Working out with friend

 

 

 

My friend Jenn e-mailed the gym girls yesterday to see if we wanted to workout tonight.

It just ended up being Jenn and me. We had fun and a good workout.

We did about 45 minutes. We talked about doing cardio. But there was a spin class going on.

We decided to start with some step ups on the step board. Those things ended up being plenty of cardio. After two sets or did we do three? I was sweaty and huffing and puffing.

We did arms, squats, lunges, abs and the ever so lovely glutes, which were hip extensions and the dirty dog!

Cardio is always a big part of my regular exercise routine and something I want to keep a major focus on. But I have also been making it a goal and effort to get weights in twice a week and more abs as well.

I think this will become a regular occurrence. It’s always easier for me to take a class or exercise with a friend or friends.

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Switching it up at the gym

Today I debated on if I should do my regular Tuesday exercise routine on the spin bike (and if time permits, weights and abs) or switch it up a bit.

I decided to try something different. We have three regular ellipticals in the work gym and one “crazy” one: it’s a Precor Adaptive Motion Trainer. It’s like a stepper and an elliptical.

I did a 45-minute interval workout. When the resistance was low I used the elliptical in its full capacity–long strides. When the resistance was higher I used it more as a stepper. So every two minutes I was switching it up.

After my cardio I did some leg presses and arms with the free weights. Then I did some abs with the stability ball.

(I switch up my spin bike routine as well. If I do the “classes,” there are four choices and even within each “class” they vary. It’s important to keep your muscles guessing. Otherwise you can plateau. I also try to change up my weight routine and abs as well.)

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No Shake Weight* needed

On Yahoo this evening I saw an article on four exercises that can help a woman get sleek, toned arms.

In my Saturday body conditioning classes we usually do three out of the four listed.

You could do these exercises at the gym or even at home. You just need a pair of dumbells.

The fourth exercise listed: Lying triceps extension can be done standing if a bench isn’t available. But a stability ball can be used as well as a Bosu Ball.

*If you haven’t seen those weird Infomercials for the Shake Weight, you should click here.

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