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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09-26-2013

Get Strong At The Track!

Here’s a Thursday track challenge for you. It’s fall…it’s perfect weather…it’s a great time to be outside! Which is why this workout is at the track and includes some strength as well. No equipment needed – just you and the track.

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A full body workout, and if you do it 4 times through you will complete a mile. Let me know if you try this workout!

Do you workout at your local track? What kind of workouts do you like to do there?

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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.

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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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08-21-2013

Wednesday Workout Challenge

Looking for an at-home workout to do? Here’s one I created that is heavy on the cardio but still includes some strength moves. Below the image I will try to write descriptions of certain moves.

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Lunge/Split Jumps: Step back as if going into a reverse lunge, go as low as you can, then jump up and switch legs (opposite leg now lunges back).

Skaters: Hop to the side and cross one leg behind you, then hop to the other side and cross your opposite leg behind you.

Plank Jacks: Get into plank position, and start hopping legs in and out like jumping jacks.

180 Degree Jumps: Squat, then jump and turn around simultaneously so when you land you are facing the opposite direction.

Switch kicks: I always feel like a karate master doing these. Kick one foot up as high as you can, then as you lower, jump and kick the other foot up. Do it as fast as you can.

Toe Touches: Lie on your back, legs as straight as you can, crunch up and try to touch your toes.

If my explanations aren’t good enough (I’d be a horrible teacher), just YouTube it for a visual!

Let me know if you decide to try this workout :)

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07-11-2013

Printable Workout!

Here is one of my “cardio/strength/HIIT” workouts I did a few weeks ago which is killer! I wanted to share it with you all but also have a place where you can write down the weight you used, and reps you did. That way you can compare your numbers when you do it again!

You do each chunk of exercises for 3 sets before moving onto the next group. Each exercise is done for 1 minute, as fast as you can while maintaining proper form. If you need to take a break in that 1 minute time frame, you can do so…because proper form is KEY.

In between each exercises I took 45 seconds of rest, before moving onto the next minute of work. In between each chunk I took 1 minute to 1:30 of rest.

This is a killer workout that will get your heart rate up and work those muscles too! Let me know if you decide to try it!

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10-03-2012

Health/Fitness Links to Get You Through the Day

I apologize that this post wasn’t up this morning…it’s been a hectic week! But, here are your weekly, informational links, because I know there are times you need a break from work and just want to browse the internet ;)

  • Lean Legs Interval Workout: This workout is brought to you by fitness blogger Jess of Blonde Ponytail. This is a great lower body, interval workout that will no doubt get you sweating. I fully plan on trying this out on one of my circuit training days. This is actually her second “lean legs workout,” here is part 1.
  • 3 Moves for Flat Abs by Halloween: While I can’t promise that you will have flat abs by Halloween (since many other factors besides doing ab exercises go into that), I can tell you that these are great core exercises. I do all of these myself when I do my core workouts. I LOVE plank. One of the best exercises out there. If you’re not already regularly doing plank, do it.
  • Rethink Your Drink: Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte: mmmm pumpkin spice lattes. Always a fall favorite. But there are ways to enjoy pumpkin spice without all that sugar! This link gives you some other options. I personally get a Cafe Americano, and ask for 1 pump of the pumpkin spice syrup, then top it off with a sprinkle of nutmeg. Half the calories, half the sugar.
  • Creamy Kale and Apple Soup: I just found this blog, Cara’s Cravings, and plan on exploring it fully. I love finding new, healthy recipes I can make at home, because I am not creative at all in the kitchen. This kale and apple soup looks like the perfect fall soup.

If you try any of these, whether it’s the workouts, a new Starbucks drink, or kale soup, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Ps- What is your favorite drink to get at Starbucks? Mine is definitely a Cafe Americano (caffeine addict, anyone?)