Daily Dose of Cardio WORKOUT

Happy hump day! Have you worked out yet?? If not, do this quick 30 minute workout. It focuses on the cardiovascular system and will definitely get your heart pumping and your lungs doin’ their thang!

Remember: cardio is like medicine for your heart! You wouldn’t skip a day of taking your really important, doctor prescribed medication would you? Well don’t skip a daily dose of your cardiovascular workout medicine either! 🙂 

 

Your Daily Dose of Cardio WORKOUT

Do each exercise for 45 seconds w/ 15sec rest. Rest 1 min btw rounds and do 5 rounds

  1. Lunge Switch-outs (Start in a lunge with your right foot in front, jump and switch to a lunge with the left leg in front) (No impact: Just do alternating forward lunges)

  2. Jumping Jack Plank – Get into a push-up position and then jump your feet wide, then narrow, wide, narrow…. staying in that plank position the whole time; wrists under shoulders!

  3. Karaoke (aka Grape-Vine) 10 meters right, 10 meters left, repeat (Karaoke = cross in front, cross behind, cross in front, cross behind…)

  4. Kettle Bell Swings (IF you know how to do them!!) Otherwise do squats 🙂

  5. High Knees in place – bringing each knee up to 90 degrees

  6. Core move of your choice! (Drawing a blank? Do a forearm plank and alternate lifting up one leg and then the other)

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Mountain Climbin’ like Crazy

So many mountain climbers, so little time! Here is a workout for you all that requires NO EQUIPMENT and just a little bit of space. Warm-Up for 5 minutes and then set a timer for 30 minutes. Do as many rounds as you can in that 30mins. Remember to grab water when you need it, and have fun with it!

  • 30 Mountain Climbers (Right+Left = 1)
  • 20 Squat Jumps (do a squat, then jump as high as you can; Beginner or Knee issues? Just do squats, avoid the high impact of the jump)
  • 30 Wide Narrow Mountain Climbers(Jump out + jump in = 1)
  • 30sec Side Plank Right (More advanced? Hold for a minute)
  • 30sec Side Plank Left (More advanced? Hold for a minute)
  • 20 Knees to Opposite Elbow Climber(Each leg up is 1; aka Right+Left= 2 reps)
  • 2 minute Run or Power Walk (no room? Just jump rope – or invisible jump rope – in place for two mins)

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Be happy. Be fit.

The Medicine Ball Workout!

All you need for this killer workout is a medicine ball! This workouts gets your heart rate up, strengthens the legs, & tones your core and back!

Warm-Up and then do as many rounds as you can in 30 minutes!

**Use a 8-10lb hard MB (medicine ball) for moves below

  • 10ea – Stand next to MB, Squat to pick up MB, reach it up an over head (straighten your legs when the ball is overhead) and then squat to place MB on ground, then sideways jump over MB. Repeat 10 in a row going right, then ten left. (Keep back straight in squats!!!)
  • 60sec. Plank on HDs (like push up position) with both feet balanced on the MB
  • 5ea SFT Squats, hold MB at your chest. (These are the squats in 6 different foot positions… right in front, left in front, wide, narrow, toes in, toes out)
  • 3 Sets of Box Drill – Run forwards 5m, shuffle left 5m, backwards run 5m, shuffle right 5m
  • 10ea Single Leg Decelerating Squats – stand on 1 leg in front of a chair, box, couch etc. Slowly decelerate your butt down into a single leg squat until your butt just barely touches the chair, then stand up!

Enjoy!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

Losing Belly Fat Isn’t Just About Diet & Exercise!


LOSING BELLY FAT ISN'T JUST ABOUT DIET AND EXERCISE!
Ready to hear something that just might blow your mind? Diet and exercise, although VERY important, are not the only factors to weight loss, especially fat loss in the stomach area! If you’ve ever felt like you have hit a weight loss plateau, or that the rest of your body is toning up but your waistline just won’t budge, there is something else to consider: hormones! There are many different hormones in our body that affect how each of us burns and stores fat in the stomach area. But basically it boils down to two major hormones: cortisol and insulin. 

Let’s pause about the hormones for a second and talk about fat. There are two types of belly fat: visceral and subcutaneous fat. The visceral fat is deep inside, surrounding our organs. This fat cannot be seen by the eye or pinched. On the other hand, subcutaneous belly fat is what you can pinch at your waistline and is often nicknamed a “muffin top”. The good news is that visceral (deep inside) belly fat recieves a lot of blood supply, is rich in beta-receptors, is more responsive to cortisol, and is less sensitive to insulin. Those are bunch of fancy scientific words basically saying that visceral fat is hard to store and easy to burn, thus can more easily be managed by exercise and diet. 

However, our subcutaneous belly fat is a different story. It has more alpha hormone receptors, meaning that it is less responsive to fat-burning hormones. It also is far more insulin sensitive and less reactive to cortisol. In a nutshell: subcutaneous fat is easier for our body to store and harder to burn and get rid of. This is where healthy hormone levels come in!

Hormones, specifically cortisol and insulin are responsible for the storage and release of fat cells, especially in that pinchable subcutaneous belly fat. Simply put, if these hormones are out of whack, they cannot do their jobs correctly. What effects these hormones? You can think of cortisol as the “sleep and stress” hormone and insulin as the “starch and sugar” hormone.

It is a known but often overlooked fact that we all NEED 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Even slight sleep deprivation can cause a stress response in the body, which alters cortisol levels. Other stresses such as work, relationships, and physical stress (ie. over-exercising, posture) can also alter cortisol levels. Thus, it is very important for each of us to manage our stress in order to shrink that waistline. This could be a nice long walk, a restorative yoga session, massages, spa treatments, meditation, laughing, reading, or any other activity you find relaxing. Eliminating stress and increasing sleep are the keys to keeping your cortisol levels in check, and therefore promoting belly fat loss.

The other main hormone, insulin, is more affected by how many starches and sugars you consume. Foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrates can cause your insulin levels to spike (bad news for the subcutaneous fat!). However, consuming more complex starches (brown rice, quinoa, and other foods with a low glycemic load) has the opposite effect and actually helps maintain a stable, healthy insulin level.

Phew that was a lot of information! Take some time to understand it. If you would like to read the entire article, and learn a bit more about the science behind burning subcutaneous and visceral stomach fat, check it out here!

Now get some sleep and de-stress! See below for one of many de-stressing ideas.

– Coach Amanda

Full Body Quick Workout

Hope you all had a great Valentine’s day and weekend! I spent the weekend in beautiful Monterey CA 🙂 Did a bunch of hiking, ran along the coast, went to the aquarium and indulged in some delicious food and wine.

Running out of time for a workout today? No way! Try this short one, anything is better than nothing, just get moving! Do the circuit below as many times as you can in 20 or 30 minutes (or even 15min if you are really pressed for time). Enjoy!

Full Body Quick Workout

  • 30 sec Plank, Alternate lifting up your right/left arm (extended out like superman) every 5 seconds. The tricky part? Don’t let your hips tilt! Keep them square to the ground
  • 20 Sumo Squats with Bicep Curl (wide legs with toes pointed out, every time you come up from the squat curl the dumbbells up, when you go down into the squat, straighten your arms out of the curl)
  • 100 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Push Ups – from knees, toes, or elevated with hands on a couch
  • 7 sets of : 1 right side lunge + 1 left side lunge + burpee

Monterey CA

Monterey CA

Running in a Winter Wonderland

Another great workout for you to do on your own over the holidays! Pick your favorite way to do cardio and try the following… It isn’t a white wonderland here in sunny California, but we can pretend! 🙂

RUNNING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND

Run 3 miles (or Bike 8 miles, Elliptical 2 miles, Walk 2 miles, or Row 6000m)

After every ½ mile do the following…  (If biking do every 2 miles)

  • 100 Jumping Jacks
  • 25ea Oblique Crunch (lie on your back, let your knees fall to one side, and crunch straight up so your shoulders come off the ground)
  • 20 Jumpsas high as you can
  • 10 Push Up Roll Overs (5ea direction – see video)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

The 12 Days of Xmas Workout (no equipment!)

Hooray for holiday time off!! For those of you in need of an at-home workout to do while traveling, visiting family, or just taking time to relax at home, try this one! No equipment is required, so grab a friend, family member, or go solo and get your workout on. 🙂

THE 12 DAYS of XMAS WORKOUTHoliday workout, no equipment!

Warm up: 5 sets of: 3 push ups + 15 Squats (Body wt only) + 10 Forward Walking Lunges

Workout:

  • 12 Squat Sets: 3 Squats + 3 Squat Jumps = 1 set
  • 11 Box Step Ups (11 each leg – use a chair or couch if at home)
  • 10 Sets of: 10 Mountain Climbers + 10 High Knees
  • 9 Star Crunches (lay on back – lift arms, legs, head and shoulders off the ground, hold for 5 seconds = 1 rep)
  • 8 Knee to Opposite Elbow Plank on Hands (1 right +1 left = 1 rep)
  • 7 Side Lunges each leg (hold something heavy at chest if possible)
  • 6 Lunge Clocks (see this video)
  • 5ea SFT Push Ups*
  • 4 Broad Jump Matrix (2 foot jump forwards, 2ft jump to the right, 2ft jump to the left = 1 Broad Jump Matrix)
  • 3 mins Plank Hold (1 min regular, 1 min Rt side Plank, 1 min Lt Side Plank)
  • 2 mins of Jump Rope (invisible jump rope if  you don’t have one, just make sure you are actually moving your arms ;))
  • 1 min of Burpeesdo as many as you can! Finish strong!
  • DONE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

SFT PUSH UPS: Do 5 push ups in each of these six positions: 1) Right hand slightly in front of left, 2) Left hand slightly in front of Right, 3) Wide, 4) Narrow, 5) Hands shoulder width, pointed out at a 45 degree angle, 6) Hands shoulder width but pointed in at 45 degree angle.

Be Happy. Be Fit.

The No Impact Workout (no equipment needed either!)

This workout is perfect for anyone with sensitive joints, past knee injuries, or if you’re just looking to add a no impact workout into your regimen.

Impact occurs during running, jumping and other activities where you land hard on your feet.  By eliminating these movements you can still get a great workout in, but shouldn’t feel any knee or hip pain 🙂 Heads Up: There is still knee FLEXION (bending) in this workout, just no impact. Enjoy!

The No Impact Workout

THE NO IMPACT WORKOUT

  • 15ea Plank Core Matrix* (beginners: 10ea)
  • 10ea Forwards/Backwards Lunge Pivots (one forwards lunge, then same leg backwards lunge = 1 Pivot; do 10 PIVOTS on one side, then do the other side)
  • 8ea Single Leg Push Ups (beginners: do from a single knee, or a single leg but elevate your hands onto the back of a couch/step)
  • 5ea Superman Rolls**
  • Do 3-5 Rounds depending on how you are feeling and your fitness level 🙂

 

* CORE MATRIX – in a plank position, move hips up and down 15 times, side to side 15 times, and then dive the right hip down, then left hip down 15 times (up +down = 1; rt +lf =1 etc)

** SUPERMAN ROLLS – lay on your stomach with your arms and legs extended and lifted off the ground (like superman!) and then roll over onto your back and then back to your stomach. When rolling don’t let  your elbows, hands, knees, or feet touch the ground! Do 5  going to the right and back, then 5 to the left and back – message me with questions!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

Lunge Challenge and HIIT Workout

Lunge Challenge Workout

Happy almost Thanksgiving everybody! Need a workout to do before your big feast? Try this HIIT interval workout, followed by a LUNGE CHALLENGE!  Get all your friends and family to join in!

Thanksgiving HIIT (set timer for 45sec work/15sec rest – beginners do 40sec/20sec)

  1. 10 High Knees + 1 Burpee + 1 Tuck Jump (Tuck = Jump up bringing knees to 90 degrees)
  2. Around-the-World Squat (use a book, ball, weight, anything :))
  3. Plank Hold with feet on Ball (basketball, medicine ball, even a chair or couch works) (Harder=Alternate a single leg on ball while in a plank hold)
  4. Speed Skaters (over ball if you have one)
  • REPEAT 3-5 times depending on fitness level

LUNGE CHALLENGE – then finish your workout with this…

  • 30 Forward Lunges, 30 Push Ups, 30 Reverse Lunges, 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 20 Forward Lunges, 20 Push Ups, 20 Reverse Lunges, 20 Jumping Jacks
  • 10 Forward Lunges, 10 Push Ups, 10 Reverse Lunges, 10 Jumping Jacks

Awesome work!

Be Happy. Be Fit

The Box/Chair/Bench Workout

Find ANY stable box, chair, or bench and do this workout! Easy to do at a park, at your home, in the gym, or even in your office (see if you can get your coworkers to get up and do a round ;))

The Chair/Bench Workout

  • 15 Push Ups w/ you feet elevated on the box (EASIER: Elevate your hands on the box)
  • 10 Box Jumps (if not comfortable jumping the height of your chair, do 10 box step-ups on each leg)
  • 10ea Plank Knee to Elbow w/ feet elevated (see how-to video below!)
  • 10ea Side Lunge + Cross-Step Up (see how-to video below!)
  • 100 Toe Taps (facing your box, alternate lifting your right then left foot up to touch the top of the box as fast as possible – like doing high knees, except you touch the top of your box every time)
  • REPEAT 4-5 ROUNDS

Hiking: Yosemite for the weekend!

Hiking in Yosemite for our exercise!

Hiking in Yosemite for our exercise!

Hiking is an amazing form of exercise! Not only is hiking a great form of cardiovascular exercise, but it also helps increase muscular strength and endurance. Hiking also gets you outdoors, which is often relaxing and necessary after a long day/week of work.  So go out and find a nice trail near you and enjoy the fresh air and vitamin D (from the sun! :)) Your heart will thank you for the workout!

Half Dome, Yosemite

Half Dome, Yosemite

Yosemite in the Fall

Yosemite in the Fall

Beautiful Yosemite Valley

Beautiful Yosemite Valley