All posts filed under: workout

The Full Body Workout I’m Loving Right Now

Originally posted on 28 and Counting…:
I used to create fitness challenges (see my 30 Day Challenge, T25 Focus, and 90 Day Challenge for evidence) and follow them strictly. I never thought I’d get to the point where I could just “go with the flow” and admittedly I’m not there 100% yet. However, I make my schedule a week in advance now (and not months) so that I can base my workouts on how I feel. I am still far away from reaching my weight loss goal, but I do feel that I am becoming fitter and healthier, which is what I try to focus on (but I’m not going to lie and say I don’t want the weight off yesterday – who wouldn’t?!). I haven’t provided a fitness update in awhile, so I thought that I would share a full body routine that takes my favourite videos from my previous fitness challenges and combines them into one routine. How have your workouts been going so far this year? Are your goals still on track? What…

I. Am. A. Runner.

Originally posted on HilaryStyle:
Earlier this month I completed my 500th class at the studio where I workout! I’m pretty proud of myself! Here’s the thing, 5 years ago, this month, when I started working out, I wasn’t really sure how long it would last. Let’s be honest, I wasn’t sure I would make it a week. However, I had recently returned from a trip to New Orleans, and from the way my jeans were feeling, I might have eaten one too many beignets. Rather than complain about it, I was taking action! I would be a runner. I borrowed an old pair of Nikes, buckled Elliot into his buggy and away we went! Okay, It Wasn’t Quite That Easy… Not really grasping what it meant to “go for a run,” I threw on some old sweats, an oversized t-shirt and those borrowed Nikes and headed to the park… 3 MILES from our house! WHAT WAS I THINKING? Now I had to get home, and to say I was out of shape would be an understatement.…

When To Go Hard and When Not to at the Gym

Originally posted on Cody's Barbell Club:
I get it. You want fast results and the only way to do that is to train hard and workout hard. And you know what? I agree 100%. There’s no doubt hard work needs to happen to build muscle, get lean, become more athletic, and get in the shape you want. But, you know what’s also true? Training smart. Meaning: adapting your workout to the way your body feels based on sleep, stress, energy levels, injury status (if any), and life in general. Let’s be realistic guys. Not every workout you have will be your absolute best or your hardest. Why? Because getting into better shape isn’t linear and your workouts aren’t either. It may seem that way in the beginning, but eventually your results will start to level off like an exponential curve and you’ll have to get smart and creative by testing your body in new ways, like lifting heavier weights or adding new variations and exercises, and making recovery a point of emphasis, to get into better shape and health. Not only that,…

1000-a-day Recover Workout Challenge.

Originally posted on simonemckenna.com:
? 1000-a-day recovery challenge Light weights and lots of reps is how I’m rolling this week- who’s with me? The only equipment you will need is: – a fitness/yoga mat and –  light dumbbells of your choice. I am borrowing dumbbells so using 2kgs  and 4kgs dumbbells as that was what I could get my hands on. But it is not necessarily about the weight we are lifting, but the reps and fatigue we are causing the muscles by training them continuously. 1000 CHALLENGE: – 100x bicep curls – 100x front raises – 100x forward punches – 100x shoulder press – 100x tricep kickbacks (50x each arm) – 100x standing oblique crunch (50x each side) – 100x squats – 100x donkey kicks (50x each leg) – 100x sit ups – 100x alternate heel touches (abs)

HIIT Cardio Workout

Originally posted on a health & fitness blog:
HIIT, aka high intensity interval training, is great for stubborn fat loss! You switch up between periods of high intensity which elevates your heart rate and rest. This style of workout is notorious for continually burning calories even AFTER your session is over. Tabatas are great examples of HIIT — a Tabata is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest (totaling 4 minutes)   This is usually completed with a single exercise to cause muscle fatigue, but doesn’t have to be. Here is an example of my cardio day: Warm Up 30 minutes  stationary bike HIIT Tabata : jump squats (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : kettlebell swings (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : jump lunges (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : burpees  (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) Rest :60-:90 Tabata : skaters  (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest) FYI- I use a…