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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

For Two Fitness

27 Apr

I want to start out this and future pregnancy posts by reminding people that every pregnancy is different. You might be able to do more than I have, or you might have to do less. Your body was different than mine before pregnancy, so there’s no reason to think they’d be the same during pregnancy. And always listen to your body and follow your doctor’s directions!

That said, I’ve been basically cleared to workout as tolerated. I will have to back off on the amount of weight used and I have been having a really hard time with cardio (though hoping that gets better as I move into my second trimester). Today I hit biceps and back and was able to do a light 30 minutes on the treadmill so it was a good day!

On top of a good workout, I got to wear my awesome new For Two Fitness tank. One of the first things I did when I found out I was pregnant was apply to be an ambassador for this brand. I am pumped to say that I got selected!

TRX rows in the new tank

TRX rows in the Training For Two tank

For Two

Why am I already obsessed with this brand? More than anything I love that I can wear it now (when I’m barely showing but my clothes are getting tight) AND when I’m really showing a few months from now. The fabric they use is so stretchy that it looks cute throughout your pregnancy.

I also love their designs. These days at the gym I still get frustrated learning my new limits and I look more like I put on a couple pounds than like I’m pregnant. This top makes me feel better at the gym since it’s a reminder of why I’m hitting walls and it lets other people know I’m not just getting a little softer 😉 I got multiple compliments on the top today too!

And of course, it’s super comfortable! The fabric is so soft, I can’t wait to order a couple more designs and try out their capris.

If you’re interested in trying it or ordering a gift for someone, use my discount code! Just type FITANDBUSY at checkout for 25% off!

Arms and Smoothies

24 Jan

Sorry it’s been longer than normal since I last posted! I feel like I’ve been sprinting a marathon just to get a quarter mile in order to volunteer at the hospital out here… about like this, which makes me laugh:

horizontal running

Anyway, I’ve been working out with a trainer a bit here and on Monday she KILLED my biceps… it had been a while since I’d been sore so it was good and I needed it. But then the hospital schedule kept changing so I missed 2 days of workouts :-/ Not the end of the world, rest days just came early this week. Today I hit triceps and chest. Still (semi) following the Jamie Eason LiveFit workouts so it looked like this:

3 sets of 12 for everything with a 30-45 sec rest in between:

  • Wide Push-Ups
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Cable Flyes
  • Narrow Push-Ups
  • Overhead tricep extension
  • Tricep Pull-Downs with the rope
  • Tricep Dips

Really the only thing I changed from LiveFit was adding in the tricep dips but sometimes I work different body parts than that day calls for or take my rest day at a different time based off whatever hospital training I have. And I’m not following the diet exactly but am trying to clean up my snacks and have gotten better about after dinner snacks this past week thanks to hubby.

I’ve also discovered new smoothie combinations I really like.

  • 1 C Almond Milk
  • 1/2 – 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop chocolate whey protein

Or…

  • 1 C Milk (of your choice)
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/4C frozen blueberries
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein

Both are really good and the frozen banana gives it a bit of a creaminess/sweetness… it is much easier if you peel some bananas and just throw them in a plastic bag to keep them in the freezer so you always have some on hand 🙂