One Dumbbell Workout

One Dumbbell Workout

40-Minute One Dumbbell Workout

At the time of writing this blog it is 13 days before Christmas and I just bought our Christmas decoration.

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Yup. A bottle of Carolan’s is our decoration.

Why, you wonder? Well, it’s the only decoration I feel like buying every year.

You see, we don’t own one decoration.

Nada. Nothing.

We had a tree about 20 years ago, when we first got married, but I lost enthusiasm for the whole “decorating” for the holidays after a couple of years and gave away all our ornaments (which were hand-me-downs anyways – cause I was too cheap to buy anything and friends of ours took pity on us and gave us all of their old decorations).

Ever since I gave away the ornaments I haven’t bothered to replace them.

It’s not cause I hate Christmas, either. It’s just simply I don’t want to add anymore stuff to do to my agenda in December.

If I need to get lit up for the holidays I will do so in other ways 🙂

Fitness Christmas Gift Suggestions

A Studio membership. HAHAHAHAHA. I know, total blatant self-promotion. But… we do rock.

Foam roller – so your loved one can save some money on a massage therapist. I dig this one .

This shirt:Funny-fitness-tank-top

A subscription to a meditation app. I love Headspace.

A subscription to a local produce delivery service.

Smartphone running arm band.

Dumbbells… cause who doesn’t love some iron for the holidays.

A TRX.

A cool yoga mat sling.

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A cool workout bag.

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A little bling.

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The coziest sweatshirt ever.

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The Workout

Tools needed: a light, moderate and heavy dumbbell

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10-Minute Lower Body Workout

10-Minute Lower Body Workout

10-Minute Lower Body Workout

So, I filmed this workout… twice.

And not because I love being in the Studio, by myself working out while talking to a camera.

Nope. Instead, it’s because I am an idiot and forgot to turn the mic on the first time.

Menopause has made me stupid.

Otherwise normal tasks are now only accomplished if I A) have a list, and B) I remember to read my list.

I was so worried about my mindset that the other night I went to my computer to Google “Early onset dementia”. Only to forget why I turned on my computer when I got there.

Okay, maybe it’s not that bad.

But, I will admit to losing my car key the other day, only to find it in my hand.

Sigh. What’s a girl to do?

 

The 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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20-Minute No Jump Cardio Workout

20-Minute No Jump Cardio Workout

20-Minute No Jump Cardio Workout

A 20-minute cardio workout you can do in your living room – with absolutely no jumping! 

“You look like a spaz!”. Was the first thing to leave my lips when I turned around and saw how loving husband was interpreting my squat and hamstring curl combo.

I wasn’t being mean. It was just the honest truth.

He was doing some weird and funky things with his arms, he was barely bending his knees and his squat, well, it just looked super awkward and hard on his knees.

But… he tries and he must really love me to come on each week to workout and be mocked (slightly) by yours truly.

So bless his big spastic heart.

20-Minute No Jump Cardio

 

Tools needed:

A mat

Workout best for:

Home

Workout rated for:

Beginner – intermediate

All women gain weight as they get older.

Someone said that to me a few years ago and I’m here to tell you that that is bullsh*t.

Yes, as we get older it’s easier to gain weight, but it’s because we are doing the wrong things in the gym and the kitchen.

We have to be smarter with our health and weight loss plan, after the age of 40.

If you want the plan and the secret to to keeping your waistline, click here.

 

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Beginner Tabata Workout

Beginner Tabata Workout

Beginner Tabata Workout

In March I had the nicest email come my way. It was from a YouTube subscriber who is in her 70’s requesting a beginner’s Tabata workout.

She wanted to see what a Tabata was. However, she wanted to try one that was low impact and would not hurt her.

How can I say no to that?

What is a Tabata?

Tabata workouts are named after this gentleman, Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese physician and researcher.

He conducted a study using an interval-based workout to see if athletes would see the same gains from a shorter training program as they do with a longer duration one.

His initial study used the Japanese Olympic Speed Skating team as his test subjects and the workout consisted of 20 seconds intense work, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds on a stationary bike. The whole workout took 4 minutes for the athletes to complete.

In just 6-weeks of training his subjects improved their anaerobic capacity (the ability for the body to work without oxygen, which in turn promotes speed, strength and power) by 28%, and they increased their VO2 max (the maximum amount of oxygen the body can use, which improves endurance) by 14%.

While this is a pretty cool study, it is used with elite athletes as the test subjects. Would this type of training work for us mere mortals, as well?

Beginner Tabata Workout

Further proof

In 2013 the American Council on Exercise enlisted a research team of their own to gauge how effective a Tabata-style workout really is – with normal people.

They took a group of 16 men and women who were deemed healthy and either moderately to very fit and between the ages of 20 to 47 years. After their initial treadmill test (to assess their starting VO2 max, maximal heart rate and ratings of perceived exertion – RPE) they had the participants perform 8 rounds of 4 different exercises, using the 20 seconds hard and 10 seconds rest interval for a total of 20 minutes.

The participants used full-body calisthenics with exercises such as: push-ups, mountain climbers, high knees, split squats, box jumps, burpees, jumping rope, side skaters, plank and punch, lunges, squats, high-knees and Russian twists.

The subject’s heart rates were  monitored throughout the workout, while their blood lactate levels were tested with a finger prick blood test and RPE was evaluated after every four-minute segment of exercise.

Immediately following the sessions, the researchers crunched the data and on average showed that during a Tabata workout their subjects averaged 86 percent of HR max and 74 percent of VO2 max —both of which meet or exceed established industry guidelines for improving cardio fitness and promoting fat loss.

As for calorie burning, the 16 subjects burned between 240 and 360 kcals during the workout, for an average of 15 kcals per minute burned.

Again, Tabata met established guidelines for calorie expenditure for improving health and facilitating weight loss.

I love this study due to two reasons:

They used body weight exercises (instead of a stationary bike like Dr. Tabata used), and they used exercises that can be easily replicated at home.

The researcher’s also increased the total workout time from 4 minutes to 20 minutes.

You see what a lot of people don’t understand is that the intensity that Dr. Tabata used on his athletes was extreme.

Even the most fit person would most likely puke at the 2 minute mark. So, by increasing the time of the workout, and dropping the intensity, it makes this type of workout a lot more doable for the average person.

Read more about Tabata workouts and their protocols here.

Beginner Tabata Workout

 

Beginner Tabata Workout Routine

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