Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Stepper HIIT Cardio Exercises

I like steppers. I can do lots of fun exercises with them. The two videos below show two HIIT cardio exercises you can do with steppers. Try each as part of your cardio routine for about a minute. With both, make sure you land on your heels and soften your knees throughout the movement!

Box Jumps


Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Leg Day: Leg Lifts with an Exercise Ball

The leg muscles are so large that they require some dedication to build. These are Leg Lifts with an Exercise Ball, and the key here is to really squeeze the ball with your legs and control the motion as you lift and lower. It works your core as well. Try out 4 sets of 15.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Core Workout: Captain's Chair Leg Raise

Looking to work on your core? Try the Captain's Chair leg raises at your gym. Repeat this for 4 sets of 15 each. Try to keep your upper body straight and grip the handle bars as you do this so that all the power to lift your legs is coming from your core. 

The video shows this exercise with straight legs lifted, but you can also try this with knees lifted towards the chest.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Yoga Newbies Challenge

Looking to get into yoga? Not sure where to start? Two of my friends and I have partnered up to host the July Yoga Newbies challenge this month. Each day, we will show you a basic yoga pose, and describe in detail how to get into it and what muscles it works. This challenge is on Instagram so please check us out and follow @eightsnweights, @adura_o, and @bellajoya. You can also follow on Twitter because we repost there as well.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

My 100 Happy Days Challenge

There is nothing more awesome than living in the moment. I believe that the past should not drive our today, and the fear of tomorrow should not stop us from achieving greatness now. No, I don't always live like this (although I want to). So I decided to take it one step further to finding happiness in the moment by participating in a 100 Happy Days challenge.

How does it work? Sign up at Then challenge yourself to find at least one thing a day that made you really happy, and post a photo of it. Easy!

Okay, it sounds easier than it is because sometimes, we go through entire days without many happy thoughts. So it is pretty challenging to find something every day that makes you happy, especially on tough days. But you'll probably find that looking for joy in the small things makes you realize that you have so much more in your life than you thought.

Above is a photo from my day 1. I got these new Brooks Pure Connect running shoes courtesy of my brother. He says they will help me with my marathon training :) How many people have brothers that support them on their fitness journeys? 

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Want to Try Some Burpees?

We all love (or hate) our high intensity workouts. Burpees? Ugh! But we do them because they are so effective. Try this burpee combination today and you'll be sweating and breathing hard when you are done.

Cheers Eights & Weights!
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