GearBunch Legging Love!

GearBunch is the best place on the web to find the leggings you’re longing for. It’s with great pride that we offer all-over printed apparel and accessories of the highest quality — and for an affordable price. We start with the best possible quality of fabric and use high-end printers and machines to create leggings with an unmatchable level of quality and comfort. Browse our products below, and once you complete your order on our website, the printing process begins — and your all-over printed items will be at your door in a matter of days.

Who doesn’t love a great pair of leggings? I know I do! Recently I received a pair of Gear Bunch leggings and from the first wear I was in love!

Colorful Dead - Sugar Skull Leggings - GearBunch Leggings / Yoga Pants

What’s GearBunch? It’s a great online store that has TONS and TONS of different prints of leggings, but GearBunch is more than just leggings, they have hoodies, shoes and more!

unnamed-12I received these GORGEOUS sugar skull leggings! OMG! Swoon right? I LOVE the Day of the Dead and sugar skulls, I have them everywhere {my instant pot is even decorated in sugar skulls…its a serious obsession!} from the moment I saw these I knew they were meant to be mine.

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Every time I wear them I get so many compliments! In fact on more than one occasion someone who has inquired about them ordered right then and there!
These leggings are soft and comfy…like I’m talking you will want to live in them! My sugar skull legging are perfect for a gym workout, a grocery store run, a long car ride or just lounging with the kiddos watching Coco…again day of the dead and sugar skulls ;)!
There are a ton of to choose…colors, style and length!
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Some of my favorite legging categories:
Skull Leggings & Skeleton Leggings There are a ton of different styles to choose from!
American Leggings I LOVE the Ronald Reagan Leggings SO much!

 

Below I’m answering some very important legging questions!
The specs: 

Fabric is 82% polyester, 18% spandex
Four-way stretch
Squat Proof
Elastic waistband
Precision-cut and hand-sewn after printing

Squat Proof?

Yes! I tested with a dark pair of undies and you could a slight darkening, but my leggings are mostly white so I would NEVER wear colored underwear under these. Always opt for a white, nude or thong when wearing lighter leggings!

Camel Toe?

No! Because of the seam there isn’t any in the slightest! Don’t know what cameltoe is? Google it…#beaware

Sizing:

The Gear Bunch leggings go from XSmall – XLarge, and their sizing chart in my opinion is pretty spot on. So check your measurements and the chart and order your size from that! These leggings are full length and high waisted on me (I’m barely over 5ft so pretty much everything unless it’s super low rise is high on my waist.

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Price:

These are a bit on pricier side at $87.99 but I personally feel them are worth it!

Quality:

These are made with a 82% polyester + 18% spandex fabric with a really nice
Four-way stretch. These are honestly more luxurious than a lot of the other leggings I have. There has been zero seam splitting or fraying after all the wears and workouts they’ve been through. A pair of my very expensive, very well known brand frayed after just a few wears.

Some other favorites from GearBunch:

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Martina at GearBunch!!

*Although GearBunch did send me these leggings 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 & GearBunch.

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Kettlebell Toning {Day 3}

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Welcome to Kettlebell Toning day 3! Today I have an awesome Deck of Cards Kettlebell Workout !  If you want an awesome and intense workout this baby is for you!

For these workouts I try use my 26 pound kettlebell the whole time, but to be honest sometimes I have to switch to a lighter bell! No worries on the weight of your bell I’m telling you this workout will be effective with a 5, 10, 15 or 20 pound Kettlebell! {remember to use a kettlebell that is at your fitness level}!

I’m not gonna lie friends, this is going to kick your butt…but that’s okay sometimes we need that kick in the pants don’t we?

I like to do this work out every other day or every third day depending on the other activities I’ve done.

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So grab your Kettlebell & a deck of cards and let’s get started!

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Not everyone is at the same fitness level, I have two different versions of this deck of cards workout: a regular version and an advanced version!

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.

Deck of Cards Kettlebell Workout {Regular}

The beginner workout is very straight forward:

  • Shuffle cards and lay them face down
  • Flip over the top card
  • Do the workout associated to the cards symbol {Hearts, Clubs, Spades, Diamonds}

*Example: a two of Hearts equals one Kettlebell Swing

Repeat until you have flipped over all the cards in the deck…don’t forget to have water near by!

Deck of Cards Kettlebell Workout {Advanced}:

The advanced workout is a little bit different because with each card you turnover you are going to do more than the workout associated with the symbol.

  • Shuffle cards and lay them face down
  • Flip over the top card
  • Do the workout associated to the cards symbol {Hearts, Clubs, Spades, Diamonds}
  • The reps will be reflected based on the card {2=2 reps | 8=8 reps | Ace = 14 reps}

*Example: a Queen of Diamonds equals 12 Deadlift Squats

This will kick your butt guaranteed, but it is AWESOME!

Too much? No worries! Cut the deck and do the regular workout with half the deck working towards the full deck then work up to the advanced!

Deck of Cards Kettlebell Workout Key:

diaDiamonds – Deadlift Squat

  • 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

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heHearts – Kettlebell Swing

  • Hold Kettlebell by handle with both hands
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart
  • Swing kettlebell between legs act like you are trying to hit yourself in the butt
  • Thrust hips forward, straighten knees, and squeeze glutes to swing kettlebell through legs and up to chest height
  • Swing weight down, hinging at hips and pressing butt back to bring kettlebell through legs
  • That’s one reps

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clClubs – Windmill

  • Hold your Kettlebell with your right hand
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out
  • Bend your right elbow to raise the Kettlebell next to your right shoulder, then press it overhead.
  • Pause, look up, bend to the left, and try to touch your left toes as you slightly rotate your chest toward the ceiling.
  • Pause, then come back up, keeping your right arm extended
  • Repeat on left side
  • That’s one rep

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spSpades –  Snatch & High Pull

  • Place the kettlebell on the floor between your feet, hold handle with both hands
  • Position your feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out
  • Stand up and lift the weight to chest height
  • Grab the sides of the handle and push the kettlebell straight overhead
  • Lower back down to your chest and reposition hands to the original grip before returning to start
  • That’s one rep

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I hope you love this as much as I do! Happy sweating! 😉

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

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Booty Workout!

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I don’t know about you but I’ve got some junk in the trunk and I want to tone it up! Here is a fun &  quick workout that you can do anywhere, that will help you tone up that booty!

Here is a booty quickie for you! Let do this thing!

repeatsOf course you can alter this workout to fit your fitness level by lowering or increase the reps and repeats! 

Donkey Kicks {Complete 10 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • Right foot flexed and leg bent, raise your right leg and press your heel toward the ceiling as high as you can
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • Keep your knee off the ground
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with a Kick

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your right leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back down
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • From the starting position lift your left leg out to the side as high as you can
  • Lower your leg back dow
  • That’s one Rep

Fire Hydrant {Complete 10 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

  • Start on all fours
  • Hands shoulder-width apart
  • Knees hip-width apart
  • With feet flexed and bent knee, lift your right leg out to the side until your inner thigh is parallel with the floor
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Squat with Pulse

  • Stand with your legs wider than hip-width apart
  • Toes slighty turned out and arms straight in front of you
  • Lower into a deep squat position
  • Pulse up and down for 10 counts {try to stay in a nice deep squat position the whole time}
  • Tighten gluteus, then slowly return to the starting position
  • That’s one Rep

Standing Chair Kicks {Complete 10 reps on right leg then switch to left leg}

{Get a tall chair and face it away from you}

  • Stand the length of your arms behind the chair
  • Grab the back of the seat with both hands for balance
  • Feet together
  • Lean forward slightly
  • Lift your right leg directly behind you
  • Tighten glutes, while keeping  your hips square with the chair
  • Raise your leg as high as you can
  • Lower your leg to the starting position.
  • That’s one Rep

Feel the burn!

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Tips for boosting motivation!

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We’ve all been at that point when we just want to skip our workouts. The reasons are many sometimes that sheer exhaustion, stress, too busy, zero motivation or just flat-out don’t want to. The fact of the matter is if we only worked out when we felt like it, totally awake, stress free and had plenty of time we’d probably rarely workout because life is busy and can be stressful.

Here are a few ways to help you get motivated and continue to work towards your goals on those days when you don’t want to get up, feel stressed out and busy.

Pump up the Jam:

It may sound simple and maybe a little dumb but making a killer playlist can really give you a motivation boost! I cannot they you have many times I’m ready for a workout and start my music app and then is bad song workout song I left feeling unmotivated, contrast that to times I used my own playlist and I have been at the end of my stamina on a run then an awesome song comes on and I suddenly have an energy boost and can keep going!

Here are a  few songs from one of my many workout playlist:

Macklemore – Brad Pitt’s Cousin

Lady Gaga – Poker Face

Pitbull – Hey Baby

Skillet – Feel Invincible 

Iggy Azalea – Black Widow

Look the part:

Wearing your favorite workout clothes can work wonders in motivating you to get up and do it. For me personally this is a big motivator. There is nothing like a new pair of of workout leggings to kick my butt into gear! Got shoes about tapped out on how many miles you put on them? Replace them! My all time favorite workout shoe are these awesome

Nike Free RN Flyknit:

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These shoes are like being barefoot and so comfy!

Plan it:

Nothing can stop motivation in its tracks more than getting your self all ready {whether it for a home gym workout or a gym workout} and realize you have no idea what you are doing…weights, zumba….ugh. One of the simplest ways I have found to thwart this motivation buster is by planning ahead. Whether you are using a printed out calendar, a dry erase board or your phone, by simply writing down what you want to do and how long you want to do it will really help keep you motivated and excited!

Check out this 10 Day Ab Challenge printable for yesterday!

Phone a Friend:

We all get in blah funks. That’s ok, we are human. Unfortunately for many that funk can turn into giving up…we don’t want that! I don’t want that! Simply calling up your bestie or sister or mom or husband…ect. can rejuvenate you! Feeling like you don’t want to do anything? Ask you sister if she want to go for a walk tonight and just talk! You’ll be surprised how much stress is lifted and how much physically better you feel! My husband and I do a lunch time and night time walk together every single day and let me tell you it does so much for daily stress and motivation.

Reevaluate:

Finally, sometimes we find ourselves feeling unmotivated because we have so many different workouts. Maybe you are doing Zumba, PiYo, weights, and….so on all in one day. Just like anything thing else you can easily get burned out by doing too much. Contrast that to only doing a small walk, then the next day weights for 20 minutes…Doing too little can take your motivation away very quickly. In my experience working out very lightly can be discouraging because you don’t see results. Reevaluation goes hand in hand with “Plan it” above.

I hope that these few tips that I use help you too! Don’t let yourself get lost in un-motivation.

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10 Day Ab Challenge {with printable}

Who’s ready for a Ab challenge? After the holidays and the flu I’m so ready for this!
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DOWNLOAD 10 Day Ab Challenge

Wanna do more than 10 days? Just increase moves by 5 reps until you reach your desired challenge!

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.

*All images courtesy of WorkoutLabs AWESOME Exercise Cards {this is an awesome company and owner! Please head over and give them some love!}

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Friday Encouragement

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You know that moment when you feel defeated? I know I have been there more than once, in parenting, in homeschooling and for sure in my fitness…ugh it is the worst feeling ever isn’t it? About two years ago my fitness took a rough turn due to sickness that kept delivering a one two punch every few weeks…this resulted in weight gain and a broken motivation spirit, it sucked. I was in a slump and it didn’t feel great, then I heard this above quote “YOU WILL SUCCEED, Just Keep Going!” and it was a HUGE motivation during that difficult time. During my husbands final quarter of school it was a huge encouragement to him as well. I so deeply hope it encourages you no matter what you are going through, school, parenting, marriage {also separation or divorce}, personal, fitness, whatever…YOU WILL SUCCEED…JUST KEEP GOING!

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30 Day Challenge Pack {free download}

 

30 Day Challenge PackWhoa January is FLYING by! In anticipation for February I am posting my most ever view and downloaded post ever and the most requested “re-post” ever! So here is the 30 day Challenge pack in it entirety!!!

New to the challenge or seeing it for the first time? Each challenge starts at with minimal repetitions on day 1 and increases daily. For advanced more reps can be added to each day or do each challenge twice, once in the morning and once in the evening making each challenge more advanced.

Included in each 30 day challenge printable packet:

  • Squat Challenge
  • Torso Twist Challenge
  • Crunch Challenge
  • Plank Challenge
  • Bicep Curl Challenge
  • Donkey Kick Challenge
  • Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Burpee Challenge
  • Kettlebell Swing Challenge
  • Mountain Climber Challenge
  • Tricep Kickback Challenge
  • Push-up Challenge
  • Hydration Challenge
  • 10,000 Steps Challenge
  • Weight Loss Tracker

One of the things that I really love about this packet is that it is so easy to customize! Print the whole pack or just a few pages! Each page is colorful and easy to read! The pages can be printed and put on a bulletin board or in a binder OR since it is in pdf format you can just keep it on your desktop, tablet or phone and open it when needed {ibooks is great!}

Subscribe now to The Life in Bloom and DOWNLOAD the 30 Day Challenge packet for FREE for the month of March 

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Reader Questions:

Rhonda: Q: “So where did the idea for this packet come from?”

Brit: A: “I created this printable pack for my self because I felt like I was so busy all the time and I just wanted something that was fairly hardcore {meaning cover all or as many muscle groups as possible!} Plus get cardio, steps and water consumption!”

Sandy: Q: “Was this created for a particular age or fitness level?

Brit:: A: “No! This is for all ages and fitness levels. So far this pack it has been a hit college students and busy moms {and dads} on the go! It’s also perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the office or traveling, just print out the entire packet {or the workout you want to do} put it in a folder and take it everywhere you go! Each exercise is extremely easy to do on the go with minimal equipment!”

Danielle: Q: “What size of Dumbbells should I use?”

Brit: A: “Great question! You need to use what you are comfortable with! If you use 5 lb dumbbells stick to those {or the weight you use} and increase when you feel comfortable. Don’t increase until you are ready to prevent injury”

Carly: Q: “I’ve never used a Kettlebell before, what weight would you recommend?”

Brit: A: “If you have never used a kettlebell I personally recommend starting with a lighter one. The weight in Kettlebells is distributed quite a bit different then how it is in  dumbbells. So to prevent injury I would suggest starting with a 5lb or 10lb and work your way up to a heavier one. I recommend the Tone Fitnessset this is a GREAT starter set and includes 3 kettlebells {5lb, 10lb, 15lb}”
I really hope you all enjoy this principle packed so much and if you have any suggestions for workouts to be added to this pack please let me know either comment or email me! I’d love to hear from you!

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