Goal: Sculpt the glutes, legs, core and shoulders. The burpees continue to keep the legs warm, while getting the heart rate up and burning more calories.
Tools: You can use a band, pipe, bar, broomstick or whatever you want! I used a bodylastics band and Steve used a broom. At the gym, I use an olympic bar, but you can even use dumbbells (however I prefer using bars or bands to keep the body connected).
The Lower Body Blitz:
- 10 OVERHEAD SQUATS
- 10 OVERHEAD STEPBACK LUNGES
- 10 BURPEES
REPEAT 5 ROUNDS
- OR add 3 round to your existing weight routine.
Notice arms stay overhead (they don’t drop down in front of the face or body). Go as low as you can go while maintaining a straight back. Push with heels and keep arms locked out overhead during entire movement.
Overhead Stepback Lunges:
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I was stuck working at home all day yesterday in front of a computer for 10 hours straight. When I finally got done for the day, it was after 5:00pm and, although I was dressed and ready for the gym, I really just wanted to get my workout done at home.
So, I dug through some of my workouts and pulled out a couple of circuits I could do on my living room floor that required no equipment. This was the workout I did – and I’ll be honest. It KILLED ME! I took no rest at all except a quick rest to get water between the 2 circuits. Give it a try and let me know how you like it! Oh, and get a towel because by round 2 I was already dripping!!
The Bomb: Lower Body Circuit
20 Alternating Forward Lunges
1-Minute Jump Rope
20 Alternating Step Back Lung
1-Minute Wall-Sits (sit against the wall with legs at a 90 degree angle)
REPEAT 3 TIMES
Record your time at the end of the third round!
20 Right Lunges
20 Right Stomps
20 Right Leg Cook Hip Lifts
20 Left Lunges
20 Left Stomps
20 Left Leg Cook Hip Lifts
REPEAT 2 TIMES (4 total)
Here is one of my favorite butt circuits! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Want to add even more punch? Do a heavy lift for thrusters and take things up a few notches. Either way, you will DEFINITELY feel this in your bottom!! AND, if you do it 1-2 weeks, you will surely see (and feel) a difference too!
10 Cursties (Left Leg)
10 Knee Repeaters (Left Leg)
10 Stomps (Left Leg)
Follow along with me in the video and then repeat 2 more times!
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My Pink & Yellow Outfit:
We have several clients we train to compete in figure, physique and bikini. This is one of the workouts Steve put his bikini girls through that I loved. While you don’t have to wear a two piece (or be a girl) to do this workout, it’s definitely a workout you’ll want to try!
Butt & Leg Workout
Click on each exercise to watch video demonstration of the exercise. Do 15 reps of each, with no rest between exercises. Rest for 1-2 minutes between completed circuits.
The above workout is the abbreviated version. Here’s the FULL version of this workout Steve did with his Bikini Competitors recently. Click on each exercise to view video demonstration.
5-Minute Warm Up: 6.0 on the Treadmill
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Here was my workout yesterday. It was a great workout – left me dripping in sweat and feeling great! Of course I would have said I hated it when I was actually doing it, but that’s how I knew it was going to be good! lol Enjoy!
• 15 Plyo Box Jump
• 15 Burpees
• 60-Second Wall-sits
5 Rounds for Time
Love to hate it, Hate to Love it
Personally, the exercise I hated most in this workout were the wall sits. I reeeeeally don’t like those things!! Sitting still is always hard for me, but then add burning legs into it – that equals misery to me! ha!
Give me more burpees!!!
Just pleeeease, no more wall sittttssss!!
What’s your least favorite out of these 5 moves?
First, I started out with overhead squats to loosen my tight muscles up from doing quads on Monday. It’s a great warm up and a great stretch. I started out sore, and by the last set I worked out my soreness and was ready to GO!
4 Sets of 20 Overhead Squats
Below is a great instructional video for a proper overhead squat with CrossFit athlete, James Hobart, pictured left with me (with shorter hair). I had the privilege of working out with him last year at Reebok CrossFit One. He is a BEAST!!! He’s the one that really taught me a few key pointers that helped me improve my squat. I have always squatted pretty heavy for a girl, but never as deeply as I can now. I had, what they call, an immature squat. I always have had trouble going deep, while staying on my heels and keeping my upper body upright. Once I learned how to do an overhead squat, I realized my issue was not strength but flexibility. I do the stretching exercises (at the very bottom of this blog) which has also helped me a ton.
The Rest of the Workout…
PS: While overhead squats have been around for a long time, they’ve really been made popular by CrossFit. Although this isn’t a CrossFit workout, I love incorporating all kinds of training in my workouts to keep things fresh and challenging.This particular workout is more of a body sculpting workout, with a direct emphasis on the lifting and firming up the fanny and back of the thighs. Increase weight to build more strength or reduce rest time to create more intensity for more conditioning.
Glutes & Hamstrings
3 Sets of 40 (steps) Dumbbells Walking Lunges
4 Sets of 18 Staight-Leg Dead Lifts
3 Sets of 18 Prone Leg Curls
3 Sets of 20 Curties
3 Sets of (Low) 20 Knee Repeaters*
*TIP: Start with your elbow touching (not leaning on) your knee, with your back straight staying in that position while moving the opposite leg (no weight on that back leg). All the weight should remain on the front leg. You can tap the back toe for balance – but not to take weight off the front leg.
You can’t see my Moxy socks but they say Sgt. PAIN! haha Perfect socks for teaching boot camp! lol
Try this squat stretch to improve the depth of your squat! Good stuff!
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Kim Gerhardt recommended a butt firming & upper leg firming to “lift” sagging muscles and skin – and she’s not the only one wanting to boost her bottom. The glutes and thighs are on the top of the list for most women. I don’t think we could ever have too many butt workouts out there for people to try.
While I was deciding who’s workout idea to pic for this week’s Designer Whey workout, Steve told me about his lower body workout he put his bikini competitors through yesterday, designed to firm and lift the glutes and melt the fat! A perfect workout for you Kim!
Killer Treadmill Warm Up
5.0mph, 5% incline for 60 seconds
6.0mph, 6% for 50 sec, 10 sec rest
7.0mph, 7% incline for 45 sec, 15 sec rest
8.0mph, 8% for 40 sec, 20 sec rest
9.0mph, 9% for 35 sec, 25 sec rest
Glute & Leg Workout
10 Step Up 1-Arm Shoulder Press
15 Knee Repeater (each leg)
One of my facebook friends, Patti, asked me a great question this week. She asked “Is there any REAL help for cellulite dimples? Bought some smaller shorts today :), but now, there’s that cellulite!!!”
I’ve got good news – I DO have an answer! Here it goes!
You see, I don’t believe the issue is always the lumpy fat we call cellulite. I think the problem due to the amount of body fat we gain, as well as the muscle we lose. The unfortunate combination can leave skin loose and lumpy. Cellulite can also be a problem after losing weight because the weight loss leaves our skin loose, and many times people lose muscle if they aren’t working out or getting enough protein.
“What causes cellulite?”
Let’s look at the facts. Women, who do not exercise, lose an average of 5 pounds of muscle per decade before menopause and up to a pound a year thereafter. Since cellulite is more common for women, this causes a couple of problems.
Each pound of lean muscle lost decreases your metabolism, making it easier to gain weight. If you already have a problem with cellulite, the slowing metabolism will only make matters worse. Weight gain causes the cellulite to be more pronounced as the fat cells grow.
If that wasn’t bad enough, the firm muscle that once supported the skin and fat is now shrinking. Lumpy fat cells are growing, and smooth firm muscle is withering away. Have I scared you into working out yet? I’ll try harder!
Although diet and exercise may not get rid of all the cellulite in the world, it can make a HUGE difference. A low-calorie diet can reduce and manage overall body fat, affecting the size and visibility of cellulite. Exercise can preserve and increase lean muscle mass, which can prevent, and even reverse, a lot of the problems.
“I gain muscle too easily so I don’t like to lift heavy weights because it just makes me bigger than I already am”.
Building lean muscle not only increases your metabolism to help fight weight gain, but it builds firm shapely muscle to support our aging skin. The problem is, many women who already feel like they are already too thick, are scared to lift heavy in fear of appearing bigger. This fear often keeps them away from the very thing they need most – weights.
Resistance exercise is not what makes people look thick, DIET is what makes people look thick. If you want to trim down your thighs or waistline, you have to reduce calories. If you don’t, you will just be a more fit version of the thick you. Unfortunately, many women start lifting weights, which builds much needed muscle, but they keep the same amount of body fat (because they aren’t paying close enough attention to their diet), so they do feel bigger. The key to success is to reduce body fat and build muscle. Then, you will be one happy camper with less noticeable cellulite – and you’l be stronger, fitter and healthier.
Here is a perfect example of how adding muscle mass can drastically improve cellulite. I googled butt augmentation to find a before and after photo of someone who just added “muscle” (pictured left). As you can see, just by increasing the simulation of muscle mass greatly improved the appearance of her body fat. Of course she didn’t have to go under the knife to get that result, but it’s a great illustration of the point I’m trying to get across to you today. (…and if that doesn’t make you want to do squats, I don’t know what will!)
Some may argue my theory, but I have seen too many transformations as a result of diet and exercise that are undeniable proof that it works. Although diet and exercise may not always get rid of the problem completely, I bet it works ten times better than any cellulite cream on the market!
GET TO WORK!
Here is a great lower body conditioning workout that not only will help burn fat, but will tone muscle. Powerful plyometric exercises are another great way to build muscle mass – plus it burns a LOAD of calories to help with reducing body fat. Give this workout a try and you’ll realize why we call it Dead Legs!
Mission: 3 rounds for time
20 Jailhouse Squats (prisoner squats)
20 Mary Catherines (plyo switch lunge)
20 X Squats (Squat wide, jump feet together and then back out wide, making an X)
20 Crisscross Squats (180 Jumps)
20 Bridges (butt lifts – with hands and feet on floor, lifting butt to up toward the ceiling)
1-Minute Wall sits