“Push-It” Workout

by laury on April 26, 2012 · 23 comments

Hi, kids!

Okay, so raw garbanzo beans aside {funniest part was that Mike HATES chick peas} I have a new workout for you as promised. This one isn’t quite as crazy as some of my past workouts, but it’s effective nonetheless.

I actually have some live action videos featuring ME for you today! I know, a real treat, eh? I think this is my very first video[s] on the blog…ever?

This workout starts out with a “Tabata style” warm-up. 8 rounds of 20 second all-out intensity with 10 seconds rest between. Then you proceed to the workout part. Change  your interval timer to 12 rounds of 50 second intervals with 10 seconds rest. I did a quick triceps workout after this and stretched for a good bit! Always check with a medical professional to make sure you are cleared for physical activity before trying any new workout.

PushItWorkout copy



Scissor Jump Rope

Mountain Climbers

Jumping Jacks

Shadow Boxing {or use a bag if available}

Okay, now for the videos….I warn you I’m a complete mess. I slept on my wet hair the night before. It’s not cute. I obviously don’t care though- otherwise I would not post videos of myself on the internet in this condition.

I taped these after my actual workout {so this was like my 4th set of each, hence the sound effects and the struggling}. Oh, and I am very serious. For some reason I take myself very seriously in videos. Like when I did ballet, tap and jazz and my mom would film my rehearsals and I was the kid mouthing every count, while the others were off looking everywhere, going the wrong direction, bumping into one another. I thought I was trying out for the Pennsylvania Ballet when I was 7.

Anyway…since it’s my first time posting videos…be gentle. Sorry about the bad angle on a few of them. I learned a few things I will do differently for next time! Once I get the hang of it can bring you some awesome workouts! Some different things (not just HIIT stuff!)

Burpee/Jump & Knee Slap:

Keep your shoulders back, navel pulled in, squat down to the floor, kick your feet back, perform one push-up, pop your feet back to your hands, pop up into a wide knee jump while tapping your knees. Repeat. {Zuzka inspired move!}


^Sorry about the angle here.

One Legged Balance Tap & Press

Slightly similar to a one legged deadlift. Keep your shoulders back, navel pulled into your spine, back flat and start to bring the kettlebell to tap the floor, slight bend in the knee so you feel a stretch in your hamstrings and glutes, but bent so you can balance to the floor. Rise up and press the kettlebell overhead maintaining proper form. Do not use your low back to lift!


Jackknife Push-Up:

Place hands under your shoulders and the tops of your feet/shins on he balance ball. Keep a straight line from the top of your head to your feet, navel pulled into your spine, then bring your knees in (keeping them up, do not rely on the ball or allow your knees to sink down). Once your legs are straight come down into a decline push-up. I did 2 jackknives for every 1 push-up.

I finished this 16 minute workout off with practicing some handstands (form may not look perfect but I only did one take with the self timer and I just got up!)


These are SO much fun! I tried it for the first time in yoga last week and got right up! I look forward to working on it and progressing from there!

And a few triceps exercises:

-overhead rope extension

-dips with legs raised on ball

-single arm cable press-down

3 sets of each

I stretched thoroughly afterwards for 10 minutes along with some foam rolling.

Hope you enjoy[ed] the workout!


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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Morgan April 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Whoot! Go girl!!! I love the videos!
A. You are gorgeous/adorable even after a workout
B. Visuals for people make such a difference! At least for me! When someone can watch something being done, it makes them much more likely to try it. Think bodyrock…if they just posted workouts with words, no one would really try them. But the vidoes make me feel like I can do it and that I understand, and motivate me! Keep the videos coming! I know all of your readers (and MUA!) will love them.
C. DANG. you can totally out push up me. I have a bad wrist, I hurt it when I was young via gymnastics. And as an adult it makes me suck at push ups because I can’t bend my wrist back very far or put tons of pressure on it. It BUMS me out though, cause when it comes to yoga or anything else, I have to improvise and be careful. 🙁 NOt worth the long term injuries for me though so I just work it out with hand positions that do work. Still though, you are one buff chica!!

I have also been thinking about adding vidoes for a while now. Like when I hit the farmers market, and then what I get and what I do with it when I get home. And some meal prep. Because again, I think visuals are so good for people. We will see! I want my hubby to pull out his inner jungle boy and show everyone how to wack open a thai coconut like its no ones business and he can open them perfectly. Its awesome. LOL

Again, loved the post friend!!!! Have a good night!!!

Mo Mo


2 laury April 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

Thanks, girlfriend <3 <3 you!!!

You should DEFINITELY do some videos!! I want to see Dave wack open a coconut! I NEED that tutorial!!

And thank you hahahah. For your wrists, definitely try spreading your fingers or even using the push-up grips or dumbbells to keep your wrists straight. This is post-baby of course 😉

Have a great night!


3 Shanna like Banana April 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

How cute are you!?!? Love these videos.

I would die on the first one but already do the second two. I am starting personal training on Sunday to finally kick this post pregnancy bod into shape.



4 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Meep!!! You will do great!!! Get it!


5 Lisa April 27, 2012 at 6:21 am

Looks like a great workout! I loved seeing you in action! It made me tired just to watch…especially the first one! For a long time I was telling myself that I could get just as good of a workout that was all low impact (but HIIT)…and I’m not sure it was true. My gym has no space to use like that, and I can’t jump around at home (retired landlord upstairs), so when I find a place I can be noisy and jump and stuff….I’m so happy!
Hoping now that I have access to 11 gyms (even though they’re all 30-50 minutes away), I’ll be able to step it up more regularly. Well, with that and my new trainer who I plan to see every Tuesday.
You’re an inspiration! I would also like your long legs 🙂 How tall are you? It’s so hard to tell in the video.
Oh….also, handstand is my absolute favorite thing of all time. I’m disappointed today because my yoga teacher is on hiatus—and I was doing two classes every fri, an open class followed by advanced–we’d do all kinds of crazy stunts in the advanced. But hey, that will give me time to work on our project—I have an idea I’ll email you about!


6 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thanks, Lisa 🙂

That’s a bummer. I heard my gym may be getting taken over by Planet Fitness and I’m nervous because they will be taking away the aerobics room and who knows else..so there may be no space for my HIIT workouts! I def see best results from a variety of workouts too. Not just HIIT. But they have definitely helped a TON since I do them like 3x a week, then my yoga and I will do maybe a day or 2 of strength training (I pay extra attention to my back)

Email me!!!! I am around ALL weekend! I am overly ambitious as to what I want to accomplish too hahah


7 Teri April 27, 2012 at 7:23 am

Hi Laury, I have been following your blog for a while now and these videos are inspiring just like everything else you do. I’m going to try this workout this weekend. (You look fabulous by the way.) 🙂


8 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Hey Teri! Thank you so much for your kind words!!! You’re so sweet! Please let me know if you like the workout!!! Enjoy 🙂


9 Heidi April 27, 2012 at 9:57 am

Awesome looking workout! Thank you.

And your handstand looks great 🙂


10 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Thanks, Heidi!


11 Lisa April 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Yes. I love this workout! I needed one to do for today, looks like this will be the winner! You are absolutely gorgeous! Loved this videos of you. I posted a video on my blog, and I actually really liked doing them. Its nice to get to see the person more behind the computer screen, you know?


12 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Woot! Let me know if you try it! And yes, I agree. I always love when bloggers do videos but I never do them myself!


13 The Delicate Place (@misathemeb) April 27, 2012 at 3:52 pm

your bod is insane! i will watch this after work and prob will do this workout tomorrow! love the previous 2 HIIT ones you’ve put up!


14 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Oh Stop! Love you! I hope you like it!! It was quick and to the point!


15 Britt April 27, 2012 at 4:16 pm

You look AMAZIING!!! If these tabata workouts have gotten you these results then I’m going to keep pushing myself!!! I have been sticking withn20/10 type tabata but now I’m going to work my way up to50/10.


16 laury April 27, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thank you, Britt!!! I have been doing a combination of 20/10 to warm-up then a 50/10 workout 3x a week. Then I do power yoga once a week and I spend another day doing just a strength training workout..usually arms and back since my back needs some extra attention and I usually hit a lot of shoulders/legs in my HIIT workouts!

You go!!!


17 Britt April 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

Thank you sooo much for writing out your schedule! I’ve been doing the same routine for a month, strength training total body and then tabata HIIT every other day with one or two rest days a week. I’ve been working on adding more yoga cuz my knees are starting to hurt after high impact jumping. I’m going to copy your schedule for next month though 🙂


18 Stefanie @TheNewHealthy April 27, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Love your videos!! You look absolutely amazing! So fit and toned. 🙂


19 Suzanne Williams April 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Wow! You did a fantastic job especially for your first video sessions. Great workout as well.
Ok, workout aside–you look amazing! You look more fit than before your baby. You give me super inspiration and it is nice to see someone so honest get better than before in front of all of our eyes. You truly look amazing and I appreciate the workout.


20 Susan April 29, 2012 at 3:24 pm

Great workout Laury, I’ll try it out when I’ve finished my barefoot workout challenge ( my focusing on tai chi and ballet type workouts and hoping they’ll balance me out when I have to do,my long nights in work).

Exciting, Ella will nearly be 2:)


21 laury May 10, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Ohhh exciting, Susan! So are you doing PT now??


22 Sara May 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

I want your arms.. mmhmm. I don’t know why, but ‘bingo wings’ definitely run in my family. I’ve been fighting the buggers since I was about 15! You look great. Are you using a flip? I’ve got a little tripod for mine that is great for setting the angle.


23 laury May 10, 2012 at 9:20 pm

hahaha…omg…please! bingo arms?? Stop it! I doubt!

Thanks so much! I used my iPhone! I do have a stand for it with my case, but need to find it. I use my sweatshirt lol


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