cardio & strength training
*Please note: all of the fitness tips I share are suggestions only. Before implementing them into your workout routine, consult with your physician to make sure they are right for you.*

The workout below has four sections: legs and glutes, abs, arms, and a cardio BLAST to finish it off. I always like to end my workouts with a burst of cardio for an extra burn! I did this video a little different than I usually do and I actually talk you through the exercises. I am going to start doing more videos that are real-time so you can truly workout WITH ME and follow along for guidance as we go!

 

Check out the video below!

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Seriously, if your at home gym is missing a stability ball: go get one! They are versatile, affordable, and super effective for engaging those smaller stabilizer muscles we might not typically reach otherwise. Stability balls have been proven to improve your posture, enhance your balance, and strengthen your core. If you have a sedentary job, you can make a simple swap and trade your desk chair for a stability ball to engage your core throughout your entire work day.

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Happy Sunday FUNDAY! If you haven't already got your sweat in this AM - try this full body treadmill workout. This is the exact routine I did this morning and it left me drenched!

 

If you are usually one to hop on the treadmill and run at a steady pace for 45 minutes, you know what I mean when I say one treadmill minute can feel like eternity. This workout is a great way to mix things up and engage MORE muscles than steady state running. By adding in the two mini circuits between running intervals, you will not only be including bodyweight strength training into your workout, but you'll also find that 45 minutes goes by way faster when it is broken up into smaller time sessions of different exercises.

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Check out the video below for 12 GLUTE TONING EXERCISES that are NOT a squat! All of these moves require minimal equipment, can be done just about anywhere (even from home) and are sure to make you feel the burn!

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No equipment at-home exercises you can do ANYWHERE! Get your blood flowing before your main workout with these quick, high intensity warm up moves. Check out the video below!

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This is a quick, no equipment LEG AND GLUTE WORKOUT that you can do ANYWHERE! I combined some of my favorite lower body exercises into one intense session that only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Watch the video for a complete run through of the workout with demonstrations of each exercise. 

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These 9 exercises are some of my favorite ways to combine strength training and cardio. These moves will definitely target and strengthen your lower abs, but they will also get your heart rate up for a nice cardio burn!

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THE WORLD IS YOUR GYM. You do not need a bunch of equipment or a gym membership to get a good sweat. I love using resistance bands in my workouts because they are easy to pack, convenient, and up the intensity level. In my day to day workouts, I RARELY use machines. I mainly use a combination of dumbbells, resistance bands, and my own body weight for strength training.

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Check out this treadmill interval workout for the next time your outdoor run gets moved inside. This workout uses periods of high intensity followed by ACTIVE resting periods (jogging). I do this workout pretty much every time I hop on the treadmill now, because it mixes things up, gets my heart rate going, and leaves me drenched in sweatby the time it's over. 

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On top of a clean diet, there are SO many bodyweight exercises that will give you a great ab workout without having to go to a full gym or even use any equipment; but most of the time I will add a dumbbell to my ab workouts just to up the intensity. I put together a few of my favorite lower ab toning exercises in this Spring Break Shape Up: Lower Abs Workout - because we ALL want sculpted lower abs for spring break, right?! 

 

Try running through this circuit below for a quick ab burning session! Do each exercise for 30 seconds and then repeat the circuit through two more times for a total of 3 run throughs. Let's get moving!

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Grab a few of your BFFs and try this Galentine's Day Full Body Heart Throb Workout. You can do this workout anywhere - because it is another NO EQUIPMENT required workout! I love no equipment workouts, because no equipment = no excuses. Try to complete all 7 exercises without taking a break and then REST for 1-2 minutes before repeating. You will be surprised at just how much you will really feel the burn! 

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This Tighten + Tone: Arms & Abs Workout can be a great quick workout to schedule into your day in between classes, on a study break, or even in your dorm room when you get home for the day. The only equipment you need is a chair (or an elevated object of some sort - just make sure it is STURDY!) and an optional dumbbell.

 

Try to complete all 7 exercises without taking a break and then REST for 1-2 minutes before repeating. You will be surprised at just how much you will really feel the burn!

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With 2017 officially underway, it's the perfect time to dive right in to making a healthy lifestyle change. Instead of focusing on losing a specific amount of weight, try focusing on how you feel after you eat healthy foods and stick to a regular exercise plan. When we enjoy the changes we are making, we are more likely to stick with our resolutions for a longer period of time. If your New Year's resolution is to simply be more active, or to drink more water, or to eat more fruits and vegetables and less fast food: Congratulations. You are taking the FIRST STEP to creating a happier, healthier, YOU!

 

This New Years Resolution Lower Body Toning Workout is quick, simple, and does not require ANY equipment. You can complete this workout on a lunch break, in your apartment, outside, while you're watching Netflix, whatever you prefer. Start 2017 off on the right foot and get moving!

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Try this Full Body Circuit Workout on a study break this week. Complete each circuit, resting for 60 seconds between each section. This workout requires minimal equipment, and can be completed without access to a gym; all you need is a set of 15-20 pound dumbbells and an exercise mat! Run through the workout twice and feel the accomplishment of completing a good, hard sweat session. NOW you're ready to take on finals!

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Happy Sunday! This morning I did a cardio workout that was packed with full body toning exercises. I love these kinds of workouts, because they always leave me feeling accomplished and drenched in sweat! It took me about 45 minutes, but pace yourself as needed to finish all of the sets of exercises. Here is the full breakdown:

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Get a quick ab-burning workout with these simple exercises - that can be done right from your living room. Try to complete the entire workout without stopping and you'll be surprised at what a great workout you can get in just TEN MINUTES! I know our schedules are packed with classes, work, homework, studying, and extra-curricular clubs and activities. BUT - that does not mean we have to sacrifice living a fit, healthy lifestyle. Try squeezing in this quick workout during a short break of down-time!

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On your next study break, try this TONE IT in 10 Leg workout. These exercises are simple and require MINIMAL equipment (only a dumbbell, if you choose to use one!) making them perfect to do right in your living room. Let's get MOVING!

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