Tag Archives: Total body

Get Ripped! to the Core Review

10 Mar

A functional workout that hits every muscle group in under 50 minutes? Where do I sign up!?

Yes, another Get Ripped DVD review; I truly think these are the BEST workout DVDs for at-home exercisers! No matter how tight your workout space is, you can set up an at-home gym on any budget! I’ve taken the guess-work out for you when it comes to selecting equipment to invest in:

  1. a yoga and/or exercise mat. select one that’s slip-resistant (i use a gaiam yoga mat). great for core exercises, yoga/Pilates, push-ups, etc.
  2. a step and/or bench (thankfully my mother had one when she participated in step aerobics back in the day!) can be used for chest press/fly exercises, triceps dips, rows, incline/decline planks & so-on. sporting goods stores have a wide variety of these; choose one that when you lie down, your entire back is supported (neutral alignment)
  3. dumbbells. when you’re first creating your home-gym, look for dumbbells that come in bundles; usually 3,5,8 lbs. since you pay by weight, this will be cheaper. 3,5,8 lbs. are appropriate weights for toning and endurance-based exercises.
  4. resistance bands & tubing. similar to dumbbells, you can purchase these in bundles; light, medium, and heavy levels are available. great for travelers since they pack well.
  5. stability ball. replace your desk chair and you can work your core indirectly (another two-fer!). keep in mind* when you’re choosing a stability ball, choose one based on your height: 4’8″-5’5″=45cm. 5’6″-6’=55cm. 6′-6’5″=65cm. this will ensure you have a 90degree angle from hips-knees-ankles.

There are plenty of other tools you can purchase, but like muscles, building a home gym doesn’t happen overnight. Start with the bare essentials; as both you and your muscles get stronger, invest in more equipment! Search websites like craigslist and Ebay for slightly-used equipment.

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for..let’s review!

RED FLAG-This workout does not include a warm-up. I have not a clue as to why, but it goes from the main menu into the first track. A major no-no.

  1. Side Squats & Reverse Lunges. Probs my favorite track on the DVD; using your body-weight or dumbbells as resistance, you complete 2 side squats then 6 reverse lunges/side. A toning exercise while increasing your heart-rate.
  2. Up,Up,Down,Down Push-ups. Plank position, down to forearms then back up to push-up position. Intermixed with regular push-ups.
  3. Chest Press & Glute Bridge.
  4. Dead Lifts & Biceps Curls.
  5. Plie Squats & Upright Rows.
  6. Single-leg Bent-over Rows
  7. Elevated Side Squat & Lateral Raise (calorie burner & heart rate lifter!)
  8. Step-ups & Overhead Press
  9. Glute Extension & Triceps Kickback
  10. Abs

Rating: B+. The no warm-up frustrates me, not only because it’s just plain safe to incorporate a warm-up before exercising but also to motivate me. If I’m feeling like I need a kick-in-the-pants to get me moving, I can usually count on the warm-up to do just that.

5X Tabata

10 Feb

Working out first thing in the morning on a Friday is the best decision ever made! It starts the weekend off on a healthy note, you don’t have to worry about it later in the day (especially after a long work week), and you’ll have plenty of energy for your Friday night festivities! Plus, it’s been shown that those who exercise earlier in the day make smarter food and/or drink choices at night..just sayin’ :).

It’s not like me to come to the gym early in the morning without a workout planned; I always stress to my clients and group-ex participants to never enter the gym without some type of plan practice what I preach.! Luckily, while waiting for the bus I went on Facebook only to find a Tabata workout staring back at me! Thanks to Lindsay, with a few adjustments to her workout, I was all set and ready to glistensweat!

Repeat the following 5 rounds of 4 exercises, 2 times through (equalling 8) for a complete tabata workout! Remember, proper form and safety cues!

Tabata 1:

  • burpees
  • sideways shuffles
  • jump squats
  • jumping jacks

Tabata 2:

  • medicine ball toe-taps
  • medicine ball squat toss
  • mountain climbers
  • alternating jump squats

Tabata 3:

  • high knees
  • push-ups
  • medicine ball hop-overs
  • “square” jumps (imagine a square is drawn, jump to each corner)

Tabata 4:

  • jump rope (with a real rope)
  • bench jumps
  • speed skaters
  • wall taps (stand in front of a wall, jump and reach as high as you can)

Tabata 5:

  • plank jacks
  • in & outs
  • russian twists
  • bicycles

A total body workout that incorporates cardio and strength done in less than 30 minutes? YES PA-LEASE!

Have a great weekend!! If you’re looking for fitness certifications-check out IFTA!

Spring Break a Sweat

2 Feb

Monday’s and Wednesday’s- 6:30pm- Spring Break a’ Sweat with yours truly!

This high intensity, total body fitness class is designed as a circuit/interval/boot camp-ish type workout that involves using mainly your body weight (lots of participants!) as resistance. I’ll utilize equipment based on how I format the class, but the easiest, most functional and safest way is with your own self. The energy from the participants is AWESOME! I don’t know if it’s the name of the class that gets them pumped up and motivated or they’re just having a great time-it’s contagious whatever it is!

At the conclusion of the semester, I plan on posting a majority of the workouts that we’ve completed as my gift to the participants who K.E.P.T.( 😉 ) up with my cheesy sayings, my high-pitched squeaky voice, and my consistent energy to provide them with the best workouts possible!

Outta Breath

21 Jan

Glad that’s over..as I’m bent over gasping for air. This was a doozy! It probably didn’t help that before this workout I participated in “the yoga” demo at work. My legs were a-burnin’!

  • Squats-as many as you can in 3 minutes, continuously. Why? Fo’ fun.
  • Supersets: weighted reverse lunges off a step & alternating overhead shoulder presses. weighted lateral step-ups with abduction & alternating biceps curls. decline push-ups & overhead triceps extensions. 12 reps/3x through.
  • 50-40-30 seconds each. burpees (no push-up), jump squats, mountain climbers, jump lunges, bench hop-overs, high knees.

The plyo segment alone is a tough enough workout! This took ~45 minutes to complete. As always, proper form is crucial, especially for any plyometric exercises.

 

Faux-Dynamax Ball Slams

11 Jan

HELLO shoulders, triceps, biceps and especially core muscles! This take on the “slam” recruits more stabilizers to better control to ball, rather than slam it down. Much more control means much more muscles targeted=a win-win exercise!

Beginners-try the movement with a non-weighted ball first, then try the movement with a heavier ball.

Intermediate/Advanced-the heavier the ball, the harder the exercise becomes. Watch your lower back, especially when the ball is overhead!

On the 11th Day of Christmas..

23 Dec
On the 11th Day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit gave to me..
11 sets of 20 second Planks
10 Squat Jumps (Beginners- make sure your form if perfect before adding the jump! You may be only able to complete 2-3, but work your way up. Intermediate/Advanced- try touching the ground every time you squat and reaching your arms overhead when you jump)
9 sets of 15 second Triceps Extensions
8 Speed Skaters/ side
7 Plié Squats and Biceps Curls
6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs= 1 rep)
3 sets of Bent Over Rows
2 sets of Push-ups, 30 seconds each
1 set of 60 seconds of Squats

On the 10th day of Christmas..

22 Dec

On the 10th day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit gave to me..

10 Squat Jumps (Beginners- make sure your form is perfect before adding a jump! You may only be able to complete 2-3 but work your way up. Intermediate/advanced- try touching the ground every time you squat and reaching arms overhead when you jump.
9 sets of 15 second Triceps Extensions
8 Speed Skaters (right and left= 1)
7 Plié Squats and Biceps Curls
6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs= 1 rep)
4 Kettlebell Windmills
3 sets of Bent Over Rows
2 sets of Push-ups, 30 seconds each
1 set of 60 seconds of Squats

Keep up the good work- you’re almost done! And NO CHEATING- Santa’s watching.. 🙂

On the 9th day of Christmas..

21 Dec

On the 9th day of Christmas K.E.P.T. You Fit gave to me..

9 sets of 15 second Triceps Extensions
8 Speed Skaters (right and left= 1)
7 Plié Squats and Biceps Curls
6 sets of 15 seconds of Jumping Jacks
5 Walking Lunges w/ Shoulder Press (both legs= 1 rep)
4 Kettlebell Windmills
3 sets of Bent Over Rows
2 sets if Push-ups, 30 seconds each
1 set of 60 seconds of Squats

At-Home Circuit

17 Nov

Need a quick at-home circuit workout? Here ya go!

This circuit workout can be done in 15-20-30-45 minutes, depending on your time allowance. It’s a mix of cardio intervals, resistance training, plyometrics and fun (the most important component!).

Remember proper form and safety cues! Have water near-by and don’t forget to stretch post-sesh.

  • 15 push-ups (FitBit*)
  • 30 seconds high knees
  • 30 seconds butt kickers
  • 8 each lateral/front raises
  • 30 seconds jumping jacks
  • 15 hammer curls (biceps curl but palms face each other)
  • 30 jumping lunges (or stationary)
  • 15 triceps dips
  • 45 seconds mountain climbers
  • 10/arm plank rows
  • 15 plie squats and overhead presses
  • 1 suicide (no space? try squat jacks. a jumping jack, but sink into a squat)
  • 15 reverse flies
  • 20 jump squats (or stationary)

Repeat the circuit 2-3-4 times through and WahLah-a complete total body workout without leaving your house! I did this workout yesterday 3 times through and it took me about 35 minutes.

FitBit*

I challenge you to do AT LEAST 1 full push-up (on your toes)! But by all means, don’t limit yourself to just ONE-with good form, push yourself a little harder every time you complete a workout with push-ups. Keep building on that ONE full push-up and before you know it, you’ll be doing ALL of your push-ups on your toes!

8 Minutes in Heaven

19 Oct

Get your mind out of the gutter..I was talking with an instructor and a previous student of mine, Melissa, and she explained a new class format that I’ve never heard of before! It’s called 8 minutes in heaven and basically, it’s 8 different exercises performed for a minute each.

“I start with a lower body exercise, then an upper body exercise and end with a core movement; hold each exercise for 1 minute and rest 30 seconds before moving onto the next,” explained Melissa. “In between sets, complete 2-3 minutes of cardio (jumping jacks, high knees, etc.).”

Melissa uses this format with her Smart Bells class and changes up the exercises weekly.

FitBit*

Talk with your friends, coworkers, supervisors, etc. about different formats they use in their respective classes! It’s a great way to learn a new technique and/or incorporate new formats into your class.  This doesn’t just apply to fitness instructing; sharing ideas in any field is a terrific way to keep things fresh and exciting!