I’m off on an adventure I haven’t experienced in ten years. From 2001-2009, Harry Potter was a MAJOR part of my life. In 2004, I started attending Harry Potter events bringing together fans of the books in the most wonderful way. These symposiums were academic in nature, discussing theories and philosophizing the hows and whys of the wizarding world. But they were incredibly fan based, and introduced me and my best friend to Wizard Rock, Quidditch, and fan-made art.
Ten years since I attended my last Harry Potter event, I’m going back. LeakyCon is being held in Boston, and I can’t wait to geek out with my BFF Erin, all the old-school wizard-rock bands, and be inspired by the greatest series to ever exist (yes, I will fight you on that).
So, today’s workout is part of my Fandom Fitness series. I’m preparing to return to Hogwarts for the weekend, so I felt it would be good for others to prepare as well.
Preparing for Hogwarts
7 Minute AMRAP
- 10 Hogwarts Climbers
- 10 Gryffindor Glute Bridges
- 10 Slytherin Sit-ups
- 10 Hufflepuff High-Knees
- 10 Ravenclaw Russian Twists
Rest one minute after 7 minutes. Repeat twice more, and try to beat your score each time. (Beginners may wish to start with 2 rounds)
Hogwart Climbers (Mountain climbers): Place hands on the ground or on a bench (for modified version). Stay in a plank position and bring your right knee up to your right elbow. Return to starting position and bring your left knee to your left elbow. Try to go as fast as you can, but don’t worry if you start slow. The slower you go, the more intense the ab workout is. The faster you go, the more cardio the exercise.
Glute Bridges: Lay on your back with knees bent. To perform the exercise, lift your butt off the ground and lift up until your knees, pelvis, and stomach are flush with each other in a diagonal line. Slowly lower back to the ground and repeat.
Sit-ups: Lay on the ground with legs in comfortable position. You can have them straight out in front of you, knees bent, or toes touching and knees pointed out. If you need support, place your hands gently behind your head. Crunch up with your stomach to bring shoulders off the ground, then use momentum to sit all the way up. Lower yourself back down to the ground.
High Knees: In standing position, alternate bringing your left knee to your right elbow and your right knee to your left elbow. Just as with Hogwarts Climbers, you can pick up the pace for a more cardio workout, or maintain a slower, steady pace to work your hip flexors.
Russian Twists: In a sitting position, bend your knees. If possible, lift feet off ground (but feel free to put them on the ground for stability). Twisting from side to side, touch the ground on your right with both hands, then the left side with both hands. If you have access to a weight, hold onto a 5-10 lb dumbbell or medicine ball and touch the weight to the ground. This can also work for any object you have laying around (water bottle, phone, book, small child, etc)