Fitness

Getting back into the gym

By on September 11, 2017

After an unfortunate extended hiatus (got a new job, got a crazy dog, etc.), I’m long over due to get back in the gym. No particular reason why I chose this week, it just happened.

It was kind of a leg day, kind of not. I just wanted to get back in there and do something.

So here’s what I did this morning:

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Back to Kayla’s BBG and some unfortunate news about working out

By on May 23, 2017

So I’ve been struggling to lose the lbs.

As much as I love a good booty workout, I’ve been noticing I am adding muscle but I’m not toning or getting lean like I want to. I’m just not yet at a point of wanting to maintain my weight – I need to shred.

But what I fail to realize is that EVERYTHING you do makes a difference and either helps or hurts your body. Every single thing.

In this video I came across the other day, they explain that while 100% of the “calories in” are up to you, only 30% of the “calories out” are in your control.

And we all know that with exercise, our appetites go up. I’m guilty of it all the time. After being at work for 30 minutes: “Damn, I’m super hungry this morning, I’m going to eat that bagel,” after I already ate breakfast at home.

And I think a lot of people share the same issue with me –  I really don’t eat all that bad, I just eat too much. Portion control has been my biggest weakness lately.

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Working it out.

By on March 28, 2017

So I mentioned that the only consistent workout plan I’ve ever done is Kayla Itsines BBG. No discredit to her what so ever but for some reason, I dread it. I like challenging myself and I don’t feel like I am by doing so much cardio.

My boyfriend, who is a freaking saint, saw me struggling with what to do in the gym because my apartment gym just does not have a lot of equipment. He said, “you know you don’t have to do a strict, complex workout, it’s just about doing something to be active.” Crazy how simple that was when there’s so many freaking workouts out there that it’s like an information overload.

Speaking of information overload – I will say, I am ADDICTED to Whitney Simmons. That girl is like my spirit animal. Her bod, her workouts and her youtube videos are everything. I also am obsessed with Lauryn Evarts of the Skinny Confidential. I have serious anxiety and she always says how intervals really help. Whitney Simmons also mentioned that intervals are her favorite HIIT workouts.

So I made up my own workout routine. I took the interval idea, threw in some of the stuff I do like from Kayla Istine’s BBG and some of the stuff I’ve seen on Whitney Simmons’s videos and other crap I’ve seen on Instagram.

Routine:
Whitney Simmons – Stretching Routine
10 min of intervals – 2 min of walking, 30 seconds of treadmill on somewhere between 9.5 to 10.0 and then I hop off with my feet on either side for 30 seconds, do this up until 10 min mark
Superset of:
Push-ups – 10, then 15
Ab bikes – 50
Straight leg jackknifes – 25
Straight leg raises – 25
Then triset of:
Sumo squats on smith machine w/ 20 lbs added – 10
Tricep dips – 15
Weighted lunges w/15 lbs – 24

It’s nothing difficult, nothing over complicated but also nothing that I hate doing. I know it’s nothing super hard but it gets my heart rate up, it gets the booty muscles burning and I’m sore the next day. I’m really just learning how to love working out. 

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