Hey Hots and Fits!
How has your week rolled? Mine was quite bueno, besides a few downs which eventually turned into ups :D
Workout routine has been the same and you can read more about it in my workouts tab where I keep the exercise.
Truth is, its been about 3/4 weeks since I have been doing Fitness Magazine’s total body workout and I do think it has been working. Think because as I have previously mentioned I don’t actually take measurements/weigh myself – to me its all about how the pants feel !
So as I sit here and I write this I continue to contemplate whether I will shift into a muscle focus workout or do total body. I like total body because I think it is more effective but maybe its time for a little change….
Anyways, I wanted to show ya’ll some of the gorgeousness I had met with yesterday:
We got the following:
My friend came over from the UK this week and brought over this magazine for me:
This is British magazine which is like Women’s Health/Fitness Magazine in many ways. I liked it a lot actually (surprising, I normally don’t like these sort of magazines…) and it had some pretty interesting and informative articles. There was one about Elle Macpherson who in my opinion is absolutely gorgeous! I might share some later on this week…But anyways, a very interesting question was asked by one of their readers - is it okay to run everyday?
I have to admit this has been a doubt of mine for ages….I love running very much and would do it every single day if I could! I know a lot of people think that I am a) crazy b) treat my body badly c) too obsessed with running but I honestly feel good and, at the end of the day, we should all do whatever makes us feel good!
That said, I have to admit since I ran my marathon in May I did take it easy with running, and there are weeks where I don’t run two days in a row. Shocking, I know! Since I am also at the gym I use the stepmaster, arc trainer and bikes a lot.
What about you? Do you consider running every day a bad thing or a good thing, for YOU?
Hi Hots and Fits!
Sorry posting was non-existent this week….the Jewish holidays are over for this time of the year so I should be pretty much more available! I spent every other day this week either at the synagogue or at a dinner party.
I have been quite busy with work and I had to skip Friday’s workout as a result. Also, Saturday I had to wake up at the unholy hour of 6:30 in order to drop my dad at the train station (he had a long day trip) so today (Sunday) really was the weekend!
Also – I added a “dairy” to the workout tab, and when you click it, it lists down my workouts per day
Saturday I did a thing I HATE doing because it makes me feel like a compulsive exerciser – I over did my workout (spent about 1 and a half hours at the gym), telling myself I am just making up for my missed workout from the day before (Friday). I absolutely hate doing that because I really believe a rest day is essential for my body, even though I don’t like taking it, and because this sort of thinking is very, very, bad! Basically, I did my usual Fitness Magazine total body workout followed by Fitness Magazine’s 20-Minute, Glute-Sculpting Treadmill Routine. That burned a lot of calories.
Today I got up, skimmed through this month’s Robb Report (I work in the diamond and jewelry industry)
Then skimmed through this month’s Runner’s World (US) and found this interesting article:
I really need to incorporate more flexiblity and stretching exercisers. Since joining the gym I have REALLY neglected my yoga and general stretching. If I can get Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito to get me stretching once a week its a serious miracle!!
Today’s workout was quite interesting and went by very fast. I wasn’t in the mood for it, really, so I just hopped from one place to the other:
- 10 minutes on the arc trainer, resistance 5, 1 minute forward 1 minute back (repeating)
- 10 minutes on the stationary bike, 5 minutes resistance 5, 5 minutes resistance 6
- 10 minutes on the stepmaster, resistance 6-8 every 1 minute
Although I was supposed to do my Abs Routine from Women’s Health, I didn’t really feel like it so I decided to do
- Crunches on the stability ball for one minute
- Oblique crunches on the stability ball (20 per side)
- Repeat one more time
- 15 Knee tucks
- Stability ball plank (10 seconds per leg, rpeat twice)
Anyways, I am off to read this book:
Have a good week, friends!!
Hey Hots and Fits!!
Happy Monday! I am exceptionally happy (sort of) cause I got today and tomorrow off work! You guys now I always say I love being on schedule and going to work (keeps me busy!) but rest days are good, too!
I slept in this morning (11 hours of sleep! JEEZ!), woke up and ate an extended breakfast of cold cereals+milk and 4 crackers with Honey and Cottage cheese. I was starving.
After digesting and hanging out with my beautiful madre I went outside to the pouring rain (which hasn’t stopped these last 2 days) and drove to el gimnasio…
Some readers asked me what I was up to this week, so here is the deal: I am pretty much sticking to my routine from last week because
- its time effective (workouts do not last longer than 1 hour at the most
- its total body, which means I don’t have to worry about separate routines every other day
- I really felt the burn last week
- it provides a great combination of cardio and strength
I am basically doing this format:
- MONDAY – Cardio (HIIT) + Abs
- TUESDAY – Total Body Routine (see below)
- WEDNESDAY – Cardio (HIIT) + Abs
- THURSDAY – Total Body Routine (see below)
- FRIDAY – Cardio (HIIT) OR General Cardio (e.g. different machines, steady pace running etc.) + Abs
- SATURDAY – Total Body Routine (see below)
- SUNDAY – Rest Day OR Pilate/Yoga
The routine is from Fitness Magazine (which I recently rediscovered and absolutely love) and its called
Of course I am not trying to slim down in seven days! I just like this routine and therefore will give it a try for the next four weeks or so. Head to the link to see more, its great! You could pretty much do this workout at home, too!
I also tried Exhale Spa’s Thighs and Glutes DVD today for the first time…
I absolutely LOVED this DVD. Its about 51 minutes long, but you really do not feel the time moving by! Elizabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito are great instructors, providing important explanations regarding form and breathing, and address which muscles you are working each time. It is split into 5 – 10 minute segments, so you don’t even have to do all of them at the same time….All you need for this DVD is a mat, sturdy chair and a towel/block. It was a great workout and I hope I shall feel it tomorrow!
Anyways, I am off to do some reading now and spend time with the familia!
Hey Hots and Fits!
How is this week going? I just got some pretty disappointing news 5 minutes ago and figured the only way to distract myself was to blog or watch telenovelas. Since the telenovelas are still loading…
Anyways, I think I might be in love with the workouts on Fitness Magazine. They are a-mazing. Well, I did two thus far, one cardio and one strength, but I got a whole list waiting…unlimited choices!!
It was totally kick-ass!!
- Mover: Foosball Kick
- Shaper: Stork Stand with Curl
- Mover: Sidestep Squat with Row
- Shaper: Reverse Lunge with T-Raise
- Mover: Cancan Kickback
- Shaper: Woodchop Plie
- Mover: Hands-Up Front to Rear Lunge
- Shaper: Modified Weighted Hundred
- Mover: Iron Mountain Climber
- Shaper: Wringer
*Movers – using 2- to 5-pound weights *Shapers – using heavier 6- to 10-pound weights
I know I will feel my core tomorrow!
Anyways, I have to keep this short and simple because its Sukkot today and this casa is Jewish
On the menu for tonight (and here I am sitting and contemplating and I just want to lose the bulge!)
- Peanut butter chicken drums
- Potato wedges in sour cream and garlic sauce
- Potato Puree
- Zucchini casserole
Hey Hots and Fits!
Its M-m-m-m-m-m-onday!! And I pretty much woke up feeling like this:
No sarcasm intended. Really.
Can you believe that it has been THREE days since my killer lower body workout and I am STILL sore?? I did some stretching yesterday but I know I really should be doing a yoga session. I just cannot find the time right now….I will probably do some of these stretches later on today:
I SO wish I could do the splits. This is like my GOAL in fitness I think. I want to do the splits in SOME form. Sitting. Standing. ANY. Just do the splits!
Today I had an awesome workout at the gym, The Abs Diet style….It was short, simply and very effective!
For my cardio portion, I hit the treadmill and followed the exact outline of this routine (Week 1):
- 3 minutes warm up, 3% incline, 5.6 kph
- 22 minutes running, 1.5% incline, 9.6 kph
- 5 minutes cool down, 5% incline, 5.6 kph
Strength – Abs Diet Abs Circuit
You can download it from here. This is what I did cause the rotation wasn’t working for me when I did the back extension:
- Crisscross/Bicycles – 1 minute
- Knee tuck (I love this move!) – 2 x 12
- Back Extension – 2 x 12
- Lat Pull – 2 x 12
- Lateral Bend – 1 x 20 per side
- Oblique crunches on ball – 2 x 12 per side
Tomorrow I plan to do a total body circuit – post ya’ll later!!
Hi Hots and Fits!
I had this post scheduled to appear today since it is Yom Kippur and I am fasting. And not drinking. For 25 hours.
During the last 6 hours it pretty much feels like THIS:
Alright, getting on with the post, I wanted to share TWO fabulous workouts I did on Thursday and Friday which I know I will feel the next day! (Thank God for Yom Kippur and resting!)
I wanted plain, old, good cardio while watching Life Unexpected. I honestly ate like a piglet the night before so I had to kick things back to normal.
- 30 minutes on the arc trainer (2 minutes warm up, then alternating 5 minutes forward 5 minutes backwards, Resistance 5, 2 minute cool down)
- 15 minutes on the sweatmaster, alternating every two minutes between resistances 4-6
Strength – Stability Ball ABS
You HAVE to try this workout. You will feel it the next day! Just grab an exercise ball and go!
I did 3 sets of each exercise, little rest between sets:
- Roll ins (15 per set) – you can make it harder by doing piques
- Crunches (25 per set) – you can make it harder by holding a weight across your chest
- Oblique crunches (12 per set + per side)
- Single leg crunch – these are KICKASS and I think my left side is stronger than the right (???) – (10 per set, per leg)
- Plank (2 x 1 minute)
Today was lower body day and I was contemplating between just doing P90X at home, ChaLEAN Extreme Burn Circuit which focuses on lower body or just something else. Instead I mixed and matched lifting lighter weights, higher reps – I am just messing around.
I started with an awesome treadmill workout from Fitness Magazine called The 20-Minute, Glute-Sculpting Treadmill Routine:
Strength – Lower Body
As I mentioned before – lower weights, higher reps :D
- Deadlift– 5 kg dumbbell in each hand, 3 reps of 15
- Squat with weights – 5 kg dumbbell in each hand, 3 reps of 15
- Skaters/Bowlers lunge – 3 kg dumbbell in each hand, 3 reps of 15
- Reverse lunge with lateral raise – 2 kg dumbbell in each hand, 1 set of 12 per leg, 1 set of 5 per leg
- Reverse lunge with frontal raise – 2 kg dumbbell in each hand, 1 set of 12 per leg, 1 set of 5 per leg
On the Stability Ball:
- Pulsing hip lifts – pulse hips up and down for 15 seconds, 3 times
- Hip Extensions on ball – 3 reps of 15
Let me get back to ya’ll Sunday and tell you how it felt!! I can already feel the burnnnn!
Howdy Hots and Fits!
Anyone remember this song? I love all the STEP UP movies so much!!
How’s this week going by? I know all my American friends had a four day weekend. Labor Day. Did you know that Labour Day in Europe occurs on May 1st and is actually a celebration of
Communism Socialism? Yea, I still don’t get why certain ex-Communist countries celebrate it. Do you guys really miss Stalin?
I am back to work this week and things have been pretty good thus far. I should also mention that my plan to hit up the DVD player early in the AM to squeeze in some extra cardio hasn’t worked yet. I am not sleeping too well and am basically spoiling myself with an extra hour of sleep…
Here is what I did these past two days:
HIIT on the Treadmill
2 min warm up @ 5.5 km/hour, 2%
20 minutes of pure HIIT, running for 2 minutes, resting for 40 seconds. Incline goes down to 1.5%, speeds range between 9.6-10.1 km/hour.
2 min cool down @ 5.5 km/hour, 4% incline
10 minutes on the sweatmaster starting at level 5 and working up to level 8 every 2 minutes, then back down
ChaLEAN Extreme – style Weight Lifting sesh
*I am playing around with my weight sessions to see what works best. So last week I did some routine I found on the internet and this week I am trying to ChaLEAN’s. I just want to see what I like/what works for me and then I will be more consistent with it
*The purpose of this routine is to fail between 10-12 reps. So you have to lift heavy. I don’t actually write down my weights but I lift between 5-7 kg depending on the exercise. Sometimes I go down to 2-4 kg!
Sumo Squat with Hip Lift – this did not work. At all. And I was just holding a 3 kg weight in each hand.
Lunge with Posterior Fly
Dead Lift with Posterior Fly
Lunge with Core Rotation
Bench Press and Leg Lower
Squat with Side Bend
Forward Lean Lunge with Posterior Fly
Chest Fly with Hip Lift
This didn’t feel like a good workout, so I used the following machines too (12 reps=fail!)
Some weight machine that works your quads…dunno the name
Today I was haaaaaaaangry. Like, really really hungry. So I was in a grugy mood at the gym. I started off with a KILLER 30 minute workout on the crosstrainer. I dont know why it was a killer but I was just waiting for it to be over! Thank GOD for Gossip Girl re-runs.
0-5 4 FW
5-10 6 BW
10-15 7 FW
15-20 8 BW
20-25 7 FW
25-27 6 BW
27-30 5 FW
30-32 4 BW
Then I did some ABS inspired by own of my favourite girls, JANETHA B!
Stability ball tuck – 3 x 15
Stability ball roll out – 3 x 15
Stability ball crunch and twist with weight in hand – 3 x 15, holding 2.5 weight in hand
Decline crunch (lower bench) – 3 sets of 15 reps, holding 2 kg weight
Decline oblique crunch (lower bench), 3 sets of 15 reps, holding 2 kg weight
Hanging leg raises – 3 sets of 20
Plank on ball – 30 seconds x 3
That is all. I have also been a busy bee preparing for Rosh Hashanah aka Jewish New Year. Lots of cooking, will picture it all tomorrow for ya’ll!