Hey Gang! Happy Monday. I hope you had a lovely Valentine’s weekend! I enjoyed a fun V-Day at GRIT Fitness with my instructors and clients. We hosted a special “Sweat with your Sweetie” Valentine’s Day workout, so it was fun to have so many dudes in the house (see above)! We also enjoy healthy snacks and mimosas after class. Great times!
Last night, my girlfriends and I drank the Kool-Aid and saw 50 Shades of Grey! I loved it. (I also read all of the books – wink wink) Have you seen it yet? What are your thoughts?
I’m still overflowing with V-Day fever so I made this 20 minute “Love Your Legs” workout. I’ve incorporated these exercises into my PiYo classes and I’m receiving very positive feedback from my clients. That said, I figured I’d share. Give this workout a whirl and let me know how it goes. It’s a great option if you’re snowed in and can’t make it to the gym. xoxo, Brit
Image: Good luck on the 1,000 Squats Challenge – you got this!
In my PiYo class every Saturday, we always have a lower body section of the class where we bust out about 60-70 squats. This is one of the most challenging parts of the class because the continuous squating motion causes serious muscle fatigue. When I look out at my class I see everyone’s face cringing (they are clearly feeling the burn) and then I give myself a little pat on the back – hehe. Ultimately, squats are the best leg exercise because they engage every leg muscle when done properly. You effectively activate your glutes, hamstrings and quads when performing a squat – talk about an efficient exercise.
That said, I wanted to spread some squat love by creating a 1,000 squat challenge. Each day, you can expect to burn 100 – 150 calories by the doing the reps listed in the Squat Challenge. Let’s take the challenge head on and see our legs become stronger, firmer and sexier. For more intensity, feel free to complete the challenge holding dumbbells in each hand. Share your progress in the comments section below – good luck! xoxo, Brit
In the spirit of it being Sunday afternoon, I want to share some good old fashion inspiration. It goes like this “Always be joyful. Always keep praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful.” (1 Thes. 5:18-16) This is easier said than done, but the truth of the matter is that complaining or having a victim mentality will do us no good in life. Life is hard. It always will be. We know this. HOWEVER, when we learn to always be thankful we make ourselves STRONG enough to endure and thrive under the most trying circumstances. This week, I challenge you to practice being joyful. At the end of each day, think about 5 things that happened in your day that you are grateful for. It’s amazing how practicing gratitude can totally uplift our outlook on life, energize us and give us more #GRIT.
With that in mind, here’s a new leg workout video that I made last week. It’s HARD but guess what, you CAN do it! Be thankful for a healthy body that’s able to workout and know that complaining won’t burn calories 🙂 Make it an awesome week. Lots of luv, Brit
My #fitfriend Alex (@alexandriawill), co-founder of Sporty Afros has been pushing me to start make posting free workouts on YouTube for my blog followers. So, last week after one of my Turbo Kickboxing classes (which is why my hair is drenched in sweat in the video) she stayed after and recorded my abs, legs and glutes circuit .
I usually do a series of body-weight exercises at the end of each my classes because my students love to feel nice and tight around their core and in their legs. Body weight exercises are generally high in repetitions and lower in weight which help give you long, lean muscle tone. They’re great to add to your fitness regimen because they require NO equipment and can be done at any time and any place.
Try the workout for yourself and let me know what you think. For best results, complete this workout 3 times per week along with 45 minutes of moderate-high intensity cardio (running, biking, elliptical, etc.).
If you like, I’ll record some more 10 minute circuits to help keep you on track in 2013. Enjoy 🙂
Commentary: It’s almost Summer – yeah buddy. That means your thighs and booty are begging for public exposure, ha ha! In all seriousness, I have an intense addiction to denim cut off shorts – pretty sure I wear them EVERY single day in this Texas heat. That said, I do have to make sure to spend some extra time toning and tightening my leg muscles – specifically the booty, thighs and calves. Here is a hardcore leg workout that I put together to help you tighten your tush and firm up your legs just in time for summer. Do the workout 2-3 times per week for 4 weeks along with your moderate/high intensity cardio sessions and you should be ready to rock your booty shorts! Enjoy 🙂
Instructions: This workout is a “super set”. That means you will do each “SET” 3 times, then move on the to next set.Between each set, jump rope or do jumping jacks for 1-2 minutes to keep your heart rate up!
Example: for Set 1, do the Squats then immediately do the Reverse Lunges. Take a quick rest and then repeat 2 more times. Once you have done the set 3 times, jump rope or do jumping jack s for 1-2 minutes. Then move on to set 2.