment to stay healthy and exercise regularly, even at home. Many of our household items work super well in place of dumbbells, mats, or kettlebells. Read More “Workout of the Day: Sandbag Stairway to Hell”

ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/6/20: Groundhog 2020

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”

ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/14/20: Productivity Workout for Writers

My husband showed me this incredible documentary YouTube video about a man who ran a marathon in 24 hours. A different type of marathon, this was actually focused on how productive the man could be while running one mile every hour for 24 hours. He actually ran 3 miles the first hour, then set to do his “To-Do List” after completing a mile each hour. Read More “ZooFit Workout of the Day- 1/14/20: Productivity Workout for Writers”

ZooFit WOD- December 26: Boxing Day

You know, for someone who would love to move to Canada, I am sorely uninformed in Canadian customs. I heard of Boxing Day and I honestly thought it might have something to do with the sport. That’s where my mind went. Kind of like the idea of Black Friday, but instead of buying gifts, we were buying…well, gifts.

But of COURSE Boxing Day isn’t about hitting others. For crying out loud, it’s Canada!

So, for those of you who are as ignorant as I am, Boxing Day has absolutely nothing to do with punching others. It’s the day after Christmas, and the traditional day where you donate to charities (originally started as the alms box for the poor), and the day where you give an extra bonus to those who serve us throughout the year- our hair stylist, massage therapist, physical therapist, etc. Again, the origin of Boxing Day was giving a Christmas Box to your serving staff.

Originally, Boxing Day was celebrated as the Feast of St. Stephen. You know, the Good King Wesceslas? On the feast of Stephen? That’s technically not a Christmas carol, it’s a Boxing Day ballad.

So, in an effort to celebrate the spirit of the season, and maybe even to start new traditions in my family, I’m putting together the first Boxing Day workout. Coming up with as many Box (or step) exercises was challenging, but if there is a challenge I deeply appreciate, it’s coming up with creative workouts and exercises.

To really commensurate my original, and hilarious interpretation of Boxing Day, I’m putting together a circuit workout sometimes referred as “Fight Gone Bad” in CrossFit. This is three rounds of five exercises, performing as many repetitions as possible in a minute before moving to the next movement. You get a full minute rest after the five exercises are complete before you repeat the circuit a second and third time.

Boxing Day Gone Good

3 Rounds- 1 minute at each station

  1. Feast of Stephen Skaters (not on the box)
  2. Charity Box Calf Raises
  3. Christmas Box Curtsy Lunges
  4. Shopping Box Squats
  5. Boxing Day Jumps
  6. REST

If you would like to repeat this workout each year, then keep count of your total number of repetitions. Try to beat your score each round, and whenever you repeat this workout, try to beat your highest scoring round. If you are feeling extra generous in your workout, feel free to complete a fourth round.

Have a wonderful Boxing Day, and a happy holiday season. Live Merry and Bright!