So I thought once son(5) was at school again and daughter (2.75) was at pre-school I would have all this TIME. Time to go to the gym. It hasn’t happened. Between trying to grow my business, a parenting course and, well just life I seem to have NO time. So this week has been all about quick and dirty.


  • Squats 10@30 8@35kg 6@45kg
  • Jump Squats 3×10
  • Good mornings 10@30kg 8@40kg 6@45kg
  • Lunges 10kg per hand 5 reps per leg 3 sets

Between every set I did 10 KB swings with 20kg as “active” recovery.


  • Old go-to 100reps of clean and press with 12kg KB

Superset x 3

  • Front raise x 10 @10kg
  • Tricep extension x 10@10kg
  • Lateral raise x10@5kg
  • Rear lateral raisex10@5kg
  • Band Pull aparts (red)

Lat pull down 3×10@30kg


Tonights work out has been borrowed from Melissa (@thrutheblue) and is a barbell complex.


  • Deadlifts
  • Stiff-legged deadlifts
  • Rows
  • Cleans
  • Front Squats
  • Push Press
  • Back Squats
  • Good Mornings
  • Press ups

6 sets – set one 6reps, set 2 5 reps, set 3 4 reps etc etc until set 6 is 1 rep of each! 60-90sec rest between eat superset. Sounds fun, think I will be trying with a 20kg fat bar. EDITED I actually ended up doing this twice, once with a 25kg fat bar and then again with a 30kg fat bar. I was in sweaty BITS by the end. 10/10 recommendation, thanks Melissa

None of these workouts should take more than 40minutes of your time. Rest periods are short (just enough time to check twitter) and you should get a sweat on.

However I am missing my strongwoman events, I am getting a craving for sled pulls and log presses so I need to sit down at some point and work out what I am going to train for next as I need a goal to focus myself.

Some great blog posts I read this week

What’s your favourite go-to workout when you are short on time?


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Comments: 9

  1. jennifer October 9, 2013 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Thanks for the blog love!! :)

    That complex looks like something awful!!

    • Helen October 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm Reply

      I agree with you, as discussed on twitter if you have to fixate on a body part to show progress why choose something no-one sees? ;)

      I will report back on complex afterwards, I think I will have to take a crib sheet with me or I’ll forget what’s next in the middle!

      Thanks for commenting :)

  2. Tara October 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm Reply

    I’m saving myself for England’s Strongest Woman next year! It will be hard to resist that competition itch but necessary if I’m serious about all this. Are you still heading to Portsmouth this Sunday?

    • Helen October 10, 2013 at 1:41 pm Reply

      The nearer we get to Sunday the more unlikely it’s looking, I am trying to juggle things around at the moment so I can make it. Good Luck for Sunday, sure you will bring your A game :)

      • Tara October 10, 2013 at 1:48 pm Reply

        Aww :( Well I will hopefully see you there! If not, I will be at England’s Strongest Woman in December supporting Anna.

  3. Mandy @ fatgirlgonehealthy October 10, 2013 at 11:51 pm Reply

    When I’m short on time and can’t even get my ass in the gym, I’ll bust out squats, push-ups, lunges, and planks right in my living room. I break a sweat, get my heart rate up, and remind my muscle they have to stay strong till I get back in the gym. : )

    • Helen October 12, 2013 at 6:22 am Reply

      I really struggle to work out at home, despite having things like kettlebells lying around the house. I do occasionally go out for a run and trying to make that a weekly event. But yeah those are great bang for your buck exercises :)

  4. malevolent andrea October 11, 2013 at 11:45 am Reply

    Thanks for the shout-out :-) I get a little worked up, LOL.

    My no-time workout is a bunch of farmers walk and waiters carry variations.

    • Helen October 12, 2013 at 6:23 am Reply

      Me and farmers walk aren’t on speaking terms at the moment. I need to get the sled out soon however.

      I Love your blog, I don’t always agree but it makes me laugh.

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