31 Day Fit Challenge!

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As I sat listening to my children splashing and playing in the pool it dawned on me that OMG today is the last day of July…ummm what the heck wasn’t it just the 4th of July? I started thinking I want to do something fun and special on my blog for the month of August, but what? Then it hit me…a 31 day tailored workout challenge! A little backstory:  Over the last few months I have really be struggling with staying motivated…I unfortunately had a bad experiencing with a VERY well know fitness program and its creator {but thats another story for another day…maybe} the bad experience left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a beat down unmotivated heart…sad but true. I have been feeling like I REALLY need a kick in the pants and prayed that I would feel motivated and re-start my journey…then yesterday I got a HUGE motivation when a friend hit her 1 year weightloss journey anniversary and is down more than 80lbs!! Talk about motivation right?

Hey! Lets start a journey together!

I mentioned above that this will be tailored to each person…what do I mean? We will start each week with a fitness test to see our personal fitness level! It’s actually pretty basic workout but will give results:

  • Squats
  • Push ups
  • Crunches
  • Cardio
  • Walking

Daily Cardio: This can be anything you want…Zumba, running, piyo, crossfit…etc. Just something that gets you heart pounding for 10-30 minutes.

Daily Walking: A minimum of 1 mile daily {thats really easy to get you’ll be surprised} My husband and I walk 4-6 miles every single day. If you start out walking 1 mile increase by a 1/2 mile each week until September, working towards 3+ miles.

Fitness Test: Tomorrow {and each Monday this month} will be a fitness test! What does this mean? Basically we are going to set a timer for 1 minutes {we will increase this each week} and see how many Crunches, Push ups and squats we can do!

Don’t forget to print this Fitness Log to keep track of your daily workouts!

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How the fitness test works: grab a timer and set it for one minute then do as many Crunches as you can do in that minute, reset the timer and do as many squats as you can do, then reset and do as many push ups you can do. DON’T forget to write down your scores on the Fitness Log! The numbers you record are your starting scores, each day you will try to beat the previous days score so you are competing with yourself not someone else!…you may only be able to do 3-5 more but trust me as the days go by you will be surprised how much more strength and stamina you have!

Things to do tomorrow morning:

  • Weigh in {don’t skip this because it will be motivating to see the difference between the 1st weigh in and the last.}
  • Take a full body photo {I know some of you just cringed but this will be such a great motivator throughout the month.
  • make sure you have cold water in the fridge or freezer {especially with the hot weather you NEED to stay hydrated!}

I will meet you back here tomorrow afternoon and let you know my day 1 scores and how I’m doing!

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Deck of Cards Kettlebell Workout!

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

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Since I know not everyone is advance with kettlebells 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:

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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For these workouts I use my 26 pound kettlebell, but this workout will be effective with a  5, 10, 15 or 20 pound Kettlbell {remember to use a kettlebell that is at your fitness level}!

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

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 21: Onnit Academy Kettlebell Workout and SALE!}

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Hey guys! Today I want to share a awesome workout from an AWESOME company! A few months ago I got to collaborate with Onnit and try out one of there amazing battle ropes {you can read all about that HERE!} Since then I have LOVED the Onnit Academy…its awesome!

The Onnit Academy Mission

The objective of Onnit Academy is to teach men and women of all ages and abilities the techniques and methodologies to overcome any physical challenge. Whether it is to dominate a competitive sport, be ready for the trials that life may bring, or simply maintain a level of sustainable, injury free fitness, Onnit Academy is as versatile and adaptable as the unconventional methods themselves. Onnit Academy understands that for peak performance, all aspects of a person need to be optimized so comprehension of the fundamentals of nutrition and mental preparation will also be encouraged.

So I was so excited to find this Kick A@$ workout on Onnit Academy! It seems like all too often Kettlebell workouts focus on the arm but that’s not the case with this bad boy…its all about legs!!!

Pretty great huh! I’m sure you noticed the girl in the video was rockin double bells…if you don’t have two kettlebell that are the same wight, no worries just use one. {If you are new to kettlebells use one at a lighter weight and work up to a heavier weight.}

So not only is Onnit and Onnit Academy AWESOME but there is a killer sale going on right now!!! 12% off EVERYTHING when you use code: Fall72

In the store you will find all kinds of great stuff:

  • Supplements
  • Foods
  • Fitness Equipment
  • Onnit Gear
  • Knowledge
  • Personal Care
  • Power Packs

The sale goes from NOW until 10/24 so act fast!

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 20: Booty Work}

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Have you heard the saying when it rains it pours? Well, that is been my life over the last week and a half. I had such high hopes for each day of this 31 day challenge, unfortunately my life has been turned upside down and I haven’t met my expectations. Instead of looking back in disappointment, I want to move forward for the next 11 days and share some of the awesomeness I had planned!! {My plan for the days I’ve missed? I have decided to do a Kettlebell 10 day tone up in the month of November!}

Tomorrow we’re going to look at more at some awesome kettlebell workouts but for today I wanted to focus on that backside!

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!

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Donkey Kicks {Complete 15 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 15 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 15 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

 

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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 5: Tone Fitness Kettlebell Set Review}

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I’m off to Zumba Party in Pink this morning YAY! {more on that later in the month!} Before I head out I wanted to tell you about the Tone Fitness {Cement Filled} Kettlebell Set! I have had countless emails this week 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 quite a while and honestly you can’t even tell…they don’t even have scratches! How this is possible I do not know?! I’m really hard on my workout gear. 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 have bumped that sucker into my desk 100’s of time…seriously! My point? These guys are durable! Oh yeah, I 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

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

Final Thoughts:

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 18 or 80! In fact, I’m getting 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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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 4: Kettlebell Deck of Cards Workout}

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Hey guys, I hope you are having a wonderful Saturday! Today I have an awesome Deck of Cards Kettlebell Workout for you guys!  If you want an awesome and intense workout this baby is for you!

For these workouts I use  my 26 pound kettlebell, but this workout will be effective with a  5, 10, 15 or 20 pound Kettlbell {remember to use a kettlebell that is at your fitness level}!

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

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

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Since I know not everyone is advance with kettlebells 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:

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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31 Days of Kettlebell Toning & Healthy Living {Day 3: Whittling your Waist}

 

KB31Happy 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!

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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