I have always been pretty blessed with an athletic figure, my friends get mad, I’d grab some chicken nuggs at McDonald’s or Burger King, or handful of cookies every other night and not even think twice about how unhealthy my habits were. (I still love cookies, I can’t even lie to you about that). Now that I’m getting older and more knowledgeable about the fitness world, my diet has gotten so much better! Now the working out is the second half of the equation…
I love being active: bike riding, pure barre, hiking, rollerblading, tennis, to name a few, but the gym, well that was a whole nother story. I never really enjoyed the gym atmosphere, the people staring, groaning, feeling like you have NO clue how to use the machines or what they are even called. These gym people have lingo, and I still have a ways to go. But really the more I read and make it part of my daily life, the more I am determined to get my booty to grow and get some serious abs. Everyone’s bodies are completely different, and that is OK, no one is perfect and understand it’s harder for some people than others to get that ripped tone bod but as long as you’re trying, you’re on the right track! Over the past couple months I have been training with Matt and learning so much and it is exciting to take care of your body and health. I know some of you are interested in the exercises I do to stay fit and active. So I will explain the workouts from yesterday and attach a clip below.
Monkey bars– We know these from when we were kids, but it’s not only fun, it is a great workout, mainly for your shoulders, arms, and back. I do these 2-3 times a week. Make sure to take 24 hour rest in between. This makes me sore as a mother, so it’s workin!!!
Tire flipping– One of my favs! But Oh it hurts so good after! Tire training is one of the best total body strength and conditioning workouts that a person can do. You use your entire body when you flip the tire, and by varying the distance you flip the tire and time you flip the tire you can get a great aerobic workout. Make sure you are thoroughly warmed up for these. Keep your back tight, to avoid rounding of the back, especially the lower. 3-5 sets.
KettleBell Squats– I like to do these elevated normally to increase the range of motion. Using 35 lbs here. Push through the heels! Most importantly, SQUEZE, SQUEEZE, SQUEEZE your glutes when you come up. It looks ugly and weird but it will activate the muscle!!!
Battle Ropes– You will usually find these anchored to a wall or sturdy pole. They can vary in length but are usually all pretty heavy and provide a killer workout! Battle rope training burns 10 calories per minute which is more than squats and burpees! This workout targets your arms, abs, and shoulders. In this clip, I am doing an alternating wave movement but there are several different movements and exercises you can do with the battle ropes.
Jump Squat– These you can simply do at home in your living room. I do these everyday! Start by doing a regular squat, with your feet shoulder distance apart, and then jump up explosively. This is slowed down to show you how much it works the glutes and hamstrings. 3-5 sets of 10.
Glute pushdowns on assisted pull up machine– People might look at you funny and think your using the machine incorrectly but don’t worry lol. Place one foot on the platform, Keep your abs tight, and push down with your heel til your foot is parallel with the other. 10-12 reps, 3 sets. 85 lbs.
Straight Bar Lunges– works legs, glutes, quads, and hamstrings. You can use any kind of weight but I prefer using a barbell along my back (the muscle not the spine). Descend then elevate one leg at a time while keeping the center of gravity over your front working leg. Chest up, push through the heels, brace the abs! I am using 40 lbs.
I end my workout with a shake!!! Helps muscles to recover and GROW! Honestly, your body doesn’t care which type of protein it’s getting, whether it’s a hard boiled egg, protein bar, glass of chocolate milk, or a whey protein shake.
Ingredients: Unsweetened almond milk, 1-2 spoon fulls of Peanut butter, 1 banana, ice, and Chocolate whey protein powder.
Like I said before, I am NO pro but if you have any questions, even if I’m unsure, I will do my best to find out and answer, then we can both learn something :)… If you want any particular videos, need me to explain anything more in detail, if you can’t make it to the gym regularly or maybe your gym doesn’t have some of the same equipment, I can always add more at home workouts. Comment below or message me and just let me know!! Have a fab day!!!!