My favorite piece of exercise equipment has always been dumbbells. That's why it's the only piece of equipment needed for all the workouts in the Life in Spandex 30-Day Sweat Guide. However, there's a close runner up - resistance bands. Mini bands, fit tube, flat bands, I like them all. They fit in my purse, are affordable, and allow you to adjust the intensity of the exercises. Fun fact: I always have at least one resistance band on me at all times :). They're also like dumbbells in that they challenge your stabilizing muscles - think core, hips, shoulders - even when you're focusing on primary mover muscle groups. This helps tone those hard to reach muscles and increases your
My weekly workout split usually consists of 2 upper body days and 2 lower body days (with core work mixed in here and there). When I miss a workout or decide to fit in an extra toning session, I combine the two! So often we add unnecessary rigidity to our healthy lifestyle. We think we have to follow the rules to a "T" or we won't get results. Ugh! This is why so many of you have probably tried and "failed" at so many exercise and diet plans. And also why some of you NEED check out the Life in Spandex Guides. Hint: they show you how to be healthy, fit, and confident in a no-stress way (no meal timing,
By now most of us know the fat-burning benefits of HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training can help you burn more calories in less time and build metabolism-boosting muscle. However, if your body is sensitive to jumping exercises, it can feel discouraging to feel like you have to sit on the sidelines and watch. I would know, I haven't been able to jump since May. But, I'm finding work arounds! Is it possible to incorporate HIIT training if you can't jump? Absolutely! You can start with intervals on a Stationary or Spin Bike, StepMill, Rowing Machine, or Elliptical or by using Battle Ropes or swimming. When my knees are able to handle compound movements, I also love adding in home HIIT workouts like the
I keep a jacket, bag of nuts, mat, and dumbbells in my car at all times. Just me? Please tell me at least one of you also carries portable workout equipment everywhere. My schedule has been hectic to say the least. Efficient workouts have been my saving grace. Dumbbells are one of my favorite no-fuss ways to add some butt-kicking resistance to exercises. And they can go with me anywhere - gym, home, or hotel! I put together a 30-minute, do-anywhere workout for you ladies who want to tone your thighs and tighten your tush. All you need is a set of dumbbells and some #bossbabe confidence to push through the burn. Oh yes, this one is gonna hurt good!
You know what's scary? Thinking you need to spend hours in the gym to get results. Not so scary? Toning your legs and lifting your booty in less than 30-minutes from wherever the heck you want to! The days are getting shorter and schedules are getting busier (and we aren't even to the holidays yet!). This means we need to make sure to take advantage of every minute of your workout. The best way to get a quick and effective workout in is with circuit training. Circuit training burns more calories than traditional strength training. Each exercise is completed back-to-back so it keeps your heart rate up while simultaneously toning your muscles. I promise, no tricks ;). Call me the