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Hey everyone! Happy Thursday…the perfect day or jeans and a faded gray v-neck t-shirt, in my opinion. Well, that’s in an ideal world. Most of us work, which means that outfit more resembles Saturday duds you might walk around the Farmer’s Market in. In my work world, every day means workout clothes. I was excited to share some of my new Fila crops and sports bras yesterday (loving them!), and found myself wearing a new top again yesterday (and again, courtesy of my mom; thanks mom!) for a long day out.
Mikey and I left the house early yesterday as we had to share the car and make the most of our trips from appointment to appointment. After a meeting with a friend over coffee, I headed to a client’s house and Mikey to his office to work. One good workout, some lunch together and lots of time working in his office later, I found myself alone in a tight space while Mikey was out for his last meeting of the day. Since I live in my workout clothes and was now alone, I decided to move a little and get my workout on!
Post-workout in the office!
There is so much you can do in a small space, whether that be in a hostel or hotel while you’re traveling, in a quiet corner of the room while your kids are sleeping two doors down, or if you’re visiting someone in their home. This workout is all about toughing out the reps (and is based on this BodyRock workout), so crank the FitRadio (tell me you’ve heard of them and use their tunes to pump you up!), get a warm up in and start moving!
If you have access to weights, you can make almost every move harder by adding weight (think: squat or lunge with dumbbells in the “rack” position on your shoulders, hold a weight in front of your core during the sumo squat w/knee raise, etc). But this is designed for if you find yourself without equipment in a small space, so feel free to keep it body weight only – it’s certainly hard enough on it’s own!
Below is a video for those who like a visual of each move. In it I’m wearing my Fila gear (of course!) and New Balance on my feet (although I usually workout barefoot, I’ve been wearing shoes all day! #weird). Please note: my head is cut off a bit in the beginning – happened during the editing? – but you see my whole body for almost all of the video. Bear with me and stick with it to actually get some eye contact! (to see the film without the edges cut off, you can watch it here on my YouTube channel.)
Let me know if you give this workout a shot! Do you have any go-to workouts while traveling or if you find yourself in a tight space and without equipment?
Check out Lindsay‘s fitness post round-up and add your work workout if you’ve got a good one to share! Just click the button below to see multiple posts and workouts (thanks, Lindsay!).
Tomorrow is a busy day...glad I've been able to squeeze workouts in here and there! No running this week as I think I'm catching what my in-laws had...my voice is so scratchy and heavy breathing hurts my throat! ;) So I've been sticking with quick, high intensity indoor workouts and feeling good. Hoping to squeeze some squats and push ups in a tight room tomorrow too!
Live well & be well friends, and have a healthy & happy Friday,
Hey everyone! Happy Wednesday to you. I hope this day finds you feeling motivated, encouraged and inspired. If it doesn’t, remember that the opposite feelings must be present in our lives at some point and I hope you are persevering through your hardships.
I thought I’d share a few updates with you since I last wrote:
I’ve been loving some new workout gear my mom sent me (thanks, Mom!)…care packages, especially ones filled with workout clothes, are the best! I love this sports bra from Fila and don’t own anything like it: supportive AND stylish. And a great color! Makes me ready to move when I put it on.
I also received some new workout crops that are from Fila too; usually the hint of yellow is covered by a longer shirt/tank but I like the accent and love the way they fit. I’ve been rocking them out using my Ultimate Sandbag, dip station and while working on my ninja tuck jump skills.
Deadlift + Upright Row
Deep Triceps Push Ups
What’s your favorite brand of workout gear? I’ve been known to wear anything from anywhere, but as a personal trainer the bright colors, clean cuts and quality materials of a brand like lululemon or Fila really make me look and feel more professional, and so far I’m loving trying a new brand!
While we’re talking workout clothes, let’s talk workouts! …been working out anything good lately? I always love to hear if you try a good circuit or something new to you. If you’re not sure where to start but want to release the animal within, check out Lindsay‘s compilation of moves from yesterday’s Tuesday Trainer!
It’s all about animalistic moves and is a HIIT (high intensity interval training)-style workout guaranteed to get your heart pumping and your muscles burning. Here’s the video (in my Fila gear, again – I tend to over-wear things! ;)) that I submitted:
By means of another update, Mikey got into grad school yesterday! While we were hoping this would happen and felt some level of confidence about his interview, it’s still a nervous unknown in the waiting time, but yesterday he got the news that he’s in! That means after our summer of Survive & Thrive trips he’ll be a student again pursuing Community Health Sciences in September. Wahoo! We are so thankful for God’s leading and direction in this way in our lives and trust that he will now provide the means for us to afford the schooling and juggle this new phase of life.
We celebrated well with our small group last night (which meets every Tuesday for good food and good dialogue) on the actual “Fat Tuesday” or Mardi Gras! We nicknamed our group “Fat Tuesday” because we eat well and always have a good glass of wine and some dessert with our conversation, so it was fun to celebrate with food and friends on a special night. We brought a log cake from Dairy Queen (it’s our go-to celebratory cake) while Zeal made sauteed mushrooms, BBQ’ed pork, sweet potato fries and spaghetti squash; Ben and Christy supplied a spinach salad and Edith brought the wine. Emily made a festive dish – a king cake! Oh man was it ever delicious – like a giant cinnamon roll! It’s a traditional Mardi Gras dessert?
You’re supposed to hide a little baby Jesus figurine in the cake and whoever gets it makes the cake the following year. Emily didn’t have a little baby Jesus and her cake was so good…so we all agreed she could re-make it next year. No pictures from the night but good eats and peeps to make it a wonderful Tuesday.
Got any bits of news to share with me? Leave a comment and let’s talk about it! I’d love to hear if you celebrated Mardi Gras at all, what workout gear you’re loving and if you’ve had an experience in grad school…as a spouse and supporter, what should I prepare for?
Have a great Wednesday you guys! Live well & be well,