Working It Out.

This is the brutality we suffered at the hands of our trainer last night.  Give it a whirl if you feel up to it.  You’ll sweat like a mofo and your jeans will be too big the next day.  Bonus!

Thursday, 8/15 Workout

Note: Each “set” is done 3 times through with no resting between each exercise. Do the designated number of reps for each exercise in the set in order, and then repeat 3 times.  Once you have gone through the series of exercises 3 times, move on to the next set.

Warm-up: 5 minutes on the Elliptical on level 8

Set 1

  1. 30 walking lunges with dumbells raised (15 reps anterior hold; 15 reps lateral hold) – 5 pounds in each hand
  2. 20 push-ups with 2 second hold at the bottom
  3. Side to side hops for 30 seconds
  4. Forward/backward hops for 30 seconds

Set 2

  1. 30 Bent-over rows on pulley machine (15 reps per arm) – 15 pounds
  2. 30 Plie squats with kettlebell swing (15 reps per arm) – 15 pounds
  3. High knees for 30 seconds
  4. Jumping jacks for 30 seconds

Set 3

  1. 15 chest press on pulley machine – 15 pounds
  2. 24 sideways walking lunges
  3. 30 planks with hand slaps – this is assuming you have a workout partner – if not, do hand raises

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Working It Out.

Feeling very sore today after last night’s workout.  I have such a love/hate relationship with being sore.  Don’t we all?  Here’s what our Trainer put us through last night.

Tuesday 8/13 Workout

Note: Each “set” is done 3 times through with no resting between each exercise. Do the designated number of reps for each exercise in the set in order, and then repeat 3 times.  Once you have gone through the series of exercises 3 times, move on to the next set.

Warm-up: 5 minutes on the Elliptical on level 8

Set 1

  1. 15 Lat pull-downs seated on the machine – 25 pounds
  2. 24 Reverse lunges, alternating legs, with 1 plié squat between each lunge
  3. High knees for 30 seconds
  4. 40 Standing bicycles

Set 2

  1. 15 Plié squats with reverse shoulder press with straight bar – 20 pounds
  2. 30 Plank with forward arm extensions
  3. Side to side hops for 30 seconds

Set 3

  1. 15 Rows on the pulley machine – 25 pounds
  2. 15 Push-ups
  3. 20 Bridges
  4. Bicycles for 30 seconds

Set 4

  1. 24 Forward/walking lunges
  2. 15 Bicep Curls on the pulley machine – 20 pounds
  3. Plank for 30 seconds

If you need some motivation:

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Working It Out. Last Week’s Moves.

Last week was crazy busy, and we were only able to get 1 workout in with our devilish trainer.  Here is the routine he put us through on Thursday.

Thursday 8/8 Workout

Note: Each “set” is done 3 times through with no resting between each exercise. Do the designated number of reps for exercises 1-4 in order, and then repeat.  Once you have gone through the series of exercises 3 times, move on to the next set.

Warm-up: 5 minutes on the Elliptical on level 8

Set 1

  1. 24 Lunges holding dumbbell over your head – 7.5 pounds
  2. 30 Front and Lateral shoulder raises (alternating) – 5 pounds in each hand
  3. Jumping jacks for 30 seconds
  4. Plank with 30 side-to side twists

Set 2

  1. 15 Chest Flys on machine – 30 pounds
  2. 15 push-ups
  3. 15 Plié squats into upright row w/dumbbells – 12.5 pounds in each hand
  4. Bicycle sit-ups for 30 seconds

Set 3

  1. 15 Reverse Deltoid Flys on machine – 30 pounds
  2. 15 Bent over rows w/dumbbells – 12.5 pounds in each hand
  3. 24 Sideways lunges
  4. 25 toe-touch sit-ups

To get you off your couch:

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Working It Out – Thursday’s Trainer Moves

Happy Friday!  This was a long week.  It’s tough to come back to work after a week’s vacation.  But I survived, and next week will surely be easier.  Here is the routine my trainer put us through last night.  Bust a move, everyone!

Thursday’s Workout – 8/1

Note: Each “set” is done 3 times through with no resting between each exercise. Do the designated number of reps for exercises 1-4 in order, then repeat.  Once you have gone through the series of exercises 3 times, move on to the next set.

Warm-up: 5 minutes on the Elliptical on level 8

Set #1

  1. 15 plié squats with shoulder press using Straight Bar – 20 pounds
  2. 15 leg extensions on machine with 1 second pause at top – 50 pounds
  3. Planks with 30 alternating sideways hand raises
  4. Forward/backward hops for 30 seconds

 Set #2

  1. 15 upright rows using Straight Bar – 20 pounds
  2. 15 bicep curls using Straight Bar – 20 pounds
  3. 15 hamstring curls on machine with 1 second pause at top – 50 pounds
  4. Side to side hops for 30 seconds

 Set #3

  1. 15 chest press on pulley machine – 25 pounds
  2. Alternating walking lunges with 4 standing bicycle reps after every two lunges
  3. Pogo hops for 30 seconds
  4. Planks with 40 hand slaps w/partner

To get you moving:

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Working It Out.

My Husb and I have been working out with a personal trainer for the past year.  It is brutally hard, but the results are worth it.  My Husb has a formidable work ethic, and he’s self-motivated enough to workout (hard) on his own every single day.  Me…on the other hand…not so much.  So having a trainer that we pay (a lot) not only holds me accountable for actually showing up at the gym, but the trainer is super intense and a total drill sargent, so he forces me to workout like a maniac.  Let me tell you, every single session is HARD.  Like really, really ridiculously HARD.  Harder than I’d ever be able to push myself.  I mostly hate the trainer’s guts for all 60 minutes for the brutality he puts us through.  But then the next day – miraculously – my skinnies fit a little better and my waist is a bit more whittled.  Some mornings after an especially tough workout, I can actually see cheekbones (major).  Results. It’s what keeps me going back for more torture.  Week after week after week after week.

I hate the work, I love the results.

I often am asked what exercises this monster forces us to do, so I figured I’ll post them here.  If you can force yourself through one of these workouts, you’ll be skinnier for it. Happy sweating, loves!

Tuesday’s Workout – 7/30

Note: Each “set” is done 3 times through with no resting between each exercise. Do the designated number of reps for exercises 1-4 in order, then repeat.  Once you’ve gone through the series of exercises 3 times, move on to the next set.

Warm-up: 5 minutes on the Elliptical on level 8

Set #1

  1. 15 plié squats with dumbbell shoulder presses – 12.5 pounds
  2. 15 upright rows – 12.5 pounds
  3. 30 planks with alternating, straight arm hand raises
  4. High knees for 30 seconds

Set #2

  1. 40 step-ups on a weight bench with knee raises – 20/leg
  2. 12 reps of single-single-double dumbbell bench press – 12.5 pounds
  3. 20 incline push-ups
  4. Back & Forth side jumps for 30 seconds

Set #3

  1. 24 alternating leg forward lunges with weight above head (12/leg) – 12.5 pounds
  2. 40 reps Standing bicycle (20/leg)
  3. 15 Seated Lat Pull downs on machine – 25 pounds

A little motivation to get you moving:

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its going to hurt

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I’m a Biker Babe Now

So, I have lived in Chicago for 10 years, and before last weekend I had never ridden a bike on the lakefront path.  I took my first spin down the path on Saturday and I have to say…I’m hooked!  For one thing, it’s flat which means it’s easy.  And the scenery is just so beautiful and the people watching is second to none.  Before you know it, you’ve exercised for a whole hour!  I’m already researching bike bells, baskets, and little dogs to put in said basket.

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