MOVE OF THE WEEK: PLANK (in honor of our 30 Day Plank Challenge)

Sometimes the simplest of movements result in the greatest gains to your fitness.  This is certainly the case with planks. A plank may look easy at first, but this is deceiving. Holding a proper plank position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back, and quads.

The plank is one of the most effective exercises for core conditioning, as it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously.  Not only does it give you a killer core, but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, reduces back-pain, and improves flexibility and balance.

Visit my FB page for detailed instructions on how to do a proper plank, as well as for modifications.

Photo credit: Physique 57

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Move of the week: Plank

MOVE OF THE WEEK: PLANK (in honor of our 30 Day Plank Challenge)

Sometimes the simplest of movements result in the greatest gains to your fitness. This is certainly the case with planks. A plank may look easy at first, but this is deceiving. Holding a proper plank position takes strength and endurance in your abs, back, and quads.

The plank is one of the most effective exercises for core conditioning, as it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Not only does it give you a killer core, but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture, reduces back-pain, and improves flexibility and balance.

Visit my FB page for detailed instructions on how to do a proper plank, as well as for modifications.

Photo credit: Physique 57

#fit #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitbody #fitness #fittips #fitchick #fitforce #fitgirls #fitmamma #fitmommy #fitjourney #fitnessgoals #fitnessjourney #fitnessmotivation #workout #weightloss #workoutathome #workoutoftheday #weightlossjourney #exercise #bodyafterbaby #planking #plankchallenge #plank

MORNING MOTIVATION: “This month’s choices are next month’s body”.

“This month’s choices are next month’s body”.

MORNING MOTIVATION: “This month’s choices are next month’s body”.

A goal without action is just a wish. Set some goals and smash them! If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, consider investing in one for a little bit of extra motivation. I find that using a heart rate monitor really helps motivate me, both in terms of frequency and intensity of my workouts.  I like to monitor how hard I’m working during a session, and I LOVE getting my workout session totals at the end of the week.  It makes my workouts a fun game and helps me accomplish my goals by giving me focus and making me accountable. It’s what I find works for me. These are my results from last week’s workouts. The fitness program on my watch set my weekly target at 2550 calories, but I was aiming for a 4000 calorie goal.  I’m super excited that I finally broke through that 4000 calorie ceiling! It took a few weeks of trying, and I was very close (3850) a couple times, but I finally did it! The fitter you become, and the smaller you are, the fewer calories you burn. Bummer…but the upside is that you are (1) more fit, and (2) have more muscle mass, so you are burning more calories at rest.

Whether it be fitness, or any area of your life, ask yourself what you truly want.  Then write down the #goals that you’ve set for yourself, make a plan to get there, and start driving. Start anywhere! The important thing is to just #START. “Be not afraid of moving slowly, be afraid only of standing still.

A Goal Without Action is Just a Wish

A goal without action is just a wish. Set some goals and smash them! If you don’t have a heart rate monitor, consider investing in one for a little bit of extra motivation. I find that using a heart rate monitor really helps motivate me, both in terms of frequency and intensity of my workouts. I like to monitor how hard I’m working during a session, and I LOVE getting my workout session totals at the end of the week. It makes my workouts a fun game and helps me accomplish my goals by giving me focus and making me accountable. It’s what I find works for me. These are my results from last week’s workouts. The fitness program on my watch set my weekly target at 2550 calories, but I was aiming for a 4000 calorie goal. I’m super excited that I finally broke through that 4000 calorie ceiling! It took a few weeks of trying, and I was very close (3850) a couple times, but I finally did it! The fitter you become, and the smaller you are, the fewer calories you burn. Bummer…but the upside is that you are (1) more fit, and (2) have more muscle mass, so you are burning more calories at rest.

Whether it be fitness, or any area of your life, ask yourself what you truly want. Then write down the #goals that you’ve set for yourself, make a plan to get there, and start driving. Start anywhere! The important thing is to just #START. “Be not afraid of moving slowly, be afraid only of standing still.”

Move of the week:  Jump Tuck Burpees!

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with burpees. And by “love-hate

Move of the week: Jump Tuck Burpees!

Move of the week: Jump Tuck Burpees!

Most of us have a love-hate relationship with burpees. And by “love-hate”, I mean “hate-hate”. They are HARD! However, the truth is that burpees are an awesomely effective exercise that delivers both full-body strength conditioning AND major calorie burn. You don’t need to buy any equipment and you can do them anywhere! A few seconds of burpees will convince anyone that burpees are a major butt-kicking workout. Tuck-jump burpees are even more intense! This is a still from my Full Body Tabata Blast workout – getting some air on the tuck jump!

To perform a Tuck Jump Full Burpee:

1) squat down and put hands on the floor in front of you
2) kick your feet back and do a push-up
3) Immediately return to a squat position and explosively leap up as high as possible from the squat, while simultaneously bending your knees and tucking your feet up. Repeat, moving as fast as possible.

Modifications: If you are a beginner, are recovering from an injury, or are just getting back into exercising try these modifications.

For less intensity:

“If you still look cute at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.” Proof this sweaty mess trained to the max! A #sweaty #sundayfunday spin class with my husband on this rainy San Diego day.  Hope you are all having a great Sunday!  Looking forward to hitting the new week hard! I posted a new workout today and another one is uploading for you tomorrow! Subscribe to my FB and YouTube (link in bio) so you don't miss my free workouts and health tips.

#fit #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitbody #fitness #fittips #fitchick #fitmommy #fitnessaddict #fitnessgoals #fitnessjourney #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmotivation #workout #weightloss #weightlossjourney #exercise #healthy #calorieburn #burningcalories #bodyafterbaby #spin #cycle #cardio #sweat #fitjourney

“If you still look cute at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.”

“If you still look cute at the end of your workout, you didn’t train hard enough.” Proof this sweaty mess trained to the max! A #sweaty #sundayfunday spin class with my husband on this rainy San Diego day. Hope you are all having a great Sunday! Looking forward to hitting the new week hard! I posted a new workout today and another one is uploading for you tomorrow! Subscribe to my FB and YouTube (link in bio) so you don’t miss my free workouts and health tips.

#fit #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitbody #fitness #fittips #fitchick #fitmommy #fitnessaddict #fitnessgoals #fitnessjourney #fitnesslifestyle #fitnessmotivation #workout #weightloss #weightlossjourney #exercise #healthy #calorieburn #burningcalories #bodyafterbaby #spin #cycle #cardio #sweat #fitjourney

A woman's calves are one of the most often seen parts of her body -- from dresses and skirts, to bathing suits, to shorts, our legs are on display. However, the calf muscles are often neglected because we don’t see it as a “problem area”. DON'T ignore your calves!  A set of well-developed calves helps balance out the symmetry of the legs and makes the upper leg appear smaller.  Not to mention strong calves help you rock those 5 inch heels! I've got goals for my calves and legs this year: more defined and stronger. What are your goals? A new calve video will be up on my FB and YouTube Channel (link in bio) later today, so swing by and “like” FB (FitForceFX) or subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss it!  It hits both the gastrocnemius and the soleus muscles.  Hope you like it! 
#workout #exercise #weightloss #workoutvideo #workoutathome #workoutanywhere #weightlossjourney #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitgirls #fitness #fittips #fitchick #fitforce #fitjourney #fitmommy #fitnessgoals #FitGirlVideos #fitnessmotivation #bodyafterbaby #winetasting #wine #legs @bernardowinery

A woman’s calves are one of the most often seen parts of her body

A woman’s calves are one of the most often seen parts of her body — from dresses and skirts, to bathing suits, to shorts, our legs are on display. However, the calf muscles are often neglected because we don’t see it as a “problem area”. DON’T ignore your calves! A set of well-developed calves helps balance out the symmetry of the legs and makes the upper leg appear smaller. Not to mention strong calves help you rock those 5 inch heels! I’ve got goals for my calves and legs this year: more defined and stronger. What are your goals? A new calve video will be up on my FB and YouTube Channel (link in bio) later today, so swing by and “like” FB (FitForceFX) or subscribe to my YouTube channel so you don’t miss it! It hits both the gastrocnemius and the soleus muscles. Hope you like it!
#workout #exercise #weightloss #workoutvideo #workoutathome #workoutanywhere #weightlossjourney #fit #fitfam #fitspo #fatloss #fitgirls #fitness #fittips #fitchick #fitforce #fitjourney #fitmommy #fitnessgoals #FitGirlVideos #fitnessmotivation #bodyafterbaby #winetasting #wine #legs @bernardowinery

Smashed my HRM's goals with tough workouts this week! But I want to push through that 4k ceiling.

Smashed my HRM’s goals

Smashed my HRM’s goals with tough workouts this week! But I want to push through that 4k ceiling.

In honor of #valentinesday do a #partnerworkout with your significant other this weekend. Working out together has many benefits. Gym time becomes

In honor of Valentines Day do a partner workout

In honor of #valentinesday do a #partnerworkout with your significant other this weekend. Working out together has many benefits. Gym time becomes “us time” and trying something new and different together can bring you closer to each other. Oh, and get ready for those spicy #endorphins to start flowing! ❤️

Day 10 #letsgetflexyin2015 Yoga Challenge. Viparita Dandasana (aka super duper intense deep backbend - AKA ouchy). I should have warmed up! I have to be very mindful of my dislocating shoulders. Bottom pic is my attempt at the full pose and top pic is my modification basic backbend). I didn't put my forearms down on my matt fully, as that's a position for my shoulders that I'm supposed to avoid. But here is my Inverted Staff Pose #yogafail anyways!

Day 10 #letsgetflexyin2015 Yoga Challenge. Viparita Dandasana

Day 10 #letsgetflexyin2015 Yoga Challenge. Viparita Dandasana (aka super duper intense deep backbend – AKA ouchy). I should have warmed up! I have to be very mindful of my dislocating shoulders. Bottom pic is my attempt at the full pose and top pic is my modification basic backbend). I didn’t put my forearms down on my matt fully, as that’s a position for my shoulders that I’m supposed to avoid. But here is my Inverted Staff Pose #yogafail anyways!