Workout like a brute in the gym, and a beaut on the beach!
Here’s today’s weekly leg workout routine for our bikini boot campers. With each exercise, there is a photo of the equipment needed. This is just one of 4 bikini workouts (+ 3 cardios) our boot campers do each week.
#1 – 3 sets each leg extension
- 20 Toes up (straight)
- 20 Toes in
- 20 Toes out
#2 – 4 sets of leg press (2 plates, 1 plate on each side)
- 30 feet shoulder width apart
- 30 feet close
- 30 feet wide plié
- 10 close/10 shoulder/10 plié
#3 – 3 sets leg extension (repeat #1)
#4 – 3 sets of single leg press, 20 reps each (just the rack or one plate)
#1 4 sets straight leg dead lifts
- 20 w/ 45lb bar
- 18 w/ 65lbs (add 2 tens)
- 15 w/ 75lbs (add 2 fives)
- 15 w/ 85lbs (add 2 fives)
#2 5 sets prone (laying down) hamstring curls
- 25 reps of 35-40lbs
- 20 reps of 40-45lbs
- 18 reps of 45-50lbs
- 15 reps of 50-55lbs
- 12 reps of 55-60lbs
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
Reebok is giving away a pair of Reebok ZQuick ”Unnaturally Quick” running (and cross-training) shoes to one luck winner from MY blog!! WOOOOO HOOOOO!
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Contest deadline: Sunday night at midnight. I’ll announce the winner next week right here at PFITblog.com!! (More on Zquick below!)
HIIT CARDIO FAT KILLER
Want to put your ZQuicks to the test? Try this HIIT cardio workout, packed with power sprints and hills that requires you to dig in and dig deep. The suggested speed, incline and rest is based on our clients. This is actually one of the cardio workouts used in our Bikini Boot Camp at Max Fitness Club, and the same cardio workout Steve Pfiester puts his competitors through. Trust me! It works! It melts fat and tones muscle in one killer workout.
Adjust as needed, but try to push yourself. Repeat the 5-minute circuit as many times as you would like. Keep track of your progress and watch you get stronger and stronger the more you do it!
MORE ON THE ZQUICK (Awesome videos!)
The ZQuick is all about the amazing grip of the Z-rated tread.
The science behind Reebok ZQuick: Why the ZQuick is so Quick
Learn more about Reebok ZQuick (Cost: Only $84.99!!)
How the winner is chosen: I use a random counter software that picks the winner.
The PureMove Armband is the best armband I’ve found made for the iPhone 5S/5. I got the opportunity to try it out this weekend on our group run with some of our bikini boot campers and members. Here’s why I was so excited about this armband!
One of my pet peeves is not being able to access my phone easily while running or working out at the gym. First, you have that stupid thick plastic barrier that not only holds your phone but it makes it extremely difficult to actually use the phone. Second, if you want to get the phone out of the case, it’s a challenge to get it out – especially if you are in a hurry. Lastly, once you get it OUT of the case, it’s a total pain to put it back IN the case without taking the whole armband off your arm.
With the PureMove Armband, I can easily navigate the touch screen – SOOO NICE! I was able to easily start and pause my RunKeeper app when I needed too (which was always a hassle). Not only was I able to navigate the touch screen better without the plastic barrier, but I didn’t have that annoying glare the additional plastic layer always gave my phone. The same tasks that took a minute or two to complete, now took me only 5-10 seconds. Less time struggling means more time sweating!!
Since I’m a picture-taking fool, I also enjoyed the ease of popping my phone right out of the case to take a quick snap shot of fun things along the way. Whether I want to take a pic of the sunset, scenery, funny sites or a pictures of gym members and friends, I don’t want anything to slow down my run. The PureMove Armband allowed me that freedom.
Have you seen Yes Man? That is SO me! hahaha I never go anywhere without a camera – and of course the iPhone is my camera when I’m on runs and I just love knowing I can capture the moment, even on my run!
Here are some of the photos I’ve taken on some of my runs. Burning calories is great, but making memories makes it even better! And now it’s even easier to do with the PureMove Armband.
What typically goes in soup? Well, let’s think… Potatoes, Carrots, Corn, Peas, Lima Beans, any kind of bean, rice, pasta…basically all high carb vegetables. What do you not see in soup that often? Low-carb veggies like Brocoli, Cauliflower, Spinach and Cabbage. Why not? Did someone make a rule? Are there only a few soup-approved veggies? NO! People just like their carbs. A high-carb meal is a high-calorie meal, so i decided to make a low-carb soup that would entertain my tastebuds without costing me a few miles of cardio to burn off. This soup is perfect for those nights I had a post-workout shake and don’t need a lot of calories, but still want a hot meal when I get home for the gym.
4 Quarts Vegetable Broth Base (I used Knorr Vegetable Mix)
1 Bag of Frozen Cauliflower (or 2 cups fresh)
2 Cups frozen chopped spinach
2 Cups chopped brocoli
2 1/2 Cups Ground Turkey (20 oz)
2 Chopped Zucchini
2 T Splenda/Stevia
2 T Hickory Liquid Smoke
Salt/Pepper to taste
Makes 25 Cups
59 Calories per Hearty Cup!
I entered everything into my LoseIt app. Here is the profile
I love potatoes. Honestly, I think they are probably one of my favorite vegetables. BUT they are super high in calories and carbs, so I try to limit them. One baked potato is a whopping 270 calories – that’s most of my allotted calories for a single meal when I’m dieting (which is around 300-350 calories/meal) – and that’s without butter, sour cream or anything extra!
A medium French Fry from McDonald’s is 360 calories!! Sadly, I have to admit, when I get fries, my eyes are bigger than my brain and I feel the need to order a large fry because I like fries more than the darn burger. However, that large fry will cost me about a 5 1/2 mile run! A large fry had more calories than my sandwich – 537 calories (Super Size is 610 CALORIES!)!! Needless to say, if you are counting calories, it doesn’t take long to realize you need to limit potatoes from your diet if you want to lose weight.
With all that high-cal potato talk, I got a little creative last night and made a potatoless Shepherd’s pie. Honestly, if I had cauliflower, I would have made mashed cauliflower. Instead, I started my meal out like I always do. I look in the fridge and pantry to see what I have and then I start brainstorming. Yesterday, I ended up with Ground Turkey & Cabbage Shepherd’s pie and it was a success. Steve loved it, and he liked the carb to protein ratio – so here it is!
Potatoless Shepherd’s Pie
- 1 head of cabbage chopped (made 4 cups)
- 4 cups cooked and seasoned lean ground turkey
- 1 1/2 cup yellow corn
- 1 1/2 cup lima beans ( didn’t have peas!)
- 1 tablespoon butter/margarine
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 teaspoon of Stevia and Splenda
- Salt & Pepper
- Badia Complete Seasoning
First I combined cooked and seasoned turkey meat with cooked corn and limas (cooked and seasoned with salt and pepper) and put that in the casserole dish. (I seasoned my meat with lemon juice and Badia Complete Seasoning). Then, in a separate pot, I boiled the cabbage with seasonings and the Stevia until really tender and soft. I drained the cabbage reeeeeally well and added the butter to add a little fat, as well as a buttery flavor. Next, I spread it out on top of the meat mixture, topping it with the sprinkle of cheese and baked it on 400 for 20 minutes or so (just to melt the cheese and do the final bit of cooking).
After you pull it out of the oven, drain off any fluid (from the cabbage) and let it stand for a few minutes. If you can’t wait, you can serve it right away, but it will be a messy meal. If you let it cool, it cuts in nicer squares. I let mine cool completely and stored it in the refrigerator. Then I cut it in squares and put it in tupperware (cuts beautifully when cold). Steve loved it and it was darn tasty!
9 servings: 278 calories 25g P, 15g C 13g F
12 small squares: 209 calories, 19.1g P, 11.3g C, 9.9g F
NOTE: Fat slows digestion, helping you feel fuller longer, as well as provides you with more lasting energy.
This workout is a fat-burning workout with an emphasis on toning the lower body, shoulders and abs. Weight and rest is SUPER important. Weight should be challenging and rest should not go one second over the prescribed rest time. Each round should take 15 minutes, making this workout a killer 45 minute workout. Click on the exercise to see video demonstration.
40 Seconds Snatch to Overhead Lunge (10, 12, or 15LB DBS – pictured above)
20 Seconds Rest
40 Seconds Tuck Jumps
60 Seconds Rest
Complete 3 Rounds
When I want to enjoy a hot meal, but I don’t want a lot of whole food in my stomach, I go the soup route. The fluid fills me up, without putting a lot of whole food through my stomach. As a result, I eat fewer calories and my stomach flattens out. I headed to the kitchen, looked to see what I had and started creating. Here’s basically what I came up with.
Please note: I didn’t measure as I went. I was just shaking, dumping and stirring stuff in, using what I had in the pantry and doing what I do best – make stuff up as I go along. I tried to guestimate what I did after I realized I probably should share what was brewing – especially since it was SO yummy and only 107 calories a cup, 8.5gm protein, 15.6 carbs and 1.2g fat! Feel free to adjust the seasonings, water and lemon juice to fit your tastes. As for the 2 cans of soup. I often use a can of soup as a base for my pot-luck soups. You can use pretty much any vegetable soup as a base, or skip it altogether and just add more seasoning, diced tomatoes, bullion or powdered soup mix.
Tangy Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe
DIET TIP: Scan food as you cook to track calories in your LoseIt app. Remember to adjust serving size to match the ENTIRE can or food product.
4 Chicken Breast pulled (boiled in lemon or lime juice, water, salt and seasonings)
(1-2 Cups of the broth from that soup can be used for the base)
1 1/2 Cup Yellow Corn (limit corn to limit calories)
1 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 Can of Vegetable Beef Soup (that’s just what I happened to have)
3-4 Cans Water (depending on desired thickness)
2 Cans of Black Beans (dieters use 1 can)
1 Can of Diced Tomatoes
1 Can of Dices Green Chiles
1 Cup Yellow Rice (optional)
3 Tbsp Cumin
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
1/3 Cup Lime or lemon Juice
1/3 Cup Sonny’s Sweet BBQ Sauce (optional – gives a chipotle taste)
1 1/1 tsp Splenda or Stevia
Fresh Cilantro (to taste)
A few shakes of Red Pepper
Salt to taste
Should Make Approximately 23 1/2 Cups
Boil the chicken until the chicken falls apart. Chop it up, pull it apart and combine it with all other ingredients in a huge pot. Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for a couple of hours. The longer it stews, the more flavor the chicken and veggies will have. Don’t do final tasting until it has cooked for a while. The taste of the broth will change as it adopts the flavors of the tomatoes, chicken, corn, black beans and green chiles. Once it has had a chance to simmer for a while, then you can determine if it needs more lemon or lime juice, or seasonings.
After I finished cooking it, I measured out (one cup at a time) into a tupperware container to find out how many cups it made. Add more chicken to increase protein, or decrease corn and beans to decrease carbs. You can add sliced avocado on top as a garnish if you want to increase fats. The key is finding out what your diet needs and making adjustments to fit your needs.
One cup makes a great snack. 1.5-2 cups is a filling meal!
Beef up the meal and protein by combining 1 cup of soup with 3 oz side of chicken for a 277 calories, 31g protein, 27gm carbs and 5g fat. (pie graph above shows the breakdown of nutrients)
DIET TIP: LOWER CALORIES EVEN MORE
Use 1 can of black beans (instead of 2), 3/4 cup of corn (instead of 1 1/2 cup) and no rice (instead of 1 cup), and you’ll reduce your calories to 78 calories per cup. (29 calories less – lower carb). Add broccoli to add more fiber and consistency with fewer calories.
The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok.
Sometimes it’s not enough to just be fast. You need to be able to move quick. If your daily run is never running in a straight line, this shoe is your kind of shoe. Check it out!
Reebok just came out with a really cool high-traction running shoe that’s made to move quick. If you like the natural feel of a super light shoe that gives you just enough cushion without losing the feel of the road, this shoe is for you! What I love most about this shoe (besides how light it is) is definitely the traction. Traction is out of control. The outer sole is designed for maximum ground contact so your foot really grabs the ground for quick switches, turns, jumps and stops. Not only is this great for running (especially when your route includes navigating around traffic, puddles, people, dogs and uneven sidewalks) I’m super excited about using these shoes on my functional training days. These shoes are going to crush sprints, box jumps, heismans, Shuffle Touches, and other exercises that require more traction.
Inspired by hi-performance, Z-Rated tires, the Reebok Z Run running shoe are like sports car tires on your feet. The Z-Rated technology delivers control, traction and speed – just like my Corvette!
Here are the things I like most about the shoe:
- Super Light
- Smooth No-Sew upper
- Low-cut for mobility
- Roomy toe box
- Awesome tread for killer control, traction and speed
- Super flexible midsole
Here’s a cool video on the technology of the shoe:
“These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!” So set your timer and get ready to crush this workout!! Click on the workout name to see video demonstration of each exercise.
Today’s Z-Rated Workout:
Set your timer!!!
1/4 mile sprint
SSS - Cardio, Conditioning, Lower Body
- 20 Skaters
- 20 Butt-Kicks
- 20 Squat Front Kicks (alternating legs)
- 20 Butt-Kicks
- 20 Shuffle Touches (quick switch)
- 20 Butt-Kicks
Complete 3 rounds
1/4 mile sprint
Dead Legs - Legs, Glutes, Hamstrings
- 20 Prisoner Squats
- 20 Mary Catherines
- 20 X-Squats
- 20 Crisscross Squats
- 20 Bridges
- 1-Minute Wall Sits
Complete 3 rounds
1/4 mile sprint and record your time.
How long did it take you to get through it?
Last night I discovered indie pop star, Ingrid Michaelson, who sings The Way I Am and Be OK, posted this (about my sister, AnnaLee) on her facebook & twitter pages: “it’s bad when someone covers your song better than you do” after watching my sister’s cover of Ingrid’s new single, Girls Chase Boys, on youtube.
First, I have to say how I impressed I am that an artist would be humble enough to share other talent. Obviously she has a genuine appreciation for music, unlike other musicians who just want to be famous. Second, kudos to her fans, who were incredibly gracious with their compliments of Anna’s talent – when many fans would eat anyone else (other than their beloved star) alive for attempting to sing their precious star’s song. Not Ingrid’s fans. Obviously, they too love music and appreciate talent like Ingrid. And, lastly, a super BIG dose of kudos to my sister, for the amazing job – and always adding so much individuality and personality to original songs. You are truly amazing and talented – and a light in this dark world. Keep on shining girlfriend! LOVE YOU!!
Girls Chase Boys Chase Girls – cover by AnnaLee Keehner
Here is the original music video by Ingrid. Look familiar? It should, it was inpsired by Robert Palmer’s Simply Irresistible from 1988. Watch the original Robert Palmer video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrGw_c…
This is one of my favorite songs she does, The Way I Am.
What makes a bikini body? A flat tummy, sculpted shoulders and nice buns! With that in mind, here’s a workout Steve and I designed for the MASS SUIT to burn calories and tone all the important bikini body parts – all in one pretty simple workout. You can also do this workout with bands or dumbbells. Granted, there is NO WAY it will be as intense as it was with the MASS SUIT (OMG!), but it will still be a killer workout.
One thing that makes this workout challenging is because it uses compound movements. Meaning, you are doing a lower body exercise AND an upper body exercise at the same time. To make things even more intense, you are not taking any rest between exercises to maximize calorie burn. The good news is, you get twice the workout in half the time! Yahoooo!!
The MASS SUIT kicked my butt and really challenged my core. I was out of breath in half the time of doing traditional training – and I have to admit I was challenged at only 10 reps in! ha! Here’s the workout video to follow along with, as well as the matching written workout!
MASS SUIT BIKINI BODY WORKOUT
10 Jumping Jacks
20 Stepback Lunges with Lateral Raises
10 Jumping Jacks
20 Forward Lunges with Lateral Raises
10 Jumping Jacks
20 Diagonal Lunge
X 3 Rounds
10 Stepback Lunges with Lateral Raises RIGHT
10 Stepback Lunges with Lateral Raises LEFT
10 Forward Lunges with Adduction RIGHT
10 Forward Lunges with Adduction LEFT
10 Diagonal Lunges RIGHT
10 Diagonal Lunges LEFT