15 Minute Core Circuit

I have been working out like crazy lately. Just take a look at my miles page for proof.

Casey and i have his sister’s beach wedding in June and back in March we were all “we have 3 months to get in shape!” Then in April we were all “we have 2 months to get in shape!” Then before i knew it, it was freakin’ May and i was down to ONE month to get bikini ready.

Yikes.

So i thought i’d share a killer core workout that i did the other day that left me so beautifully sore the following day.

15 Minute Core Circuit

What are the benefits of strengthening your core?

  • Helps tone your abs (hello flat stomach!)
  • Improves balance and stability
  • Improves posture
  • Teaches your muscle groups to work together efficiently
  • Alleviates back pain
  • A strong core makes other exercises easier (keep that core engaged!)

And most importantly: you can do these exercises in the comfort of your own home with limited equipment!

The only equipment recommended is an exercise mat and a medicine ball. The medicine ball is recommended for the squat twist and full extension but feel free to use anything else you have on hand (kettlebell, dumbbell, etc). Twisting and extending is much easier when your hands are occupado!

Need help with an exercise?

Crab Toe Touch (video)

Plank Knee to Elbow (video)

Opposite Arm and Leg Raise (video)

Full Extension (video)

V-Ups

Go get your sweat on!

Seeing Results at the Gym

seeing results at the gym

I used to think that just by uttering the magical words “i’m going to the gym” that i would get super fit and toned and have a body like Gisele’s.

Boyyyy was i wrong.

I would park my hiney on the elliptical for 30 minutes, three days a week and not do anything else. Ok maybe a few sit-ups here and there, but me lift a weight? Oh the horror! This went on for longer than i care to admit and i was actually SHOCKED at the fact that i barely saw my body changing. But i’m “going to the gym!” i would whine exclaim.  

It wasn’t until many years later that i learned both the importance of diet and strength training and how you need a balance of both (+ cardio!) to start seeing those results. I was honestly clueless when it came to lifting weights. Not only that, i was intimidated by everyone in the weights section who had huge muscles and looked like they knew exactly what they were doing. I would often think “i don’t belong here” and do my 30 minutes on the elliptical and leave. Don’t follow in my footsteps.

That being said, here are a few tips to start seeing those results you crave.

1. Don’t be afraid of the weight room. All those machines and dumb bells look really scary believe me i know. I avoided them like the plague. But here’s a little tip for you: they work. Like really, really work if you have have a routine and proper form. There are a ton of resources out there to help you if you’re struggling with where to start. Google, YouTube, and even Pinterest are invaluable tools to help you learn about proper exercises, form, etc. that you can incorporate into your regimen. Start small!

2. Stop puttin’ junk in your trunk. Sound familiar? It is my tagline afterall. Cut out processed foods, avoid trans fats, eat more fruit and veggies. It really is that simple. Once you make the switch to more “whole” foods you will definitely notice a difference in how you feel and how you look. Drinking more water helps too although i am as guilty as anybody in not drinking enough.

3. Step out of your comfort zone. To an extent. I’m not talking go balls to the wall when you just joined the gym but definitely switch up your usual routine. If weights feel too easy, increase that number. If the elliptical isn’t making you sweat, increase the resistance. If you use the same machine every. single. time. try a new one. Challenge yourself!

4. Get into a routine. Set a schedule for yourself of when you want to get your workout in. Not a morning person? Sweat after work. Whatever you do, just go! Start with committing to 2 days per week and grow from there. Pretty soon once you start skipping days you won’t feel like yourself and you’ll know that a routine has been born.

Ready, set, go!

Just a note: I am not a personal trainer. This is all general knowledge that i have attained over the years that i believe in and has worked for me.

5 Minute Ab Burner

Happy Friday!

My morning started off super sweaty as i was able to sneak in a workout before work today. I mentioned previously that i have the fabulous perk of working from home a few times a month, so today was a day i cashed in on that. Since i don’t live super close to my gym, and my start time is 8:00 AM, it is not humanly possible for me to go to the gym before work if i have to physically be in the office. Between driving there, working out, driving home, showering and getting ready it eats up my entire morning. I love days like today where i don’t have to worry about a cute outfit. Or makeup.

One of the best parts of my workout this morning was an ab burner that i completed in 5 minutes.

What else can you do in 5 minutes?

  1. Brush & floss your teeth
  2. Take out the garbage
  3. Pay a bill online
  4. Empty the dishwasher
  5. Daydream about winning the lottery

None of which sculpt your abs.

I suggest you do this instead:

I used a 10lb medicine ball for the extensions, Russian twists, and toe touches. But you can use whatever weight is most comfortable to you. Or no weight at all. It’s up to you.

Need help with an exercise?

Full extension (video)
Russian twist (video)
Kick down (video)
V-up (video)

You’ll be feelin’ the burn in no time at all!

More soon…

Ella

Booty Be Sore Workout

Hi Friends!

Sorry for the lack of posting the past few days. I hope i can make it up to you with this Booty Be Sore Workout which will leave your booty so satisfyingly sore the next day that you’ll undoubtedly know it was a winner. I completed 2 rounds of this workout on Sunday and am still feelin’ it today! I love workouts like these that can be done in 15 minutes or less and sculpt and tone your important areas. 😉

Need help with an exercise?

Hamstring ball curl
Reverse lunge with leg raise (video)
Bridge

I hope to be back into the swing of things soon and posting a bit more regularly. Enjoy your Tuesday!

More soon…

Ella