Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Booty Strength Training with Weights


A lot of the workouts I show here are body-weight exercises, but I do a lot of lifting, especially on leg day. So I thought I'd share some of that. Here is a great sequence you can try to work those glute muscles. To get larger muscles in your booty and legs, you need to challenge your body with weights. In this video, I am using 70lb weights (in the deadlifts and squats) and 10lb ankle weights (in the standing leg lifts).

Do 10 reps of each exercise and repeat 4 times! Watch the form before you start as I've slowed down the videos so you can see.

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Learning to Make Greens More Delicious



I hear you read that topic and go "Yea, right"! Can greens actually be delicious without bathing them in blue cheese? Recently, I have been exploring a lot more with vegetables, and I have come to the conclusion that you can make greens delicious. 

Monday, January 11, 2016

Happy New Year and New Year Yoga Challenge



Hello readers! 

I'm sorry for being MIA for a few weeks. Work and the holidays were both a tad hectic. But happy new year! I hope you enjoyed a wonderful celebration with your families and friends.

Now, speaking of the new year, it is also a great time for people to do some re-purposing and identify areas in their fitness regimen that they want to work on or improve. I have heard so many resolutions about getting healthier and fitter. Here is something that may help you if you are in that boat. The yoga website that I love so much - Do Yoga With Me - is having a 14 day yoga refresher online. You do 1 video each day for 14 days. It gets you in the habit of doing yoga daily, and it helps get you body and mind on track for the year. Check it out. It did start yesterday, but you can always join in and finish a day later :)

There also are a lot of yoga and fitness challenges on Instagram that can help push you. @yogahermit has a #StartYourYoga challenge, @fitmrsfats has a 7 day cleanse, and so on. Get into a challenge as it helps you connect with others as well!

Do you have fitness resolutions? Are you looking to start the year right? Share them with us :)

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Looking for a New Heart Rate Monitor? Try BeetsBlu!



When it comes to HRMs, I've been a Polar girl. The watches are pretty cool, and most of them do more than just manage your heart rate. However, what is one thing that I think would make it better? Put the readings on my phone (I mean everything else is on our phones right now). So naturally, when BeetsBlu reached out to me to try out their HRM, I was intrigued by this fact more than anything else :)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hate Burpees? Let's Modify Them


Are you one of those people who gives excuses about not doing high intensity interval training because, well, they are hard and you don't think you can jump around that much? Here's some good news: you can modify your workouts to reduce the intensity but still get some good points. An example of one of these monster exercises is the burpee. Ugh! Killer.

Regular burpee
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If the motion is too much for you at this level and you'd like to work your way up to this full-body exercise, trying slowing it down and going step by step. You'll still get the same benefits, but at a lower intensity. 

Modified burpee
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Try this today and let me know what you think.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

4 Pillars of Weight Loss



For those who follow me on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, you know that I constantly post very quick additions to your workout regimen. I have had to start including the note that each exercise I post is not a full workout in itself because I get this question so much: "If I just do that, how fast can I lose weight?" or "Will this make me lose my bum?". The problem with these questions is the assumption that there is a magical way to lose weight without putting in the necessary work, and that all people lose weight the same way.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Why are Healthy Decisions so Important?



It's crazy how easy it is for our bodies to spiral out of control. This week, I was not really making the best decisions with food, and I realized how quickly my mental function was affected as well. On Sunday afternoon, I ate pretty bad. So on Sunday night, it was easy to repeat the same. On Monday, I was having a stressful day, and so I didn't want to use my brain power on dinner. This led to another bad decision. 
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