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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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!

Follow my journey @fitwithtania

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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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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)

Don’t forget to follow me on facebook and instagram!

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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!

Bosu Ball – Fully Body – HIIT Workout

My Workout (Bosu Ball): 3/1/16

I need different kinds of exercises to stay entertained and motivated so, today I thought I’d give the bosu ball a try. I’ve never used it before but know that balancing on this bad boy is great for strengthening your core! Here is my Bosu Ball workout from today. I must warn you, it IS TOUGH. I was struggling on the last circuit, but I felt SO AMAZING and accomplished after!! Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Remember, if you’re not sure what an exercise is or how to do it, you can always google it or youtube it, or even ask me! Also if you find yourself struggling to complete a circuit, slow down but push yourself to finish! You can always remove weights or tweak an exercise to your level and comfort zone!

Warmup on Treadmill
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 4.5 / 1
13 / 2.8 / 2
13 / 5.0 / 1
10 / 3.0 / 2

Circuit 1 (Arms): Complete this circuit nonstop for 7 minutes.
1. Burpee/Push up holding bosu (x10) Bosu should be upside down
2. Plank w/ knee to elbow (x10 each leg) Bosu should be upside down
3. Row Plank w/ legs on bosu holding 8lbs dumbbells (x10 total)
4. Cross over steps & hip twist holding 8lb medicine ball (x20 total)

Circuit 2: (Legs): Complete this circuit nonstop for 7 minutes
1. Cross over steps (x30 total)
2. Jump onto bosu front squats (x10)
3. Sumo squats w/ one leg on bosu (x10 each leg)
4. Lunges w/ one leg on bosu (x10 total)

Circuit 3: (Full Body with the Bosu Ball upside down): 7 minutes
1. Pushups (x10)
2. Squats holding 12lbs (x10)
3. Mountain Climbers (x40 total)
4. Plank Position Leg Raises (x10 each leg)

Don’t forget to stretch after your workout! And don’t forget to follow me on my fitness instagram @fitwithtania! 

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Full Body – HIIT Workout #3

My Doctor said my blood pressure is better than it’s ever been! Know why? Because I gym! Here is my full body workout today.

Warmup on Treadmill
Incline / Speed / Minutes
15 / 3.0 / 2
15 / 4.5 / 1
13 / 2.8 / 2
13 / 5.0 / 1
10 / 3.0 / 2

Complete each circuit for 7 minutes non stop.

Circuit 1 (Legs & Abs)
1. Sumo Jump Squats (x10)
2. Leg Lifts (x20)
3. Cross-over Steps w/ Stepping Stool (x40 total)
4. Crunches (x30)
5. Knee Ups w/ Stepping Stool 6 lbs each hand (x12 each leg)
6. V-up Crunches (x20)

Circuit 2 ( Arms & Abs)
1. Push ups (x10)
2. Jumping Jacks (x40)
3. Mountain Climbers (x40 total)
4. Overhead Tricep Extension w/ 10lbs (x10)
5. X-crunches (x20)

Circuit 3 (Full Body)
1. Squats holding 10lbs (x10)
3. Cross-over Steps w/ Stepping Stool (x40 total)
4. Bicep Curls w/ 4lbs each hand (x10)
5. Russian Twist w/ 6lbs (x40 total)
6. Stationary Lunges (x10 total)
7. Heel Touch Crunches (x40 total)

I ended with a 10 minute cool down on the stair machine at a level/speed of 5.