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Sweatin’ with the Nike Training Club – Week 5 (+Sweepstakes)

I can’t believe I am almost done with my Nike Training Club program. Week Five is officially over and I can whole-heartedly say the NTC App is one of the most convenient and effective workouts I’ve ever tried. With five weeks under my belt, I look leaner, meaner (in a good way) and I’m ready to kick some butt when I start school next week.

With that said, I completed the latest Nike workout, the “Dynamo” in my new apartment. I moved to Manhattan last week (days before Hurricane Irene came to town) and am getting used to my Greenwich Village digs. I was a little worried about the reduced space, but I was fully able to finish my workout with zero problems. That’s the great thing about this app – it doesn’t require space intensive machinery. All you need is your iPod or iPhone, medicine ball, weights, jump rope and good attitude.

The Dynamo was the first workout that required a jump rope and boy, did I forget how tiring a piece of rope can be. You can burn 20 calories EACH minute jumping rope! It’s a great cardio exercise to do at home especially if you’re tight on space. And it’s really easy to do. Alright, it does require some coordination but once you get it down it’s a great exercise to do when you’re pressed for time (not sure how my downstairs neighbors felt about it though).

I was excited to see some exercises from Week One incorporated into this week’s workout. Yes, I’m talking about “Burpee to Shoulder Press, ” “Medicine Ball Triceps Pushups,” “Hip Lifts,” and “Push Away Balances.” Muscle memory is an extraordinary thing. I haven’t done these exercises in over a month, yet my muscles knew exactly what to do and how far to push.

I also enjoyed being introduced to some new exercises such as “Sumo Squat With Lateral Raise” and “Wood Chops.” I’d never done Wood Chops before, but as the name implies a wood chopping motion is definitely required. No wonder Paul Bunyan-types in movies are so buff! You squat down to the floor and swing a dumbbell between your legs and then come up from the squat, swinging the dumbbell above your head. You repeat this motion as many times as you can within a two-minute period. This is NOT as easy as it sounds.

Luckily, I don’t get as sore as I used to the day after my workouts. Adding new exercises leaves me with a few aches and pains, but the silver lining to this dilemma is that the next time I do the Wood Chop or the Sumo Squat With Lateral Raise exercises it will be all gain with only a little pain.

Time to tackle Week Six – “Mean Machine” I’m coming for you.

Alex and Nike Training Club

Take the challenge with me as I head into my final week – download the Nike Training Club app on your iPod or iPhone today! You can save workouts and easily track your progress. Oh, and did I mention the app is free !

And be sure to click on this link for a chance to win an iPad2 complete with the Nike Training Club app and COOL Nike gear including the Legend Pant, Victory Bra, and Free XT Motion Fit+!

You can get fit and score some fab swag at the same time. Let me know how your workout is going in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @am0rency.

**The Nike Training Club App is a full-body functional training app designed for you to make yourself whatever you want to be. Whether you’re looking to get lean, toned, or strong, NTC takes every workout to the next level. Download it here.**

“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Nike Womens via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Nike Womens”


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