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Newbs killed it!

This morning’s workout was awesome, and not just because of the burn! Our sisters Stephanie (my roomie) and Megan decided to give our little workout cult a try. They did so good! They really impressed me and I am so proud of them for trusting a workout created my crazy me.

They may not have been lifting as much weight as me, and with a total of five people I was the lucky one that got to use the heaviest weight, but that is okay! You can be lifting five pounds or fifty pounds, but all you need to be doing is lifting the heaviest you can. If you do one round and realize your form is breaking or if you are struggling to get three reps in 30 seconds, go down in weight. It’s okay!

I think it is important to build up your strength before you try to lift super heavy. Start out with the ten pounds. When that gets too easy. bump up the the twelve or fifteens. If those are too hard, alternate. Do one round with the twelve/fifteen and then go back to the ten. This will allow your muscles to get used to the heavier weight without killing yourself. Building your strength at a steady pace will help you avoid injury and it will allow you to do more reps at a good weight, rather then only doing a couple at a too hard weight.

Maggie and Gabbie have been getting stronger! They have been moving up in weight, which is awesome! When they do that it means Alex and I need to bump up. We all encourage each other to do out best. With that being said, there are still those days, or those exercises, where you just can’t do the weight you want to. That is okay! Do what you are comfortable doing. You don’t need to lift heavy weights just to impress people. Lift the weight that you aren’t completely struggling with, but be sure that it is challenging you. You want to feel the burn, but you don’t want it to be so heavy that you can only do 2-3 reps in the 30 seconds because that won’t be beneficial at all.

Pick the weight. Try the weight. Accurately judge your strength and endurance. If you feel a good burn, stay with that weight. If you find yourself really struggling, go down in weight – it is only a temporary fix until you build your strength. Then you can lift those heavy weights!

Here is the workout that we did today:

  • Pyramid Pushup
  • Squat with Ball Toss
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Pray and Pulse (add a light weight for an added challenge!)
  • Wall Sit (1.5 minutes straight – no break!)
  • Eagle Crunch (thanks Maggie!)
  • Shoulder Press
  • Side Lunge with Upright Row
  • Oblique Crunch on Stability Ball
  • Plank to Pushup
  • Bridge Pulse with Weight (Maggie and I did 35 lbs)
  • Saturn Rings 
  • Kettle Bell Figure 8 Pass (use your booty!)
  • Reverse Plank with Alternating Leg Lift (on your elbows is harder, hands is easier)
  • Toe Touch with Weight

So, there you have it! We did three, 30 second rounds with a 10 second break in between each rep. Remember, do the weight that you fill most comfortable at. If you are going to push yourself, fantastic! Just make sure that you are still doing the exercise properly. Keep your core engaged so you don’t hurt your back, don’t go too fast if you are struggling with the weight (you don’t want to get hurt!), and just make sure you are giving it your all.

That is all I got for today. Hawaii is calling my name! If I don’t get a chance to blog on Friday (we leave the school at 4am…woo), you will have an Auburn-free week. Sad I know, but keep working hard! I would love to hear about your progress, so leave me a comment!

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