ZooFit Workout of the Day- 11/5/19: Burpees 4 Fun

In addition to Novemburpee, I’ve been on a journey to do more burpees every day. Starting with 1 on August 31, I’ve increased by one every day since. As of today, I am up to 67. My goal is to go to 111 (I go to 11). I started the challenge by doing the burpees all in a row. Now, I have started breaking them up, unless I incorporate them into a workout.

So, that’s what I’m going to do today. This workout will give you 50 burpees, but really, who’s counting (I am, I know I am)?

Remember, you can always modify as you need to. Full burpees are placing your hands on the ground, jumping back into a plank, lowering yourself to the ground, pushing up back into a plank,  jumping your feet back to your hands, and jumping up. And breathe.

If you need to modify, take out any and all jumps. Step back into plank, step back up to your hands, and them stand up, clapping your hands above your head. If that is still too much for you, do a burpee against a bench, or table. Place hands on the edge, step back into a plank, do a half push-up, and then step back in. Voila! You, my friend, are doing a burpee.

Since no one wants to do 50 burpees in a row, EVER, I’m breaking up the repetitions with other exercises. Always modify to what feels right for you in any given moment.


This number sequence is your rep count for each exercise in the workout. Yeah, other facilities may do a 21-15-9, but really, why not just round up to 50? Do 25 reps of the first exercise, 25 of the second, and 25 of the third. Rest if you need it, then hop back in to do 15 repetitions of each exercise. Rest, or jump right into the last set of 10 reps of each exercise.

It really does get easier each round. I promise. Ten burpees is always easier than 25.

Your exercises for today’s ZooFit WOD are:

  • Burpees (please hold back your gasps of shock, I know you saw this coming)
  • Sea Star Crunches– lay on your back, lift opposite arm and leg up and meet in the middle. Switch sides.
  • Ostrich Pike Push-ups: This exercise does require your head to go lower than your heart. In a standing position, place your hands on the ground. Slightly bending your knees for support, bend your elbows so your head touches or comes close to the ground.

And that’s it. Easy-peasy. After the Dirty Dozen Dirty Thirty, I’m sure you are grateful for the small reprieve, even if you still did 50 burpees. But think about it! YOU JUST DID FIFTY BURPEES!!! You get a GOLD STAR! And a hi-five.

ZooFit Workout of the Day- 10/31: Happy Halloween

If you think I would pass up the opportunity to celebrate Halloween without a little ZooFit trick or treat, you are sadly mistaken. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It’s the one day you can be ANYTHING. A unicorn, a beluga (who wouldn’t want to be a beluga?), a goddess, or a wizard.

Some of my favorite Halloween memories are surrounded by Harry Potter. I used to go to Halloween events with friends dressed as Harry Potter characters and trick-or-treat. And then there was that one time I organized a Harry Potter cruise over Halloween. Best. Halloween. Ever.

I used to be all about the candy and the costumes. Now, I know this sounds super cheesy, but my favorite treat is taking better care of myself and the planet. I know, gag me. But it really is true. Attending a Harry Potter event earlier in the month, I kept thinking how awesome it would be to promote healthier eating and conservation through our connection to the Boy Who Lived.

Chocolate Frogs, Cauldron Cakes, Ton-tongue Toffee, Pumpkin Pasties, and Exploding Bon-bons are some favorite treats from the wizarding world, but these treats can have a negative impact on the environment. Most of these products contain palm oil, an ingredient causing havoc on wildlife in southeast Asia (see my post about the Scariest Part of Halloween)

We can still enjoy Halloween without destroying the environment. Look into the Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and make sure your snacks are using sustainable palm oil, if any. Download the palm oil app and look up your favorite foods on Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s palm oil guide. It’s a great way to limit your intake, without giving up EVERYTHING you love. At least until you are ready.

I’m tempted to program another Harry Potter workout for today. I have plenty, I’m not using them all up. And since it’s a candy-themed holiday, I can program Bertie Botts Every Flavor Burpees workout. Which is also poignant to prepare everyone for tomorrow being Novemburpee.

Bertie Botts Every Flavor Burpees

7 Rounds
  • 7 Bertie Botts Burpees- each round a different type of burpee
    • Round 1: Harry Potter Burpees (hand-release push-up at the bottom of the burpee)
    • Round 2: Slytherin burpees (sidewinder at bottom of burpee)
    • Round 3: Gryffindor burpees (lion push-up at bottom)
    • Round 4: Ravenclaw burpees (Flyaway instead of push-up)
    • Round 5: Hufflepuff burpees (high knees instead of jump at end)
    • Round 6: Hogwarts burpees (mountain climbers)
    • Round 7: Trio T-twist burpees (burpee to side plank and switch sides)
  • 7 Chocolate Frog Hops
  • 1 minute Weasley Wizarding Wheezes Wall-Sit

30 Days of ZooFit: Conservation Hero WODs

Ah, Spring. Here in the Pacific Northwest, at last.

Well, for the moment. April on Whidbey Island is like a crapshoot. Today was absolutely gorgeous.  This weekend is supposed to be raining and dreary again.

Spring, to me, is where ZooFit thrives. ZooFit is very much about exploring and appreciating the outdoors, nature, and the environment. A favorite quote of mine from Baba Dioum says “we will conserve only what we love”. This is true, to me. The more time we go outside, the more we will love being outside. This leads us to caring about what happens to our sacred spaces, those spots we enjoy more than anything else. And what we love we will protect. Read More “30 Days of ZooFit: Conservation Hero WODs”