Can’t make it to bootcamp - find out how we track progress & crush personal goals on a weekly basis! And how you can do the same thing at home!!
Skills days are days that allow each participant to work on building new skills through a variety of benchmark drills. These drills are designed to help each Fit Mama member track their results. There is nothing more motivating than seeing hard work pay off! Which is exactly why I encourage all of you - bootcampers or not to try out some of these Skills drills!
You can run through 1 or 2 of them - or go for it and do all of them! Then as you keep working towards your fitness goals - you can repeat these 2 minute benchmark drills!!
2 MINUTE BENCHMARK DRILLS ~
Now it’s time to set some goals - and to crush them!!
Here are some other Fit Mama workouts for you to try:
Tabata is my favorite workout to share with clients - A) Because it’s a workout that can be done with limited equipment B) Because each Tabata set is only 4 minutes long, making it easy to fit in, even with the most hectic of schedules!
Here is the Tabata low down:
Each Tabata set lasts only four minutes, but it's likely to be one of the longest four minutes you've ever endured. At least if you are doing it right! Keep in mind the purpose of Tabata is to create a high intensity workout - ultimate goal during each working set is to go anaerobic, which means breathless. (aka - You shouldn’t be able to talk!!)
The structure of the program is as follows:
Try downloading a Tabata app like this one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplevision.workout.tabata&hl=en
This makes it a lot easier to remember what round you are on!Then be ready to push yourself as hard as you can for 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds. This is one set. You'll complete eight sets of each exercise.
For this at home tabata set - all you will need is:
Remember, when you are on for those 20 seconds, you should be working as hard as you can! Own your workout and modify where you need to!!
For another tabata workout - check this out!
Feel free to contact me with any you may have about ways to own your healthy happy life!!
Finding an AWESOME kick booty workout app can be a game changer in getting your at home workout on! Even better when you can find a workout app that is for real FREE and not trying to push a million different "premium" features on you!
When looking for my favorite workout apps, here is what I look for:
Here are TOP PICKS FOR MUST HAVE FREE WORKOUT APPS:
1) SWORKIT: ABS & CORE:
This is app - is part of the SWORKIT series. I love all the SWORKIT apps because A) they are actually free B) you have the ability to set the timer to go from 3 - 60 minutes. The "ABS & CORE" version shares that cool feature and allows you to choose from "Absolutely Awesome", "Back Strength, or "Complete Core" workouts. Every workout is body weight only and consists of a variety of exercises performed in 30 seconds intervals. If you are looking for extra core work (which is one of the biggest exercise requests from Fit Mama clients) the SWORKOUT core app makes it easy and realistic! Challenge yourself to one SWORKIT core set daily!
2) INTERVALS - INTERVAL TIMER
Ok - this app isn't going to tell you what to do for your workouts but as far as I'm concerned this app is the essential workout app you can have. Tabata (HIIT workout lasting 4 minutes consisting of 8 sets 20 seconds on/10 seconds off) is my go to recommendation for any client struggling with fitting in a workout routine. Tabata is also an awesome workout for anybody who gets bored easily. You can change up exercises every 20 second round of Tabata if you want - which makes for a fast paced and super effective workout! The INTERVALS app makes keeping track of where you are in each set completely mindless. Just press the start button and listen to spoken interval names and prompts. When you've completed all 8 sets, you'll hear "WORKOUT COMPLETE". That means - Wooohoooo - that round is done. Whether you have time for a full 20 minute Tabata workout (5 rounds) or you only have a few minutes - this INTERVALS TIMER app makes it extra easy. As a side note this app does have a lot of additional bells and whistles allowing you to sync to your Apple watch and customizing your workouts and HIIT times. As cool as that all seems - I love my totally free and easy to use FREE version!
3) NIKE TRAINING
I saved my super fave for last - NIKE TRAINING is SERIOUSLY AMAZING! This is my go to for days when I"m working out on my own but I want someone else to tell me what to do. It's like having your own personal trainer giving you a kick ass workout, while still having the sometimes needed luxury of being alone. You can choose from a variety of workouts based on what kind of workout goal you have that day. Their are a large variety of workouts that range from beginner to advanced. This app can be a perfect accompaniment to your gym membership being that quite a few workouts require equipment. I like that you can choose a workout to guide you through a workout that possibly uses equipment you may not have known how to use on your own. This app also has "Benchmark" workouts that help you track progress - along with having a feature to create a customized workout plan for yourself using a variety of the workouts they provide. Each workout is easy to follow along with and come in a variety of lengths. This is my number one most recommended workout to each of my clients! The models not only show each exercise but give helpful cues to make sure you are doing each exercise correctly. This app will give you a great workout and act as a learning tool teaching you proper form to ensure you are getting the most effective workout possible - without the help of an actual personal trainer being there to guide you.
Now it's time for you to share some of your favorites with me!! Like I said before - I like variety! It's great to learn about new ways to get my workout on when I'm on my own! Be sure to comment below and tell me what workout apps are your favorite!
AMRAP = As many reps as possible!
Start the clock and run through each set completing as many reps as possible. When the clock stops take a 1 minute break before moving on to the next set!
REPEAT SET #1
REPEAT SET #2
CORE FINISHER: AMRAP 5 min
Today I wanted to share one of my favorite HIIT workouts with all of you - Tabata!!
But first - what’s HIIT all about? - HIIT stands for high intensity interval training. How a HIIT workout happens is working out using a strategy of using short periods of intense aerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. HIIT workouts are awesome (especially for busy women/moms) because they not only improve ones overall athletic capacity through conditioning but have been shown to improve glucose metabolism. Woohoo!!
So, now - what’s Tabata all about?? Tabata is a form of HIIT using intervals of 20 seconds high intensity (think working as hard as you can!!) then a 10 sec rest. This gets repeated 8 times to complete a circuit, totaling 4 minutes of work!! How is easy that!! This is perfect for you busy ladies who just can’t seem find to fit something in. You can do just one set or several - make it your own. Start with one Tabata set daily and build from there. Those baby steps will eventually lead you to develop a real workout routine!!
How to get started with your first at home Tabata set:
~ Look at the cardio picture and select an exercise. Start your timer. You will perform this exercise for the next 20 seconds. When your timer tells you to rest - rest 10 seconds. You will repeat this 7 more times until your timer tells you that your set is finished. Yay! Way to rock out your first at home Tabata set. Now if you are looking for more continue on with the next 5 sets. Use these directions to select an exercise from the corresponding picture - when you have completed all of them you should have got a great 24 minute total body workout!!
SET #2 LOWER BODY
SET #3 CARDIO
SET #4 UPPER BODY
SET #5 CARDIO
SET #6 CORE
Start by grabbing a timer. Time how long it takes you to perform;
10 push ups
30 jump squats
Remember that time!!
Now here are your stations: You will be on for 45 seconds with a 15 second break before moving to the next one.
SWIMMING: Swimmers (on your stomach like superman but you will lift opposite arm, opposite leg)
LONG JUMP: Jump and shuffle (jump forward and shuffle back to start)
BOXING: Lateral steps while punching
HURDLES: high knees side to side over something for example a book
GYMNASTICS: Glute bridge (lay on back with feet on the floor, lift hips toward the ceiling and hold)
Repeat this circuit 2-3 times
NOW GO BACK TO THE BEGINNING. GRAB YOUE TIMER AND REPEAT THE BEGINNING PUSH UPS, BURPEES, JUMP SQUATS, and LUNGES. SEE IF YOU CAN BEAT YOUR TIME!!
Here's a workout that you can do at home with just a dice!
Each number on the dice represents an exercise. Roll the dice and perform the corresponding exercise for 45 seconds Then you have 15 seconds to roll for the next one. Roll 10 times and then wait 90 seconds and start round 2. Go through all 3 rounds and then for extra credit, repeat the first round of. Cardio! Good luck!
4-plank walk ups
5-squat and hold
4-plank and hold
5-forearm plank and hold
6-opposite arm/leg crunch
Uno is one of my family's favorite games! It’s basic enough that even my 4 year old understands it, yet it is still fun for my older 2 children, 6 &10. In fact, my husband and I even have a great time playing it! That’s why this workout is so much fun!! This is a workout you can do with your whole family. So, take it out to the backyard and get moving!
To do this workout you will need a regular deck of Uno cards. For the most part, you will follow the directions of the game. Each player will receive 7 cards, take 1 card and place in the middle and then take all of the extra cards and place them at least 12 feet away, if you have a hill to put them on top of, even better!
You will then start the game just as the directions say, matching colors and numbers. The only difference is that each color on the card represents a different exercise. The number on the card represents reps. When someone lays a card, everyone one will preform the exercise together. If you do not have a match, or have to draw a card, everyone together will have to run to the card pile to draw the right amount or until someone finds a match. For example, if you need a 2 or a red and you draw a green 5, everyone together will run all the way back and then go back to the pile while that picker picks another card, this goes on until a red or a 2 are picked (or whatever the card you are looking for is) Reverses and Skips you will do just what you do during a normal game of UNO.
Here are some ideas to use for the cards:
Red: Push ups
Blue: Jump Squats
Green: Plank Walk ups
Yellow: Jumping Jacks
Wild: 10 burpees
You will continue to play, with everyone taking part in the exercises and running to draw cards until someone has no more cards left.
Have fun & don’t forget to say UNO!
Grab a deck of cards and be ready to get your workout on!
QUEEN = 12 MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
KING = 12 LUNGES
JACK = 12 JUMPING JACKS
ACES = 12 BURPEES
JOKER = 12 PLANK WALK UPS
For the rest of the cards RED = SQUATS, BLACK = PUSH-UPS. The # on card dictates how many reps. For example, a BLACK 6 = 6 PUSH-UPS