HIIT IT- Memorial Day Style

Who’s got big Memorial Day Weekend plans? Many of you I’m sure. Who wants to get their sweat on before or after (or both) they attend all their parties, etc?!

No fear, I’ve got your back.

Test this MDW (Memorial Day Weekend) workout on for size:

-8 exercises X 8 reps each (AND EACH SIDE) X 8 rounds and DONE!

All you need is ONE weight

Exercises:

Snatch burpee

Side lunge high pull

Double jack

Ground to ceiling squat press

Lunge to curl

Around the world

Plank drag rows

Alternating v-ups

 

You are racing against the clock – let me know how you do! Or stop by BodyByBuehler on Instagram and comment there!

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Less Is More

How many of you have wanted quick progress in the gym or push past a plateau? How many of you adopted the mentality that in order to do that, then more was MORE? In other words, the more I workout, the quicker I will get to my goals, because afterall a calorie deficit is what I’m aiming for right? You’ve worked yourself day in and day out, not missing a workout, restricting your calories, and so on. And you get to a point where you are now just so fatigued all the time that you don’t even want to work out, but you do it anyway because that is what is pushing you towards your goals? Maybe you’re not even sure if you’re exercising right – you’re working the same muscle groups each day, you’re always sore, but you don’t know if its right or wrong, but it doesn’t matter because your FitBit tells you that you just burned 800 calories in 2 hours – SCORE! So you develop this relationship with the gym that is nothing short of an obsession.

I’m sure some of you have been there, I have.

But what if I told you that less is more? That you don’t have to workout 7 days a week, sometimes 2 times a day, and restrict your calories and feel so fatigued you could fall of the treadmill? Maybe you’re not quite that obsessed with the gym, but you still can’t go a day without skipping the gym without feeling guilty. But what if LESS was MORE?

Let’s start here. Do you know what happens to your body, specifically your muscles when you workout? Let me tell you what most people say to this answer – my body is getting stronger! I’m building my muscles! WRONG. When you exercise you are literally tearing your muscle fibers apart. The growth happens in the rest period. So no, you aren’t getting stronger when you are working out, when you’re curling 50’s and squatting 200’s. No, you are setting your muscles up to get stronger while you are resting. The workout is like the pre-game. The fun stuff, the magic happens AFTER you leave the gym.

When it comes to muscle fiber repair, one of two things can happen leading up to this.

A) You aren’t overloading your muscles enough to break down the muscle fibers enough to a point where they have to be repaired during the rest before. Thus starting a repeating cycle of working your muscles to an almost pointless effort. If you’re not setting them up to repair and get stronger, you are essential wasting your time (Cue encouraging words to start lifting HEAVIER! You will NOT get bulky)

B) You overload too much to a point where your muscles can’t sufficiently repair themselves in the rest period. This can happen from lifting too much weight, but it likely going to be cause from lifting too much weight too frequently (Cue talk on overtraining).

The phenomenon of OverTraining. 

Overtraining occurs when you push your body too hard and pass the point that your body is able to recover from. To improve you must overload the muscles and then allow adequate time for recovery and growth by resting. Overtraining occurs when either the overload is too high, or the rest period (recovery time) is too low.

Overtraining in the form of too much intensity on a constant basis, in the form of working out for hours on end, in the form of not challenging your muscles enough but still working them too much, in the form of over exercising and under eating will all hinder your results.

Let me show you a real life example.

At the beginning of my fitness journey I would work out for HOURS upon HOURS and be so freaking happy that I burned 700 calories on a total of 3 different cardio machines combined. I didn’t bother to try to educate myself on proper nutrition, I didn’t really care, because I was working out. I mean at this point, I was an 18 year old who just graduated high school – I was naive. BUT this exercise obsession continued into college, trying to beat the Freshman 15. And here, in college, I discovered that 2-a-days were a thing. UM HELL YEAH sign me up?! More exercise, yes please!

So I exercised, and exercised, and exercised. I was doing too much. I thought I was working at high intensities, but now seeing what I CAN do, I realize that it was definitely only moderate intensities – I couldn’t muster up energy for more!

I became “skinny fat”. Where I would hold on to extra body fat, primarily around my stomach, because my body was screaminggggg for proper nutrition and less exericse, but I didn’t know. My arms and legs looked relatively skinny, but my mid section didn’t exactly match up. My body fat was at a solid 23%, which was in normal range so I was happy with it. And so I kept going- working out 7 days a week for probably, oh 10 hours in total or more.

BUT what happened was I started to get educated. I mean I was now in school for Exercise Science & Health Promotion. And I learned the right way to do things, I actually began to love researching articles on those topics in my free time. I was like WOAH.

(Over-exercising -left VS. Getting it right -right)

So now? Now I exercise 5 days a week and eat more than what I used to – but my body needs it! I’ve figured out how to truly work at my highest intensities. BUT THATS OKAY! Because now I take 2 rest days and I kid you not, I only exercise for a total of 5 hours a week – MAX. Most of my workouts are now between 45 – 55 minutes and IT. IS. GLORIOUS.

And what has happened to my body composition? 8% lower body fat, more muscle, and more personal records. My body is thriving. And it’s because I stopped digging it into a hole I couldn’t get it out of.

(Too much cardio, not enough strength VS. getting it right)

My point is not to brag about what I’ve done, but rather show you that LESS IS MORE when it comes to your exercise, and WHY that is true.

Is it tempting to want to exercise more, to hit the gym after a night of rough eating, even though it isn’t supposed to be on the schedule? Absolutely. Do I sometimes do extra? Sometimes, yes. But I make sure that if I’m doing an extra workout it’s because I want to not because I’m trying to punish myself.

Working out less and eating more [of the right things and right proportions] are the hardest thing to wrap my clients minds around. But it WORKS. Results will 110% not come over night. Hell, you won’t have your “dream body” (whatever the hell that means) in one month. Nope, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. And the patience needed for that is something that is LONG GONE in this day in age where we all have access to instant gratification.

But do yourself a favor. Love yourself enough to do things the right way. Eat right, exercise right, and give yourself a solid 6 MONTHS to start seeing the progress you want. Hell, it has taken me FIVE YEARS.

Let that sink in.

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!

 

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

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!

Weeks To The Beach: Week 4

Sunday: Back + Biceps 

I somehow managed not to get footage of this day, sorry guys!

Warm up:

  • Jumping jacks 3X30,25,20
  • Assisted pull ups 3X10
  • KB deadlift 3X10

Set 1:

  • Deadlift 6X6,5,4,3,2,1
  • Plate curl 5X12

Set 2:

  • Power cleans 5X5

Set 3:

  • Lat pull down 4X10
  • DB curl 4X10

Set 4:

  • DB iso squat hold with rows 3X10 (last set= drop set)
  • DB reverse grip V-curl 3X10

*notes: iso squat hold with rows= hold a half squat at about a 45 degree knee bend + a 45 degree bend forward at the hips, hold that and then do the rows with a dumbbell in each hand*

Monday: Active Rest

Take the doggies for a walk 😉

Tuesday: Legs+ Glutes

Set 1:

  • Back squat 4X5
  • Full plate front raise 4X8

Set 2

  • Stiff leg deadlift 4X5
  • DB lateral raise 4X10

Set 3: HIIT

  • KB goblet squat 3X8
  • Weighted leg abduction 3X10 each
  • KB upright row 3X10
  • KB push press 3X10

Set 4:

  • Cable lateral raise 3X10
  • Cable front raise 3X10
  • Squat jumps 3X12

Set 5: HIIT finisher

  • KB sumo squat to shoulder press 3X10
  • KB weighted split squat 3X10 each
  • KB weighted glute bride 3X10 + 10 pulses

Wednesday: Chest + Tris+ Core

Set 1:

  • Bench press 4X6,6,7,7
  • Plate side bend 4X10

Set 2:

  • Cable fly 3X15,12,9
  • Hanging knee ups 3X12,10,8
  • Tricep dips 3X12

Set3:

  • BOSU DB press 4X8
  • BOSU mountain climber switch 4X 30,20,30,20

Set 4: TRX finisher X 12,10,8,6,4,2

  • TRX chest press
  • TRX tricep extension
  • TRX rollout
  • Rest intervals: 25 seconds in between rounds 1+2, then 20, 15, 10, 5 seconds

Treadmill 5 min cool down

*Notes: 2 options videod for the hanging knee ups

Thursday: ORANGETHEORY FITNESS 🙂

If no access, do some sprints maybe outside 🙂

Friday: Quick HIIT before the BEACH

SET 1 & Only 1 🙂 Reps of 12,10,8,6,4

  • DB shoulder press
  • Squat box jump to step down
  • Pull ups
  • Speed skaters
  • DB bicep curl
  • Burpees
  • DB squat with triceps skiier
  • High knees