It is a fitness tradition to create a special workout for your birthday. I find this hilarious, because almost all my workouts are special. How can I choose just one?
I am particularly proud of my Conservation Hero WODs, a special ZooFit way to honor leaders in the conservation field, who inspired many and changed the world for the better. I can only hope I will be honored in a similar fashion. I know my Conservation Hero workout will definitely have burpees in them, but there are several other exercises I particularly enjoy, and those are the ones I want to share with you today.
Today, I’m 42. I’m officially the answer to life, the universe, and everything. That means, yes, we’re doing 42 of each exercise. And this will likely be re-interpreted into a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy workout at some point.
The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything
25 minute AMRAP (as many rounds and reps as possible in 25 minutes)
- 42 Birthday Burpees- I love burpee variations. If you’ve been following my videos for Novemburpee, you’ll discover a slew of different burpees you can try. Pick one- sidewinder burpees, Elephants Can’t Burpee, partner hi-five burpees, burpee broad jumps, whatever burpee you enjoy. Do 42 of them. And yes, you may certainly switch mid-way through your set, or switch each round. You do you.
- 42 Hippy Knee Huggers– This is just about my favorite stretch of all time, so I’m going to incorporate it into my birthday WOD. You’ll thank me after finishing 42 burpees.In a standing position, bring one leg up and hug it to your chest. If you can’t reach your chest, just bring it up as far as you can and balance for a brief second. Then switch sides.
- 42 Rhino Charge– another one of my favorite cardio and mobility exercises. Go at a pace which works for you. In a plank position, step your right foot all the way to your right hand. This in itself is a great hip flexor stretch, but you can pick up the pace and make it a hard cardio by quickly jumping your right foot back to plank position while simultaneously stepping your left foot to your left hand. Go at your own pace.
- 42 Glute Bridge– Another favorite exercise of mine, I usually do glute bridges in place of squats when my knees are bothering me. Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your butt (pelvic girdle) off the floor and raise it until your entire body is making a straight diagonal line from your bent knee to your shoulders. Slowly lower back to the ground, tap the floor and lift back up.
Hope this one is a doozy, but fun. Have a great day, and a healthy, happy year. I know I will!