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3 kick-butt workout DVD

This post is all thanks to my friends. They are the type of people who need somebody or something “yelling” at them to keep working and not to quit. Every video I am going to give to you I have tried know people who have used them. From this I give you:

My top 3 favorite video workouts:

P90X DVDs

Photo taken from P90X website

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The first is the extremely popular, P90X. Trainer Tony Horton has created 12 weeks of fitness videos that will help you get from flab to fab in just 90 days. Each disc goes through a different workout for that part of the body. The discs also come with a workout calendar and nutrition plan. The beauty of P90X is that each disc works an entirely different muscle than the last. I have yet to try every disc, but from the ones I’ve done my favorites are: Ab Ripper X; Plyometrics; Core Synergistics; Legs & Back; and Chest, Shoulders and Triceps. Tony Horton has three to four other people workout with him doing different intensities of the workout, allowing all skill levels an excelent workout. For more information check out P90X

2. Moore Trainer Resistance Bands

The Moore Trainer is a video combined with 4 resistance bands that you attach right above your knee. Each resistance band is a different weight that strengthen any workout. Trainer Shay along with 3 others go through an intense 20 minute workout that will increase your stamina and strength. I bought this product at the begining of the semester (January), and use it 3-5 times a week and I can already see and feel my legs getting stronger. The resistance bands that the video comes with are the main part of the program. These bands are portable and can be worn anytime of the day, and during any workout to add a little bit extra weight onto your legs. This program is excelent for those who are trying to gain stamina and loose inches on your waist and thighs.  For more information check out: Moore Trainer’s website here!

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Jillian Michaels on the cover of Fitness magazine

Jillian Michaels on the cover of Fitness magazine

The Jillian Michaels workout DVDs give you the feeling that Jillian Michaels is actually in the room yelling at you like she does to the contestants on the biggest loser.  She has 10 DVD programs that are great workouts that will help you stay motivated and get ready for that summer hot summer bod you always wanted. One of my good friends has three of these DVDs and is obsessed with them. On the days she cannot do them she can hear Jillian Michaels’ voice, in her head, telling her to do them. For more information about Jillian Michaels and her fitness plans: join the fitness fun!

Anyone have a workout DVD that they really enjoy doing, let me know! Or if you have any more questions regarding my selections I will be happy to answer them for you!

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Why to keep track of your fitness

Keeping track of your fitness is an important way to remain healthy. When you keep track off your food intake and fitness you can see the progress you are making to obtain your fitness goals. This infograph goes into detail about the importance of keeping track and doing so in a quick and simple way.

Keep track of your fitness For the past year I have been using different online and mobile tools to keep track of my food and workouts of that day. This allows me to see if I am eating enough of things like protein and fiber and not too much of things like sugar and fat. Some good sites and apps that help you keep track of your fitness Gand food goalaltered MyFitnessPal, LoseIt, Livestrong, and ACEfitness. I have found that when I use these sites/ apps I get a better workout in because I know how much cardio and strength training I have done, to still need to Do.

According to BodyBuilder.com, keeping track of your daily fitness is important when trying to loose weight, gain muscle and to get stronger. When you keep a log of what fitness exercises, sets, reps and weights you do you are able to change up your workout routine until it is exactly what you want. It is also important to change up your routine every so often so your body does not get too comfortable and stuck in the same boring repetitive routine.

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Stairs are your friend

Hey guys, how’s your March workouts coming? I’ve been struggling the past few days because I have been sick so I have been doing a few less of each but overall I’m doing well!!! LEt me know how it is going.

This week is all about Stairs. You know, those things you try and avoid as much as possible when you can take a ramp or elevator. STOP THAT!!!

running stairs workout

Stairs, your best friend and worst enemy. My middle school and high school were both 2-3 stories tall so my track coaches LOVED to make us do stair workouts on the days it wasn’t nice out to go outside. I always hated running up and down the stairs for 30-60 minutes at a time but I never realized how much they worked your body.

I was looking up on Livestrong to see which was better, running the stair or running hills and stairs seemed to be the winner! Well for what I was looking for anyway. I wanted a 30 minute workout that would burn a good amount of calories, and would help increase my cardiovascular endurance. According to Livestrong, a typical stairs workout for 30 minutes burns around 300 calories when you do it a fast-pace.

TIP: Gradually increase your speed and time/distance when doing stairs. This will keep you from being extremely sore the next day, or getting an injury.

A good stairs workout depends past injuries, abilities and dedication. I messed up my right knee by over working it playing on 3 soccer teams and running on my track team without resting it when I was sore. Because of this my knees are not as strong as many others so my typical stairs workout is a lot different than others. I am going to give you a workout I have done with stairs and I would encourage you to go off of what I give you, and give your own little twist to it if you perfer. Make sure to let me know what type of twist you do to it.

Each of your stairs workouts will be based off of the number of stores your stairs are. Adjust the workout to the stories of stairs. This fast-paced, quick and easy workout is great when working your legs and butt.

  • stairs Lightly jog up and down the stairs for 3 minutes
  • 5 minutes hard of hitting every step
  • 1 minutes at a fast jog
  • 5 minutes hitting every other step
  • 1 minute light jog
  • 5 minutes hitting every step
  • 1 minute fast jog
  • 5 minutes hitting every other step
  • 1 minute light jog
  • 2 minutes every step. As fast as possible
  • 1 minute walking up and down the stairs

For other great and unique stairs workouts check out these few sites and feel free to change them.

The first site I going to suggest you check out is Bobybuilder.com and despite the name, the site is not JUST for body builders. I was nervous also when my dad told me to check out this site, but it is probably one of my favorite workout sites to go to. They have some great workouts and tips for workouts.  PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT MOT THINGS ON THIS SITE ATE FOR MEN ADN WOMEN WITH A TRUE PASSION FOR WORKING OUT AND OBTAINING BODY BUILDER TYPE PHYSIQUE.

Women’s Health Magazine is a great magazine for women of all ages and ability level to get a workout in. this stairs workout from Women’s Health is all about using stairs for other exercises. Combining these exercises to a  traditional stairs workout is a good way to increase interval training and to get a full body workout.

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Get in a daily routine

quick easy calendar March Workout Plan - Calendar

For those of you who need to follow a schedule when working out, look no further. Each month I will be posting a calendar filled with quick and basic workouts for you to do along side your regular workout plan. I am going to start with March since it is right around the corner and go on from there. Let me know what you think of this calendar and if there is something you would like me to add to next months that I don’t have now.

I designed March’s monthly plan as a way to increase stamina and ability for these basic workouts. Every two days the number of reps for each workout will increase. If you cannot complete the number of reps for a specific exercise at one time, break it up into multiple sets with a quick break in between.

stretching

TIP: Stretching before and after a workout will help loosen up your muscles and helps to reduce muscle cramps after working out.

The beauty of this workout is that it is quick, easy and can be done anywhere. Because there is no equipment involved, this daily workout schedule is perfect for working out at home or while traveling.

Having a workout schedule is a great way to make sure you get your workout in. There are plenty of days when I don’t know what to do for a workout, do when to do them so I created this calendar to make sure I get some form of a workout in each day.

According to Livestrong, “a well-balanced workout routine can help manage your weight, lower your risk for chronic diseases and extend your life. A workout should consists of aerobic or cardiovascular activity, strength training and flexibility exercises.”

The March calendar I created for you all is a combination of these things. To get a well-balanced workout as described by Livestrong, you should incorporate 30-4o minutes of cardio, stretch before and after your workout, and combining weights and resistance bands for strength training will help to bump up your workout.

Water Bottle - hydration

I created a calendar like this for February, not knowing if I was going to be able to reach the high numbers at the end of the month and I have! I can honestly say that if you put forth the effort to make sure to complete these workouts every day you can make it to the end of the month. Getting to March 31st is not going to be easy but it will be worth it.

TIP: Hydration is key to any good workout. Drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day to maintain hydration levels in the body. Right after your workout, drink 1-2 glasses of ice cold water to help increase the number of calories you body burns after the workout.

March is only a few days away so if you have any questions regarding the calendar I posted please let me know! I will be completing each item on the calendar so look out in my next few posts for quick blurbs on how I’m doing with the routine. Look forward to hearing how you are doing.

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