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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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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Highlights: Lululemon & Liveng Proof Bootcamp + workout!

 

I have been trying to challenge myself daily to “step outside of my comfort zone”…

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One day when I was standing in line waiting to treat myself to some luxurious lululemon attire. I noticed the ladies in front of me and I thought, “why couldn’t these women be my clients?” To me, they fit my typical client profile…and then I had this crazy thought, why couldn’t I just teach a bootcamp AT Lululemon!? I had vauge memories of scouring the internet and seeing lululemon’s across the country that had collaborated with local fitness instructors and businesses to host events (mostly yoga and barre). I told myself these memories were legit, and I  told myself that when it was my turn to pay, I’d step outside my comfort zone and just ask! I had nothing to lose, right?…and I’m SO glad I did. Eliza was super sweet and brought me to the store manager, Natalie, who was so laid back and welcomed the idea with open arms 🙂

Now that I was past the fear of asking. I had somehow managed to get myself signed up to host a bootcamp with lululemon (no biggie, right?). By creating this little situation for myself though I was sort of forced to rise to the occasion. I would need to market & promote myself, design a bootcamp for an unknown number of people…but I also started to realize something important: I had a vision. I envisioned that I would do a give-away (because who doesn’t like nice gifts- that are free?!). I wanted my presence at lulu to have it’s own vibe, its own feel. So I designed a welcome board, signs, and themed my give-away bags to match. It gave me purpose and drive that hadn’t existed before!

 

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What a way to kick-off a Saturday morning!  I saw team-mentality competitiveness, laughter, and encouragement among my all who attended!
Thank you to all who attended! I had a blast and was honored to have the amazing team at Lululemon ask me to come back again!

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Lululemon + Liveng Proof Bootcamp!

Live in the Greenville, SC area?? Come join me at Lululemon for a free full-body workout to get a lean, toned body so you can look good in your lulu leggings. I am seriously so excited (and honored) to be opening the Lululemon Greenville showroom as a fitness studio on Saturday NOV. 21 (9AM)!!

 

RSVP to the event here on Facebook!

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Bring a friend and tone up together!
All you need to bring is a mat and a water bottle!

Just show up and you’ll be automatically entered to win one of the amazing goodie giveaway bags!

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Giveaway prize packages include:

🔹$50 giftcard to Lululemon

🔹$25 giftcard to Urban Nirvana or Nails for You (gel manicure anyone?)

🔹 Quest Bars (20g of protein and my go-to for when I’m in a pinch)

🔹Vega Sport Chocolate Protein Powder Packets (perfect for on-the-go!)

🔹 snag-free hair ties (can’t have too many of these)

🔹anthropologie candles (one of my favorite scents to unwind)

🔹antho soaps & sunscreen!

🔹Zico coconut water & more healthy snacks!

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Dynamic Warm-Up

Hey guys!

I use this with all of my personal training clients, bootcamps, and as my own warm-up before a workout! And my clients have been requesting a written version of the dynamic warm-up so I thought I’d share! I find that this is much more effective than jogging or hopping onto an elliptical because it takes your joints through their full-range of motion! I like to use about 20 yards distance for each exercise (if you don’t have that much space you can do about 20 reps of each – just standing in place)!

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20-MIN LOWER BODY & CORE WORKOUT & FUN PHOTOSHOOT!

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I wrote this workout on a whim because I had a last minute chance to have my amazing friend Jen offer to shoot a workout for me! You can check her skills here! So I got to feel like a real life fitness model as I stood in as her “test subject” as she just moved to a new shared studio space! She got to play with the lighting equipment and I got to pretend I was Jane Fonda 😉 Also I’m 5’10” so I’m pretty long – lets just say I realized why they have such large back drops – especially for any photoshoot involving movement! Thanks Jen for accommodating me and all my lanky limbs! I have since done this workout and let me just say for coming up with it “on a whim” I was pri-tee pleased with it!

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Jen is the owner of  J.Catherine Photography  you can also find her on facebook here!


20-MIN LOWER BODY & CORE WORKOUT

Equipment I Used:

Interval Cycles: 10 Sets
45 seconds of work (High)
1:15 seconds of rest (Low) – ONLY USE 15 SECONDS FOR REST & 1 MIN FOR JUMP ROPE

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You’ll do each exercise for 45 seconds followed by 10-15 seconds of rest before moving immediately onto jumping rope (or any cardio activity of your choice – you can hop on the elliptical, do jumping jacks, run on a treadmill, run outside, bike, spin – you get the idea)! When the high interval sound goes off go straight into the next strength exercise! Personally when I did this I just hopped onto an elliptical between each strength move (I thought the gym at my apartment had a jump rope – but I couldn’t find it – and I had left mine in my car). So, I would glance down at my phone as the interval timer counted down and check that I knew which exercise I was going to be doing so I could get right into it!

Also when I did this circuit I actually did it 2 times though for a 40 min workout! The time seriously flew by! If you’re up for the challenge try setting your interval time for 20 Sets for the Interval Cycles. Once you’ve completed the whole circuit, pause the timer, grab some water, and maybe take a breather for 30-60 seconds. Then repeat it again!

I set my interval timer for 20 rounds of 45 seconds of work and 1:10 seconds of rest, and selected different sounds for the high interval vs the low interval so I would know which one was signaling me to start and stop. I used the “Boxing Bell” to signal the High intensity round and the “School Bell” to signal the Low intensity round.

Each round is 20 minutes in length. And like I said if you have the time and you’re up for a challenge repeat the circuit one more time though!! As always, make sure you give yourself atleast 5 – 10 mins to warm up before you start!

Also here are the weights I actually used when I did this circuit:
alternating reverse lunges:  single 15 lb DB
side lunge + row to single leg overhead press: pair of 10 lb DB’s
kneeling woodchoppers: single 15 lb DB
front hold reverse lunge to single leg balance: single 20 lb DB

What’s the best weight to use? You should be able to go through the 12-15 reps with proper form, but the last three reps should feel super challenging. Try different weights to see which works best for you… and watch yourself get stronger!

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Alternating reverse lunges with torso twist
TARGETS: thighs, core , glutes, and arms

Start by getting yourself in an organized athletic standing position: shoulder blades squeezed back, glutes squeezed, torso tall, belly down and in. Holding any weight of your choice (medicine ball, single DB, pair of DB’s, Kettlebell, or just use your own body weight) in a hammer-curl position with forearms roughly parallel to the ground and thumbs up. Step your right leg behind you, making sure you step back far enough, while keeping your left knee in-line with your left ankle. Your weight should be over your front leg (you’ll you’re your left quad a lot here!). Then twist your torso left, while maintaining your posture (shoulder blades should stay retracted). Finally twist back to the front. Using your left quad and glute to push through, step your right foot back to your starting standing position. Repeat on the opposite side. Continue alternating sides each time!


Alternating spider lunges
TARGETS: core, shoulders, and hip flexors

 Begin in a plank position: palms on the ground (thinking about screwing your palms into the ground to create torque), shoulder blades retracted, glutes squeezed. A plank is ultimately the same posture you should have when you are standing except you are horizontal instead of vertical – thinking about it this way has helped me! So your spine should be in a fairly straight line. From here bring your right foot up just outside of your right palm. If your hip flexors are tight you will definitively feel this! Contract your left glute for an even deeper hip flexor stretch in the right hip. Return your right foot back to the starting position. Repeat the movement on the opposite side. Continue alternating sides each time.

Side lunge + row to single leg overhead press
TARGETS: upper back, shoulders, and glutes

Start by getting yourself in an organized athletic standing position: shoulder blades squeezed back, glutes squeezed, torso tall, belly down and in. Holding your dumbbells by your side’s palms facing your body. Stop your right foot out to the side keeping your knee in line with your ankle. Sink into that right glute – thinking about shooting at towards the right side of the room. Keep your spine in a neutral position so that your low back is not over arched. Extend your arms down lowering your shoulders toward the ground. Initiating the row as your shoulders squeeze back I’m squeeze your traps (shoulder blades), as you draw the weights dumbbells and towards your rib cage – elbows moving straight back!

Pushing off with your right leg to return to standing position transition into a single (left) leg balance by squeezing your left glute to maintain stability. Hammer curl your way it’s up and into an overhead press keeping your palms facing each other throughout the movement. Perform all reps with the same leg for the duration of the interval. Then repeat the movement on the opposite side for the next one!

Kneeling woodchopper
TARGETS: shoulders, upper back, arms, and glutes

Again in a kneeling position with your right leg in front keeping your knee in line with your ankle. Your shoulder blades should be squeezed back, left glutes is contracted, torso tall, belly down and in, and chin stays in a neutral position throught the movement. Holding your weights with both hands down by your left hip lift them up and across your body up over your right shoulder – in an upward chopping motion. Think as if you were digging and shoveling the dirt over your right shoulder! Return the weight to starting position next to your left hip. Your torso will twist slightly but it shouldn’t be excessive. Be sure to maintain your posture (avoid overarching your low back by contracting your left glute throughout the movement). Perform all reps with the same leg in front for the duration of the interval. Then repeat the movement on the opposite side for the next one!

Front hold reverse lunge to single leg balance
TARGETS: quads, glutes, upper back, shoulders, and core

Start by getting yourself in an organized athletic standing position: shoulder blades squeezed back, glutes squeezed, torso tall, belly down and in. Holding your dumbbells in a front hold – this requires that your shoulder blades stay actively retracted throughout the movement (which is a bonus for you core and upper back muscles)! Step your right leg behind you, making sure you step back far enough, while keeping your left knee in-line with your left ankle. Your weight should be over your front leg (you’ll you’re your left quad a lot here!). Transition into a right-leg balance standing position by pushing off slightly with your back (right) foot, keeping your weight on your left leg, squeezing your left glute to create a stable position, as you draw your right knee upwards to balance. The front hold should be maintained throughout the movement. Perform all reps with the same leg in front for the duration of the interval. Then repeat the movement on the opposite side for the next one!

Side plank with a front kick & reach
TARGETS: obliques, shoulders, and core

Begin in a side plank position: right forearm on the ground. Shoulder blades retracted, shoulders down and back, glutes squeezed, belly down and in. You can have your feet stacked (as shown in the pic) or they can be staggered. Extend your left arm overhead so that it is in line with your body. Kick your top (left) leg out in front of you while drawing your extended left arm out reaching for your toes. Try and keep your hips up thoughout the movement!

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AMRAP Workout | Plyo Intervals

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I jumped at the chance to try out the Nike Flyknit 5.0 this weekend. I’ve always had trouble finding shoes that fit my extremely pronated flat-feet. I remember my Mom taking me to get new shoes as a kid and not understanding why they would put an annoying raised arch in the middle of the shoe…

I was on the women’s crew team my freshman year of college and despite the fact that it’s not exactly a land sport – running was one of our cross training workouts. And it was evident that my feet just weren’t cutting it. So I got orthotics. Which, come to think of it, I should be using more often…but nowadays I run no more than 4-6 miles at a time.

 I am however a huge fan of the 5.0 series of Nike free’s. They are so lightweight but still give just enough support for my extremely low “arch” (or lack there of). The minimalist design doesn’t include the annoying raised arch I remember as a kid. The form fitted “flyknit” material sort of feels like you’re wearing a really awesome sock that’s also part shoe – if that makes any sense 😉 I got these on ebay, you can check them out here. I’m wearing them in Rainbow Atomic Purple / White Blue One

The fall foliage and crisp air are on point right now so I’ve actually have been running outside lately (probably too much and without my orthotics). My arch was bothering me so instead of pounding the pavement, I came up with this workout to get my fitness on.


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Equipment I Used:

38 Sets interval cycles (7 moves x 6 sets) + (6 forty-five second breaks)
30 seconds of work (High)
15 seconds of rest (Low)


Or you can set it for:
7 Sets interval cycles (number of moves)
30 seconds of work (High)
15 seconds of rest (Low)
set the repeat option to “ON” for 6 cycles.

If you go this route you can manually pause your timer at the end of each set to grab water and rest for 30 – 60 seconds before jumping right back in!

Also, make sure you set the warm-up and cool-down to 0:00 otherwise it will repeat these each time you go to do your next round!


You’ll do each exercise for 30 seconds followed by 15 seconds of rest before moving immediately onto the next exercise. Once you’ve completed the whole circuit, pause the timer, grab some water, and take a breather for 30-60 seconds. Repeat five more times, for a total of 6 rounds.

I set my interval timer for 38 rounds of 30 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest, and selected different sounds for the high interval vs the low interval so I would know which one was signaling me to start and stop (38 interval cycles to account for the six 45-second breaks). I was feeling pretty good so I took shorter rests. When I was ready to start I’d manually start my next round.

Each round is 6 minutes in length: 5 minutes and 15 seconds of work, followed by 45 seconds of rest between each round. You’ll complete 6 rounds total, so you should finish in 36 mins! As always, make sure you’re warmed up before you start!

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The Moves:

Alternating Bear Lunges:
Starting from a plank position bring your right foot up next to your right hand. Then return it back to starting position. Repeat on the left side.

Squat Jumps:
Stand with your feet slightly wider than hip distance apart. Get organized before you start; squeeze your glutes together and think about screwing your feet into the ground. Keeping your belly in and your shins vertical, hinge from your hips sitting back into a squat. Then explode up, squeezing your glutes together to drive you up! When you jump you should be in “triple extension” that is your ankles, hips and are fully extended and your shoulders are shrugged!

Inverted Pike:
Face away from a wall, firmly plant your hands into a pushup position. Squat down and kick your feet up so that you’re in a handstand position, positioned at about a 45 degree angle to the wall. It is important that your core do its job – and avoid over-arching your low back. To do this squeeze your glutes (think “pinching a dime”) – this forces your hips forward and engages your anterior core! Now lift your hips up, maintaining your core and glute squeeze throughout the movement,  then return back to starting position. Repeat.

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Forward/Backward Bear Crawl:
Hands and toes touching ground, hips in the air. Move one leg and the opposite arm forward. Switch by moving your other leg and opposite arm forward. Keep your hips and back flat. Walk yourself forward about 4-6 x then go backwards. Repeat for the duration of the round!?

Back Lunge Plyo Hops:
Stand with feet together, hands on hips. Step back with your right foot and lower into a reverse lunge. Shift your weight onto your left leg.
In one movement, rise up, bring your right knee forward, and jump, lifting your right knee to hip level. Land lightly on your left foot and step your right leg back into a lunge. (On the odd rounds do your Right side, even rounds Left side!)

Pike Hop Overs:
In a plank position hop your feet together over to the right then to the left. Continue for the duration of the interval!

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