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Workout Video: Total Body Tabata Interval Workout (HIIT)

22 Mar

 

It’s time for another tabata interval workout video! This one’s a little different then the previous tabata video… instead of all cardio, this workout alternates a cardio move with a strength move so you get your heart rate going and you build strong muscles, all at once.

Tabata protocol means alternating 20 seconds of high intensity work with 10 seconds of rest and repeating that pattern in 4 minute segments. It’s one of the most effective ways to burn calories and increase you fitness, plus it’s a go to for celebs like Jessica Biel and Vanessa Lachey.

You can follow along and get the full workout with this video and feel free to go through 2 or 3 times if you need an extra challenge.

You can check out the other tabata workout video here.

Happy Workout!

BREAKDOWN

Round 1

  • 20 seconds of burpees
  • 10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds of bicep curls
  • 10 seconds of rest
  • repeat for 4 mintues

Round 2

  • 20 seconds of jack squats
  •  10 seconds rest
  • 20 seconds of floor or bench dips
  • 10 seconds of rest
  • repeat for 4 mintues

Workout Video: Abs

23 Feb

I don’t know about you but I’m always on the hunt for new abdominal workouts. I tend to work my abs at the end of my strength workouts and by that time I’m usually looking to get out of the gym and well, that makes skipping the core work pretty enticing. That’s why I love to try different exercises and new routines so I have something to look forward to as oppose the the standard stability ball crunches and leg lifts.

Given that, I put together some of my all time favorite moves for this 4 minute ab workout video and I hope it gives you some new things to try with your workouts. I was sore after one time through but feel free to repeat it once or even twice… I know you hard cores (pun intended) are out there;)

Happy Workout!

-Cait

Workout Video: Full Body Workout, Total Toning Circuit

12 Jan


Grab a resistance band and a pair of dumbbells and you’re good to go for this full body circuit training workout…and the best part is you don’t even have to leave your living room to do it. That being said this is also a great workout to try at the gym if you’re looking to switch up your regular routine.

Circuit training means you move from exercise to exercise take minimal breaks between the moves so you keep your heart rate up the entire time. This helps to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time, something I love. There are eight exercises total in this workout and we are going for about 15 reps per exercise. You’ll notice there are a lot of multi-muscle group exercises meaning you’ll work more than one muscle at once which is perfect if you’re short on time. At let’s be honest, who’s isn’t 😉

Strength training is so important since it helps to prevent injury, increase bone density, increase muscle mass (meaning you burn more calories just existing doing things like driving your car or watching Bravo) and of course it helps you feel fab in your jeans:)

You might want to watch this workout video once to preview the exercises then follow along for a kick-butt, total body workout sure to burn lost of calories and  tighten and tone every muscle in your body!

Happy toning!

Breakdown

  1. Lunge with single arm row
  2. Pushups
  3. Stationary lunges
  4. Upright Row
  5. Squat (or squat jump)
  6. Tricep kickback
  7. Walking lunge and bicep curl
  8. Plank and Row

Tips

  • This workout can be tough so if you’re just getting back into the swing of working out feel free to take as many breaks as you need .
  • Try for 15 reps or so of each exercise.
  • Once you finish all eight exercises in the circuit take a break and if you want to make it more challenging repeat the circuit for a total of 2 or 3 times through.

Beauty Video: J Crew Catalog Makeup Tutorial

28 Dec

 

I love opening the mailbox and finding my J Crew catalog.It’s filled with great outfit inspirations, must have jewelry and the models are always sporting the chicest most sophisticated makeup with their soft neutral eyes and  beautiful bold lips. I think their look is a great way to spice of your everyday makeup routine and it’s fast and easy so it’s a breeze to do in the morning. You can also jazz it up with a little gold eyeshadow and extra eyeliner for a night out. This makeup tutorial will have you looking fabulous in no time. I hope you like!

-Cait

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Workout Video: My Favorite Moves- 3 Level Cardio Mountain Climber (plus circuit workout)

21 Dec


This 3 Level Mountain Climber is officially my new favorite cardio move. It works your whole body…shoulders, triceps, thighs and core plus it really gets your heart rate up! It’s perfect to use in circuit workouts and I even throw in a few on my outdoor runs as  high intensity intervals.

I always like workouts and exercises like this that include progressions since it gives you something to work up to and you can easily measure your progress. With the 3 Level Mountain Climber you’ll move through three progressions. Start in a basic pushup position…

  • Level 1  switch your feet back and forth as quickly as possible focusing on speed.
  • Level 2  slow your pace down and switch your feet a little wider…you’ll notice you’re heart rate will start to creep up.
  • Level 3 slow way down and switch your feet as wide as possible keeping your butt down, focusing on keeping the core tight and switching the feet as far apart as possible. This is where it gets super tough so you might need to work up to Level 3:)
  • Start with 10 seconds at each level for a total of 30 seconds, then move up to 15 seconds at each level for a total of 45 seconds and finally you can try for 20 seconds at each level for a total of one minute.

If you’re in the mood for a circuit challenge give this one a try. All you need is a chair and a set of dumbells…

  1. 20 pushups
  2. 30 seconds 3 Level Mountain Climber
  3. 20 squats
  4. 30 seconds high knee run
  5. 15 shoulder presses
  6. 30 seconds 3 Level Mountain Climber
  7. 20 tricep dips
  8. 30 seconds squat jumps
  9. one minute walking lunges with a bicep curl (or just curls if your legs are tired)
  10. 30 seconds 3 Level Mountain Climber

Modifications

  • Repeat the entire circuit for a total of 2 or 3 times through, take 20-30 second breaks between the exercises
  • To make it more advanced make the cardio intervals (Mountain Climbers, squat jumps, high knee run) 45 seconds or one minute, also shorten the recovery between the exercises
  • To make it  easier do only Level 1 for the mountain climbers and focus on speed and keeping the core tight