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Fitness Friday: Tris and Thighs, Oh My!

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Fitness Friday, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Yours Truly on 04/17/2015 at 20:50

More knock 2 muscles with 1 stone as we tone

Our triceps and thighs!

Enjoy these moves that target both at the same time:

Seesaw (20 reps each side)

  • On your side, bend the bottom leg and extend the top leg while placing the palms of your hands on the mat/floor with your arms facing each other 45*
  • Then press your arms to engage your tris while you raise your top leg to engage your thighs; switch sides per set

Clam Dips (20 reps)

  • While seated, ring the soles of your feet together in butterfly/clamshell position and  the palms of your hands on the mat/floor with your arms straight back
  • Then bend (dip) your elbows to lower your back to contract your tris while you bring (press) your thighs together

Butterfly (20 sec)

  • Keep your soles together and stretch out your thighs by lowering them to the ground
  • Stretch your tris by alternating your arms behind your head, holding the palm of the outstretched arm
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Flashback Friday: The mild weather of early ☼spring☼ (now) and pre-♣fall♣ (then) plus being in *beast beauty mode* takes me back to my 10-year h.s. reunion when I worked those *tris* and *thighs* (with my military brat bestie Nora to my left)

Workout Wednesday: Beautify Your Thighs!

In ♥ & Soul, Beauty Tuesday, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 04/01/2015 at 10:00

Happy April Fools’ Day! Rather than joke and be broke (can’t quit my day job), how about I share the wealth of health?

While styling your hair, you might as well knock multiple birds ~ or in this case, leg muscles ~ with one stone and be bad to the bone* and rock solid!

10-20 reps while you heat-dry or iron each section:

  • squats (alternate sets of narrow, wide, plié)
  • lunges (sets of the same leg, then switch)
  • glute lifts (alternate between each leg)
  • knee raises (alternate between each leg)
  • thigh raises (sets of the same leg then switch)
  • calf raises (both legs at the same time)

Your thighs look like sweet potato pies!

That was a line from my fellow trainer‘s brand-spankin’ new single, 1994

This jam makes me want to dance ~ so now I can get my ♥cardio♥ on!

* #DISPObustAFlow

Workout Wednesday: Chops to Get Cut

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 03/04/2015 at 10:00

Have you ever chopped wood before?

My brother in †CHRIST†, Joe, says that he got a great workout from it growing up.

We who aren’t lumberjacks, like Paul Bunyan or my bro-in-law, still can reap the benefits of slicing and dicing …

Shake Weight

mañana!

At least with going with the motions!

With legs slightly bent, bring your hands together, sweep upward then diagonally down while turning your core.

Therefore, you’re working out your arms and more: lunging with your legs, as well as trimming your waistline

Interesting timing that my hometown just had an incident involving ax violence. I wrote this before hearing that news and by no means condone aerobic activity for crime. Best wishes for the victim and hopes for the suspect’s repent. 

Workout Wednesday: Swimsuit & Catwalk Ready

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/25/2015 at 01:00

Let’s be sexy in our own skin!

Recently, I received the new special SI: Swimsuit Issue

Swim 2015

Sport Illustrated: Swim 2015

So now’s the time to get into tip-top shape for the ♣spring♣ and ☼summer☼!

What better time than the present?

Cable Cat Lady

I’m not really that cold cat lady ~ I’m The *HOT* Kitty Mama of 2!

The best way to go is to mix up your workouts and keep it interesting (to prevent plateau), for instance

Workout Wednesday: Grammy Quad Whammy for my Hammy, etc.

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Relationships, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 02/04/2015 at 11:00

With the Grammys just around the corner …

Here are my ultimate moves to these ♫grooves♪!

2014 playlist

Some of these ♪jams♫ were released before 2014, but they were among my favorites then!

These 2014 ♫tunes♪ (my fave ♪tracks♫ this past year) target specific body parts:

  • Bailando Cardio ~ salsa dance (shake ’em hips)
  • Treasure Tris ~ tricep extensions and dips*
  • Shotgun Rider Gun Show & Shoulders ~ bicep curls and shoulder press*
  • Jealous Bench Press ~ chest press*
  • Rude Pull & Row ~ lateral pull-downs and renegade rows (back)*
  • Hold On, We’re Going Home Hard Core ~ double leg lefts (abs and lower back)**
  • Blank Space Back Side ~ glutes to the max*~*
  • Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye Thighs ~ abductor and adductor*~*
  • Thinking Out Loud Legs ~ lunges and squats*~*
  • Not a Bad Thing Cool Down ~ stretches~*~
  • All Of Me Meditation ~ deep breathing

2014 Routines

* Upper Cut for Upper Bod 

** More Score on Your Core

*~* Long & Lovely Legs

~*~ Stretch Sesh

2015 Routine

Workout Wednesday: 1K Double A

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 08/20/2014 at 11:00

Arms and abs are where it’s at!

Actually, more like upper bod ~ arms, shoulders, chest and back ~ plus core ~ abs and lower back ~ to be exact! So, make that haste and blast your bod from shoulders to waist!

Upper Bod

Resistance: pair light dumbbells or water bottles (1 in each hand) for minimal weight during series of reps in these 10 sets

100 W Curls (Biceps) ~ front (1 rep), 45* (1 rep), 90* (1 rep)
100 Tricep Extensions & Presses (alternate 2×25 each)
100 Shoulder Raises
100 Chest Flys & Presses (alternate 2×25 each)
100 Back Lateral Raises & Rows (alternate 2×25 each)

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Core

Resistance: light plate or textbook

100 Oblique Twists ~ standing while holding resistance
100 Bridge Presses ~ laying while raising hips with resistance on tummy

{No weights for remaining series}

100 V-ups ~ hands & legs extended to start then bring together
100 Bicycle Crunches ~ alternate elbows & knees together
100 Side Planks Rainbows ~ full version on hands and feet OR modified on elbows and knees while dropping and lifting hips to the side (alternate 2×25 each)

From my Double A to yours, let’s make it a great Workout Wednesday!!!

Workout Wednesday: Beast Mode on the Road

In ♥ & Soul, Community, Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Technology, Travel, Weekly Wonders, What's Hot, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 07/23/2014 at 22:00

🎼Whistle while you work…🎤

That helped Snow White’s Seven Dwarves get through a day at the coal mines! Well, how about behind the wheel: 🚘

🚙Exercise while you drive!🚗

🙏GOD☝️ and His 👼Guardian Angels😇 watched over my cross-state tour…

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As I did the following moves:

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* ☕️Coffee Tumbler Arm Work💪(alternating arms between sets)
* Curls (bis) * Flys (chest) * Rows (back)
* Steering Wheel Press (9 & 3 chest, 10 & 2 tris)
* Roof Raises (shoulders)
* Leg Extensions (quads)
* Ab Contractions
* Glute Clenches
* 🎵Freestyle Dance to my jams!🎶

NO Excuses for not fitting in a way to get fit during your trip!

Workout Wednesday: 2014 Total Body Blast-Off

In Health, Higher Ed, Home Sweet Home, Pro-DiSPO, Public Interest, Sports, Travel, Weekly Wonders, Workin' Woman, Workout Wednesday, Yours Truly on 05/07/2014 at 23:50

Happy Week of Star Wars Day (May the 4th Be with You), Cinco de Mayo (May 5th), National Nurses Day (May 6th) plus overall Nurses and Teacher Appreciation!

May the force be with you in this powerful session that will train you in a dynamic way, through cardio, toning and stretching for endurance, strength and flexibility. Since it works the entire body in minimal time, it’s perfect for those of you on the go, such as you nurses and teachers who we’re celebrating this week!

Recommended Resistance: wrap around weights for your ankles or resistance bands

Props: mat for laying exercise {4-7}

Please refer to my Double Whammy workout for the technique of these toning moves {8-13}

Like all of Pretty Fit E‘s 2014 routines, these involve 20 reps (x) or secs (s) in each of the 14 steps.

Rock & Roll Warm-Up
1. Neck & Shoulder Rolls: roll neck clockwise then counter-clockwise, followed by shoulder rolls forward and backward (5x for each = 20x)
2. Forward Rolls/Circles (20x)
3. Backward Rolls/Circles (20x)
4. Roll-Ups: lay on back with hands holding onto tush and legs extended, roll both legs backward overhead (20x)
5. Ab Rolls: lay on back with arms and legs extended, bring arms and legs together in one motion to work upper and lower abs (20x)
6. Body Rock: lay on back with arms and legs extended, rock back and forth (20x)
7. Hip Rock: lay on back with arms at your side and feet flat on mat, lift pelvis up and sway from side to side (20x)

Two Birds, One Stone Tone-Up
8. Curls [biceps and hamstrings] (20x)
9. Extensions [triceps and quadriceps] (20x)
10. Presses [chest and legs] (20x)
11. Raises [shoulders and calves] (20x)
12. Deadlift [back and glutes] (20x)
13. Renegade Rows [back] (20x)

Grande Finale
14. Cardio Choice:
* Jumping Jacks [chant or mantra optional like spelling STAR WARS, CINCO DE MAYO, GO NURSES or GO TEACHERS] (20x)
* Quick Feet/Football Run (20s)
* Freestyle Dance [music optional or sing for further challenge] (20s)
* or ALL of the above

Have fun on the run in the sun or do these indoors for power during rain showers!

Here’s yours truly playing disc golf outdoors! ⛳️

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For the remaining 2014 routines, please click on the following links: