This was my arm workout yesterday. It was fun, fast paced, and challenging. I set the timer, cranked the music, and my workout buddy and I went to town! With timed workouts like this, you don’t have to count. It’s nice to turn off your brain and just go. The timer becomes your boss (hence the name “GymBoss“) and you start when it say start, stop when it says stop – and you get your workout done in less time. It’s a win-win!
Using the GymBoss Interval Timer, do each exercise for the allotted time.
1st Round: 45 seconds on & 15 seconds off
2nd Round: 40 seconds on & 15 seconds off
3rd Round: 35 seconds on & 15 seconds off
4th Round: 30 seconds on & 15 seconds off
Complete all 4 rounds.
NOTE: In this workout, I focused more on triceps than I did biceps. Mainly because women typically care more about the giggley underarm part than they do the size of their biceps. The only time you really notice a person’s biceps is when they flex (and who does that?). Triceps, on the other hand, are more visible and also help shape and tone the arm where most women want – under the arm, the side of the arm and where the arm meets the shoulders (which helps make shoulders look more pronounced). I threw in planks to help tone up the entire arm (shoulders, triceps, biceps & forearms), while also tightening the core. Enjoy the workout! Hope you like it!
Yesterday was shoulder day for me, and this is the workout my girlfriend and I did. Instead of doing traditional reps and sets, I wanted to set up stations that we could quickly move through to really set those shoulders on fire, as well as get our heart rate up too. It was a quick workout, but judging by how nice and sore I am today, it was a successful workout! Have Fun!
Tools: One medium weight Bar/plates or dumbbells (I only did 30lbs), yellow bodylastics band or 5lb dumbbells, 8-10lb dumbbells, 25-35lb plate (or the bar) and a green bodylastics band (or 8-10lb dumbbells).
Complete the following exercises as quickly as possible, with no rest between exercises or rounds. Click on each exercise below to review the demonstration video.
- 12 Dumbbell Overhead Press 30-45lbs
- 12 Lateral Raise Light Band or 3-5lb dumbbells
- 12 Ladder Presses 8-10lb dumbbells
- 12 Upright Row - 25-35lb barbell or plate weight
- 12 Rear Delt Fly - Light to Medium Band (or Rear Delt Fly with dumbbells)
When you are done, you will have completed 300 reps of nothing but shoulder work! YUMMY!!
Air Squats can ramp up any workout. In this workout, you can see we alternated air squats with standard body sculpting movements. The result: One tough fat-melting, calorie-burning, muscle-toning workout! Check it out…
Air Squat Workout
Here is the written workout below, with links to video instruction for each workout. Below are tips on how to do a proper air squat. KILL IT!
- Air Squats
- Barbell Biceps Curl
- Air Squats
- Dumbbell Shoulder Press
or Push-press (if weight is heavy)
- Air Squats
- Weighted Plate Crunch
4 Rounds for Time
(timing the exercise ads intensity)
10 Common Mistakes For Air Squats:
1. Knees go over toes
2. Butt is tucked under – dropping down, not sitting back
3. Shoulders are rounded
4. Back is rounded
5. Body leans forward, bending at the hips
6. Head is down, instead of looking straight ahead
7. Weight is on the balls of the feet
8. Heels lift up as the body lowers into the deepest position
9. Squat is too shallow
10. Exercise is done too slow
7 tips to doing a great air squat:
- Each squat is nice and deep, with your butt dropping below the knees
- Hips stay open, body stays vertical (not bending at the hips)
- Butt sits backward, back is straight, shoulders are rolled back (not rounded forward)
- If you lean forward, or posture struggles, raise hands overhead to improve form
- Knees are not over the toes. If they are, use a chair to reference where your bottom “sits”. Your bottom should not sit down, but sit back as you lower, as if sitting or touching a chair. Stretch arms forward to help balance issues.
- Weight remains on the heels and not on the toes (Test: can you tap your toes while in the down position?) If you struggle with this. Squat down all the way down, like a baby on the beach playing in the sand). Settle in and stay there until you can shift your weight on your heels, open your hips, spread your knees out and get the feeling of where you need to be in that downward position. Once you feel this, and understand how to balance your weight in that position, you should be able to repeat it as you do the air squat.
- Pace is FAST and FLUID
Here is a fun video that shows the intensity, pace and form of an air squat.
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you are like me, you get tired of your same workouts and like to try new things, so occasionally I post my workouts for you guys to try out – or mix a new move in. Here was my quad & ab workout this week – as well as a workout by Steve that you can do at home!
Leg Workout: Do 3-4 sets of 18-20
Begin with a Warm Up
(I normally just do leg press with no weight)
- Heavy Leg Press
- Single Leg Leg Press (LOVE THESE!)
- Walking Lunges with 20lb dumbbells
- Leg Extensions (Toes pointed out)
- Leg Extensions (toes pointed in)
The thing I dislike just a little more than legs (which I reallllly don’t like) is abs. I seriously dread it – so much so, that I made “doing more abs” one of my New Year’s Resolutions. My workout wasn’t anything special or unique this particular day, but I got it done!
- Plate Crunch 3 sets of x 25 with 25lb Plate
- Ab Machine Crunch 3 sets of x 25
- Incline Sit Ups with Twist 3 sets of x 25
After my workout, I did 30 minutes on the elliptical. YUMMY!
Butt, Leg & Abs Workout
Don’t have access to gym equipment? Try this workout at home!
- 15 Skaters
- 5 5-Second Crescent Pose/5-Second Warrior 3 Combo on one leg only
(Repeat above & do other leg)
- 15 Slam Ball (or Plyo Jump Squats)
- 15 Slam Twist Abs
- 15 Double High Knees
- 15 Stomps (one side)
(Repeat the above couplet and do the other side)
Repeat 3-5 times for a complete workout.
If you workout at home, I bet your list of hamstring exercises is pretty short. You aren’t alone. The hamstrings are a little hard to work without big fancy gym equipment. In my own personal workout, I rely heavily on our Prone Hamstring Curl Machine, Hammer Strength Seated Hamstring Machine and Hammer Strength Standing Hamstring machine – so what would I do if I didn’t have access to these awesome machines? Plenty!
15 Hamstring Exercises
Here are some hamstring exercises that require little to no equipment so your hamstrings don’t get left out of your home workout routine. Choose 3-5 exercises per workout. Do 3-4 sets of 18-20 reps (25 reps for exercises with no resistance).
- Dumbbell Stiff-legged Deadlift
- Barbell Deadlift
- Romanian Barbell Deadlift
- Dumbbell Single-leg Deadlift
- Prone Hamstring Curls With Bands
- Cable Hamstring Curl
- Bridge With Leg Lift
- Swiss Ball Leg Curl
- Swiss Ball Glute Bridge
- Resistance Band Hip Raise
- Leg Curl (using multi-purpose bench)
- Reverse Hyperextension
- Good Morning
- Straight Leg Stretch
- Balance Ball Hamstrings Stretch
- Lying Hamstring Stretch
- Crossover Leg Stretch
- Foam-rolling Hamstrings
We are approaching bikini season so it’s time to take our lower body workout up a notch! Cardio burns fat, but weight training is what plumps up the bottom, smooths out the skin and minimizes the appearance of cellulite – plus it gives us the “right” kind of curves!
Personally, I’ve always wondered why we break up our upper body workouts into smaller body parts, but we expect to do our legs in one day and it be just as effective. So, I decided I needed to change this.
I started breaking up my legs – one day I do quads and glutes and later in the week I do hamstrings and glutes. I LOVE it – and considering I hate doing legs, that’s a really good thing!
Here was my workout yesterday!
Simple Quad & Glute Workout
Warm Up: Air Squats
4 Sets – Walking Lunges (with 20lbs dumbbells) 30 steps
3 Sets – Leg Extension (toes pointed out)
PS: Just in case you noticed my new shoes! OMG I love them! They are my new Reebok SubLite Train. They are nice and flat (great for lifting) and super light. They have a high heel (for good achilles support) and they lace up a little higher than running shoes (great for mountain climbers and other exercises where a shoe might want to slip off the heel). The SubLites & Nanos are my favorite shoes for the gym!
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It is easy to get in a rut. We often end up doing the same go-to exercises over and over – unless we are in a program, or have a trainer, who exposes us to new moves. I thought it would be fun to ask some of my followers what their favorite exercises and share their answers. But first, I’ll share some of mine! Between some of our favs, and yours, we have over 50 exercises listed! Have fun exploring!
1. Stomps (glutes)
2. Walking Lunges - love/hate (glutes/legs)
3. Split Jerks (shoulders/core & conditioning)
4. Upright Rows (shoulders)
5. Take it or Leave it (abs)
6. Push Ups (chest, arms, core)
7. DEEP Squats (glutes/legs)
8. Straight Bar Curls (biceps)
9. Curtsies (glutes)
10. Assisted Pull Ups – love/hate (back)
1. Straight Bar Curls (biceps)
2. Slam Ball (legs, core, cardio)
3. Hanging Knees (abs/obliques)
4. Close Stance Leg Press (legs/glutes)
5. Shadow Boxing (cardio)
6. Wide Grip Pulley Row (back)
7. Shrugs (traps)
8. Weighted Dips (triceps)
9. Concentration Curls (biceps)
10. Straight Leg Deadlifts
Twitter Peeps’ Favorites:
1. @RustyFlynn: snatches
2. @TheFitRebel: pull ups!
3. @jcp823: Capoeira
4. @spunk72: Plank Jacks!
5. @allenhulme: Running
6. @SpenserPorterfi: Squats
7. @AyzatSparklers: chest press, bench press
8. @WTorres77: bent over dumbbell rows!
9. @therealmiamazin: I like speed rope!! Or Swimming
10. @KelleyChilders: roll ups
My Facebook Friends’ Favorites:
Here’s what my facebook friends had to say…
NOTE: If you don’t recognize an exercise, I encourage you to google it. There are a TON of great instructional videos out there!
Top Strength Exercise: Squats
Top Cardio Exercise: Running
Best New Exercise Goes to Facebook Fan:
for Suggesting Alphabet Abs!
LOVE THIS ONE!! THANK YOU!!
I’m going to do this one TODAY!!
When it comes to women, arm muscles are not all created equal. Big biceps can be manly and make your arms look thick if you aren’t lean. Triceps need to be tone, but you don’t really notice them until you are waving goodbye. Shoulders, on the other hand, now that’s one muscle group that is very exposed and looks great when it’s developed nicely. Get ready to pull those sleeveless shirts out!
This was my shoulder workout this week. I did 3-4 sets of each exercise, 10-12 reps each.
Military Press 45lb barbell, 50lb
Push Press 55lb, 65lb
Split Jerk 65lb, 70lb, 75lb
Dumbbell Shoulder Press 15lb DB
Upright Row 55lbs Barbell
Lateral Raise 5lb DB with straight arms (10-15lbs with bent arms) I prefer straight
Rear Delt Raise (also called Rear Delt Fly) 10lb DB
If you like my top in the picture above, it’s the Braided Tank by DAactive, with a belt-in sports bra.
Super high quality fitness apparel that wears great, doesn’t fade and looks super sharp!