Sunday, May 8, 2011

Bellevue Square Workout

I’m normally a glass ½ full kind of girl, but I have to admit that the weather this winter has been a bit much.  Even for a native!  If I’m not at the gym getting my workout in, I’m outdoors hooking up my TRX to the nearest tree or jungle gym while my almost 2-year-old plays nearby.  We ventured out a few times in the rain and I worked out while she stomped in the puddles.  More often then not I found myself working out at Bellevue Square. 

We’ve had an amazingly beautiful couple of days of warm sunny weather but I’m not yet convinced that my days working out at the mall are completely over.  So I thought I would share my Mall Workout with you in case you have to wait out another rain bout. 

This workout should take about an hour to complete and can be done by yourself or with a stroller.  Make sure to bring water and snacks/toys/books to occupy the little one if your bringing the stroller. 

Start at Macy’s on the first level. Warm-up with 1 lap of the bottom level hitting all department stores and back to Macy’s.  Walk quickly with a rate of perceived exertion (RPE) of 6-7 on a scale of 1-10, 10 being can’t talk, very heavy breathing. 

Workout is simple –Each time you see a bench or set of steps you will perform the following exercises

Benches = 5 squats and 5 pushups
Steps = Step Series (skip a step, walk down, jump up a step, walk down, step with alternating leg lift, walk down)
Department Stores = 5 walking lunges (10 total), 5 pushups, Plank for 30 seconds. 

Keep a fast pace while walking between stations.  Repeat 2 times around the first level and then take the elevator up to the 2nd floor and repeat 2 times. 

You can make this workout as easy or as hard as you want.  If you are just starting out exercising do only 1 or 2 exercises at each station and 1 workout around each level. 

So next time it rains or is too chilly out, here is your no excuse workout.  See ya at the mall (but hopefully not too soon!)

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