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)

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

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 Do Anywhere Workout #3 LEGS!!!

We all sometimes get busy and think we don’t have time to workout because there is no time to get to the gym. Well save yourself some time and workout at home! Or at a park, a hotel, in the break room at work… the options are endless! Try this Do Anywhere Leg Workout and let me know how it goes for you!

Reverse LungeReverse Lunge 

The Do Anywhere Workout #3 LEGS!!!

  • 10 Burpees (no Push Up)
  • 8ea Single Leg Deceleration Squat to Chair (stand on one leg w/ heel at a chair/bench/bed etc. then slowly lower your butt towards the chair until it just barely touches, then stand up. The taller your chair the easier the exercise will be)
  • 10ea Slow Side Shuffle
  • 30 Speed Skaters (video of speed skater how-to)
  • 8ea Reverse Lunges (see picture above – stand w/ or w/o a weight in your hand, and drop one leg back into a lunge and then bring it back to your starting standing position, that’s 1 rep)
  •  REPEAT 3-4 times 🙂

NOTES: for the squats and reverse lunges hold something heavy at your chest for a little extra challenge (ie a big book, purse, stack of jeans haha be resourceful!)

 

Be Happy. Be Fit. 

The BEST way to do your Cardio!

There are so many benefits to doing your cardio work in intervals read my post Why Cardio Intervals are so Dang Effective to understand why!

Now that you are convinced that intervals truly are THE GREATEST, try this amazing interval workout. It can be done on the treadmill, bike, elliptical, row machine, etc. or even outside via running up and down hills or changing the pace of your run! Work it ladies and gents!

CARDIO INTERVALS
5 min walk/jog warm-up

1 min RUN (as fast as you can go!)
1 min jog/walk/or rest
2 min moderate effort (about 60-70% your max)
1 minute jog/walk/or rest    
(Repeat 4-5 times)

Be Happy. Be Fit.

 

Why Cardio Intervals are so Dang Effective: A MUST READ

Intervals are BY FAR the most efficient way to do your cardiovascular workout. These are the reasons why intervals kick long, constant-cardio workouts in the butt:

  1. Your metabolism will sky-rocket! It will stay elevated post workout for so much longer than if you just jogged at one level pace. This is due to EPOC (Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption). To the average person: all this means is that you will continue burning calories at an elevated rate even as you are sitting on your booty throughout the rest of the day!! Wahooo! (Note – weight training + cardio intervals has an even higher EPOC :))
  2. You put your body into neuromuscular confusion – a state where the body doesn’t know what is coming next and must “re-boot and re-assess the neuromuscular patterns of your body every time you change speed, rather than allowing the body to find a calm state of homeostasis. This challenges your body so much more! Think about how much easier a math test would be if it was the same question 20 times vs having a test with 20 different questions… same thing with your muscles and body!!
  3. The periods of high-intensity followed by rest allow you to reach higher thresholds of your VO2max (Think about this being your maximum effort level possible).
  4. You burn way more calories in a shorter amount of time!! (Due to reason #2 and #3)
  5. It is great for your heart!! You receive the same (or more!) cardiovascular benefits when only doing 20 minutes of intervals as you do 45 minutes of a constant jog!! Talk about efficient! 🙂

Bottom line: Intervals are effective, a great calorie burn, and can be done when you are short on time. Long runs are great too, but this is just another tool to add to your repertoire. Intervals can be done on any cardiovascular machine (treadmill, row machine, elliptical, bike, etc) and even done outside via hills or just changing your pace as you run.

Try THIS for an example of an interval workout, enjoy!

Be Happy. Be Fit.

Letter from a Happy Client :)

This letter was written to my boss from one of my female clients. I am so thankful to have a job where I get to help other achieve their goals and feel better about themselves. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my job and seeing all of your smiling faces every day! 🙂

“Hi, I just wanted to share how much I enjoy training with Amanda Nespor!  I’ve had 1:1 sessions with her a couple times a week for a couple months, and I cannot rave enough about her.
  • She brings expertise, energy, and focus to each of our workouts.
  • Each session is physically and mentally challenging, and push me as far as I can safely go — while actually being fun!
  • No two sessions are alike — I’m learning so much!
I used to teach aerobics many years ago, and almost became a professional dancer, so I have a high bar on what I expect from a trainer.  Of the two trainers I’ve had at Google, Amanda is in another league better.
Thank you for hiring her, and making such a great service available to us!
With much appreciation,
Awesome Anonymous Lady”

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.

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.

Mix-Match Workout (Cardio and Strength!)

The perfect mix and match of a little cardio and a little strength!

Mix-Match Workout

  • 20 Push Ups (10 w/ Rt hand in front, 10 Lt hand in front)
  • 100 Jumping Jacks
    • Repeat the above pair 3x
  • 10ea Leg, Walking Lunges (Hold Dumbbells by side if available)
  • 30 Mountain Climbers*
    • Repeat the above pair 3x
  • 12 Squat + Overhead Dumbbell Press** (If no dumbbells, use anything heavy you can hold onto)
  • 15-20 Box Jumps (depending on height of box)
    • Repeat the above pair 3x

*Mountain Climbers: Push-up position, then move one knee towards your chest, then the other; as if you were running (or mountain climbing :) ) while facing the ground.

**Squat + Overhead Dumbbell Press: Stand holding your dumbbells at shoulder height, squat down (keeping dumbbells at shoulders), as you stand up from your squat press your arms straight up overhead. Bring your arms back down to shoulder level when you go down for the next squat.

Make it easier: Instead of 20, do 14 push ups (7ea); Walking lunges with body weight only; and box step ups instead of box jumps

Cardio Row Workout (or Run!)

Cardio Row Workout (or Run!)

Cardio time everybody! Try this excellent row machine workout! Not at a gym or don’t have a rower? No problem! Just replace all of the rowing with either walking or running.

Cardio Row/Run Workout

  • Row 500 meters
  • 30 Mtn. Climbers, 10ea Side Plank Dips, 20 Broad Jumps (see below for directions)
  • Row 750m
  • 30 Mtn. Climbers, 10ea Side Plank Dips, 20 Broad Jumps
  • Row 1000m
  • 30 Mtn. Climbers, 10ea Side Plank Dips, 20 Broad Jumps
  • Row 750m
  • 30 Mtn. Climbers, 10ea Side Plank Dips, 20 Broad Jumps
  • Row 500m

Notes:

  1. Mountain Climbers: Push-up position, then move one knee towards your chest, then the other; as if you were running (or mountain climbing :)) while facing the ground.
  2. Side Plank Dips: Side plank, then dip your hips towards the ground and then up away from the ground back to level. Easier option: Just hold the side plank for 30sec. Harder option: do the plank from your hands instead of forearm.
  3. Broad Jumps: A two foot jump as far forward as you can, be sure to always leave and land on both feet equally.

Be Happy. Be Fit.