The Post-Buyer’s-Remorse Workout

Where do I start? How about after I took Layla for a long walk yesterday, I ended up dragging my booty to the mall. I really shouldn’t have, but I made out like a bandit. I got 2 dresses and a necklace from Banana Republic; a dress, sandals and pajamas from Gap- and all that was for about $120. Not too shabby.

As soon as I got back home, I turned right around and ended up going to Tyler’s football game. Where he managed to dislocate his shoulder. Not good, since today he is off golfing with people from work. I hope it doesn’t make it worse! He was having so much fun on the field and it was only the first game. Perhaps my persuasive powers to get him back in the gym will finally take into effect now that he knows he’s gotta keep himself strong to prevent injuries!

With all that hubbub, I was only able to squeeze in an at-home workout last night. Not really what I was aiming for, but it was better than nothing. I ended up doing about 20 minutes of kickboxing, then another 25 minutes of strength stuff: stability ball reverse lunges, plie squats, weighted stability ball oblique twists, chest press and flys.

Today, though= different story. I completed the Fitnessista’s Schweaty September Workout

Mine was only slightly modified:

Cardio #1

1. Shake Senora- Pitbull (Warm up)

2. Americano- Lady Gaga (Speedier)

3. Pass at Me- Timbaland (Tabata; 20 seconds work, 10 rest, repeated 8x)

Strength 12-15 reps of each move 2-3 sets

Front/Back overhead press (Using a body bar, do an overhead press, then bring the weight down and behind your head so it almost rests on your shoulders. Then press it back up and have the bar come down in front of your face, almost resting on your chest. Each full front/back movement counts as 1)

Shoulder raises (first set: lateral raise; 2nd set: front raise; 3rd set: combo of the two)

Cardio #2

1.Princess of China- Coldplay and Rihanna (moderate pace, increasing the resistance every 1 minute)

2. Papa Don’t Preach- Madonna (30 seconds speedy; 1 minute recovery)

3. Love on Top- Beyonce (moderate speed)

Strength 12-15 reps of each move 2-3 sets

Right leg squat + bicep curl, regular weighted squat, left leg squat + hammer curl, 25 calf raises

Step Ups: 1 minute each leg

Cardio #3

1. Boomerang- DJ Felli Fel (2 minute warm up then pace for the rest of the song)

2. Please Don’t Stop the Music- Rihanna (Tabata; 20 seconds work, 10 rest, repeated 8x)

3. Back in Time- Pitbull (moderate pace)

In my workout, I did the elliptcal for Cardio portions #1 & #3 and used the spin bike for #2. Here is the playlist I used for the hour long workout. It timed out perfectly- even with the machine wipe-down times!

Now, I must write up tonight’s bootcamp! I will check back in with that workout later tonight 🙂

PS: This is my first month in the Foodie Penpal program run by The Lean Green Bean. I just got my penpal today, and I am super excited to send her a package full of goodies! The best part: She has a list for US and Canadian residents and penpals are paired with those who reside in the same country to alleviate any customs/shipping problems. Love!!

3 Workouts To Try

I’m going to give you a piece of free advice: If you see a hill, go up it. I don’t care how- run, walk, bike, crawl. Just do it. (Sorry, Nike). It is a fantastic glute workout and really gets your heart a-pumpin’. Added bonus if you’re at insane altitudes.

Take, for instance, this hill:

The photo really doesn’t do it justice. That hill is so steep, you have to crane your neck to see the top.

Anyhoo, as soon as I spotted that sucker, I decided Layla and I were going to get up that thing. As we started the climb, I saw a biker up ahead of us stop and sit down. He was seriously out of breath. I thought to myself ‘Ha! He is so out of shape! I am going to get all the way up this hill easy peasy!” Umm, right. Well, No sooner did we pass said wheezing dude that I, myself started to wheeze. Holy shnikeys, this hill was for serious. But, we made it with no stops. And the view, my God it was beautiful. Again, the pictures really don’t do it any justice whatsoever.

Layla celebrated our accomplishment with a massive victory poo. Don’t worry, there are no pictures of that joyous occasion.

So there’s advice for a simple little glute workout. On to the next!

Have no time or equipment? Are you tired, rundown, listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? The answers to all your problems are in this little bottle….

Whoops, started asking so many questions I dove right into some I Love Lucy dialogue. And sweet Jesus if you don’t know what I am talking about. The vitameatavegamin episode. Seriously, guys. Catch up on your black and white sitcoms.

Back to the no time or equipment thing. Here’s a quick 10-minute crossfit style workout I found on Fitsugar.

The workout is a combination of cardio and strength straining that can be done in only 10 minutes.

See? I liked it so much I did it for an extra .2 seconds. Overachiever is my middle name.

If you don’t want to click on the link above which provides a video demonstration of this workout, I’ll write it here:

  • 1 minute of shuffle squats
  • 1 minute of alternating front lunges
  • 1 minute of bicycle crunches
  • 1 minute of mountain climbers
  • 1 minute stretch
  • REPEAT

It’s only 10 minutes. That’s it. Go do it.

3rd workout I will tell you about is The Fitnessista’s Schweaty May Workout. I also did this one yesterday and I love love love it.

She goes into detail for the moves, but I’ll summarize below:

5 minute warm up

3 sets of 12-15 reps for the following (3 sets on each side, if applicable)

  • squat to overhead press
  • reverse fly and leg lift
  • curtsy lunge with bicep curl and lateral raise
  • stability ball pushup
  • stability ball back extension
  • stability ball leg lifts

optional: 20 Minutes of HIIT with 1:30 minutes easy and 30 seconds HARD.

I love this workout!

 

There ya have it. 3 different workouts you can do today.

See ya later.