Circuit Workout & A Purple and Black Weekend

Good FRIDAY Morning!!! 😀

I CANNOT wait for this weekend…it’s the BIG weekend. Ravens vs. Patriots…again 😉 But this time I hope we have a different outcome.

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…& so does G 😉

Anyways, a lot of people have asked how I was able to get back to my pre- pregnancy body so quickly.

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(that was about 4 weeks post G…funny because I wore this outfit yesterday to the gym. I’m now addicted to Luluemon, thanks to my best friend Lea. My wallet is not as happy.)

The main reason was that I stayed active my entire pregnancy. I actually ran the day before I gave birth to Gabriella. I worked out six days a week- weights & running. Of course no HIIT because that is too intense for pregnancy, but I was still lifting heavy & logging some pretty good mileage. Call me crazy, but working out has always been my ‘thing.’ Completely a stress reliever, and just ‘me time.’

After a workout I always feel refreshed, and ready to take on the day. I also LOVE the saying ‘You are one workout away from a good mood.’ How true is that?!

…and, like I’ve said before, I now realize HOW thankful I am to be able to workout.

Now that I have Gabriella, most days we run. We are high mileage girls now 🙂 I used to be more of a weights girl, but that’s because I was able to go to the gym. Now I can’t really go to the gym because I can’t take G there. She’s not quite ready to pump iron yet 😉

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But look, she tries. Do you see her little hand weights? 🙂 And don’t you make fun of her high waters. 😉 It was her last time wearing this outfit, it was newborn size. She is now in 3 months, but she had to get one more wear out of it since her Grandma & PapaNote (Grandpa) are in town.

Monday through Thursday I don’t go to the gym, those are the days G & I run in the morning (we try to do 5-6 miles each day), and then afterwards I try to do a weight workout while G naps. She likes to take her long nap in her swing.

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(pretend her eyes are closed 🙂 )

When she takes her “long-ish” morning or afternoon nap I break out the weights & get started. I have a small collection of weights, along with an exercise ball, yoga mat & a bunch of exercise DVDs…although I really only use the Jillian Michaels ones, on occasion. I prefer to do my own workouts.Image

But now when I do get the chance to go to the gym, I take FULL advantage of my time. I used to do workouts for each body part- like back/ biceps, legs, chest/ triceps – but now I don’t have enough days in the week to do that. So most of my workouts are now usually full body, upper body or lower body. I kind of had to break it into chunks now.

I can’t lie, I do enjoy doing full body workouts, I always have. Some of my favorite types of workouts are circuit style. I like the non stop style, and the constant change in the body part being worked.

The workout below is one that I did the other day & I loved it!! I ended with 15 minutes on the stairmaster- alternating running the stairs (level 20- the highest) & walking the steps at a pretty good pace (level 8- 10) for recovery.

Here is the circuit that I did three times through, followed by the stairmaster.

15 Step Ups (each leg)10- 12 Bicep Curls (HEAVY- I used 20lbs. in each hand)
20 incline situps holding weight
10 oblique crunches on incline with weight(each side)
20 plie squats
10 pushups (I did them on an incline, using the bench)
20 cable tricep pressdowns
15 dumbbell chest presses
20 lateral raises
15 lunges (each leg)
20 tricep dips
20 upright rows
20 deadlifts
12 lat pulldowns
25 crunches on Bosu balls (weighted)
10 burpees with jump (using a medicine ball for the jump up)

If you have any questions regarding any of the moves above, just let me know 🙂

Also please let me know if you try this workout, I’d love to know what you think! I have a LOT of workouts to share, if you guys are interested.

Well, I really hope you guys enjoy your weekend! …and if you need someone to cheer for, the Ravens would love another fan. 😀

G will send you kisses if you root for them.

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10 thoughts on “Circuit Workout & A Purple and Black Weekend

  1. I am loving that circuit. It seems painful but yet so good at the same time LOL. I might have to try that when I start going to the gym again for weight type stuff. Pretty sure I have a similar pair or that pair of bright yellow shorts. Love em!

  2. G is so cute! I love her tutu! Happy purple Friday! I’m wearing my Ray Lewis jersey and hoping our boys make it to NOLA! 🙂

  3. okay i was distracted by the cuteness! but so glad you are getting back at it. Great workout!

  4. Adorable, still! And FYI, I’m rooting for the Ravens this weekend because I always root against the Patriots. 🙂

    I totally wish we lived in the same part of FL because we would be best workout buds. I love full body workouts, I love to keep moving when I’m doing strength training so full body works best for me! I may try your workout this weekend!

  5. Adorable, still! And FYI, I’m rooting for the Ravens this weekend because I always root against the Patriots. 🙂

    I totally wish we lived in the same part of FL because we would be best workout buds. I love full body workouts, I love to keep moving when I’m doing strength training so full body works best for me! I may try your workout this weekend!

  6. This workout looks great! I will give it a try soon. And, please share more workouts!! I am always looking for new ones 🙂

  7. Great workout Holly! I have a 13 week old so gone are the days of me getting to the gym for long workouts. I have a few sets of hand weights here at home and have been trying to get out for some runs with the jogging stroller…weather permitting. New England winters get a big thumbs down! When we can’t get out, I pray that my little guy takes an hour nap so I can get a ride in on my bike trainer. He’s currently in the boycotting naps stage so workouts like the one you posted are great. He sat in his swing and laughed at me while I did it today 🙂 Would love to see some more!

  8. This looks like a great workout! I don’t belong to a gym, but I do have some weights and equipment at home. I can’t wait to try it!

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