Monday, December 31, 2012


Most of you will make resolutions. Make sure you can stick to them! I know you can!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Just do it

I know I know, the Nike tag line, "Just Do IT"  This morning i was tired, and my bed was comfy but I drug myself out, and did a 30 mins kickboxing workout.  I am SOOOOOO glad I did that. I am so energized, my mood is elevated and I am able to deal with not so nice people.

So tired, sick, just cannot motivate yourself?  Get over you, and just do it!  I promise you will be glad you did!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Squat a thon

Sooooo I am a little late on this butttttt here is your squat a thon challenge


Have a very fit day!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Lozilu workouts for this week!

Workout #1: Bar Belle

Warm Up:
Repeat the warm up circuit twice.
Side Plank:  30 seconds each side
Prone Cobra:  15 reps
Bear Crawl: 30 seconds
Jump Rope or incline walk/run: 2 minutes

Circuit 1:
SUPERSET!  Repeat the two exercises in this circuit (aka: superset) 2-3 times.  Choose a weight or resistance level that will challenge you (that means you can keep good form but it is still difficult to get all reps in at that weight/resistance).
Decline Push Up to Side Crunch: 8-12 reps
Dips: 12-15 reps

Circuit 2:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Dumbbell Row: 10-12 reps
Squat Arm Curls: 10-12 reps

Circuit 3:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Hamstring Bridge to Curl on Stability Ball:  12 reps
Single Leg Deadlift: 10 reps each leg

Circuit 4:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Goblet Squat: 12-15 reps
Box Jump: 10 reps

Circuit 5:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Side V-Ups with Leg Kicks: 8-12 each side
Side Plank: hold 30 seconds each side

Cool Down: 
Walk it out for 5 minutes.

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Workout #2: Betty Biceps

Warm Up: 
Repeat the warm up circuit twice.
Side Plank:  30 seconds each side
Prone Cobra:  15 reps
Bear Crawl: 30 seconds
Jump Rope or incline walk/run: 2 minutes

Perform 10 reps of each exercise and complete 4 rounds as quickly as you can! 
Walk out Push Up to Swivel
Shoulder Press to Glute Extension
Pull Up (whatever progression is right for you)
Side Lunge Rotation to Single Leg Hop (all reps each side)
Tuck Jumps
Hop Scotch Arm Curl
Cool Down:
Hold each stretch for 30 seconds
Standing Chest Stretch
Cat Stretch
Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch
Pretzel Stretch

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Workout #3: Rosie the Ripper

Warm Up: 
Repeat the warm up circuit twice.
Side Plank:  30 seconds each side
Prone Cobra:  15 reps
Bear Crawl: 30 seconds
Jump Rope or incline walk/run: 2 minutes

Complete the reps/duration or distance for each of the following exercises as quickly as possible, with good form before moving to the next exercise.
Run a mile as hard as you can (treadmill, track or on the road).
Modified Turkish Get Up: 20 total reps (10 each arm)
Side Crunch to Burpee: 25 reps
Wall Sit: 1 minute
Pull Up: 25 reps (whatever progression you are at)
Wall Sit: 1 minute
Sumo Squat to Press: 25 reps
Suitcases: 25 reps
Wall Sit: 1 minute
Run half mile as hard as you can.

Cool Down: 
Walk it out for 2-3 minutes and then hold each stretch for at least 30 seconds: Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch
Pretzel Stretch, Tricep Side Arm Stretch

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Thanksgiving fullness

Thanksgiving has past. Some of us, ran on Thanksgiving day, some of us did not. ( I did!) Some of us spent hours walking and shopping (unfortunately that was me) and most of us spent lots of time eating.

Now if you were good, you kept to your calorie intake and did not go back for seconds.

Some of you were not so good and that is okay, it is a holiday after all and it is sometimes hard to resist a 2nd helping or dessert.

Before Christmas hits, get back into your work out routine.  Try to get some of those unwanted pounds off before you have to do the whole eat with the family routine again.

Go for 30 min runs/walks
Do 30 mins of your favorite video
and WATCH what you eat from now until Christmas!

Here are this weeks LoziLu work outs

Workout #1: Accumulator

(We did this workout the week of October 22!! Did you write down your finishing time?!? Today is the day to race against yourself and see your fitness gains throughout the past month.)

Warm Up:
5 minutes minimum easy working to moderate effort on treadmill or elliptical

Main Set:
Start by completing one rep of each exercise for the first round, then two reps of each exercise for the second round, then three reps of each exercise for the third round and so on until you hit a total of ten reps for each round.  Keep track of your time from when you start the first round until you finish with the last round - strive to beat your previous times!
Prone Cobra
Modified V Ups
Step Back Lunge with OH Hold (each side)
Inch Worm to Push Up
Squat Arm Curls
Tuck Jumps

Cool Down: 
5 minutes moderate to easy effort on treadmill or elliptical, then Standing Chest Stretch and Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch.

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Workout #2: Irresistible Force

Warm Up:  
5 minutes minimum walking or running
Prone Cobra: 10 reps
Side Plank with Leg Lift: 8 reps each side
Basketball Lunge to Press:  60 seconds

Circuit 1:
(Three times through)
Box Blasts:  12 reps
Pull Up Progression:  10 reps (at whatever level you are at)
Opposite Arm and Leg V-Up:  10 reps each

Circuit 2:
(Two times through)
Bear Crawl:  60 seconds
Shoulder Press to Glute Extension:  8 reps per leg (16 total for arms)
Squat Arm Curls: 12 reps
Dips: 15 reps
Around the World Lunge:  4 times all the way around the world
Cool Down:
Flow through Chaturanga 3 times then.  Walk or Jog for 5 min.

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Workout #3: Queen Machine

Warm Up: 
5 minutes minimum walking or running
Spiderman Plank:  60 seconds
Around the World Lunges:  3 times each leg

Perform each movement for 30 seconds, go right into the next movement.  At the end of the circuit rest 1 minute.  Repeat the circuit 4 times.
Walkout Push Up to Swivel
High Knee Run
Ski Jump to Cross Back Lunge
Plank Row to Burpee

Cool Down: 
Cat Stretch
Pretzel Stretch
Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch-Walk or jog easy for 5 minutes.

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Enjoy the Holidays but stay fit!

Have a very fit day!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

I am a slacker and running tips

Wow I have been slacking on you guys. I am so sorry.  It has been a crazy couple of weeks.  I finished Insanity and actually miss it.  I have begun incorporating some of the videos into my regular routine and have started running again.. OH how I missed running.   Now it take a lot for me to talk myself into lacing up those shoes and really getting out the door.  I can talk myself out of running any day of the week, but oh what accomplishments I feel when I get out there and just do it.   The weather in the south has been perfect for running.  Low humidity, nice cool breeze.  PERFECT!

Here are some tips for you running beginners

1.  Get the right pair of shoes.  Find a pair that fits your foot and the surface you run on.  Your gym/ shoes probably are not going to cut it.  The right pair of shoes helps with shin splints and joint aches.  Go to a local running store and get help (you can always buy the shoes they recommend on amazon or another cheaper store).  I also look at reviews of the shoes before I buy them and this has always worked well for me.  Also remember to buy a size larger than your normal shoes and your feet swell while running!

2.  Do a cool up and warm down and STRETCH!  I know this seems like basic stuff but you cannot just walk out the door and go into a run.  If you do, you will surely injure yourself.  Start with a  min warm up brisk walk and stretch a little then start your run. At the end, cool down with a brisk walk, do some push ups, and stretch!

3. Use proper upper body form - do not clench your fists, keep your hands at hip level and at 90 degree angle.  Use good posture (head up, back straight)

4. Do not think so much about your pace.  In the beginning you should be able to talk and run at the same time (I know easier said than done) but keep your pace light, speed up when you think you can, ease back down when you need too, just keep running.  It is not a race and you will speed up over time and with practice.

5. Run/walk some people need to do the run/walk approach. Try couch potato to 5k program  it is a fabulous program and will have you running in no time at all.

6. Start off slowly Do not do too much to soon.  I know you are eager, but running  5 miles out the gate is a bit much for your body to handle, start off slowly and build up. Listen to your body.

7. Breathe through nose and mouth - Some new runners assume they should breathe in only through their nose. You actually want to breathe in through your nose and mouth to make sure you're getting enough oxygen to your muscles while running. Taking deep belly breaths can help prevent side cramps around your lungs.

8. Enjoy yourself - once you get into a rhythm, enjoy yourself.  Feel the blood rushing through your body and the accomplishment that you did it.. You got off the couch and are running!

Have a very fit day!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Last week of Insanity

Last week of Insanity, and I am ready to take a break.  Love the work outs, but they become monotonous after awhile.  I know what to expect and which ones I dislike, which makes for de-motivation. My last fit test is Saturday YAY!!!.  I skipped yesterdays video and went for a 5 mile run.  It felt nice to get out of the house and run along the river.  So many people were out running, walking and bike riding.  I even passed a boot camp group.  I love fall and spring.  The weather, here in FL is perfect for working out, outdoors. The humidity disappears, there is a slight breeze and the view along the river is spectacular. <sigh> I am lucky to live in such a pretty place, where I have the access to workout, outdoors.  It was nice seeing so many people outside as well.

Get off that couch and do something outside, even if it is a walk around the block.  A walk is better than doing nothing!

Have a very fit day!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Boost your metabolism

Boosting your metabolism isn’t as hard as you might think. While all of our bodies are different and metabolize in their own ways, there are a few surefire tricks you can rely on to rev up your inner calorie furnace. From early AM workouts to food choices, you can give your metabolism an extra push without too much effort. Sweet! Here are a few simple ways to get your metabolism pumping in no time:
  1. Eat Breakfast! The worst thing you can do to kick-start your day (and your metabolism) is skip breakfast. Click here for my complete breakfast breakdown.
  2. Get Moving in the Morning. My trainer has always pushed me to do my workouts in the morning. But I’ll be honest. There’s no chance I’ll ever be a morning person, no less someone that can hit the gym before noon. That said, for those of you who are early risers, I encourage you to exercise in the morning. An early morning sweat-session will get your metabolism up and running and therefore burning more calories for the rest of the day. Check out my Fitness section where I’ve shared a few of my favorite exercises and workout routines.
  3. Drink Up! If you’ve even just a tad thirsty (or dehydrated) you run the risk of slowing your metabolism. I’ve heard that drinking cold water actually sparks your metabolism because your body has to work harder to heat it up to its natural temperature. If you have the taste for it, drink green tea too. It has a special compound in it that bumps up the metabolic rate as well. (I drink tea almost everyday!)
  4. Have Whole Grains, Not Multigrain. Complex carbs and fiber-rich foods help to speed up your metabolism. Whole grains are good, multigrain are not. If anything, just remember that!
  5. Eat More, Smaller Meals. Didn’t think you’d see the phrase “eat more” on this list did you? According to WebMD, if you divide your meals up into smaller portions so you eat more often throughout the day, your metabolism won’t have a chance to take a break. Now this doesn’t mean stuff your face 24/7. Instead, try to eat smaller bites throughout the day instead of three large meals. Click here to check out my favorite fat-burning snacks that are perfect for this tip!
Have a very fit day!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Plyo Work outs

Plyometric training is an excellent way to burn more calories and build power, strength and endurance in the lower body. Safely incorporating these explosive, high impact exercises can add a depth to your program while increasing your stamina for other workouts and daily activities. Below are some examples of basic plyo-based exercises. Avoid any exercises that cause pain or discomfort and make sure you learn the right way to add plyo exercises to your routine.

1. Squat Jumps

Squat JumpPaige Waehner
Squat jumps are a good first exercise for the beginner plyo-er. Practicing this move allows you to get used to jumping and landing correctly, two things that can help you avoid injury. Remember, when landing from any kind of jump, land softly on the toes and roll through the heels. Avoid twisting as you land, keeping the knees in line with the toes.
Do it Right:
Begin with feet about hip-distance apart. Squat as low as you can, keeping the knees behind the toes and your abs engaged. Jump as high as you can, taking the arms overhead (optional). Land with soft knees and lower back into a squat, jumping back up immediately. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between

2. Plyo Jacks

Paige Waehner
Plyo jacks are a variation on the squat jumps above and, also, a variation on traditional jumping jacks. This is also a great exercise for easing into plyometric training and conditioning your body for more strenuous exercises.
Do it Right: Begin with the feet together and lower into a squat, circling the arms in front of you. Jump the feet out, landing in a squat and circling the arms up and over the head. Jump up once again, bringing the feet together and circling the arms back down. This should feel like a slow, yet powerful jumping jack. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between

3. Plyo Lunges

Paige Waehner
Plyo lunges take things up a notch, adding even more intensity to your plyo workout. The split stance challenges your balance and will also really challenge your hips, glutes and thighs. If you feel wobbly, hold onto a stair rail for balance until you've perfected the exercise.
Do it Right: Stand in a split stance, right leg in front and left leg in back. Bend your knees and lower into a lunge, keeping the front knee behind the toe. In an explosive movement, jump into the air and switch your legs, landing so that the left leg is in front and the right leg is in back. Land with soft knees, lower into a lunge and repeat, jumping and switching sides. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between

4. Burpees with Jumps

Squat ThrustPaige Waehner
Burpees or Squat Thrusts are another advanced exercise that will challenge your legs and your heart. By going all the way down to the floor and back up again, adding a jump on the end, you'll feel your heart rate climb very quickly.
Do it Right: Begin standing and squat to the floor, placing your hands on the floor in front of you. In an explosive movement, jump the feet back, so that you're in a plank position. Jump the feet back in, stand up and jump. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between.

5. BOSU Squat Jumps

Paige Waehner
The BOSU Squat Jump takes the regular squat jump to the next level, adding much more intensity. You should be very comfortable using aBOSU before trying this exercise. A modified version would be jumping onto a small platform (like the top of a step) or the bottom step of a staircase.
Do it Right: Stand behind the BOSU and bend the knees, jumping onto the BOSU with both feet and landing in a squat. You can jump back down (more advanced) or, for a safer version, step off the back of the BOSU and then repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between. If landing with both feet simultaneously is too hard, go for a staggered landing, one foot at a time.

6. Side to Side Jumping Lunges

Side to side jumping lungePaige Waehner
Side to side lunges are another plyo-based exercise that will really challenge your quads, glutes and your heart, all at the same time. Because you're jumping from side to side, you'll want to take your time with this exercise and make sure you land into your side lunge without twisting the knee. Keep the knee in line with the toe to avoid knee injury.
Do it Right: Take the right leg out to the side as you bend the left knee, turning the body to the left in a runner's lunge. Touch the right fingers to the floor, if you can. Quickly jump up to shift the feet in the air and lunge to the right side, touching the left hand to the floor. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between.

7. Prisoner Squat Jumps

The Prisoner Squat is a variation of the jump squat, adding a little more core to the mix. By keeping the hands behind your head as you jump, you'll engage your abs to keep your body stable, making this a whole body plyo exercise.
Do it Right: Begin with feet wide and the hands behind the head. Squat as low as you can, keeping the abs engaged and the back straight. Jump as high as you can and land in a squat, remembering to keep the knees soft to absorb the impact. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between.

8. Long Jumps

Long JumpPaige Waehner
Long jumps are a tough plyo exercise, forcing you to use all the power in your glutes, hips and thighs to power your body forward. This is a tough move and it requires power in the legs as well as core stability. Keep your jumps small at first to get a feel for the exercise and be sure to land with soft knees to avoid injury.
Do it Right: Stand with feet together and make sure you have plenty of space in front of you. Lower into a squat and jump forward as far as you can, landing with bent knees. Continue jumping forward for the length of the room or for 1-10 reps. Rest and repeat 2-3 times.

9. Froggy Jumps

Froggy jumps for cardioPaige Waehner
Froggy jumps are one of the most challenging plyo exercises, taking you all the way from the floor to the air. You should practice easier plyo moves before you try this one and avoid it completely if you have any knee or back problems.
Do it Right: Squat to the floor, placing your hands in front of you (optional). In a powerful movement, jump up into the air and tap your heels together. Land with soft knees and make sure you keep your knees in line with your toes. Repeat for 10-60 seconds, repeating the exercise 1-10 times with 60 or more seconds of rest in between.

10. Lateral Cone Hops

Drew Kelly/Getty Images
This more traditional plyo exercise is great for increasing power and strength and building stamina in the knees and ankles. You should practice easier plyo exercises before trying this one or, to modify, try jumping over something shorter. You can also trying jumping over and landing one foot at a time or jumping forward over the cone for variations.
Do it Right: Stand about 6 inches away from a small cone on your left. Hope over the cone with both feet, landing on the balls of the feet with soft knees. Repeat the exercise, hopping over the cone to the right for 20 reps.

Have a very fit day!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Insanity - 2 weeks left

I took my 4th Insanity fit test last night and wow did I do better!  I was sooooo proud of me.  I increased numbers dramatically in all but one exercise (globe jumps, that I really do not think you can get many more than I already do). I was so proud!  Could not stop grinning!  All that hard work was finally showing.  My abs and obliques are nice and hard.  I definitely could stand to do another round or two of this work out, but will probably incorporate the videos into my work outs and not follow the plan, as some mornings I just do not have an hour plus time to give.  My attention span is really 45-50 mins max for working out.

I challenge you to do something out of your comfort zone for a month.  Whether it be running, a video series or even just getting off the couch daily and doing a work out.  Do something and at the end of the month, let me know how you feel?  I know this past 45 days has been amazing and I am so glad that I took the insanity challenge!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Jet Skiing

Every year one of my friends who is in his 60's and I go with a big group of people jet skiing down different rivers 150 plus miles.  It is an easy ride, lots of turns, but mainly smooth sailing.  Beautiful views and we get to go visit places like Cumberland Island that are accessible by water only.  At the end of the day I am exhausted, and the next day usually my core is a little sore.  If you have access to one of these water crafts and participate safely this can be a great exercise (expensive) but burns tons of calories.  Burns around 240 calories and hour.  Now we go for like 7 hours.. that is a lot of calories.

If you have never been, please participate with someone who is experienced and knows the safety precautions  as it can be a dangerous activity.  In high school I busted my ear drum knee boarding behind a jet ski.  I was young and dumb. Now I am happy to just ride fast and have a smooth ride.

Whatever your style, have fun, stay safe and burn some calories!

Have a very fit day!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mud run tips

Mud Run Tips

Goal setting
The good news is that working toward a goal may do more to improve your physique and mental health than you might think. Experts recommend picking an event that will require physical training like a walk-a-thon or 5K.

Train harder than the actual event will be
There is a great advantage in training under unfavorable conditions. It is better because the difference comes as a tremendous relief in a race. It may rain during your race or and since you want to take part in a mud run, you'll want to be prepared.

Training for a rainy day
Practice some running in wet shoes and wet clothes. Use a Garden hose to soak your running gear, or jump into the ocean or a pool and then go for a run. This may be a bit of a challenge, but gets you seriously fit and ready.

Combination Training
Beginners should start with combining walking and running. Begin by alternating four minutes of waking with two minutes of running for a total of 30 minutes. Follow this regimen every other day for at least two weeks then add a minute to the run and subtract a minute from the walk.
After a couple of weeks at this level, step it up to four minutes running, two minutes walking. Keep going until you are running continuously for 30 minutes or settle into any walk/ run combo that suits you.
A week before the race, cut distances by about two thirds and limit running the last two days; this is called "tapering." As the weeks progress, it will be tempting to crank up the speed, but overdoing it increases your risk of injury.

Train like you run. Practice running in wet shoes and wet clothes. Jump into the ocean or a pool and then go for your run. Train on dirt, mud, sand and through water. Run hills and stairs.
Check it out yourself. Get into what you want to wear on race day, go down to the beach, lake or river, dressed in your favorite football team sweats, tape up and run into the water, then up and down the beach or river. Feel the weight of the water in your clothes, the weight of the shoes, the traction of your shoes taped, the flexibility of your feet when taped.
Then wear spandex or nylon shorts. Try your shoes double-knotted and socks tucked. Huge difference! You don't see Marines running up the river with duct tape on their feet, right? Usually, they wear boots and camo gear. Don't duct tape your shoes, just double-tie your laces and TUCK them in.  From the first obstacle on, it's mud, dirt, mud after mud for 2 miles.

Don't wear goggles or sunglasses
Contact lenses can be a pain when mud gets in your eyes.

Race Day
Take photos of yourself before and after the race. You'll have more fun later.
Stay Hydrated
Drink 12oz of fluid two hours before your run, then another 12oz of fluid for every hour that you exercise. You'll need more water during high humidity and hot temperatures. Drink the water they offer along the route.
Warm-ups and Stretching
Warm up your muscles before you begin any run. Warm muscles stretch with greater ease. Strength your muscles before and after you participate in the sport. This will improve your flexibility and reduce chances of injury.
Join a Team
Join a team or find a partner to run with. First-time mud runners may want to run with a friend. I made a friend at my race.  You are more likely to stay strong to the end when you have someone else running with you. Be sure the others on your team are at your same intensity level; don't pair a slow runner with other fast runners Ask for help along the route when you need it, there are lots of volunteers around. Create a team costume to stand out!

If you are serious about your race time, arrive to the start line early and try to start at the front of the wave.

Listen to your body
Take breaks as you need them. Drink more water. Don't walk or slow jog down big hills, run and pass other competitors with caution.

When you crawl through the tunnels and under the wires, do a bear crawl. Do not crawl on your knees or you will scrape them on small rocks.

Mud Pits
Don't run through the middle of the creeks or mud pits where they can get deep; run along the shallowest sides (edges) of the water obstacles. There may be unexpected divots and holes in the creeks and in the mud pits; proceed with caution. High knee it through water.. it will help you get through quickly and not sink so deep.

Soak your clothes after the race
Believe it or not, the mud does come out of your clothes! All clothes will get seriously wet and dirty during this event, but showers are often provided to rinse most of the dirt off. Make good use of the showers. Rinse off as much mud from your as you can. It comes off easier if you're still wearing your clothes. Soak everything (even your boots) in a garbage can or other container and keep rinsing and soaking until the majority of mud has disappeared. Then you can throw your clothes in the washing machine.
Bring a washable bag to put your dirty clothes and shoes in for the drive home.
Bring a change of clothes (including shoes)
Bring a towel for the showers.
The post race festivities are meant to be fun.
Most importantly, have fun

Have a very fit day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Insanity Max Recovery plus over 100 cardio ideas

Insanity Max recovery is no joke!  Lots of stretching which is fabulous, but lots of push ups, plank work and more plie squats.  But a great break from the cardio insanity that has been happening.  I feel stronger and that it prepared me for the max insanity this month has in store for me. If this doesn't get that last 5lbs off, not sure what will.

Need some ideas for cardio??? Well I have them for you:

At The Gym

Elliptical trainer
Stair stepper (Stairmaster)
Stationary or recumbent bike
Jacob's ladder (the climbing "treadmill" often seen on "The Biggest Loser")
Arm ergometer (arm cycle)
Rowing machine
Circuit training
Treadmill walking or running
Interval training
Box jumps
Step ups

Household Chores

Scrubbing floors
Cleaning the bathtub
Washing windows
Changing sheets
Heavy renovations (pulling carpet, knocking down walls, etc.)
Moving furniture
Cleaning the gutters
Washing the car
Mowing the lawn with a push mower
Shoveling snow
Sweeping the patio and walkways
Cleaning out the garage
Heavy landscaping such as planting trees, shrubs and bushes

The Great Outdoors

Downhill skiing
Cross-country skiing
Water skiing
Rock climbing
Jogging / Running
Power walking (brisk walking)
Paddling a canoe
Nordic walking
Paddle boarding
Water jogging/running
Bleacher running
Ice skating


Flag football
Hitting balls at the driving range
Martial arts

Group Classes

Step aerobics
Power yoga (Ashtanga and/or Vinyasa)
Salsa dancing
Dance classes or lessons
Cardio kickboxing
Hi-lo floor aerobics
Water aerobics
Silver Sneakers
Hip hop dance
Sports conditioning
Krav Maga
StrollerStrides or StrollerFit classes

Popular Workout Videos

Chalean Extreme
Cardio Blast with Coach Nicole
Hip Hop Hustle
Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred
The Biggest Loser workouts
Tae Bo
Walk Away the Pounds
Sweatin' to the Oldies
Turbo Jam / Turbo Fire
Hip Hop Abs
Gilad's Bodies in Motion
Dancing with the Stars workouts
10 Minute Solution cardio titles
Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Jump Rope Cardio video
Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Jump Start Cardio video
Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing video

Play Time

Walking the dog
Playing with your children
Dodge ball
Hooping (hula hooping)
Obstacle courses
Jump rope
Water games in a pool
Playing with your dog
Hop scotch
Taking the stairs
Jumping jacks
Trampoline jumping (rebounding)

You are welcome!

Have a very fit day!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

LoziLu WOW work outs for this week :)

I do love LoziLu training materials.  Will get you ready and in shape quickly!

There's a little learning curve with the exercises & names, please visit the exercise list to watch how-to videos and maximize your results. 

Workout #1: Worth It.

Warm Up:
Slow Mountain Climbers: 1 minute
Supermans with Just the Legs: 15 reps
Wood Chop with Resistance Band: 10 reps each side
Lunge Cross Chops: 10 each side
Toe taps on Med.Ball: 1 minute

Main Set:
This will be a Tabata style workout.  For the exercise 1 (Sprints on the Spot) you will go hard for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds and repeat that pattern for the same exercise 6-8 times.  Then move on to the next exercise following the same 20 seconds hard, 10 seconds rest x 6-8 protocol.
Sprints on the Spot
Basketball Lunge to Press
Spiderman Plank
Squat Hold
Plank Row to Burpee

Cool Down: 
Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.
Standing Chest Stretch
Cat Stretch
Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch
Pretzel Stretch

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Workout #2: Top Priority.

Warm Up: 
Repeat the warm up circuit twice.
Side Plank:  30 seconds each side
Prone Cobra:  15 reps
Bear Crawl: 30 seconds
Jump Rope or incline walk/run: 2 minutes

 You will perform 10 rounds of this circuit.  For the first round, perform 10 reps of each exercise.  For the second round, perform 9 reps of each exercise.  For the third round, perform 8 reps of each exercise.  Continue this pattern to finish the tenth round with one rep of each exercise.  Charge through all ten rounds with good form (adjusting weights and resistance as needed) as quickly as you can.
Decline Push Up to Side Crunch
Shoulder Press to Glute Extension
Pull Up (whatever progression is right for you)
Side Lunge Rotation to Single Leg Hop (all reps each side)
Tuck Jumps
Hop Scotch Arm Curl
Cool Down:
Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.
Standing Chest Stretch
Cat Stretch
Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch
Pretzel Stretch

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Workout #3: Energy Plus.

Warm Up: 
Repeat the warm up circuit twice.
Side Plank:  30 seconds each side
Prone Cobra:  15 reps
Bear Crawl: 30 seconds
Jump Rope or incline walk/run: 2 minutes

Circuit 1: 
SUPERSET!  Repeat the two exercises in this circuit (aka: superset) 2-3 times.  Choose a weight or resistance level that will challenge you (that means you can keep good form but it is still difficult to get all reps in at that weight/resistance).
Push Up to Plank Row: 8-12 reps
Dips: 12-15 reps

Circuit 2: 
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Inverted Row: 10-12 reps
Straight Leg Lunge to Bicep Curl: 10-12 reps

Circuit 2: Circuit 3:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Hamstring Bridge to Curl on Stability Ball:  12 reps
Single Leg Deadlift with Single Arm T's: 10 reps each leg

Circuit 4:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
4 Squat Flip: 10 reps each
Goblet Squat: 12-15 reps

Circuit 5:
SUPERSET! (Same directions as circuit 1)
Bent Press: 8-12 each side
Side Plank: hold 30 seconds each side

Cool Down: 
Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.
Standing Chest Stretch
Cat Stretch
Hamstring, Inner Thigh, Quad Stretch
Pretzel Stretch

Please visit the exercise list to watch the how-to videos.

Have a very fit day!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Fit not skinny is what you want to be

Being skinny does not always mean being fit or healthy. Make sure you not only diet but also workout and include weights! That way you can be the best fit you!

Have a very fit day!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Insanity part deux plus the 99-workout

So today I took my third fit test. No improvement, in fact did slightly worse on a few items, well a couple. Not sure if I just killed it the first time, with slight improvement in round 2 on some which resulted in I cannot go much higher or if it was Shaun T.'s way of making me more motivated to get through today's killer hour workout after taking the fit test for about an hour and a half of pure cardio interval training. But wow am I exhausted. Limbs are shaky and weak, my shins are sore. My core is already sore. Now I see why we did a week of core training. Today's max Interval training was lots of core! I even cried a little at one point, yeah weak I know but it's hard to keep motivated to push through this workout with no one else doing it with you. I literally cried, because i was hurting, out of breath and was not sure if I could keep going. Not one of my finer moments but it happened and I am sharing.

Working out will not always be easy. In fact sometimes it will suck, even if you love the exercise. Today had tons of kickboxing moves which I love!!!!! But wow that work out was not for the weak. It required strong core, strong legs and strong upper body. It's the upper body that did me in. Wow. Tough. But I did it! And I get to do it again and again over the next 4 weeks.

Today find an exercise that challenges you; whether it be running, bootcamp, Zumba, or (you get the picture). Just do something that challenges you, then revel in the fact you pushed through and did it. By doing that, you workout your mind, body and soul!

Leaving you with a workout

Have a very fit day!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Proper Nutrition

So last night, I was very very bad.  I usually take a bite of my BF's dessert, last night I ate almost the ENTIRE piece of oreo cheesecake.  Was it within my calories for the week, yes... did the sugar help my work out this morning, NO.  Which made me think about how important food is to your exercise regimen.

Proper nutrition is at least as important to health as exercise. When exercising it becomes even more important to have good diet to aid the body with the recovery process following strenuous exercise

A recent studies found a corelation between eating & exercising whatever can make or break your workout.

When you eat and what you eat can affect your performance and the way you feel during your workout. Coordinate your meals, snacks and fluids to make the most of your exercise routine.

Eating before exercise can slow you down:

When you exercise after a large meal, you can feel sluggish or have an upset stomach, cramping and diarrhea. That's because your muscles and your digestive system are competing with each other for resources.

Time it right: Before, during and after your workout
On the flip side, not eating before you exercise can be just as bad as eating too much. Low blood sugar levels that result from not eating can make you feel weak, faint or tired, and your mental abilities may be affected as well, making you slower to react. So what can you do?  I drink some whey protien (120 calories but 24 grams of protien, low sugar) and that seems to help me get through my work out first thing in the morning. Some times I will just drink it right after my work out. That helps muscles recover!

If you work out later in the day, time your meals. Eat large meals at least three to four hours before exercising. If you're having a small meal, eat two to three hours before exercising. Most people can eat snacks right before and during exercise. The key is how you feel. Some people feel lightheaded during the first 10 to 15 minutes of their workout if they eat within an hour before exercise. Do what works best for you.  Don't skip meals. Skipping meals may cause low blood sugar, which can make you feel weak and lightheaded.

Here are 4 no-no foods that could set the clock back to your pre-workout days, before you got serious about exercising to keep fit.

1. Sugar-High Energy Bars, Fruit Drinks and Soda

These are put into one category because the three items have something negative in common: lots of sugar. After a workout, sugar from soft drinks and fructose from fruit juice set your metabolism back to slow. All the energy that was built up by exercise is reversed when your body takes in all that sugar from oversweetened fruit drinks. Read labels carefully. If the grams of sugar are steep according to the label, then reach instead for bottled water. Unsweetened iced tea is another good choice.

 2. Weight-Loss Crudites

This may sound counter-intuitive to a keep-fit regimen, but do not reach for celery and carrot sticks as your recovery snack after a workout. After a workout, you need something more substantial than foods with negligible calories. You need to choose a combination of carbs and protein that will help you restore energy and maintain a healthy metabolic rate.

The easiest way to remember this rule is to think of protein plus carbs. Eggs and toast, if it is a morning workout, is perfect. Evening workouts can be finished off with a half cup of cottage cheese and a peanut butter sandwich; or a handful of nuts.

3. Too Many Fats

Avoid fatty snacks and mini-meals such as french fries or oily pizza or fast-food subs and burgers. Fitness experts say that only a small percent of your meal should be comprised of fat.

4. Salty Snacks

A protein and carbohydrate post-workout meal such as the ones suggested here have enough salt in them to cover your needs. Loss of minerals such as potassium is far more necessary to think about, than loss of salt. You can easily resolve this loss by eating a handful of dried fruit or a banana. In fact, an excess of salt will drive down your levels of potassium.

When it comes to eating and exercise, everyone is different. So pay attention to how you feel during your workout and your overall performance. Let your experience guide you on which pre- and post-exercise eating habits work best for you.

Have a very fit day!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The abs diet

The Abs Diet revolves around a dozen delicious, convenient foods called the Abs Diet Powerfoods

A - Almonds and other nuts (with skins intact)
Superpowers: Builds muscle, reduces cravings
Fights: Obesity, heart disease, muscle loss, wrinkles, cancer, high blood pressure

B - Beans and legumes
Superpowers: Builds muscle, helps burn fat, regulates digestion
Fights: Obesity, colon cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure

S - Spinach and other green vegetables
Superpowers: Neutralizes free radicals, molecules that accelerate the aging process
Fights Cancer, heart disease, stroke, obesity, osteoporosis

D - Dairy products (fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese)
Superpowers: Builds strong bones, fires up weight loss
Fights: Osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, cancer

I - Instant oatmeal (unsweetened, unflavored)
Superpowers: Boosts energy, reduces cholesterol, maintains blood sugar levels
Fights: Heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, obesity

E - Eggs
Superpowers: Builds muscle, burns fat
Fights: Obesity

T - Turkey and other lean meats
Superpowers: Builds muscle, strengthens immune system
Fights: Obesity, various diseases

P - Peanut butter
Superpowers: Boosts testosterone, builds muscle, burns fat
Fights Obesity, muscle loss, wrinkles, cardiovascular disease

O - Olive oil
Superpowers: Lowers cholesterol, boosts immune system
Fights: Obesity, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure

W - Whole-grain breads and cereals
Superpowers: Prevents body from storing fat
Fights: Obesity, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease

E - Extra-protein (whey) powder
Superpowers: Builds muscle, burns fat
Fights: Obesity
R - Raspberries and other berries
Superpowers: Protects heart; enhances eyesight; improves balance, coordination, and short-term memory; prevents cravings
Fights: Heart disease, cancer, obesity

  • Incorporate two or three of these foods into each of your meals and at least one of them into each snack.
  • Diversify your food at every meal to get a combination of protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
  • Sneak a little protein into each snack.
Have a very fit day!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Abs Workout For Women: 8 Weeks To A Flatter Stomach

Abs Workout For Women: 8 Weeks To A Flatter Stomach

Workout Summary

    Lose Fat
    Single Muscle Group
  •  Dumbbells
  •  Female

Workout Description

Woman performing a plankIt's time to get that flat stomach! Combine this 8 week abs workout plan with the included dieting and cardio advice, and you will help your body build and firm yourabdominals while stripping away excess stomach fat.

Workout Frequency

Perform this abs workout 2-3x a week after your resistance training sessions. It can also be performed on off training days, or with your cardio workouts.


Perform 3-4 cardio workouts per week for 20 to 30 minutes per session. Choose whichever form of cardio you prefer, from walking to sprinting to swimming to biking. The important thing to remember is that cardio should be enjoyable. If you dread performing cardio, you are more likely to miss sessions. It doesn't really matter what you are doing because you are burning calories. A flat stomach is made in the kitchen, and your diet is doing most of the work.
You may perform cardio first thing in the morning, on off days, or after your resistance training sessions.

Maximizing Your Diet Plan

Simply eating less food isn't good enough. To look fit and healthy you also need to make sure you are eating the right types of food, and not undereating. Many women undereat protein and healthy fats, and tend to end up skinny but still flabby after a period of dieting.
Here are some tips that can help you maximize your diet plan, so you can look your best:
Calories - If you're looking to lose fat, start by eating around 1800 calories per day. Your goal is to lose about 1.5 to 2 pounds of fat per week. If you lose weight more quickly than this, you also tend to lose muscle mass. The result is a skinny, but flabby body. So don't lose weight too quickly!
If you're not losing weight at this calorie level, drop your calorie intake down to 1650 for a period of no less than 2 weeks and reassess your progress.
Protein - Make sure you're eating at least 100 grams of protein per day. Protein helps you retain, repair and build muscle tissue. Many women underestimate how much protein that take in per day, so it's good to monitor this vital macronutrient.
If you have a hard time reaching a minimum of 100 grams of protein per day, consider supplementing with a protein supplement such as IsoFuel.
Women performing abs exercises
Helpful dieting tips - There is more to a healthy diet than just calories and protein. Follow these tips to maximize your eating plan:
  • Healthy Fats - Make sure at least 20% of your calories come from healthy fats. Healthy fats are essential for proper hormone function, brain function, fat loss and much more.
  • Carbohydrates - Try to avoid the white poisons - white sugar and white flour. Instead, choose nutritious carbohydrate sources such as oatmeal, rice, quinoa, fruits and veggies.
Abs Workout
Weeks 1-4
ExerciseSetsReps or Time
Cable Crunch2-315-25
Plank2-330-60 Seconds
Hanging Knee Raise2-310-20
Dumbbell Side Bends2-310-20
Abs Workout
Weeks 5-8
ExerciseSetsReps or Time
Twisting Bench Crunch (Reps are per side)3-420-30
Plank With Feet On Bench3-460 Seconds
Weighted Sit Up (with dumbbell on chest)3-420-30
Wood Chop (Reps are per side)3-410-20
 Have a very FIT Day!