Monday, March 31, 2014

Another 10 Minute Abs Routine


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Looking for another one of my quick abs routines? Here's one! There are 3 exercises:  
  1. Bicycle crunches 
  2. Six inches off the ground 
  3. Reverse plank crunches 
Do each for about 30 secs, rest for 30 secs, and repeat 5 times.

Do remember that crunches alone won't work. You need to do cardio, strength training (like crunches), and eat right to get some abs. This is just part of the equation.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Inspiration: What Makes You Feel Powerful?



Yoga pose: One legged wheel. This pose is powerful and makes me feel like a goddess :-)

Inspiration: "He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still" - Lao Tzu.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Don't Neglect Your Cardio!



Whether you are trying to lose weight or get that muscle tone to show or just get a healthier heart, cardio is very important. The general recommendation is at least 150 minutes per week. But of course, this could be more depending on your goals. Males tend to lift weights a lot, and sometimes forget that cardio is just as important. You could run, swim, use the elliptical, do HIIT exercises, or whatever. But make sure you get some in today!

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Abs Routine: Russian Twists and V-Sits


Ready to work those abs this week? Here is a great sequence. Do 30 seconds of the Russian twist  and then 30 seconds of the V-sit. Rest between and repeat 5 times. 

Russian twists really work on those obliques and V-sits are great for overall core strength. (I have 2 options with feet off or on the floor). See the video below!

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Leg Day! And We're All About Our Deadlifts :)


I try to incorporate many different kinds of deadlifts in my workouts, but the two in the video below are the ones I spend a lot of time on. Why? The first one really torches your ab and glutes, while the other one really torches your glutes. Try them today. Do about 3 sets of 15 reps of each, and do not skimp on the weights you use.

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weighted Sit-ups


Want to try another abs workout? This one helps increase the tension of a regular sit-up by adding in a dumbbell. How do you do it? Lie back with your butt and feet on the floor, and holding a dumbbell over your head. I used an 8lb dumbbell. Open your feet wide. Slowly use your core to lift your upper body all the way up until the dumbbell is on the floor between your feet. Then slowly lower back down using your core strength to help you. Repeat for 3 sets of 20 reps.

Here is a video demo:

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Leg Presses


The leg press machine is a great way to work multiple leg muscles. The quads, hamstrings, glutes, and calves are all worked hard during this exercise. There are different kinds of leg press machines, but the basis is the same: You draw the knees in and then extend the legs with as much weight as you can.

Here is a great video to show you how to do this exercise. Make sure you do not lock your knees as you extend your legs because this could cause injury. And of course while you should not be a pansy with the weight, do not go overboard as well. Learn to know your limits.

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Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday Inspiration: This is My Light



Yoga pose: Side crow with eagle legs. If you want to try to get into this pose, remember that it is all in the core, not the arms. Cross your legs before you try to lift them, and lift them slowly. It may take a few tries :-)

Inspiration: "Yoga is a tool to follow your light" - Taylor Harkness. I truly believe that this is my light. I play, and I laugh. Find your light.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Moving Pushups


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Want to incorporate more of your core in your pushups? Try these moving pushups. Take it slow at first until you are confident in your posture. Speed is great, but you want to make sure you are targeting the right muscles. How? Keep your core tight and your lower back as straight as possible.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, March 10, 2014

10 Minute Abs Routine


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Working on those abs? Try this 10-minute abs routine! There are 4 exercises. Do each for 30 seconds for a total of 2 minutes. Rest for 30 secs and repeat that 3 times (10 mins total). 
  1. Pushups 
  2. High planks 
  3. Elbow planks 
  4. Spider planks
Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Inspiration: Share Your Gifts



Yoga pose: Pigeon with clasped fingers. Try this for both an inner thigh and a back stretch. I like to add back stretches to everything because I have such a tight upper back.

Inspiration: "Part of your mission in life must be to share your gifts with as many people as possible." - T. Harv Eker.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ho Hey! You Can Now Buy Fitbits Through Eights & Weights!



I am pleased to announce that you can now buy your Fitbit devices via our site. How does this work? Just click on the image above or the banner at the top of this page :) I have influenced so many folks to buy this device that it was about time that I became an affiliate. You know you want a Fitbit... Yep, you do. If you know anyone interested in buying one, have them come through me please! Thanks.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Why You Should be Lifting



Strength training gets a bad rap among females sometimes. The assumption is that if you lift weights, you become too bulky. This is not necessarily true. Strength training has a lot of benefits, from calorie burn to protecting your bones. So here are just a couple of reasons why you should be paying attention.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Fitbit Force is Being Recalled :-(



A few months ago, I raved about the new Fitbit Force wristband. I was longing for it, and waiting till a birthday or Christmas for someone to buy it for me as a gift. Now, due to some adverse reactions to the product, Fitbit is currently doing a recall.

As the CEO posted on the Fitbit site on February 20, 2014:
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