o you prefer to work out in front of people or to jog solo? The Summer Olympics are just around the corner and most people working out are technically ‘training’ for something. Maybe it’s to stay in shape, to get ready for a high school reunion, a wedding, swimsuit season, or it could be as simple as burning off some calories after this long holiday BBQ bender.
I come from a family who takes athletics seriously; so hitting the gym with my siblings usually results in comments like, “Wow, that’s how you do squats?” or “your form is all wrong Dale.” This is why I’m passing the torch to my sister, Jody, for this first Fitness Lite post. She’s a women’s college basketball head coach and actually put on 20 pounds of muscle playing bball in college herself, so I trust her knowledge in the weight room. Plus, I’m a big fan of her workouts that are short and effective under an hour so let’s get started with a quick warm up ~
Today’s trainer will be my sister, Jody,
sporting my favorite workout attire (anything bright, fun & reminiscent of the 80′s
) courtesy of Camp Beverly Hills
. This iconic California collection has been around since the 70′s and just re-launched in January ’12. If you follow Vivaluxury
, you may remember her bright beach post featuring the new collection
Time to Break a Sweat (aka the warm-up)~
Running, Ugh! ~ If you’re not a big fan of running, just jog at any pace for about 10 minutes to warm up.
Jump Rope Zone ~ Jumping rope for 3 minutes straight also counts as a warm up.
Exercise 1 ~ Push-Up Hold
Step 1 ~ Start in a plank holding yourself up, then drop….
Step 2 ~ Hold. You don’t have to do a push-up. Hold your body weight and you can have your knees on the ground if you’re just starting out. (Shoot to hold 30 seconds for 3 sets)
Exercise 2 ~ The Lunge (crucial)
Make it a Full Body Workout ~ To work out the core, upper body and of course the legs & butt, try a lunge holding a medicine ball straight above your head. (Shoot for 3 sets of 12)
Form ~ The most important part is to make sure the front knee doesn’t go over your toe when you lunge
Exercise 3 ~ Step-Up Leg Raises
Step 1 (Full Body again) ~ Step up on a stool or block and have a weight in the opposite hand
Step 2 ~ Step up lifting your leg up and arm at the same time. (Try 3 sets on each leg to get sore)
Exercise 4 (Finally) ~ Leg Lifts
Baby Steps ~ Start by lifting your body up and keeping both feet on the ground at first. Then lift one leg keeping it straight aligned with your body. (Shoot for a 30 second hold and then do 2-3 sets per leg.)
DETAILS by Dale
Roxburry Charcoal Running Shorts here
& Sunset Tank Top here
~Check out more of the collection at Camp Beverly Hills Special thanks to my sister for helping on this post & feel free to share any of your own fitness tips
While my favorite part of this work-out was not having to do it myself, do you find yourself hitting the gym less in the summer and spending more time doing outdoor activities?
Coming up in the next Fitness Lite summer series~ A ‘Behind the Scenes’ look at a women’s fitness modeling competition including lots of muscles, before & after pics, plus intense spray tans.
UPDATE ~ Renegade Bracelet Winner
Congratulations to Rachel of the blog StylesandSmarts & @beatlesblonde on twitter for being chosen by Random.org as the winner of the Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet
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