Glute Activation Workout {with resistance bands}

Victorem mini loop resistance bands are my most recent obsession!
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{psst I’m giving FIVE sets of Victorem mini loop resistance bands away in my previous post…so you should enter}
These small but might little bad girls have a ton of different uses but one thing that I love to use them for is glute activation {basically warming up those butt muscles so you get the best workout and get that booty pop we all want!}
Quick Glute Activation Workout:
Place mini resistance band around your calves or right above your knees. I like to use the medium or heavy. Lets be real this workout BURNS and you don’t have to use resistance if you don’t want to.
25 Donkey Kicks {per leg}
  • Start on hands and knees
  • Flex right foot and press it up towards the ceiling or sky.
  • Squeeze Glutes
  • Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  • Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

 

25 Fire Hydrants {per leg}

  • Start on hands and knees
  • Raise your right thigh out to the side, keeping the hips still.
  • Squeeze Glutes
  • Lower your thigh with out touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  • Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

 

25 Leg Extension {per leg}

  • Start on hands and knees
  • Flex right foot and press out straight behind you at hip level.
  • Pulse leg towards the ceiling or sky
  • Squeeze Glutes
  • Lower the knee without touching the floor and repeat the lift.
  • Once you’ve completed the reps on the right leg, switch legs.

 

You should will be BURNING by the end of this workout. I SWEAR I see after only a week!

In my opinion this is a great workout on its own, it doesn’t have to be a pre workout. You could easily to 2-3 more sets and a have ridiculous amount of muscle burn…you know that hurts so good burn…my fave!

I love doing these workouts in the morning, it gives a wonderful boost to the start of the day!

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Victoria Gear Hip Bands and Mini Loop Resistance Bands!

Happy Good Morning and Happy Valentine’s Day!!!

Have you ever been so excited about a piece of workout gear or equipment you just can’t wait to use it again?

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That is EXACTLY how I feel about my Hip Bands and the Mini Loop Resistance Bands from Victorem! I cannot get enough of them, they are amazing!
Of course I’m going to tell you all about each set because I want you to be just as obsessed as me…and there may even be a little surprise at the end 🙂 but first…

I’ve never had anything like either of these bands before so I had no idea what to expect so I anxiously awaited their arrival. Wouldn’t you know the day they were set to arrive we were literally the last delivery of the day…past 9pm…ugh! I was so exhausted from the day but I couldn’t wait to rip into the box to check out all my goodies! I received the Hip Bands: Set of 3 and the Mini Loop Resistance Bands: Set of 5 two sets, {each set comes with a black carrying bag!}

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I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I opened everything! Even though I was EXHAUSTED I could not wait to use them…so I did! That first night I did…

Walking lunges and Squats with this little bad girl:

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Legs lifts with this small but might little lady:

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Honestly I was shocked at how much resistance each of these bands had, guys seriously I went to bed with sore glutes and thighs…which I loved!

I use both sets every single day and will be taking them on all our up coming vacations!

I thought about making a video but there is a bit more jiggle then I’m ready to share…I hope you understand ❤
Ok let me give you some more specifics on each set!
I love these! The mini loop bands are just like regular sized resistance bands but they are resized to fit perfectly around your legs and give you awesome resistance you didn’t know you were missing!
This set comes with five bands:
Extra Light
Light
Medium
Heavy
Extra Heavy
With the five different resistance levels you can add as little or as much resistance as you want to a TON of different exercises. Simply pull a loop up to above your knees, calves or ankles and get moving!
A few of my favorite works outs with these bands are…
Leg Lifts: 
  • I started out using the medium band but currently have been using the heavy and extra heavy!
  • Lay on your side with the band around your ankles, squeeze your butt and lift the top leg about 10-14 inches lower and repeat. I like to do 25-30 reps per leg and 2-3 sets.
  • Back Leg Lifts (I use the light band for this)
  • Start on all fours with band around your feet (I like to position it around the archea of my feet) extend one leg behind you. Lift the leg to hip level and then slowly lower it back down. I like to do 20 reps per leg and 2-3 sets.
Squat Side Kick:
  • Stand with legs hip width apart with band around ankles
  • Squat as normal the as you stand kick one leg out to the side,
  • lower leg and repeat squat and kick with the other side.
  • I like to do 20 reps per side and 2-3 sets
Bent Over Lateral Leg Raises: 
  • Start with a band of your choice right at or above the knees, on your hands and knees. Hands directly beneath your shoulders.
  • Place one of your legs straight out your side as show. Correct your balance with your other knee.
  • Tense your glute, raising that leg out until it is straight out to your side. Hold for 2-3 seconds.
  • Slowly lower it back down
  • I like to do 20 reps per side and 2-3 sets

High Knees:

This gives you the benefit of sprinting without the space requirements. They’re simple to do, just sprint on the spot, driving your knees and your hands upwards alternatively. I like to use the heavy band and do this workout for 1 min. 1-3 sets.

There are truly a ton of different workout you can do with these little bad girls but I will let you find some of your faves!

These come in multiple color schemes you can grab them HERE or click the color scheme you like below!

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Victorem Mini Loop Resistance Bands – Set of 5

Hip Bands: Set of 3

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Oh my gosh I love love love love these! I’m obsessed!

This set comes with three extra wide fabric Bands (think extra wide elastic but way more durability) Just like the set above these babies fit perfectly around your ankle, knees or thighs and give you some serious resistance! The thick elastic band does not slip or roll during a workout so no stopping to adjust and ruining your pace, plus they are beautiful!

Here are a couple of my favorite workouts…

  • Donkey kicks: Place preferred band around your calves or above knees. I like to do 25 reps per side and 2-4 sets.
  • Reverse Lunges: Place preferred band above knees. I like to do 30 reps per side and 2-3 sets.
  • Squats: Place preferred band above knees and when I squat I like to press my knees out for a little extra burn! I like to do 50 squats and 2-3 reps.
  • Side Steps: Place preferred band above knees and literally walk from side to side. I like to walk to the left 25 steps then back to the right 25 steps and do 2-4 sets.

Both band sets are spectacular for:

  • Walking: With the band right above the knees begin walking (the more resistance in the band the deeper the burn) I like to take 20-30 steps then either turn or walk backwards. I do 2-3 sets
  • Side steps: Stand with legs slight apart with band above your knees a leading with your head thigh step to the side keeping the band tight the whole time. I like to step direction 10-15 steps then go back the other direction. I like to do 3-6 sets.
  • Squats:  Stand with legs hip width apart and squat. I like to do 50 reps and 2-3 sets
  • Walking Lunges: Stand with legs about hip width apart and band above the knees. Begin walking lunges. I like to do 25 lunges before I turn and walk again. I like to do 3-4 sets

These four pretty basic workouts alone will give you a burn you didn’t know you’ve always wanted!

These come in two different color schemes and you can grab them HERE or click the color scheme you like below!

 Hip Circle Resistance Bands

Resistance Hip Circle Band

 

I love these both styles of bands and HIGHLY recommend getting both sets!

Oh DUH! You probably want to know if I have had results, it’s only been about 2 weeks since these little bad girls arrived, but I can honestly say I am defiantly seeing results in the mirror…for sure there is more toning and definition every day! With absolute certainty I can tell you my legs are so much stronger and I feel the muscles more and more every day!

In all honesty I absolutely believe you will benefit from these no matter what your fitness level is…from ultimate beginner to hard core gym rat! These with give you the added resistance you never knew you always wanted. I rarely say “you need to go get this now” but guys honest you totally do!!

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Keep an eye out for my hip band glute activation post this week! 

THE GIVEAWAY!!!!! 

I stoked!! I have partnered with Nick at Victorem and together we are giving away not one, not two…not even three set but FIVE sets of the Mini Loop Resistance Bands! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have this awesome opportunity to giveaway something I love so much! Click on the images below and follow the prompts to be entered in this great giveaway!

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The winners will be selected on March 1st and contacted via email so be sure your email is correct. Winners have five days to respond before they forfeit and another winner is selected.
I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Nick at Victorem!!

*Although Victorem did send me some gear as a thank you, I did not agree to give a positive review no matter what I really thought and I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are © The Life in Bloom & Victorem.

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 8}

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Do you have a busy week coming up and don’t have a ton of time to workout? No worries, I’ve got a sweat enducing, butt kicking, hurts so good Crossfit Mini workout for you! Best of all it will take less than 20 minutes!!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Crossfit/HIIT then do what is comfortable for you. You might only be able to do 2 rounds…that’s ok, work up to the full 5 rounds!
  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Ready to sweat and torch some fat? Yeah, me too!

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Want to really feel the burn? Do this bad boy once in the morning and once in the evening…burn baby burn!

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 7}

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Happy Friday! I wanted to share a quickie workout with you today! Super Basic…just two moves…but you WILL feel the burn!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

I love both these workouts so much!! You can do them pretty much anywhere!!

Use a 5lb or larger Kettlebell for these workouts {you can easily do these workouts with a dumbbell or plate weight!

Kettlebell Torso Twist:

Do 15-40 Reps

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  • Standing with your feet hip-width apart
  • Hold kettlebell straight out in front of your chest gripping either side of the handle
  • Tighten Abs
  • Rotate your arms to the left as far as you can
  • Pause, then rotate to the right
  • Repeat

Kettlebell Russian Twist:

Do 15-40 Reps

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  • Sitting on the floor, your feet should be flat, with your knees bent and around hip distance apart.
  • Hold the kettlebell at your chest, and lean back to a 45o angle.
  • Twisting your torso region from side to side, move the kettlebell across the body.
  • Continue the workout for as many reps as you can manage, or are recommended in any kettlebells workout program you’re using.

{Special Thanks to Workout LabsWomen’s Health & Women’s Heath UK!}

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 6}

 

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I’ve said it before and guaranteed I will say it again…I love squats! I love the challenge, the burn and of course the results! Well, today I have a Kettlebell Squat challenge for you!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Do challenge 3-5 times a week do 10-20 reps of each type squat = 1 set | do 2-4 sets {remember to ALWAYS workout at your level, if you light-headed or are in pain STOP!} Challenge yourself by squatting as deep as you can while maintaing the proper posture!

Here are the Squats I have included in the challenge!

Kettlebell Deadlift Squats: 10/20 reps

  • Stand up straight holding kettlebell with both hands in front of you
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Bend at the knees while pressing your hips backward.
  • Pause and slowly return to the starting position {don’t lock your knees}
  • That’s one rep

Kettlebell Sumo Squats: 10/20 reps

  • Stand holding the kettlebell with both hands down in front of you
  • Position your feet further than hip-width apart
  • Lower the kettlebell to the floor while doing a sumo squat with your butt back
  • Engage Abs
  • Return to start
  • That’s one rep

Squats with overhead Kettlebell press: 10/20 reps

  • Stand holding the kettlebell in both hands to your upper chest.
  • Position your feet further than hip-width apart
  • Bend the knees keeping your back straight
  • While doing the squat lower the kettlebell towards the floor
  • Hold
  • As you rise to the starting position raise kettle overhead, do not lock elbows
  • Return kettlebell to chest
  • That’s one rep

Kettlebell Goblet Squats: 10/20 reps

  • Stand holding the kettlebell at your chest, one hand on either side of the handle
  • Position your feet slightly wider shoulder-width apart
  • Squat down as low as you can, sticking your butt out as if there is a stool behind you
  • Looking up the entire time
  • Return to start
  • That’s one rep

For this workout I used a 26lb kettlebell {my favorite} but you will feel the burn with any weight kettlebell!

Now, GO and Drop it like it’s Squat! 

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 5}

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Welcome to Kettlebell Toning day 5! Heres a great little Kettlebell WOD {workout of the day} that I have shared so many times and get so much great feedback about! But first…

Last night, as I was scrolling through pinterest I stumbled across something perfectly encouraging!

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Awesome huh! No matter what yesterday was like, today is a new day to start fresh and workout hard!

Now on to the workout!

Just a few things before we get started:

  • If you are new to Kettlebells then start out with a lighter weight {5-10 lbs} you can always go heavier once you have gotten used to the lighter bell.
  • Use the weight that is right for you. Don’t get over zealous and use a weight that is heavier that you are used to, work up to a heavier weight.

Like most of my workouts this can be done pretty much anywhere! Its a fairly quick yet butt kicking WOD!

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Happy Sweating!

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 4 | Tone Fitness Kettlebell Set}

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Over the last two days I have had countless emails this asking for recommendations on a good Kettlebell “starter” Well, here you go! This is for you if you are new to Kettlebells or not sure where to get started.

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Tone Fitness Kettlebell Set is great! You get not one but three different sizes!

  • 5 lbs
  • 10 lbs
  • 15 lbs

Along with the bells you also get a “Kettlebell Workout” DVD! The workouts on the DVD are perfectly designed to engage your entire body and help give you a strong, sculpted and toned look.

Why Kettlebells?

Kettlebells actually help to improve your balance, endurance and strength as they work out your entire body. This is why they are perfect for all ages and fitness levels

The Kettlebells are vinyl coated, this makes it less likely to cause damage to your floors, furniture or your body. The handles are comfortable to hold and very smooth due to the vinyl coating.

The fact that they come in a 5lb, 10lb, and 15lb means that they can cover a huge range of workouts for all ages and fitness levels! And believe me these bells are everywhere, from a teenage neighbor to a near by gym for women, even my very dear friends 80-year-old grandmother has a set…everyone loves them!

How do they handle wear and tear?

I have had these for more than four years and honestly you can’t even tell. These Kettlebells have been dropped more times than I can count {my kids sneak them to play with} I have a habit of leaving the 15 under my computer desk in my office, when I’m working I put my foot in the handle and do weighted leg lifts 🙂 I’ve bumped that sucker into my desk 100’s of time…seriously! My point? These guys are durable! Oh yeah, Ive ever dropped the 10 lb down the steps…on accident!

So you are going to need some workouts to do with your Kettlebells right? Here are some of my Favorite Kettlebell Workouts!

  • Kettlebell Swings
  • Figure 8’s
  • Halo
  • Deadlift Squat
  • Windmill
  • Single Arm High Pulls
  • Kettlebell Russian Twist

I’ll stop…this list could go on forever!

This was my very first set and I highly recommend these to someone just starting out! They will be a wonderful addition to your workout routine! As I look ahead to becoming a personal trainer these will be very easy to transport to any location {I plan to do private training} This set would also make a perfect gift for a loved one who is needing strength training whether they are 8 or 80! In fact, I’d love to get my 70+ year old mom a set because she loves mine and wants to keep her aging body as active as she can!

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You get this set on Walmart.com for $30…yes for all three!

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