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    I live in the Northeast and was hit with 2-3 feet of snow! I hate being indoors so I still did my workout outside although it took an hour.

    This is what I did tell me what you think or any suggestions for Groking out in the snow. The entire work out I carried a heavy duty backpack with small free weights unevenly distributed for a total of 25 pounds.

    Basically I alternated between walking and sprinting the entire time through uneven snow drifts. Brrrr.

    I also alternated how I carried the weighted back pack during the walk/sprints such as:
    Traditional School Bag style
    One Handed on top of Right/Left Shoulder
    Gripping the ends out in front and away from my body
    Close to my body balanced on forearms
    Lifted over my head
    Held tightly to my chest


    Then....
    3 sets of 12 Squats in the snow holding the backpack to my chest.
    10 times Throwing the backpack both in front and behind me


    I also did some shoveling but I'm not counting that.

    Any other ideas for deep snow? Honestly just trying to walk through it over small hills got my heart-rate up.

    Thanks!
    Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

  • #2
    Awesome! I wish I'd thought of that!!

    My husband and I took a four mile walk through the snow (which took way longer than normal!). I sprinted through some of the driftier bits. I did practice some muay thai clinching techniques on my husband, dropped him into the snowbanks a few times. He did not like this, but I have mad skillz, and was able to withstand his counterattacks.

    The walk took almost two hours, and my legs and butt were pretty tired by the end.

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    • #3
      Thanks Frances! I'll still be off from work tomorrow maybe I'll try a walk with the backpack for a couple hours because I was so bored today.

      Haha sounds like your husband has some practicing to do!
      Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

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      • #4
        Shoveling. Seriously. I know you didn't count it, but digging a car out of waist-deep snow is a hell of a workout on the legs and shoulders.

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        • #5
          Two cars! I did my elderly neighbor's as well. I think if most people are home from work again tomorrow I'll stick to shoveling. Pretty sure I freaked out my neighbors throwing a backpack around while wearing ski goggles and dragging a shovel behind me.
          Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by LaurenKM View Post
            Two cars! I did my elderly neighbor's as well. I think if most people are home from work again tomorrow I'll stick to shoveling. Pretty sure I freaked out my neighbors throwing a backpack around while wearing ski goggles and dragging a shovel behind me.
            Good on you, being all neighborly. I would imagine if you're shoveling them out, your neighbors would probably overlook the backpack tossing.

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            • #7
              Hopefully!
              Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

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              • #8
                After just two months of PB eTing and fitness I have noticed that shoveling my driveway is not nearly the workout that it was last year. I already have so much more strength - especially in my core.

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                • #9
                  that sounds like a really good workout. doing anything in the snow makes it harder.
                  i agree about shoveling...you're using a ton of different muscles.
                  i also think that building a snow man could be a really primal exercise. you grok crawl to get a good sized snowball moving, you push around a ton of weight (make it a big snowman), and then you lift a bunch of weight. this also doubles as playing, which is key.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by skline2 View Post
                    After just two months of PB eTing and fitness I have noticed that shoveling my driveway is not nearly the workout that it was last year. I already have so much more strength - especially in my core.

                    That's great progress already. I really need more exercises to strengthen my core I guess anything that uses my whole body would do that though.
                    Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by primalrob View Post
                      that sounds like a really good workout. doing anything in the snow makes it harder.
                      i agree about shoveling...you're using a ton of different muscles.
                      i also think that building a snow man could be a really primal exercise. you grok crawl to get a good sized snowball moving, you push around a ton of weight (make it a big snowman), and then you lift a bunch of weight. this also doubles as playing, which is key.

                      I have off the rest of the week. Looks like I'll be doing some shoveling and snowman making!
                      Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

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                      • #12
                        Lauren - I am amazed at how just five simple exercises (the PB ones) work my entire body, which means the core has tone working a lot in all of them. I have never really lifted weights or anything and sporadically did cardio. My main exercise has always been playing golf while walking and carrying my bag. For those that don't know a golf course is about a five mile walk and a golf bag weighs anywhere from 20-40 pounds. (i have done trips where I play 11 rounds of golf in 6 days.) Weather permitting I do this twice a week on a very hilly golf course. What surprised me about the PB exercises, especially the side planks is how much stronger the core muscles on my left side are. As a right handed golfer I pull through the swing with my left hip.

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                        • #13
                          In the spring you mulch your own garden. I need about 10 cubic yards of mulch - it is the size of my car in my driveway. That's a lot of work with a pitchfork.

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                          • #14
                            Sprinting in the snow or sprinting in waist deep water is a whole new feeling.... having to use muscles to pull your legs up is killer.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by skline2 View Post
                              Lauren - I am amazed at how just five simple exercises (the PB ones) work my entire body, which means the core has tone working a lot in all of them. I have never really lifted weights or anything and sporadically did cardio. My main exercise has always been playing golf while walking and carrying my bag. For those that don't know a golf course is about a five mile walk and a golf bag weighs anywhere from 20-40 pounds. (i have done trips where I play 11 rounds of golf in 6 days.) Weather permitting I do this twice a week on a very hilly golf course. What surprised me about the PB exercises, especially the side planks is how much stronger the core muscles on my left side are. As a right handed golfer I pull through the swing with my left hip.
                              Yes I totally agree that the PB exercises are not only effective but they are fun so people are more likely to do them consistently. I used to work as a Sales Counselor at a Fitness center that was partially funded by a research hospital so almost all of our trainers had Bachelor Degrees in exercise science and other related disciplines. I used to be a slave to the gym and never felt this good (I did intense cardio 6 days a week with some short weight lifting sessions maybe twice a week). I was in decent shape but had little muscle tone and followed a low fat, moderate carb diet (I also ate very little protein) and was miserable and hungry all the time.

                              As far as the garden I live in a condo so no luck there
                              Silly rabbit, grains are for birds.

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