Pro's & Con's of Fitness Competitions

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Deciding to compete in a fitness competition is a huge decision that some people don't think about the entire picture but just think about the potential end result. I share the good and bad of competing from a beginners perspective all the way to a national level show. I could write a three page blog post on this so I am sharing my video here to cover all the bases and not strain your eyes.

If you have competed please share a pro and con you've encountered through the experience in the comments!


When You Don't Know What To Lift

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Ever feel like you are lost and don't know what to lift when you get in the gym? If I could lift legs everyday in the gym I would but muscles require a recovery period. My go to work out when I am not feeling committed to one or two muscle groups, is an upper body circuit. I love a circuit of supersets juggling two muscle groups per set. Doing this routine will get you in and out of the gym in a short period of time and feeling great afterwards!

Warm up: Bicep Curls – 15 – 20 reps & Tricep Rope Extensions 15 reps. This is to be very light weight.

Now into working sets. Where you see superset you will perform both exercises then repeat the routine for how many sets you see.

Bicep Curls 3 x 12
Superset with
Dumbbell Row 3 x 12

Cable Bar Curls 4 x 12
Superset with
Wide Grip Pulldown 4 x 12

Rope Tricep Extensions 4 x 12
Superset with
Cable Bar Extensions 4 x 12

Lateral Raise 3 x 12
Superset with
Rear Delt Fly’s 3 x 12

Shoulder Press 3 x 12
Superset with

Chest Press 3 x 12

Good luck with the workout!!


Trying New Fitness Methods

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Since freshmen year in college, I have pretty much flown solo in the gym. I did work a few months at a  all womens gym in sales. The only time I took a group fitness class was when a member or potential member was interested in the class but didn't have the courage to go alone. Those days are long gone, and I have only taken 2 hot yoga classes since.

My best friend had started going to a Pilates and Barre studio locally then raved about her experience. She invited me to come try a class with her. At first I was hesitant because I have never been open to the idea of group fitness classes since my fitness routine has worked for me for several years now. I began to research the benefits and watched a few YouTube videos to get familiar with Pilates and the benefits. I soon found myself interested and booking my first class.

During my first class I discovered muscles in my abs and glutes that I have never activated through my weight lifting routine. In the class most of the exercise revolved around a ball. My glutes even had a spasm towards the end of class. I enjoyed a new challenge, the class was not easy.  It was refreshing to try something I never would consider. My second class, we used the magic ring, which took me two days to recover from in my thighs and arms. This past weekend, I found myself easily signing up for more classes. I even asked my friends after class, if they wanted to try a barre class this week.

Moral of the story, don't be afraid to try new fitness methods. I was so small minded about my gym life I always turned up my nose at the thought of a fitness class. You are not better than a new fitness experience. Now I am eager to get assessed to take a reformer class! I can't wait to check back in with Pilates and Barre updates! 

January Favorites - Fitness & Beauty

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

January was a month of trying new things, new products, and going back to my old roots of fitness. I am recapping the products I kept reaching for repeatedly through out the month.  January was a month of embracing room to improve. I added some staples to my fitness wardrobe and improved my beauty routine.

Items mentioned in the video:
Lululemon long sleeve top -
Lululemon 1/2 zip -
Make Up Eraser -
Exuvience Age Reverse Hydra Firm -
Revlon PhotoReady AirBrush Effect-
Becca Champagne Pop -\

Let me know what your favorite product was this month!

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