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Tag Archives: workout routine

8 Minute Abs

24 Jul

Are you ready for the challenge? This is my go-to after a quick run when I don’t want to go to the gym for strength. Abdominal muscles are such a key group in your body that are important for so many reasons when living an active life.

No stopping, no breaks, eight complete minutes of constant work for those abdominal muscles! Challenge yourself. I am always sore after doing this :)

What is your favorite muscle group to work??

Facts and Tips about abdominal muscles below.

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Ab Facts
1) You don’t need to train them every day: you will actually overwork them. Think of them as any other muscle group, they need rest days
2) Doing ab specific exercises alone will not tone your stomach. To reveal chiseled abs, you need to train all your major muscle groups, do cardio, and follow a healthy diet.
3) If your abs are the star of the show, think of your lower back as the supporting cast. Strong lower back muscles allow to to safely complete intense ab workouts without injury
4) Skip the ab equipment on infomercials: the most effective ab-targeted moves are actually ones done at home with no equipment (see above workout).
5) Don’t let those abdominals be overlooked: those with a high percent stomach fat are more likely to develop osteoporosis
6) Last and most importantly, diet rules over any exercise: there is no workout that can help a bad diet. Eating healthy monounsaturated fatty acids like avocados, nuts and olive oil are known to actually help prevent weight gain in your belly. Fat is your friend, no foe :) (look here and here for some great healthy fat recipes!)

Source: http://www.fitbie.com
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Leg and Ab Workout

15 May

For those of you looking for a good workout routine to do at your gym, look no farther! Here I have it all laid out as to how to go about getting a good strength workout in.

I ran the 10 minutes to my gym on campus, but if running on the treadmill works better for you once there, that works too! Just do anything for 5-10 minutes to warm up your muscles.

This workout really targets your legs and abdominal muscles. Sneaking in 25 reps of ab exercises throughout your leg exercises adds up! And before you know it, you’ll be struggling to do that last set of 25 reps! Its a good one for sure :)

After getting home, I wanted to quickly refuel while making my meal, so I took one of my chocolate chip cookie protein pancakes out of the freezer that were leftover, dabbed some leftover chocolate mousse, and ate that baby up so quickly!

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P.S. My “hip lowers standing on a box”, are basically just single leg squats on a box! :)

Cardio and Strength II

16 Apr

Tired of your usual gym routine? Don’t know what to do when you get there? Want a little bit of both cardio and strength work? This is for you!

I know I’ve shared one with some cardio and strength already, but I thought you all would love to have options to choose from on my site..so I’m providing you another workout I’ve done in the past! It’s great because once again, doesn’t take hours to do. Have just an hour to spare in between classes, meetings, or work? Try this one!

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Cardio and Strength

2 Apr

My goal is not to be skinny. My goal is to be strong:)

Lately, I’ve been sticking to just strength and weight work instead of cardio. I just love feeling strong. And when I’m not needing to lose weight, it’s much healthier for me to get that strength in the weight room. But don’t think that is how it’s always been. Believe it or not, just last year I was a student-athlete on my university’s cross country and track team, running over 50 miles a week! So I understand those that love doing that kind of thing. And I’m sure down the road, I may begin to do little fun runs again. But for now, I love doing total body strength workouts.

I know a lot of people out there love to do some cardio though. I mean, it is very healthy to get out there and be active, getting that heart rate up! So sometimes, I do a little bit of both. Here is a workout you can do in a short amount of time, it only took me about 40 minutes altogether! Rushed in between a meeting and bible study and got all of this done within the hour I had:)

So you want a workout with a little bit of cardio and a little bit of strength? This is for you! Hope you try it out sometime when your on the way to the gym and don’t know what you should do:)

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