Cross-Fit Inspired Weights Workout

I bet you can’t get through this without breaking a sweat.

Why would you want to leave the gym fresh anyway?

Set 1: 7 sets

  • Deadlifts X6,4,3,3,3,4,6 reps
    • Increasing weight with decreasing reps. Try to match the same weight you did the first time when you get back to the reps of 4 & 6
    • Last 3 sets: compound with pull ups to failure

Set 2: 3 sets

  • Dumbbell stiff leg deadlift X10
  • Single arm dumbbell alternating snatch X10 total
  • Bodyweight squats X15

Set 3: 3 sets

  • Single arm dumbbell thrusters X8 each
  • Dumbbell or kettlebell swings X8

Set 4: 2 set burnout

  • Heavy med ball over the shoulder tosses to failure
  • TRX pistol squats X8 each

Try it out and throw your results in the comments!

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Dynamic Vs. Static Stretching

When it comes to exercise, you’re supposed to stretch right? Did you know that there are proper forms of stretching and right times to do them?

Dynamic Vs. Static Stretching – or Warm up Vs. Cool down

Dynamic:

adj. (of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.

Static: 

adj. lacking in movement, action, or change

Think of dynamic as constantly moving and static as not moving at all. Perform a dynamic warm up, like the one seen in the video below is beneficial to warm up your muscles while also lengthening them. Performing static stretches before exercise puts your muscles at risk for injury. It is a lot harder, and a lot less safe to stretch a cool muscle. Muscles stretch best when they are warm, allowing them to lengthen to their maximum ability, and also allow them to recover after the stretch.

For your next workout, try these basic dynamic (warm up) and static (cool down) stretches!

 

Six Months Southern

It has officially been 6 months since Alex and I packed up our lives & moved across country with 3 animals in tow, 1,007 miles to be exact. To say that it hasn’t been an absolute whirlwind of emotions and events would be a drastic understatement.

But first, why move? Why pick up and leave everything and everyone we knew for the previous 4.5 years behind? Why move far enough away that the only realistic trip back to the parents house goes from being a car ride to expensive flights that may or may not get you there on time? We were comfortable, and we also felt stuck. We both had this urge to do something more, expand in our careers, to see new places. So when it came time to job hunt, we decided that it was more reasonable for Alex to be the one to hunt for jobs to move us. Being in the fitness industry, it is a lot easier to just “find a job”, Alex’s field however- not so much. Do I think that had I been the other one to look for the job to uproot us that we would have ended up in Greensboro, NC? No, definitely not, but I don’t think that was the way all of this was supposed to roll out.

So what has Six Months Southern been like?

Well it’s warmer, that’s for sure. And the rain and the sun are like jealous twin siblings that are fighting for the spotlight. Within a one mile stretch of driving I could drive 30 seconds in downpour, the next 30 seconds in brilliant sunshine, and then the next mile could see just a brief shower that is pretty much guranteed not to last long. No, we do not see any vicious thunderstorms with threatening tornados like we did in Iowa – and because of that it is infrequent to find houses with basements (a real bummer if you ask me).

The people? They’re the same. Iowans are definitely friendly and we were happy to find that Greensboro-ians are equally as friendly. No steps backwards there (insert thumbs up here)

Let’s talk about the size of this city. Now I am reminded by those who are from here, or from much bigger cities that Greensboro is not that big and rush hour is not that bad. Put it up against Cedar Falls, IA and it is! Holy moly planning time to hang out with friends is like a full detailed process. “Hey you wanna come over?” turns into well, you live 30 minutes away, so after my 30 minute commute home I’d already be home this late and factoring in the 60 minute round trip to hang would give us approx. 5 minutes of chill time. It’s crazy.

But what has life being Six Months Southern and six months away from family and friends been like?

Well if I said that I don’t think about and miss the midwest every single day, I’d be lying. Because I do. But stepping outside of comfort zones sometimes has a pretty hefty adjustment period attached to it. And the adjustment period is hard at times. I didn’t realize how much I took for granted being able to hop in the car to drive home for the weekend because I was just in need of a little home time. Or how much I would miss calling up Lauren to come over some night, only to drink too much wine and have her stay over, but hey that’s okay because she would keep the dogs company while we went to work early. Or how awesome our friends truly were. Not only do I miss the 4-some friendship we had with Chelsea and Clint, I am 110% sure that our dogs miss the friendship they had with Melvin and Wilson (their fur-babies).

However, I’m not sure if I miss Iowa and the Midwest or if I miss the relationships and memories we had there. Cedar Falls gave me the best 4.5 years of my life, but I feel that many people get that nostalgic feeling when they think about their college town. And when we sit down and think about it, did we want to live in our college town forever?

As we grow older, Sharky’s and Social House have turned into causal Friday wine nights. And those causal Friday wine nights will someday turn into chaotic Friday nights chasing kids around only to sneak out a bottle of wine when they’ve been put to sleep. We are aging, and I don’t think our college town is where we were supposed to age at. I’d much rather look back on it and always have that nostalgic feeling of the town that gave me the most memorable, crazy, spontaneous years of my life. Plus, it will always be the town where I can tell our future kids “this is where I met your dad at” and that would be a cool visit to have.

Maybe the hardest thing is realizing that adulthood has hit us full speed ahead, it crept up slowly but I chose to ignore it before now.

But hey, on the flip side I like looking at all of the GREAT things that the East Coast has given us. I mean pretty much the biggest milestones of our lives beside graduating college have happened out here.

In February Alex started an awesome, long-term full time job with Volvo.

In April we got engaged (eek!)

In May we went under contract for a house

In June we closed on that house

In July we moved into that house

And in August I started my first, legit full-time job with all the works.

Responsibility is here but I am actually really enjoying it now.

We have a house we are making a home. Our dogs have a fence that allows them 1000X more play time than they used to have. We both have secure jobs that will long-term give us financial freedom for numerous beach trips and more. And we are slowly making friends.

I have to remind myself that I miss Iowa because I miss all of the good memories about it. But those memories were 4.5 years in the making, I can’t expect to have those kind of memories in the first 6 months here. Although we have a pretty good start. Who knows what the future holds, who knows what tomorrow holds, but I’ve convinced myself to enjoy the ride. This state, this weather, this home is too beautiful to not enjoy every moment of it.

Iowa, I miss you. Illinois, I miss you. Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin, I miss you too even. But hey, North Carolina is holding it’s ground to you guys. So friends and family, come visit, we have 2 spare rooms and plenty of beer to share 😉

Do More With Less. 6 Complex Exercise Workout to Give You More Bang For Your Buck

….Because who doesn’t love saving time while doing more.

Your workouts don’t have to include the fanciest, newest, or an extreme amount of exercises. If you focus on complex and compound movements you will be working more muscles in one movement than you could in a few simple movements.

What is a compound movement? An exercise that uses more than one muscle group and also moves more than one joint 

For example: A squat to press works your shoulders, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and core while working with the shoulder, hip, elbow, and knee joints. W0ah that’s a lot of action in one movement!

If you want to dig deeper than that we can look into the different planes of movements to add a whole new level of intensity!

Sagittal plane: divides the body into left and right halves.

  • Movements done in this plane is the squat because it does not break the plane by moving side to side. Another, more simple exercise in this plane is a bicep curl, again because it does not break the center plane and only moves up and down rather than side to side

Frontal plane: divides the body into front and back halves

  • Movements done in this plane are shoulder presses because the work up and down but not forward and back (unlike the bicep curl) therefore they do not break the plane

Transverse plane: divides the body into top and bottom halves

  • Movement done in this plane is a horizontal woodchop because the movement works across the body and up (breaking both the frontal and sagittal planes) but does not work below the waist therefore not breaking the up and down plane.

All talk of planes can be kind of confusing, but don’t worry I have you covered! The following exercises work in multiple joints, multiple planes and with multiple muscle groups – talk about a full body workout!

So how about you take these 6 exercises for a spin. Attach 8-10 reps per exercise and put a time limit on (15,20,30 minutes) and go to work! The goal is to work efficiently, work hard on the exercise you are working on, take minimal breaks between exercises and save your rest periods for in between rounds and see how many rounds you can do! (Otherwise known as ARMAP).

Video exercises (in order)

Burpee pull up

  • Muscles: chest, triceps, core, lats, traps, shoulders, biceps
  • Joints: shoulder, hips, knees, elbow
  • Planes: transverse, sagittal, frontal

Squat to press:

  • Muscles: shoulders, glutes, quads, hamstrings, core
  • Joint: shoulder, elbow, hip, knee
  • Planes: sagittal and frontal

Chest fly to skullcrusher:

  • Muscles: chest, triceps, shoulders
  • Joints: shoulder, elbow
  • Planes: frontal, sagittal

Double bent over row to deadlift

  • Muscles: traps, lats, biceps, shoulders, low back, glutes, quads, hamstrings
  • Joints: shoulder, elbow, hip, knee
  • Planes: sagittal, frontal, transverse (a mixture really)

TRX lunge to chest fly

  • Muscles: chest, tricep, shoulder, core, quads, glutes
  • Joints: shoulder, hip, knee
  • Planes: transverse, sagittal, frontal

GHD sit up

  • Muscles: core, quads
  • Joints, hip, knee
  • Planes: sagittal, transverse

My Go-To Breakfast For Sustained Energy and Well Rounded Macros

I used to be one to eat something different for breakfast everyday because, why not switch it up? But then I concocted my protein peanut butter oatmeal mix and I have generally been having that every day for like 6 months. It is just TOO good.

Not only does it have a good mix of proteins, fats, and carbs, it keeps me going! And that is important on days when I am busy coaching so many classes in the morning that I really can’t eat in my every 3-4 hour window, and it turns into about 4-5 hours.

So what’s in it? For the overnight oats option I use the following ingredients:

For regular, warm cooked oatmeal in the morning I do not add the yogurt or the milk.

But basically it’s 1 serving of oats + 1/2 cup of greek yogurt + half scoop of Quest Nutrition Salted Caramel protein powder + 1 spoonful (about 1.5-2TBSP) of Natural Peanut Butter + Almond milk to desired consistency

What about the macros?

400 cals / 32g protein / 43g carb / 10g fiber / 13g fat

PS. If you’re on a ‘diet’ where you are cutting carbs, fat, etc. Alter the serving size of the oats or peanut butter you use! I suggest reducing the amount of peanut butter before reducing the amount of oats, since oats are the base in this recipe 

Give er a try for your next breakfast. Not to mention making the overnight version is a morning time saver, which we all need!

Avocado Egg Toast & How to Pick the Perfect Avocado

When choosing a snack, I try (and suggest you do the same) to pick something that is well rounded with all of the macronutrients – carbs + protein + fat. This avocado egg toast comes in at:

211 cals / 13g protein / 23g carbs / 8g fat

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It’s simple! Add some pepper to your liking and you’re ready to roll

Okay, so how to find the perfect avocado and when do you cut that bastard open?

The first thing I do when choosing an avocado isn’t the ‘softness’ test, I pluck off the little seed at the top of the avocado to reveal the color underneath of it. If it is the bright yellow/green color then it’s usually at the good stage of ripeness. If it’s dark green or brown, it is either not ripe yet or way past ripe.

After that I DO do the softness test. For avocados I know I will be using within a few days I find the softer ones, but not like “a baby could squeeze these and they would disintegrate soft” just a soft to the touch. For avocados that will sit in my pantry for a few days longer, I find ones that aren’t quite soft yet. Regardless, I don’t get an avocado that is hard because they are still ripening and at that point if I think “oh it’ll ripen in my pantry” it usually goes unforgotten and then I have missed my window.

Trial and error you avocado lovers, trial and error. You also will find certain grocery stores that tend to have better avocados than others

20 Minute Bodyweight HIIT Burn

Crunched on time? No time to make it to the gym? Find a spot in your home, your garage, your backyard and take this for a spin!

Need help dechiphering those exercises?

  • Burpee: Starting in a standing position, bend over placing your hands on the floor, jumping or stepping your feet back into a plank position (core is tight!) and then hop or jump your feet back to your hands to return to a standing position. Additional option: add a push up at the bottom once you hit a plank position
  • 90 degree turn squat jump: Starting in a standing position, begin your squat by pushing your hips back and down keeping the weight heavy in your heels and your knees behind your toes. On the way up from the squat begin to jump by powering through your legs BUT turning 90 degrees to the side. To initiate the turn, drive through the hips to make the 90 degree movement.
  • 3 step side shuffle plank: Think of a basketball drill here. Bend your knees slightly keeping your chest tall and begin to take 3 side step shuffles to one side. Once you do 3, drop your hands down to your feet and hop or step your feet back into a plank position, return to standing position (that is 1 rep). Side shuffle to the other side and repeat
  • Squat plank thruster: Beginning in a full plank position, using the power from your hips drive your feet (jumping or stepping) up to right outside of your hands, landing with your heels in contact with the ground and then lift your chest so you are looking forward (at this position you should feel like you are in a low squat position- remember good form for this!). Hop or walk your feet back and repeat.
  • Crab crunches: Think of elementary school PE here. Starting with your feet and hands in contact with the ground, your body is facing UP not DOWN. Pull your hips up by squeezing through your glutes (you should be in a reverse table top position here). Finding your balance with your feet about 1 foot apart, lift your right hand and left foot off the ground, reaching your right hand to touch the left knee as both limbs crunch towards each other (this is 1 rep). Return to the ground and repeat.

 

Ready, set, go!

21 Day ‘Be The Machine’ Program: Week 3

Here it is week 3 out of 3, day 21 out of 21. I had to get extra creative this week with a big MOVE to a new house happening so you will see that 2 out of the 4 workouts I did were outside… ENJOY!

 

Monday: 

Exercise options:

  • single leg hop – take out the hop and do side to side steps with a calf raise on one foot on each side
  • Jump lunge- step back lunge
  • Balance hop- take out the hop
  • Broad jump to back pedal- run/walk forward to backpedal

Tuesday:

Have fun with this one 🙂

Wednesday:

Exercise options- for the run it is listed in there, basically do half

Thursday:

Friday:

Active rest. For me it was moving a sh*t ton of boxes!

Saturday; 

Active rest.

Sunday:

Orangetheory Fitness

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21 Day ‘Be The Machine’ Programming: Week 2

Hey all! How was week 1 for you? Do you feel like a machine yet?

For those of you who are new- Be The Machine programming is all about YOUR body being the machine. We’re forgetting about strength machines (and cardio machines too if we can help it) and turning your body into a fat burning, muscle building machine with the assistance of free weights and accessory weights.

Let’s see what week 2 has in store for you:

Monday: LEG DAY

Exercise options

  • Instead of a barbell use a dumbbell or kettlebell

Tuesday: ARMS- Dumbbell only workout!

This one could be done at home if you have a pair of 10 or 15 lb dumbbells 🙂

Exercise options:

  • Incline plank with tricep kick- do a knee plank with tricep kickback
  • Mountain climber get up- Don’t do the get up, just do mountain climbers
  • Rolling burpees- do a regular burpee with a squat at the top

Wednesday:

Orangetheory fitness. If no access to Orangetheory, or another class based workout try one of the following options:

Option A:

  • 25-40 minutes of hill runs/walks

Option B: Repeat for 2 rounds

  • 1 min regular (a semi-comfortable working pace, you should be able to do this for 25 minutes)
  • 3 min mid sprint (uncomfortable effort, you should only be able to sustain this for 2-4 minutes if you had to)
  • 1 min regular
  • 2 min mid sprint
  • 1 min regular
  • 1 min mid sprint
  • 1 min regular
  • 30 sec mid sprint
  • 30 sec full sprint
  • 1 min walking recovery
  • 30 sec mid sprint
  • 30 sec full sprint
  • 1 min walking recovery
  • 30 sec full sprint
  • 1 min walking recovery

Option C: Bodyweight cardio tabata

Focus on one exercise at a time and do 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work, 10 seconds of rest

  • Squats
  • Tuck jumps (option= high knees)
  • Plank jacks
  • Push up to mountain climber
  • Jumping jacks

Thursday: PUSH/PULL (CHEST/BACK)

NOTE: begin and end this workout with a 6 min run/walk

Exercise options

  • Instead of a barbell, use a dumbbell or kettlebell
  • Instead of jumping/hopping over the bench, do step ups all on one leg and then switch

Friday: ACTIVE REST

Go for a walk, enjoy the nature 🙂

Saturday: Orangetheory fitness

Refer to Wednesday options for options here- choose a different one!

Sunday: ACTIVE REST

Enjoy the weekend. Play some volleyball, disc golf, go tubing, etc!

Enjoy! And don’t forget to stretch 🙂

-Carly

21 Day ‘Be The Machine’ Programming: Week 1

BE THE MACHINE

Here’s my challenge to you, over the next 3 weeks you (we) will see how strong your body is. Using no machines, no cable systems, and limited cardio equipment we will take your body out of it’s comfort zone.

Why use machines when you can be one?

This program will focus on using your bodyweight, barbells, free weights, and accessory equipment such as BOSU, medicine, stability balls, TRX straps, bands, etc. Cardio machines such as the treadmill and bikes will be used as options for those who can’t make it outside to run/walk or can’t physically do so.

So let’s see what is in store:

Sunday:

*OPTIONAL FINISHER: 10 minute run/walk for distance*

Exercise Options:

  • For the cardio warm up: if you have access to run or walk outside do that- it’s summer time! Otherwise use a machine if you must, but there is always the option of bodyweight cardio (jumping jacks, high knees, butt kickers, etc.)
  • If you don’t have a bar like the one I used (see video) for the bar rows and over the bar burpees. Just use dumbbells for the row and do regular burpees
  • For the inverted rows: you can set that up using a smith machine or a squat rack, just have the bar low enough that you could sit under it

Monday:

Exercise Options:

  • If you don’t have kettlebells, all of the exercises can be done using dumbbells
  • For the walking lunges- if you can’t ‘walk’ because of knee or balance issues do 10 step forward lunges then 10 setp back lunges
  • Broad jump option: squat to long steps or squat to heel touch (bring your foot up towards your hand as you stand, and tap it with your hand)

Tuesday:

I did Orangetheory this day 😉 If you don’t have access to one do the following running/walking intervals:

Option A: 10 rounds – can be done inside or outside

  • 1 minute fast (heavy breathing)
  • 30 seconds slow (your slow speed should NOT be snail slow, make it a speed you could do for about 25 minutes)

Option B: 

  • Find a hilly neighborhood and run/walk for 25-35 minutes

Option C: 

  • Find a local football field and run/walk to bleachers for 15-25 minutes

Wednesday:

*OPTIONAL FINISHER: 10 minute run/walk for distance* (beat your Monday distance if possible)

Exercise Options:

  • If no TRX: do LIGHT dumbbell chest press and tricep extension
  • Jump squats- take the jump out 🙂
  • If no ball for ball slams: find a medicine ball or weight and hold it at your chest and do a squat and then press the weight up while you are standing in the squat (will resemble a thruster)

Thursday:

Rest day, you deserve it 😉

Friday:

*OPTIONAL FINISHER: 5 rounds of jumprope until failure*

Exercise Options:

  • Progressive deadlift means to keep the same reps but add more weight each set
  • Jumping pull ups: TRY NOT to use an assisted machine. Instead set a smith machine or squat rack bar to a height that if you sit directly under it, the bar comes to your wrist when your arms are extended straight up. From the seated position, using your feet to help, do a pull up
  • If no TRX- do reverse grip dumbbell row and EITHER ab machine roll out OR plank jacks
  • Side step tuck jump option- side step to 1 high knees each
  • I didn’t get a video of rolling get ups (sorry) try this link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nwd3KRq8Es0

Saturday:

You set a time goal and AMRAP it!

Sunday:

Active rest 🙂 Go for walk, play a sport, find an outdoor activity, do some stretching. Whatever floats your boat!