Getting Buff with My Blends

So, I’ve covered the numbers and I’ve covered the food

Now it’s time to UNCOVER the truth!

Buff BlendsDon’t let all those smiling faces fool you…

Within 24 hours at least HALF of us could barely lift our arms!

Neil GPP Fitness

The man responsible for the torture DOMS

Some call him Neil.

I call him The Burpee-nator!

I assume you all know what a burpee is, but just in case, this is how it goes…

Stand > Push up > Jump in > Jump up > Look to the sky and curse the heavens

For all you visual learners out there, allow Julie, Sarah, and Sarena to show you!

gif maker We started with a deck of cards workout on Saturday morning.

Each card represents an exercise. In our case it was sit ups, push-ups, lunges, and you guessed it BURPEES!

The number on the card represents the number of reps. Face cards count as 10. Aces 15. And for our workout, jokers were a 2 minute run. At the end of the workout you will have done 200 reps of EACH exercise and 4 minutes of running.

My knee wasn’t quite ready for jumping so while the other girls were burpee-ing it up, I stuck to squats…and only yesterday started walking normally. πŸ˜‰

A few hours later, fueled by copious amounts of muesli, we were at it again!

There was a scheduled hike, but since it had stormed the night before and was pretty muddy, not everyone joined in on the slip & slide/war paint adventures. A few girls went down the road to a yoga studio while a big group of us stayed at the resort for Annette’s impromtu zumba party!

Blend 2013 Zumba 1

NONE of us knew what we were doing, but hey you only have to say air guitar ONCE! πŸ˜‰

If you’re wondering what I looked like doing this, it looked pretty much the same as Laura

Blend 2013 Zumba Laura

I call this “White Girl Dance Party 2013”

But wait, it gets better…

Blend 2013 Zumba Laura 2

Yeah, she’sΒ probably gonna kill me for this!


By the end of the class we were laughing our abs off and I have to say, there was a new sexiness about us…

Blend 2013 Zumba 3Bend…and SNAP!

Blend 2013 Zumba

So much fun!

On Sunday, it was time to get our asses kicked again…er, I mean, have MORE fun with Neil of GPP Fitness!

Blend 2013 GPP Workout 2With even MORE burpees!

This time the exercises were based on time…we did squats, push ups, burpees, and he even threw in some triceps dips outside!

Oh and a little tip I learned this weekend:
When you do push ups, touch your chest to the ground…THAT is where the muscle is made/pain is formed when days later when you realize you’ve lost the ability to hug someone!

Guess it’s a good thing the man-friend didn’t pick me up at the airport! :-/

Like the day before, I did my fair share squats and push-ups and even some triceps dips, but I also took some time to work on my bicep curls…

Blend 2013 Keurig Coffee

Thank you Green Mountain Coffee for providing the weights! πŸ˜‰

I was really proud of myself for doing as much as I did during the workouts. I pushed myself to try all of the exercises, modified them (or opted out) when needed, and even though I’ve complained about my soreness to ANYBODY who would listen over the last few days, I really had a TON of fun!


And who knows…maybe a few more workouts like this and I can have guns like these girls! πŸ˜€

Thanks Lindsay for letting me steal your Instagram pics…even though you only know now by seeing them!

Burpees…love ’em or hate em?

Are you a Zumba-er or are you like me and have the rhythm of a stick?

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40 Responses to Getting Buff with My Blends

  1. I didn’t even do the Sunday workout and I was sore for days! That hike definitely killed my ass, but the Zumba class looked pretty hardcore too. I’ve only done Zumba twice in my life, and while I have no problem picking up the steps, I look like an idiot while doing them. I just don’t know how to be a sexy Zumba-er!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh girl, me neither! I’m pretty sure I’d have no problem turning a guy on with my moves…if he was BLIND! Lol

  2. Lucie says:

    Yay, I love this workout recap!! ANd so glad you could join in all the fun despite the knee!
    I HATE burpees. I can not even do them properly, I always skip the jump and look like an injured spider. So clearly, the do not really exist in my life which is extremely fine with me. Though I am pretty good at Zumba or any dancing classes. LOVE to shake my bootayy!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh yeah, I’m all about the booty shakin’! Just give me some good tunes (and a room all to myself) and I will definitely work up a sweat! I actually love dancing while cleaning the house…two in one workout don’tcha know! πŸ˜‰

  3. i love you… but really, i hate you for posting all those pics. i only posted ONE of you! πŸ˜›

  4. calee says:

    bahahaha. love this! hilarious recap of the workouts. i realized i missed most of them … whoops!

  5. Becca says:

    I am so new to the blogging world but I am already so green with envy after reading everyone’s posts about their weekends! It looked incredible! And don’t worry, I’m totally with you.. I also have the rhythm of a stick!

  6. Haha, bend and snap! Looks like a lot of fun. I’ve never tried zumba, but I’d like to. Hmmm, though I think my first try or two should be in the comfort of my own home.

  7. Kat says:

    I love any exercise that leaves me on the floor gasping for air, so ya, burpees are a favorite of mine πŸ˜‰
    And Im so jealous you got to be part of this!! I so long for a good workout buddy…even my own hubby wont work out with me!! (he says he’s too scared. HA!!)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Haha! Too funny! I know you’d probably kick my butt, but I’m always up for a challenge! Let’s face it…the hubby’s just jealous of your guns! πŸ˜‰

  8. Oh man, burpees are killer! Love the zumba pics haha

  9. Oh girl! Makes me feel like I need a body-blasting workout!
    I did Zumba for awhile to mix things up a few years ago! I was the youngest person in the classes by … oh… 30 years? Yes! And it was awesome! And I wore hand weights while doing it! We were all a laughable mess.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Dude! I so need to find me a senior citizen Zumba class! That would be awesome! I did Tai Chi with a bunch of 70-something year olds once…I totally felt like the karate kid in a room full of Mr. Miyagis! Lol

  10. Oh my goodness!! What a hilarious collection of pictures!! The burpee sequence is awesome, and the Zumba pics crack me up every time. Love it. I wish I had Neil and Annette around to kick my butt ALL the time. I’d be in the best shape ever!

  11. LOVE it. πŸ™‚ Also, I look super happy and like I was actually keeping up during those GPP workouts. Yeah…

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Whatever girl! You took those workouts in stride! Give yourself some credit! And a pat on the back for all those burpees! *slow clap* πŸ˜‰

  12. lindsay says:

    those workouts left me cursing GPP for days, but in the best possible way, yes? Burpees and squats the wazoo! Yes, i said wazoo!

  13. oh my Lady, i was so sore from Blend weekend and GPP fitness. it felt sooo good to be like that though πŸ˜‰ burpees are the devil, I swear. it’s like an additional ring in the inferno. i will never look at a deck of cards the same way again. haha.

    I LOVE Zumba! I heard it was pretty fun πŸ™‚ I don’t have any coordination really, but after a while I can do some of the moves. I just like shaking my booty to fun music.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Oh I know, the next time someone asks to play a game of cards, I’ll probably hit the floor and start doing push ups without even thinking! Lol

      The booty shaking in my favorite part of Zumba…just need to make sure I’m in the back of the room so no one can see my arm flailing in between shakes! πŸ˜‰

  14. So. Very. Sore. haha! I can’t believe it because I modified things like crazy but I suppose when all you do is run for 3 months…any arm workout is bound to be killer!!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Right?! I didn’t even do half of the moves on Sunday! I totally give it up to the girls who did it all…I would have died for sure! And seriously, my chest is STILL sore! Lol

  15. I LOVE that photo of Laura!! I definitely have the rhythm of a stick… I can handle instruments and singing, but when it comes to dancing… yikes. Looking at those pics, I wish I would have come and made a fool of myself, too. πŸ™‚

  16. Find me someone who loves burpees…and I will insist that they’re lying πŸ˜‰

  17. Apparently I know how to stick my butt out. πŸ˜‰ I’m just impressed my form was good. I thought I was flopping all over the place with those.

    I used to be a burpee lover…um, NO MORE!!!

    I’m horrible at zumba type stuff. I’m too stiff!

  18. Oh man, I straight up hate burpees! That workout would have killed me.

    And I really want to try Zumba even though I have absolutely no rhythm! And I suck at following fitness instructors’ leads. I tried taking a Body Attack class once, which involved following what the instructor was doing and I looked like I was just flailing around like a maniac. It was NOT a pretty sight hahaha.

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Hahaha! That’s totally me! Before Blend I had only attempted Zumba once…and ended up ducking out halfway through because I was convinced if I stayed they would call me an ambulance for fear I was having a seizure! Lol

  19. Zumba looked like it was a tough workout. I’m glad I went on the hike, but the dancing would have been really fun. The Saturday workout from GPP was tough and I’m not a fan of burpees, but I’m getting the hang of them.

    I always think I have mad dancing skills, but I’m really bad when I’m not alone. haha

  20. Looks like you ladies had a ball πŸ˜€

    I absolutely HATE burpees but sometimes they are a necessary evil. The workout program I’m doing at the moment has got lots of burpees and I would never choose to do them myself but having them on it forces me to.

    I feel like I’m a good dancer until I actually have to follow specific steps and count time and then it all goes out the window. I used to do the zumba dvd and found that fun and did a few zumba classes but I found it didn’t work me out hard enough.

  21. Julie says:

    Oh, check me out! That’s an awesome graphic – the slow burpees were killer!

  22. It looked like such a fun weekend! I have yet to try Zumba, buy my mother-in-law swears by it! I am definitely not a lover of burpees. We do them WAY too much in CrossFit! I hope to go to Blend next year!

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  24. My favorite part of this post is those pictures of Laura getting her groove on. White girl can dance-ish. I did one Zumba class, and I was a hot mess. I had fun, but still a hot mess.
    I love burpees, but I’m a workout freak. The harder and more challenging it is, the more I’m going to love it. Walking the next day is for sissies anyway. πŸ˜‰

  25. I actually love burpees, but after doing enough of them, my relationship definitely morphs into the love/hate type πŸ˜‰

  26. I had so much fun with Zumba! I’m looking for a class near me!! My chest and legs were sore for a week! I’m just now getting normal again.

  27. Burpees are the death of me! I really can never seem to motivate myself to do them.
    But Zumba I do love… πŸ˜‰

  28. Sarah says:

    Just wanted to say hello and let you know that you are being thought of! Hope your blog break is treating you well and you are getting a lot of YOU time in! You deserve it! πŸ™‚

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