Jumping Into My Fitness Routine

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In general, I’ve had people ask me what my workout routine consists of so I figured I would start diving into that today! For the past 3 months I have to give total credit to the bikini body guide by Kayla Itsines. For those reading that haven’t heard of her, she is an Australian trainer who has ebooks which have weekly workouts in addition to meal “plans” (I say plans loosely because it is more focused on what types of foods to eat and in what serving sizes…it is not restrictive). Anyway, one night I stumbled across a profile of her in Shape magazine. After reading about her training techniques, I checked out her website and instagram. Long story short, I was so amazed by the transformations and reviews posted that I decided to give it a try myself.

There are a lot of things I love about her guides, but today I’m going to talk more so about the exercise routine aspect (as opposed to the meals). Each day is planned out for you and broken up into cardio, legs, arms and ab exercises throughout the week. It’s so nice going to the gym and having a plan! Before her guides, I felt like I would wander around aimlessly trying to figure out what part of my body I needed to work out for that day. Another plus is that you can do so many of these exercises at home, a park, the beach, wherever! You don’t need to be at a gym. The workouts require just a few pieces of equipment, all of which are fairly inexpensive and you can purchase on your own if you don’t already have access to them.

So, in future posts I plan to go into more details about the workouts and meal plan, but this weekend I went to the beach and did a few exercises featured throughout her guides that basically require no equipment!

1) Box Jumps. This exercise is a great one for toning your thighs and strengthening your legs overall. It’s also great because you don’t need to be at a gym. As you can see in the picture below, I am just using a random bench at a beach! Try doing about 10 reps x3.

Squat all the way down to a 90 degree angle before jumping in order to get the most power
Squat all the way down to a 90 degree angle before jumping in order to get the most power

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Land flat footed on surface
Land flat footed on surface

2) Tricep Dips. Since I don’t see my triceps as clearly as other areas when I look in the mirror (ie. stomach, thighs, etc). this is an area that I used to neglect at the gym. Well, not any longer! This is an exercise that if you don’t have a bench at the gym, you can use any flat surface that comes up to about your knees. You can even do it without a bench and just put your palms flat on the floor. Either way, triceps are engaged! I  suggest about 20 reps x3.

Start at a 90 degree angle with arms straight
Start with legs at a 90 degree angle with arms straight
Bend arms to 90 degree angle
Bend arms to 90 degree angle

3) Plank. This is a great exercise because you really don’t need any equipment and can do it anywhere. Another plus? It works on every part of your body. You can do a “regular” plank (pictured first), or you can incorporate side planks as well. With the side planks you can also do dips in between for a little extra ab workout. Regardless of which one you do, try to keep your core engaged the whole time! I usually do about a minute on each side as part of my ab workouts.

Keep back flat and core engaged
Keep back flat and core engaged
Left side plank
Left side plank
Left side plank with dip
Left side plank with dip

4. Mountain Climbers. Like a plank, you do not need any equipment for this. And, like a plank, they workout multiple parts of your body (legs, core, and arm strength). If you’re just starting to do these, I would do about 30 reps (15 on each leg) x3.

Start in plank position but on hands instead of elbows and move legs (alternating) towards chest
Start in plank position but on hands instead of elbows and move legs (alternating) towards chest
Bring knee as close as possible to chest while keeping your back flat and core engaged
Bring knee as close as possible to chest while keeping your back flat and core engaged

I  hope some of these exercises were helpful…these are some good basic ones that will workout your entire body and require little to no equipment. Most post coming soon on specific exercises and meals, but I strongly recommend checking out Kayla Itsines guide!

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