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Arm Day

23 Jul

I got put on call at work today, which means I can get some things done around the house but have to be ready to get out the door within about 10 minutes if I get called to get to work on time. To make sure I didn’t irritate my back I stuck with an upper body workout for this morning and, if I’m lucky, I’ll take the dogs out for a walk once it cools down.

This workout will definitely get you a burn whether or not your pregnant- just make sure you’re lifting heavy enough. If you do need some modifications (either as a mom to be or a beginner), you can do most of this sitting if you need to or, of course, go down on your weights and increase your rest times.

Side note, since being pregnant I make sure to do at least 1 or 2 sets of 20 squats in my warm ups (squats and kegels ladies… for real) and I end my workout stretching out my hip flexors and doing at least 1 physical therapy exercise to loosen my back.

The workout

3 sets:

  • 12 Straight leg Deadlift to upright row
  • 12 Bicep curl
  • 12 Monkey Rows (**with any type of row, keep your shoulders down and back and do not lift too high. Going too high is not better and puts you at very high risk for injury. If you aren’t familiar with rows or are unable to keep good form, sub in any other shoulder exercise. Tons of options can be found at Bodybuilding.com)

3 sets:

  • 20 Lateral to front raise
  • 15 triceps dips on BOSU

2 sets:

  • 12 Hammer curls
  • 12 Push ups

3 sets:

  • 12 overhead tricep extensions
23.5 weeks post workout

23.5 weeks post workout

Working Out While Pregnant

12 May

To be honest, I am still adjusting to the effects being pregnant has on working out. And since my body will be constantly changing I suspect the adjusting will be a continual thing through this pregnancy. The biggest adjustment for me is having to slow down. Today I was winded after a set of twelve rows to tricep kickbacks. I had to take a nap after I mowed the yard (to be fair mowing in the middle of the afternoon heat probably wasn’t my best idea). I don’t like it but it is what it is. All of this is to say, make the adjustments you need to but just keep moving. Staying active is one of the best things you can do for your baby and yourself.

I plan to keep posting workouts and recipes as I have always done. I just ask that all of you non-preggo readers don’t judge ones that seem light or easy. I’ll admit there are days I have probably taken it easier than I need to and there have been more days than I’d like to admit that I’ve given in to some less than healthy cravings. But, I am doing the best I can to both stay in shape and take care of my baby. Honestly, I’m also probably being a little more cautious in some ways (and lenient in others) than needed since it’s my first pregnancy.

Alright, down to the good stuff. Here’s my arm workout from today:

3 sets:

  • 15 push-ups (adapt by dropping to knees if needed)
  • 12 bent over rows to tricep kickbacks
  • 12/arm weighted cross punches (use light weights, control your movement)

3 sets:

  • 15 tricep dips
  • 12 chest presses on BOSU

3 sets:

  • 12 skull crushers
  • 30 sec. straight arm planks

As I’ve said multiple times now, every pregnancy is different. If your doctor has told you not to workout or has given you guidelines, follow them. If your doctor has cleared you to workout (like most of them will and should for healthy pregnancies) then I hope you keep reading and give some of the workouts a try!

And of course… a bump update.

10 weeks and 13 weeks

10 weeks on the left and 13 weeks on the right

Lastly, if you are expecting or know someone who is, don’t forget about the huge For Two Fitness Giveaway going on now and the 25% off discount with code FITANDBUSY!

Spring Time… Tank Top Time!

8 Apr

We have had a very busy couple weeks here! Hubby was gone for two weeks and then for Easter I met him and we drove to South Carolina to celebrate with some friends. It was a lot of fun but the past couple days have been catching up on house work and trying to rest up a bit. I leave again this weekend for a girls’ trip with one of my best friends (this time hubby will be the one stuck at home). Between all the traveling, house prep and training it hasn’t left time for much else!

Lately I’ve really enjoyed arm workouts. Don’t get me wrong, I still LOVE a killer leg workout and try to work in legs at least 3 times a week per my coach, but it’s probably a good change.

In the spirit of this new found appreciation, I figured I would post an at home tricep workout from a few months ago.

10 walk out tricep push-ups (elbows in at your sides instead of wide)

3 sets:

  • 12 dumbbell chest press
  • 15 BOSU tricep dips
  • 20 BOSU crunches

3 sets:

  • 20 overhead tricep extensions
  • 12 BOSU push ups

3 sets:

  • 12/arm tricep kickbacks
  • 20 v-ups
Building those arms

Building those arms

I hope you all are having an awesome week so far, we’re over halfway to the weekend! Do you have a favorite body part to train?

Valentine’s Workout

14 Feb

Hubby has been gone so today was a very low key Valentine’s Day. Although, I did get an awesome Latte Candle that he had hidden before leaving since chocolate and mochas are not in my meal plan 😉 I only worked 8 hours today so I got up early enough to get my workout in and prep a few meals before work.

ValentineSince last workout was back and biceps, I did triceps, chest and shoulders today. Leg Day is tomorrow! Here’s the workout from this morning:

Warm-Up

  • 10 walk out push-ups
  • 20 push-ups
  • 2 Sun Salutations

3 sets:

  • 20, 12, 12 Skull Crushers (increase weight between first two)
  • 12 Bench Press

3 sets:

  • 12 Lateral to Front shoulder raises
  • 15 Tricep Dips

3 sets:

  • 12, 10, 8 Arnold Press (increasing weight each set)
  • 12 Tricep Rope Pulldowns

3 sets of Cable Flys, 8, 12, 20

Then I got my cardio in and came home to get ready for work. All in all, not a bad Valentine’s Day. Although turning down all the candy at work was not easy!

Encouragement

13 Feb

Yesterday I wasn’t able to get to the gym in the morning so had to go last night. I really prefer getting there in the morning but at least this way I wasn’t as worried about time constraints. I got in a great back and biceps workout plus my cardio. When I was on the treadmill I was next to a girl who was KILLING IT. She was totally in the zone and doing her thing and, heck, she was motivating me! I saw her later and told her she was doing great; this girl’s whole face lit up. I think I’m going to make it a goal to compliment/encourage someone every time I’m at the gym. There’s so much negativity and competition in the world, the gym should be at least one place we all encourage each other.

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Here’s the bicep and back workout… the hamstring curls are part of my physical therapy so you could always add in different exercises. I’ve been timing my rests and definitely getting through workouts quicker. Plus, I feel like I get a much better workout!

3 min. rotating planks (30 sec center, 30 sec each side)

3 sets:

  • 20, 12, 8 Bicep Curls
  • 12 Lat Pull Downs

3 sets:

  • 12 TRX rows
  • Physical therapy back exercise

3 sets:

  • 12 Incline bicep curls
  • 12 Cable Rows

3 sets:

  • 12 Reverse Fly

20 Balance ball hamstring curls

20 Crunches

1 min plank

As for my competition update, I’ve had a few hiccups with the diet but all in all I’m doing well. I do mean hiccups! I haven’t had any cheat meals but sometimes I have to settle for a protein shake or bar and get off on my timing etc. during the day. I’m getting better though and I’m confident moving into this week that I’ll be even more consistent.

Short and Sweet Workout Post

12 Jan

Today was not nearly as productive as I’d planned. I guess when I made my to-do list I didn’t really consider the fact that I worked last night and would need to sleep when I got home. This is why I don’t usually work nights 😉

I did manage to get a short workout in and I’ll be making butternut squash soup and apple cinnamon pork for dinner. I’m planning on playing with the recipe a bit but, here’s my basic apple spiced pork.

Upper body workout looked something like this…

Started with my physical therapy exercises

3 sets:

  • 12 lateral shoulder raises
  • 20 “cherry pickers” with weight
  • 20 leg raises

3 sets:

  • 12 bicep curls
  • 20 rear shoulder squeezes with resistance band

3 sets:

  • 20 skull crushers
  • 12 pilates roll ups

Was a shorter workout than I’d planned so I tried to do the super-sets as quickly as I could with good form. Then I stretched out and had a snack of almonds and fruit. What do you have planned to start off your week right? Meal prep? Workout schedule? What do you do to make sure you start out strong?

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Just about Fall

9 Sep

Even though it’s still been around 80 degrees here, the past three days have been rainy and gloomy. It makes me feel like, just maybe, fall really is getting close. Like seemingly most people, fall is my favorite season. I love the football, the colors, and the chill in the air. Plus, hubby tends to be home a little bit more which makes me so happy. While I believe there’s nothing like a Minnesota fall, I’m still looking forward to it out here on the east coast.

Yesterday I had physical therapy and I took my pups on a 2.5 mile walk… sometimes I forget how much harder it is to walk with both of them. To be fair, it’s basically walking with 210 pounds of resistance. My shins and back were definitely feeling the consequences this morning. Sore legs and back meant today was upper body day.

Here’s the workout:

2 sets:

  • 1 min. push-ups
  • 1 min. ball toss, sit ups

3 sets:

  • 12 hanging leg raises
  • 12 TRX rows

3 sets;

  • 1 min bicep curls
  • 1 min cable tricep push-downs

2 sets:

  • 12 tricep dips
  • 12 lat pull-downs

I finished with physical therapy exercises and stretches to try and get my back to calm down. Thank goodness for ibuprofen and heating pads.

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Then I gave in to this fall feeling and bought my first pumpkin spice latte of the season… I bought it iced and turned it into my post-workout protein shake (added in 1/2 a frozen banana and a scoop of vanilla protein and blended it up). While it was tasty I’m really excited to try some of these healthier options for pumpkin recipes.

FitFluential Pumpkin Recipes

FitFluential Pumpkin

Orange Pork

31 Jul

Apparently this has been sitting in my drafts since Thursday… oops!

Yesterday (Wednesday) was busy, but a good busy. My house is finally put back together since we got home from Italy, I got a chance to have lunch with a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile and I made a new recipe for dinner– I’ll post it at the end.

Before all that I got my morning workout in with one of my other friends. I used to dislike working out with people but lately I’ve found it helps motivate me a little more and holds me accountable. Plus it’s a great way to be able to catch up and not just go get food or drinks (though I like doing that too).

I started with 20 min of cardio for the first time in awhile! And then we did arms and back.

3 sets of each superset:
20 Walking planks on BOSU
12 TRX rows

12 Curls
12 TRX push ups (20 on the last set)
15 Tricep dips

12 Machine rows
12 Lat pull downs

I have a long day at work today with a meeting before and after my shift so today will be a rest day.

Oldie but goodie

Oldie but goodie

Last night’s dinner was a new pork recipe…

1 C orange juice
1 tbs gluten free soy sauce
3 garlic cloves- minced
1/2 red bell pepper- chopped
1/2 onion- chopped
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in sauce pan. Bring to boil until reduced by 1/4-1/2 and then reduce to simmer.

Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a second pan and sear pork on each side. Cook pork approx. 5-7 min longer (until almost cooked through). Transfer pork into sauce pan to finish cooking.

Cook until pork is cooked through and sauce has been reduced to a glaze.

Enjoy!

Minor Victories

15 Jan

I finally did it! For the first time since I started physical therapy (if not before) I did 25 min. on a treadmill today! I did intervals and made 2.25 miles in those 25 min, not great but certainly not bad. I even remembered to stretch afterwards (I’ve definitely been getting better about that.)

We have some friends staying with us and it’s been nice at the gym to have someone who’s been more cardio focused because we can balance each other out a bit. I’m also switching back to day shift next week so my sleep schedule etc. will be back to normal for workouts.

Two days ago my friend went through an arm workout with me. Here’s what it looked like…

3 sets of 12:

  • Bicep curls
  • Incline shoulder press

3 sets of 12:

  • Squat to hammer curl
  • Skull crushers

2 sets of 12, 1 of 20:

  • Lat pull downs
  • Push ups
  • Rows

2 sets:

  • Stability running man (15/leg)
  • Lunges with rotation (12/leg)
  • V-ups on Bosu (20)

20 Ball toss sit-ups on Bosu with partner

There’s still some days I have to go to physical therapy instead of the gym but hubby got me a hot pink Bosu ball which is just fun for my at home physical therapy exercises and fitting in a quick at home workout on those days. Might be a life-long journey but I can say I’m back on the right road 🙂

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For lunch I sauteed zucchini with garlic powder and pepper and added Andouille chicken sausage then topped it with a little bit of shredded Asiago cheese. It was quick, delicious and healthy!

Choose your Hard

9 Jan

In case you were worried I was getting away from the fitness focus of this blog… don’t be 🙂 Writing about workouts and recipes etc. keeps me accountable so, while a few posts may be more related to life in general, moving forward this will still very much be a fitness and health blog.

In that spirit, here’s my arm workout from today:

Focused Warm-up:

  • 2 min rotation plank
  • Mountain climbers
  • Push-ups

2 sets of 12, 1 set of 20 with lighter weight:

  • Curls
  • Lat pulls
  • Row

3 sets of 12:

  • Deadlift to upright row
  • Alternating hammer curls

3 sets of:

  • Hanging leg raises- 15
  • TRX push-ups- 10
  • Squat with ball toss- 20 (I only did 2 sets with the squats)

Skull crushers, 3 x 12

3 sets of:

  • Tricep pull downs x 12
  • Cable curls x8

As a side note, if you’ve never used TRX straps I definitely recommend you start using them in your workouts! Great way to use body resistance and increase difficulty.

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