Another Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Hey guys!  I hope you are having an awesome week.  The weather is starting to get warmer which means more outdoor workouts for me!  I have been going to Orangetheory Fitness over the winter but I typically change up my workouts when Spring and Summer come around.  This workout is inspired by an Orangetheory workout.  It is fast paced and definitely keeps things exciting.  If  you don’t have an OT studio you can easily do this workout at the gym.  

Since each block is shorter (4 minutes) try to push yourself harder.  Change your pace, increase your weights, or push yourself more on the rowing machine.  I don’t know about you guys, but the rowing is my weakness.  You will need a set of dumbbells, a step/bench, and a mat.  

Orange Theory Workout

If you need the pacing guides for the treadmill portion you can find it here

If you like this workout here are a few more to try:

Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Treadmill and Rowing HIIT workout

Give this workout a try and let me know what you think! 

Total Body Pyramid Workout

I love a good pyramid workout.  They can be very challenging and go by so fast.  It’s a great way to mix up your sets and reps to keep you from getting bored in the gym.  This total body pyramid workout can be done with or without weights and the intensity can be modified if needed.  It can easily be done at the gym or at home.  Complete each block of exercises before moving on to the next (25, 30, 35, 40, 50, 60) after you have finished 60 you will go back down through each exercise (60, 50, 40, 35, 30, 25).  Rest when needed.  

Total Body Pyramid Workout

Warm Up:  Dynamic warmup or jog, bike or row for 2-3 minutes.  

Block 1 (25 reps)

  • Burpee
  • Ski Jumps
  • Super Jacks
  • Plank Hops
  • Kettle Bell Swings (can use a dumbbell)

Block 2 (30 Reps)

  • Lunge Hops
  • Squat Knee Hops
  • Goblet Squat
  • Plank Shoulder Taps

Block 3 (35 Reps)

  • Heisman’s
  • In and Out Tire Runs
  • Sumo Squats

Block 4 (40 Reps)

  • Star Jumps
  • Bent Over Rows

Block 5 (50 Reps)

  • Jumping Jacks

Block 6 (60 Seconds)

  • Plank (extended or forearm)

Let me know if you give this workout a try.  If you are looking for more total body workouts, here are a few you might like. 

Total Body HIIT Workout

Total Body Boot Camp Workout

Orange Theory Inspired Total Body Workout

Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Have an awesome week! 

I’m Not Used To Being Last!

Hey everyone!   I hope you are all having a great weekend.  The weather here has been getting nicer which means more outdoor running.  Winter was tough with record snowfall which meant very little outdoor running for me.  Saturday the hubby and I met up with some girls from the gym and we hit the road for a hilly morning run.  The weather was perfect.  The girls we ran with are all training for the Race to Robie Creek which is one of the toughest half-marathons in the Northwest.  It is basically a rite of Spring for all the die hard runners here in Boise and it’s tough to get in.  I am not doing it this year, but I am running with friends who are.  I have to confess, I am not used to being last.  For most of the run I was behind everyone else.  So while I was listening to my music I was thinking about how I can work on my hill pace and change things up for spring running.   I thought I would share some of the things I plan to work on for my spring running and upcoming races. 

Spring Running Tips

Set A Goal:  Pick a spring race or new pace goal.  Goals are great for helping you stay motivated and keep you getting your miles in.  Whatever your goal is be sure it is attainable.

Change Your Route:  If you have been hitting the treadmill all winter now is the time to get outside and run.  Pick a new trail or a new route to mix things up. Mix up the terrain you run on.  Run hills, flat road, grass or trails. 

Running Groups:  If you always run with the same people change it up. Run with new friends or ask people to join your current running group.   If you are not part of a running group Spring is the perfect time to join one. 

Be Prepared For Weather Issues:  Spring weather can be unpredictable.  You may start out and its cold and well into your run get too warm.  It is important to layer properly. A nice water resistant jacket is a must have especially for rainy days. 

Hydrate:  Even though it isn’t really hot outside it is still important to hydrate properly.  Be sure to pack your water or your sports drink for runs lasting longer than 1 hour.  

Now for some hill running tips (I need these!) 

Tips For Running Hills

Start Out Easy:  If you haven’t been running hills.  Start out slow. Just like any new workout routine work your way into it and don’t get frustrated.  You will get stronger each week. 

Proper Form:  Keep your body upright with a slight forward lean.  Try not to hunch over.  Look up and not down.  Pump your arms while driving your knees. 

Cross Train:  When you are not out running it is important to incorporate cross training and lower body strength training into your workout routine. 

Hill Repeats:  Pick a short hill and do some hill repeats.  Run up the hill fast and jog down.  Set a goal and keep adding to it each week.  

Push Your Pace:  If you are running rolling hills attack the hill and then you can recover on the way down. This is a good way to incorporate intervals into your running. 

I hope these tips help inspire you to come out of hibernation and start running outdoors again.  I hope you all have a great week! 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Sports Drink Recipe

 

Hi guys!  Wow did I have a crazy but awesome Friday.  I went to a fitness instructor training and we worked out all day long!  I was dripping sweat and my body needed electrolytes like crazy.  I didn’t bring my usual Homemade Sports Drinkhomemade sports drink so I ended up just grabbing a coconut water and a kombucha to tide me over.  This did not do the trick!  I don’t like to drink commercial sports drinks if I can avoid it.  They can be expensive and the list of ingredients and colors scares me!  My girls like to drink these, but I try not to buy them if I can get away with it!  So I turn to my trusty recipe adapted from Nancy Clark’s sports nutrition guidebook.  Which by the way is a must read!  I thought I would share the recipe with you all since I know many of you are training for tough half marathons and marathons and will definitely need this!  If you are doing any type of endurance activity or workout lasting more than an hour you should always try to replenish your electrolytes. 

 

Homemade Sports Drink
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Natural Sweetener
  2. 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
  3. 1/4 Cup Hot Water
  4. 1/4 Cup Orange Juice (fresh if possible) or other juice of choice
  5. 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  6. 3 1/2 Cups Cold Water (I mix part coconut water)
Instructions
  1. In the bottom of a pitcher or large jar dissolve the sugar and salt in the hot water. Add in the juice and remaining water and chill before serving.
Notes
  1. I like to use natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar however, plain sugar is ok. I prefer to add some coconut water in for taste and the added potassium.
  2. Nutrition Information (For 8 ounces, plain water only)
  3. Calories 50
  4. Carbohydrates 12 grams
  5. Sodium 110 mg
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Don’t forget to always try something new during a training run or activity and not during the actual race!

Homemade Pomegranate Sports Drink

I hope you guys give this a try especially all my runner friends out there!  You can easily customize this recipe to your own taste by choosing a different flavor of juice (tart cherry or pomegranate) or taking out the lemon juice.  I like the lemon flavor.  You have to make sure you love the flavor so that you or your kiddos will actually drink it.  Have a great day!

Train Your Brain

Something I have been thinking about lately is brain health.  A week ago a friend of mine suffered from multiple seizures in one week.  This was very scary for her.  I reached out to her to help in anyway I could.  Having suffered from seizures myself, I was hoping to help her find someone to talk to about this.  While we were talking I started giving her tips to help with not only her physical health and fitness but also her brain health.  I am by no means an expert or a doctor but these are just tips that I try to focus on for my own personal brain health.  Lately I have not been as good as I could be, so I am going to focus more on not only my physical fitness but my brain health as well.  

Research from the Alzheimers Associations has suggested that combining good nutrition with mental, social and physical activities may have a greater benefit in maintaining or improving brain health than any single activity.

Read A Book

I love audiobooks and podcasts while I drive to work, but I have been focusing on actually reading a new book.  Try picking a topic you are not familiar with or a style of book you usually do not read.

Learn Something New

Our family set goals for 2017 and one of my goals was to learn something new.  This summer I plan to learn how to play golf!  Try learning a new language, instrument or sport.  

Drive A New Route

I am guilty of driving the same way to work each day.  So lately, I have tried alternative routes.  Last week I drove a new route to work and stumbled across a new juice company and later that week ended up having a green juice there with my best friend.  

Play A Game

Try a crossword puzzle or Sudoku, this can really help you stimulate your brain.  There are a lot of free brain games online too.  This week I plan to work on a puzzle.  

Eat Brain Boosting Foods

Incorporate brain boosting foods like avocado, blueberries, oily fish, coconut oil, leafy greens, nuts and eggs into your daily meal plan.  

Be Social

I am not talking online either!  Get off social media and actually go out with friends and enjoy a great conversation.   According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “people who engage in regular social activities may maintain better brain health”.  I know when I go for a run with my girls we talk  the entire time and it leaves me feeling great.  

Sleep

Work on your sleep hygiene.  Try to get at least 7 or more hours of sleep each night.  Adequate sleep is essential for health, as it helps you solidify memories and learn new skills while allowing your muscles to grow and your fat to burn. In addition, sleeping maintains the circadian rhythms that govern your immune system and metabolism.

Practice Mindfulness and Yoga

Taking a yoga class or having a daily meditation practice can help with focus.

Practice Self Care

Start finding ways to reduce stress (like meditation or journaling). Practice deep breathing techniques  to help deliver oxygen to your brain and help you relax.  

I hope you find these tips helpful and can incorporate some of them into your weekly fitness goals and plan.  Have an awesome week!

 

Staying Motivated To Workout

Now that the New Year is in full swing do you ever find yourself not being as motivated as you were in January?  I have my moments where I don’t feel like getting up super early and heading to the gym, but once I get up and do it I feel so energized after.  I thought I would share some tips to help stay motivated and focused on your goals going into spring.    

Motivational Quote

  1. Lay your clothes out the night before your workout or pack them in a bag to take to work.  You will have your clothing ready to go when you get up or head home from work.  
  2. Get  workout clothing that you feel and look good in.  I really love it when I have a new workout outfit, it helps inspire me.  I love Fabletics, I just ordered 3 new pair of leggings and I love them!  I am not paid to say this, but you can check out this link to see all the awesome stuff they have and they are a great deal too: http://www.fabletics.com/invite/69348757/
  3. Put together a killer playlist to get you pumped for your run or workout.  I love listening to motivating music on my run.  
  4. Remember your goal and your why.  Why are you doing this?  Think back to the goal you set at the start of 2017 and keep pushing toward that goal.  
  5. Let others help keep you accountable!  Join a gym, take a class, run with a group of friends.  When you are part of a group there is more motivation to show up and you will be energized by others.  
  6. Don’t let one mistake derail you.  If you miss a workout or two, start again!  If you have a bad eating day, start fresh the next day.  These are just delay days and you always have tomorrow.  

I hope these tips help you stay on track toward your goals.  When you think about quitting, think about WHY you started.  If you have any additional tips I would love to hear them in the comments.  It’s almost Friday!!!!  Have an amazing weekend! 

Orange Theory Inspired Workout

Hey guys! I hope everyone had an awesome weekend.  The past few weeks have been crazy around here and I haven’t been posting my favorite workouts! I have been going to Orangetheory for over a year now and I keep coming back for more.  People always ask me why I spend so much money on it and is it worth it?  I would say for me it is worth it.  As a fitness instructor often times it’s hard to find time to create my own workouts and it’s nice to just show up and have it all planned out for me.  I get to focus on myself and push myself a little bit harder.  While I do understand it is a bit pricey, you can still do these types of workouts at your gym.  If you have a heart rate monitor you can also monitor how hard you are pushing yourself just like you do at Orangetheory.   If you don’t have a studio near you and want to give it a try at your gym, I have an great one for you! It is inspired by an Orangetheory workout that was awesome and burned a ton of calories! I was dripping sweat! I plan to do this one at the gym next week.

Orange Theory Workout

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Total Body HIIT Workout

I hope you are all having a great week!  It’s been raining and yucky so my workouts have all been inside.  I really want to get outside and run!  The treadmill can get boring plus I miss my running buddies!  I am hoping to run this weekend with my girls!  It’s my therapy session and I am really missing it due to all the ice and snow on our running trails and routes. 

I have been trying to mix up my workouts to keep from getting bored.  I put this workout together the other day and it was awesome.  It can easily be done at home (I did it in my garage gym) or at the gym.  Give it a try! 

HIIT WORKOUT

This workout will really get your heart pumping and will work your legs.  Approximate time is 45 minutes.

Let me know if you give it a try!  Have a great week!

Cauliflower Oatmeal Recipe

Cauli Proats (Cauliflower Protein Oatmeal)

One of my goals for 2017 was to try and incorporate more veggies into my meals.  I want to focus on getting a serving or two of veggies per meal.  This is tough when it comes to breakfast for me.  I am not the type of person who likes leftovers or a lot of meat and veggies for breakfast.  I prefer oatmeal, smoothies or protein pancakes.  So I heard from a friend that she puts cauliflower into her oatmeal.  I thought this sounded terrible but I gave it a shot anyway.  It’s actually really good!  You cannot taste the cauliflower and it almost doubles your bowl of oatmeal.  It is super filling.  So I thought I would share my recipe for Cauli Oats with you.  There are so many ways to make this, but this is how I make it and then I  customize it depending on how I am feeling or what I am craving!  

Cauliflower Oats
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Cauliflower Protein Oatmeal
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 Cup Oatmeal (I used gluten free rolled oats)
  2. 3/4 Cup Riced Cauliflower Fresh or Frozen
  3. 1/2-1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  4. Toppings or Mix In’s (Bananas, Blueberries, Dried Fruit, Almonds, Nut Butter, Protein Powder)
  5. Optional Sweetener (stevia, honey, maple syrup)
  6. Dash of Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine Oatmeal, Riced Cauliflower and Almond Milk in a large microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 4-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Let sit for 2-3 minutes. Add in your mix ins and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I used frozen riced cauliflower in my version and it worked great. This is the base recipe.  If you like your oatmeal thicker I would use less milk.
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Cauliflower Oatmeal Recipe

My favorite ways to eat it are adding in a scoop of vanilla protein powder, fresh fruit, lots of cinnamon and nut butter.  So good.  Trust me you have to try this!

I hope you have a great weekend.  Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think. 

 

 

Got Stinky Workout Clothes?

Hey guys, I hope you had a great week.  I am up early and washing laundry, I know it sounds super fun right?  Since I workout every day I thought I would share a few tips for washing your workout gear.  This is an updated post since I have found a new method I think works great. 


Ok I know this is gross, but I know I am not the only one who has this problem.  Stinky gym clothes!  Even my daughters have it from track and basketball uniforms.   I try to buy fabrics that are wicking and anti-stink, but I still face the problem of smelly workout gear.  I set out to find ways to refresh my gym clothes.   I searched all over the internet and asked my friends what they do and here is what I came up with.  This is the first method I have tried and one that I plan to try today when I am spring cleaning my closet.

Method 1

Pre-Soak All Clothes In Water, Vinegar (I didn’t measure it) and Essential Oils (Young Living PurificationPurification Oil).  I let my clothes soak in the sink for a few hours.  Then I threw them in the washing machine with a ½ cup of baking soda and about 4 drops of purification.  I washed them on cold and I did two rinses on my washing machine.  This seemed to get most of the smell out.  After the wash I always hang up my clothes to dry. Never dry your workout clothes in the dryer, this will bake that smell in.  

Method 2

Add 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of baking soda into your washing machine and pre-soak items.  If you don’t have the setting on your washing machine you can do this in the sink too.  If your items still stink you can soak your clothing in your sink with 1 cup white vinegar, 2 teaspoons hydrogen peroxide and 2 teaspoons of baking soda, then wash them in your washing machine with the vinegar and baking soda as mentioned.  

Method 3 (my new preferred method)

Use a detergent designed for workout clothing.  There are a few brands outWashing Workout Clothes there and they tend to be a bit more pricey than normal detergents.  I personally have been using the Sweat X Sport brand that I bought at our local sporting goods store.  It was about $18, but a little goes a long way.  According to the bottle “Sweat X is a specially formulated, high performance laundry cleaning system that is uniquely designed to lift and remove embedded foul odors and the toughest stains from all fabrics.”  I think this stuff really works!  To me it is worth the cost. 

 

Personally I have tried all methods and I think they all work well but for me method 3 works the best!  One key tip is to not throw your stinky wet clothes into a wet pile in your laundry basket.  If you leave your sweaty clothes in a wet pile they could breed mold, bacteria, and cause even more stink!  Wash immediately if you can!  After washing the key is to not dry your clothing because that causes the smell to bake into your clothes.  Hang dry or if you have to dry the clothing on an air dry setting. 

If you have a method you like to use I would love to hear about it.  And if you can’t get the smell out with those methods it’s time to buy new gym clothes!  Who doesn’t like new gym clothes!  

Have a great weekend.