Work Out Wednesday & Upper Body HIIT

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Happy Work Out Wednesday!  I don’t know about you, but I am more than ready for the weekend.  (Not that us Mama’s get much of a break then either.)  I’m running on about 5 1/2 hours of sleep which has been par for the course this week.  But, I didn’t let that stop me from making it to the gym.

Today was an Upper Body HIIT and after ransacking my toddlers trick or treat candy I felt the need to turn it up a notch.  So, I added sprints.  I kind of hated myself for it at the time but it felt good once I was done.  If adding sprints to your HIIT is a little much just replace them with anything you like.  Some ideas are jumping jacks, lateral jumps, high knees, jump rope, etc.  With the added sprints I had to knock my exercise time from 30 to 25 seconds for the 2nd and 3rd round but I made sure I went all out.  Do the following HIIT 3x through and follow up with lots of water and a good stretch.

 

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After the sugar fest from Halloween I have decided to give up sugar for the month of November (Thanksgiving will of course be a cheat day).  Are you starting or in the middle of any health challenges?  I’d love to hear what you’re up to!

 

Happy Sweatin’!

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Work Out Wednesday & Lower Body Strength Training

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Happy Work Out Wednesday lovelies!  I hope you’ve had a wonderfully active week so far.  I am so happy to be lifting heavy again.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my HIIT workouts but I slacked far too long in the weight room after Zeke was born.  Making it to the gym just isn’t enough, we have to work hard while there!  You know, make it worth our time.

Today was my Lower Body day which just so happens to be my favorite!  Seriously, if you have not gotten acquainted with squats, get to know them and make them you BFF.  Squats are the best thing to happen to a females body.  Along with squats, here are my favorite go to lower body moves.

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If you are unfamiliar with these moves uncomfortable start by practicing the moves with no weights.  Get comfortable with the proper form because neglecting your form is the quickest way to sideline your training.  I see people doing Romanian Deadlifts and Squats wrong ALL.THE.TIME. and it seriously makes me cringe. Check out the following links if you’d like to learn how to these exercises.

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Happy lifting!

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Work Out Wednesday

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It’s work out Wednesday already!! This week has sure flown by so far.  I did a heavy leg day yesterday and I’ll be honest, today’s HIIT was a bit brutal for me.  I work out Monday-Friday alternating days of weight training and HIIT workouts.  I’m finally getting my rhythm back in the weight room after having Zeke (it only took 15 months!) and I’m definitely paying for it today!

I did today’s exercises for 25 seconds each with a rest time of 10 seconds.  As always adjust according to your fitness level.  I suggest 20-45 seconds.  I use weights for a couple of the moves but that is not necessary.  Add them for the extra challenge or drop them for body weight moves.

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Repeat 3 Times

Here are some links if you are unfamiliar with some of the moves.

Dive Bombers     Up Down Plank    Plank with Knee    Plank Jacks    Flutter Kicks     Frogger     Plank w/Shoulder Touch

As you can see, I have my favorite go to exercises, Burpees being one of them.  Okay, maybe I’m using the word “favorite” a bit loosely considering I have a long going love/hate relationship with Burpees.  Do you have any favorite go to’s?

 

Until next time!

Happy HIIT’ing!
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