February Kettlebell Challenge

25 kb

It’s time to love your kettlebell and your body!

This month’s challenge will be 9 kettlebell moves divided up into 3 per week for 3 weeks. My biggest wish for you is that you go up in weight on your kettlebell. (within safe reason-I just went up to a 25 lb because I had been hovering around my 10/15/20’s for too long) I am stronger than that and so are you! I just got all comfy and cozy and it was easy and I liked that for a while. It is so easy to get comfortable. But do you know what doesn’t happen when you get comfortable?

Change!

Here we go week by week, move by move….

Week #1:

Double arm  tricep extensions

kb 1

Up right row

kb 5

Lunge-see picture but also know that you can hold the kb in on your chest instead of out

kb 3

Week #2:

Swing-grab kb from ground with feet shoulder width apart, thrust the kb from  low to high position until the kb is eye level or straight above your head

Single arm row

kb 4

Chest press w/bridge-lay on back with feet on ground, knees bent, press the kb while thrusting (bridging) up and down with each one.

Week #3:

Abdominal twist

kb 2

Bicep curl in low squat-lower down to low squat if you can (if not stand) and hold that position while you curl the kb with both hands, elbows resting on your inner thighs

Deadlift-stand with knees slightly bent/ loose (feet together or shoulder width apart and lower the kb down to almost touching the ground and slowly stand to upright position (arms stay straight the entire time but elbows are not locked)

>>> Notes:

*You will do as many reps as possible but ideally you should burn out around 12 to 15 reps on each set because that is where the weight of your challenging kettlebell should be. I don’t want you wasting your time on light weights and a million reps. Get right to the point and challenge yourself.

>>>Do the workout 3 days a week at 3 sets or rounds of each of the 3 moves then move on to week 2 then week 3. If you can skip a day between so for example do the workout Mon, Wed, Fri. By the time you are done you can then incorporate these 9 new moves at home or at the gym all the time, yay!

*For a warm up you can definitely run through each move at a lighter weight-that is always a good idea. You always want to warm up somehow by stretching, jumping jacks, non-weighted squats, arm circles….get your blood flowing then tackle the task at hand.

>>>Perform all moves slowly and deliberately. It is not a race. Make each one count.

*You will rest 30 to 60 seconds in-between each set. Have water nearby and make sure you eat a protein/carb/sugar meal after. Example: smoothie, chicken/sweet potato/ grapes, eggs/toast/avocado, Fuel up after your workout 🙂

I hope you enjoy challenging yourself these 3 weeks 🙂 🙂

***please, please, please use this challenge as a reason to push yourself and go heavier on your kettlebell if you can!

xo, A

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Bench & DB Upper Body Workout

bench and dumbbell workout

Hi guys!!! I just did this workout at home and it kicked my butt!!

Here is the low down:

I used 20 lb weights for everything

I used my living room coffee table/bench

I did each set to exhaustion

I rested 1 min to 1:30 between each set

Total time 40 min/3 rounds

Major muscles worked: Biceps, Back, Shoulders, Chest, Triceps

Workout:

1. Alt. Punch (for me each round about 18  total punches)

2. One arm Row (12 to 15 each arm)

3. Chest Press (18 reps)

4. Triceps Kickbacks (10 to 12 each arm-this was the hardest for me with the 20 lbs DB)

5. Dips (15 to 20)

 

I also drank 40 oz of water during this workout and there was lots of grunting!!

Try it and let me know what you think!!

A

 

 

Full body Dumbbells Workout

dumbbells workout

 

Dumbbells Workout!

Chest press-15 reps lying down

Chest flyes-15 reps lying down

Bicep curls-hammer, front AND reverse curls-10 of each

Triceps kickbacks-15 each arm

Deadlifts-15 reps

Rows-15 reps

Kneeling one arm shoulder fly-15 each arm

Shoulder press-15 reps

Alternating Shoulder Front Raise-15 reps

Repeat All 2 to 3 times!

Get to work!

A

November 2013 Upper Body/Core & Cardio Challenge

challenge change you

Hello all! I love fall and I love to exercise! My goal is to get you to also love to exercise. So I made a challenge for November that will give you a taste of my routine. You will get a new upper body and core exercise along with a different cardio challenge every day of the week except for Thursdays and Sundays-those are your rest/off days!

I do a lifting plan similar to this so I modified it for beginners like some of you or if you are further along you will hopefully at least learn some new exercises and above all else, ALL of you, will develop a routine that you can carry through to December and hopefully into 2014…wow, really 2014? That came quick!!! You will be able to do these at home or at the gym.  I will give several options based on fit level and whether you are executing them at the gym or at home.

What you will need for this challenge:

1. Awesome Like Adrienne Nov 2013 Calendar

2. Dumbbells-lighter and heavier weight

***I use anywhere from 7.5 to 20 lb. DB’s***

3. Running or walking shoes

4. Chair or bench at home

5. Mat (or carpet)

I will post on facebook the move for the day so be sure to Like my page at the top right of this page so you can follow along. I will post pics or videos so you know exactly how to do it.

ALA Nov calendar

Hoping you will join my challenge for November and beyond to exercise, eat nutritious foods and honor yourself!!

xoxo-A