There is something satisfying (and easy to remember) about rattling off numbers backward in a countdown. In fact, this ritual is even so important in some professions that it’s become part of popular culture – just think of NASA and their huge countdown clock. As a kid, I counted down the days until Halloween, Christmas and the end of the school year. As an adult, I count down the number of weeks until my next marathon and, admittedly, have even used a countdowns to threaten motivate my kids to accomplish tasks.
Today I have a Countdown Spice Rub recipe that is so simple, you don’t even have to write it down. It goes like this:
4 Tablespoons kosher salt, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons sweet paprika, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper . . . . blast off!
Dump all of these ingredients onto a zip-top bag and shake or mix straight on the plate that you will used to encrust chicken, beef, pork or what have you. The spice rub makes enough to cover two whole chickens, about 3 – 4 pounds of chicken breasts and/ or steaks or about two medium-sized pork tenderloins. By the way, I was so excited to have a recipe to use the cute little bags of paprika my parents brought me from Budapest!
Now, as for the 4-3-2-1 Workout, I was looking for a way to make my morning speed work more fun. Sometimes just running the same interval over and over just gets boring! This WOD incorporates burpees, crunches and planks for a full body challenge. Rest one minute between each exercise!