Fitness Friday: The Kitchen Workout

The Kitchen Workout

 

I put out some feelers this week to find out where you really need help and how I can best provide that help and support to you. One of the most requested topics was How To Fit In a Workout. I’ve previously given you posts featuring 15-minute workouts, workouts focused on specific trouble zones, and workouts you can do from home.

I’m taking it down to an even MORE PRACTICAL level & hoping that you find this new series called “Workouts You Can Do Anywhere” easy-to-implement & do-able in almost every situation.

Today is the first post in the series, and we’re starting in a room in your house where you likely spend a great deal of your time — THE KITCHEN.

You’ve heard the expression “Abs are made in the kitchen?” Well today, we’re not just making abs by eating a clean diet. We are literally sculpting abs (and other muscle groups) from the convenience of your kitchen! Each move takes only about 30 seconds to complete. Try these moves while you’re: waiting for the coffee maker to do it’s thing or the tea kettle to boil, while your toast is in the toaster, or ANY time  you have a minute or two while going about your normal routine in the kitchen.

Let’s get started…

1) The first move is Leg Swings. Stand perpendicular to the counter and place the hand closest to the counter on top of the counter for support. Swing your outer leg frontwards & backwards (like a pendulum). One complete forward & backward swing is considered one rep. Keep your glutes in tight and leg muscles engaged.

Aim for 15 reps, then turn around & switch to the opposite hand for support & opposite leg for swinging performing 15 reps on that side. If time allows, do one more set (15 more reps on each side).

When I do this exercise, I feel both my glutes and hamstrings engage.

2) Second is Wall Pushups. This is a type of supported push-up that allows you to build upper body strength. The movement is exactly what it sounds like. Facing a wall, (or again, using the edge of the counter if there isn’t a free wall in your kitchen) start on your tiptoes with arms and elbows straight and palms against the wall. Bend elbows to come in towards the wall, then push away until your arms & elbows are fully extended. Try and squeeze in 10-12 reps. Trust me, you will feel this after a few reps if you are doing it correctly and keeping those elbows close to your body. If time allows, perform another set.

3) Bicep curls (with cans or water bottles). Grab a couple of 28-ounce cans from the pantry (these are usually canned tomatoes in my kitchen!). If you don’t have any, grab a couple of filled water bottles to complete this exercise. If you have a set of handweights, you can use these too!  Just trying to keep this geared towards you using your few spare minutes to squeeze in some exercise! Really focus on those bicep muscles and curl those cans up at the same time to complete one rep. Do 15 reps. Again, if you have time, go for a second set!

Give yourself a good stretch when you finish these three moves. Stand facing the counter with straight arms, both hands resting on the counter’s edge. Slowly lean forward with a straight back (you can bend your needs slightly if you need to in order to keep a straight back). Hold for 20-30 seconds. I feel this stretch in my back, hamstrings, and in both arms.

BONUS MOVE: Before you stretch & if time allows,  drop down and plank it out!! Start with holding a 30-second plank. Each time you do this, try and hold for a couple more seconds. You will definitely feel your abs shaking as well as your arms as you hold a strong blank.

What did you think of The Kitchen Workout? I’d love it if you’d leave a comment below & let me know how you felt after trying one or all of these moves!

Hope you enjoyed this first post in the Workouts You Can Do Anywhere series! Next week, we’ll be doing simple moves for just a few minutes in another place you already spend a lot of your time.

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Fitness Friday: Lower Body Blast

Happy Friday! So many people LOVED my previous post, The Best 10 Workouts You Can Do at Home … especially the Kill Those Calves workout. That workout alone received more than 1400 repins on Pinterest!

If its lower body you want, then that’s what you’ll get!! 🙂

I’m working on more lower body toning myself, and I have reviewed TONS of lower body workout pins on Pinterest, YouTube videos, as well as my print magazine archives.

Today I’m going to share one of the BEST lower body workouts that I found.

This was a segment from one of Jillian Michael’s videos that I discovered on YouTube. I’m having you repeat each move three times to get that lower body burn that will equal GREAT RESULTS.

I’m calling this workout the Lower Body Blast. I did this 2 days ago, and I can still feel the burn (in a good way!)

Lower Body Blast workout

Tack on this 20-minute session after 30 minutes of cardio or do on its own to create shapely glutes & thighs. To watch each of these moves performed, check out Jillian’s demo here.

WORK HARDER THAN YOU THINK YOU DID YESTERDAY!

 

 

 

The Best 10 Workouts You Can Do At Home

Whether you have a gym membership or not, sometimes you just want to get a great workout without having to go somewhere to do it. I hear ya! And with traffic and road construction the way it is now, I swear leaving the house is terribly overrated!

Whether you are looking for ways to tone your arms, lift your butt, or just get some cardio in …

Here are 10 of the BEST Workouts you can do from home (or anywhere!)

1. Your BEST Butt.  This is a great butt workout courtesy of Lita, a dancer who blogs on Tumblr as Back on Pointe. You can do this entire workout from home without a single piece of equipment. Have a pair of dumbells at home? Great! Use them if you want to add intensity.

from #backonpointe

from #backonpointe

If you’ve been doing this butt workout for awhile and you want to switch things up, check out the Beach Babe Booty workout here. You’ll be feeling this when you are done … no doubt!

2. Tank Top Arms. Who cares if summer is almost over? We want tank top arms year-round, and we can get them easily with this AWESOME workout from the lovely Caitlin at fitfabcities.com. Our arms thank you for this, Caitlin! For best results, you will need a pair of dumbbells.  Start off with a weight you can manage (or even two bottles of water if you are a beginner). Increase weight once it becomes too easy (e.g., you aren’t feeling the burn after completing a set)

View on Amazon: 3-lb. dumbbells, 5-lb. dumbbells

from #fitfabcities

from #fitfabcities

 

 3. The 25 for 25 Workout. Whoa! This one looks intense! You will do each one of these 25 moves in about 25 minutes. Do each exercise for 25 seconds, resting 25 seconds before starting the next move. This workout is from Katy at fitinheels.com.  You can see a demo of each move here.

from #fitinheels

from #fitinheels

 

4. Killer Inner Thigh Workout (but in a GOOD way). This is great inner thigh workout from Cassie at blogilates.com.  Here is a link to Cassie’s printable version. All you need is a yoga mat. What are you waiting for?

View on Amazon: yoga mat

Beginner-Inner-Thighs

 

5. Resistance Tube Workout.  Just like it says… this is a great home workout you can do in the comfort of your own living room. Resistance tubes are inexpensive, lightweight, easy-to-use, and travel well.  Check out these Ultimate Resistance Tube Moves from UK trainer Jon Stratford.

view on Amazon: resistance tubes

#jonstratford

#jonstratford

 

6. The All Body Bosu Workout. There is a good chance you have one of these at home already. Maybe in your garage if not in plain sight? I inherited mine from my friend Barbora Silva (thanks Barbora!) a few years ago. It has been resurrected from the garage as I have upped my at-home workouts considerably.  This poster, repinned on Pinterest from loveandprimal is by far the best total body Bosu workout I’ve seen. I love how it is also used for squats & lunges — awesome workout!

View on Amazon: Bosu Balance Trainer

repinned from #loveandprimal

repinned from #loveandprimal

 

7. The 100 Workout.  I have no idea who to credit for this workout. If anyone knows, will you please post it in the comments so I can update this?  Thanks!! I’ve seen it online for at least a couple of years (basically since I discovered Pinterest). It is quick and effective. Everything is done indoors except the last 10 minutes, which is a run. I PROMISE you’ll be warmed up by the time you head outdoors!

the-100-workout

 

8. Kill Those Calves Workout. Want sexy calves? This workout will give ’em to you. This is all calves, baby.  They’ll be screaming by the time you are done. But won’t you look hot in your heels?  I think so! This one is from @workouts_daily. Check out their Instagram feed here.

Don’t forget to stretch when you are done or foam roll to go a little deeper. Check out these 5 foam roller stretches to keep your muscles long and lean!

kill-those-calves

 

9. The “Sexy Back” Workout. Nope, this isn’t what JT does to stay in shape.  This is from our friends at Shape.com. The Sexy Back workout is  banish bra bulge, back pain, and bad posture. Check out the instructional video here to see more.

from Shape.com

from Shape.com

and last but not least …

10. The 5-4-3-2-1 Workout.  Only got 15 minutes? Not a problem! This 15-minute workout hits everything you need for a great at-home fat blaster – no equipment required. Again, I’m not sure who created this workout. If you know, please drop me a comment below!

54321-workout

Hope you enjoyed these! Let me know if I missed any great ones … and don’t forget to STRETCH after your workout 🙂