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Leg HIIT Workout

Well, it’s the first work week of the new year. Monday. It’s also time to start the week strong with  fat burning and muscle building workout.

I usually take 1-2 rest days (Saturday & Sunday, or sometimes Wednesday & Sunday). When I want to kick it up a notch I only do 1 rest day, but with first trimester kicking my butt, 2 has been the number.

I will be 12 weeks pregnant on Wednesday and I’m finally feeling like we are climbing on up out of this. Five weeks of the utmost fatigue and queasiness and sinus pressure and headaches. Needless to say, if I can get my tennis shoes on without feeling exhausted, I’m winning for the day.

My husband asked me to make up a quick leg workout he could do that also incorporated some fat burning. His only stipulation when he saw the moves was that I had to do it too. Challenge ACCEPTED! So, I thought I would share my Monday workout with you and challenge YOU as well.

Make sure you warm up properly and feel free to grab a weight or two. I plan on using 10 lb weights for the whole thing.

DL= deadlift 

*TIP: put one weight in the same hand of the leg that will lifting backward OR if your right leg is the supporting leg, put the weight in the left hand. Check out my fitness Instagram for a demo of the move later today. 

Hope you enjoy this workout. If you try it, comment here or on my Facebook page or Instagram telling me how long it took you to finish.

Happy New Year. Happy, Healthy YOU!

XO,

Cait

National Iced Tea Day & Total Body Workout

It’s National Iced Tea Day! As if I needed more of a reason to drink tea! 🙂

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I love Iced Tea, especially in the summer. There are so many benefits to drinking tea (hot or cold). When I was pregnant, I was trying to experiment with ways to drink tea and not get the LOADS of sugar that most places put in it, and I was also trying to make sure I wasn’t drinking too much caffeine, and not every restaurant was guaranteed to have decaf tea. So I began trying out new things at home. Brewing decaf teas and buying passion fruit teas and other cool flavored teas to get some variety. Then, because I like it sweet, I would add just a bit of organic/raw sugar to the batch, a fresh lemon, and mmmmmmm–refreshing and much better for you, I’ll say!

Have you seen my post I did on tea? If not, check it out here!

 

Okay…moving on!

For today’s workout I did a multiple movement, full body toning with some HIIT mixed in. This will target every area of the body and also get that heart rate up as well.

You will need:

-5lb. dumbbells

-stopwatch

*Warm-up*

-30 seconds jog in place (alternate high knees and kicking heels back to touch booty)

-1 minute jumping jacks

-1 minute downward dog to plank

-1 minute jumping jacks

-30 seconds push-ups

-1 minute alternating lunges

Total Body

*8 reps of each set*

-Bicep curl & Squat

-Just bicep curl

-Just squat

-Pulse both bicep curl and squat

(NOTE: When I say “pulse” that doesn’t mean quick, it means small range of motion. Small fine toning movement)

-Lunge R leg w/shoulder press

-just lunge

-just shoulder press

-pulse both

Repeat set on L leg

-Overhead Tricep Extension with Side leg lifts

-just L leg lift

-just triceps

-puls both

Repeat set on R leg

-Double arm row w/leg lifts to the back.

(One leg at a time. Balance on other leg, knee slightly bent. Try not to touch lifting leg to the ground.)

-just L leg lifts to the back (squeeze booty)

-just row

-pulse both

Repeat on R leg

-Booty Bridge and Chest Fly

-just Bridge

-just fly

-pulse both

Repeat 2x’s

-Plie squats and upright rows

-just rows

-just squats

Repeat 2x’s

Cardio/HIIT section

Mountain Climbers (30 secs)

Sumo squats touch the floor reach up and calf raise (quick 30 secs)

Burpees (30 secs)

Lateral Ski jumps (jump and hold from one leg to the other-30 secs)

minimal to no rest in between. try for 2 times through

Abs:

10-12 reps each

-On your back, legs overhead, straddle. One weight crunch through the center. Legs come together for some inner thigh work.

-Russian twists side to side. Bring legs off the ground and hold foor more advanced (Boat)

-Over/unders. Sitting up but relclined slightly, abs engaged, knees slightly bent. Lift on leg up of the ground at a time and move one weight under and then over the other when you switch legs. Repeat in a figure 8 like motion.

Hope you enjoy your workout!!

Cait