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6 Week Summer Slim Down

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014

6 Week Summer Slim Down

The count down to summer begins! I may have been born in a snow storm but that doesn’t mean I like the cold. I for one, cannot wait for Spring. I will happily exchange my sweater for a light weight top and my leggings for a cute patterned capri. But, summer….on the other hand, always seems to arrive before I’m ready. Not this year, ladies! I’m going to to spend the next 6 weeks kicking my own ass so that I am more than ready for bikini season. Shorts? Let’s do it! Tank tops? F*ck sleeves. Did someone say pool party? I’ll RSVP – Yes – to that bitch right now! I’ve pulled together an impressive and beta tested set of workouts that will get you ready for summer in record time. These HIIT + Tabata sessions are the answer to your bathing suit dreams. HIIT = high intensity interval training. These are all the rage! And for good reason. The days of spending hours in the gym working on your cardio are long gone. The science says shorter more intense exercise is the key to burning fat, improving your cardiovascular system, and total body toning. Tabata = 4 minute rounds of high intensity training. The tabata protocol has you perform one exercise for 20 seconds of all out effort, followed by 10 seconds of rest, repeated for 4 minutes. Before you dive in, download an interval timer to your smart phone. I use a free version called Seconds. Here’s the link to the app in the iTunes store. Just for giggles – throw on that bikini and snap a before picture. I want to see your jaw drop when you compare it to your after shot. Below you’ll find 16 workouts. Your goal is to complete 4 sessions a week for the next 6 weeks. Most of these workouts you will complete in 12 minutes – all of them can be done in under 30 minutes. If you want more – repeat the rounds. Always start your workout with 4 minutes of dynamic stretching and warm-up moves. Examples include: toe touches, calf raises, arm circles, hip swings, spider man, inch worm, jumping jacks, and air squats. Workout 1 – California Fit Body #1 Type: HIIT     Sets: 12     High Intensity: 50 seconds     Low Intensity: 10 seconds     Repeat: 1-3 times Workout 2 – Tabata Tuesday #1 Type: Tabata     Number: 4...

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Fitness Challenge on Pinterest

Posted by on Sep 22, 2013

Fitness Challenge on Pinterest

Ladies, I must confess, I used to be a bit of a gym slut. I would frequent Crossfit, yoga, treadmill and spin studios all over town. I felt totally spoiled. My cross-training ways were keeping me in great shape but it was costing me a fortune. And times is tight, my friends. I need to save my fortune! How can I stay in great shape without spending tons of money and without getting bored? The answer is simple. Pinterest. The home workout trend has never been hotter. I’ve been collecting workouts on Pinterest for months. I have over 200 pins on my fitness board. That’s 200 workouts! HIIT, Crossfit, yoga, abs, butt, legs….you name it, we’re covered. I’m dropping my gym membership for 90 days to clean out my Pinterest board. Are you up for the challenge? I was just floating along in life making vision boards out of magazine clippings and cork boards when Pinterest appeared on my laptop and exploded my mind. Since my introduction to this beautiful time warp, I have learned 51 ways to use a binder clip, 2000 ways to wear my hair in a ponytail, and one million ways to sculpt my ass to perfection. Pinterest is awesome. But you know what would be more awesome? If whatever you pinned just appeared in real life. That perfectly messy bun. Poof. Hair done. That tutorial on flawless skin. Poof. Camera ready. The best ever chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe. Poof. Warm cookies. Oh wait, the best, that perfectly fit body you pinned for inspiration. Poof. You have the best body ever. Pinterest would rule the world and I would be their loyal subject. Sadly, technology is lagging behind my wildest dreams. Until the simple act of pinning makes things magically appear in real life, we are left in control. We are responsible for the creation of our dream body. I challenge you to not just pin it, DO IT. Let’s put all those fitness pins to good use….you did not pin in vain! Over the next 90 days your mission, should you choose to accept, is to complete as many pinned workouts as you can. If you’re in, create a new board and name it “Mission Complete” . This is where you will pin workouts once you complete them. Follow my Mission Complete board here. Add the words “Challenge Accepted” to your current fitness...

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