Slideboard Workout

Is it really only Saturday?

I’ve had a crazy busy weekend thus far and still have lots to do to prepare for our Super Bowl soiree tomorrow. Don’t feel too sorry for me though, each day has been totally fun-filled.

I had a fabulous workout on Friday morning (more on that in a hot second), and went with the BF to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut to see Toby Keith in concert (any other country fans out there?)

Hey there, Toby. I love America too! Let’s be friends.

On the drive up, this little guy was riding in the car in front of us, which made for some quality entertainment:

What up dawg?

When we arrived, we did a little bit of gambling. I dominated the one cent slot machines and walked away with about $50 in my pocket. (Yes, that’s a lot for me!) I don’t gamble much but when I do, I’m a pro at walking away while I’m up. Good for me, right? But I guess that means I could probably never “win big” because apparently you have to play big to win big, or something. But I’m okay with that.

Can we just talk quickly about how they allow you to SMOKE inside the casino? Yuck. How is that legal? It was a nice place (they have some shopping as well) but that fact alone makes me never want to go back. I had to leave after about 30 minutes because I couldn’t stand it. Don’t feel bad though, I found a Sephora and spent some quality time in there.

So, moving on to my very satisfying workout…

We stayed at the BFs parents house on Thursday night, so we went to a little gym close by on Friday morning. It was very tiny, but it had EVERYTHING I could want!

Equipment galore!

On top of your normal weights and cardio machines, first off, they had Airex balance pads, which I usually only see in sports performance centers and physical therapist’s offices…

Looks simple right? Try balancing on this soft pad on one leg and having someone toss a medicine ball to you. Trick is to catch it from different angles without losing your balance.

…as well as jump ropes, stability balls, medicine balls, kettlebells, steps for jumping, bands, a big rope (try doing jumping jacks holding the ends…killer), spinning bikes, a big aerobics studio that I had all to myself, and…the BEST thing of all…a slideboard!

I know what you’re thinking…these sound like normal gym things. (My current gym is pretty limited in the equipment category). However, I had never seen balance pads, the “nesting steps” to jump up on, or slideboards available for anyone’s use at my old fancy expensive gym either.

You better believe I did lots of circuits with all the unique equipment.

But let’s get back to the slideboard. This gym also has a hockey rink, so it’s mainly hockey players who put this, simply put, “slippery board” to good use. Apparently I blew the front desk guy’s mind when he saw me using it for non-hockey, non-standing up exercises.

Very stylish foot covers

If you have access to a slideboard, try out this workout. If you don’t, have no fear; most of these moves also work well on a wood floor in socks or with paper towels under your feet.

I have a love/hate relationship with Pikes – amazing core exercise…but tough!

Want more info on how slideboard exercises benefit runners? Check out this article by Matt Fitzgerald, Sliding Your Way to Fewer Running Injuries.

Have you ever used a slideboard? And, very importantly, who’s your Super Bowl pick (or do you just watch for the commercials?) I pretty much despise the Patriots so I’m think I’m going to go with the Giants by default. I’m not happy about my selection this year.

Now I’m off for lots of grocery shopping and Super Bowl party planning fun. AND I cannot forget, the Kansas vs. Mizzou game tonight. ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!


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  1. February 5, 2012 / 1:12 am

    The slideboard looks fun! I’m going to have to investigate at my gym tomorrow! Really just not a football fan! :)

    • February 5, 2012 / 12:57 pm

      Yes definitely try it out if you can! It’s so different and fun; great way to mix up your workouts. I’m debating saving up my money to buy my own cause I don’t see them in gyms often!

  2. February 6, 2012 / 6:33 am

    I actually used to speedskate, so had my own slideboard. It’s a great way to workout, and for runners, even better b/c we never work those lateral muscles. Glad you had fun with it!

    • February 6, 2012 / 1:01 pm

      Thanks :) and wow, that’s awesome that you used to speedskate! What a unique sport!

      And, since you had your own, I’ll ask your advice – do you think the less expensive slideboards are worth it, or are they too “flimsy”?

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