Strength & Tone, Cardio All-in-One! Time Challenge – “The 10’s”

Okay I did this workout in exactly 40 minutes. I pushed really hard and gave each and every exercise movement my best, that’s all that counts! I call it “The 10’s” because every exercise you aim to do 10 reps. It is a circuit type workout routine. Good luck!!

Part 1: Upper Body

Do 10 sets of: 10 Mountain Climber Hops + 10 Push ups…(so, you do 10R these 2 exercises 10 times)
(Each time I changed up the type of push ups, I did standard, wide fly and military push ups. Do push ups on your knees if necessary.)

Part 2: Core

Set 1- 10R Russian Twist (I did with feet elevated and with a 20 LB. KB, 1 twist each way = 1 rep) + 10R Lying Leg Raises
Set 2- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Lying Straight-leg Circles in each direction
Set 3- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Side Crunch/Side
Set 4- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Side-Side Pike Jumps (Start in downward dog position, hop both feet side-side as if you were jumping from one side of yoga mat to other (yoga mat width, not length)
Set 5- 10R Russian Twist + 10R V-Up Toes + Knees (Lying down w/hands overhead, take big breath in and bring hands overhead as you raise your upper body up and legs up straight at same time, reach to toes, than lower down a bit, than reach back up to knees, than lower all the way down to starting position)
Set 6- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Leg Raises
Set 7- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Bicycle Pedal Fwd/10R Bicycle Pedal Bkwd (1 pedal w/each leg = 1 Rep)
Set 8- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Lying Straight Leg Circles/direction
Set 9- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Side Crunch/Side
Set 10- 10R Russian Twist + 10R Side-Side Pike Jumps

Part 3: Lower Body

Do 10 Jump Squats before doing each exercise below.
Set 1: 10 Jump Squats + 10 Squat Thrusts (Get into plank position, jump both feet toward hands as you tuck knees to chest, jump feet back out to plank position = 1 rep)
Set 2: 10 Jump Squats + 10 ‘Skaters’/leg (Balance on 1 leg, as you reach forward with hand, squat down on leg you are balancing on and extend other leg backward, I call it doin’ the Apollo Ohno)
Set 3: 10 Jump Squats + 10R Side Lunge Jumps (Squat down on right leg and reach hands to right foot, extend left leg out to left until it is straight. Power up on right leg and hop right leg out to right as you squat down on left leg. One hop on each leg = 1 rep.)
Set 4: 10 Jump Squats + 10R Jump Kicks/leg (‘Karate kid style’ kicks, start by raising left knee hip level as you balance on right leg, jump off right foot as you kick up right leg and land on left foot. Do this 10 times with right leg kick, then 10 with left leg kick.)
Set 5: 10 Jump Squats + 10 (1-Leg) Squat Jumps/leg (Squat down on 1-leg, tap your knee or shin, then power up and hop up.)
Set 6: 10 Jump Squats + 10 Step Ups/leg (Kneel down on right knee on mat, press left heel into floor to raise up to standing, return to kneeling on right knee, do 10 times kneeling on right knee, then 10 times with left.)
Set 7: 10 Jump Squats + 10R Side Chair Step Ups/leg (Place foot on sturdy seat of a chair standing off to side of chair and facing back of chair, press heel into chair to come all the way up to standing on top of chair, return to start, do 10R/leg.)
Set 8: 10 Jump Squats + 10R 1-Leg Hip Lifts (I did these w/my heel on chair, lie on back place right heel on edge of seat of chair, raise left leg straight up toes pointing to ceiling, raise hips up as high as possible reaching left toes to ceiling, do 10 reps/leg.)
Set 9: 10 Jump Squats + 10 1-Leg Squat – Deadlift w/Shin tap/leg (Balance on right leg, extend left leg straight out in front of you, squat down on right leg and reach to left shin, straighten out right leg to standing, then squat on right leg again with left leg bent and tap right knee, return to standing. This = 1 rep. Do 10 reps total per each leg.)
Set 10: 10 Jump Squats + 10 Donkey Kicks w/Lateral Leg Raise/Leg (On all fours on floor, kick right heel back and up until leg fully extended, then keep leg straight as you bring it around to be in line with your hip, than reverse entire movement, this = 1 rep, do 10 reps per leg.

DONE! You made it. Time yourself and challenge yourself to first of all finish the workout, but then time-after-time, finish the workout faster and with the best form possible! Good Work!!

Best, Nat:)

Kettlebell Meltdown, Burn the LBS and Lose the Weight!

So every couple months I take a ‘rest’ week to rejuvenate my body, and everyone should. Your body needs a week to recuperate and recover from the stress and work you put it through week in and week out. When I say ‘rest’ week, this does not mean that I don’t workout. I do less intense workouts and take fun fitness classes like hot yoga, spinning, or zumba of course!! This way I give myself a ‘revival’ period, mentally and physically.
So today’s workout, I must admit…was not quite a ‘rest’ routine. But, I was giving myself a break from my usual 6 mile interval sprint training run which is quite brutal, so in my book this was a ‘rest’ workout from what I would have done today, lol….enjoy!

Check out my previous exercise video posts or YouTube for demonstration on how to perform these exercises.

Complete 4 Rounds of the exercises below as a circuit:
1. Kettlebell Step-Ups (10R/Leg)
2. Kettlebell Clean & Press (10R/Arm)
3. Double Kettlebell Swing (20R)
4. Kettlebell Single Leg Squat (10R/Leg)
5. Jump Rope/Scissor Shuffle/Jumping Jacks/Jump Squats (1 min; last round do 2-3 minutes)

Notes:
*Complete # of reps for each exercise, than move right onto next until you finish all exercises/reps which is one circuit. Take a short 30 seconds break and continue until you complete 4 circuits/rounds.
*Choose a weight heavy enough in which you max out at 10 reps for each exercise.
*Kettlebell Step-Ups- I held a Kettlebell in ‘racked’ position at my shoulder (same leg stepping up) and did step-ups on a chair.
*For #5- I did this workout to some dance music. So for #5 I would do Double Skip Jump Rope until the verse changed, go right into Scissor shuffle until music changed up, and so on. I usually did 10-20 jump squats per round.
*Scissor shuffle – Similar to what you do on a cross country skier machine but you are jumping as you scissor legs.

I was literally dripping sweat at the end of this workout but I really enjoyed it. The Jump Rope/#5 part was fun to do to music and I must admit it was quite a little dance party in my house! Try it out and challenge yourself to do all 4 rounds to burn off those pounds!!


Keep those fitness goals in mind, remember what you’re working out for!!! 🙂

Lower Body Pump it Up!!

Strength Training to start and ending with my version of some cardio kickboxing moves, one of the best ways to get your body into fat burning mode:)Strength Training Circuit
Warm-up: Jump Squats – 15 reps; 2 sets
Circuit: Perform each exercise below for given # of reps, go from one exercise to next until completed all exercises once, this is 1 round. Complete 3 rounds of below exercises.
1. Plie DB/KB Squat (10-12 reps)
2. Squat Clean (10-12 reps)
3. BB Side Split Squat (10-12 reps)
4. 1-Leg KB Racked Squat (10-12 reps/leg)
5. Seated Leg Curls (10-12 reps)
6. Leg Extensions (10-12 reps)
7. Calf Raise (10-12 reps/leg)
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Cardio Training (I will post video for the cardio section in next few days) [30 Minutes]
Circuit 1: Do each exercise for 45 seconds of all out effort, then rest for 15 seconds before moving to next exercise. Perform each exercise back-to-back. Do 2 full circuits of below exercises. I put # of reps I did in 45 seconds for each exercise so you know approximately how many reps you should hit.
1. KB Burpee Swing Up (10 reps)
2. DBL KB Front Squat (21 reps)
3. KB Russian Twist (feet elevated) (30 reps)
4. Jumping Jacks (50 reps)
5. Side-Side Pike Jumps (34 reps, 1 rep = 1 jump R + L)

Circuit 2: Do each exercise for 45 seconds of all out effort, then rest for 15 seconds before moving to next exercise. Perform each exercise back-to-back. Do 2 full circuits of below exercises. I put # of reps I did in 45 seconds for each exercise so you know approximately how many reps you should hit.
1. Dynamic Jump Squat Duck Unders (2) + Shuffle Jab L+R (10 reps)
2. Twist Boxer Shuffle (25 reps, 1 rep = 1 jump R+L)
3. Knee-Up Jump Kicks (R) (18-20 reps)
4. Knee-Up Jump Kicks (L) (18-20 reps)
5. Plank Side Jump Tucks (18-20 reps, 1 rep = 1 jump R+L)
6. Split Squats (3) w/Kick Up (R) (13 reps)
7. Split Squats (3) w/Kick Up (L) (13 reps)
8. Sumo High Knees (40-42 reps, 1 rep= 1 knee-up R+L)
9. Front-Side Kicks (R) (15-17 reps)
10. Front-Side Kicks (L) (15-17 reps)


Tell me how it went! How can I help you?! – Nat – 🙂

Cardio Hoopla

A little bit of body weight mixed with kettlebells will tighten up your physique and help you work toward your fitness new year’s resolutions! Do 2-3 rounds of the exercises below. Perform each exercise for 45 sec of effort and 15 seconds of rest in between exercises.1. KB Vertical Swings
2. Pendulums
3. KB Swings (Single or Double)
4. Plank Rows
5. Plank Rows
6. Power Jacks
7. Stability Ball Pike-Push Up
8. Airplane Jump Lunges
9. Double KB Front Squat-Press
10. 10 Mountain Climbers + 1 Push Up
After last round completed, do jump rope for 1000-1500 skips or 12-15 minutes.
Enjoy!

=Nat=

Beach Bod Workout

Part 1: Perform 2 rounds. “Max out” on each exercise (go until fatigued) in 45 – 60 seconds. (I put which muscle groups the exercise works next to the movement. C=Cardio, S=Strength)1. Low Hop Squats (Quads, Hams, C, S)
2. Squat Thrust, Push Up, Jump Up (Upper Body, C)
3. 1-Arm Side Hip Lift (R) (Hams, Thighs, S)
4. 1-Arm Side Hip Lift (L) (Hams, Thighs, S)
5. Elbow Plank Hops (Core, C)
6. Step Out Squats (R) (Hams, Thighs, S)
7. Step Out Squats(L) (Hams, Thighs, S)
8. Reptile Push Ups (Upper Body, Core, S)
9. Dips w/Kick Ups (Upper Body, Core, S)
10. Airplane Bike Twists (Core, S)
11. Dive Bombers (Upper Body, S)
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Part 2: Perform each exercise twice for 20 seconds of effort and 10 seconds of rest between exercises.
1. Mountain Climbers (Core, C)
2. Supermans (Back, C, S)
3. Sumo Jump Squats (Hams, Thighs, C)
4. V Knee-Chest Tucks (Core, C, S)

-Nat-

Cardio Craze

Burn off those calories with this butt-kickin’ body weight exercise routine. Great workout to get your heart rate up and kick that body into fat burning gear. Keep good form and try and complete this workout as fast as possible.
Routine:
1. Backward Lunge w/Kick up (25 rep/leg)
2. Alternating Side Plank Jump (50 rep)
3. KB Swing (60 rep)
4. Sumo Squat Knee Ups (50 rep)
5. Mountain Climbers (50 rep)
6. Side Crunch (25 rep/side)
7. Side Karate Switch Jump (25 rep)
8. Squat Thrusts w/Sumo Jump (25 rep)
9. Russian Twists (60 rep)
10. Jump Lunges Hands Up ( 30 rep)
11. V-Knee Chest Tucks (50 rep)
12. 1-Leg Deadlift’s w/Jump (25 rep/leg)
13. Elevated Plank Up, Down (25 rep)
14. Jump Knee Tucks (25 rep)

Burn it up y’all!!


Let me know how those ‘Jump Knee Tucks’ went for you:)

-Nat-

Body Blast Cardio 340 Rep Challenge

Get ready to burn some calories and build your strength with this body weight workout! This is a great beginner to intermediate level body weight exercise routine that you can do in a small space at home! Try to complete the given number of reps for each exercise as quickly as possible with good form and write down the time it takes you to complete this workout. Next time you do this workout, you can try to beat your previous time. This workout is great to get your heart rate up and to do in between intense resistance training days.
Perform 2 Rounds of the following circuit:
1. Burpees 10 reps
2. Rotational DL’s (right) 15 reps
3. Rotational DL’s (left) 15 reps
4. Plank Side Toe Taps 15 reps
5. Hip Raise Leg Lifts (right) 20 reps
6. Hip Raise Leg Lifts (left) 20 reps
7. Push Ups feet elevated 15 reps
8. Prisoner Twists 20 reps
9. Mountain Climbers 30 reps
10. Dynamic Jump Squats 15 reps
*Time challenge: complete workout as fast as possible w/good form!

Let me know how you do!


-Nat