I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that knew the importance of health and fitness – I can remember from a very young age doing workout videos with my mom and going to the gym with my dad when I was a teenager…but I changed my life and started seriously training about four years ago!
I do about 30-45 minutes of cardio after I get off of work and then return in the evening for about an hour of lifting.
I have a few large goals that I’m always looking towards, but I like to make mini-goals so that I am always reaching and always trying to better myself.
High intensity interval cardio, Chest with plyometrics in between sets and abs
Steady cardio, Back with plyometrics in between sets
Steady cardio, shoulders with plyometrics in between sets and abs
High intensity interval cardio, Legs with plyometrics in between sets
Steady cardio, biceps and triceps and abs
Active rest, or if I feel the need I will hit a few body parts that I feel need some more attention
The day of rest!
Plyometrics vary between Burpees, squat jumps, jumping lunges and box jumps. It’s difficult for me to keep and/or add muscle on my upper body, so I have been lifting heavier with lower reps (6-8) for the past few months and just starting to level it back out to 10-12 to keep my body guessing. However, I can probably just think about squatting and my legs will gain muscle! So I have been working on leaning those out a bit for symmetry, and now I am in maintain mode with them. My trainer likes to keep my body guessing with sets and reps so that I am constantly making gains, and we incorporate a ton of supersets and circuits as well.
If you peeked in my cooler right now you would find grilled chicken breast, lots of fresh veggies (my favorites are zucchini, squash and green peppers right now), Greek yogurt, whole natural almonds, tuna packets, protein powder, sweet potatoes, hardboiled eggs and balsamic vinegar.
I just remind myself that my goals mean more to me than a slice of pizza…also, food is more than just taste for me – it’s fuel for my body to live a long, healthy life as disease free as possible.
Hard to pick, but Jamie Eason, Lori Harder, Alicia Marie…all of them try to help other people reach their goals.
A tie between my abs and my butt – abs because it requires a lot of dedication to get them to show through, and butt because mine used to be flat and I crafted one out of hard work!
A tie between abs and back!
“Rome wasn’t built in a day” and your body won’t be either…and “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”