Hi Hungry Friends! I'm back this week with something I haven't shared in a long, long time: a new strength workout. Specifically, a upper body and core strength workout! Part of the reason I haven't shared a strength workout in a long time is because I haven't done strength workouts consistently since ... well honestly, I can't even remember when! And by that I mean, I haven't been working with weights in the gym because while we were in NYC I chose to save money by not having a gym membership and focusing mainly on running workouts and bodyweight strength workouts that I was able to do at home without any equipment. Lower-body strength training (e.g., lunges, squats, etc.) was definitely a big focus for me during half-marathon training through the first half of this year, but with that, I definitely neglected my upper body strength. But now, our new apartment complex has it's own gym and you can bet your butt I've already taken advantage of it and I'm super pumped to get back to a true total body workout routine and some classic strength training workouts like the one I'm about to share here.
I hope ya'll are ready for some cross training, because I've got three EPIC equipment-free strength workouts for you to add to your summer strength routine.
Drink more water. Try new exercises. Get enough sleep. Do more burpees. Do more planks. I've heard every single "fitness tip" in the book (and trust me, there are many more where those came from), and I'm sure you've heard your fair share of them too. While many of them are smart and effective and we should be implementing them into our lives, I was recently reminded that unless you first wrap your mind around one very important concept, "the most important fitness tip you'll ever learn," if you will, then all the rest are almost meaningless.
Do you ever feel totally scatter-brained? Like the world is moving a million miles a minute as you're desperately trying to keep up? Like you'll never find time for exercise. That's a little bit how I feel right now. I think that tends to happen a lot around this time of year. It seems my schedule grows busier and busier as the weather gets nicer and nicer. (Does this happen to you?) Anyway, I'm telling you this because even though I feel like I haven't had a moment to come up for air lately, I've still been making it a priority to find time for exercise (And now apparently blogging, too. Go me!).
I have a confession to make. So you know how I talk a lot about body image and how weight loss shouldn't be the sole focus of our fitness mission? Constantly having that message floating around in my brain and constantly writing about it started to make me feel like it would never be OK for weight loss to be a part of my own goals again. If I'm telling you not to worry about losing weight, then what business do I have trying to lose weight? But if I'm being honest, and I always will be here, weight loss—or actually, I should say fat loss—is absolutely a part of my goal right now.
Alright! So this is the final phase of my 12-week weight lifting program. When you pick up this phase you should be starting out your ninth week of the program. That means, your weights are getting even heavier and you're performing even less reps for each exercise.
Hello Hungry Readers! How are you? Sorry, I've been relatively quiet since sharing my favorite Super Bowl Snacks earlier this month. (If you haven't tried making those sweet potato bacon bites yet, well I highly suggest you get your butt in gear and whip up a batch. You will not be disappointed.) Anyway, moving on to the core purpose of this post: to share the next stages in my 12-week weight lifting plan with you.