Push-up Challenge

PushupsHappy 1st day of August! To celebrate the start of a brand new month, I’m challenging you all to the 20 Push-ups a Day Challenge. It’s pretty simple – you commit to doing 20 push-ups a day for the next month. Easy peasy. You can do any variation, so modified push-ups are fine. Comment below “I’m in” or inbox me to let me know the challenge has been accepted – and away we go!!

Why Push-Ups? 

Push-ups are one of the basic and most common exercises for the human body.  They are great for your chest, and help defining your abs, triceps, shoulders, and torso.  They are an incredible exercise for overall strength improvement.

Push-ups can be performed no matter where you are and don’t require any equipment or gym. The benefits of push-ups are plentiful.  They will improve muscular endurance within the upper body, strengthen both muscles and bones, create lean muscle mass that raises your metabolism and, of course, help keep you fit and healthy. 

~FB

Butt and Gut 30 Day Challenge

I am really bad with posting challenges at the start of the month.  But then again, a healthy lifestyle change doesn’t (have to) wait til the start of the month so, I guess I’m letting myself off the hook.  I think any day is a good day to start a workout practice or healthy eating program (not diet!!).  In fact, I’m gearing up to start another Whole 30 on Monday – no point in waiting til the start of August when I can feel so much better sooner?

So, with that being said, below is a 30 Day Butt and Gut Challenge to get you going.  Even if you’re new to exercising, this little challenge is totally doable.  And it’s a great complement to your regular fitness practice if you already have one.

And me, I’m a little nuts and completely in love with squats and lunges and planks and crunches.  And pretty much all of it…except push-ups….I hate push-ups! (The result of a serious back injury.)

This Challenge is so great because it’s only four moves but pretty much works your entire body that you can do right in your home!  It also mixes cardio and strength and will definitely get your heart rate going.  And, you get rest days.  TAKE YOUR REST DAYS!  🙂

I love this Challenge so much I’m going to do it along with my regular workouts.  Why not?  Like I said, it can be a great complement to an established fitness regime.

Give it a try and see how you feel in a month’s time.

Cheers.

Butt and Gutt

~Fit Bitch

Lift Me Up

Recently I talked about increasing my strength training.  I got off track a bit last year after getting whiplash, and never really got fully back on track.

Until now.

I am now committed to my strength training.  This past week alone I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone and gone places I’d not gone before with weight training.  And I feel good.  I feel proud.

kitty lift

This is totally me after a workout.  *MEOW*

Many women are intimidated by weight training, but there are so many wonderful benefits of it.

First of all, it’s a huge stress reliever (as is most exercise). But strength training also helps you burn fat faster, increases your stability and balance, strengthens your bones,increases your cardio, lower your blood pressure, and boost your confidence. And there is still a bevy of reasons and benefits to strength train.

Lift

Do it because you love your body, and it will love you back.

~FB

30 Day Wall Sit Challenge

Today is March 1st.  Let’s take this month to strengthen our core, strengthen our legs, improve our posture, and increase our stamina.

Let’s make March the month for the 30 Day Wall Sit Challenge.
Wall Sit Challenge

I love wall sits.  I do them in my classes often.  I think they are fantastic.

I know they seem hard.  Believe me.  The though of “sitting” in the position freely for 300 seconds (that’s 5 whole minutes!) is maybe a little terrifying to some of  you.  But, I promise, it does get easier – because you get stronger.

When I first started the practice of wall sitting I could barely get through 30 seconds.  My thighs were screaming.  But now I can shake my booty with a smile on my face while we hold position.  I love it.  I feel stronger with each sit.

I feel proud.

Wall Sit girl

Proper wall sit:  This chick is lookin’ pretty good!

So don’t be scared.  Take this month to strengthen every part of your body.

when you first start, why not even try doing it a few times a day?  (Hey, it’s just a suggestion!)  Then come back in a month and tell me how you feel.  I want to hear how much stronger you’ve gotten in just 30 days.

~Fit Bitch

300 Abs

Okay, here’s the thing, you have abs. They’re there. Some of us just have a little more “coverage’ for them, but believe me, they’re there.
And every movement and exercise we do for them makes them that much stronger and that much more toned. I don’t guarantee “perfect abs” to anyone – myself included – from any of the exercises I perform or promote. But I can nearly guarantee the sense of accomplishment and satisfaction you’ll get from completing these workouts.

Now, with that being said, here’s your homework:

300 Abs

I love this workout because the exercises are pretty basic and you’ll get a great workout from them. You’ll really work your core and may feel like you want to die part-way thru but, hang in there, you’ll make it.

Do these ab moves a few times a week (every other day and incorporated into your regular routine, as suggested**) as you’ll see improved strength in your core and hopefully you’ll whittle your middle at the same time.

**If you’re a new exerciser and you feel this workout is enough for you, then by all means just stick with this for the first few days. Eventually you’ll build of strength and stamina and can add more to your routine.

Have fun.
~Fit Bitch