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Full Body Toning Workout

Looking for a fast and super effective workout. Try this circuit out. You can do it alone for a quick full body workout, or add it to your shoulder workout for even more awesome muscle burning fun!

10 Mountain Climbers
10 Single Arm Press (one arm only)
10 Swings
10 Snatches
1 Minute of Clean, Squat, Press
Repeat doing the other arm (single arm press)

X 3 (6 rounds total)

Rest only after one full round (after completing one round on each side). Rest for no longer than 60 seconds.

This is one of 4 workouts we did on LiveXFit, Episode 27. Come join us on LiveXFit cross training show on www.LiveExercise.com for more great workouts!!

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Bikini Leg & Back Workout

steve and bonnie pfiesterHere’s one of the leg and back workouts for our Bikini Boot Campers. BCx Bikini Boot Camp is a program we are running for bikini competitors and women just wanting to look fit on the beach. The girls are getting insane results!

For example, Ashley dropped from 23.9% body fat to 16.9% body fat by increasing muscle and decreasing fat in just 4 weeks. Lauren lost 15lbs in 4 weeks without losing one pound of muscle!! SO many success stories! The program incorporates diet, weights, classes and cardio homework. Some of them are competing and some are just going through the training and diet to get in the best shape they can.

Here is a pic of just a few of our girls. We have about 40 in Bikini Boot Camp and 15-20 competing. Congrats girls! You guys are totally rocking!

bikini training

Our bikini boot campers do 3 group workouts a week, plus are given extra cardio and weights homework to do on their own. Here’s a taste of one of our “homework” assignments. (Learn more about our programs at Max Fitness.)

Hamstrings:

hamstring curl NOTE: Click on the exercise to watch video instructions

Prone Hamstring Curl
SETS:                         5
REPS:                         20,18,15,12,10
RESISTANCE:            35,45,50,55,60
REST:                        30-45 seconds max rest time.

Try to keep resistance high but it is more important to hit the rep range goal.  Every set alternate feet position from wide (8”apart) to close (touching)

Alternating Standing Hamstring Curl
SETS:                         5
REPS:                         15
RESISTANCE:            20 (Increase each set as possible)
REST:                        20-30 seconds max rest time.

Keep upper supporting leg (femur) against the pad. Complete 5 sets on both legs.  No rest when switching left and right.

Quadriceps:

Leg Press
SETS:                         5
REPS:                         25,20,15,15,15
RESISTANCE:            2plates, 3plates, 4plates, 5plates, 6plates
REST:                        45-60 seconds max rest time  maintain shoulder width foot position.

Keep seat back in the lowest position to allow for increased ROM. Push with your heals with no pauses, (continuous motion). Try to keep resistance high but it is more important to
hit the rep range goal.

dumbbell walking lungeHeavy Walking Lunges
SETS:                         3
REPS:                         20 (40 total-20 each leg)
RESISTANCE:            15, 20, 25 (2 dumbbells each hand)
REST:                        45-60 seconds max rest time  weight the front foot.

No pause, use continuos motion. Grip strength may become an issue.  Short steps with depth, almost touching the back knee to the ground.

Leg Extension
SETS:                         5
REPS:                         25,20,15,15,15
RESISTANCE:            40,45,50,60,60
REST:                        45-60 seconds max rest time change leg position randomly across all five sets.

Make sure to get full ROM by allowing your legs to go all the way down and all the way up.  NO PAUSING (use continuous motion)

BACK

Wide Grip Pull Down  

SETS:                         5
REPS:                         15
RESISTANCE:            50,60,70,?,?
REST:                        45 seconds max rest time, superset each set with 10 push ups.

Remember when pulling down to imagine pushing DOWN with your elbows instead of pulling down with your hands.  Stay extended through your thorax (bow your chest up) towards the bottom end of the range as you try to touch your clavicle (collar bone) with the bar.

Close Grip Pull Down  

SETS:                         5
REPS:                         15
RESISTANCE:            50,60,70,?,?
REST:                        45 seconds max rest time, superset each set with 20 (each side) bicycle crunches.

Remember when pulling down to imagine pushing DOWN with your elbows instead of pulling down with your hands.  Stay extended through your thorax (bow your chest up) towards the bottom end of the range as you try to touch your chest with the close grip handles keeping your elbows in close. Remember to keep your elbows out wide and rotate your body to touch your elbow to your knee (instead of pointing your elbows forward to reach your knee). Focus on rotation through the waist.

bicycle crunches

Seated wide Grip Row  

SETS:                         4
REPS:                         15
RESISTANCE:            50,60,70,?,?
REST:                        45 seconds max rest time, superset each set with 20 side plank pulses .

Remember when pulling back low into your waist try to imagine pushing BACK with your elbows instead of pulling BACK with your hands.  Stay extended through your thorax (bow your chest up) towards the end of the range as you try to touch your navel with the bar (USE LONG PULL DOWN BAR AND GRIP ON THE OUTSIDE ANGLE.

Leg Workout Graphic:

BIKINI LEG WORKOUT

The Shoulder Shake-Up Workout

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shoulder shake-up workout NOTE: Click on the exercise to view video instruction.

1st Segment: HEAVY
3 x 12 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
3 x 10 Dumbbell Snatch (10 Right/10 Left)
3 x 12 Upright Rows

2nd Conditioning Segment: MODERATE
2 x 10 Step Up & 1-Arm Shoulder Press (R/L)

Super Set: (Right arm first)
1 x 10 1-Arm Step Up (arm stays up)
1 x 15 1-Arm Shoulder Press
(repeat Left Arm – no rest)
x 2

3rd Segment (Arms start shaking!): LIGHT
15 Dumbbell Lateral Raise
30-Second Elbow Plank
X 3 (no rest between exercises & rounds)

3 x 15 Dumbbell Rear Delts

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1 Workout, 3 Exercises, 5 Rounds, 100% Awesome!

lower body blitzThis was one of the segments we did on LiveXFit at LiveExercise last week. It doesn’t require a lot of resistance to really get great results either! Here’s the scoop…

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. 

How-To

Overhead Squat:
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 squat  Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 9.21.34 AM 

Overhead Stepback Lunges:

overhead lunge Screen Shot 2013-11-13 at 9.23.15 AM

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Eat, Train, Live Like Everyone’s Watching

Eat, Train & Live

Would you run a little faster if someone was timing you? Would you lift one more rep if people were circled around you cheering you on? Would you make the same choices if your trainer went home with you and watched you prepare a meal, or sat next to you on the couch while you snacked?

What about how you live? Would you tell a certain joke if your pastor was in the room. Would you complain about your job if your boss was listening? Would you take Jesus to all the movies you’ve seen?

I believe, if you answered these questions honestly, you would probably act a bit differently if you ate, trained and lived like everyone important was watching.

you-is-kindYOU are important – and YOU are watching. You know everything you are doing, and what you could be doing better or different. So why cheat yourself? Even if your trainer doesn’t see you eat ice cream at night, you will wake up with the guilt – whether they find out or not. You will judge yourself. No one else has to live with the decisions you make in secret.

Don’t get me wrong. I make plenty of bad decisions in private – and public too, for that matter. I’m no angel. I’m the queen of opening my mouth when I should have kept it shut. As much as I want to do the right thing and be good, my nasty flesh comes out and I spew out ugliness, laziness and selfishness in a hurry. While I’m just as wrong as the next person, I believe we should always remember to TRY to strive for improvement – in public AND in private.

Good CharacterWhat you do in private eventually comes out for all to see. If you cuss at home, you are sure to cuss eventually in front of someone. If you eat poorly when no one is watching, it will show up on your body. If you are a disgruntled employee, it WILL show in your attitude or work performance (and your boss will know – believe me, I know! ha!). If you want to change the way people see you, and you also want to see yourself differently too – start changing the way you act, and think, when you are alone.

You have to live with you for the rest of your life, so work to become a person you can forgive, be proud of, and be happy to live with. No matter how hard you try, you WILL fail.  Just try to fail less often.

“The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching.”John Wooden.

Make a decision today to eat, train and live like everyone is watching.

Fitness Motivation: The Secrets of a Champion

WInning the Fight

One of the most deceiving things going on in the gyms today is belief that people can work off what they eat and drink. People show up day after day, working very hard in public to show the world they can be a champion in the gym. However, it’s what they do in private that is losing their fight with fat.

Muhammad Ali recognized the importance of what you do “far from witnesses”, and realized he could never win the fight in the ring if he didn’t win the fight with himself first. He had to fight laziness and mediocrity. He had to fight fear and doubt. He had to convince himself that he could be the champion he desired.

“I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.”Muhammad Ali

Muhammed Ali In order to be the future champ, he had to be the champ in his workouts before he even faced his opponent. He had to go a few more reps and a few more steps past what his body wanted. He had to care for his body, which probably meant anything from a painful ice bath to getting the rest his body needed even when we didn’t want to take it.

It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe. Muhammad Ali 

double-undersHe also recognized that it wasn’t always the big things in life that could bring a man down, it often was the small things that could trip a man up. The same goes with fitness. Your success can easily be tripped up by a few extra calories. The difference between getting thinner and seeing abs is the difference between stopping when you feel better, and continuing on past better to be your best. It is rarely the one hour workout (a mountain) that brings someone to quit, it’s the daily struggle to maintain a healthy diet, to keep showing up to the gym even when the results seem SO slow, that wears a person down.

“My only fault is that I don’t realize how great I really am.” Muhammad Ali 

winning a raceThis quote may seem pompous, but it is a very true statement for most people. Most of our boot campers, and most of our members, do not realize how truly great they are. They often don’t believe in themselves as much as we believe in them. How can we believe in them? Because we have seen people JUST like them, who have the same set of excuses, fears, struggles and weaknesses, succeed. Once you realize how great you really are, you can do anything.

What I ask you today is this: Are you winning your fight far from witnesses, behind the lines, in your kitchen, in the gym and out there on the road? Or is you best effort what you want people see in the gym?

There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.” Muhammad Ali 

10-MIN WORKOUT: Full Body Conditioning

push ups & squats

In BCx Boot Camp, we often refer to our workouts as “Missions”. Today’s mission is to toast your cardio, legs & upper body. This is a great workout to add as a conditioning segment to any strength workout.  Do as many rounds as possible (AMRAP) in 10 minutes.

Equipment: Plyo Box or Aerobics Step

If you don’t have a ply box, trade box jumps for one of the following exercises:
180 Degree Squat
Squat Jump
Tuck Jumps

“OPERATION BOX KICKER”

10 Box Jumps
10 Mountain Climbers
10 Box Jumps
10 Push Ups
**10-MINUTE AMRAP**

Matching workout graphic:

plyo box workout

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Are You Really Exercising? Ask Your Heart!

Target Heart RateThere is a fine line between exercise and increased activity. Someone can walk everyday and still not exercise enough to help them lose weight. Although increasing activity can improve your health, it is not as effective when it comes to weight loss.

What is the difference between exercise and activity?  

A good example for activity would be walking your dog or a taking a morning stroll. Exercise is typically more structured and purposeful. Good examples would be a power walk, jog or aerobics class.

For most people, your heart rate is probably the best indicator of aerobic exercise and caloric expenditure. In order to find out where you should exercise you need to figure out your maximum heart rate, which according to the American Heart Association is 220 minus your age. Then, multiply that number by 65% for a low intensity workout or 85% for a higher intensity workout.

Here is an example for a thirty year old:

polar RC3 heart rate monitor220 – 30 = 190BPM (beats per minute)
Heart rate for a low intensity workout would be 123.5BPM  (190 X .65)
Heart rate high intensity workout would be 161.5BPM  (190 X .85)

Tracking your heart rate can be pretty easy when using a treadmill. Most treadmills have a chart on the machine to tell you where you need to be, but what if you are out walking in your neighborhood? You can either buy a heart rate monitor (like this Polar RC3 heart rate monitor Steve uses), or you can get an estimate by counting your heart beat within a ten second span and multiplying it by six.

heart rateFor example, the same thirty year old would need to maintain a heart rate of 21 beats over a ten second span for a low intensity workout. For a higher intensity workout, the ideal heart rate would be 27 beats. Of course it is not as accurate as a heart rate monitor but it can give you an idea of where you are.

Although heart rate is normally the best indication of caloric expenditure, there are some exceptions. Some people’s resting heart rate can be slower than normal, a condition called Bradycardia, or it can be faster than normal, called Tachycardia. However, for the general population, the heart rate is the best way to monitor aerobic exercise and calories burned.

So, if you are not sure if you are exercising at the right pace, just ask your heart. It will tell on you in a jiffy!

Check out this awesome Heart Rate Calculator at AceFitness.org

heart rate calculator

Check out this handy dandy chart for a quick 10-second heart check!

Target Heart Rate Chart

The Long Mile Cardio and Conditioning Workout

box jumps stars

Bored of running? Well here’s a workout that incorporates running and full-body conditioning all in one killer fat-burning calorie-scorching workout!

1/4 Mile Sprint
10 Tuck Jumps
10 Thrusters
10 Box Jumps
10 Push Ups
10 Wall Ups
4 ROUNDS FOR TIME 

If you try this workout – post your time below! I’d LOVE to see how you do! …and you can come back and do it again and see if you can beat your old time!

Here’s the matching graphic if you want to share what you did! :)

The Long Mile Workout

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Brutal Boot Camp Workout

If you want to get your heart racing, lunges puffing, muscles pumping and body toning – this workout is for YOU! Here is the written workout, if you like to have text to refer to – or follow along in the video at the bottom of the page!! You will be one sweaty mess after it’s over – but you’ll feel amazing!

quad stretch

Warm Up

15-20 Forward Lunges
15-20 Side to Side Squats
5-10 Inch Worm Out to Push Ups

Stretch:
Quads
Hamstrings
Groin

push ups & squats#1 Couplet

10 Air Squats
10 Push Ups
3 Rounds

1 Final (4th) Round:
45 Seconds of each
Air Squats
Push Ups

Push Ups

2-MINUTE BLITZ

Advanced: Ramp up your workout with this 2-minute drill.
Beginners: Rest 2 minutes between couplets

10 Seconds of each:
Mountain Climbers
Burpees
Push Ups
Big Jacks

hip drive kettlebell swings#2 Couplet
10 Box Jumps (or Tuck Jumps) 
10 Kettlebell Swings
3 Rounds

1 Final (4th) Round:
45 Seconds of each
Box Jumps
Swings

2-MINUTE BLITZ

pull ups#3 Couplet
10 Tuck Jumps 
5 Pull Ups
3 Rounds

1 Final (4th) Round:
45 Seconds of each
Tuck Jumps
Pull Ups

2-MINUTE BLITZ

snatches#4 Couplet
10 Snatches (5 left, 5 right)
10 Pass Through Lunges
3 Rounds

1 Final (4th) Round:
45 Seconds of each
Snatches
Pass Through Lunges

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