Early Morning + Summer Workout

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These hot summer days can make it extremely difficult to get a workout in, especially if you workout at home and not a gym! Heat is so exhausting and can stop you in your tracks even if you have the best intentions.

If you have been plagued with the “too damn hot” summer woes then her are a few tips that might help!

EARLY morning!
If you are not a morning person then I know you just cringed! I used to HATE getting up early. I used to tell people I’d “NEVER” be a morning person! I used to dread morning workouts. Then one day my husband and I decided that we needed some more time together. With all the kids activities and our busy schedule we were in desperate need of us time! I mean time to talk not fall asleep on the coach (I know you know what I mean). We decided to start getting up at 5:45 to do a morning 2 mile walk. We loved it from day one and surprisingly within a few days I was a morning person. We now get up at 5am six days a week and have zero regrets! The first Saturday we got up at 5 was amazing! By 9am we had done a 5k, did outdoor painting, did our weekly shopping trip, went to Starbucks and cleaned the pool!

Not sold on early? No worries the workout below is the perfect “wake up” workout! You can do it anywhere (so if you travel it’s great) and you can do it according to your schedule!

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Want to be extra challenged?
Complete the workout 3-6x
Do the workout as fast as you can with short breaks between each set.

You can also write down how fast you do each set and try to beat your time each day!

It’s summer so be sure you STAY HYDRATED! I recommend this Hydro Flask! It’s amazing and keeps water icy cold all day long even in the hot sun.

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Sparkle Bows Cheer OBSESSED!

Do you have to do cheer to be obsessed with Cheer Bows? Ah, no way! Do you have to be in dance to love crop sets? No way! Gabbi only does gymnastics and let me tell you she LOVES cheer Bows and crop sets!

We have partnered with one of the best shop ever! It’s called Sparkle Bows Cheer (adorable name right) this shop specializes in all the cute and glitzy you could ever want! Gabbi and I are SO EXCITED to share some of the great items they have in the shop!

Rainbow Poop Emoji Cheer Bow:

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We cannot get over the cuteness overload this unicorn rainbow poop emoji bow has! Gabbi about lost it when she saw it and has been wearing it a ton! Everywhere we go people ask about it! Not only is this bow cute but it is probably the most well made cheer bow we’ve ever had! Its super sparkly and has the perfect amount of stiffness (this is a very important feature!) It has not lost any shape despite accidentally being shoved in a drawer!

Tailless Cheer Bow:

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This bow…oh man…look at it! It’s gorgeous, classy and tailless, so no more tucking tails or bow tails falling in your face! Just like the above bow this one is equally well made! There is just something about this bow that makes Gabbi feel so beautiful! She loves wearing it when we’re at home, when we are out and about….anywhere! So many people love this bow. I personally think it’s perfect for all ages not just little girls! Its not too big {wait can a bow be too big?} or too small!

Let’s talk pony!
The ponytail band is different than any other cheer bow we have instead of being a elastic ponytail tie (like a goody) its actually a soft seamless elastic band…meaning will not snap! I LOVE this feature…I have had to take apart so many bows and replace the elastic!

What about the price?
These bows are a STEAL at between $8-$10 (for most) that is a fraction of most cheer bow shops! We cannot wait to get more!

In addition to those two gorgeous bows Gabbi also got two ridiculously adorable Unicorn Crop sets

The first crop set is this ADORABLE Black Unicorn Love with Rainbows Crop Top and Shorts!

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I know right? You can’t get over the cuteness! Gabbi is obsessed with this set! What’s not to love Unicorns + Rainbows!

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She pretty much lives in this, she only takes it off to change to the other set 😂 She’s even been sleeping in it! Its just that comfy I guess!

Next up is the equally as adorable Blue Unicorn Love Crop Top and Shorts!

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This is just the cutest set ever! The blue is such a gorgeous shade! Gabbi loves wearing this one with her favorite denim overall shorts, she also has a high waist white skirt that goes so cute with this!outfit2 In addition to these two adorable set Gabbi also got these super cute stretchy black shorts!black_shorts

These are awesome and go with all her existing crop tops making a bunch of new outfits! It’s amazing how useful a pair of basic black shorts can be! Gabbi has been wearing these everywhere. They are perfect with any shirt and great under dresses and skirts!

All three pairs of are so soft and comfortable and fantastic for the gym! Gabbi loves wearing them over her leotards at Gymnastics practice.

Sizing info for the Crop Tops and Shorts:

  • One Size fits most 4 way stretch
  • Ages (5-10)
  • Fabric: Polyester (92%), Spandex (5%), Nylon (5%)
  • Soft and breathable moisture wicking fabric that moves the way you move.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT UV PROTECTIVE

*Crops and shorts are sold separately.

Clearly we love Sparkle Bows Cheer and we think you will too! Head over and check out all the amazing Bows and other crop tops they have!

Use code: SPARKLE20 for 20% off!!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Kathy at Sparkle Bows Cheer for the adorable gifts!

*Although  Sparkle Bows Cheer did send me a thank you package for partnering with them I was not compensated or persuaded to write anything I do not mean-  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Sparkle Bows Cheer.

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Garland Activewear X Squishies

Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

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You pretty much can’t go anywhere without hearing about or seeing Squishes! For good reason right? They are so darn cute! No matter where we go Gabbi has to check and see what squishes that particular store has!

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So when Gabbi got the CUTEST leotard from Garland Activewear she was insanely stoked because it is none other than a SQUISHY leotard! OMG it is the cutest EVER!

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I mean c’mon look at the narwhal and bear…adorable!

The leotard even came with an added surprise….an ice cream cone squishy! This was HUGE because Gabbi’s all time favorite squishes are frozen treats and food! She couldn’t get enough of it!

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The Garland activewear squishy leotard is sure to become your gymnasts favorite leotard!

Garland Activewear leotard quality: This leotard is not only cute but made with the highest standards of quality! It has soft inside seams and is soft! Gabbi told me that this is one of the most comfortable leotards she has!

Here are a few more leotards that we just LOVE

PATRIOTIC MYSTERY LEO

Gabbi wants this mystery box SO bad!

SUMMER PINEAPPLES SOFTY MESH BACK LEOTARD

PRETTY KITTIES RACERBACK LEOTARD

LLAMA LOVE TANK LEOTARD

MERMAZING SWEETHEART LEOTARD

CUTE CUPCAKES TANK LEOTARD

Today is Summer Solstice! The official kick off of summer, and the longest day of the year! Celebrate with us with 21% off your online purchase of $25 or more (excludes custom design and mystery orders)! One day only so shop now! Use code SUMMER at checkout! #garlandactivewear #summersolstice

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TABATA Workout!

Ok so I’m OBSESSED with this TABATA workout from

Ummmmmm and how cute is that name?!?!? LOVE it! Head over and see everything that Tina has to offer! Trust me you’ll love her!

Don’t forget to try out this butt kicking Tabata!

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Morning Workout from Eat.Fit.Fuel

Eat. Fit. Fuel.

Not a morning person? HATE working out in the morning? EatFitFuel has a great workout for you!

I personally love this workout in the morning and in the evening! It helps boost you in the morning to get S*** done and…well it does the exact same in the evening when you SO don’t want to cook dinner! 🙂  I hope you enjoy it and be sure to visit  EatFitFuel
Belly Workout Plan. Four simple exercises to get the perfect belly in just four weeks! by nadia

Have a great Saturday!

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Christina Carlyle Booty Workout!

Who else loves Christina Carlyle? She is awesome and this workout from her site proves just how much she wants to help anyone achieve their fitness goals, anyone can do this workout not matter your size or fitness level!

I stumbled upon this workout a while back and honestly forgot about it. It just popped up again and I’m starting it NOW! Join me if you want some booty pop!

These butt lifting exercises use body weight and multi-directional movements so you can target all of the muscles in your glutes.  Together the best butt lifting exercises will perk up your booty quickly.

Plus, the rep count strategy we’ll be using will help lift and tight the butt, not build mass in your legs.

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Do 3 full sets – of all 6 exercises – to complete your workout – I like to do 30 reps each! Not exactly sure how to go all the moves? Head over to Christina’s website for a video of this workout! 

Christina has a bunch of other great stuff that she offers so keep an eye over the next few week for some other great stuff!

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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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