03-18-2014

The Stair Workout

Here’s a new workout video for you! All you need is a set of stairs – so this one is really convenient to do right at home, or even at work if you wanted to.

The video is only 8 minutes long, but it’s tough! I was so out of breath by the end. Feel free to repeat the video 2-3 times through for a longer workout. You will definitely feel this one in your quads and glutes!

Here are the exercises this video includes:

  • Step-ups with oblique crunch
  • Tricep dips
  • Soccer drill
  • Squat-to-step
  • Push-ups
  • Box jumps with a burpee (!!)

Check it out:

Let me know if you decide to try it out & what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Have you ever used your stairs for a workout?

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03-14-2014

Fitness Friday – 10 minute workout!

TGIF! Who’s ready for the weekend? I’ll be spending today at the Blogging Concentrated 1-day workshop/conference in NYC, but I couldn’t leave you without a workout to kick off the weekend ;)

This is a 10 minute workout! Yes, it will only take you 10 minutes to complete. If you’re short on time or just don’t feel like spending an hour at the gym, then try this workout out.

There are a few ways you could do it. You could solely do the 10 minute workout (after a proper warm-up of course). Or, you could go for a run or do whatever you want first, then end with this. Or if you want to make it longer, simply do it for as many rounds as possible in 15 or 20 minutes. Challenge yourself!

This is also a bodyweight workout – which means no equipment! So…no excuses :)

10 minute workout!

We’re hitting legs, chest, arms, abs…burpees for cardio…this workout has got it all!

I’ll be heading to my Maryland tomorrow for my brother’s soccer tournament, so should be a fun weekend. I think we plan on visiting Baltimore for dinner or something. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

What are your plans for the weekend?

Out of the exercises in this workout (squat, push-ups, dips, bicycle crunches and burpees) which is your least favorite?

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02-20-2014

Total Body Workout (Printable)

Looking for a workout to take with you to the gym later? Look no further!

Here’s my total body workout, with cardio intervals added in as well ;) Print it out and take it with you to the gym so you can write down the weights you use for all sets.

total body workout routine

Perform each group for 3 sets before moving onto the next group. Take a 45 second break in between each group, and in between sets.

For example, complete A1, move directly to A2, take 45 second break, then move to set 2, etc. Once you complete set 3, take another 45 second break before moving onto the B exercises.

Here are some videos from YouTube for some of the exercises.

Renegade Row

Negative Push-ups (in my “Improve Your Push-ups” video)

Weighted Hip Raise (another one of my How-To videos…subscribe to my channel to get updates!)

Lunge Jumps

Curl-To-Press

Tricep Extention

Reverse Crunch (another How-To video on my channel)

Side Plank With Rotation (great video showing 3 levels in case you need to modify)

Remember to write down the weights you use for each set, so that in the future you can increase your weights. Increasing your load a little bit each week will help you avoid a plateau, and get stronger.

Let me know if you print it out and take it to the gym! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Which of these exercises do you love? Which have you never tried?

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02-05-2014

Workout Wednesday

As I mentioned earlier, it’s yet another snow day here in NJ. I’m going to see if I can drive to the gym, depending on how icy things are. Unfortunately, I don’t have an all-wheel drive car!

However, just because you can’t make it to the gym doesn’t mean you can’t workout. That’s why I made this workout for you today, which you can do right at home-no equipment needed.

at home workout

A total body workout that hits major muscle groups…and come on, I had to include burpees ;)

Make sure you have good form for the squats, especially because you are doing high reps. Only go as low as you can go with a flat back. Don’t force it.

For reverse crunches, you can grab onto a sturdy object like a table, use a heavy medicine ball, or if you’re strong enough, you don’t need to hold on to anything but your head. Here’s my video demo:

For push-ups, it’s ok if you have to do them on your knees. Check out my quick, 30 second video on how to work up to full push-ups!

Despite bad road conditions, I plan on getting in a workout today no matter what!

Let me know if you try this out!

Do you like doing workouts for time? What are your favorite at-home workouts/workout videos?

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01-31-2014

Top Bodyweight Exercises

It’s finally Friday! Although, I’ve been sick with a cold for the past 2 days and today is definitely the worst day so far…but hopefully I will be feeling better before Superbowl Sunday.

Anyway, today I wanted to talk about bodyweight exercises-specifically, my favorite ones.

top bodyweight exercises

Many may think that since you’re only using your body weight that you can’t get stronger. Actually, bodyweight exercises can help you get stronger in your lifts. Some of these don’t require equipment, and some you probably will have to do in a gym.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Squat

There is so much you can do with a bodyweight squat. You can do straight sets of just squats, or you can add in cardio by incorporating squat jumps. They get your heart pumping because you’re using major muscle groups. Just remember to engage your core as well!

Push-ups

Whenever people hear bodyweight exercises, they probably think of squats and push-ups. Increasing the number of push-ups you can do can help your strength in lifts like bench press or shoulder press. Here are my tips on how to get stronger at push-ups.

Inverted Rows

You can do this at the gym using a railing, or using the smith machine (or squat rack). You can really do it anywhere. It’s a great back exercises and really tough. Do it with palms facing forward to target more of your back, or with palms facing in to use more biceps. If you have a TRX Suspension Trainer, then you can do all sorts of inverted rows!

Negative Pull-Ups

I credit negative pull-ups to helping me be able to do unassisted pull-ups. They are really tough but so worth it. I like doing these better than doing pull-ups on an assisted machine. Start at the top, and slowly lower yourself down. Start with it taking you 3 seconds to lower, and work your way up to 10 seconds on the way down.

Plank

The great think about the plank is that you can make it as challenging as you. You can start with basic plank and work your way up to holding it for a minute, and then you can do all sorts of things. You can do a plank with 1 leg in the air, or opposite arm and leg in the arm, or superman plank where you extend your elbows further out in front of your head to make it extra hard.

Walking Lunge

Another great lower body exercise. This hits your quads and glutes, and you’ll definitely feel the burn even without using weights. Recently I’ve been doing walking lunges as a finisher on my leg days. Talk about jelly legs…

Just make sure to keep your core tight throughout the whole movement, and go slow.

If you have access to a gym, then you can certainly add weights to a few of these to make it more challenging. If you want to get stronger and pull-ups, I highly recommend trying negative pull-ups and inverted rows.

Which of these is your favorite?

Can you do unassisted pull-ups?

*Disclaimer: I’m part of the Amazon Affiliate program, so the TRX link is an affiliate link. If you decide to buy it, it just sends a few cents my way to help support my blog :)

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01-02-2014

Upper Body HIIT Workout

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this workout a week or so ago.

Once a week, my brother and I are doing a high intensity interval workout that also incorporates strength. We are currently following a strength training program, but I will talk about that in another post!

This workout focuses on upper body muscle groups, but you will definitely still feel it in your legs during the cardio portions.

Directions:

Perform the first set of 3 exercises 2-3 times through. For each exercises, time yourself for 1 minute and count your reps. In between each exercises take a 45-60 minute break. Once you’re done with the first batch, move onto the second. Your break will be however long it takes you to set up for the second set of exercises – just don’t take too long ;)

My brother and I did each set of exercises 2 times through, and it took a total of 21 minutes. We were huffing and puffing by the end. It’s a short workout, but intense! For a longer workout, just add sets.

The reason you will count your reps is so that the next time you do this workout you can compare your numbers.

One last thing, make sure you focus on form. Yes, you’re trying to get as many reps as possible in 1 minute, but only with good form. For example, I went way slower on squat to curl than I did on barbell rows, because I wanted to get in good squats. Don’t sacrifice form for numbers.

Exercises:

Here are some YouTube links to show you how to do some of the exercises with proper form:

Tricep Pushups

Barbell Bentover Row

Box Jumps

Let me know if you try this workout or have any questions!

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12-16-2013

Christmas Tree Pyramid Workout

I had the opportunity to team up with Tribe Sports to create this pyramid workout. I’m part of the “Tribe” and love this online fitness community. You should check it out!

Through the website, you are able to find great workouts (either to do at the gym or at home), create your own workouts to share with other community members, join in discussions relating to health and fitness, and partake in challenges, such as “100 crunches a day for 2 weeks.” It’s a great platform to try new workouts and hold yourself accountable.

Which is why I created this workout! I wanted to share it with the Tribe community, especially since it is holiday season aka less time to possibly go to the gym due to obligations and travel. This is an all body-weight exercise that you can do anywhere. Do it once for a quick session, or repeat as many times as you want in order to burn off some extra calories ;)

christmas workout

A lot of people have been commenting that they thought I wrote “12,360 twist jumps” but I actually meant twelve 360 twist jumps. That would be an insane number of jumps! ;)

You could also switch it up too. For example, you could complete the pyramid then work back down. Or get to 12 twist jumps, then 14 burpees, 16 squats, etc. and keep increasing.

When I’m short on time or don’t feel like going to the gym, body-weight workouts with cardio built in are my go-to.

Let me know if you have any questions about how to perform any of the exercises!

Will you be traveling this holiday season? Do you plan on fitting in time for fitness? Hey, it’s totally okay if you don’t…it is the holidays after all!

*I was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.

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11-15-2013

Get Pumped At The Gym

TGIF! I can’t believe the response I got to my running post yesterday…thanks everyone! :)

Are you heading to the gym today to kick off the weekend the right way? If you’re looking to try something new, here’s a workout I created that hits all major muscle groups and adds a cardio component. If you weren’t planning on going to the gym, I think you should go ;)

getpumpedInstructions:

Do 10 sets of each exercises, and repeat 3-5x through depending on how much time you have/how challenging of a workout you want.

For pull-ups, use an assisted pull-up machine or band if necessary.

For the benchpress, use dumbbells if needed (if barbell is too heavy or not available at your gym).

For the kettlebell squat, hold the kettlebell up against your chest, elbows tucked in.

Use dumbbells for the “squat,curl,press.”

If you don’t need to do cardio today, or plan on doing it after, you can omit the burpees from the workout.

Let me know if you decide to try it! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Do you prefer to workout at the gym or at home?

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09-10-2013

Crush It At The Gym Today

How? With this workout I created for you!

Print it out and take it with you to the gym if you want to try something different. It’s strength and cardio, and sure to leave you in a puddle of sweat. Make sure you have good form throughout the workout, and you can take breaks when you need to in order to ensure proper form. Here’s the first printable workout I created if you want to try that out first.

cardiowkt2

Count your reps, and then next time you can see if you have improved! Here are some descriptions for each exercise:

Bosu squat jump: This is tricky to explain but here’s a link with a very detailed explanation and pics!

Push-up with shoulder tap: Do a pushup, once in the up position tap one shoulder with opposite arm, then vice versa, then drop back down into a pushup.

Hip raise on bench: Put your feet on a standard bench, butt close to the bench. Using your heels, lift up your hips and squeeze your glutes. Come back down and repeat.

Curl-to-shoulder press: Standard bicep curl, then up into a shoulder press. Keep arms in line with your ears.

Toe touches: Lie on your back with feet straight up in the air. Crunch up and touch your hands to your feet, or as close as you can get.

*Let me know if you decide to do this workout! Good luck ;)

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08-28-2013

Labor Day Workout Challenge

Are you going away for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend? You can still stay active with my bodyweight/no equipment workout you can do anywhere! Do it in your hotel room…in your friends apartment…on the beach…no excuses! ;)

labordaywkFor each section, count how many reps you do (hence the AMRAP – as many reps as possible). That way, next time you do it you can compare numbers to see if you have improved.

For the exercises like the 4 jumping jacks and 2 squats, going through that equals 1 rep. Here’s a quick explanation for some of the exercises:

Box Jump: You can do this on a ledge, stair or bench, but if none are available simply squat down as low as you can and jump as high as you can.

Pushups with shoulder taps: Do a regular pushup, but when you come back up take your left hand and tap your right shoulder, then take your right hand and tap your left shoulder, then go back down into a pushup. Harder than it sounds!

Split Lunge Jumps: Step back into a reverse lunge, go down, then jump up and land into a reverse lunge with your opposite leg.

Staggered Pushups: Do a pushup, then when you come back up, walk your hands to the right, do a pushup, come up and walk your hands back to center, do a pushup, come up and walk your hands to the left, etc.

Russian Twists: Sit up nice and tall, chest up, shoulders back…extend your arms in front of you, then keeping the upright position twist to the left and touch your hands to the floor, come back to center, then twist to the right.

**This whole workout is about 10 minutes…so you can do a quick workout, or do it 2-3 times through for a longer workout!

Let me know if you try this out!

What are your Labor Day Weekend plans? Do you plan on keeping on track or do you take holidays off? Depends on my mood ;)

 

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