Wild Workout Wednesday: Cross Training Functional Fitness Style!


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Welcome to our first Wild Workout Wednesday link up! Each week I will be linking up with Angelena Marie from  Angelena Marie: Happy, Healthy & Balanced , Upala at Pretty in Pink Fitness, and Amber at Bold Fit Mom  to bring you workout ideas, motivation, inspiration and recipes to try.  Join us for a wild workout each week by reading along or grab the button and link up if you have a fitness or healthy living post to share!

Since it is the first week of the link up, I decided I would introduce myself to those of you who may be unfamiliar and give you a little bit of a background as to my fitness routine and healthy living lifestyle.  

For those of you who are visiting The Fit Foodie Mama for the first time, hi there and thanks for stopping by! 😀  I’m Annmarie, a mom of a two little girls, a runner, gluten free recipe creator and fitness enthusiast.  I am currently training for my 2nd half marathon and will be running my first full marathon this Fall- YIKES! 

Aside from running, part of my training revolves around functional fitness for cross training.  I’m talking kettlebell, sandbag, equalizer, battle rope workouts, TRX and if you follow me on Instagram at all, you have an idea of what I’m talking about. For the purpose of this link up, I will mainly be focusing on the cross training equipment I use along with some resources, running workouts, gear reviews and the occasional pre/post workout recipe! 

So what exactly is functional fitness? 

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What is Functional Fitness?

Essentially, functional fitness is training your body to handle real life situations.  You can perform these exercises using just your bodyweight or you can use a variety of equipment including but not limited to:

  • Sandbags– the resistance is variable since the weight is shifting therefore challenging your balance and stability all while building strength.
  • Battling Ropes– great for improving conditioning and grip strength
  • Weighted Speed Ropes– help build speed, stamina and agility. 
  • Suspension Trainer– uses your body weight to strengthen your core and improve stability. 
  • Kettlebells– improve both strength and conditioning and increase range of motion. 
  • Equalizer– extremely versatile and great for bodyweight and cardiovascular training as well as stretching. Wild Workout Wednesday Link Up

Over the last several years I have been slowly building my own home gym and have added all of this functional equipment plus some.  Since I was bored and feeling creative I made a collage from my Instagram feed just to give you a visual of what I’m talking about. 

Also from my Instagram page is this killer Jump Roper Cardio Ladder.  It’s a total of 12 minutes of jumping rope and a bodyweight circuit that targets the whole body.

Jump Rope Cardio Ladder

** I am not a certified trainer or instructor. Please consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise program**

You start each round with 3 minutes of jumping rope followed by pushups, jumping lunges, mountain climbers, ab v-ups then burpees.  Start with 20 reps of each then 15, then 10 then 5.  It doesn’t look like much but I swear it’s sweaty! 

 In the coming Wild Workout Wednesday link ups I will share more about the functional equipment I use plus I have a really exciting announcement to make too- at least I’m excited about it, hopefully you will be as well! 😀 

Don’t forget to grab the badge and link up with us if you have a wild workout you wanna share! Happy Hump Day!

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About me

Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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46 Comments

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply January 7, 2015

I need to do more functional stuff. I got a lot of independent and functional work when i was doing so much yoga, but now that I'm not doing it as much, I think I have noticed certain muscles over working rather than working together, the a-holes.
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Haha...seriously, THE NERVE! :P

Renee @ Bendiful Blog
Reply January 7, 2015

Fun! I do lots of functional at home it's less embarrassing than doing it in public at the gym. No one wants to see you panting for breathe on the gym floor :)
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 7, 2015

    Haha so true! I LOVE not having to go to the gym- I would for sure make an ass out of myself on the reg! ;)

Angelena Marie
Reply January 7, 2015

I love functional training! Thanks for the great post. I haven't ever used sandbags, they look intense! I love your instacollege, so cute! I'll have to try your cardio workout soon, looks like a good one. Have a wonderful day!
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Thanks Angelena! Sandbags are a great workout- quick, intense and effective :) Hope you have a great day as well!!!

Maureen
Reply January 7, 2015

Lovely to connect with you through Sweatpink group :) I am a fan of functional training but haven't try the sandbag before.
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    So happy to connect! :) The sandbag ROCKS! You should definitely try it out if you ever get the chance :)

Fiona @Get Fit Fiona
Reply January 7, 2015

I'm a fan of functional fitness too. I figure if I'm going to workout I might as well get in as many muscles as I can. Thanks for the workout!
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Exactly! :) Thanks for linking up!

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply January 7, 2015

I love all this cross training and love the new link up. I hope to participate in the future. I didn't know or would have linked up today.
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Definitely would love you to link up! Your post from today would be perfect, you can still add your link- it's not too late :)

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply January 7, 2015

I love functional fitness! I've have actually been looking into joining a Crossfit gym so I can get more of it :). This workout looks awesome! I'm so bad at jumping rope, but I'm trying to get better. I think my record right now without tripping is 30 seconds, and that's going slow! haha whomp whomp
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Oh I am still practicing...my skills are sub par compared to some of those crazy Crossfit people :P

Rachel
Reply January 7, 2015

This link up looks so fun! I'll definitely have to join in. And thanks for sharing about functional fitness. I've been slowly building a home gym as well so I'll have to try some of your moves. :)

    aelicatese
    Reply January 7, 2015

    Yay, I would love to have you join in! :) Glad my info was helpful- I have a ton of home workouts if you ever need any!

Katie @ Fit Life by Katie
Reply January 7, 2015

What a great link up! I love functional fitness- It's more interesting to me than any other kind of workouts. It helps mix it up!
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Definitely is plus I always feel like I got a good workout in no matter what I'm doing :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply January 7, 2015

I have been wanting to get a sandbag for a while, and I think your post has convinced me to get one rather than just saying I am going to get one.
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 7, 2015

    Yay! I LOVE my sandbag! If you do wanna get one I think that Ultimate Sandbag is having a sale- let me know if you're interested I am an affiliate :)

Sherry
Reply January 7, 2015

Great info! I'll be running my first marathon in the Fall too! It would great to follow your workouts when I'm not following a dvd! Thanks!
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    Reply January 7, 2015

    Yay- so excited to follow along on your training journey :) I will definitely be posting more about it and how I integrate those workouts in with my training schedule :)

Sharon
Reply January 7, 2015

How exciting you will be doing your first Full Marathon this Fall! I haven't done a full yet but am thinking about it for the future! Wineglass is great, I did the half last October and it was a great run! I'm sure the Full will be just as great as most of the course is either flat or downhill (very few hills). :)
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    So happy to hear more good things about Wineglass! Im nervous but excited! :)

Debbie Rodrigues
Reply January 7, 2015

I felt in love with Functional Training thanks to my studies for the NASM. I have to admit that the way I learn Crossfit also has an influence in that.
You have some interesting "toys" there. It is surely fun time with them. ;)
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    I want to get my cert so bad and would definitely go with NASM as well- I have heard a lot of great things about the program!

Melissa Burton
Reply January 7, 2015

Functional fitness workouts definitely sound like something I could use to manage my chronic injury.

I'm definitely going to link up with this series in the near future with some of the cool workouts I've tried!
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    Yes, definitely! I would love for you to link up with us and see all the fun workouts!!! :)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply January 7, 2015

Ahh, I love this link-up! Great description of functional fitness. I like to introduce a new exercise on my blog every Wendesday, but my site is down right now from the transition. Will definitely be using the button you provided to link up in the future! If that's okay ;)
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    Yes, of course! Can't wait to see your new site!! :)

Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
Reply January 7, 2015

I have always wanted to try TRX and an equalizer! They both look so fun, haha!
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    aelicatese
    Reply January 8, 2015

    They are so much fun! You have to try them if you get the chance!

Courtney @ Running For Cupcakes
Reply January 7, 2015

I need new ideas for cross training. I'm getting bored of the same old workouts. I love this idea for a link-up!
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    Thanks! I love seeing everyone's workouts too- it is always fun to change things up!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply January 8, 2015

Awesome link up idea.

    aelicatese
    Reply January 8, 2015

    Thanks, friend! :)

Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
Reply January 8, 2015

Functional Fitness is so important and necessary! Great looking workout too- I have recently just started incorporating jumping rope into my workouts and its a killer!
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    Jumping rope is no joke but I love it! :P

Autumn
Reply January 8, 2015

Love to cross train! Equalizer bars have been on my impulse buy list for a while, I still might give in and get them....eventually! Love the link up!
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    Thanks friend! :) Equalizer bars are awesome...you should totally splurge and buy some!

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply January 8, 2015

I have been eyeing a lot of that equipment for a while now, but can't justify it to my husband since we have a gym membership. I will definitely try out your ladder!
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    My hubby probably wouldn't let me have any of it either if I had a gym membership. I was actually paying a personal trainer for a while but he convinced me that I was more than capable of doing it on my own since I had the equipment at home. I didn't wanna let go of my trainer but it turns out, he was right :P

Angie @ A Mother's Pace
Reply January 8, 2015

I love seeing your variety of workout equipment over on Instagram so it's nice to read more about it here. That jump rope workout looks like a killer! :)
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    Reply January 8, 2015

    Thanks! It was fun to finally post about it- I have kinda left that part of my training out in most of my posts here. The jump rope workout is definitely a killer- you should give it a try ;)

Michele @ A Pace of Balance
Reply January 9, 2015

Hi, I'm new to the linkup and found you via Diatta at Femme Fitale Fit Club! I LOVE functional fitness and am really into CrossFit. I have really improved my running once I started looking at the big picture and being efficient.
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    Reply January 9, 2015

    Thanks so much for linking up, happy you found me! :) Honestly, functional fitness has made me a better and stronger runner. One of my favorite tools for strength/conditioning is the sandbag- SO effective in really developing overall strength and mobility!

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