Wednesday, 28 December 2011

A Christmas Gift

Hey everyone,

We managed to do four bodyweight workouts while in Winnipeg.  Our third workout there was density training, using similar bodyweight exercises as in the last blog post.  The fourth workout was eight bodyweight exercises, performed once each, for maximum reps.  Even without equipment or much time, we continued to workout, offsetting some of that dreaded holiday weight gain!

Friday, 23 December 2011

Christmas holidays - bodyweight workouts

Hey everyone,

We are in Winnipeg for the holidays, to celebrate Christmas with Tannys' family.  It can be tricky to stick to your fitness routine while travelling and even more-so over the holidays, where there are constant temptations and distractions.  However, this is a critical time of year to maintain your fitness, which can help offset some of the (unavoidable) extra eating!

Aaaack!  Holiday weight gain!!!  Fight back with exercise!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Awesome new workout: 5 to 10 to 15!

Hey everyone,

It's tough to be original in the fitness world!  There are a ton of great ideas out there and people seem to have already tried/invented everything.  However, we did come up with a new fitness routine, which we tested out today.  It was a blast!  It's based on starting out with a strength exercise, then moving onward into a strength/conditioning, then finally a conditioning phase.  As with many of our routines, it is circuit-based.

Let's up the intensity...

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Back at it - a hardcore 4X4 workout!

Hey everyone,

Today, Tannys and I did another 'quatro'-circuit workout, with four circuits of four different exercises (i.e. 16 sets total).  We really gave this one 100%.  Once we had finished and got over that "I'm going to die" feeling, we felt awesome - really satisfied with how challenging it was and how we performed throughout it.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

I'm back in the game!

Hey everyone,

Today was an awesome day.  After a week of not working out, I (Alex) finally felt sufficiently healthy to do a workout!  I had planned the workout several days in advance, eagerly anticipating the moment...

Working out when injured or sick...

Hey everyone,

As Tannys mentioned in some earlier posts, I was sick this week.  Unfortunately, this impacted my training and I did not work out all week...

Friday, 16 December 2011

Morning Tabata

Hey everybody,

This morning I got up at 5:30 to complete another workout. We haven't been as diligent this week with Alex being sick, so I thought I would take this opportunity to challenge myself with an early-morning Tabata. Although it was tough to roll out of bed at 5:30 (especially while Alex kept sleeping!), knowing it was Friday, and I could sleep in the next day, made it easier.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Bodyweight Tabata Workout

Hey everyone,

Alex hasn't been feeling too well the past few days, so I decided to try a bodyweight workout on my own.  I chose to do this Tabata-style to get some cardiovascular benefit and kept my rest periods between exercises down to one minute.  I was thus able to complete my workout in 30 minutes.  At first, I didn't find the one minute rest too bad, however I struggled to recover between exercises once I hit the burpees. 

Monday, 12 December 2011

Can I exercise if I’m pregnant?

Many women believe that during pregnancy, they should stop their exercise routine or even restrict their normal day-to-day activities.  While this may be the case for a small portion of women, most can remain active and fit throughout their pregnancy. 

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Workouts - Density-Training Videos and New Workout Ideas

Hey everyone,

We decided to continue our trend of pulling and pushing full-body workouts, to allow for back-to-back workouts.  We have also continued to experiment with metabolic finishers at the end of some workouts, including one of our favourite tools - battleropes!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Pulling and Pushing Circuits

Hey everyone,

We've decided to change things up again a bit this week and try to do some back-to-back workouts.  Since we're still doing full body workouts, we've split today's and tomorrow's workouts into "pulling" and "pushing" exercises.  We felt that this would allow us to target specific muscle groups each day, including both upper and lower body muscles. 

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Workouts - Countdown plus battleropes!

Hey everyone,

For our Saturday workout, we did another 300 countdown workout.  However, this time we changed the exercises and included a bonus 5 minute metabolic finisher - battleropes!

Alex doing Bulgarian split squats (using a 32kg kettlebell)

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Is it safe to exercise during my fertility treatments?

One common question that women ask about is the safety of exercise during fertility treatments.  The answer to this question depends on the type of fertility treatment you are undergoing, potential complications, as well as your general health and exercise history. 

Workouts - 300 Countdown

Hey everyone,

On Thursday, Tannys and I were looking for a different type of workout, to give us some extra challenge and excitement.  With those goals in mind, we decided to do a 300 countdown workout!

Friday, 2 December 2011

Tutorial - Lunges

Here is a brief tutorial on how to perform a lunge:

The lunge is a great exercise that works your quadriceps, glutes, as well as your balance and core strength.

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Workouts - More mini-circuits, with 2 new exercises!

Hey everyone,

On Tuesday, Tannys and I decided to do another circuit-based workout.  We chose six exercises and divided them into two mini-circuits.  Coincidentally, it worked out that the first contained three leg-focused exercises, with three upper body exercises in the second mini-circuit.  Here's what we did:

1. Front squats (Tannys - 95lbs, Alex - 225lbs)
2. One-leg hip bridges
3. Overhead kettlebell stair carry

1. Wide-grip pullups (Tannys - band-assisted, Alex - 24kg)
2. Dips (Tannys - bodyweight, Alex - 24kg)
3. Seated kettlebell rows (Tannys - 12kg, Alex - 32kg)