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… 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! 

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

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!
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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Workout with Christina Carlyle!

Last night as I did my nightly pursing of Pinterest {I know you do it too ;)} I stumbled upon a something I pinned a few months ago. It totally reminded me of why I love Christina Carlyle! She is the best and SO amazingly encouraging! Head over to her website and fall in love with her!

In the mean time check out her Lazy Girl Thigh Workout! It’s one of my all time favorites for a number of reasons, you can do it any where at any time, its quick and you get to lay down while you do it…yes who doesn’t love that! Below I shared Christina’s image but if you head to her website {click the picture below} there is a link to her workout video!!

Lazy girl thigh workout

Be sure to check out Christina’s “programs” section! There are some really great offers like the Reshape Exercise Plan for just $27!!! I really want it…I think I’m going to get it today! Thank you to Christina for the awesome image! XOXO If you haven’t already subscribed please do!

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Pinterest Favorites {Arm Workouts}

I’ve had such a huge response to my Pinterest WOD series that I decided to continue it!

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If you’re like me and often scroll through Pinterests fitness boards, then you know there are a TON of workouts for every fitness level and every fitness interest!

Over the next couple weeks I’m going to share some of my most favorite Pinterest workouts by category…you know abs, legs, etc.

Today I decided to start with arm workouts that I have enjoyed!

Always remember:

  • Push your body, but know your boundaries make sure all workouts are being done safely.
  • Increase or decrease the weight based on you fitness level
  • Increase or decrease reps to fit your fitness level

This workout is my absolute favorite arm workout, its super quick but you will feel the BURN!

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This is a great video workout!

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Click here for the awesome video workout!

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Love this one during commercial breaks 🙂

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This is a great workout if you have a little bit more time to devote!

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What I love about arm work outs is that you can do them any where at any time! Seriously, you can even get a good workout in during your favorite tv show.

 

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YouTube Fitness Fave: BeFiT

Recenlty I discovered BeFiT on YouTube and I couldn’t be more excited!

About BeFiT

Get high-quality, free workouts on BeFit! Transform your body and workout with top fitness trainers Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, Jane Fonda and more. Slim your waistline, tighten and tone your arms and get a great butt for free. Are you ready to be fit?

BeFiT has quickly become a daily favorite! Currently there are a TON of different videos from Pregnancy workouts to the brand new Belly Blaster Series! The range is HUGE so whether you are a beginner or advanced there is something for you! The best part? It’s TOTALLY FREE all exclusively on YouTube!

So right now I’m totally digging the

BeFiT Booty Boosters with trainer Brett Hoebel!

BeFit Booty Boosters with Brett Hoebel is a supercharged, 15 minute booty-shaping workout that employs a unique, butt-sculpting blend of strength training, body weight resistance moves and Brazilian-inspired Capoeira exercises to burn fat, activate the core, lift & shape the booty and tone your entire lower body fast! Turn up the intensity and activate your core as you sculpt the backside of your dreams with “Biggest Loser” Celebrity Trainer, Author and Fitness Expert, Brett Hoebel in this butt-boosting segment from the all new “BeFiT Booty Boosters” Fitness Series, only on BeFiT!

This one is the first one from the series “Big Butt Workout”

I love these because they are less than 15 minutes and work your booty…hard, but it that “hurts so good feeling!

Then there’s…

BeFiT Burn to the Beat Dance Intervals with instructor Keaira LaShae

Burn to the Beat: Dance Intervals gives you a fun 20-minute workout while keeping the intensity and effectiveness high. Turn up the burn and shake your booty to the beat with Fitness and Music Star, Keaira LaShae as she leads you through 4 of her favorite 20-minute routines that are sure to challenge the abdominals and uncover sexy definition for maximum results fast! Unleash your fierce side with one of the best in the business right from your own living room.

Here’s my favorite Burn to the Beat Dance Intervals: Reggaeton 

Seriously it is SO much fun and these workouts are less than 20 minutes!

Lastly the brand NEW BeFiT series BeFiT Belly Blasters with instructor Nicola Harrington

Turn up the burn and challenge yourself as you start down the road to 6-pack abs with Multi-Continental Fitness Trainer, Lifestyle Coach, and Mother of 3, Nicola Harrington in the first ab-shredding segment from the all new “BeFiT Belly Blasters” Fitness Series, only on BeFiT! Activate the core and engage all of the regions of the abdominals as you stabilize the spine, improve posture and strengthen the hamstrings to ignite your weight loss potential and with one of the best in the business, right from your own home. Say goodbye to belly fat as you crunch your way to rock-hard abdominals with result-driven, functional moves like torso twists, hand and toe touches, side lunge to side bends, standing T crunches, side lunge- low to high reaches, spider push-ups, hollow man side crunches and more! This routine can be modified to suit any level of fitness.

Here’s the first workout in this 6 week series

I gotta tell you I cannot wait until the next one! This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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