Two Non-Running Workouts I Love

On Sunday I knew I wanted to get some weight training in, and I also wanted to do something else to kill a bit of extra time I found myself with.

I ended up combining one of Meg’s workouts and one of Kim’s workouts … and let me tell you I was left dripping in sweat and feeling great at the end!

Weight Training From Meg:


I didn’t do everything from here ^, but I did do:

  • Chest press 5 x 5 @ 40lbs
  • Shoulder press 5 x 5 @ 30lbs
  • Lateral raises 5 x 5 @ 5lbs
  • Overhead tricep extension 5 x 5 @ 15lbs
  • Planks 45 secs, 30 secs, 30 secs

I also did a set of dumbbell squats (3 x 5 @ 50lbs) since I’m still trying to ease into leg lifts again without messing with my marathon training.

Stability Ball Exercises From Kim:

After the lifting portion of my workout, I did some stability ball exercises that Kim posted about back in June. I’ve been meaning to try these workouts since she posted them and finally took the plunge!

To be honest, I’ve been putting it off because I have terrible balance, but I guess this will help!

Again, I didn’t do everything in her post, but I did do….

The ball kick back toner:


Hip lifts:


Reverse leg lifts:


I cannot lie to you, ^ those suckers will work you GOOD. It seems like such a simple, easy move where you’re basically lying down on a nice soft thing, but don’t be deceived! It’s harder than it looks! I probably looked like a fish flopping around out of water.

I definitely plan on trying the other stability ball workouts later this week.

Kim does each move 44 times, but I took the easier route and only did 30 reps each. Maybe I’ll work my way up to 44 next time!

If you’re not already reading Meg and Kim’s blogs I highly encourage you to start today! They graciously share their workouts every week and are always happy to answer questions/give extra advice.

Thank you Meg and Kim!

Where do you find your workout routines online? Do you watch YouTube videos at all?

Do you ever do stability ball workouts? I really want to do more of these!



  1. August 19, 2014 / 7:42 am

    The ball kickback toner seems fun…ooph I could already feel my legs burning after looking at hip lifts haha.

    • August 20, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      The hip lifts were my favorite! The ball kickback was difficult for me because I have such poor balance!

  2. August 19, 2014 / 8:57 am

    OH – thanks for sharing some of my moves!!!
    I’m so happy that you tried some – 30 is no joke!!! Some days I wish I weren’t quite so old:)

    • August 20, 2014 / 10:18 pm

      Oh please! You are not old at all!

      And thank you for sharing your moves with the world! 🙂

  3. August 19, 2014 / 9:53 am

    I use the old high school weight training workouts. I use a barbell and do lunges, squats, shrugs, etc. Never tried stability ball exercises but that one looks like planks and those are my weakness lol

    • August 20, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      Planks are most definitely my biggest weakness as well! I would actually say the reverse leg lift was much easier than a plank… but you’ll definitely feel the burn by the time you get up to 30 reps!

  4. August 19, 2014 / 11:52 am

    Sometimes I use the workouts from Runner’s World. Mostly I use my hand weights, or body weight and do strengthening/core exercises while hanging out with the kids at night watching TV. Sometimes we have “planking contests” or push-up contests!

    • August 20, 2014 / 10:20 pm

      I love that you have contests with the fam! I tried to get Adam to do a planking contest with me but he thinks they are silly. I’m sure he would kick my butt anyway, so it’s probably for the best! haha

  5. August 19, 2014 / 2:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing my workout and the blog love! I tried one of Kim’s moves yesterday- the “car wash” plank. I agree- she makes it look easy but it is actually HARD!

    I use a stability ball for the stability ball knee tucks (which I think you tried, they were on my video demo). I also used to do crunches on the stability ball, and sometimes use it to modify my push ups.

    • August 20, 2014 / 10:21 pm

      Ugh, the car wash plank! I thought about doing it in the middle of one of my planks and decided it would be suicidal 🙂

      • August 21, 2014 / 5:25 pm

        I was scared I would fall over and other gym goers would see me.

  6. August 19, 2014 / 5:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I am always looking for new ways to use my stability ball!

  7. August 19, 2014 / 5:37 pm

    I have a few YouTube vids bookmarked to work out to sometime, but never get around to them! I love Meg’s deck of card workouts!

  8. August 19, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    These look great! I need to mix my strength training up. Seem to always be doing the same routine lately. Thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

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