Category Archives: workouts

Strong ARM-ing This Monday

It’s Monday, and you know what that means! Working these guns!

[edit: I totally forgot to post this because after writing this post out, life got busy and then I managed to crash at 10pm, so this is probably going to be a double post kinda day… my bad!]

Ordinarily I like to get my workout done in the morning, but I didn’t have time, so it was 3pm by the time I was free to get my sweat on. Check out my moves down below. All done with 10 lb dumbbells!

Kitchen cardio: 3 – 10 minute increments
Breaking my cardio into 10 minute increments has been a lot more convenient for me, given that it wasn’t nap time. I could do 10 minutes jogging in place, followed by a diaper change, 10 more minutes, oh it’s time to switch the laundry, 10 more minutes, and time to prepare dinner!

Bicep/Back:

3×5 Dumbbell front raise into press
3×8 Hammer curls
3×6 Bent-over reverse fly
3×8 Dumbbell back rows
3×10 Alternate bicep curl

I would have liked to include one or two more exercises, but I was crunched for time so this is where I left it. I’d say it was a pretty decent workout – definitely not overworking myself like I usually do. I’m learning to practice the popular phrase of “pace yourself”.

Advertisements

Quick GUNS workout

This week is going to be CRAZY busy, but mama still needs to get her workout in. Today is upper body day and this is what today’s workout looked like:

3×8 Standing V-raise
3×8 Bent Over Row
3×10 Hammer Curls
3×8 Alternating Bicep Curls
3×8 Tricep Extension
3×10 Alternating Tricep Rows
3×8 Shoulder Press

Then I did my AM stretches – and boy did I feel STIFF!

As for my absence, I started a new medication and it’s caused quite a bit of fatigue, so my last two workouts have been a struggle. I didn’t have the energy to even write them down before I took a nap.

Anywho, I gotta jet. I hope you all are having a fantastic, productive Monday!

ABtastic Tuesday!

I’m gonna keep this short and sweet, because it has been QUITE the day, and for whatever reason, this workout was a lot harder than I anticipated. I did about 20 minutes of kitchen cardio as well:

Hip Thrusts 3×15
Butterfly Crunch 3×15
Side planks (3x 1 min each side)
Bicycle crunch (3x 1 minute)
Supermans (3x 30seconds)
Back extensions (3x 30seconds)

Hope everyone had an awesome Tuesday!

Monday GUNday

Good morning my beautiful followers! As the title suggests, it’s an upper body day. I’m going to keep things short and sweet today, rather than adding my commentary because ya girl has a bunch of tasks to do on this fine Monday!

3×8 Standing V-raise (3 lbs)
(going into)
Whitney Simmons Shoulder Day IG Post
(going into)
3×8 Hammer Curls (10lb each)
3×8 In n Out Curls (10lb each)
3×8 Tricep Extension (10lb)
3×6 Oil Riggers
3×10 Tricep Dips

I didn’t time my workout and I still have about 30 minutes of kitchen cardio to do, but WOO! Mama feels GREAT! Have a wonderful Monday and rest of the week, everyone!

I did not want to do this workout.

Today was a rough momming day. Or at least that’s how it felt by 4 o clock. I woke up, got my BANG, did my morning stretches and the rest of my morning routine (which I won’t bore you with). I did kitchen cardio after that, and debated whether or not to save my mid-section workout for right after, or nap time… Neither happened.

I didn’t get to my workout until almost 8:30 pm! I wanted to be in bed by that time, but mom life is the hard life, lemme tell ya! I was feeling so discouraged that I wanted to just grab all of the naan in the fridge and eat it, and say screw the workout.

But I didn’t because ya girl needs to SHAPE UP! So after the boys went to bed, I took a deep breath, played 15 minutes of a video game, and told myself it was time to get that workout in. It was rough and you can tell how weak my midsection is just by looking at what little I managed to do, but the key is that I got it done.

Ab/Lower Back Moves:

Reverse crunch 3×15
Hip Thrusts/Bridge Pulses 3×20
Side crunch 3×12 (per side)
Butterfly crunch 3×15
Planks 3x (30 sec, 45 sec, 1 min)
Supermans 3×6 (hold 10-15 sec)
Back extensions 3x 30 sec

Sometimes being stubborn pays off! Tomorrow is upper body day, so I might have something new to share with you guys. Bye for now!

Legs and Booty | Monday Workout

February is going to come with a lot of different challenges (no added sugar, 5 workouts a week, two being core-centric, on top of everything I’m already trying to achieve). I measured myself today – something I completely forgot to do on Friday – and I weighed myself, unfortunately after I had already drank half of my day’s worth of water so it may have been skewed.

I’m not too pleased with the results, but I know I gave myself a break on our vacation, so I’m trying to see that as “happy” weight. HOWEVER, it’s crunch time… literally! No, not literally because it’s lower body day, but I mean it’s time to kick this FABuary off. The first of this week’s five workouts is my bootylicious workout with more moves, as follows (with pictures below):

Clamshells 3×10 (each side)
Donkey kicks 3×10 (each side)
Inner Thigh Lifts 3×15 (each side)
Bridge Thrusts 3×20
Grasshoppers 3×12

Clamshells:

Donkey Kicks:

Inner Thigh Lift:

Bridge Thrust:

Grasshopper:

My lower body is sore as hell, but it’ll all pay off eventually. Three months from now, I’ll be glad I kept going.

FULL UPPER BODY SLAY

It’s Thursday, and we are approaching the weekend! I can smell the greasy food and wine already, but we’re not there yet. I think I mentioned it, but if I didn’t, I want to keep up with two to three strength training workouts each week (if I can manage it, I know I won’t be fortunate for all of 2019). I did legs on Tuesday, and today I worked my chest, back, shoulders, biceps AND triceps!

The Workout:

3×8 Standing V-Raise (3 lbs each)
3×6 Bent Rows (10 lbs each)
3×8 Double Dumbbell Shoulder Press (10 lbs each)
3×8 Hammer Curls (10 lbs each)
3×8 Reverse Flys (3 lbs each)
3×8 Lateral Raises (3 lbs each)
3×8 Tricep Extension (10 lbs)
3×8 Lying Dumbbell Press (10 lbs each)

The above took about 35 minutes because #momlife but I mean, I got it in! WOO! Afterwards, I did my usual morning stretches. I’m already feeling it in my upper body, but it’ll be worth it.

PS: Today started as a bad pain day and it’s only been a few minutes since doing the stretching and workout, so the ease of pain in my body is probably going to be temporary and just as a result of an endorphin rush, but I hope it lasts a good long while.

Have an awesome week and weekend everyone!

A Bootylicious Body-Weight Workout

Good magical morning everyone! I have been trying my best to stay on my feet since I finished my first cup of coffee this morning (it’s 10:41am now), and this is a habit I’ve been working on building for quite some time! It helps my back, but of course after standing and walking and bending all day, my knees start to twinge a little).

I had the rest of Shadow & Bone to finish before I recorded my book review, which meant this morning called for a little bookish workout to start the day! (And yes, I’m pretty stoked to hear that Netflix is making a GrishaVerse show!!!)

I have the misfortune of having kind of a square butt. Kinda annoying, right? So I want to shape these cheeks and build some nice round glutes! (Unlike my last workout post, I’m definitely not subjecting you guys to a photo of my butt lol)

Today’s workout consisted of:

3×8 Squats (feet placed parallel to hips)
3×12 Standing Leg Lifts (forward, side, and back, per leg)
3×8 Plie Squats
3×10 Walking Lunges

After that, my lower body was BEAT! Breakfast was an avocado and 2 hard boiled eggs with some salt and pepper. A nice little vegetarian breakfast to end a workout and start the rest of the day!

Let’s go be awesome, folks!

First Weighted Workout of 2019!!!

I haven’t been too in depth about my chronic pain with you folks, but let’s just say my weighted workouts have been fewer and farther in between as 2018 progressed. It seemed that no amount of “rest” or “recovery” time helped. To clarify: my body rarely hurts when I’m active, and in fact I feel pretty good for 30 minutes to a couple hours afterwards, but as the months dragged on, my bad pain days became a lot more common than my feel-good days, which makes finding the motivation to lift weights a bit of a challenge.

However, I’m pleased to say that I did my very first weighted workout of the year – 10 days in, not too bad if you ask me! Down below I’ve got my delt before pic and the exercises that I did. Hopefully I can build my delt muscles and lose some fat.

“Before” pic:

Exercises (sets)x(reps):

3×6 Double Forward Dumbbell Raise – 10 lbs
3×8 Bent Dumbbell Rows (alternating b/n wife and closed rows) – 20 lbs
3×8 Lateral Raise – 20 lbs
3×6 Shoulder Press – 20 lbs
3×5 Back Fly – 20 lbs
1 minutes of Prayer Pumps

There may be days, or weeks even, where I won’t be able to work out. I’m slowly learning to accept that. For now, I’m incredibly proud of this workout, and if you’re interested in hearing more or following along this journey, stay tuned because tomorrow I’ll have my weigh-in and more!