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6/28/13 Workout…bootylicious

I got my workout from FitMiss today. My booty was sore the minute I stepped away.  The workout calls for 10 rounds, but I thought 5 would be enough for me, just starting back. As I got into it, I thought I would be lucky to get through 3. Baby Boy had different plans. He woke up after I had done two rounds, ate a snack, then passed back out. I got my three rounds in, but it was with a break.  Here’s what’s got my booty on fire today:

45 sec on (of each exercise), 30 sec rest, 3 rounds (or 10, or 5, or 1…no judgement here)

  • burpees
  • squats with a overhead press (use a dumbbell or kettlebell..I used a 10 lbs kettlebell)
  • alternating lunges (add weight for more)
  • squat with a side kick
  • front raises and lateral raises (use dumbbells or a resistance band…I used a resistance band)

Seems easy, and the first round was. Then my legs remembered they were supposed to be out of shape. Bring on the sore, I’m ready!!

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

My writing partner.

My writing partner.


Stay sweaty, my friends!


Ouch my bum!

Day 3 of the squat challenge and my whole upper leg/butt region is sore! Yay! Yes, I am one of those crazies that enjoys being sore. It tells me that I worked something that hasn’t been worked in a while. Nothing on me has been really worked since week 30(ish) of pregnancy, so I’m grateful for some soreness. Now I haven’t officially been released to work out yet (come on June 19th!), but since this isn’t high intensity, just high in repetitiveness, I think it’ll be ok.

Don’t forget to warm-up before you start your squats. If you’re in an exercise routine already, just add them in sometime during your workout, but if you’re using them to kick-start your routine like I am, you’ll need to be warm before you start. I use my walk to Little Man’s school and back as my warm-up. Since its already near “hot as Hades” in Texas, my body is warm and my leg muscles are loose from walking. You can do anything that gets your body moving to warm up.

Today was the 3rd day, which meant 60 squats. I broke them up into groups of 20 and did the first 20 as a narrow squat, the second as a plie squat (for those lovely inner thighs that I’ve developed), and the last 20 as prisoner squats (so that I could engage my back…looking down at a nursing baby takes it’s toll on your neck).

So to sum up the first three days….yay for soreness!

Stay sweaty, my friends!

Training Tuesday

Posting two days in a row? I must really be getting better after having this baby. 😉 

I’ve been seeing a lot of “challenges” over the internet recently, mostly on Facebook and Pinterest because those are the only places I visit. I’ve seen the squat challenge, the abs challenge, and the one the probably strikes fear into most hearts-the burpee challenge. Each of these month-long challenges require you to progressively increase the reps you do of a certain exercise, giving you a couple rest days throughout the month. I’m sure you’ve seen them. The question is, are they worth it? Is it worth getting to the last day of the burpee challenge and doing 100 burpees? I would answer yes, as long as you aren’t wanting to see crazy results, or wanting to spot reduce fat in a certain place.  You might see improvement in things like your ability to do cardio, or your butt might be a little firmer, or your abs might be slightly tighter, but you won’t be able to run a marathon, beat Apollo Ono in a leg competition, or shame Jessica Biel into hiding her stomach.  And just so you know, you can’t spot reduce fat….fat comes off wherever the heck it wants to. In my case, my boobs are the first to go (TMI? haha). Just because you’re doing 100 sit-ups doesn’t mean you’re burning the fat in your tummy. 

If you’re using the challenge to kick start your workout journey or challenge yourself to complete something that’s super hard, then I say go for it! I’m actually about to start the squat challenge, myself. I know I’m not going to see major results (especially if I don’t add heavy weight), but I haven’t worked out in a while, and I feel the need to be consistent with something. I can’t do the ab one b/c of the c-section, and 100 burpees just sounds masochistic to me….and I happen to love burpees. 

In conclusion, if you feel the need to do one of these challenges, DO IT! Don’t slack at it, finish it, and you’ll feel super accomplished. Just don’t be pissed if you don’t see the results you were expecting. Clean eating, heavy lifting, and consistent cardio will help you out with those results.

Stay sweaty, my friends!!

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