Time vs. Character

“You can meet somebody tomorrow who has better intentions for you than someone you’ve known forever. Time means nothing. Character does.”

I came across this quote a few days ago and really like it. For the longest time I’ve been blaming myself for other people’s’ actions and behavior, almost like I had a duty to keep them mature and civil. When I wasn’t successful, it would stress me out and give my anxiety over the thought of losing friendships or connections. In the end, I began to wonder if those connections were even worth it. Was it worth all that time, stress, and effort to hold onto something that wasn’t moving forward? What other people say and do is out of my control. People can say positive things or try to justify themselves, but it means nothing if their actions don’t compliment their words. Actions do speak louder than words. Don’t always put value over how long you’ve known someone. Their character and how they treat you is more valuable. Time is just an add on to the value of a relationship. Character > Time.

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Legs & Core – HIIT Workout

I love holidays because the gym is so empty! I don’t have to wait around to use equipment or constantly be smelling other people… gross! Here is my HIIT workout I did on Saturday.

Warm Up
10 minutes on elliptical at speed of 6.0 with level 3 incline

After each circuit, take a 1 to 2 minute rest before starting the next one.

Circuit 1: (Complete x2 nonstop)
1. Squat press w/ 8lbs (x12)
2. Leg Lifts (x20)
3. Knee Ups on Stool w/ 8lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
4. Circle Leg Lifts (x20)

Circuit 2: (Complete x2 nonstop)
1. Sumo Squats w/ 15lbs (x12)
2. Standing Side Crunch w/ 10lbs (x20 each side)
3. Jumping Jacks (x50)
4. Russian Twists w/ 10lbs (x40 total)

Circuit 3: (Complete x2 nonstop)
1. Squat Press w/ 8lbs (x12)
2. Bicycle Crunches (x40 tota)
3. Step Ups on Stool w/ 8lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
4. Reverse Dumbbell Crunch w/ 6lbs (x15)

Circuit 4: (Complete nonstop) Notice the weight increase. The exercises stay the same.
1. Cable Twist “Woodchopper” 7.5lbs (x15 each side)
2. Donkey Kicks w/ 6lbs (x15 each leg)
3. Cable Twist “Woodchopper” 12.5lbs (x15 each side)
4. Donkey Kicks w/ 8lbs (x15 each leg)
5. Cable Twist “Woodchopper” 17.5lbs (x15 each side)
6. Donkey Kicks w/ 10lbs (x15 each leg)

Stretch it out!

I hope everything makes sense! If you have any questions feel free to comment or DM me on instagram! Remember, if you find yourself struggling too hard, you can always modify exercises to fit your comfortability level. Or take it slower. Just make sure you keep moving. Make your heart work hard and challenge yourself and your body!

 

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How to Stay Motivated

Some days I wake up super motivated, ready to take on the day. But other days I wake up sluggish and not motivated to do anything. It’s normal and it happens to everyone! It is okay to be lazy once in awhile and lack motivation. The important thing is you get back on your feet and find the motivation you need to get back on track! Here are a few things I do to stay motivated on days I’m feeling lost.

One thing that drives me the most in terms of staying motivated is the idea of continuously wanting to work towards being a better person, inside and out. I consider this as one of my ongoing goals that usually always keeps me motivated. I’m constantly finding ways to improve myself whether it be in fitness, health, personality, or skill set.

BUT sometimes it doesn’t always work. In that case, I have listed some ways to find motivation again!

  1. Set Goals: Usually when I have goals in place, I feel more inclined to pursue and work towards them.
  2. Watch or Read Motivational Videos/Quotes/Articles: This always helps get me in the motivational mood!
  3. Change up Your Routine: Keep it new and exciting!
  4. Give Yourself Fun Breaks: To make sure you don’t overwhelm yourself, do something fun as a small break. Go watch a movie, paint, hangout with friends, whatever it is that you enjoy and makes you happy!
  5. Workout or Do a Physical Activity: It’s crazy what the effects of being active can do for you outside of fitness. This can improve your mood drastically and may motivate you to do other things!
  6. Listen to Some Pump Up Music: Confident by Demi Lovato always gets me motivated!
  7. Don’t Be Too Hard on Yourself: Everyone gets lost and loses motivation once in awhile. It is totally normal and okay! “It’s not about how hard you hit, but how well you can take a hard hit and keep moving forward.”

I hope these tips help you find your motivation! Next time you find yourself lacking motivation, don’t sweat. Pick yourself up again and learn from that experience. Be more willing to go the extra mile to get better for next time! What are some of the ways you stay motivated?

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Weekend Outdoor Track HIIT Workout

I’ve started to enjoy going outdoors and working out on the track and field of nearby high schools. It’s something fun and different and keeps working out exiting! Here is a killer HIIT workout I did this weekend. I hope it makes sense!

Warm up
-Jog 1 lap around track

HIIT Circuit 1: (Complete 3 times)
-Run up and down stairs on bleachers 4 times (2 up, 2 down)
-Jog half a lap
-Run up and down stairs on bleachers 4 times (2 up, 2 down)
-Jog half a lap
-1 minute rest

HIIT Circuit 2: (Complete 2 times)
-Jog ¼ of track
-Sprint ¼ of track
-Jog ¼ of track
-Walk ¼ of track
-1 minutes rest

HIIT Circuit 3: (7 minutes non-stop)
-Squat Jumps (x10)
-Mountain Climbers (x40 each leg)
-Jumping Jacks (x30)
-Bicycle Crunches (x40 total)

End your workout with a slow cool down and stretch for 10 minutes!

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Lower Body & Core – Friday Fun HIIT Workout

This Friday I wanted to do something different at the gym. I wanted to do something random that would keep me excited for my workout and the weekend!

Treadmill
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 5.0 / 1
13 / 2.8 / 2
13 / 5.4 / 1
0 / 2.8 / 2

Lower Body & Core Circuit (x2 non stop)
1. Squat Press w/ 10lbs kettlebell (x12)
2. Leg Lifts (x20)
3. Cross Over Steps w/ Stool (x50 total)
4. Bicycle Crunches (x40 total)
5. Knee Ups w/ 8lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
6. Jack Knife Crunches (x20)

Complete at own time but with minimal rest lengths in any order! Do 2 sets of all the exercises listed below.

1. Squat and Press w/ 10lbs kettlebell on Bosu Ball (x10)
2. Lunges w/ 8lbs each hand, one leg on Bosu Ball (x10 each leg)
3. Sumo Squats w/ 15lbs kettlebell (x10)
4. Circle Leg Raises (x20)
5. Russian Twists w/ 10lbs (x40)
6. V-Ups (x20)

End workout with some good stretching from 10-15 minutes!

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5 Circuit Killer HIIT Workout

Today I completed a killer 5 circuit workout when normally I only do 4 circuits! Half way through I felt like throwing up, but I kept pushing because I was so motivated to finish! I definitely don’t recommend doing workouts so intense they make you feel like or actually throw up, but I was so into this one I had to finish!

Circuit 1: Treadmill
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 5.0 / 1
12 / 3.0 / 2
12 / 5.0 / 1
0 / 2.8 / 2

Circuit 2: Legs & Abs (7 minutes nonstop)
Squat and Press w/ 8lbs (x12)
Leg Lifts (x20)
Knee Up with Lounges (x12 each leg)
Bicycle Crunches (x40)
1 Minute Rest

Circuit 3: Arms & Abs (7 minutes nonstop)
Push ups (x12)
X Crunches (x30 total)
Tricep Dips (x12)
Regular Crunches (x40)
1 Minute Rest

Circuit 4: Legs & Abs (7 minutes nonstop)
Cross Over Steps w/ Stepping Stool (x40 total)
Heel Touches (x40)
Jump Squats (x20)
Russian Twists w/ 8 lbs (x40)
Step Ups w/ 6lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
1 Minute Rest

Circuit 5: Arms & Shoulders (7 minutes nonstop)
Overhead Tricep Extension w/ 6lbs (x12)
Jumping Jacks (x50)
Bicep Curls w/ 5lbs (x12 each arm)
Shoulder Press w/ 5lb Dumbbells (x10)

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Not Sweating When Working Out?

Not sweating when working out is a common issue a lot of people come across, even when they know they are working their body and muscles hard! There could be a number of reasons why you’re not sweating when weight lifting or completing cardio, and sometimes it can vary depending on your what you ate/drink that day or how crowded the gym is (waiting to use machines + gym traffic). I’ve come up with a few tips based on my personal experience and knowledge on this topic!

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  1. Increase the Difficulty Level
    If you’re not challenging yourself enough, you won’t sweat enough! For weight training, try lifting a little heavier to make your body work hard. For cardio, try adding resistance like inclines or increase the speed. 
  2. Take Shorter Rests
    If your rests in between sets are too long even if you lift heavy, you probably won’t sweat as much. In order to sweat, you need to keep your heart rate up, so do more reps with a shorter rest/break period. 
  3. Change the Order
    If gym traffic is high, switch the order or your exercises to prevent long breaks and waiting around for a machine. I know some people get frustrated when they need to switch their order, but hey… gotta do what you gotta do to keep your heart rate up! 
  4. Switch It Up
    If you complete the same exercises every time you go to the gym, you’re body will eventually get used to the workout and difficulty level. You need to constantly be introducing your body to new exercises and new challenges to maintain a high metabolism that’ll get you sweating each time! 
  5. Drink More Fluids
    Drink more fluids before, during, and after you workout. If you don’t drink enough water or other liquids, you’re body won’t have any fluids to sweat off! 
  6. Wear More Layers
    Sometimes to sweat a little more, I wear more layers of clothing when I workout. This makes me hot when I workout causing me to sweat more!

I hope these tips help you get your sweat on! Let me know if any of them worked for you or and please share your tips on what makes you sweat more during your workouts! Also don’t forget to follow me on my fitness instagram and facebook page!