Fitness Friday no. 7

This week I’m going to share my 5 go-to at home workouts, that hit all of those sweet spots everyone wants to work on!

One thing I have been relying on this year, to get back into shape, has been working out at home.  As I’ve mentioned before one of the reasons I wasn’t successful last year was because I was gifted with a few months of workouts and then couldn’t maintain them based on cost and fell right back off. So, having been gifted with <expensive> workout classes again, I told myself I wasn’t going to use them until I got into my own groove at home!  The more I’ve been working out at home, the more I love it because it fits within my schedule – so when I have 30 minutes to get a workout in, I can do it on my own time, when I want, oh and it’s free!

Squats – I love squats! These work your full body but especially your butt, thighs and hips. The key to squats is your posture and formation, putting all of your weight within your heels and sticking that butt back as far as possible. An alternate position is widening your feet to work those inner thighs a bit harder.

Challenge: 4-sets of 50 squats, at the end of each set hold low and pulse for a count of 15

No Weight Arms – You may (or may not) be surprised at how much fatigue you can feel by doing some basic arm movements, with NO weights. Of course weights will add to the workout, but if you’re on the go or traveling these will be the perfect fix. The first pictured below is “Close Grip Flies” – the key here is to keep your shoulders relaxed and pushing your arms straight through the motion. The second is Triceps Extensions, the goal is to keep your neck straight and arms as close to your ears as possible while moving your arms up straight above your head, holding your hands in a fist can help the posture.

Challenge: 4-sets of 25, for both the close grip flies and triceps extensions

Side Leg Lifts – What I love about this, is that you can modify it to adjust to skill and the level of the intensity you want. This also tones your hips, which is perfect if you’re trying to work down those side “muffins.”  To add to this you can extend your top arm straight, this will intensify the core work.

Challenge: 4-sets, alternating 25 lifts on each side

Leg Extender Abs – I found this workout from doing the online Barre classes and I absolutely love it! I especially love it because there are modifications to do that still give you a killer ab workout without killing your lower back, the key is to push that lower back down so that it doesn’t arch.  The goal here is to work through the movement slowly and meaningfully, by alternating your extended legs, as you get used to this you can elevate your head (without straining your neck) and crunch to each side as you alternate.

Challenge: 4-sets, work this slow for 5-minutes and work into the side crunches – hold the side crunch on each side at least once for a slow count of 10

Planks – For someone who has chronic back pain, I’ve never truly appreciated working the core until I started Barre. Planks again have the ability to modified based on skill and evolve over time to work up strength and build that inner core strength.  Starting on your knees (and even your forearms) is perfectly acceptable as long as you keep your back straight and pull your abs in tight, and lower that butt!

Challenge: Hold for 30-seconds at the end each set

Fitness Friday 07 - the bee lifeIMG_9247A special thanks to Allie and Bekah for being my awesome fitness models (and fitness inspiration) and the crazy talented Timothy Logan for taking these awesome shots!

4 Easy Workouts

Since I have been having a hard time staying motivated and getting a workout in, I wanted to share some easy workouts that allow you to start small, are manageable AND able to be fit in during convenient times to make them work during your busy schedule.

You're only one work out awayfrom a good

  1. Small sets before you shower: If you’re already ‘stinky’ or in need for a freshen up, why not try and squeeze some easy but impactful workouts in just before?
    50 squats | 30 crunches | 25 side plank leg extenders (each side) | 20 push-ups
  2. 10-minutes of stretches before bed: You’ll be amazed at how much this will help you and relieve the day’s stresses. Be sure to take deep breathes in and out throughout and don’t rush to the next position.
    Suggestions: Tree pose for 30-seconds on each side | Simple side stretches alternating legs and arms | Lay on your back and hug your knees, rocking gently (one of my favorites)
  3. Lunch break walks: Take 30-minutes of your lunch break to get some extra steps in, find some stairs near by and take some laps, the quicker you start to continually exercise, the easier it’ll become to keep it up.
  4. Get back into running: Whether your more experienced or trying to start – pick any mileage range between 1 to 3 miles and just go for it. Don’t worry about your pace or if you have to stop and walk.  Getting a good sweat on is the mission. Pick a few days a week for your run and even try to increase your distance!

How do you fit workouts into your busy schedule?