25-Minute Butt Lift Workout

25-Minute Butt Lift Workout

25-Minute Butt Lift Workout

A short, yet sweet, glute, hips and thighs workout. 

Your butt.

It’s an area us trainer’s like to see you work because a strong posterior equals a powerful core, a stable low back and knees that should be tracking where they should be (as opposed to that knock-kneed squat pattern that makes me cringe when I see people do it).

In fact, most physios will test a person’s glute and hip strength when someone comes in complaining of knee pain.

knock kneed squats

You see, when you squat your knees should be tracking with your second toe (see “Good” squat above).

Instead, what we see a lot of are knees tracking in towards each other (see “Bad” squat above).

This happens more with women then men too.

Because our hips tend to be wider (what is called our Q-angle, the angle from our knees to our hips bone) this creates havoc on our ability to keep our knees nice, neat and in line with our second toes.

Train the glutes

However, if we train our glutes, and in particular our outer hip area (our gluteus medius), we can help correct this from happening.

This 25-minute workout focusses on the glute med, as well as the glutes themselves, and the hamstrings and thighs.

If you have sore knees you might want to sit this one out, though. Because of the different lunge patterns we do in thew workout your knees might not like it. I suggest you do this workout instead.

4 other benefits of training your butt

1/ Better posture.

A lot of us suffer from poor posture due to sitting. All this sitting we do in a day (such as in front of the computer, in our car, on the couch) creates short and tight hip flexors (the big muscles in the front of our hips), and weak, over-stretch hip extensors (our butt muscles).

This, in turn, will cause a swayback, as well as lumbar lordosis.

Neither are really sexy-looking postures, are they?

Fix this by training your glutes, with moves like bridges and deadlifts found in today’s workout, and you will strengthen the hip extensors and turn on your sexy-looking posture.

2/ Improved performance.

Your glutes are capable of generating a lot of power, especially when it comes to running, speed, acceleration and endurance.

3/ Increased bone density.

When we hit perimenopause and leading into the years after menopause we can lose between 5-10% of our bone density. This loss can lead to osteoporosis, a progressive bone disease.

Exercises that place a load on the bones, like squats, deadlifts and lunges help to postpone this loss and even reverse it.

4/ Weight loss and weight maintenance.

To lose weight you have to burn calories, and nothing burns more calories than a leg workout.

Because the glutes and hamstrings are two of the largest muscles in the body, metabolically they will eat up way more calories when trained.

The deets

Tools needed: Beginners: nothing     Intermediate/Advanced: a pair of moderate dumbbells

Where to do: home or gym

Best suited for: beginner to advanced

The full workout

 

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15-Min Better Posture Workout

15-Min Better Posture Workout

15-Minute Better Posture Workout

This 15-minute posture workout is perfect for anyone who sits in front of a computer for most of their day, or behind the wheel of a car, or for those who are finding their shoulders are rolling forward with age.

My 15-minute better posture workout is a go-to for anyone who sits at a desk.

You see, when we sit and stare at a screen we tend to poke our chin forward (the pros call this forward head posture), roll our pelvis’s forward and slouch our upper backs.

Not cool for the neck, shoulders, hips, back and spine.

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Even those of us with the best intentions will roll into the this bad-boy posture at least a dozen times throughout the day.

And, then there’s those of us who drive.

The car is one place a lot of people don’t think about their posture in.

However if you drive everyday, even if it’s only to the store and back, over the course of a year this will add up to a lot of chronic stress to the neck, shoulders, back and hips.

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And finally, bad posture can also pop up into our lives when we are innocently out and about walking.

In fact I see this type of posture a lot.

People walking around and leading with their chin, while rounding their upper back.

When I see this I have to forcibly restrain myself from going to that person and physically pulling their shoulders back.

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Whatever camp you are a part of this little better posture workout will help straighten you out.

15-Minute Better Posture Workout

 

  • Keep your ears in line with your shoulders
  • Uncross those legs and, instead, place both feet on the ground when seated
  • Pull back your shoulder blades, but not too strict. You don’t want to be too rigid.
  • If you have a hard time maintaining good posture when seated try using a lumbar support pillow.
  • If seated for long periods, get up and move every 20-minutes.
  • Sneak in exercise where ever and whenever you can. Immobility is the worse thing you can do for your posture.

 

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30-Minute Full Body BOSU Ball Workout

30-Minute Full Body BOSU Ball Workout

30-Minute Full Body BOSU Ball Workout

A 30-minute full body workout using the BOSU ball, bodyweight and dumbbells.

Due to popular demand I am releasing a full body BOSU ball workout.

I try not to release workouts that require special tools, however my other two BOSU ball workouts  have a lot of views.

Collectively over 20,000 views.

Which is a lot for a channel like mine!

BOSU ball, it’s not a fad

With that many hits this tells me that A) the BOSU ball is a popular workout tool on ol’ YouTube, and B) not a lot of trainers are designing YouTube workouts with the BOSU ball.

Case in point my Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout I released a few weeks ago. This workout, in my opinion, is one of the best and funniest workouts to date. However, it only has 1,444 views.

So, why would one of my better videos have such low views?

Because EVERY fitness channel does a workout like that.

You will always find strength, cardio and bodyweight workouts on any YouTube fitness channel.

And with that much noise on YouTube it is harder to get heard when you’re a smaller channel.

I’m saving myself

Loving husband joined me this workout and I have to give him credit. He did pretty good considering the last time he was on a BOSU ball was about 12-15 years ago.

There were a few spastic moves, which will make you fall in love with him more, and some really bad looking lunges in the warm-up section.

He had an excuse though. He claims he was saving himself for the workout to come.

Uh uh.

30-Minute Full Body BOSU Ball Workout

About the BOSU ball

BOSU is pronounced “Bo,” like the boy’s name, and “Sue,” like the girl’s name. It was developed by athletic trainer David Weck in 2000.

The name BOSU started out from the acronym “Both Sides Up”, with it changing in the last few years to “Both Sides Utilized”.

I, personally, received a BOSU Ball certification in 2002 and have been working with it ever since.

While I don’t think you HAVE to one to achieve better fitness, it does offer a different element to a lot of exercises, and is kinda fun to use.

Click here to visit BOSU’s website.

30-Minute Full Body BOSU Ball Workout

Ball Body BOSU Ball Workout

 

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30-Minute Full Body Dumbbell Workout

30-Minute Full Body Dumbbell Workout

30-Minute Full Body Dumbbell Workout

This full body workout uses dumbbells and bodyweight to train all the muscles in your body. Great for beginners, as well as those looking for a quick weight loss workout.

I’m sure when loving husband agreed with the minister on our wedding day “to till death do us part” he never thought it would also include being dragged onto set each week and be made to film a workout.

Actually, neither did I.

But, here we are 22 years later.

He’s still above ground, we’re still married, and he’s doing his best to make himself NOT get invited back for future filmings (case in point minute 19:45 on the video. Perhaps the most ridiculous looking crossover lunges ever!).

It ain’t gonna work though.

I will keep dragging him on set. It not only gets him exercising a bit more, it also provides some comedic relief for you (while you sweat away with us), and it teaches me patience.

 The Deets

Tools needed: 1 heavy dumbbell + a pair of moderate

Where to do: home or gym

Best suited for: beginner to advanced

Sore knees?: Instead of the stationary lunges do side leg lifts, instead of pulse squats and crossover lunges hold a wall squat

30-Minute Full Body Dumbbell Workout

Wondering how to pick the right sized dumbbells? First, if you are new to exercise start light and get your form first.

Second, once you have your form you want to choose a weight that you can feel by end of the set. In my experience most women can lift heavier than they think they can.

Challenge yourself in order to see change.

My Recommendations

Beginners: 

For big body moves, such as squats, lunges, chest presses and rows: 8-10lb

For smaller muscle moves, such as tricep extensions, bicep curls, shoulder presses: 5-8lb

For isolated shoulder work, such as side, rear or front lateral raises: 3-5lb

Intermediate:

For big body moves, such as squats, lunges, chest presses and rows: 12-15lb

For smaller muscle moves, such as tricep extensions, bicep curls, shoulder presses: 8-10lb

For isolated shoulder work, such as side, rear or front lateral raises: 5-8lb

Advanced:

For big body moves, such as squats, lunges, chest presses and rows: 20-30lb

For smaller muscle moves, such as tricep extensions, bicep curls, shoulder presses: 12-15lb

For isolated shoulder work, such as side, rear or front lateral raises: 10-12lb

The Workout

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Low Impact Total Body Strength

Low Impact Total Body Strength

Low Impact Total Body Strength

A total body, low impact workout for all levels of fitness.

I hate filming workouts on my own. It’s more fun when loving husband is with me. But, alas he cannot make it when I film during the weekday (he’s got this thing called a real job he tells me).

So, for this workout I thought I would bring Bella along with me. To keep me company.

Bell’s is my four-legged best bud.

She’s cute as a button, spoiled rotten and is a very good dog… with the exception of this workout.

She barked and barked and barked.

So, my apologizes right off the bat. This is not the most professional workout I have shoot.

But, in my defence you do get what you pay for. Hehehe.bella-looking-up-ubc

The deets

Tools needed: You will need 1 heavy dumbbell, 1 moderate and a pair of light.

Where to do: This workout is great for home or the gym.

Best for: Suitable for beginners to advanced

Sore knees?: Sub the reverse core lunges with single leg bridges, or side leg lifts

Low Impact Total Body Workout

 

The Workout

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Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout

Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout

Total Body Strength and Cardio HIIT Workout

Strength Workout for Women

This workout you can choose. You can choose to perform just the strength portion (takes about 35-minutes), or you can stay till the end for my fantastic finisher. A 12-minute cardio HIIT focussing on the legs and abs.

Everyone wants a quick workout. I hear it all the time from people, and it even shows up in my YouTube analytics.

The shorter workouts that I record and release have more views than the workouts that take 45+ minutes to do.

However, longer workouts do:

Burn more calories.

Work more muscles, because you are at it for a longer period of time.

Train you harder – if the intensity is there.

This workout is long, and if you can do it in it’s entirety (with my cardio HIIT finisher at the end) you will be SO happy you did.

However, if you only have time for 35-minutes, then I have segmented it so you can get in an awesome strength workout. I got ya covered. Long or short workout. 

This is a fantastic strength workout for women too.

Since we start to lose lean muscle mass after the age 30, and then the years right after menopause we can lose up to 20% of our bone density it’s crucial that every woman between the ages of 30 to 65 strength train.

Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout Fitness with PJ

Total Body Strength & Cardio HIIT Workout

 

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