10 Day Ab Challenge {with printable}

Happy Good Morning! Who’s ready for a Ab challenge?
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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.

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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 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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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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Kettlebell Toning {Day 2 | Clean Eating}

Welcome to Kettlebell Toning Day 2!

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Today I wanted to focus on Healthy Living! If you spend any time on social media or the internet you probably have been seeing quite a few “buzz words/subjects” swirling around. “Clean Eating” has been one of the top subjects my readers are emailing me about! Lots of questions are being asked, but the most common are “What is Clean Eating?” and “What do I buy?” So, let’s focus on those! What is Clean Eating? Clean Eating is basically eating as natural and whole as possible. Clean Eating stresses healthy, whole, unprocessed foods. It sound super easy, however it can end up being a little overwhelming and confusing when you are bombarded by processed foods down ever isle at the grocery store. The goal of clean eating is to remove all processed foods, foods with extra additives and chemicals, and refined foods from you diet. Clean eating is not a diet it’s actually a lifestyle! Tips for getting started with a Clean Eating Life Style:

  • Eat whole, natural foods and stay away from processed foods.

This basically means if it’s in a bag, box, can or package you don’t want it {with the exception of bagged fresh veggies} When in doubt don’t go down the inside isles in the grocery store since they are chalked full of processed foods. I personally like to stick to the produce section or better yet shop at a local farmers market or farm.

  • Eat unrefined foods rather than refined foods.

Clean sugars include honey, maple syrup, and dehydrated sugar cane juice.

  • Eat protein, carbohydrates and fat at every meal.

Protein is very important when it comes to muscle-building, and it can also help curb your appetite. When eaten throughout the day, it keeps us feeling full longer.

  • Eat at home NOT out.

This way you know all ingredients you are using , where they are from and the exact amount of calories you are consuming.

  • Remember – Don’t drink your calories.

High calorie drinks such as soda pop can add an extra staggering 500 calories a day!  Remember to ALWAYS choose water first! Now, I know there are a lot of you out there that are not big water drinkers, have no fear I have an easy and oh so yummy alternative…Infused water, this is when you add fresh fruits and veggies to your water and let it sit over night in your fridge! Some of my most favorite infused waters are: Fresh Cucumber and Mint {we grow our own spearmint}, Fresh Strawberry, Peach and  Blueberry! There are tons of other options and believe me every single one is delicious!  Other clean drinks include unsweetened tea, I love this option for both iced and hot, skim milk and unsweetened almond milk {my personal favorite}  A few Clean Eating “Rules”

  • Eat your meals
  • Raw
  • Grilled
  • Baked
  • Steamed
  • Fill at least half your plate with veggies
  • Eat fruit(s) for dessert {In the summer time I like to make fruit smoothies for dessert – frozen fruit and greek yogurt blended until creamy! my kiddos LOVE it!}

Lastly, Drink a gallon of water per day! I know this may seem a little daunting but I promise it doesn’t have to be. A very easy way to achieve this goal is by simply filling a gallon pitcher with water and putting it in the fridge the night before then in the morning start filling you glass. You will be surprised at how quickly that gallon disappears. Confused about what to buy? Clean Eating can be a little overwhelming and confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Below I have shared our shopping list for you to print and/or save in ibooks, kindle ect.! I have it broken into categories to make your grocery shopping easy peasy! There are three different printables to choose from {Click image to download pdf}

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{I recommend this one if you are saving the pdf to ibooks or kindle…because its prettier!}

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Black & White 

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Download BLACK & WHITE HERE

Please note that this shopping list is based on the items we regularly buy. There are many other foods that fall under the “clean eating” category we just don’t eat them as much, I left space for you to add other foods.

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