Author: Happy Running Mom

Fit mom, hoping to inspire you through my fitness journey. Loves running and working out.

Manitou Springs Incline Hike

I was in Colorado Springs for the holidays and the day after Christmas I decided to challenge myself and hike the Manitou Springs Incline with my Sister-in-law and Brother-in-law. I had never heard of it until we got there and my Brother-in-law mentioned it while driving and showing us around.

Manitou Springs is right by Colorado Springs and the Incline is a popular hike and fitness challenge. It’s an old railway and the hike up is the remains of the tracks. It’s about a one mile hike with a 2000 ft elevation gain, so it’s pretty much straight up. I thought it was an amazing hike! I got a great leg workout….all the stairs, or wooden tracks as you’ll see in the pictures below. It’s a hard hike! It’s pretty steep and some of the stairs are kind of high and there’s pipes you have to go over along the way. There’s even a bailout point about 2/3’s the way up where you can go down if you don’t want to continue to the top. I’m happy I made it to the top!! The views were awesome and the day I went seemed to be perfect! It’s worth it, I’d do it again! Awesome workout too!!ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageThe picture below is the bailout point.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageI see the top.ImageImageSelfie. lolImageChristmas tree at the top.ImageMy Brother-in-law, Jeff at the top.ImageMe at the top.ImageMy Sister-in-law at the top.ImageAll of us. 🙂ImageHeading back down a different way.ImageImageImageImageImageImageIf you look really close in the picture below, you can see people going up the incline.Image

P90X3 Worksheets and Calendar

I just received P90X3 today and am excited to start it! There are worksheets that you can download and there’s also a fit test which you should do before you get started. Here are the links for those:
Fit test worksheets
P90X3 worksheets

There’s also four schedules or four different calendars you can follow tailored to get different results.
CLASSIC is what the test group did – basic schedule to get RESULTS in every way.
LEAN if you want to just Lean out  (really great for ladies who do not want to “bulk” up or “get ripped”.
MASS schedule if you’re looking to put on muscle.
DOUBLES for those who have time for an hour workout or want to get their desired goal twice as fast!
Something for EVERYONE!

Here’s the Classic Calendar:

Here’s the P90x3 Classic PDF Calendar version as well:
Block 1
Block 2
Block 3

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Focus T25 Gamma Rip’t Up

Focus T25 Rip’t Up is another great workout that incorporates cardio and weights. My arms and shoulders got a good workout. The 90 degree shimmy up…oh my.

Here’s a list of the moves in the workout:
Split Lunge Agility
Low Switch kick
Double Switch Kick
High Switch Kick

Static Upper Cut
Jack Upper Cut
Wide Row (Pull up)
Single Arm Row L
Single Arm Row R
Lat Pull Down 
Recip Hammer Curl
Tricep Kickback Palms Up
Trcipe Kickback Palms Down
Recip Wide Curl
Single Leg L Shoulder Press
Single Leg R Shoulder Press
4 Count Push Up
Upright Row
2 count Push Up
90 Degree Shimmy up 
90 Degree Shoulder Shrug
Basic Shoulder Shrug
Standing Rocketman
Recip Lawnmower (Pull Ups)
One Legged Deadlift + Knee Raise L
On Legged Deadlift + Knee Raise R
Deadlift and Shoulder Shrug
Recip Push Press
Dual Push Press + Knees at 90 degrees
Recip Push Press + legs 6” off ground
Dual Push Press + Scissor Legs
Down Dog and Plank
Down Dog Alt Leg Plank
Down Dog Alt Leg push up
Down Dog + Oblique Push Up
High Hook
Low Hook and Squat Hold
Low Jack Uppercut
Crossdown Punch Jack
Superman Pulse (weighted)
Rocketman Pulse
Single Leg Dual Curl L
Single Leg Dual Curl R
Single Leg Tricep Overhead Press L
Single Leg Tricep Overhead Press R
Arm Push-up Jacks
Arm Jack + Knee In
4 Count Curl Press L
4 Count Curl Press R
2 Count Curl Press L
2 Count Curl Press R

Focus T25 Gamma Extreme Circuit

I’m loving T25 and how the workouts are just 25 minutes each! Extreme Circuit is as great total body workout! It’s broken down into five minute sets. You do four different moves for about a minute each and then a burnout of the four moves you just did for fifteen seconds each. Weights or resistance bands are used for most of the exercises and there’s some that even have a chin-up bar option.
Here’s a list of the moves if you want to know what you’re getting yourself into:
·         Alt. Heel Tap
·         Upright Row
·         Dual Shoulder Press
·         Alt. Knee Crunch
·         Then Burnout  – You repeat each move at 15 seconds each.
·         Alt. Front Kick 90 Degree Hold
·         Dual Hammer Curl
·         Hammer Curl + Squat
·         90 Degree Straight Leg Hold (L) 
·         90 Degree Straight Leg Hold (R)
·         Then Burnout  – You repeat each move at 15 seconds each, last move is Alt. Straight Leg Kick.
·         Weighted Burpee 
·          Tricep Push-Up 
·         Weighted Squat
·         Plank Crunch
·         Then Burnout  – You repeat each move at 15 seconds each.
·         Elbow Mountain Climber
·         Burpee + Front Kick
·         Recip. Bicep Curl (L)
·         Recip. Bicep Curl (R)
·         Plank Walk + Spider Lunge
·         Then Burnout  – You repeat each move at 15 seconds each.
·         Wide Fly + Hip Thrust
·         Shoulder Press Twist 
·         Walking Ski Abs 
·         Dead Lift + Hammer Curl
·         Then Burnout  – You repeat each move at 15 seconds each.