{workout Wednesday}

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Yes, it’s Thursday. I wanted this entry to post yesterday, but I didn’t get it published. Anyway, here are two workouts I did this week. First up, a great Back and Biceps Workout. I did a warm up of hand to hand kettlebell swings, for five minutes with intervals of 20/10 {20 seconds doing the movement with a 10 second rest}. I did five super sets with this workout, so I went a little lighter in weight and really concentrated on the movement. For each super set I did three sets with reps between eight and fifteen. Just because I went down in weight does not mean that this workout was easier, FAR from it! I finished my Back & Bicep workout with some shrugs.

My leg workout yesterday was pretty simple, pretty quick, and very much a burn inducer. I started this workout with 10 minutes on the stair step machine, doing intervals of about 30 seconds medium resistance and 30 seconds high resistance. I then did two super sets and ended with a straight set of squats on the smith machine {the squat rack was in use. I’m not a huge fan of the smith machine for squats, but when need be it will do}. Before moving on to squats, I also did one set of single leg lying leg presses. Oh, and on the sissy squats {body weight with these}, I held onto the bar of the smith machine so that I could get really low and keep good form. Hopefully one day I won’t need to hold onto anything while doing sissy squats. If you haven’t done these before, don’t let the name fool you! They are HARD!

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What at have you workout this week? Let me know if you give either of these workouts a go!

Peace Out,

Nicholle

{weekend workout}

Too busy on the weekend to get a good workout in? Wrong!! Try this 23 minute upper body workout. Trust me, you will want to find the time to try this one!

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Warm up with 1 minute of each movement. Tap jacks: as your arms go up, your right leg goes behind your left leg with a side lunge and you tap your toe, arms go down as you bring your right leg back to start, repeat with your left leg. Side toe touch lunges are similar to skaters, same movement but bringing your opposite hand to opposite toes as you do a side lunge.
Workout is 20 seconds of work with a 10 second rest. Do each movement three times before moving onto the next movement. When you finish overhead presses, go back to the top with bicep curls and continue. Again, doing each movement three more times. Chest flys and pull overs will be done laying down.

What you will need:

  • Water
  • Interval timer
  • Dumbbells or plates {go heavy enough that it is hard to go that full 20 seconds, if it’s easy after 20 seconds you need to go up in weight!!}
  • A mat {optional}

No excuses, get a workout in this weekend!!

Peace Out,
Nicholle

{workout wednesday}

One of my favorite ways to set my gymboss timer for a HIIT workout is to 20/10, also know as Tabata. {here is a good article that quickly explains high intensity interval training} That’s 20 seconds you are doing the movement as hard as you can, with a 10 second rest until you either start up that same movement or switch to a different movement. A few reasons why I like this 20/10 format, first the mindset. Anyone can do something for 20 seconds, right?? {until you get to the end of your workout and 20 seconds feels like 2 minutes, just remember “anyone can work for 20 seconds”. Repeat it in your head, repeat it out loud, whatever you need to do to go that full 20 seconds!!} Second, this time format is an ideal fat burner! In a 20/10 workout, my heartrate rarely gets below 165 and I can easily burn 100 calories every 10 minutes. Last, you can do this ANYWHERE! Tabata workouts are great with just doing bodyweight movements! Trust me, the bodyweight movements are always the hardest!! If you don’t have a gymboss timer, I highly recommend it! If you have  a smart phone, there is probably an app interval timer. If there isn’t, someone should get on that, but it won’t be me. I’m technologically not smart!

For a “true” Tabata workout, you will keep that timer set to 20/10 and you will do two movements per set. How many times you do each set is up to you, usually about 4 minutes is a good time to switch it up. That means after 4 rounds of the first two movements, you will go into two different movements for another 4 minutes. Got it?? Anywhere from 10-30 minutes is going to get you sweaty! I will warm up before I lift with 10 minutes or so of Tabata, or I will make it my entire workout and go the full 30 minutes. There are so many ways to format this type of workout, that although you are still using a 20/10 interval, it won’t get boring!

Here is an example of a great Butt Lifting Tabata Workout that I did last week, give it a try. Your glutes will thank you!

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Have a happy hump day!
Peace Out,
Nicholle