Halloween Style Workout

This is as new to me as it is to you, I promise. I don’t usually ‘lift’ vegetables, but the idea came to me when I was working out at home the other night. I love using medicine balls when doing an Ab routine, but I don’t have one at home, so when I caught sight of my two big uncarved pumpkins, it suddenly occurred to me that they could work perfectly for the kind of workout I wanted to do. And I wasn’t wrong about that!

So I used two Pumpkins, a larger one and a smaller one (two different weights) and switched between them when I needed to. My workout followed a ’30 seconds on, 30 seconds off’ rule which meant that for 30 seconds I work really hard at the exercise to tire myself out, then for the next 30 seconds I have a rest break. I did this x3 for each exercise which means all in all I accomplished 90 seconds of hard work per exercise.

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Warm Up

Choose two of your favourite songs.

Jog on the spot 30 seconds

Spotty Dog 30 seconds

High Knees 30 seconds

Heel Kicks 30 seconds

Jump Jack 30 seconds

REPEAT this with your second song so that your heart rate gradually increases and you begin to feel warm and ready to workout. Warming up is extremely important to help prevent injury, as well as to help mentally prepare you to workout!

Workout with Pumpkin:

Squat and Shoulder Press

Sit ups, passing the pumpkin overhead (can do this with partner too, passing the pumpkin between each other)

Backward Lunges with Body Twists (holding the pumpkin close to your torso)

Wall Sit with Pumpkin out to the front

Over and Unders *with a partner* facing away from each other, but close together, lift the pumpkin over head passing it to your partner, for them to pass it under and through your legs. Repeat this the other way too.

Hip Bridge with Pumpkin either held out above your hips, or resting on them.

Russian Twists

Just don’t try ‘medicine ball slams’ with your pumpkin…that could get VERY messy!!!

Cool Down & Stretch

Pop on a slower song here and make sure you stretch every muscle you have used.

I suggest holding the stretches for 16 seconds, and starting from the top of the body to work down.

Breath deeply into your stretches and be proud of your workout! Well done, you’ve made it to the end!

What do you think?

All I need now are Marrows for Kettlebell Swings and Watermelons for deadlifts and I’ll be set! See, workouts don’t have to be boring! Thank you so much for reading, please let me know if you give the workout a go.

Jessica Xx

DISCLAIMER – Make sure you warm up, cool down and stretch properly. Also only workout to your limit; if you feel dizzy or unwell stop working out immediately. Consult a health professional if you have health problems or are pregnant before doing this workout. And I have only listed my exercises rather than explain them, if you’re not too sure what they are, consult a professional or ask me a question below or on Facebook – I’d be happy to explain!

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