HIIT Workout Wednesday!

IMG_3760-0Wednesday–half way through your work week–you’re almost there!  What’s one way of helping you energize and push through your hump day?  A high intensity interval workout!  I always feel extremely energized and motivated after completing a good HIIT workout.  This week we will perform each exercise for a total of 1 minute, then rest for 30 seconds.  Move on to next exercise once finished with the rest, complete the cycle 1-3 times through!!  Rest for 1:30 between the three cycles if needed!!  Each cycle should take 9:00 minutes total with rest.

1:00 on, 0:30 rest

  • Tuck Jumps
  • Burpees
  • Goblet Squats (with med ball, dumbell, or kettlebell —weight as heavy or light as you wish)
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Lunges
  • Skaters

If this is too intense for you, feel free to scale down to a 1:1 rest,  either work 0:30 and rest 0:30 or work 1:00 and rest for 1:00.  That will allow yourself more recovery time.  Listen to your body, you know it best!  Hope you enjoy this one!  It is a burner.  Embrace the burn and sweat.  You’ll feel great after the suck!  Plus, HIIT workouts are great fat burners 🙂  Get After it!  Any workouts or questions that you have and would like me to post or include in future blog posts– please comment below!! I love the feedback! 🙂 

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HIIT Workout Wednesday 

  
This weeks’ workout brought to you by Matt Saeler at Real Fitness Sarasota 

Complete each station/exercise for 1 minute, then rest 0:20. Move onto the next exercise on the list for the following minute. Complete all seven stations 3 times through! 

 3 Rounds: 

  • Row :60 ON / :20 OFF
  • 50 ft. sled push :60 ON / :20 OFF
  • Bar-Touching Burpees :60 ON / :20 OFF
  • Wallballs (20/14) :60 ON / :20 OFF
  • 10m sprints :60 ON / :20 OFF
  • AirDyne Sprint  :60 ON / :20 OFF
  • 50 ft. farmer’s carry (70/55) :60 ON / :20 OFF

This was a burner! That measly twenty seconds is just enough time to make the transition to the next exercise ! 

If you don’t have a sled to push, push a 45 lb plate –preferably on turf or carpet. Stay low with a flat back, you’ll feel the fire in your hamstrings if you’re doing it correctly!!

Have fun!!

  

HIIT Cardio Workout

HIIT, aka high intensity interval training, is great for stubborn fat loss! You switch up between periods of high intensity which elevates your heart rate and rest. This style of workout is notorious for continually burning calories even AFTER your session is over.


Tabatas are great examples of HIIT — a Tabata is 8 rounds of 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest (totaling 4 minutes)   This is usually completed with a single exercise to cause muscle fatigue, but doesn’t have to be.

Here is an example of my cardio day:

Warm Up

  • 30 minutes  stationary bike

HIIT

  • Tabata : jump squats (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest)

Rest :60-:90

  • Tabata : kettlebell swings (8 rounds :: 20sec work/10 sec rest)

Rest :60-:90 Continue reading

Glute and Hamstring Focused Workout

Recently, I met with a posing coach to begin to get this posing thing down for my upcoming bikini competition.  Surprisingly, this may be the hardest part of the competition prep!  The posing is very awkward and unnatural–and then you throw in 4-5 inch heels!  My grace resembles bambi on ice  BUT nevertheless, it is a work in progress and every day I am improving.  Meeting with the posing coach definitely helped.  The coach–whom is also a renowned bikini competition JUDGE– gave me great positive feedback!  I was a little worried she may believe I am “too muscular” or need to “soften” a little bit, but she actually said I looked great for bikini!  Her only criticism was that the next four weeks i need to focus on my glute and hamstring development. Which was something I already knew.  i have begun incorporating lower body workouts 2-3x/week.  Here is an example of my glute/ham workout:

Cable lateral leg raises  5×15 each leg

Donkey Kicks with dumbbell 5×25 each leg  (rest dumbbell in crease behind knee)

Leg Press 5×25  (focus on pushing with HEELS, foot placement with toes almost hanging off platform.  Activate hamstrings and glutes each press)

Laying Leg Curls 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8 (begin with a lighter weight, continue to add weight and decrease reps by two)

Hip thrusts with laying leg curl machine (or use barbell if you feel awkward using this machine in that way!!) 5×12

Hip Abduction 5x   25 reps leaning forward  10 pulses  10 reps sitting upright

Todays workout: Chest and Triceps 

Superset:

  • Dumbbell bench press 2×10 2×8
  • Dumbbell flyes 4×10

Superset

  • Svend press 3×10
  • Dumbbell tricep kickbacks 3×10 each arm

Superset 

  • Plyometric push ups to plates 3×10
  • Skull crushers  3×10

Cable flyes  4×10

Tricep extension with rope 3×12

Superset:

  • Tricep dips  max effort (12,10,10,15)
  • Tricep push down with straight bar 4×12

Post: 15min incline walk 

What is Fasted Cardio? Does it Really Assist in Faster Weight Loss?

Fasted cardio is exactly what it sounds like– doing a cardio workout in a fasted, or unfed, state.  Usually this is done after waking up before consuming ANYTHING prior to training– no food or drink other than water–this includes

BCAAS and preworkouts.  The theory behind fasted cardio is: you are completing physical activity when your body has received no fuel from food–so the fuel for your workouts will come from what your body already has stored.   What does your body have stored? Fat, oh that glorious fat!

How your body uses that fat? While in a fasted state your  insulin level is low– insulin decreases the breakdown of fatty acids, therefore when your insulin levels are low, your body use more fat for energy¹.  So, on the other hand, in fed cardio, after you eat a meal your insulin levels rise, this shuts down the fat breakdown and uses the energy from the food consumed for your workout.

Physiologically this all sounds good, fasted exercise must be the way to go, right?!  So I did some research.  The two research articles I found have the same result.  Continue reading