We just returned from our hiking trip to Montana and Canada (you can view some of our pictures on Instagram (heandsheeatclean) or “follow” my personal Facebook page here). We hiked over 105 miles, gaining over 27,300 feet in elevation. We had a great time but now it's time to come back to reality and get back into the swing of things. This includes food prep and the gym! As we "introduce" ourselves back into the gym, we like to do things a little different the first few days - which includes this challenge!
We previously shared another Ladder Workout Challenge and since you loved that one so much we decided to make another one! These challenges are a great way to get your heart rate up and finish your workout strong! You could even incorporate them in between your sets or do it after your warm-up, before your normal workout. For an added challenge, record the time it takes you to complete the workout and try to beat that next time. Safety first though, always use proper form!
As you will see in the chart, one set of reps decreases while the next set of reps increase. You will start by doing 10 plank jacks and move straight into 1 burpee, then do 9 plank jacks and 2 burpees, and so on. Confused about how to do a plank jack or a burpee? Read on!
We completed this challenge using our new VerveLife headphones…but not only have we used the VerveLife products in the gym, we've also tested them out on a run and they work great! We don’t really understand how people workout without headphones. We are big on having motivating music playing when lifting or doing cardio (other than hiking, we prefer listening to nature then!). When we got home from our trip we had new headphones waiting on us and we were so excited to try them out! We are testing out the VerveOnes+ and the VerveRider+. VerveLife is an exciting NEW brand of wireless connected products launching worldwide, including here in the U.S. They are devices designed for real life – for work, play, social – they fit into everything. They offer solutions to busy lifestyles with a unique range of wireless connected audio and video devices and are designed for people like us: we revel in the challenge to rise to any occasion, test ourselves, stretch our abilities, and find out where our limits truly are. We pack a lot into our lives.
As I mentioned, we are trying out the VerveOnes+ and also the VerveRider+. They have some similarities but also a few differences. The noticeable difference is that the VerveOnes+ are completely wireless. They are surprisingly very comfortable to wear and fit securely inside your ear.
Both are Siri and Google Now compatible. Let me just say that Scott is a stickler for earbuds and he loves the VerveOnes+ because of the deep, rich HD sound and the fact that they are sweat and waterproof. They have a dual mic that enables your music to pause automatically for an incoming call and once you hang up the music resumes right away! One of the best things might be that once charged, they are good to go for up to 12 hours of playtime.
Grab your headphones, turn up the motivating music, and get ready for this challenge!
Confused about what plank jacks and/or burpees are? We're here for you! Just follow the instructions below. Practice the move slowly at first and move quickly once you are more comfortable.
- Get into push-up position
- Jump your feet out like you are doing a jumping jack
- Lightly land on your toes then return to the starting position
- Move quickly
- Stand up straight with your feet hip width apart
- Lower your body into a squatting position and place your hands on the floor in front of your knees
- Kick (or step) your feet back so you are in a push-up position
- Perform a push-up (you can skip this step if you are a beginner)
- Jump (or step) your feet back to where you were in your squatting position
- Stand and add a high jump at the top for added intensity
- Move quickly
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by VerveLife in conjunction with Blog Meets Brand and I have been compensated for my participation. All opinions are my own.