NYE Workout!

Just because everyone’s getting ready for shit faced catastrophe’s tonight doesn’t mean you can’t fit in a quick, challenging at home workout before you go!

You asked for Kettle Bell Workouts, you got ’em 😉

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O yeah, and just because you’ll be hung over January 1st after your shenanigans doesn’t mean you can’t detox with a quick sweat session either 😉 Try this workout tomorrow too and see how well you do in comparison. Don’t hurt yourself!

~Jess

Why I like at home work outs…..

So as many of you may have noticed, I haven’t been too consistent with posting workouts.

To be honest, I haven’t really been writing my own workouts, I’ve been doing online workouts from home. They are just as effective, and much more conducive to my current life style. Between work, school, and being exhausted from work and school, all I want to do is be at home.

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I’m lazy.

I don’t want to take a bus ride or shuttle to the gym, I don’t want to be stuck in traffic or in the rain, I don’t want to haul my big ass duffle bag with EVERYTHING-I-OWN-IN-IT, and I sure as hell don’t want to be tapping my foot waiting for the asshole in the squat rack to finish curling and texting.

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Working out at home is juuuuuust fine with me. In fact, I’m more than okay with it.

I’m actually going to invest in some equipment! I have a few resistance bands and a pilates ball, but I want to get a 25lb kettle bell and thicker mats for my wood floors. I’ve even been playing around with the idea of a T-Grip bar.

As much as I do love at home workouts, I also miss the tight muscle mass and strength from weight training. So I’ve decided that I will start training with weights at the gym 2 days a week. I’ll divide these days into simple Upper Body and Lower Body days with a little bit of ab work and cardio thrown in the mix.

Today will be my first day back at the gym in 2 weeks! I’m taking the Microsoft shuttle to Downtown Bellevue despite the rain and traffic. I packed a much lighter gym bag and I have my workout written and my mind mentally prepared. All I have to do until then is keep myself awake, energized, and motivated! If I wanna look like Lara Croft by next Friday I better hit the squat rack and work on these gams! Thankfully I have a body that builds and retains muscle very well, so a couple days in the gym lifting weights WILL make a difference.

laracroftI’m kinda nervous to walk into the gym today, isn’t that the weirdest thing?! The gym was my entire life, soul, the very thing that I breathed day in and day out. Sometimes change is needed to rekindle a passion that was and is always there. Sometimes you really just need a break from even the things that are good for you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder right?

Anyways, I hope you all try this workout and tell me how bad your legs hurt. Hopefully you can walk by Halloween!

~Jess

At Home Workouts

I’ll admit, I haven’t been going to the gym for the past week. I’ve been dreading carrying around a duffle bag the size of me all day, fighting people for gym equipment, spending hours at the gym dodging people trying to talk to me, and taking the bus home just in time to make dinner sit my ass on the couch and veg. I’m all too familiar with that gym routine while prepping for Emerald Cup.

Just because I’ve been skipping the gym doesn’t mean I haven’t been working out though! I love working out at home!

Last Saturday I went for a 6 mile run, Monday I went for a 4 mile run, and yesterday I did 4 Zuzka videos at home as well as a ‘Wash Cloth Ab Workout’. You can find some of the coolest workout videos on the internet! If you have been following me for a while, you know that I idolize Zuzka Light. She has my idea of the perfect physique. Her website has new workout videos posted every week! Her newest training programs include her: Lifted Butt Series and 6-Pack Summer Abs. Yesterday I did 2 Butt videos and 2 Summer Abs videos and I am definitely feeling the burn! I found a really great YouTube Channel with a couple really cool Wash Cloth Ab Combo exercises, check ’em out! Super fun and EFFECTIVE! I was surprised at how tough these exercises were!

I would suggest taking 4 exercises, completing anywhere from 10-20 reps of each exercise for 3 rounds…. that will have your abs TORCHED! Sorry Bodybuilding.com, your Erin Stern Training Program just wasn’t cutting it. I will definitely be going to the gym again, I’m just taking a break on my mind, body, AND I’m taking advantage of this amazing weather!

Hope you guys try these workouts, have an awesome day!

~Jess

Saturday ‘At Home Workout’

Hey everybody, hope you all had a great Thanksgiving weekend! I’m kind of sad that the festivities are over and my 5 day weekend is coming to an end. I’m going to look at it in a positive light though! The new week means a fresh start, I can set new goals and challenges for myself!

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Pretty proud of the back progress!

Today I did an at home workout since I decided to sleep in instead of waking up at the ass crack of dawn. I was also short on travel time to get to and from the gym. I had the perfect amount of space too! All I had to do was move the big love sack onto the couch, sweep up the dog hair, put a mirror in the room and a yoga mat. I used my Valeo jump rope and my heavy resistance bands. Today I did ZWOW #93 to focus on my core and light cardio, and I did a really awesome resistance band circuit for my biceps and back. I threw in a little jump rope in between each set too, I didn’t want to jump rope too much because the sound is kind of loud on the hardwood floor. I didn’t want to disturb any neighbors!

 

It was a really awesome workout! I miss home workouts! They are so quick and effective, and you don’t have to go anywhere or share anything with anyone, it’s the best! There literally is NO excuse not to get a daily sweat session in, you can always do a workout. It doesn’t need to be a long one, it doesn’t need to have crazy equipment, or huge clunky machinery. The best types of workouts are the ones where you can challenge your body WITHOUT all that crazy stuff! I am a HUGE supporter of body weight exercises that raise your heart rate, test your agility, and really test your form and endurance. Some body weight exercises might look really easy, but that’s not always the case. If they do become less of a challenge over time, you can always modify them too. abs

I still love going to the gym, but instead of making an excuse like, “I don’t have enough time” or “I slept in too late today” I’m going to do a home workout. Too often I hear people making excuses, including myself. It seems ridiculous, it doesn’t take much to get in a good workout! It’s really easy, just make yourself do it. You can make time for about anything else, like going out to the bar, going to parties, shopping, hanging out with friends, sitting on your computer for hours, or watching TV. If you are REALLY that strapped for time, wake your ass on up at 4am and do it!

You are NOT allowed to complain if you’re putting in less than half the effort. You have to put in the work, it’s not just going to come to you. You’re not just going to get lucky one day and be in the best shape of your life. It’s tough, it’s grueling, it takes dedication, and you’re one workout away from a great start. Just keep going. Eventually working out will be a habit and for some it will be an addiction. There’s nothing more refreshing than an endorphin high, nothing more liberating than pushing your body and going further every time you try harder.

You don’t need a fancy luxurious gym, you don’t need the crazy machines that are 3 times your size, and you don’t need a thousand dumbbells at your disposal (even though it’s really nice), it’s as simple as working out at home. Seriously.

Apologies for the mini rant! Too often I hear girls talk about how they don’t have time, or how they had other plans and couldn’t fit a measly 45 minute workout in, then complain that they aren’t getting the results they want. You won’t see results if you don’t work hard, end of story. After having a really great home workout today where I challenged myself, and got my muscles going, I realized that there’s no excuse, not even for me, and I’m no longer going to listen to people who complain. Derek has always told me, “Next time you hear a girl complaining that they’re fat, and you know they aren’t doing anything about it, tell them ‘It’s your fault’.” I definitely will NOT say that, but I’m no longer going to be the person they are looking for me to be, “Awwww, you’re not fat, you’re perfect.”

Who’s actually fat that complains that they are anyways? What does that even mean these days? Whole other can of worms!

Anyways guys, hope you enjoy the rest of your evening! Tune in tomorrow, I’m super excited to hit up my gym tomorrow! Remember, you can ALWAYS do a workout at home, doesn’t have to be 2 hours long and doesn’t even need that much equipment! G’nite everybody! XOXO

~Jess ♥