Sexy Shoulder Burn Core Workout

Thanks so much for the happy anniversary wishes! Mike and I had a relaxing night at home. We’ve been doing so much running around between Ella’s party, and other things (not to mention it’s Mother’s Day this weekend) so we decided to just chill out. I bought him a local, grass-fed fillet and I picked up some wild salmon for myself. We roasted a ton of veggies with caramelized onions and ate while Munchkin begged us for food and Ella crawled all over us. Romantic, right? We wouldn’t have had it any other way. We have a gift card coming to us from American Express, so we will have a baby-less dinner out soon to celebrate!

Today I have an awesome new workout for you guys! Let me tell you, my shoulders and my core are BURNING from this workout! I filmed the tutorials at the end. I promise, I usually brush my hair. I decided not to clean up for you guys and just get right into it for a 4th round. Do I get points for posting make-up less, knotty, un-brushed hair videos on the internet?

We are only using our interval timer for the warm-up. Some of these exercises are intermediate-advanced, and require you to really focus on proper form (you obviously always should, but even more-so here), so I am going to quality reps, not time (check the videos I give tips for beginners in some). I think sometimes people set their timers and try to go for a certain number, but I want you guys to focus on your form and feeling the burn here!

Warning…there’s lots of planking going on up in here!





Set  your interval timer for 8 rounds of 20 second intervals with 10 seconds rest between. You are doing 2 exercises, 4 times each, alternating between.

{I’m sorry if my voice sounds really low in these videos…let me know if you need me to update my post with any guidelines you are not clear on!}

Scissor Jump Rope:

Burpee Leg Lift:



Perform this workout in a circuit with minimal rest between exercises. You will perform 2-3 sets of each exercise total, depending on your fitness level. Remember, form over repetitions! Always make sure you are cleared for physical activity by your healthcare provider before entering into a new exercise routine.

1. Explosive Plank Man-makers (3 ways)


2. Low to High Plank Press w/ plank hold & leg lift at end

3. Plank Triangle Hop, Thrust & Press:


4. Medicine Ball Roll-Up, Reach & Twist:

I apologize for my squeaky sneakers in this video


5. Balance Ball Roll-Out



Hold a plank on a balance ball with one leg lifted. Try doing 10 seconds per side and repeat as many times as you can. This is really killer after 3 rounds of this workout! My shoulders could barely stand it!!!

Again…try not to judge how badly I need a shower…and a hair brush!


See you all later!

Have a great weekend! It will be my 2nd Mother’s Day! Last year Ella was only days old and I was a complete mess between breastfeeding, post-birth recovery, and everything else. I really look forward to enjoying it this year with my family!

Do you do anything special for Mother’s Day? I think we need to get some new traditions going!

We used to do Race for the Cure, but it became too much getting into the city between that and the Regatta on Kelly Drive.It was never relaxing!

Please let me know if you try this workout and what you think!!!

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  • Reply Maria@healthydiaries

    Loved the videos, so helpful! I will be trying the bonus plank out this weekend 🙂

    Lisa and I’s birthday is on Mother’s Day this year so we will be celebrating with our Mom and family. Couldn’t be more perfect! I hope you have a great Mother’s Day and enjoy your day!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:05 am
    • Reply laury

      You should try this workout! It was killer!!

      Have a fabulous weekend, Maria! Happy birthday to you and Lisa!

      May 11, 2012 at 3:40 pm
  • Reply Heidi

    AWESOME looking workout! I’m going to try it on Monday 😉

    My kids always make me breakfast on Mother’s Day and give me sweet, handmade gifts that they made at school. I have a 9 mile run on Sunday morning, so I’ll be appreciating the breakfast more than ever this year.

    I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply laury

      That’s so sweet, Heidi!! Have an amazing weekend! You deserve it, super momma!

      May 11, 2012 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply Heather @ Fit Mama Real Foor

    I hope you really enjoy mothers day this year and your hubs does something super special 🙂

    And AWESOME looking workout. Cannot wait to try it!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm
  • Reply the delicate place

    i love your workouts! they always leave me a bit sore which i strangely like since i know i really pushed it! low to high plank ALWAYS kills especially when you are tired oooph. i am making brunch this year for mother’s day! i hope to make it a tradition 🙂

    May 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm
    • Reply laury

      I love being sore too!!! We can be strange like that together 😉

      That would be a lovely tradition!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

      May 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    Looks like a great workout laury!! Happy weekend and happy mother’s day!

    May 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  • Reply Lisa@ Healthy Diaries

    Happy late anniversary to you and Michael!!
    This looks like on killer workout Laury! I’m going to pin it on Pinterest so I can remember to do it post baby! Those burpees look killer and I LOVE those Explosive Plank Man-makers. Definitely a kick butt work out!

    It’s actually mine and Maria’s birthday Sunday! We’ll be going to brunch with our mom then celebrating our bday later that afternoon!

    May 11, 2012 at 9:03 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous!

    What a great workout!!!! You had some moves in there I haven’t seen before and I can’t wait to try them! 🙂 Thanks Laury!

    May 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    I love this workout—it is so up my alley! I’m going to do it tomorrow afternoon. I’ll let you know how it goes!!!

    My mom lives across the street from me, and we don’t have anything big planned—probably just coffee and chatting and a walk later. She asked me not to get her any presents (they’re trying to downsize and she doesn’t want any stuff), so I might just try and take her to lunch or something instead.
    Happy Mother’s Day to you, My Friend!!

    May 13, 2012 at 7:18 am
    • Reply laury

      Yes let me know!!!

      May 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw twins

    sounds like a great workout! love working my shoulders
    Happy Mother’s Day!!

    May 13, 2012 at 10:46 am
    • Reply laury

      thank yoU!!!

      May 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    Great workout Laury! I adore all of your workouts!! Have a great Mother’s Day today! You deserve the best!xo

    May 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks so much, Lisa!! I love that you love my workouts!!!

      May 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply SusAn

    Happy Anniversary to you and Michael. Wow you look hot in e workout DVDs. You’re in amazing shape:)

    May 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you, girlfriend!!!

      May 15, 2012 at 11:12 pm
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