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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Monday Workout – All you need is your BOD!

Hello world! Here is an excellent no equipment needed workout to start your week off right! Head to a park or do it at your house. Time to beat those Monday Blues!

Do 45 seconds of each exercise, with a 15sec rest btw each exercise. Rest 1 min after the whole round. Do 4-5 rounds 🙂

Monday workout!

1) Russian Twists – like this video; keep back straight! The more you lean back, the harder the exercise! You could also hold 5-10lbs in your hands to make it harder

2) Squats w/ something 20ish lbs at chest (remember to keep your heels down, and butt goes back like you are going to sit on a bench)

3) Down Dog Push Ups – see video HERE

4) Standing T’s – Stand on right leg, kick left leg behind you and reach your left arm forwards like superwoman. Do that same side for 22sec then switch sides (reaching leg and reaching arm are on the same side!)

5) Forearm Plank w/ Alternating arm lifts – while in your plank, lift your right arm up and hold for 1-2 seconds, then lift left for 1-2 secs. Keep alternating sides

6) Alternating Reverse Lunges (aka backwards lunges) – do one right backwards lunge, then one left backwards lunge, repeat. (Knee pain? Just do backwards big steps)

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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.

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

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Monterey CA

Partner Workout!

Grab a friend, significant other, or family member and do this workout together! (Don’t worry there are no uphill sprints in this workout – however those are really good for you! :))

Partner Workout

This picture is from a few months ago when my boyfriend and I went on a hike on Mt. Tam and came across this rock amphitheater in the hills! It was so random haha. Of course he challenged me to 6 sprints – from the fence (you can see it in the background) up all the steps to the top. Unexpected intervals added into our hike!

Anyways here is a workout for you and your partner to do! Enjoy!

PARTNER WORKOUT –  One person does exercise A for 1 minute while your partner does exercise B for 1 minute; then switch. Do each set 3x before moving on to the next partner set. 

  • SET 1: A) Wide/Narrow Push Ups (Alternate 2 w/ wide hand stance, then 2 w/ narrow hand stance); B) Jump Rope (or “invisible jump rope” if you don’t have one – move arms as if you did)
  • SET 2: A) Speed Skaters (click here for how-to video); B) Forward Walking Lunges (make sure front knee does not go past your front toe – safety first!)
  • SET 3: A) Single Leg Squats (stand on one leg, decelerate SLOWLY until your butt touches a bench, couch, chair etc the stand back upright, switch leg every 3 reps); B) Four Square Jumps (keeping your feet together, jump forwards, right, backwards, left – like you are making a little box)
  • If you have time, finish with a two-mile walk or run with your partner!

Nobody to join you today? You can also do it by yourself! 🙂

Be Happy. Be Fit.

The Do Anywhere Workout #2!

Hey everybody! Here’s another workout that you can do no matter where you are! Whether you are on a business trip and only have a hotel room; a busy parent at home; in a park with your kids; or just need an at home workout after a long day at work, try this!

The Do Anywhere Workout #2!

The Do Anywhere Workout #2

Set some sort of interval timer for 45sec work/15sec rest* and do the 6 moves below for 3-5 rounds!  (There are a ton of free interval timer apps you can use! Or just watch a clock)

  1. Box Jumps  – Use any chair, step, bench, etc. (Knee issues? Just do box step ups!)
  2. Plank Toe Taps(Plank on your elbows, tap your right toe out to the side and back, then your left toe, continue alternating. Easier? Plank with your hands elevated on a couch or bench) 
  3. Sumo Squats – (Squat with a wide stance and your toes pointed out)
  4. Push Ups(Need easier? Elevate your upper body by putting your hands on a couch or bench; want harder? Elevate your feet!)
  5.  Jumping Jacks – (Harder? Do the jumping jacks with your legs bent at 90 degrees – like you are doing a jumping jack in a squat)
  6. Walking Forward Lunges  – (Harder? Hold something heavy at your chest/or in each hand)

* Want to make the entire workout harder? Set your timer for 50sec/10sec intervals. Want to make it easier? Set your intervals at 40sec/20sec 🙂

Be Happy. Be Fit.

TRX Workout for YOU!

Do you have a TRX Band? Seen one at your gym? Try out this workout!

Suspension training is an extremely effective way to exercise as it forces many different muscle groups to engage in order to stabilize the body during each exercise. For example, a TRX Row (see below) not only works your upper back and biceps – like a machine would – but it also requires your entire core to work, your lower back to engage, and your thighs, glutes and hamstrings to fire in order for your legs to stay straight and firm. Now that’s a full body exercise!

Repeat the TRX Circuit below as many times as you can in 30 minutes, enjoy! (see pictures of each move below!)

  • 25 TRX Squat Jumps
  • 15 TRX Bicep curls (pretend like you are punching your forehead with your fists)
  • 10 TRX Pikes (feet in loop handles, plank on hands and then use your abs to pike your butt up into the air while keeping your legs straight)
  • 10ea leg TRX Reverse Lunges (see pic below)
  • 15 Burpees with a Push Up (NOT on TRX Band)
  • 20 TRX Superman
TRX Squat Jump
TRX Biceps
TRX Bicep Curl

TRX Pike
TRX Pike TRX Reverse Lunge
TRX Reverse Lunge
 
TRX Superman
TRX Superman

45 Second Madness Workout + MY FIRST VIDEOS!!

MY FIRST VIDEOS!!! I have inserted a brief video of each move in this workout!!

Do each of these 6 exercises for 45 seconds, after each exercise rest for 15 seconds. After you complete all 6 exercises, rest 1 minute and then repeat! (Want to make it harder? Do intervals of 50sec/10sec rest!)

45 Second Madness Workout

  • Push Up Roll Overs (easier: push up from knees)
  • Broad Jump Burpees (easier: step instead of jump)
  • 2 Squats + Squat Jump (easier: just do squats, no jump)
  • Plank w/ Knees to Opposite Elbows
  • Speed Skaters
  • Lunge Clock

See the videos below for how-to! Remember this workout is all about what YOU can do in 45 seconds. Maybe it’s only 5 reps, maybe you can squeeze in 20, just do YOUR best!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

One of my clients lost 9.5 inches!!

In just under 3 months, one of my amazing anonymous clients lost a total of 9.5 inches!!

She is well on her way to her journey of health and fitness and I am so excited to be a part of it 🙂

Here are her details:

INCHES LOST: Total = 9.5”

  • Thigh = -1.5”
  • Arm = -1.5”

  • Waist = -5.0” (SO GOOD!!! :))

  • Hips = -1.5”

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Thrilling Tabata

It’s time for Tabata!! Tabata training is a very specific version of interval training: you perform 8 rounds of the same exercise for 20 seconds on/10 seconds rest. The idea is to go as hard as you can for the 20 seconds, knowing that shortly you will have a break.

This high intensity, short duration training allows your metabolism to work “anaerobically”  – or without oxygen. (Soon I will write about the benefits of tabata and anaerobic interval training – so keep an eye out for that!)

Anyways, below is a GREAT tabata workout! The cool thing is that anyone can do this workout because it is all up to how hard YOU push yourself, you are only doing the amount of reps that YOU can do in 20 secs. Now go set a timer and kick some butt! 🙂

Thrilling Tabata

Do 8 rounds of exercise #1 (perform the exercise for 20sec, then rest for 10sec. 20 on, 10 off….for 8 rounds). After all 8 rounds of exercise #1, rest for 1.5-2 minutes, then repeat with exercise #2 and so on!

  1. 3ea High Knees + 3ea Mountain Climbers (Run in place bringing each leg up to 90 degrees three times, then drop into a plank position and do 3ea leg mountian climbers – bringing knee to chest; then go back up for high knees; repeat until the 20 sec is up)
  2. Box Jumps (The higher your “box” or step the harder! Knee problems? Do box step ups)
  3. Burpees (Easier: Place hands on couch/box/chair instead of ground)
  4. Weighted Jumping Jacks (Hold something in each hand that is 3+lbs; Easier: regular jumping jacks)
  5. 15m Sprints (Easier: Sprint forwards 15m, then backwards jog 15m)
  6. Lateral Leaps – aka “Speed Skaters” (Leap from one foot to the other laterally (side to side), try and only have one foot on the ground at a time; Harder: Hold some sort of weigh at your chest, as you land on each leg reach the weight out in front of your shin – keep back straight!!)

Family Tabata Workout

The Playground Workout

The Playground Workout

This is one of my workouts that will be in the exercise plan “8 Weeks to Fitness for the Busy Mom”. Perfect for you to take the kids to the park and get in a workout while they play! Anyone that lives near a park, this works for you too, it’s not just for the moms!

Playground Workout

  • 10 Push Ups with Hands on Bench (Harder option: Feet on bench)
  • 15 Jumping Pull Ups (on playground bar) (Harder: Full Pull Ups)
  • 20 Tricep Dips with hands on bench
  • 15 Box Jumps (use any step or bench around – the taller the harder it will be)
  • 1 lap around the playground (Easier: power walk; Harder: Sprint/Run)
  • REPEAT 4-5 times

Be happy. Be fit.