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WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Zuzka Light: 3-min Yoga Challenge

Circuit (4 rounds)

10 Goblet Squats
10 Plank Step Over Pushups
20 Split Squat Jumps
15 Tricep Dips

Blogilates, Bikini Blaster 5: Muffintopless
Blogilates: Stretches for Chilling Out

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

15-lb dumbbells (30-lb load) for Goblet Squats
a Chair


Circuit/Blogilates: So, I kind of planned this to be a 3 round circuit. I did better with my time than I anticipated so I ended up doing 4 rounds instead. *pats self in the back* My times per round were 6:31/6:22/6:13/7:00 mins respectively, taking a 1-min break between rounds. I follow that with a decent attempt at Muffintopless and then some well earned stretching. Overall, this turned out to be a 350 rep workout. I KICKED MY ASS! I’m so proud, though. *tear*

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata: Jump Rope (High Knees)

ZWOW 28 (3 rounds)

10/10 Dragon Kicks
20 Split Squat Jumps
15 Pike Jump Squat Jump 
10 Reptile Pushups

POP Pilates: Flatter My Abs Workout + 3 sets of 10 Diamond Pushups
Blogilates: Relax With Me Stretch Routine

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

ZWOW: This ZWOW was meant to be a 10-min AMRAP, but since I’m kinda um sucking not at my best these days, I opted to make it a time challenge for 3 rounds. And dear Lord did it burn. My time was 19:39 mins for the 3 rounds. [For book keeping purposes, I competed 1 round + 56 reps in the first 10-mins.] After a massive water break in between, Flatter My Abs burned like hell, and I did 3 sets of Diamond Pushups…which was cool. Arms felt really tight after set 3…but I was digging the feeling, so I added a 4th set. Now, for these, I took a full 3-min break between sets, otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to lift myself for all those reps.

Either way, I’m really excited to getting back to doing pushups. I’m not even being sarcastic. I’m being genuinely weird. And it feels particularly nice that I love them so much because it is nice to have something you love doing while submitting yourself to voluntarily exercise torture, you know? So, yeah. Pushups! *fist pump* 

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata: Jump Rope (High Knees)

Circuit (3 rounds)

20 Step Ups
15/15 Elevated Plank Kickbacks
5/5 Turkish Get Ups
10 Cross Legged Pushups

Blogilates: Hips, Butt n’ Thighs Super Shaper Workout
Blogilates: Amazing Upper Back & Leg Stretches

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

A chair
Step Ups: 15-lb dumbbells
Turkish Get Ups: 15/12/10 lb dumbbell for Round 1/2/3 respectively


Circuit/Blogilates: Total body circuit, sort of, maybe with a little tiny bit more emphasis on lower body. Took me about 35 minutes (9:28/11:40/10:51 mins per round) to complete, taking a 1-min break between Round 1&2 and a 2-min break between Round 2&3). I’d say I paced myself well on this one. Until I get my workout consistency under control, I’m afraid I won’t be able to go much faster than what I did. Work in slow progress. I finished with Blogilates because LEG CIRCLES! I modified the Side Planks Leg Lifts because I needed to. Intense. 

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Class FitSugar with trainer Brett Hoebel

Warm Up
Drills
Stack-up Circuit
Cool Down

Blogilates: Sculpted Legs in Skinny Leggings Workout
Blogilates: Stretching for Flexibility

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Still sore from yesterday, but did something anyway.

Class FitSugar/Blogilates
: Full class is 30-mins long. The main workout is a Stack-up Circuit based off 5 Capoeira-inspired moves: Capoeira Push Kick Sit Up, Knee Strike Sit Ups, Jujitsu Sit-Through, Jujitsu Sit-Through with a 360 turn, and Capoeira Reverse Lunge. AS ALWAYS, Brett is a high-energy trainer which makes the workouts equal parts fun and exhausting. Heart rate was going because you are constantly moving one way or the other. I completed the workout with some Barre-style routine from Blogilates given that my legs were the least sore part of me at the moment.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata: Jump Rope

ZWOW 46 (3 rounds)

5/5 Single Leg Walkout Burpee
30 Side Lunge Hops
10/10 Side Plan Dip + Knee Tuck 

Circuit (3 rounds)

10 Flying Burpees
10/10 Reverse Lunge Twist

Blogilates: Stretches for Chilling Out


WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

8-lb dumbbells: Side Lunge Jumps
15-lb dumbbell: Reverse Lunge Twist

This routine was a good combination of total body strength training with a cardiovascular punch. My heart rate was effectively high throughout. 

ZWOW 46: Long story short, it took me longer to complete than it should have…because…um, because. I’m out of my former shape, man. That’s what happened. I didn’t really rest between rounds so however long the ZWOW took me to complete was ALL ME. Those Side Planks Dips with Knee Tuck were super challenging because my balance was all over the place. 

Circuit: On the Flying Burpees, I held each chair pose for 5-seconds. I really had to pace myself after that first set of Burpees because I started feeling funny. [Crazy business.]

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata: Jump Rope

Circuit (3 rounds)

10/10 Curtsy Lunges
1-min Clamp
10/10 Figure 4 Squats
1-min Sprinters
10 Thrusters
1-min Plank

POP Pilates: Perfect Legs Workout
TIU: Stretch & Release

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

15-lb dumbbells: two for the Cursty Lunges and Thrusters, one for the Figure 4 Squats

It’s DIVERGENT week! So I decided to diverge (wink wink nudge nudge) and actually work out today. 

Circuit: 3 rounds, alternating (weighted) lower body moves with core moves, rested between rounds. I did the core moves a 1-min AMRAPs. The rep count per round were 28/25/27 for the Clamps and 21/22//22 for the Sprinters. (I was shaking really bad on that Round 3 Plank, so I did like three mini planks of 20-secs). As for the equipment, for the Curtsy Lunges, I held the dumbbells to my side, for the Figure 4 Squats I held one dumbbell in front of my chest (this move really tests your balance) and for the Thrusters I held the dumbbells on top of my shoulder, going from squat to the shoulder press in one swift motion.

Blogilates: New video. And it burn like hell. And I wasn’t able to do the Floor Tap move with the extended leg. Like, my leg REFUSED to cooperate on that one. I did my best, though.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata: Jump Rope

Circuit (3 rounds)
3 sets of a squat variation of choice per round 
[R1: 10 Squat & Side Lift | R2: 10/10 Uneven Squats | R3: 10 Plié Squats]

10 Decline Pushup Burpees
Squats: Set 1
10 Decline Pushup N’ Climbers
Squats: Set 2
10 Decline Pushups N’ Kicks
Squats: Set 3
10 Elevated Pike Presses

Blogilates: Amazing Upper Back & Leg Stretches

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

15-lbs dumbbells for all Squat variations
A chair

Circuit: This routine was play of this other routine I did back in July 2013, lots of squats and lots of pushups. I did a set of squats (a different variation on each round, as shown above) in between sets of pushups. My time for each rounds was 11:07 mins, 14:47 mins and 15:34 mins, respectively. I took a water break (~2-mins) between rounds.

The moves: For the Squats & Lift and Pliés, I placed the dumbbells on top of my shoulders. For the Uneven Squats, I held a single dumbbell with both hands in front of my neck/chest. For the Climbers and Kicks on some of the pushups, left + right = 1 rep.

So, how did that felt? Exhausting. By the end of round 2, my arms were starting to feel tight and I was having real trouble catching up with my breath. And the struggle only got more intense throughout Round 3. By then I was feeling it everywhere: arms, core, butt, legs, heart rate, breath. All of it. I was forced to take plenty of breaks then because, as you know, puking is not my workout priority. On the upside, my arms and legs felt all shaky and tingly when it was over. Which is good. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow!

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, 3-min AMRAP

Jump Rope: 20 High Knees + 10 Jumping Jacks

ZWOW #42 (4 rounds)

10 Competition Burpee to Tuck Jump
20 Low Jacks
20 Strict Mountain Climbers
10 Commando Pushups
20 Knee Hugs 

3 sets of 10 Spider Drags + 10 Reverse Dunk Sit Ups
Blogilates: Relax with Me Stretching Routine

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

25-lb dragging weight on Spider Drags
10-lb dumbbells: Reverse Dunk Sit Ups

ZWOW: This one felt more like a cardiovascular/upper body challenge combo, which was what i was counting on. My time for 4 rounds was 19:29 mins. My goal was to do it under 20 mins. I barely did it, but I did it. *fist pump*. I kept my water breaks shorts through the ZWOW (sip-and-go short, again) and took the longer rest (3-mins) after I was done with the 4 rounds. 

I moved on to the sets after that. For the Spider Drags (which is one of my favorites!) I just put a bunch of dumbbells inside a box and use the weighted box as my “dragging” weight. This move is super challenging. I love it for it. My obliques are totally sore from yesterday’s side bends, so that made it more challenging. But anyway, for the Reverse Dunk, I used dumbbells instead of a Med Ball. And then when I INTENDED to do the “Dunking” motion (like an overhead tricep extension), my arms sort of refuse to…which was hilarious. *awkward silence*. My arms were pretty done. And I should have gone for lighter weights, but those were piled up in the freaking box for the Spider Drags! Ha. (Bear with me.) So I sucked it up with the 10’s and took all sorts of breaks until I got those 10 reps in. Crazy.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata | Jump Rope

Circuit (3 rounds)

10 Spiderman (R/L) to Frogger combo
10/10 Windmill Squat Press
15 Back Extensions on Ball
10/10 Single Leg Squats

Blogilates: Inner Thigh Insanity + Serious Standing Pilates
Blogilates: Stretching for Flexibility

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

15-lb dumbbells: one for the Windmill Squat Press / two for the Single Leg Squats


Circuit: Kudos to me for actually doing something today! I wasn’t exactly in the mood to workout, but also kinds of wanted to do Single Leg Squats for some reason…(I’m weird)… so picked the rest of the moves based on that. 
After 3 rounds of that, I went old-school with Blogilates with Inner Thigh Insanity (still insane) and Serious Standing Pilates (mainly to work on my balance). 

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, 3x

2 per side Block and Elbow Strike
20-secs Jump Rope High Knees

Circuit (4 rounds)

10 Split Leg Pushup
10 Squatting Preacher Curls
10/10 Sit Up to Roundhouse Kick
10 Bent Over Rows

Bonus: POP Pilates |  5-min Abs Express
Yoga by Candace: Yoga for Upper Body Strength and Flexibility

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

10-lb dumbbells: Preacher Curls and Bent Over Rows

Circuit: This set of exercises focus on upper body & core. I wasn’t rushing the movements, focused on form rather than time. It wasn’t kill-me-now intense but it still felt challenging everywhere I intended to. For the Split Leg Pushups, I alternated which leg I was lifting and crossing under per round (right, left, right, left) and when I did the “crossunder”, I totally supported my leg on the ground. I tried to leave it hovering like Jillian shows on the link and almost pulled a muscle. Ha. The only major water break I took after completing Round 2 for 90-secs. 

I finished with a short Blogilates video for abs that, foolishly, I wasn’t expecting to feel as much as I did. Woah. And then I ATTEMPTED to do some yoga. I suck at yoga, guys. A LOT. Doing yoga makes me feel more awkward than I already am and it is never feels relaxing. It always feels more like power yoga when I do it. But I’m trying to do more yoga, so… This video was more advance that I should even be looking at (ha!), but I (hilariously) tried to do as much as I could and stuck to the modifications. [In other words: no headstand.]  

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, 3-min AMRAP: 10 In & Out Squats + 5/5 Circling Split Dog

Circuit (3 rounds)

10 Deadman Burpees
20 Weighted Squat & Reach
10 Deadman Burpees
20 Weighted Walking Lunges

+ 1 additional set of 10 Deadman Burpees at the end
Blogilates: Saddlebag Shaver
Song Challenge: Atomic Crunch to Young the Giant’sMy Body
Blogilates: Amazing Upper Back and Leg Stretches

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

15-lb dumbbells: Squat & Reach and Walking Lunges


Circuit: Took me around 22:27 mins to complete 3 rounds, water breaks included in that time. I kept my water breaks to 1-min after each round. Um, now that I’m finished and I’m showered and writing this, I feel like maaaybe I should have done 4 rounds? But, you know, when I was actually doing the THING, the thought never crossed my mind. It was pretty good as it is, though…just that maaaybe I could have pushed for another round. If you do this, see how your feeling. Either way, the fact that I’m even having this thought right now confirms my muscle endurance is currently way higher than my cardiovascular endurance. AND I HATE IT. *sulks*

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, AXFit: Fit City Workout | LEGS 

Pumps & Iron: Jump Rope Workout
5 rounds total, 1-min break between rounds

1-min Weighted Plié Squats
1-min Leg Lifts to Butt Lifts
1-min Kettlebell Swings
1-min Cheek-to-Cheek Plank
1-min Jump Rope

POP Pilates: Legs on Fire Workout
TIU: Triathlon Stretching Routine

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

15-lb dumbbells: two for Plié Squats / one for DB Swings
Jump Rope


Pumps & Iron. Awesome blog. First time doing of her routines. I decided to set my timer as she did —30 rounds of 1-min— so I wouldn’t be tempted to take longer breaks between rounds. Which is exactly what would have happened. Let’s be honest. For the Pliés, I held the dumbbells on my shoulders, and I’m so glad these were the first move on each round because it was quite challenging to get through a full minute round of those. For the Leg Lifts to Butt LIfts, I tried not to use my momentum at all, so I went for control instead of speed/rep count. For the Swings, I used one of the dumbbells. For the 1st round I did regular Dumbbell Swings, and the other 4 rounds as Single Arm Dumbbell Swings. For the Plank Twists, left + right = 1 rep.

Pliés: 17 / 11 / 10 / 10 / 10 = 58 reps total
Leg Lift to Butt Lift: 9 / 9 / 10 / 8 / 8 = 44 reps total
DB Swings: 25 / 25 / 26 / 23 / 20 = 99 reps total
Plank Twists : 30 / 23 / 21 / 20 / 20 = 114 reps total
Jump Rope: 468 jumps total

Let me tell you, by the third round my core was fired up! Sweet mother of burning Jesus. So, that was pretty awesome, but my favorite part of the workout was the stretching. I was glad when it was over. 

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, Tabata | Jump Rope

ZWOW #3
Pyramid format: 5-10-15-10-5

Hopping Lunges 
Bulgarian Squats
Skaters 
Superman to Plank

POP Pilates: Hips, Butt and Thighs Super Shaper Workout
Tabata Challenge: Goblet Squats
Blogilates: Stretches for Chilling Out

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

10-lb dumbbells: Bulgarian Squats (ZWOW #3) and Goblet Squats


First, YES! I suck at consistency. Let’s move on to more interesting things. Like the ZWOW. My time was 27:22 mins. I shouldn’t even have to say that this time, compared to my previous times, is RIDICULOUS…but I guess I just said it. [Let it out, Joan, let it out. Meh.] On the upside, I really felt this in my legs and my heart rate was going throughout. I followed the ZWOW with some Blogilates. Goodness gracious, I certainly felt THAT as well. When Cassey moved to those Side Plank Leg Lifts, I kind of had to pause the video and figure out do even do them by that point. I finished with a Tabata of Goblet Squats. Did 44 reps total of those.

I plan to include more Jump Roping into my workouts and see if it helps me regain my FORMER cardiovascular endurance much faster. That’s the plan. We’ll see. I just need to find a way to actually keep up with my plans. This can’t continue. It won’t.

WORKOUT OF THE DAY

Warm Up, 3-min AMRAP

5/5 Side Lunge Rotation
5/5 Scorpion Reach

ZWOW #20 (3 rounds)

20 Side Lunge Hops
10 Forward/Backward Burpee
10/10 Bulgarian Squat Hops
10 Alternating Double Bridge 

Song Workout: Lat Pull/Lean Back Ball combo to Lorde’s Tennis Court
Bonus, 3 sets: 1-min AMRAP Weighted Squats + 15 Tricep Dips
Blogilates: Amazing Upper Back and Leg Stretches

WORKOUT BREAKDOWN

Equipment

10-lb dumbbells: Weighted Squats
Stability Ball


ZWOW: My time was 16:18 mins…which wasn’t completely horrible. 

I went (relatively) easy on the core because it’s still sore from Tuesday. [I told ya! Love that Extended Crunch on the Ball. It’s awesome.] My rep count for the sets of weighted squats was 25 reps (set 1),  24 reps (set 2) and 24 reps (set 3). I tried to go back and down on squatting position until my weights touched the floor on each rep. I took a ±2-min break after each set of Tricep Dips, before starting every set of squats.