Thursday, February 9, 2012

Adding in Strength + Total Body Mini Circuit

Good Morning, everyone :)

Happy, happy Thursday!

I was super confused when I woke up this morning - I really thought it was Wednesday.

Hey, I'm not complaining!

So, if you've been following my workout log on the sweat seshes page, you might be noticing that I've been trying to mix things up by alternating my cardio days with a little strength training.

"Weight lifting" has never really been my cup of tea - I would definitely fall into the category of cardio queen.

However, for my body, I need to mix things up a bit to see results.

These words from Gina, the Fitnessista, have really stuck with me lately...

"Remember, you can cardio until your legs fall off, but weight training and healthy eating is going to make all the difference in the world." (Gina)


Since adding back in some more weights, I have definitely been noticing some subtle results.

1) There is a lot more definition in my arms.  Justin felt the need to tell me that when he met me, I didn't have a SINGLE muscle in my arms.  That, my friends, was part exaggeration, part truth.

But, scrawny arms be gone!

2) I just feel overall more "toned."  I don't know if I'm actually getting "smaller" (wasn't really the focus), but I do feel leaner.

I'll take it!

If you are a cardio queen and are in the mood to throw in a little iron pumping, I have a quick and easy circuit to share with you today that will get all of the good parts :)

BEBT Total Body Mini Circuit 

1) 10 to 12 sets of the "Burpee Challenge" - Burpee + Bicep Curl + Shoulder Press

I found this little gem in the most recent Shape Magazine, and it is a doozie.

Get a video how to here.

2) 20 Step Ups (10 on right + 10 on left)

Get a video how to here.

3) 20 Sumo Squat & Crunch Combo (10 on right + 10 on left)

Repeat the entire circuit 2 to 3 times, and feel the burn :) 

This is a great quality over quantity circuit.  

Repeating the set 3 times only takes me about 15 minutes.

Let me know if you give it a try! :)

If you want to do a quick cardio sesh after the circuit, give Gina's 15 minute February Schweaty Workout a try.  I loved it! 

I hope you have a fantastic day! 

I get to go watch a trial today and hopefully enjoy a little client lunch, so I'm excited! 




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