10 Day Booty Challenge

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Booty Challenge | Day 1

20 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 2

25 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 3

30 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 4

35 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 5

40 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

* * *

Booty Challenge | Day 6

45 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

* * *

Booty Challenge | Day 7

50 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 8

55 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 9

60 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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Booty Challenge | Day 10

65 Reps each

Squats   |   Donkey Kicks   |   Bridge

Walking Lunges   |   Jump Squat

Repeat X1

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How to do the moves:

Squats

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  1. Stand tall with your feet shoulder-width apart with arms extended straight out
  2. Lower your body as far as you can go
  3. Slowly push yourself back to the starting position
  4. Repeat

Donkey Kicks

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  1. Start on your hands and knees
  2. Keep your core tight and back flat
  3. Raise 1 leg and keeping knee at 90 degrees
  4. Push that leg as high as you can in the air
  5. Lower back down
  6. Repeat

Bridge

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  1. Lie face up on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor
  2. Raise your hips so your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees
  3. Lower your body back to the starting position
  4. Repeat

Walking Lunges 

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  1. Step forward with your right leg
  2. Shift your weight to your right foot
  3. Without pausing, step your left leg in front of your right
  4. Repeat

Jump Squat

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  1. Stand with your feet wider than hip-width apart, toes pointed slightly out
  2. Press through your heels to jump as high as you can off the ground, swing your arms behind you
  3. Immediately go into the next jumping squat until you have reached the desired reps

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Yummy Protein Cookies {made with Premier Protein Vanilla Whey Protein Powder}

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PPRProtein powder is so much more than just a shake! There are so many different recipes that you can add protein powder to! Earlier in the week I shared quite a few of my favorite shake and other recipes…check that post out here.

But what about cookies? Can we make cookies with protein powder and make them healthier? Yes we can! Here is my favorite go to five ingredients yummy protein cookies!
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Ingredients:

* Optional-  Craisins, Raisins, Coconut Flakes, Pecans, Cinnamon. The possibilities are endless!

Directions:

  • Blend together protein powder, bananas and oatmeal. You may need to add a splash of almond milk if this mixture is really dry. {I used my KitchenAid mixer for this, but of course you can stir with a spoon as well}
  • After protein powder, bananas and oatmeal are well mixed add walnuts and chocolate chips {and any optional ingredients}
  • Roll batter into balls and put on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes at 350° let cool and enjoy!

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10 Day Ab Challenge

Back by Popular demand! Updated slightly from last year’s summer 14 Day challenge. This summer it’s going to be a 10 Day Challenge! Be sure you follow and subscribe because this series will also include: 10 Day Booty, 10 Day Arms, 10 favorite pre/post workout stretches and more! Let’s get this Challenge started…

 

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Ab Challenge | Day 1

20 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

20 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 2

25 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

25 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 3

30 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

30 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 4

35 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

35 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 5

40 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

40sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 6

45 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

45 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab Challenge |  Day 7

50 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

50 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 8

55  Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

55 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 9

60 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

1 Min Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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Ab ChallengeDay 10

65 Reps each

Reverse Crunches   |   Russian Twists   |   Heel Touches

1 Min 5 sec Plank   |   Bicycle Crunches

Repeat X1

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How to do the moves:

Reverse Crunches

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  1. Lie flat on your back with legs extended and palms on the floor beside you.
  2. Keep feet together drawing knees towards chest until cabs are parallel to the floor.
  3. Curl hips up off the floor and bring knees to the chest. Continue until knees touch the chest.
  4. Hold for one count and return to the starting position.
  5. Repeat.

Russian Twists

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  1. Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat.
  2. Hold dumbbell or press hands together at your chest.
  3. Live your shoulders off the floor as if doing a crunch while also raising your heels off the ground.
  4. While holding this position, tighten abs and rotate to the left hold then rotate to the right (this is one rep) return to start.
  5. Hold. Repeat.

Heel Touches

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  1. Lie on your back with the knees bent and feet flat. Place feet a little wider than shoulder width apart.
  2. Extend arms to sides of body, palms facing in.
  3. Crunch torso towards the right until you can touch your right heel with your right hand. Exhale, hold for one count. Return to start and repeat on the left side.
  4. Repeat.

Plank

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  1. Life face down and support upper body with your forearms. Bend elbows to a 90° angle.
  2. Extend legs behind you resting your toes on the floor.
  3. Keep your body straight and tighten your abs and obliques.
  4. Hold.

Bicycle Crunches

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  1. Lie flat on the floor with knees bent and feet flat on the floor.
  2. Fingers laced behind your head and curl up your torso bringing your shoulders off the floor.
  3. With bent knees lift feet off the floor until they are parallel with the floor.
  4. Alternate legs in a peddling motion like riding a bicycle, bringing elbow to opposite knee by crunching to the side.
  5. After each crunch return to the starting position and alternate without pausing.

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Delicious Whey Protein Powder Recipes

One of the best things about protein powder is all you have to do is add water! But protein shakes can be so much more that “just add water” for years my husband and I have loved protein shakes, pudding, protein balls and other protein packed recipes! Less than 5 minutes after posting “Are you getting your Protein?” I started receiving email after email asking for protein recipes so this post seemed pretty fitting! Here are a few of our faves to date!

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Green Protein Shake

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 C. Almond Milk
  • 1/4-1/2 C. Berries {I like Strawberries and Papaya}
  • 1/2 – 1 C. Spinach
  • Blend

Frozen Morning Coffee Protein Shake

  • 1 C. Warm Coffee {not hot}
  • 1/2 Scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Ice until you get your desired consistency.
  • Blend

Quick and Easy Vanilla Whey Protein Pudding

  • 1/2 C.  Vanilla Protein Powder {or Chocolate}
  • 1/2 C. Plain Greek yogurt
  • *Optional 1 tsp. splenda, steva or you favorite no calorie sweetener
  • *Optional 1-4 tbsp. Almond Milk for desired consistency
  • Stir to make pudding

Peanut Butter Perfection Protein Shake

  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 1- 2 tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • 1/4 C. Almond milk
  • 1/2 Banana
  • Ice until you get your desired consistency.
  • Blend

Peanut Butter Protein Balls

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/4 C. Peanut Butter
  • Oatmeal
  • *Optional Flax Seeds or Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Mix together PP and Peanut Butter in a bowl, add Oatmeal until you get a ‘cookie dough’ consistency

Roll into balls place on parchment or wax paper store in fridge {my husband prefers them out of the freezer!}

Carmel & Pretzel Protein Shake

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1 tbsp. Melted Carmel
  • 1/4 C. Pretzels
  • Blend

While blending add ice and water until you get your desired consistency.

Protein Packed Oatmeal {or Shake}

  • Cooked Oatmeal
  • 1 Scoop Vanilla or Chocolate Protein Powder
  • Water or Almond milk until you get your desired consistency.
  • Eat as Oatmeal in a bowl or Blend for a tasty Protein Shake
  • *Optional 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter
  • Blend

Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake 

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • Pumpkin Pie filling to taste {1/4 C. at a time}
  • Water or Almond milk & Ice until you get your desired consistency.
  • *Optional pinch Cinnamon and/or Nutmeg
  • *Optional 1 tsp. splenda, steva or you favorite no calorie sweetener
  • Blend

Orange Creamsicle Protein Shake

  • 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder
  • 1/4-1/2 C. Sugar Free Orange Juice
  • Water or Almond milk & Ice until you get your desired consistency.
  • *Optional 5-10 drops Orange Young Living Essential Oil

*Find more recipes in fitness magazines or on Pinterest!

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Are you getting your Protein?

unnamed-8 copyIf you spend any time in the social media fitness world than it’s a virtual certainty that you have heard about importance in protein. Last week I shared my whey protein pudding recipe and after it went live I received quite a few emails about Protein Powder, I have a larger post planned for a little later but I wanted to quickly cover some of the thoughts, faves, and when I drinking protein shakes!

Heres the low down, everyone needs a good protein powder/shake daily, especially if you are physically active {running, cycling, weights, piyo whatever} you will definitely need protein daily to repair your muscles. Recently, I have really been digging the Premier Protein Vanilla Whey Protein Powder because it really has an old-fashioned milkshake taste to it which I really like! As you can see I’m pretty stoked about this morning shake!

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When do I drink my shake? Ultimately the answer is “when ever you want” some days I wake up REALLY sluggish and drink a shake first thing to jump-start my metabolism but you can always drink a protein shake pre-workout to jumpstart your energy {just like I do in the mornings} this extra boost in your energy will help you get a killer workout! On the other hand drinking a protein shake post-workout will help your body recover after any intense workout! When every my hubby and I do extremely intense workouts we both do a Pre and a Post workout protein shake.

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Not down with protein powder everyday? There are lots of yummy foods super high in protein:
  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Pork
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Cheese
  • Peanut Butter and other Nut Butters
  • Tofu
  • Soybeans
  • Yogurt

Eating this foods can act similarly to drinking a protein shake in the morning and before and after a workout! For example before your morning workout start with some yogurt, cheese or eggs! You will have a boost in energy that will help you tackle your workout and the rest of the day!

Products pictured : Premier Protein Vanilla Whey Protein Powder , Blender Bottle  and Ball Wide Mouth Canning Jar and Lid {sold separately and found in the canning isle at target, walmart, fred meyer ect.}

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Crossfit Quickie

The weekend is here! Don’t lose the momentum you’ve had all week! Last week I shared a picture on social media and the emails started flooding in…”I need that” “When are you going to post the printable” and so on!

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I actually planned to post that same night so it would be in everyones inboxes the next morning…alas that was not to be.  When I printed my copy I accidentally deleted the file. This week I threw together a new printable with a newer and pretty color scheme!

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For this Crossfit Quick all you need is YOU and a floor that you can comfortably do a push up on!  The idea is to do each as quickly as possible {if you are a beginner or not comfortable with that, no worries! Do it at YOUR pace}

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Wanna make it more of a challenge? Here are a few ways to take it up a notch :

Use a Bosu ball for both squats and push ups

For Squats:

Using a BoSu ball with the blue {or pink side} up while doing squats will engage more muscle groups because…well you are trying not to fall! A bigger challenge would be with the blue {or pink side} down…however, I DO NOT recommend it for a beginner, the first time I used my BoSu ball this way I almost go really hurt. If you do choose to use it blue {or pink side} down I recommend having a chair or something that you can grab on to near by until you are 100% comfortable with it {you may be the first time or you may never be totally comfortable, remember there is NO shame in changing workouts to fit your comfort!}

For Push ups:

Using the BoSu ball blue {or pink side} up with either your hands or you feet balanced on the ball you defiantly take your push ups to another level! If you want a KILLER challenge then using the BoSu ball with blue {or pink side} down is what you want. Whoa, seriously this way kick my butt and my husbands butt every time! The BoSu ball has handles for you to hold on to…but in my experience that doesn’t necessarily make it easier.

I realize a lot of you might not know what a bosu ball is or may not own one {I do have a review coming later this month} Don’t worry, because there are still more ways to challenge this workout:

Change up the Squat and do:

  • Squat Kicks
  • Sumo Squats
  • Goblet Squats holding a heavy weight or kettlebell
  • or any variation of squats you like

For Push ups the best challenge {in my opinion} would be elevating your feet on a chair, this will really engage your abs and other muscle groups.

I hope you enjoy this!

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Delicious Protein Pudding {made with Premier Protein Vanilla Whey Protein Powder}

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Have you ever gotten done with a workout and thought “oh man another protein shake” yeah me too. Now, please don’t get me wrong I love my protein shakes but sometimes I want something with a little more substance than just a drink…and let me tell you protein pudding really hits the spot! Plus, its super duper easy to make!

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Ingredients:

1/2 C.  Premier Protein Vanilla Whey Protein PowderIMG_6534

1/2 C. Plain Greek yogurt

*Optional 1 tsp. splenda, steva or you favorite no calorie sweetener

*Optional 1-4 tbsp. Almond Milk for desired consistency

Directions:

IMG_6537Blend together protein powder, Greek yogurt, sweetener and 1 tablespoon almond milk

I used my single serve ninja blender because I like really smooth pudding, this is totally optional you can use a bowl and a spoon and it works perfectly fine.

Add almond milk until you reach your desired putting consistency.

What I used:

This could be easily turned into chocolate pudding by using chocolate protein powder! Go and enjoy this tasty treat!

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