Myomytv’s Top 10 Home Conditioning Workouts of 2011

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Hi everyone,

I hope that everyone had a great Christmas and that you are all raring to get back into your training. Β I decided to take an extra day off training because I have been enjoying the relaxation SO much πŸ˜€ BUT I intend on getting back into things tomorrow and have a new workout up asap (hopefully tomorrow).

In the mean time I thought, with 2011 coming to a close, I would explore the archives here and hand-pick my Top 10 Conditioning Workouts from this year (I tried to do a Top 5, but couldn’t choose between them). Β There will of course be another post on the Top Strength Workouts to follow πŸ™‚

Coming in at NUMBER 10

A cool Couplet Workout, the first of the year was “Two’s Company” and boy was it a Killer! As you’ll notice I my “thing” is not fancy or new exercises all the time, it’s intensity and design that make my workouts successful. I would much rather that you get GREAT at the exercises in a variety of movement planes that always throwing in confusing combos that really won’t give the body a chance to ever ingrain good movement patterns. While I vary the odd exercise, you will see the same contenders again and again πŸ™‚

NUMBER 9

This Workout always sticks out in my mind as when my designs really started to “take off” – I started playing around with really mixing everything up. The “3 Tier Kettlebell and Body Weight Workout” really has a bit of everything.

NUMBER 8

Crazy Cardio + Evil Twist” marked a turning point for me personally. Β I felt it was time to share with you all about the news that Andrew and I had broken up! Β When I look back at this time I really don’t know how I held it all together. That weekend was actually really hard for me – as I was going to my friend’s Hen Do and, while I was happy that she was getting married, I was sad that my engagement was over.

How far I have come from this lowest point! Β Some things are just not meant to be.

NUMBER 7

Summer Fitness Circuit” was a great workout to show what you can do if you only have one weight available and to show the progressions and regressions to use for each exercise. If you only have one KB, then you can easily mix and match from the different levels to suit yourself. Β Having a little flexibility for your own choice is a good thing sometimes as it teaches you alternatives.

NUMBER 6

Kiss My Butt” is the workout where I fell in love with Hip Thrusts! And you all fell out with me for my Evilness πŸ˜› hehe! This one was such torture on the lower body! While there is a little strength stuff here too, I still class this as more conditioning. Loved this one!

NUMBER 5

The “Ultimate Conditioning Circuit” was a) extremely tough but b) it marks the time when Alli McKee (from Girls Gone Strong) and I first made contact and became friends. Β In my eyes, Alli is the Conditioning Queen as this Circuit Β kicked my butt!

NUMBER 4

Gina, Gee You Challenged Me” was a great workout because a) it was a total cardio/conditioning Gem and b) it marked the “Challenge Me” series where I invited you all to submit you own workout designs to challenge me for a change. Loved this!!

NUMBER 3

Test Your Mettle” was another great challenge! It meant more than just testing physical Mettle as I was still being challenged in my personal life to adjust to my new status! This workout also marks how inspired I am by other females in the fitness industry and Rachel Guy was the source for this workout! Rachel and I have yet to meet in person, but I already know that I like her style! Plus she is a fellow “Celt” (being from Wales), so I dare say we’ll get on like a house on fire when we do finally catch up!

NUMBER 2

Do You Work Hard to Play Hard“. This was such a fun, challenging workout for me! Melissa (from Fitmiss.TV) and I finally got to meet back in August and we did this workout with total lady-like style πŸ˜‰ LOL!

NUMBER 1.5

I know I said 10 but I just couldn’t decide between these last two workouts! “Summer Bikini Blast” is THAT go-to workout for me! I return to it time and time again to kick my own butt. When I have little time but I need to do a workout, THIS is the one I turn to. It is a great Conditioning workout!

NUMBER 1

Not that I realised it at the time, but “Exercise, Fitness, Workout Playground” (could I get anymore keywords in to the title LOL) marked the beginning of something great. Firstly it was a pretty cool workout, next it made it on to Bret Contreras’s blog post “Where My Ladies At” to showcase female strength and Beautiful Badassery. Next, Bret emailed a bunch of us to introduce us and suggested we get our heads together and do something great with our message … the result of which is Girls Gone Strong! I suppose you could say it is because of Bret that GGS exists – maybe a little too much credit there, but he did get the ball rolling –Β as he often reminds me! But I have a feeling not even Bret knew what we would achieve once we were all together!

If you haven’t already done it – please “like” our Facebook Page. I am on a mission to have the total “Likes” at 10, 000 for New Years! So if that means creating your own FB page JUST so you can “like” us … πŸ˜‰

That concludes my “Top 10.5” Conditioning Workouts of 2011. There are so many more greats, but I went with ones that were amazing workout but also held strong meanings and memories for me.

I’d be interested to read what some of your favorites are πŸ™‚

Cheers

Marianne

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  1. […] you don’t know where to start, go through her “Top 10 Home Conditioning Workouts for 2011″Β (there are actually 11) (she also has a tab for beginners, if that describes you). Β This is more […]

  2. jenny says:

    Hi Marianne,

    Thank you for the list! I’m bookmarking it now. My question is how do you schedule your workouts between the strength and conditioning. Do you try to have a day off after strength? Do you alternate strength and the KB conditioning workouts? Right now I’m doing all strength 4 days per week but I’ll do ~ 16min conditioning workout after (since I’m at the gym and can’t go more than 4 days/week).

    I was doing 2 strength and 2 of your workouts but felt I wanted to improve on my DL’s , squats and such so switched to all strength with less conditioning.

    • Marianne says:

      Hey Jenny. I think what you’re doing is fine. You don’t have to take a day off after Strength training, unless you need to. I don’t always – but it depends on my work timetable. Did you read my post on My Training Week? It outlines what I do and why.

      I say do what works for you and what fits into your life πŸ™‚

  3. Squirrel says:

    Happy New Year everyone!! May 2012 be a year of strength for all of us πŸ˜‰

    Oh my god. I should have gone for my first kettlebell earlier – I love it!! And the new movements it introduces to my workouts.
    I started with 6 kg (been struggling between 8 and 6, but decided for 6 because of my RSI wrist) and practised proper form for Clean and Push Press the day before yesterday. As I messed up the point of inserting the hand correctly into the handle for a couple of times, I have a small bruise on the upside of my arms just below the wrists… Well I guess I am not alone with this beginner’s mistake πŸ˜‰

    But anyway. So yesterday’s workout was without Cleans and Push Presses πŸ˜‰ One thing that I didn’t expect: After a KB Swing my shoulders feel somehow relaxed, something like “softer”, just like after a massage – is that possible and correct??

    And my wrist is doing fine so far – I try to focus on proper form and not over-extending it.

    So once again: Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

    • Marianne says:

      I am so excited for you!! πŸ˜€ Don’t worry about the bruises, it happens. Especially with Cleans, Snatches and Push Presses. Even I still get the odd bruise!

      Feeling more relaxed after the swing is great. Your upper back and traps are probably getting a nice stretch that they will need, especially if your job entails sitting at a computer all day. It’s a good thing πŸ™‚

      Keep us all posted on how you get on. I’m so excited πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

      • Squirrel says:

        I just love my kettlebell. Just scratched myself off the floor πŸ˜‰

        This week a workmate told me, that he was using 4kg dumb bells for arm exercises. I started giggling – “Seriously? I mean, I use a 6kg kettlebell.” “Oh, that’s heavy” he replied with disbelief. And his jaw finally dropped when I said “Nope. That’s just a beginner’s KB weight.”
        Being strong is so much fun πŸ˜‰

  4. Suzanne says:

    Look at these babes. Nice looking group of women but Marianne- you are the cutest with nice abs and a pretty face, personality and physique to match. Happy New Year to you and look forward to more work-outs in 2012. from Suzanne KBC Level 2 KB Instructor in NYC.

  5. Ruth says:

    This is an awesome list, most of these I haven’t done… My goal is to do one a week for the next 11 weeks… Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Best,

    Ruth

  6. Jose Manuel says:

    In a first review, the details go inadevertidos; to make a renumbering of these excellent routines, it is possible to detect previously unnoticed points of interest. This, allows us to understand each exercise, and perform more efficiently routines and design a master plan with a more global vison long or medium term. Thank you for this arrangement is essential. Congratulations, you’re all a “Chef” fitness…;)

  7. Marty says:

    Pretty cool how you can go back through all of your workouts now and look back at everything that’s happened throughout the past year around the same time… πŸ™‚

    All the best in 2012!

  8. John says:

    This is a great site Marianne. It has inspired me to get back in to my KB routine, starting in January πŸ™‚

  9. Mickela says:

    I like the list, it is a very inspiring way to get us off our feet start working out.
    Thank you for picking my crazy cardio workout. I really looking forward to working out with you in 2012, MYoMY has been better than any gym that I’ve joined. Keep it up brava!

  10. Great list, Marianne. I did skip over to Bret’s site and saw you at the top spot. That’s really cool. It seems like a very productive year for you. I hope the next one is even better.

    -Mitchell

  11. Gina says:

    Marianne! I love this list and cannot wait to read about your strength one as well. Of course I am partial to #4 since it mentions my workout. LOL.
    Seriously though I LOVE your site and look forward to your posts and workouts each week.
    I find you extremely motivating and your strength amazing. More in 2012 please! Happy New Year to you!

  12. Wendy says:

    Thanks for putting this list together…I just started following your workouts so I haven’t tried most of these yet. I look forward to your top strength workouts!

    Have a wonderful New Year (the Year of the Dragon)! πŸ™‚

    Wendy
    Surrey BC, Canada

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