workout wednesday // break a sweat

Is it already Wednesday? We’re just scootin right along this week.

After two weeks off off from pilates classes at Bodybar, I’ve been sucked back in. My sister was in town for a week and we were going to do a pilates class at the gym, but the class ended up being full so we went with plan b – a reformer class at Bodybar.

Since I did pilates Monday I figured yesterday should be a cardio day.
I was a bit boring and didn’t feel too creative so I just hopped on the treadmill and ended up completing this workout:

break a sweat

I got warm really quickly and was super sweaty in under 10 mins. I feel like I’m starting to like running a tad more than I used to, but I still don’t love it. Hence the short intervals.

I also added the pace/speed I used yesterday at the bottom for reference, but everyone has their own pace I’m sure.

Don’t forget to break a sweat today, whether it be a walk, run, fitness class, or your favorite heart pumping activity. Have a fab day!

workout wednesday // cardio x’s 3

Hey y’all! 
I’m back with another workout. Since I posted an at-home one last week, I’ll share one that can be done at the gym this week. It uses three cardio machines which is something I tend to do quite often because I like to keep myself entertained.

cardio x's 3

The adaptive motion trainer is not my favorite piece of cardio equipment, but it’s a good one. It looks like an elliptical, but don’t be fooled, that thing is tough! You can do short/long strides or an up/down movement that slightly imitates climbing stairs, but at a much lower impact level. If you don’t have an AMT, feel free to use an elliptical or any other piece of cardio equipment of your choice.

The squat jumps after each cardio machine are meant to keep your heart rate/intensity up so that you can get that workout done quickly and continue on with your day. They are also incorporated to give you that higher intensity (75 to 80% of your max heart rate) which leads to a higher metabolic rate and thus more calories burned post exercise.

Do keep in mind what your limits are and always keep your workouts safe!
Have a good day!

workout wednesday // jumprope & squats

Who caught yesterdays match between Brazil and Germany? I didn’t get to watch it live, but I watched it once I got home from work and I have no words. It was just insane. Poor Brazil. That might have been the worst possible way to lose. And in their home country. I just can’t believe 5 goals were scored in the span of 18 minutes. I mean, I haven’t even seen 5 goals scored in the majority of the tournaments I’ve watched this world cup.

Ok enough about soccer. I have a quick but heart pumping workout for y’all today. It’s simple and includes two of my favorite things and will guarantee to get your heart rate up really quickly.

jumprope and squats

Do this as quickly as possible but with good form. 1) is with a jumprope and 2) is your bodyweight.

A few videos for reference:
high knees
air squats

I did 5 rounds, but feel free to do more or less. It’s a great little mini circuit after some strength training, or even just as a quick cardio workout by itself if you’re running short on time or not really feeling like doing anything that day. Just do this and I bet you’ll feel so much better. I mean, to quote Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Gotta love Legally Blonde.  Sooo if you’re not really feeling like getting in that workout today, just do it! It doesn’t have to be a long one. Just do something you love! You’ll feel awesome afterwards and then you can thank me later 😉

Alrighty, I’m off to breakfast! I hope todays match between Netherlands and Argentina yields a closer game…

Have a happy hump day!