Outdoor Partner Workout w/ Citrus&Gold

I had a super fun weekend collaborating with Akansha Agarwal from Citrus and Gold. It’s only fitting that my first collaboration be with Akansha, since she she inspired me to start a fitness blog.

For our collaboration we completed a full body workout with 7 body-weight partner exercises that can be done anywhere. All you need is each other! This workout may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 90 minutes. It should be fun so don’t forget to smile, laugh, and enjoy being active together! 

Check out our workout below and don’t forget to follow Akansha’s blog and Instagram! Also, check out a quickie video of our workout here. Yes I know, we could have better form… but we were having too much fun to notice! Haha oops!

Leg Raise Throw Down
2 sets each partner with 10-15 reps.
Lie on your back on the floor with your legs fully extended out in front of you. Your partner should stand with one foot on either side of your head with her knees slightly bent. Hold your partner’s ankles and lift both of your legs up together. Your partner will push your feet from your ankles back to parallel level with the floor. Don’t let your legs touch the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wheel-Barrow Push up & Squat
2 sets each partner with 10 reps
Stand with your feet apart in a sumo squat stance with your partner’s ankles resting on your upper thigh/lower hip. Your partner should be in push-up position with you hold her ankles. Allow your partner to complete a push-up, then you complete a squat.

Plank Burpees
2 sets each partner with 5-10 reps (5-10 burpees)
Hold a plank position and have your partner jump over your legs and complete a burpee. Your partner should then jump over your legs again and complete another burpee.

Leg Lift Hold & Jump
2 sets each partner with 15 jumps total
Lie on on the floor with your back flat on the ground and legs extended. Lift your legs off the ground around 35 degrees. You can place your hands under your glutes for more support. Have your partner jump over your legs side-ways 15 times.

Glute Bridge
3 sets with 5-10 reps
Have you and your partner lie on your backs with your feet up, knees bent 90 degrees. Rest your feet against each others and push. Use the push to help lift your glutes off the ground. Put your arms flat on the floor next to you for support. Squeeze your glutes at the top!

Jump Lunge & Clap
3 sets with 15 reps total
Perform a lunge and jump into the next lunge. After jumping into the lunge, clap your partner’s hand. Repeat by jumping into the next lunge with the other foot. You and your partner should have alternating feet i.e. while your right leg is behind you, her right leg should be in front of her.

Push Ups
3 sets with 10 reps
Get into push-up position with your legs wide apart and have your partner hold your ankles. Complete a push up at the same time.

I hope you all enjoy the workout and don’t forget to follow my fitness Instagram here for more fun and exciting workouts, healthy meals, and my fitness journey!

At Home HIIT Workout

It was pouring all day today and I had no motivation to drive to the gym through the crazy wind and rain. So I came up with a quick 30 minute HIIT workout to do at home. On days where I don’t feel like leaving the house, I put together quick routines like this to stay active! I hope my exercise explanations make sense! 

Complete the exercises for 10 reps each, nonstop for 7 minutes. Complete the circuit 4 times with a 1 minute rest in between each set.

Walk down + Superman
Standing straight, bend down and use your hands to walk out until you’re in a push-up stance. Use your arms to come down so you’re lying on the ground, as a half push-up. Put your arms straight forward. While looking straight, lift your arms and legs off the group so only your hips and stomach are touching the ground. Push-up to get off the ground and walk backwards with your hands until you’re standing straight again.

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Push Up + Roll
Perform a regular push up. When up, take your right arm and extend it up in the air as you turn body towards the right. For balance, bring your right foot behind your left foot. Bring your right arm back to the ground and complete a push up. Complete the same exercise for the left side.

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Front Squat + Side Lift
Perform a front squat. Stand back up and lift your right leg up to the side. Perform another squat and lift your left leg up to the side.

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Plank Jacks + Mountain Climbers 
Start off in a plank position. Open and close both legs in a jumping motion two times. Once your legs are together, rotate your legs coming towards your chest and back out in a running motion 3 times total.

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Jumping Jacks + Sumo Squat
Perform two jumping jacks followed by a sumo squat. Squat with your feet wider apart. Be sure to not let your knee pass your toes.

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There you have it! A great in-door HIIT workout to stay active! Check out a quick video of the workout here on my instagram!

Don’t forget to follow me on my fitness instagram @fitwithtania!

 

Booty Builder Workout

I finally found time to post my booty building workout! Do the first three exercises 2-3 times a week and you’re booty will grow in no time! Whenever I work legs or glutes, I make sure to get the first three exercises in along with the warm up. The rest I switch up with other various leg and glute exercises.

Remember, the weights I have listed may be too light or too heavy for you. Make sure you’re lifting weights that fit your comfort level but are still challenging enough. 

Warm Up on Stairmaster
Minutes // Level
2 // 7
1 // 4 with glute kick backs
2 // 7
1 // 4 with glute kick backs
2 // 7
1 // 4 with glute kick backs

Squats w/ Barbell
Warm up with just bar no weights – 10 reps
85lbs – 10 reps
95lbs – 8 reps
115lbs 5 reps

Romanian Deadlifts w/ Dumbbells
25lbs each arm – 10 reps
30lbs each arm – 10 reps
35lbs each arm – 10 reps
35lbs each arm – 8 reps

Lunges w/ Dumbbells
Warm up no weights – 10 reps each leg
10lbs each hand – 10 reps each leg
12lbs each hand – 10 reps
15lbs each hand – 10 reps

The next exercises I switch up on different days of doing the booty builder workout.

Glute Kickbacks on Machine
50lbs – 10 reps each leg
60lbs – 10 reps each leg
70lbs – 10 reps each leg

Hip Thrusts on mat w/ Medicine Ball
No Weights – 20 reps
10lbs – 20 reps
12lbs – 15 reps
15lbs – 10 reps

Try this out for a couple weeks and watch your booty grow! Tell me how it goes and don’t forget to take those progress pics!

For a quick video of the exercises listed above, check out the video on my instagram here.

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Mental Health > Tests & Grades

After 3 months of studying and preparing, I finally took the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) a few weeks ago. I am so relieved it’s finally over. I feel like I have my life back. I’ve never been so stressed over anything before, probably because this stress was stretched out over a 3 month period. I had random meltdowns where I couldn’t control my tears or emotions. Even the smallest things like disputes between friends or misplacing my headphones would greatly affect me because all the stress was too much for me to handle.

It’s hard not to stress over a test that can have a huge impact on your life like getting into a school of your choosing. But looking back these past 3 months, it really felt like I wasn’t living. I was miserable hiding my anxiety behind a fake smile. My stress and anxiety levels were probably the highest they’ve ever been. When I’d try to relax and take a break, I wasn’t fully relaxed because the test was still there in the back of my mind, haunting me. I put my passion for music and making covers on hold because I was afraid of the guilt I would feel from not studying and investing my time in something else.

If I could change something about the way I approached studying, it would be to constantly remind myself that it’s just one test. No matter the results, it’s not the end of the world. This one test does not define who I am or the person I will become. I’m so much better than this test and the number score given to me. I wish I could go back in time and take back control over these past 3 months. This ride wasn’t worth all the unnecessary tears, anxiety, and stress. I regret studying and approaching the GRE in this way. It wasn’t healthy for me and it made me extremely unhappy. So my advice to anyone reading this is to remember that your happiness and mental health is more important than any test score and that you are not alone. We’ve all gone through the stress of taking exams before. But tests do not define you or your intelligence. If you do poorly, it’s not the end of the world. Learn from the mistakes you made and approach the situation differently next time. Move forward with optimism and confidence and DO NOT let stress and anxiety take over your life. You’d be surprised with how much stressing out can hold you back from achieve great things, maybe even a great score. When you let fear, stress, and self-doubt take over you, you’re holding yourself back from reaching your full potential. Power over the stress and fear because you are better than that. You are better than numbers and letters given to you on a piece of paper.

HIIT Cardio Workout: Treadmill & Stairmaster

This is the first time I’ve done HIIT on the stair master and thought I’d post my workout for all of you to try! It’s the same structure as the HIIT workouts I do on the treadmill. Enjoy but be ready to sweat a waterfall!

Warm Up:
Swing your legs around (Not joking!)

Treadmill:
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 5.0 / 1
13 / 2.8 / 2
13 / 5.2 / 1
10 / 3.0 / 2
10 / 5.4 / 1
8 / 3.0 / 2
8 / 5.8 / 1
6 / 2.8 / 2
6 / 6.0 / 1
Cool Down

Stair Master:
For the stair master I alternated between level 5 and 10 for 2 minutes and then 1 minute. I’ll write it down below to visualize.
Level/Speed // Minutes
5 // 2
10 // 1
5 // 2
10 // 1
5 // 2
10 // 1
5 // 2
10 // 1
5 // 2
10 // 1
5 // 2
10 // 1
5 // 2

Let me know if you try this workout out and definitely let me know what you thought of it! It was tough but put me in the best of moods after a miserable day!

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Why I Decided to Start a Fitness Instagram and Blog

Happiness is something I’ve always been struggling to find and was part of the reason I decided to start my fitness journey a little under 2 years ago. I hoped to find my happiness through consistently exercising and eating healthy, since it seemed to be working for all the fitness enthusiasts I followed on social media. Once I indulged in this lifestyle, I realized that happiness is not something you find, it’s something you create. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always been content with my life and the amazing and supportive people in it. But there have been intense moments of high stress, anxiety, and insecurities.

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It began when I started following various fitness instagram accounts and fitness influencers like Katya Henry, Alyssa (Fittlyss), Kayla Itsines, and Emily Skye. Every morning while eating breakfast and every night before going to bed, I would scroll through my feed and read their empowering posts. Their posts slowly gave me motivation to take the next step in changing my attitude towards my life. I decided to make exercise and eating healthy a lifestyle rather than a temporary aberration. Their posts inspired me to take on living a happier and healthier life by creating a lifestyle involving fitness. I’m the only one who has the power to control my life, so I took action. Through this lifestyle my attitude changed and I started to view things in a more optimistic light. My mental health also improved, my strength increased, and I just felt better overall. My confidence skyrocketed and I began to push myself to take on other challenges in life like progressing with my Youtube singing covers, and becoming more proactive in networking in and outside of work.

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The feelings and attitude I gained from this lifestyle change truly are some of the greatest feelings and I wanted to share it with others. I wanted to inspire and motivate others like how Katya, Kayla, Alyssa, and Emily did for me! So I created my fitness instagram and, later fitness blog, in hopes to be able to reach out to others and encourage them to create their own happiness instead of chasing it.

I want to create a community of bright and encouraging people full of love and kindness! I want us to all empower and support each other, because there is way too much hate in this world than should be. When I post on my instagram, I’m not trying to show off or make anyone feel bad about themselves. I’m trying to reach out to make others want to get up and do something active with their bodies and life while alongside, keeping track of my own fitness progress. Posting also motivates me to stay consistent and active with my own fitness goals and routines!

img_3606Social media has the amazing power to connect people and bring people together, creating communities of literally anything and everything! I’ve made a bunch of inspiring connections through instagram and it’s created so many new friendships for me! So join me in creating a community of like minded people full of smiles and good vibes who have a passion for fitness and creating happiness amongst themselves and others! Let’s go Fit Family!

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Changes in Body & Physique

I’ve been feeling low about my physique lately because I’m not where I used to be. Not to mention the added stress and anxiety from the small but irritating health issues that have been randomly popping up for me this year. But then a friend helped me realize that you don’t look the same year round. Your body is constantly changing and changes throughout the year. It’s almost impossible for the average person to look the same year round. I was extremely motivated before summer to look my best for the beach and pool parties! During summer I was out and about eating and drinking all the delicious summer foods while vacationing and taking advantage of the good weather. Now that summer’s come to and end, I’ve noticed I’ve lost my tone and gained a little more fat in a few areas. BUT THAT’S OKAY. IT HAPPENS. Most of us are not body builders or bikini competitors who track their macros year round! Your body changes like the seasons and sometimes changes alongside the seasons!! I thank my friend for helping me realize this. 

Aside from the obvious factors that contribute to your body changing like physical activity and diet, there are other reasons your body changes that people tend to forget. I’ve listed a couple or them below.

  1. Hormone Fluctuations
  2. Injuries 
  3. Stress & Anxiety
  4. Genetics 
  5. Health 
  6. Weather & Environment 
  7. Vacations & Studying Abroad 

So if you find yourself wishing that you look and feel like a time in the past.. don’t sweat and don’t be so hard on yourself! You most definitely can get back there if you stay focused and work hard! The important thing is to stay happy and view everything in an optimistic light. If you were there before, you can get there again. Having something to work towards is exciting! 

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