30 Minute At-Home Workout

It’s no secret that I definitely prefer a 5AM workout over a 5PM workout but don’t be fooled, that doesn’t mean that I pop out of bed like kid on Christmas morning every day. Some mornings are easier than others and earlier this week, I hit the snooze one too many times. Ok, so I actually turned it off in my sleep. Obviously, that was my body telling my sleep > the gym. I took the hint and didn’t let it stress me out that my morning didn’t go as planned. I actually woke up with 30 minutes to spare; not enough time to get to the gym but I decided I wanted to take advantage of it and put together a quick tabata workout- no equipment needed. It was just enough to get a little sweat on and feel like the morning wasn’t a total waste. Every little bit counts!

At Home Tabata

Not only is this workout good for my fellow snooze-ers but if you also live in what feels like the arctic tundra right now, you have an excuse not to leave the comfort of your own home. 😉

Happy Weekend!!!!

“The Bachelor” Workout

Greetings from snowy St. Louis!  We got over 10 inches yesterday and are still trying to dig ourselves out. The high temp today is zero degrees. Ok, ok Mother Nature, we get it.  Winter is HERE! Maybe it’s time to channel my inner 5 year old and bust out the sled…

On a completely separate note…are there any other Bachelor lovers out there??  Tonight marks the first episode of the new season, featuring Juan Pablo and I’m pretty excited.  I haven’t missed a season yet, so why start now?  I’m a sucker for reality tv- cheesy or not. In honor of the new season starting, I created a workout you can do while you watch!  I figure, if I’m going to be sitting around rotting my brain, I might as well make an effort with my body. 😉  This probably won’t be a super high intensity workout but you will at least get your heart rate up and who knows, if it’s a cry-fest on night one your body might feel it!

Bachelor Workout

 

Have a great week!

Friday Favorites: Workout Edition

Hey there!  Today I’m linking up with Heather over at Housewife Glamour for another edition of Friday Favorites, but this time it’s the Workout Edition!  I decided I would share some of my favorite workouts that I’ve posted over the past 6 months or so.  After all of the cookies I’ve been posting about (and eating) lately…seriously, so many cookies… it’s probably time that I give you a few ways to burn them off! 🙂

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1. Cardio Ladder WorkoutA good way to keep your heart rate up, without a treadmill.

Cardio Ladder2. Full Body Dumbbell Workout

Full Body Dumbbell Circuit Workout3. Running/Strength Workout

Run4. Fab 5050 reps aren’t that much fun, but you only do it once for each exercise!

Fab 50 Workout

5. Burpee Bonanza! For real, so many burpees…

Burpee Ladder Workout6. 15 Minute Ab WorkoutI’ll usually add this to a cardio day.

15 Minute Abs7. Full Body Gym Workout

Full Body Workout8. Tabata- Upper Body/Core

Upper Body Tabata Workout9. Cardio RemixChanging up that cardio again!

Cardio Remix10. Legs/Lower Body WorkoutWho doesn’t want Carrie Underwood’s legs?!

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Have a great weekend!

Stairmaster Interval Workout

Last night, Matt and I finally went and picked out our Christmas tree (I insist on getting a real one every year) and I have big Friday night plans that include decorating that sucker.  I’ll be sure to share pics when my masterpiece is finished. 😉  Other than that, I’m getting ready for a quick mini road trip with some of my college girlfriends to Kansas City for our annual “Kappa Christmas”.  We use the holidays as an excuse to get together, catch up, eat and of course, drink wine.  I’m looking forward to quality time with friends!

I wanted to pop in and give you all another non-treadmill cardio workout, in case you wanted to switch things up a little this weekend.  You wouldn’t think that 20 minutes of cardio would be much but I promise you, your legs will be burning by the end…heck, probably halfway through.  Feel free to adjust the speeds to meet your needs but the key here is intervals.  Slow down and speed up periodically…you’ll burn more fat and will get more out of your 20 minutes!

Stairmaster Intervals

Have you tried interval training?  Did you like it?

Christmas tree- Real or Fake?

Have a great weekend!

Food Coma = Monday Sweat Session

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I’ll spare you pics of the mounds of food I consumed this weekend, partly because I neglected to take photos after meal #1 (out of 4).  I was either too excited about the spread(s) or too deep in my food coma to notice but either way, it didn’t happen.  So, I’ll sum it up for you: Lunch on Thursday with my mom’s side of the family, Thursday and Friday night meals with Matt’s parents and brunch on Sunday with my dad’s fam is what my weekend consisted of.  Oh, and throw in a high school reunion (10 years- what?!) complete with several glasses of wine. 🙂

This really only shows part of round 1….doesn’t include all of the grazing that happened.  It doesn’t count if you just take small bites, right?! 😉

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Needless to say, I was in dire need of a good workout on Monday morning.  Matt and I worked out Thursday and Friday morning and also went on a walk on Friday afternoon, but Saturday and Sunday were rest days for me.  I woke up on Monday morning with the urge to break a sweat.  My leg was bothering me a little so I decided to do a cardio/strength workout, sans running.  Here’s what it looked like!  The Stairmaster allowed me to sweat out the pie, wine and all the “fixins”, and the strength exercises broke everything up so I didn’t feel like I was going to keel over doing 20 minutes straight on the Stairmaster.  Hey, it WAS still Monday morning after all.

Stairmaster-StrengthHave a great day!

Killer Leg Workout

I’m coming to you this Friday with a killer leg workout.  I completed this guy last Friday and it wasn’t until Tuesday that I finally could walk and not look like I just got off a horse.  I took Saturday and Sunday off because I could barely walk, much less even think about working out.  On Monday, I decided to give it a go with an upper body workout but even the 10 minute warm-up on the elliptical was painful, so then I took Tuesday off too.  You guys know I must have been in some pain to have that many rest days. 🙂  I’m not exaggerating.  Limping, wincing, holding on for dear life just to sit down- the works.  I actually hesitated in sharing this with you because I wasn’t sure I should subject others to this pain.  Or maybe I’m a big baby and this won’t be that hard for anyone else.  If so let me know, I can take it.  Then this entire post will just be an embarassment…

You might want to try this without weights at first, or at least start with a low weight.  In hindsight, that’s what I would have done. 🙂 You can also reduce the sets to 2 instead of 3.

Lower Body Gym Workout

Resistance Band Side Shuffles: Stand on a resistance band, one handle or end in each hand.  Curl your hands up and push up to your shoulders so that the band is pulled tight.  Take 10 steps to the right then 10 to the left.  Your steps will probably be pretty small and your outer thighs will feel the burn. 🙂

Skaters w/ Cross-back Lunge: Stand with feet hip distance apart.  Jump to the side, landing on your right foot, then cross your left foot back and do a cross-back lunge.  Repeat on the left.

 

Have a great (and sore) weekend!