So Much Snoozing, So Little Time…

A trainer once told me…

10 Minutes

I think I need to reintroduce that mantra into my life.

Backing up to Wednesday morning…

5:15 – Alarm sounds. Immediate snooze. Pretty sure I didn’t even open my eyes.

5:25 – Alarm sounds. Alarm off. One eye open this time.

6:00 – Both eyes open…CRAP!

Fast forward 15 minutes and I’m at the gym, with 30 minutes to get in and get out. I hadn’t put together a workout in advance (whoops) and I wasn’t really in the mood to do a multi-circuit, detailed workout, so I warmed up for 10 minutes on the bike and then decided to combine some of my favorite exercises into one workout and just go-big-or-go-home for 20 minutes straight. Here’s what it looked like!

20 Minute AMRAP

Between the kettlebell swings and split box jumps, my inner thighs were pretty sore for a couple days afterwards so mission = accomplished!

(For those of you who aren’t familiar, for Split Box Jumps, instead of starting with the box in front of you, start with one foot on the floor on each side of the box then jump up onto the box so your feet meet in the middle.)

I hope you all have a great weekend!

 

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!

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!

Trick-or-Treat Tabata

Happy Halloween!

Admittedly, last year Matt and I were scrooges and turned our light off on Halloween and didn’t give out candy…I know, I know, bah-humbug.  But this year, we decided to be the fun adults we are and I have a bag of candy ready to go!  I don’t remember seeing a lot of kids on our street last year, so hopefully it isn’t a Halloween fail and I’m not left with a bag of M&Ms and Skittles all to myself.

Speaking of….Since most of us tend to stuff our faces with candy around this time of year, it’s even more important to me that I am keeping up with my workouts to make sure I can still fit into my skinny jeans and boots (a fall staple for me). I did this tabata workout yesterday morning and was a little sore today, so I think it did the trick!  I wanted to share it with you all today, so you can feel free to have that extra Snickers bar, and now you have a reason not feel bad about it.  I also won’t judge you if you have the Snickers bar and don’t do the workout.  It happens. 🙂

Halloween Tabata

Look At Those Legs! Workout

I have another leg workout for you today!  I started out with 20min of light cardio, before getting to work on the circuit below.  I used a 25# kettlebell for the KB Swings and held a 15# kettlebell or two 10# dumbbells for the rest.  You could also finish this off with the 24 x 24 Leg Burners, or add burpees to the beginning/middle/end, if you’re feeling extra fiesty. 🙂

Look at Those Legs Workout

 

Exercise Links/Demonstrations:

Kettlebell Swings

Lateral Lunges (knee lift optional)

Plank Spider Squats

Sumo Squats (lift right heel, pulse 10x, then repeat with left heel up)

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Lunges with leg lift (pulse leg that is lifted 20x on each side)

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Squats with leg lift (pulse leg that is lifted 20x on each side)

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Have a great day!

Girl with a Plan

I hope you are enjoying your Saturday!  I will be spending mine at the pool and going out to dinner for one of my college best friend/sorority sister’s (insert Valley girl voice here ;)) birthday.  I am really looking forward to seeing all of my girlfriends and catching up.  Although most of us live in the same city, we still don’t see each other as often as we would like because of that little thing called big-girl life seems to always get in the way!  Speaking of…if you have a group of girlfriends you can’t live without, you will relate to this post…and you will also most likely cry, but in a good way.  35 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About My Girlfriends

As I set out for the gym this morning, I was determined to go with a plan in mind.  Sometimes this happens, sometimes it doesn’t. There are many days when it is considered a success just to get my butt to the gym, but when I go in without a plan, I almost never end up getting the level of workout I could (or should).  It doesn’t take long to do, it’s just about taking a few extra minutes, maybe the night before, and writing down my plan of action.  Then, you don’t spend half of your time wandering around aimlessly, when you could be breaking a sweat!  Below is my workout for today, along with a little cardio.  One of my goals lately is to improve the muscle tone in my legs, so you may be seeing a lot more leg workouts in the near future!

Legs and Abs Circuit

Exercise Demonstrations & Links:

Sumo Squat to High Pull

Lateral Lunges with Knee Lift

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Cross-back Lunges with Knee Lift

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Kettlebell Swings

Walking Overhead Lunges– Walking lunges holding weight above your head, elbows straight.

Standing Side Crunches

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Arch-Bridge-Pike

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Upper Russian Twist

Stability Ball Pullovers

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Have a great weekend!