Quick Arms and Abs Workout

Do you ever get tired of doing the same workouts over and over and not seeing the results you want?!  That was me a few weeks ago.  I was stuck in the same routine and realized that my body wasn’t changing because I had plateaued (you have to keep your body guessing in order to become stronger and to see results).

So, I went from circuit training and HIIT workouts to doing Tabata.  And I have to say that I love it!  I look forward to my workouts and I do feel that my strength has increased.

Tabata is basically doing one exercise for a designated time amount, having a small break, and then performing the same exercise again.  There are many different styles of Tabata.  Lately, I have been doing one exercise for 20 seconds, with a 10 second rest in between, for 8 rounds.  Other variations include doing an exercise for 50 seconds, with a ten second rest or even one exercise for 50 seconds and another for 10 seconds.  There are many variations but the key is repetition!

I have two Tabata workouts on my Youtube playlist and think that they are both effective (although I am a bit biased :). ). Here is the Arms and Abs Tabata if you want to give it a try.  All you need is a pair of dumbbells (or water bottles), some comfy clothes and some water.  In addition, this workout is less than 20 minutes so it can easily fit into a busy day.

Have a great workout and please let me know how you feel about Tabata ❤

Plank Variations for Fitness Friday

Sometimes in fitness (and in life!) staying still is the hardest. However, it can also be the most effective
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Try these plank variations that will challenge you to stay still:

1) Knee to elbow hold

2) Side plank angel

3) High plank lifting one leg

Try to hold each for 30 seconds and make sure to perform them on both sides.
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Enjoy and happy Fitness Friday!

Proper Breathing Technique for Ab Exercises

One of the questions that my clients frequently ask is “When do I breathe?”  Breathing is incredibly important while working out (and in daily life 🙂 ) but proper breathing is extremely crucial when working your abdominals.  It can make a huge difference in how your abs look, as well as how strong they become.

Here is a quick video to teach you the proper breathing technique for ab exercises.  I hope that you enjoy it.

*Don’t forget to Get Movin’ Monday.  It doesn’t matter how long you move for but let’s start the week off right!

No Gym Full Body Workout (quick)

Good morning and happy Workout Wednesday!

Are you ready for a quick, no gym, full body workout?! It’s only 7 minutes and will incorporate cardio, strength, and abs.  Plus, it’s only two moves so it’ll be easy on our minds.

I will do the entire workout with you. Let’s get started!!!

Ball Abs with April

Here is a quick ab routine for your Workout Wednesday!  I hope that you enjoy it and that you’re having a wonderful summer 🙂

*most of these exercises can be done without the ball as well.

 

Quick Outdoor Workout (Full Body)

Hello y’all, happy Fitness Friday!  If you are planning on spending some time outdoors this weekend, I have the perfect workout for you.  I hope that you enjoy it and that you have an amazing weekend!

*Okay, this workout can also be done inside but why would you want to miss out on some extra Vitamin D? 🙂