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ARMS + ABS CIRCUIT WORKOUT

Combine weight training with body weight resistance to get one effective circuit style workout. Today’s workout will be harder than it looks! I feel like that’s a common theme with my workouts haha.

WEIGHT TRAINING + BODY WEIGHT: I’ve been adding in more body weight resistance training combined with weighted movements. I like to superset these types of exercises or throw them into a circuit to focus on muscle fatigue. Speaking of common themes… muscle fatigue is something I’m stressing lately because that’s how we see results. We must increase the time under tension in order to grow those muscles. This style is seeming very effective at achieving that goal.

CIRCUIT STYLE: an upper body favorite training style to work both the muscles and endurance. It turns any workout into a sweaty, calorie-burning lift. 

I’ll let you get to the workout now! Have a great Friday… I really hope you enjoy this one!

 



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(ISOLATED GLUTES + CARDIO WORKOUT FOUND IN THE GLUTE GUIDE AS PART OF THE PREMIUM CHALLENGE PACK)

My Training Recommendation: complete 1 round of each arm circuit and the complete isolated glute + cardio workout

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TRAINING TIPS:

  • This workout consists of 3 circuits; complete 3 rounds of each circuit before moving onto the next
  • Intensity Increase Option: complete 5 rounds instead of 3

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-TODAY’S BLOG POST-

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Friday’s are for community! Take a few minutes and read today’s LG Sister Spotlight to meet Sarah!

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ARMS + ABS CIRCUIT

“All my co-workers have been commenting on my fit arms lately and it’s thanks to those LG Lady Guns workouts” – I just recieved that in an email before writing this blog post. Naturally, I thought it was perfect to add to this intro because I hear it all of the time.

While we are focusing on our glutes during this challenge, don’t think I’ve forgotten about all the other muscle groups. One of my specialities is sculpting those fit arms with visible muscle definition. I help all of us achieve that through designated arm days, ensuring we are working those muscles deeply enough like in today’s workout.

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TRAINING TIPS:

  • This is a circuit style workout with 3 circuits; complete 3 rounds of a given circuit before moving onto the next.
  • For an added challenge, complete up to 5 rounds of each circuit
  • For an extra added challenge, after each ab movement, include 30 seconds of cardio (ex: high knees, jumping jacks, jump rope, etc.)

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“A VIEW THAT MAKES YOU SMILE” – what view are you taking in today that puts a smile on your face?

-TODAY’S BLOG POST-lauren gleisberg explaining how to lose fat and get fit with spot targeting

Have you ever wondered if and how you can lose fat in your stomach, slim your arms or lift your butt?! That is called spot targeting and in today’s post, I’m teaching you how to achieve that!

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ABS + CARDIO BENCH CIRCUIT WORKOUT

All you’ll need for this workout is a bench! Be sure to bring the intensity because while this circuit is short, it’s challenging! Your abs will be burning. The cardio will kick your booty. BUT, it’s all worth it!

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Randomness…

Yesterday, I wrote THIS post on 6 Super Simple Ways I Motivate Myself to Workout. One thing I totally forgot to mention is another tip I have on easing back into a fitness routine when you’ve taken time away. Because…. we’ve all been there. 

It may be a week away for vacation, a few days off when life gets hectic or you may not even be able to remember the last time you saw a gym… ease back in with a short workout. The thought of spending an hour or more at a gym will likely keep you from going when you’re low on motivation. So, just commit to a 20 minute workout.

The workout I’m sharing today is one you can complete in 20 minutes! It’s also so intense, I didn’t want to do more than 20 minutes lol. I’m a big believer in the quality of a workout over the length of time!

WORKOUT PREVIEW

WORKOUT SUMMARY: 

30 seconds: scissor kicks + butt ups

30 seconds: bench hop overs

1 minute: complete rest

30 seconds: knee in + outs

30 seconds: step up hops

1 minute: complete rest

30 seconds: decline toe taps

30 seconds: incline mountain climbers

1 minutes: complete rest

…complete 3 total rounds

I hope you like this circuit. I think I’m going to start sharing more workouts of varying lengths. AND, eventually, my OCD-loving self would love to organize workouts on my website not only by targeted muscle but also by the length of time. For example: 20 mins, 30, mins, 45 mins, 1 hour. Would you find that helpful? Let me know in the comments! Any other way you’d like to see them arranged??

TRAIL HIIT WORKOUT (GLUTE EMPHASIS)

Who doesn’t get sick of cardio from time to time?! If you’re not feeling your workouts, it’s not you! A lot of people think that when they lack motivation, it’s “their fault.” Sometimes, all it takes is switching up your workouts to jump back in.

That was totally me yesterday! I wanted to do a cardio workout but wasn’t feeling the gym or a traditional walk/run type of cardio.

My husband, Anthony and I went to a park nearby with a walking trail. Instead of doing the trail in a standard way, I found a section that I could use to complete all sorts of glute emphasized/cardio movements.

If you’re looking for a switch up workout this week, I highly suggest you try this one.

WORKOUT VIDEO:

WORKOUT SUMMARY:

To Do: Before beginning this workout, find a portion of a trail you’ll be using that is about 100 meters. If you don’t have a trail, you can use any street, parking lot or track

^when I reference a “set” below: 1 set = 100 meters back and forth (=200 meters total)

^if you don’t want to measure in distance you can do 1 set = 1 minute

Warm Up:

3 sets – Jog

HIIT:

1 set – Long Jumps

1 set – Karaoke 

1 set – High Knees

1 set – But Kicks

1 set – Power Skipping

1 set – Walking Lunges

…repeat HIIT section 4-6x

Cool Down:

3 sets – Jog 

 

 

Outdoor Leg + Cardio Workout

I always love a switch up, so today that’s what I’m sharing with you. The scheduled workout of the day is legs as part of the Weight Training Plan 2.o/Summer Challenge. Buttt, if you’re looking for a little something different, I have an alternative workout you can try today!

My sweet little Leo turned 1 month old on Friday (half of my heart wants him to stay little forever and the other half loves watching him grow). I decided this is the week that I am going to ease back into workouts.

My husband, Anthony and I are celebrating 2 years of marriage today, so my mom came over to watch the baby and we headed out for our day date… brunch at our favorite place and a workout outside. I had Anthony record clips of my workout so that I could share it with you.

WORKOUT VIDEO:

WORKOUT SUMMARY:

3 sets, 30 reps – Kettlebell Swings

3 sets, 20 reps – Split Squats + Kickback (20 reps each side)

3 sets, 20 reps – Stair Squat Hops

3 sets, 10 reps – KB Walking Lunges (10 steps each side)

3 sets, 30 reps – Step Up Hops (30 reps each side)

3 sets, 20 reps – Calf Raises

*Personally, I tried to take as little rest in between sets as possible

EXERCISE DESCRIPTIONS + TIPS:

Kettlebell Swings: begin with your legs wider than shoulder width apart and your knees bent, sitting slightly back into the start of a squat position. Reach down with both hands to grab a dumbbell and let it hang straight down in front of you. Use your glutes (important!) to fuel this movement. Squeeze your butt and thrust your hips forward as you move the kettlebell from down in front of you to straight out at shoulder level. Keep your chest high.

Elevated Split Squats + Kickback: place your front foot slightly elevated on some sort of step. Transfer your weight to that front foot as your back leg comes up into a glute kickback. Don’t use momentum… preform this movement slow and controlled allowing that glute to do the work in the kickback. Bring that back leg down to the ground, dropping into a lunge/split squat position and repeat.

Stair Squat Hops: on a series of steps, sit back and down into a squat. Slowly and carefully hop up to the next step staying in that squat position. If you only have a few steps (like I do), briskly jog down the steps to repeat.

KB Walking Lunges: perform walking lunges as you normally would but to increase the challenge, with every lunge, transfer the kettlebell from your right hand to your left hand (and vice versa). Make this kettelbell transfer between your legs as you lunge forward.

Step Up Hops: Place one foot on a step and very quickly, drive the knee on the opposite leg up as you hop off of the step. Repeat. I find it’s key with this movement to develop a rhythm and use your arms to drive yourself up.

Calf Raises: Find a step or if you don’t have one, you can perform this movement on a flat surface but a step will increase the challenge. Stand only with the balls of your feet on the step and raise to your tippy toes. My personal tip is that I like to hold this movement for one to two seconds at the top to really engage the calves and then slowly lower down.

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WEEK 5: LOWER BODY CIRCUIT

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WEEK 5: UPPER BODY CIRCUIT

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WEEK 1: UPPER BODY CIRCUIT

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Photo Challenge Exercise: There is something undeniable about the way our closest family members and friends allow us to feel amazing just as we are: you being you! No pressure. No trying. Just authenticity. Have you ever thanked those people for just being who they are in your life? I see some “thank you for being such a great friend” and “I love and appreciate you, Mom” texts and calls in today’s forecast. Generate some good vibes in your inner circle!

Photo Challenge Upload: Family + Friends: share a photo of your special person, your gal pals, your fam bam… the people who make you feel amazing being you! Let’s grow the community bond… share a little bit about your friends + family outside of your amazing LG Sisters 🙂

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ConfidenceKini Challenge: Upper Body (W5D5)

Today’s To-Do List:

[ ] Weighted Workout: Upper Body

[ ] Premium Ab Plan: Circuit Workout A

(workout HERE)

[ ] Photo Challenge

[ ] Community Check In

Upper Body

  • For equipment, feel free to use either a barbell or set of dumbbells for the exercises below

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Premium Ab Plan

  • Today’s Ab Workout: Circuit Workout A
  • Find the Premium Ab Plan HERE

Daily Photo Challenge

PULL UP / PUSH UP PR: go for a personal record today! How many pull ups or push ups can you do? You’re stronger than you think! Always remember… it’s a you versus you competition and all about progress in your own journey!

#LGAccountability #LGTeamKini

Tip of the Day: Increase the weight beyond what your mind tells you. I’m never one to suggest heavy weights without reason. I think proper form is the most important element of weight training we can focus on. Still, it’s funny how our mind tends to trick us into getting comfortable with what’s familiar. If you’ve been curling those 10lb dumbbells for a year now, you’re probably pretty comfortable with that weight. Yet, our minds tell us… go for those 10 pounders each time we complete a bicep curl. Stretch yourself every once and awhile. Pick up that set of 15’s and curl them! When you complete the movement with proper form for suggested rep range, you may be surprised, but I’m certainly not! I know you’re so much stronger than you think! I still struggle with this. Just the other day, I realized I was dumbbell bench pressing the same weight for over a year; I increased it and completed it with ease. It’s almost like we forget to push ourselves outside of our comfort zones. Our minds like to keep us safe, but stepping beyond our limits is where amazing things happen! Now that’s a lesson I need to learn to better apply to my life outside the gym!

Community Check In #LGTeamKini

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ConfidenceKini Challenge: Arms (W5D2)

Today’s To-Do List:

[ ] Weighted Workout: Arms

[ ] Feel Good 5K Run Plan: HIIT

[ ] Photo Challenge

[ ] Community Check In

Arms

  • If you’re working out at home, use a resistance band; if you’re working out at the gym, use a cable machine for some of the exercises below

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Feel Good 5K Run Plan

HIIT: 10 minutes of HIIT together – whether you run, bike, swim or use a cardio machine, go for 30 seconds of max intensity followed by 30 seconds of complete rest! Stretch that intensity and be sure to take a complete rest!

Daily Photo Challenge

JOY:  upload and share with the community your source of joy today!

#LGAccountability #LGTeamKini

Tip of the Day: So maybe instead of a tip, this is a double “daily challenge” for you. If you have a little extra time today, please take me up on this one! By simply being you and participating in this community, you are an incredible source of joy to those you know and many you do not even know exist. I get a few hundred emails per day. I cannot begin to put into words how many of those contain words of gratitude for the role this community – the role you – play in someone’s quest to get healthier and happier. I challenge you today to direct message one of your LG Sisters on Instagram who you do not yet know. Introduce yourself, share a bit about what you love (in and out of healthy living), and then it’s their turn to share a bit about themselves with you! I can already feel the joy bubbling within this community. Today is going to be a great day! So many new LG Sisterhood friendships!

Community Check In #LGTeamKini

To hold yourself accountable, check in with the community on Instagram!

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