Back-To-Back | Superset Back Workout!

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I admit my impromptu decision to bring my camera to the gym with me to shoot my actual workout felt sooo narcissistic…I think we all get that noise in our head sometimes about “who am I to even think this is worth sharing?”  but then I thought I’ve got nothing to lose and it may even help someone out! I’m trying to be more vulnerable lately, and this is definitely “putting myself out there”. It’s funny because so often, the advice I give to my clients is reassuring words that I need to hear myself. BABY STEPS! Well guys, I took a step and here it is:

Perform each superset exercise back-to-back (no pun intended) THREE times. For example you’d do 12-15 reps of the standing banded row with a double pulse, followed by 12 reps of the bent over barbell row. This is ONE set. You would then take a minute to stretch. Repeating the sequence two more times through (for a total of three)! Perform all 4 supersets this way 😉 Have fun!

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Ever feel like you just can’t quite “get” a movement? I share my advice (that I also share with my own clients) on how to work through learning something new! Watch the workout and give it a try next time you’re in the gym!

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Don’t Kill Thigh Vibe: Inner & Outer Thigh Routine


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Hey Girls!

The weather has been heating up down here in South Carolina and I’ve mostly been avoiding shorts for two reasons: A. My legs are no where near as tan as they were when I took the photo above and B. I nevvvver where shorts when I’m lifting. Aside from the fact that they can ride up and get all up in your business, I’d just as soon challenge the imagination of the creepy old man on the recumbent bike – than show him the goods – if ya know what I’m sayin?!

On that note – I’m sharing my favorite exercises to sculpt, tighten and target the inner & outer thighs! You’re going to LOVE it!  You’ll also be toning that booty AND you’ll be working that waistline. I love routines that focus on large muscle groups like legs & thighs; they require more energy, which increases your metabolism, burns fat and helps your body tone up fast! Another win: you don’t need any equipment (get your fitness on, sans creepy gym dudes).

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Let’s do the workout together! How exciting is this?? Watch the workout below in real time and follow along with me!

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SPORTS BRA: Mixmax Women Strappy Crop Tank Tops Bustier Cutout Padded Bra Cami
TOP: Lululemon Cool Racerback
LEGGINGS: Lululemon Make A Move Tight
SHOES: Nike Women’s Flex Experience Rn 4 Black
Other Similar Styles:
✓  Lululemon Womens Black Cool Racerback* SE Shine On
✓ Lululemon Wunder Under Yoga Pants Hi Rise Mesh Black Shine On Luon 

 

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Bridal Prep Upper Body Routine!

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Strong, Sculpted Arms Are Yours Bombshell!

Today’s Bridal Prep ARM routine – is actually an older one I posted but also one of my most popular! Some of you have requested a printable for this workout – so here it is!!  It takes you through a sequence of my favorite, ultra effective moves to tone your arms, shoulders and upper back. If you’re yearning for beautiful biceps and sultry shoulders, follow along below!

What you need for this workout:
– A pair of dumbbells (I like to have two sets handy, so I can drop down if I start to loose form)
– The gymboss interval timer app (optional)
– Some water

Choosing weights: Start with anywhere from 5-10 lb and work your way up from there as you get stronger. You can also do drop sets, which means you start with a higher weights and drop down to lower as your muscles become fatigued.

Incorporate this routine a few times a week from now until summer. Those arms will be so defined, everyone will be doing a double-take!

Get your printable here Liveng Proof_Printable Bridal Arms Workout – Just Right Click and Select “Save Link As…

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Liveng Proof Bootcamp @ Lululemon Greenville Showroom | Highlights

Sometimes before I teach a class I feel like I am 12 years old again; I’m nervously standing behind the blocks before a race at a swim meet. I have thought about this moment all week. I have that nervous/excitedness churning feeling in my stomach. And I do a lot of the same things to prep for it. I mull over how I want the workout to flow, scratching out rough ideas on paper, drawing out what equipment goes where.

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And the week leading up to the event I know I’ll need to prep 3-winner giveaway bags AKA me running around town buying things in good-better-best-sets-of-three. At anthropologie the girl at the register noted “I’m guessing this a gift since there are three of everything?”. And at GNC I planted my generously-loaded basket onto the counter to checkout  and  in a do-you-come-here-often-tone the guy goes  “A basket huh? We don’t see many of those” ….Yeah you know, just my regular weeks supply of SUPS;-)

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Bust out a  handwritten-welcome poster. Babe did you print the sign-in & waiver sheets?
Then there’s the creation of a solid spotify playlist for the big day (which you can check out here).

 

I have a new-found respect for people that host events – there are seriously so many details that you need to keep track of for everything to run smoothly. And let’s just say I’m not the most laid-back type…

And I guueeeessssss you could say I’m a bit neurotic when it comes to the day-of. I have to get ready hours before I actually have to be anywhere. I have a whole stretching routine I do. And as you can imagine I’m cray about being “on-time” (which is actually 10-15 mins earlier than real time). Props to my husband for being so tolerant of me when I’m in this zone…thanks babe. But the morning could not have been more perfect. The forecast had said there was supposed to be showers early Saturday morning. But when I woke up – they couldn’t have been more wrote. It was sunny and in the 70s – literally couldn’t have been any better!

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Leading a class is invigorating – for that hour it’s GAME TIME! 100% of my focus is on my people. Watching their form, encouraging them, directing them, making sure they have a good handle on what to do, and above all else making sure they are having fun!

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Sometimes I hear myself saying the most ridiculous things – somehow they make it past my usual filter. For example I was having people plank in a class one time and I had them do glute squeezes while they were planking and I said “pinch your cheeks hard, as if you were trying not to poop” – they all burst out laughing! Their form improved after I gave this cue & they were laughing = win-win in my book!

Quite often after I teach a class I am hit by a wave of “was that good enough?” “was that a challenging enough? fun enough? different enough? class”. As an instructor I have to remind myself that although I am leading – the focus is not on ME – its on each individual listening to me! The class is for them. I am there to give them an amazing workout!

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I think that’s the only way I am able to “perform”. It’s not like I’m 9 years old again playing in a piano recital in front of an entire church full of people (are you seeing a trend? and OMG my palms are sweating just thinking about the anxiety I would get from those recitals! lawd!!!!)… This is of course noise in my own head, but I think we’ve all experienced the “am I enough?” noise before. Am I smart enough? experienced enough? pretty enough? rich enough? funny enough? thin enough? did I do enough? Am I enough?

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And the answer is YES. I am enough. YOU are enough.

I will leave you with a quote from one of my favorites<3

“Wholeheartedness. There are many tenets of Wholeheartedness, but at its very core is vulnerability and worthiness; facing uncertainty, exposure, and emotional risks, and knowing that I am enough.”
―Brenè Brown

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summer ARMS workout routine!

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Hey Ladies!

What’s the best summer accessory!? Sexy, sculpted arms!! Today’s NEW  summer ARMS Routine will leave you ready to rock tank tops, sleeveless dresses and your favorite bikini with ridiculous confidence!

You’re going to feel the burn, and fall in love with your strong, attention-worthy arms!

Follow along in the video and let me know if you liked this routine 🙂 Be sure to warm up and stretch in-between exercise whenever you feel it necessary! Really aim to challenge yourself during this workout. Try doing this with a heavier and lighter set of dumbells near by, only drop to the lighter set of weights if you start to lose form!

Get your printable here: summer ARMS workout routine – Just Right Click and Select “Save Link As…”

HIIT Bodyweight Booty Circuit!

Screenshot 2016-03-16 18.54.53Ok guys new territory here! Made my first workout video…I’m no#janefonda but everyone’s gotta start somewhere right?

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PS where I’m standing in this pic is right below someone’s apartment…and they were definitely home with their window open while I shot this. Don’t mind me casually jumping around out here ; )

And like my hippy self said, do it 3 times thru!

 

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Outside your Comfort Zone: your target heart rate training zones ;)

I’m always telling you that in order to see results, you have to push yourself to be uncomfortable during your workout. Doing this will speed up your metabolism, and cause signals to be sent to your body that changes need to be made; like becoming stronger and leaner.

To most of you, saying this does the trick, but a lot of you still are looking for a more definitive ‘how hard to push’??

In order to see results, you have to push yourself harder each day. The trick with this is that each time you push (outside your comfort zone), your body repairs and grows back stronger. Which makes you more efficient and effective! So you have to progressively up the ante each time to see the same results 🙂

To measure your output, I look at heart rate. Many of you may know simple ways of obtaining your heart rate, but since everybody is different, I wanted to teach you a method of measuring your own heart rate to determine if you are pushing as hard as you need to be.

This method is called the Karvonen Method, and is fairly simple to calculate:

First off, you’ll need to establish your personal Resting Heart Rate (RHR)

The most accurate measure of your RHR is first thing in the morning before you’ve gotten out of bed! Set an alarm to remind yourself (so you don’t get up first) and measure your heart rate for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4; do this twice for accuracy!

Start by Subtracting 220- Your Age; Then Subtract your RHR

Multiply THIS number by the intensity percentage you are shooting for

Low: 65-75% for early AM workouts (barre/yoga/brisk walking)

Moderate: 80-85% for Resistance Training/Toning/Circuit Training

High: 86-90% for Intervals/Springs/HIIT (or my bootcamp class)

Now add back in your RHR; The resulting number is the heart rate you are shooting for!

Example A 30-Year old is doing her early morning brisk walk, and wants to know where her heart rate should be; her resting heart rate is 68 bpm

220 – 30 = 190

190 – 68 = 122

122 * .65 = 79.3

79.3 + 68 = 147.3!

Her Heart Rate should be at about 147 bpm during her early morning brisk walk!