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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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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Friday Encouragement

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You know that moment when you feel defeated? I know I have been there more than once, in parenting, in homeschooling and for sure in my fitness…ugh it is the worst feeling ever isn’t it? About two years ago my fitness took a rough turn due to sickness that kept delivering a one two punch every few weeks…this resulted in weight gain and a broken motivation spirit, it sucked. I was in a slump and it didn’t feel great, then I heard this above quote “YOU WILL SUCCEED, Just Keep Going!” and it was a HUGE motivation during that difficult time. During my husbands final quarter of school it was a huge encouragement to him as well. I so deeply hope it encourages you no matter what you are going through, school, parenting, marriage {also separation or divorce}, personal, fitness, whatever…YOU WILL SUCCEED…JUST KEEP GOING!

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30 Day Challenge Pack {free download}

 

30 Day Challenge PackWhoa January is FLYING by! In anticipation for February I am posting my most ever view and downloaded post ever and the most requested “re-post” ever! So here is the 30 day Challenge pack in it entirety!!!

New to the challenge or seeing it for the first time? Each challenge starts at with minimal repetitions on day 1 and increases daily. For advanced more reps can be added to each day or do each challenge twice, once in the morning and once in the evening making each challenge more advanced.

Included in each 30 day challenge printable packet:

  • Squat Challenge
  • Torso Twist Challenge
  • Crunch Challenge
  • Plank Challenge
  • Bicep Curl Challenge
  • Donkey Kick Challenge
  • Jumping Jack Challenge
  • Burpee Challenge
  • Kettlebell Swing Challenge
  • Mountain Climber Challenge
  • Tricep Kickback Challenge
  • Push-up Challenge
  • Hydration Challenge
  • 10,000 Steps Challenge
  • Weight Loss Tracker

One of the things that I really love about this packet is that it is so easy to customize! Print the whole pack or just a few pages! Each page is colorful and easy to read! The pages can be printed and put on a bulletin board or in a binder OR since it is in pdf format you can just keep it on your desktop, tablet or phone and open it when needed {ibooks is great!}

Subscribe now to The Life in Bloom and DOWNLOAD the 30 Day Challenge packet for FREE for the month of March 

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Reader Questions:

Rhonda: Q: “So where did the idea for this packet come from?”

Brit: A: “I created this printable pack for my self because I felt like I was so busy all the time and I just wanted something that was fairly hardcore {meaning cover all or as many muscle groups as possible!} Plus get cardio, steps and water consumption!”

Sandy: Q: “Was this created for a particular age or fitness level?

Brit:: A: “No! This is for all ages and fitness levels. So far this pack it has been a hit college students and busy moms {and dads} on the go! It’s also perfect for those who spend a lot of time in the office or traveling, just print out the entire packet {or the workout you want to do} put it in a folder and take it everywhere you go! Each exercise is extremely easy to do on the go with minimal equipment!”

Danielle: Q: “What size of Dumbbells should I use?”

Brit: A: “Great question! You need to use what you are comfortable with! If you use 5 lb dumbbells stick to those {or the weight you use} and increase when you feel comfortable. Don’t increase until you are ready to prevent injury”

Carly: Q: “I’ve never used a Kettlebell before, what weight would you recommend?”

Brit: A: “If you have never used a kettlebell I personally recommend starting with a lighter one. The weight in Kettlebells is distributed quite a bit different then how it is in  dumbbells. So to prevent injury I would suggest starting with a 5lb or 10lb and work your way up to a heavier one. I recommend the Tone Fitnessset this is a GREAT starter set and includes 3 kettlebells {5lb, 10lb, 15lb}”
I really hope you all enjoy this principle packed so much and if you have any suggestions for workouts to be added to this pack please let me know either comment or email me! I’d love to hear from you!

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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!!

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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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