After having my third child in May of 2016 I kind of made it my goal to get healthy and start treating my body the way that it deserves. It took me a good year to get in a rhythm and build up the confidence I needed to create workouts that really worked for me. This isn't to discourage all of you that are just starting out but rather to inspire you that you are not alone and that your body is way more capable than you give it credit.
This is my first time sharing my fitness routine with the world and to be honest, it's a bit intimidating! I am in no way a fitness professional and I don't claim to "know it all." I truly just want to help those of you that, like myself, need a place to start.
This is workout 1 in a series of 3 where I will share on 3 major categories: legs, arms, and cardio/plyometrics. It's important to alternate daily between each category and workout as often as possible so that your muscles can continue recovering. You are going to be sore but if you keep pushing your body to workout the next day, you will be less sore than if you take the day off. These workouts can be 35-60 minutes long depending on how fast you want to push it.
Each workout consists of 5-8(ish) circuits (not including warm up and stretching) and each circuit contains 3-5 exercises. You will complete each circuit 3 times through. I want to encourage you to push through each circuit without stopping between each round. Try to take a 30-60 second breather between each circuit. Also, don't forget to warm up and stretch out. I usually spend 5-10 minutes in the beginning alternating between running in place, high knees, butt kicks, jumping jacks, and scissor jacks. Mix it up and make it interesting. There's no right way to do this...just keep your body moving, that's key! That and some good workout jams! Play something that is going to pump you up! Alright...enough rambling! Check out the info below to get started!
Workout 1: LEG DAY
EQUIPTMENT YOU'LL NEED:
1. 35 lb dumbbell (I use the Gold's Gym adjustable dumbbell weights) but you could also you any other dumbbell you feel comfortable with.
2. 10-15 lb plate (I use the 15 lb Birt Plate which is an ingenious design that allows the plate to be incredibly versatile in how it performs. I use this plate everyday!)
3. Exercise Bands (I use a combination of the medium & strong strength bands in my workouts).
4. Exercise mat.
I do want to note that you absolutely do not need any of these accessories but I'm telling you they will take your workouts to the next level. They have not only increased my strength but have toned and refined muscles in my body I forgot even existed. I know at home weight workouts can be extremely intimidating (believe me, I've been there) but if you're looking for results, this is a sure and steadfast way to obtain them.
*P.S. I get all my workout gear and accessories at TJ maxx! Cheap and high quality!
Watch the video below to get a brief overview of each exercise and I've also attached a print out overview for each circuit below that! As always, feel free to ask questions if you are confused!
As always, thanks for stopping by! xoxo, Tessa