Now that I have cute new workout clothes (thanks Fabletics) and a new perspective on my actual workouts (focus more, workout harder), I decided to make a workout schedule to follow for the week.
My issue is I always do whatever at the gym. No specific routine except that I usually do cardio first and then weights. I am not a fitness expert but I heard that you burn more calories if you do weight training after your cardio.
With that said, I decided to put together a schedule that helps me stay on track and work different muscles groups each day. I go off a 6 day schedule (one day to rest) because I that's what I aim for each week. I like to hit the gym at least 5 days a week and then do a class or other workout one day. This could be a barre class at my gym, regular or Pilates sculpt at my local Pilates studio, or a home workout like T25 or some of the TIU You Tube workouts. By the way, if you have not seen it, the Tone it Up ladies (TIU) have a new show on Bravo. Definitely watch it...it will inspire you to not only work out, but also start a multi-million dollar business with your best friend! Oh and the guys don't mind having it on in the background...lots of hot girls running around in little workout outfits. :)
Ok back to the schedule... My schedule consists of 20-30 minutes of cardio (you can do more if you want) and then muscle work. I try to stick to the days as listed, however, if there is a class I want to do on day 2, I will move things around. Also, there are those days where honestly, you just don't want to do squats, right??
For "free weights" I do a series of arm workouts using 7.5 to 10 lbs weights. Here's a great arm workout video to use. Thanks TIU ladies. :)
For "kettle bells," I do this workout (seen here).
For "ball" workouts (so creatively named, I know), I use the big workout ball and do a series of sit ups, pushups, leg squeezes and side/oblique crunches.
"Crunches" can be standard crunches or you can do this awesome workout which I LOVE.
The first move is a great workout for your abs and your arms & chest! Yay for Jillian Michaels!
I am no fitness expert but hopefully you can use this a guide to plan out some of your workouts. I made a separate image for my iPhone to keep on the lock screen and wallpaper to keep me on track.No excuses!
Feel free to download it by clicking here or on the image below...(there's a big white border around it so it scales on the iphone5 - it's supposed to be there!)