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!

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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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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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Follow my fitness journey on instagram @fitwithtania

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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