It’s Thanksgiving break here, which means we kick off the week with a little excitement in my household.
Don’t school breaks always begin with someone getting sick, injured, or facing a huge life-altering obstacle (friendship ending, incomplete grades, etc)?
Today my son asked me to drop him off with his friends so they could ride bikes. Sure thing.
One hour later I got a series of texts that led up to my son admitting he injured his feet enough to be picked up PRONTO.
If you know boys and bikes, only a serious injury means they stop jumping hills to contact mom.
I pulled up to the park to find him hobbling out barefoot, shoes laced over the handle bars.
Both feet swollen and bloody.
He decided to defy the odds of gravity down a hill - in sandals, no less - only to hit a rock and plummet to his demise.
After bandaging him up, he asked me to drop him at the movies.
And there you have it.
Life hits you hard. You get back up. You move on. Right, kids?
Why can't we love our cellulite like we love the little chub rolls on babies? At what point is it no longer adorable, and when does it become a source of shame?
I joined a weightlifting class at school the summer before my freshman year in high school. It was kind of a joke of a class since the program was really set up to get the football team prepped for the upcoming season.
The guys would go in the room that had all the racks, benches, and plates. The girls (basically my friend Lee and me), would be pushed out into the room with a few machines and abs benches.
I was busting out some heavy leg extensions when one of the football players walked into the room. My immediate reaction was to stop as soon as his head popped in the door. I didn’t want him to see the cellulite that appeared on my legs when I lifted the weight.
For the few years that I did bodybuilding, my posing coach taught me to arch my back and stick out my butt so the crease between...
Nine years ago, I wanted to change my body. Really change it. So much so that I lugged my kids into a gym daycare so I could take a fitness class.
I'd been avoiding the gym for years. I mean years.
After my second pregnancy and subsequent weight gain, I felt shame going to the gym. I thought everyone would expect me to show up as the thin college girl who used to go that gym before she had kids.
I heard conversations in my head, "Oh, poor thing. Having kids did a number on her."
"Who is that? Kellie? I hardly recognized her with all the extra weight."
Okay, so no one was having these conversations about me other than me ... with me.
But it pained me knowing I wasn't her. You know, the carefree college kid who could slurp down milkshakes, eat half a pizza, and burn it all off in the gym for two hours before dancing all night with her friends.
Where did she go?
Whatever it took to get her back, I was determined to do it.
I strapped on my new running...
We do a lot of deep abdominal work in my programming. One of the biggest questions I get ask is, "How do I know if my lower core muscles are working?"
It's easy to tell if you top abdominals (rectus abdominis, or your six pack) is working because you can feel it, and sometimes see it flex. However, the core muscles in your lower abdomen are a little trickier.
The deep core muscles work to stabilize the spine and the pelvis, so you have healthy hips and an aligned low back. When they don't fire properly, your superficial core muscles can take over, and you may also experience low back pain and tightness.
This video explains what to look for and feel when you are working to improve the strength, stability, and activation of your lower core muscles. Look for for what is known as doming or bread-loafing. This is when you initiate a core exercise and your belly turns into a dome.
You want your belly to flatten when you perform core exercises. I walk you through different...
Feeling a little cheeky today from this killer glute workout! Grab a dumbbell and your favorite mini bands and let's get started.
If you haven’t tried the x bands booty mini band set, your glutes are missing out.
1a. Dumbbell bridge: 4x12
1b. Band monster walk: 4x10 forward then backward
1c. Double band frog hyper: 4x10
Run through each exercise without rest. Then rest 45 sec and repeat for all four sets.
Time for a new workout challenge! All you need is a small step and dumbbell (though bodyweight works great, too!)
1a. Goblet hold side to rear lunge: 4x8each
1b. Low incline push-up: 4x8
1c. Plank step-up: 4x8
Go for four rounds! Perform 1 set of each exercise without rest. Rest 1 minute and repeat for all four rounds.
If you're short on time combo exercises are the way to go. All you need is a set of dumbbells and ten minutes to get your heart revved with this quick workout.
1a. Alternating reverse lunge-curl to press: 3x6 each side
1b. Stiff legged deadlift: 3x10
1c. Wide stance squat with twist: 3x10
Perform one set of each exercise before rest. Take a quick 1 min break and repeat for all sets.
Need a new quick workout challenge? Grab a pair of dumbbells and try this!
1a. Cossack squat: 2x8each side
1b. Single-leg glute bridge: 2x8 each side
1c. Uneven waiter's carry: 2x10 steps each side
2a. Russian twist: 2x8 each side
2b. Seated leg drop: 2x8 each side
This workout is divided into two circuits. Perform 1 set of each exercise in circuit 1 without rest. Rest 30-60 sec and repeat. Do the same for circuit 2.
Short on time and space? Grab your favorite kettlebell or dumbbell and let’s get to it!
1a. Goblet squat: 3x10
1b. RDL: 3x10
1c. Alternating reverse lunge with overhead hold: 3x8 each side
2a. Halo: 3x6 each way
2b. Wood chop: 3x8 each side
This workout has two groups. For group 1, perform one set of each exercise without rest. Rest 30-90 sec then repeat for all 3 sets. Once you finish group 1, repeat the same pattern for group 2.
Check out this fiery upper body quick workout! This one is great for a home or hotel workout, or when the gym is too busy to access a lot of equipment. Grab a pair of dumbbells and let's get to it!
1a. Bent over row: 3x12
1b. Arnold press: 3x8
1c. Sumo row: 3x8
1d. Triceps kickback: 3x12
1e. Biceps curl: 3x12
Perform 1 set of each exercise without rest. Rest 30-60 sec and repeat.
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