Posts Tagged ‘Workouts’
January 23, 2014
I know what you’re thinking… and I really couldn’t agree with you more. (It’s about time I put up a new workout around here!)
You see, I have admittedly slipped back into the “easy” Fitness Pilates and running on the treadmill routine over the past few months. I chose to use the word “easy” because my brain rarely has to do anything during them. I show up to class, get my booty and core handed to me, then hop on the treadmill to knock out a few miles afterwards. Simple enough.
As mentally effortless as that may seem, it can also get boring after a while. For this reason, I have always loved interval workouts that constantly require an eye on the clock and sets of continuous movements.
About two weeks ago, I received the motivation I needed to get out of my repetitive workout rut and am pumped to share it with you!
Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch
Thanks to the lovely people over at Gymboss, I am now a proud owner of a multi-use interval timer and stopwatch perfect for almost any kind of workout. From Tabata and CrossFit to cardio and stretching, I can think of at least ten different ways to use this handy new addition to my at-home gym. And that’s just off the top of my head.
As soon as I opened the packaging, I got inspired to create my own workout to test it out. I asked you guys what you’d like to see most and the clear answer was a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout. Alrighty!
I completed the following HIIT circuit workout earlier today that you can do at home or in the gym without any additional equipment.
It took a few minutes for me to set the timer up for my intervals, but after reading the instruction manual it wasn’t too hard to figure out.
There are three different modes available including interval, stopwatch and clock. For the workout above, I made sure to set the interval (top right) at 1:00, a rest time of 0:20 (bottom right), and a repeat of 8 times (bottom left) since that was the number of exercises in the set.
I also turned on the vibrate option (the V next to BH) to see if it was just as easy to follow without looking by wearing the belt clip. It was!
I have always been a fan of interval workouts, and in the past have relied on the stopwatch timer on my iPhone. That theory seems to work, but at times can be a distraction from the workout. I constantly have to do math in my head and occasionally lose count of things. With the timer, I have a clear answer of when I should be moving on to the next exercise and when the workout is over.
Gymboss interval timers come in a variety of colors (don’t worry guys… they aren’t all pink) and retails for just under $20.
If you are one who enjoys mixing up your workouts and trying something new, I highly recommend investing in some kind of an interval timer. Since I still have yet to own a fitness watch (I knowww, right?), I have a feeling this interval timer and I are going to become best friends.
The wheels in my head are turning just thinking about all of the tabatas, cardio, and circuit workouts I can create so much easier!
Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch Giveaway
Today I am excited to share that Gymboss has agreed to give one lucky Housewife Glamour reader the chance to win an interval timer of your own!
To Enter: Leave a comment on this post sharing what kind of workout you think you would use this stopwatch timer for the most (running, HIIT, boxing, CrossFit, etc.) and enter at least one additional entry into Rafflecopter!
You have until Midnight Monday, January 27th E.S.T. to enter the giveaway. Winners will be announced first thing Tuesday morning, the 28th.
*Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post below! You must do so in order for your entry into Rafflecopter to count.
*Disclaimer: Although the Gymboss Interval Timer and Stopwatch was provided to me, free of charge, I was not compensated for this review in any way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own! Please see my full dislaimer before starting any kind of new workout routine.
October 18, 2013
Good Morning! This one is a lively one for me because I am taking the plunge and starting a link up for all of those Friday Favorites lovers out there. Please tell me I’m not the only one excited about this.
It all started with an excuse to share some of my random musings from my days through sporadic Glamour Randoms. I was pleasantly surprised to find out you guys enjoy these type of posts, which is what inspired me to start structuring them more and publishing them on a weekly basis through a Friday Favorites series.
After months of seeing “What I’m Loving Lately” and “Friday Faves” grow in popularity, I found myself clicking on any blog that shared their collection of weekly favorite thoughts, product finds, or funnies. Mostly because they usually appear on Fridays and it’s a great way to reflect on the week and transition into the weekend. (TGIF!)
I decided to create a link up for anyone to share any type of favorites post… because… well, why not? If I like to creep on other people’s favorites, chances are that you do too.
Whether it’s fitness, food, holiday, fashion, or whatever related, feel free to share your list of things you’ve been loving lately through the widget (blue button) at the bottom of the post. If you are not a blogger, I still welcome you to take part in my weekly FF party and share some of yours in the comments section!
Let’s do this!
Friday Favorites #7: Week of 10/18
While Jimmy John’s has some serious drool-worthy white bread on their hands, I have been grateful for their “unwich” option I discovered back in Orlando.
You still get the same gourmet sandwiches you know and love, just wrapped tight in lettuce instead of the sub bread. This week, I was craving their Beach Club (no mayo) something awful!
Rarely do I miss the bread. Occasionally I will revert back to it, but I enjoy a bag of Salt ‘n Vinegar chips on the side during most visits instead. (<- utter weakness.)
• Champion Fitness Tank via Target
Gah! I just love Target. But really, who doesn’t?
While I normally don’t intentionally shop for clothes there (key word = intentionally), I can’t help but to quickly scan the active wear and sale sections every now and then. On my latest trip I found this adorable and ridiculously comfortable C9 by Champion Fit and Flare Tank for under $10.
Since I live in active wear these days, I appreciate a comfortable fitness tank I can wear pretty much anywhere. Plus the built in sports bra is always a bonus!
• Welcome Back, Whole Foods Market
Since moving up north, I have only visited our local Whole Foods Market a handful of times. Considering I stopped by the one across the street from my old barre studio in Orlando at least twice a week, this is a big deal.
Instead of making my regular trip to the grocery store, I decided to get my new recipe thinking cap on and get inspired by new products and produce just waiting for me to discover and try!
Behind those Whole Foods doors always lies organic goodness and endless possibilities. It can actually get a little overwhelming because I end up wanting to put everything in my cart. I have always encountered very friendly and helpful staff at any location I have been to, which always makes my shopping experience a pleasant one.
Then I see my bill. Ha! It seems so expensive, but worth it every once in a while.
• Chai Tea Lattes
While shopping, I stumbled upon their cafe which instantly made me crave something warm. The weather was dreary, cold, and rainy outside which always makes me crave tea.
Bypassing the coffee and pumpkin spice espressos (which you all should know is a win in itself for me), I confidently ordered a small chai tea latte with almond milk.
I enjoy a simple herbal tea with hot water every now and then, but was actually craving the chai and latte this time. Can’t get enough of them lately!
• Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Stop it right now. While I was reaching for my usual Van’s Gluten Free waffles, I just so happened to see these beauties.
The pumpkin spice already made the buying decision for me, but when I saw they were also made of quinoa, amaranth and flax I became fully intrigued.
Even though I already ate dinner, dessert, and brushed my teeth, I just couldn’t go to bed without trying one of them. They were calling to me.
I toasted one waffle and topped it with the same pumpkin-apple sauce topping I did yesterday. You know that moment you realize you ate the last bite of ice cream and keep digging your spoon into the bottom of the bowl for more anyways? That’s exactly what happened here.
• Treadmill Sprints
With the (mostly) gorgeous fall weather going on up here lately, I haven’t actually been into the gym for quite a while. Instead, I’ve been enjoying running outside and doing a variety of at home workouts.
Yesterday, I hopped on the treadmill for a quick series of sprints before my Fitness Pilates class. Below is my “resting” position, where I took :30 in between each minute sprint to get ready for the next one.
Be sure to hold on tight and please make sure you have your footing when you get back on if you ever do this. The machine I picked was right next to the trainers corner, so I’m sure they were all staring at me thinking I’m either crazy or kicking butt.
Anyways, here’s what I did!
It may have been short, but sure got me nice and sweaty!
• This Article: 29 Underrated Things About Being In Your Late Twenties
Because I can’t get enough of anything that makes me feel better about turning 29 next year. I originally saw it on Gina‘s blog last week. Good one!
• Frozen Fruit For Easy Smoothies
Any time fresh produce (especially berries, bananas, or spinach) is about to go bad, I try my best to make it last longer by freezing it. Having fruit prepped and accessible makes my motivation to make smoothies at home so much higher.
Occasionally, I will get on a smoothie kick and buy bags of my favorite frozen fruit to have on hand.
I would by any fruit, but love that I can easily add mangoes and peaches to my smoothies without all the hassle of cutting them up first. (Mangoes are such a pain!)
Friday Favorites Link Up Party
Since this is the first post (and first week) I am hosting this link up party, I don’t expect it to be uber successful. I would, however, be tickled to see at least a handful of you join in on the fun.
Also, I encourage you to grab this button and include it in your posts. Simply copy the code and paste it into your text. Party on!
October 17, 2013
Michigan has certainly shown it’s fall colors this week. I have been sleeping in long sleeves, running in sweat pants, and enjoying everything pumpkin, cinnamon, and apple spiced I can get my hands on.
Which brings me to this morning’s breakfast:
Two Van’s Gluten Free Apple Cinnamon waffles (yum) topped with a mixture of unsweetened applesauce, pumpkin, and a few sprinkles of pumpkin spice and cinnamon.
It only took a few minutes to prepare and tasted like I slaved over it all morning. Love when that happens!
You know what else I adore about this time of year? Getting the urge to go outside. While I have plans to visit the gym later tonight for Fitness Pilates (and redeem myself for missing Tuesday), I just realized that I can’t even remember the last time I stepped foot in the gym.
I have still been working out, but have been running more than ever. Also, I’ve been enjoying a handful of at home workouts I have yet to share here.
Today I wanted to let you in on a workout I originally put together as a guest post for Hillary. (<- check her out!) And, side note: I included 60′s in the title to go off of the 60, 50, 40, etc. theme you will catch onto.
60′s Outside Fall Workout
Besides taking group fitness classes like yoga, Pilates, and barre, I like to keep in shape with workouts that involve running, HIIT, or Tabatas. Running is a passion of mine because it allows me to get outside, listen to different types of music, and soak in the fresh air and scenic routes while exercising.
With the cooler weather creeping in, I have been spending more days running outside and less days inside a gym. Since relocating up north from down south just a year ago, the fall has without a doubt become the season I enjoy the most.
I look for any excuse to get outdoors and recently got inspired to take my workouts there too, no matter what my neighbors might think of me.
Never tried it? If you’re worried about getting your hands (and knees) dirty, try bringing a mat with you, or finding a spot around your home that doesn’t get too messy. If you’re like me, you might just enjoy a reason to roll around in the leaves or hang from a tree every now and then.
Below is a fifteen minute circuit workout I put together that requires zero equipment. The time might sound breezy, but don’t let it fool you… after a few rounds of 60′s I was certainly feelin’ it!
Make sure to do all of the exercises back to back with a one minute rest between each round.
Want more? Throw in some extra credit by doing 60 sit-ups or other abdominal exercise of choice. Don’t be afraid to grab on and go for a full body exercise like leg ups or knee raises.
In doing so, you might just fall for these types of outdoor workouts like I have!
Questions of the Day
• Do you enjoy taking your workouts outside of the gym?
• Have you made anything pumpkin recently I should know about? (Feel free to link up!)
I plan to take full advantage of having the rest of the day to myself. I have had an incessant itch to get back in the kitchen (finally!), bake something pumpkin and create a new soup recipe. Hopefully that goes well and I will have some yummy fall inspired recipes to share with you very soon.
October 1, 2013
I have been slowly introducing myself into the world of “CrossFit” lately. I quote it because I still have yet to visit an actual CrossFit gym (or box), but have enjoyed incorporating the no-weight-required movements into my every day workouts.
Instead of the traditional Fitness Pilates/Boot Camp structure our team trainer usually has us do for our weekly workout with her, she included a CrossFit WOD instead, followed by a series of core exercises. I couldn’t believe how tired and sweaty I got (quickly!) and it inspired me to start creating my own at home.
Before our Media Day, I put together and completed the following workout.
V-ups (I call them ab reaches)
I was drenched (spray tan streaks and all) in no time!
Reebok CrossFit Nano Speed Review
What initially got me interested in this CrossFit craze is the latest variety in sneakers I have been privileged to try out, thanks to Reebok. I have mentioned before that I have an ongoing campaign with them, and was excited to see this snazy pair of sneakers arrive for September’s shipment.
As someone who has already tried the CrossFit Nano 2.0 and 3.0 sneakers, I have to admit that I was a little confused on why I (the dancer/runner) keeps receiving CrossFit sneakers. As soon as I tried the CrossFit Nano Speeds on, I realized they are a completely different animal.
While their previous sneakers in the CrossFit line have been built for stability and weight training, these have additional features made to incorporate running. The main difference I noticed is the flexibility in the sole.
I may be completely off here, but I would describe this one as the lovechild between my Nano 3.0′s and my ONE Series Cushion running shoes. They still have the same grips on the bottom for stability and a heel to toe drop structure, but also flexibility for various movements without the bulkiness of a normal running shoe. Pretty fancy!
My favorite kind of workouts always involve some kind of running for cardio, and I seem to gravitate towards any kind of cross-training workouts that include sprints, jumps, and lunges.
“There are plenty of running shoes that you can do CrossFit in, but we made the FIRST CrossFit shoe that you can run in.” Well said, Reebok.
While I did not set out for a straight running workout in them, I have worn them for HIIT, cross-training, around town running errands, and even to dance practices. While I wasn’t sure about them at first (to me, they run a tad on the large side), I grew to love them shortly after. As a fan of CrossFit shoes, I like these the best out of all of them for their versatility.
CrossFit For Newbies
are like me and still feel out of the loop with all of this CrossFit terminology and lingo, here are a few articles to help get you started.
• The Ultimate Guide To CrossFit Lingo via Greatist
• The CrossFit Craze: 5 Reasons Why You Need To Get On It! via Huffington Post
• 5 CrossFit Tips For Beginners via Carrots ‘N’ Cake (hey, Tina!)
• From the Couch to CrossFit: 5 Things Beginners Need To Know Before Joining A Box via Huffington Post
Before I forget! Do you recall the cute purse I featured on Saturday’s Hearts post? I have a promo code for you to receive 30% OFF all regular priced items in your order until the end of the year! How sweet is that?
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Have a great rest of your Tuesday.
Questions of the Day
• Have you ever been to a CrossFit box or completed a WOD (Workout of the Day)?
• Does the thought of it intimidate you?