BACK it up!

“It’s a beautiful day to be alive”! Ugh, I couldn’t agree more @WhitneySimmons The weather is literally perfect and I cannot wait to sit outside and enjoy it! This morning I headed to the gym feeling replenished from yesterday’s day off, and I had a great back workout!! I never used to workout my back and kinda just ignored it all together, but when I finally began doing workouts specifically targeting my back, my entire body felt to much stronger! So now obviously, I include back days in my weekly schedule.

Today’s workout includes….

Dumbbell row: 4 sets of 12 each arm

Bent-arm dumbbell pullover: 4 sets of 12

Dumbbell incline row: 4 sets of 12

Close-grip lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Wide-grip lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Face pull: 4 sets of 12

One arm lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12 each arm

Don’t forget an ab workout at the end 😉 B730512A-DB2B-4701-90EA-4DE733FA225Aimg_3736.png

 

Switch it up!!

What a day!! As you may have noticed, my first post on this blog is called George, and it’s about the horse that I fell in love with at college. But more than that, the post touches upon how much I love horses and riding, as it gives me a great sense of freedom and connection.

Not only is horseback riding a great way for me to relax and clear my head, but it’s also a Fantastic workout! Today I was at KB Equine with the manager, Katie, who taught me equi-yoga! Today I worked on using only my legs or core to find my “seat” and get more comfortable on the horse. It was so cool and I cant wait to try it again soon!

After my riding lesson I headed off to the gym! Little did I know today was leg day…so I had two tough leg workouts in a row-not bad, but definitely difficult! At the gym I worked pretty much all areas of my legs. I did some HIIT type exercises that I wasn’t used to, but I could feel the burn for sure!!

As always, if you have any questions or want help with a workout, please let me know!!!

Here’s what today’s workout looked like:

Box jumps: 4 sets of 10 jumps

Vertical jumps: 4 sets of 10

Step-ups (with weights): 10 reps each leg

Squats: 4 sets of 12

Good Mornings: 4 sets of 10- be sure to do these slow, focus of digging into your heels

Calf raises: 4 sets of 25

Hamstring/glute raises: 4 sets of 10

 

In need of an ice bath…

Every have a leg workout that is so good it leaves you stumbling around for the next two days? Yup, that’s where I’m at right now. I was recently told by my doctor that my left knee is weaker than my right, which doesn’t really make sense because when I was a jumper for my college track team I always jumped with my left leg?? Anyways, I was doubling up sets on my left leg for today’s workout, and I definitely can tell that it’s weaker. This also ties in to the knee injury I’m dealing with, so I have to make sure I’m taking care of myself! Your body is a temple and it’s important to treat it accordingly!

Today’s killer leg/ab workout:

Deadlifts: 6 sets of 10

Hamstring curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10

Seated quad curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10

Oblique dips: (with plate) 6 sets of 15

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Triceps on Fleek

Alright, so two upper body workout days in a row (ugh), but I know it will be worth it, and I’m already seeing results! Todays workout was focused on biceps and triceps, but for some reason I was having more fun with my tricep workouts and maybe went a little overboard (again, worth it).

Try this workout and let me know what you think!!

Triceps extension: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5 reps

Dumbbell biceps curl: 6 sets of 15, 10, 10 reps

EZ-bar Skullcrusher: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5

Machine bicep curls: 6 sets of 15, 10, 5

Dips: 6 sets of 15

Hammer curl: 6 sets of 15, 10 reps

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