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Of planks, deadlifts and burpees

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As I write this post, I can feel the burn in my thighs. My hamstrings, quads and glutes are all very sore. All from a cross-training bootcamp session in the morning. It was high intensity for 45 minutes and even though I work out regularly, it was hard work! Each day as I attend bootcamp, I have exercises I love and those I loathe.

Exercises I love

Bicep curls: Strength day at the gym is my favourite day. I love my bicep curls because once upon a time, I had no muscles whatsoever. Now, when I curl 12-15 kilos dumbbells, I am even more motivated seeing my strong guns.

Plank: I never used to like planking when I first started but after a couple of years, I have become better at it. I can usually plank for 2 mins and once kicked a 4 minute mark and was impressed. Side planks are fun too though a lot harder! It burns but in a good way.

Crunches: Another one for the abs. I have wanted a ripped stomach for a while now but I doubt I’ll get there thanks to my love of food. In the mean time, I can have a relatively decent stomach doing crunches, leg raises and obliques. I sometimes wonder whether ab-training equipment would make stomach defined sooner but rumour has it you’ve gotta cut out sweets and junk ?

Deadlift: I have a confession: I love my butt. I think I have a decent backside and I need to thank squats and deadlifts for it. While I’m not the biggest fan of squats, I’ll do them anyway. But deadlifts? I love them! I can deadlift about 30 kilos and I love the burn I feel on my butt.

Bench press: My chest is the opposite of my butt. They’re tiny. I used to freak out about bench presses before because I thought they were the cause for the flat chest. Turns out, I was wrong. It’s surprising how strong you can feel pushing a 20 kilo barbell while lying flat on your back.

Exercises I loathe

Mountain Climbers: Have you ever done mountains? I used to think they were easy until I realised I was doing it wrong. Done the right way, they kill me. And not in a good way. My arms seem to give way soon after I start these and I always struggle.

Burpees: If you thought mountain climbers were bad, there’s more to come. Burpees. The first time I heard the name burpess, I laughed. It’s a funny name. Unfortunately, while doing the exercise itself, it’s way too hard to breathe, let alone laugh.

Squat press: This is an exercise for both the lower body and shoulders. While I don’t mind squats alone, adding the shoulder press to it really kills me. Add to that the high intensity rounds and it’s a miracle my arms and legs don’t fall off.

Turkish get-ups: I find this exercise to be one of the most awkward ones. Holding a kettle bell in one hand, you are meant to hold it up while you lie down and then get up in a smooth movement. Except, it’s never smooth and I’m always glad when it’s done.

Cardio in general: I’m not sure if you noticed but I didn’t have a single cardio exercise in the ones I love. That’s because cardio is my least favourite thing. In fact, back when I was at my old gym, I struggled to keep motivated running on the treadmill or riding the bike or the cross-trainer. Even now, I rarely go for the run when it’s offered. I say it’s my knees but the truth is, I’m just not a fan of cardio.

The rest of the exercises tend to fall somewhere in between. I don’t hate them or love them. Luckily for me, I go to a gym where they don’t yell at you for not doing a certain exercise and you can go at your own pace. It basically means, when it comes to mountains or cardio, I may go slower but I get my high from the ones I love.

What’s your favourite exercise? And the least favourite?

Do share!

***Linking with Jess for IBOT***

Until next time,



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  • Amy @ handbagmafia
    20 October 2015 at 7:11 am

    I’m terribly boring. I like to walk and swim- and by swim I mean faff about in the pool!

  • Ashleigh Mills - My Meow
    20 October 2015 at 7:14 am

    My number 1 hate is chin ups! I ain’t getting better even after a year. I totally agree with you that training with weights is so much more fun than cardio and I think it changes our shape much more!
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  • JF Gibson
    20 October 2015 at 2:01 pm

    Is there anyone who likes burpees? Hate them with a passion, but mostly because they aggravate my back injury (well, that’s my excuse anyway).
    Ones I do love are: bicep curls, fly lifts, sit ups with a weight and star jacks. And, at the moment I’m loving some high intnesity intervals on the spin bike – I bike at a slow to moderate pace for 4.30 minutes then sprint my legs off for thirty seconds and repeat for about half an hour. It’s bloody hard, but my recovery time is improving so it must be working!
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  • Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    20 October 2015 at 2:49 pm

    Burpees! The exercise created by the devil himself! I hate them so much! I love arm exercises, I’m pretty good at them (and they make your arms look good!). I love to run but can’t do it anymore thanks to my shitty foot, but I still enjoy walking and swimming is also good, especially because you can burn so many more calories and work out so many more body parts for way less effort than it seems. Especially when you have two 15-20kg preschoolers hanging on to your back. Swimming in 2m of water with two kids attached to you is the ultimate workout!
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  • Hugzilla
    20 October 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Burpees and Mountain Climbers are the work of the devil!! Or maybe I’m just getting to old for this stuff… (bit of both I think)

  • Zita
    20 October 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I’m with you on burpees!! But I don’t mind mountain climbers! I’m not a big fan of tricep dips as they hurt my wrists!
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  • Beat About the Book
    21 October 2015 at 12:00 am

    Oh I love the treadmill – a side effect from my love for walking. I’m okay with crunches and most upper body regimes. I positively hate burpees, squats and lunges ugh! My knees hurt like crazy.
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  • Shilpa Garg
    21 October 2015 at 4:55 pm

    The only form of exercise I love doing is Swimming. Rest are way beyond me. But I truly need to get my act together! Sigh…
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  • Rajlakshmi
    21 October 2015 at 11:54 pm

    wow 30kgs!! that’s brilliant. I haven’t started weight workouts yet, except occasionally when I have to move my husband’s dumbbells while vacuuming. I have been struggling so much with my lower abdominal fat. They just don;t seem to go. Burpees are number one on my hate list. I dislike forearm stands too.
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  • Suzy
    23 October 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Exercise? Who invented that? On a more serious note I actually enjoy cardio and I loved karate until my back and knees gave way.
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