Kettlebell Toning {Day 1}

Welcome to 2018 Kettlebell Toning Day 1:

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New to Kettelbell workouts? No worries!

Kettlebell 101:

Kettlebells have quickly become one of the most efficient and effective tools for sculpting and toning a slim & strong physique.

But Why? With a kettlebell you work all your major muscle groups at once, instead of isolating muscle groups like you do when lifting dumbbells. Since the weight isn’t evenly distributed,  you have to work hard and continuously to control the kettlebells shifting center of gravity. {psst. thats why so many muscle groups get toned and sculpted!}

Why I love Kettlebells:

Kettlebells are not just awesome but they are highly effective, they allow you to do cardio and weight training in one workout….at the same time. What does this mean for you? You will be getting a killer workout in half the time! What mama wouldn’t love a time saver like that!

Buying Kettlebell:

If you don’t have a Kettlebell don’t worry you can get a number of different kettlebells at most sporting goods stores,  even walmart has quite a few on their website!

Remember that not all kettlebells are created equal. TIP: be sure you look for kettlebells with a wide enough handle that you can grip it with both hands, and make sure there are no rough edges that will cut up your hands {if this worries you rest assure there are Kettlebells that are plastic coated}

Before you buy pick the right Kettlebell weight for you:

If you have never used a Kettlebell start of lighter, women should start with a 10 or 15 pound kettlebell {depending on your fitness level you can absolutely start with a 5 pounder!}

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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.

Kettlebell Swing: 

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  • Hold kettlebell by handle with both hands
  • 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
  • Allowing gravity to assist, swing weight down, hinging at hips and pressing butt back to bring kettlebell through legs
  • Immediately go into another swing, bringing kettlebell to chest height

Why Kettlebell Swing?

Looking for a quick and easy yet challenging cardio? The Kettlebell Swing is for you! Doing this simple move can burn up to 20 calories a minute…Thats huge!

This Kettlebell swing will effectively work pretty much your entire body! Muscle groups engaged are:

  • core
  • lower back
  • shoulders
  • arms
  • glutes
  • hamstrings
  • quadriceps

To give you a little boost I have a 30 Day Kettlebell Swing Challenge for you! Print out this baby and get swinging!

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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.

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These shoes are made for walking…

I know it may seem SO incredibly basic but walking is one of my all time favorite workouts! My husband and I go on nightly walks together and we love it, we talk about the day, up coming plans and our kiddos. We walk about 2.5 miles every night and its fantastic and we love it! I always try to encourage my friends who are trying to get into a workout habit to start walking! Plus, you don’t have to buy any special equipment!

I was beyond thrilled to find this awesome Bowflex 30 Walking Challenge! This makes it so easy to get into the habit of walking! Happy walking my friends!

30 Day Walking Workout Chart

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Pinterest WOD {workout of the day} #7

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Just a few things before we get started:

  • 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
Women’s Health 4 Minute Workout #2 {see #1 HERE}

For an extra challenge repeat 2-4 times!

Not sure how to do each move? Check out Women’s Health to learn how!

Don’t forget to grab my workout printable. Click to image to DOWNLOAD !

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Pinterest WOD {workout of the day} #6

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Just a few things before we get started:

  • 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
 
For an extra challenge repeat 2-4 times!
Not sure how to do each move? Check out Women’s Health to learn how! Women’s Health 4 Minute Workout #2 coming tomorrow

Don’t forget to grab my workout printable. Click to image to DOWNLOAD !

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Pinterest WOD {workout of the day} #5

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Just a few things before we get started:

  • 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
Do 25 reps each move and repeat 2 times! It WILL burn!

Don’t forget to grab my workout printable. Click to image to DOWNLOAD !

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