Fit Friday: Squat Challenge...

 
Photo: Popsugar.com

Photo: Popsugar.com

 

I don't know about you, but with the warm weather creeping up on us I've been more motivated than ever to whip my body into swimsuit shape! We are actually in Florida right now, and while I don't feel totally where I want to be ("swimsuit body" wise), when I return to Boston there's still time to get there. I've been focusing on my legs and glutes more than anything else, and wanted to share a few "squat challenges" you could try if you're in the same mind frame as I am! 

Sometimes, a simple challenge like this can give you a little kick start and push you even further toward your goals. If you recruit a friend to accept the challenge with you, it could hold you accountable but may also be fun too! 

Popsugar posted a really good squat challenge that incorporates 5 different varieties of exercises. It's four weeks long and guarantees you'll notice a difference! *A few tips for you ... shift your weight back in your heels and wiggle your toes - this will target your butt and hamstrings. Also, by varying your stances (ex: sumo squats) you can better target your inner and outer thighs. If you want to make this even more challenging ... grab a pair of dumbbells and hold them at your sides or rest them on your shoulders. 

If you like this idea, but are looking to try it a different way, Healthworks posted their own squat challenge and you can find the details on that here

I hope you all have a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by :) 

xx,  Ashley 

20-Minute (at home) Circuit!

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!!!!

(Sorry if my cheery attitude makes you want to punch me right in the mouth - but I'm just trying some reverse psychology on myself. Maybe if I pretend that I like Mondays and they're super cool, then I'll be able to cope. Ok? Great. Settled)

This morning I woke up, immediately changed into my workout gear, and magically something happened ... I found myself a teeeeensy bit more motivated to attack the day! I've been trying to kick it up a notch in the workout department with spring basically here (in New England) and summer well on its way! On days that I can't squeeze in a workout at the gym - I try my best to make it up at home with a quick circuit like the one below! Anything that gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat a little is a win for this mama!

Guys...it's 20 minutes. Let's be honest, we sit on our phones checking Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for longer than that (Just me). I hope you can find the time to jump start your Monday! Let me know what y'all think!

*Perform each exercise for 30 seconds, rest for 15 and repeat 2-3 times

Set A

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Push-ups
  • Squat Jumps
  • Plank Jacks

Set B

  • Burpees
  • Front Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Lunge Jumps