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I’m Tired of this Question… Here’s a Solution

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“When will all of these New Year’s Resolutioners just give up and leave our gym already?”

Wow. After working in a large, corporate gym setting for the past four January’s I have heard this question (or some variation of it) more times than I could ever count. The past three years when asked this question I would always smile, giggle and tell the person asking me to just simply wait it out. “Don’t worry, by the first week of March, they’ll all be gone”. I feel bad admitting it but honestly, I just wanted to train my clients without having to fight with people over equipment.

I’m a horrible person. Correction. I WAS a horrible person. I’m not sure what changed in my brain but this year I get a little bit mad when I hear this question.

Why should we want people to give up after two months? Shouldn’t we get excited because of all the newly motivated people surrounding us? This year I am SO proud of everyone who bombardes my small training area and congests the Cardio room. In fact, these “new year’s resolutioners” have inspired me. Thank you to all of the newly motivated people, I hope you can find happiness in living a healthy lifestyle and choose to stick with the daily dose of physical activity.

IF you are one of my fellow gym junkies who hates this time of year, try and see the positive. Congratulate the newbies for actually joining and taking the first step to committing to a life of good health.

NOW… IF you just can’t stand it, here is another great at home workout!

ALL LEGS Pyramid

Go through this whole pyramid once. THEN repeat two more time….Oh yeah! your legs are going to hurt…Make sure to rest in between pyramids and drink a nice big glass of water.

50 Squats

30 lunges

10 toe touches (lay on your back with legs straight up and reach hand up towards toes)

30 second wall sit (arms up!)

100 Jumping Jacks

30 second wall sit (arms up!)

10 toe touches

30 lunges

50 squats

Now ask yourself again why you didn’t want to go to the gym?? haha enjoy this, your booty will thank you later 🙂

Make Cardio Fun- Plyometrics!

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There are times when I know I have to do cardio and all I want to do is cry. However, Plyometrics are an amazing way to burn calories, get your heart rate up and act as a substitute once a week for those painful 30 minutes on the stair mill. Mixing it up not only helps with you desire to get back in the gym the next day, but it also forces your body to have to keep up and change with you. So try these out and you may find the fun in cardio again!

Take these 4 exercises, do each for 30 seconds, rest 30 seconds in between each and go through all four 3 times.

1. Butt Kicks

Target Muscles: hamstrings, glutes, calves

How to do it: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms at your sides and elbows bent. Jump and bend one leg behind you to draw your heel toward your glutes; on your next jump, switch legs. Continue, alternating quickly, for your entire set.

2. High Knees

Target Muscles: glutes, quadriceps, calves

How to do it: Begin in the same starting position as the butt kicks. As you jump, raise your knee in front of your body, alternating legs with each jump. Land lightly on the ball of your foot, and aim to get your knees as high as possible. Repeat for your set.

3. Jumping Jacks

Target Muscles: leg adductors and abductors, calves, deltoids

How to do it: Stand with your feet together, arms at your sides. Jump your legs out to the sides while raising your arms above your head; your body should form an X[A]. Immediately jump back into the starting position[B], and continue quickly alternating with each jump.

 

4. Squat Jumps

Target Muscles: glutes, quadriceps

How to do it: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Bend your legs to sink into a squat; at the bottom, explode upward into the air, raising your arms overhead to help you gain height. Land with soft knees and immediately sink back into your squat. Repeat for your entire set.

 

 

 

Enjoy!

How tough are you?

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We look tough, right?

As a romantic valentine’s day gift my boyfriend and I decided to buy each other’s entry to an 8-12 mile mud obstacle course that boasts that it is, “Probably the Toughest Event on the planet”. Lovely. I think we may be crazy. However we both enjoy pushing each other whether its our weekly Crossfit saturday workouts, or class 3-4 11 mile 14er hikes, sounds romantic  doesn’t it? ha. So here is a description of the event…

“Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. It’s Ironman meets Burning Man, and it is coming to a city near you. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Forget finish times. Simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor. All Tough Mudder sponsorship proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

WARNING: A Tough Mudder is 3-4 times longer and much tougher than a typical mud run such as Warrior Dash. Only 78% of participants at our last Tri-State event in New Jersey finished. Only those in reasonable physical condition should enter.”

I might die.

Needless to say, even though it isn’t until the end of June, I am NERVOUS.  I started thinking the other day, how are people supposed to train for this event? Obviously there are many many different ways one could train but then I stumbled upon a workout designed specifically for the event. How convenient! I looked through it and its great, a lot of things I already do and have my clients do, but the way it is formatted is nice. and tough, too!

I thought posting it on here and challenging you to see how tough you are, might be a good idea. So… here it is! HOW TOUGH ARE YOU???

The Tough Mudder Workout consists of 16 exercises that collectively work every part of your body. You’re a busy person, so each exercise is a 60-second station designed to challenge your heart and lungs as well as your muscles. The final product is a high-intensity circuit designed to torch everything from your chest and legs to your abs and arms, sending your fitness to an elite Tough Mudder level. You’ll sculpt a rugged, gritty, and classically athletic body that’s built Mudder Tough.

Do the Get Fit circuit 3 days a week and perform each exercise once, one right after the other, and spend no more than a minute on each one. Do as many reps as you can in that time, then move on to the next station, limiting yourself to 15 seconds of rest in between. Build your endurance to the point where you can comfortably do the circuit twice in one week before Tough Mudder. Make sure to use a weight that’s challenging for the 20 or so reps you’ll be doing for each exercise.

You can use dumbbells, kettlebells, or anything heavy with a handle for most if not all of the exercises below.

Exercise 1

Running Man

To get yourself in peak cardio condition, you can either:

1) Get on a treadmill. Start jogging at a slow comfortable pace for the first 5 minutes, then increase the speed to a full sprint for a full minute before reducing the speed back down to a jog for a minute or two. Alternate speeds every minute between jogging and sprinting for 35 minutes.
2) Free run. As you head outside for a jog, choose a point or landmark in the distance that’s reasonably far and sprint to it. Do this 10 or so times throughout the course of your run, paying attention to mixing in jogging and sprinting equally.

Related Obstacle: The Braveheart Challenge

Exercise 2

TM PUSH-UP

Start out in a regular pushup position, arms straight, with two dumb bells in each hand. As you push your body upwards, rotate slightly at peak height and bring one hand up behind you so that your hands are in a vertical line.

Related Obstacle: Boa Constrictor

Exercise 3

THE FIST AND THE FURY

Grab a dumbbell, kettlebell, or anything heavy with a handle, and let it hang in front of you. Lower the weight below your hips and let it swing between your knees and legs. Try to keep your core sturdy and straight, explode upwards and swing the weight up to about eyelevel in a fully upright position. With control, do this as many times as you can, spending about 45 seconds on each arm.

Related Obstacle: Berlin Walls

Exercise 4

SCISSOR KICK

From a regular standing position, take one big step forward and lower yourself into a forward stepping lunge. This is the start position – jump and explode off the ground, getting enough air under you to scissor kick your legs and land with your opposite leg forward and ready to crouch down to the lunge position. Keep doing this, alternating your legs on each jump/repetition for 60 seconds.

Related Obstacle: Fire Walker

Exercise 5

BACK ROW

Grab a pair of dumbbells or kettlebells, hold them in front, and bend over, keeping your back perfectly parallel to the ground with your weights hanging below you at each side. Keep your core steady and begin to pull the weights in a controlled manner up to your chest, hold at the top fo the rep, pause, and repeat.

Related Obstacle: Hold Your Wood

Exercise 6

DUMBBELL SIDE LUNGE
Grab your dumbbells and let them hang by your sides. Take a lateral step, stretching your leg all the way to your right, bend forward at your hips, and touch the dumbbells to the floor of the foot at finish position of your lunge.

Related Obstacle: Swamp Stomp

Exercise 7

PUSH UP + ROW

Grab some dumbbells and assume a pushup position, with your arms straight. Perform a regular pushup, but as you fully extend your arms at the height of the push up, take one dumbbell and bring it all the way to the side of your torso. Lower your arm and descend back ot the start position. Repeat with the other arm. That’s one rep.

Related Obstacle: Devil’s Beard

Exercise 8

LUNGE + TWIST

Grab a heavy object and clutch it tight to the middle of your chest as you stand with feet shoulder length apart. Take a step forward as you would with a normal lunge, but as you lower your body with weight in hand, twist your torso to the right, pause, and return to a full upright position. Do the same with the opposite leg. That’s one rep.

Related Obstacle: Sweati Yeti

Exercise 9

SHOULDER PRESS

Grab some dumbbells or small kettlebells in each hand and spread your feet shoulder length apart as you would for a squat. Bring the dumbbells up to your shoulders as if you were doing a shoulder press. Lower yourself as you keep the weights cocked at the shoulder, as you explode upward from the squat position, push the weights up and above your head.

Related Obstacle: Cliffhanger

Exercise 10

DECLINE PUSH UP

Simple, quick, and easy. Get into a normal pushup position, but put your feet on top of an elevated park bench or box, arms extended out in front of you so that your body is perfectly parallel to the floor above the ground. Begin to do as many pushups as you can in the next 60 seconds.

Related Obstacle: Kiss of Mud

Exercise 11

Quick Feet

Staying in the pushup position, rapidly bring each knee towards your chest, as if you were sprinting in place or pedaling a ridiculously small bike.

Related Obstacle: The Bastard

Exercise 12

Tough Chin Up

Just like your old man used to do, hang from a bar with either an overhand or underhand grip and pull yourself up – be sure to try and touch your chest to the bar, or get as close as you can. This will get progressively harder as the set wears on. Remember to do as many as you can for the full 60 seconds. Even if you have to take a slight break, be sure to finish the set.

Related Obstacle: Underwater Tunnels

Exercise 13

Superman Plank

Get back into the pushup position you’ve grown accustomed to, placing your forearms on the ground and keeping your core – abs and hips – tight as possible. Hold this position for a full 60 seconds.

Related Obstacle: Greased Lightening

Exercise 14

Drunk Superman Side Planks

Get on your side and hold yourself up by left forearm, creating a half triangle between your lats, forearm, and ground. Like a regular plank, keep your core tight – flex if you have to – and hold the position for 60 seconds, then alternate with your right side and repeat for another 60.

Related Obstacle – Walk the Plank

Exercise 15

Angelina Jolie
Get in between two chairs, bars, or if at a gym, a dip machine. Grab each bar or handle with each arm and lower yourself slowly and with control, as you push up with your arms try to explode up, lifting your self completely off. Be sure to start out slow until you get used to jumping off and regaining control fo the bars.

Related Obstacle: Ball Shrinker

Exercise 16

THE TOUGH SQUAT

Take a dumbbell, kettlebell, or large stone, anything you can find, hold it in front of your chest, stick your hips out behind you, bend the knees, and lower yourself until you’re in a full squat position, take a second and then push yourself back to the start position.

Related Obstacle: Death March

ENJOY!

Lauren

Workout of the Week- 6.6.10- A quick, anytime, anyplace pick-me-up workout

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From here out, My intention is to supply you all with one solid total body workout every sunday that you can try throughout the week and keep in your “tool belt” for those days you just don’t know what to do, but want to workout. Please try them and give me feedback- I want to know what you think and how you feel! Throughout the course of the week I will supply recipes, stretches, testimonials and any other fun tidbits of info I might come across and feel like sharing!

So subscribe and check back in, often!

Here it goes:

Workout of the Week- 6.6.10

This workout is a great one that is great, tough and can be done by all skill levels. Fantastic times and places for this workout are:

  • In the morning before leaving the house to spike your metabolism and set a healthy tone for the day- trust me- you’ll feel awesome and more energized!
  • While traveling- whether you do it in a hotel room, fitness center, on the beach, a rooftop deck, or even the middle of a tropical jungle you  don’t need ANY equipment for this workout and all you need is basically an arms width distance around you.
  • In the park, or back home after your run/walk- since your heart rate will already be up, why not add this to the end and finish strong!

Complete all 4 exercises back to back resting at the end for 30 sec. and then starting back from the beginning. repeat 4 times through.

1. 20 Body Weight Squats

2. 30 Jumping Jacks

3. 10 push-ups (however you can do them, knees, toes, feet on ground hands on counter or other raised surface)

4. 20 crunches

Remember: try to do them all back to back without stopping in between and then resting once you complete all four. Then continue on to the next round.

Have a wonderful week!

Train hard. Eat clean. Live happy.

Lauren