Fitting it ALL in

Happy Tuesday lovelies!

How are you? Are you having a busy start to the week like me? Or just a busy life in general? Lately, I feel like I have so many things on my todo list. I scribble down things at work during the day, have a few lists here and there and usually I only break into a couple things.

I got a new appreciation for making and checking things off my todo list after readings Jessica’s post on Sunday. Can I just say I love this gal!? She is awesome and this was such a great post. I ended up making a master todo list yesterday morning, before 6am, and then a todo list for the day.

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Like, Jessica, I asked myself a similar question:

What would I be missing out on, if I didn’t do today? What do I need to do to make today fabulous?

A few things on the list include:

  • spending time with Jesus
  • make master todo list
  • start adding to my dream board (much more to come on this!)
  • workout

Work. Out.

Even if you are a new reader (Welcome!), you probably know just by my name that I am a fan of working out. I am a personal trainer and a self-proclaimed fitness fanatic…or enthusiast. I workout for a lot of different reasons, but the main reason is because it makes me feel good. It makes me happy.

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So, you can imagine that with a busy life, things have to take the back seat. I try to include some kind of workout in my routine everyday. And yes, I do force myself to take rest days…it’s tough sometimes. There are days that I have to tweak the workout, cut out some time, scale back on what I do. There are days when I have to figure how to ‘fit it all in.’

When I’m running short on time, I run through a few questions

How much time do I have to workout? How much time can I commit to working out? What am I willing to move around to accommodate a workout? What type of workout do I want to do?

I either workout in the morning or in the evening. I don’t workout in the middle of the work day. I sweat  glisten too much for that.

So, if I workout in the morning, it means waking up earlier to accommodate. Which means getting things ready the night before – i.e. laying out clothes, making sure lunch is ready, thinking through breakfast and workout snacks. This is KEY to getting up for morning workouts – PLAN.

Working out after work is a little easier. I usually go straight after work, so I pack my gym clothes and change before I leave the office (show off the muscles on the way back from the bathroom, of course).

After I have my time of day down, I figure out how much time I actually have to spend working out. Usually, during the week, I try to aim for a 20-30 minute work. So 4 words come to mind.

High Intensity Interval Training.

That means tabata workouts, circuits, quickies, workouts with kettlebells, sprints, burpees, and jump ropesHigh intensity metabolic full body workouts. I get a great workout, in a short amount of time.

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Yesterday, I did 3-5 minute HIIT style workouts (on the blog soon). All 3 were solid enough to be used on their own. The key for me is full body. Can I work my entire body in that short amount of time? My first circuit was a combo of jump rope and push-ups. Second was 4 different ab exercises and burpees. Third was a kettlebell complex. All full body. All got my heart rate up. All felt great.

Then there are those days when I just want a slow workout. I pick out a yoga video. Or just go one big long walk or a few throughout the day. Taking active rest days – because rest days are super important (remember that Jena!).

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But I also have days when I just want to spent 45 minutes to an hour working out. I want to try out new moves. Enjoy a longer run. Lift lots of heavy things. And give myself at least 1 day like that each week. To just get lost in the workout.

How do I fit it all in?

I make it fit. I make sure I am intentional about the the type of workout I do and the time I have in which to do it. I throw away the list one day out of the week and just enjoy the workout. I take active rest days. I make it a priority Heck, I even multitask some days – hello, walking treadmill at work..

But, I also am a firm believer in doing what works for you with fitness. Maybe you are not a fan of kettlebells or HIIT workouts. Maybe you prefer an hour of yoga every day or a long hike. And that is what you make time for each day. AWESOME! Get after it.

Bottom line: move each day. make it something you love to do. don’t always stress about the time. be intentional.

I’m FINALLY linking up with The Fit Pepper and The Fit Switch for their weekly link-up, The Fit Dish. So inspired by these ladies. Be sure to head on over to their blogs and take a look at all the other awesome posts!

- jena.

p.s. How do you fit it all in?

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Well, Hello Monday…

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How are you doing?! Ready for the last few days of September? It’s actually been hot the past few days – 80 degrees – and will be for the next couple days. Hoping that we get some cooler weather by the end of the week. Just in time for a trip to the pumpkin patch.

How was your weekend?! Mine was fairly productive and restful – which I needed big time after a busy week. Friday, my little sister come over for a sleepover. We ate pizza (gluten-free for me!), kettlecorn (I ate nearly the whole bag, surprise, surprise), gummie bears and ice cream. She’s 13, so it should have been no surprise to me that she hadn’t seen ‘A Cinderella Story’, ‘Pitch Perfect’, or ‘Sydney White.’ Naturally, we watched all those movies, in that order. I was so so tired, but I managed to stay awake through the first two movies and feel asleep mid-way through the third. When it was over at 11:00p, I hoped Kat would be ready for sleep, but she decided to read, so I could be an old woman and go to bed.

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Saturday, we ended up going to the Farmer’s Market (so. many. puppies!) in the morning, before heading to Conner Prairie with the whole family. It was a free day, so we made a family trip of it. I got home in the afternoon and went to town on cleaning the apartment. I did some regular cleaning that hadn’t been done with being away last weekend. Then I cleaned out my closet and dresser drawers. Everything is clean. I love it.

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Sunday was my prep and catch-up day. I was so in the mood for some chocolate pumpkin pancakes, but as you can see from the photo below, they didn’t come out so well. I tried to make scrambled pancakes, but it was a serious no-go. Luckily, I had some frozen paleo banana bread waffles that I popped in the toaster. After church, I painted nails a good fall color, did some meal prep, workout prep, blog work, and hung with my mom a bit.

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Overall, a pretty good weekend. I’ve got a busy October coming up, so it was good to just relax a bit. My body needed the extra sleep and no real workout. Working on my pistols, pull-ups and Urbanathon training this week!

Grab that coffee, smoothie or tea (Trader Joe’s Harvest Blend, YES. PLEASE.), and enjoy another edition of ‘well, hello monday…

on menstrual health: and being fit

on bodybuilding: redefining the female bodybuilder

on rest days: add them to your routine

on workout cycles: you can’t be on all the time

on stalled dreams + goals: what to do when it happens

on life: current direction v. desired direction

on big changes: with small substitutions 

on motivation: how to get it back

on being a size large: all. about. the. bass.

on my ‘let’s take a week off and do all these workouts’ list: one. two. three. four. five. six.

on my ‘I want to eat allllllll the food’ list: one. two. three. four. five. six. seven. <– if only i could eat gluten and dairy.

on my ‘favorite fall fashion looks’ list: one. two. three. four. five.

on my ‘can I wear gold all the time?’ list: one. two. three. four.

on my ‘future home ideas’ list: one. two. three. four.

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Love that!
Did a rocking kettlebell workout this morning. Working on that snatch.

- jena.

p.s. What are you guys up to this week? Anything exciting going on? Do tell!

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The Fitness Games App Review

Happy Fit Friday everyone!

Today, I’m telling you about an awesome new fitness app…if you couldn’t guess from the title of the post, right?!

I recently got the opportunity, through my ambassadorship with Fit Approach and Sweat Pink, to try out an app called The Fitness Games. Now, I’ve mentioned before that I am fairly competitive, so when I found out about this opportunity, I jumped on it.

This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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The Fitness Games app ‘takes exercise and turns it into a fun game.’ Users can challenge friends (or themselves) and other users worldwide to sweaty workouts, upload results, take Instagram worthy photos, videos and even those gym selfies, and comment, like or follow others. This is not your average workout tracker.

The app contains over 50 hand-crafted workouts, ranging from four different categories, including Cardio, Strength, Full-body and Cross Training. There is even an option to create your own workout, which is really handy for personal trainers who train clients that have the app. All workouts are tracked, scored and saved, so, similar to a workout tracker, you can see your progress over time.

I am sure you’re asking: How does this all work, Burpees For Breakfast?!

Do let me tell you!

First things first, head on over to the iTunes store or Google Play and download the app for free! Next, create your profile. Like my photo of my bulging bicep muscle as my background and profile pic?!

When you create your profile, you can add your favorite workout song and workout philosophy, which is pretty fun. I am actually 5’7, but for some reason it won’t save it.  You can also track your wins/losses on the profile page.

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After you’ve created your profile, it’s time to find some friends. Now, since this app is fairly new, you might have to coax your friends in to downloading it and creating a profile, so you can challenge them. Luckily, I was also to add all the fabulous Sweat Pink Ambassadors as friends and challenge them.

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WORKOUT TIME! This app has so.many.choices! Cardio. Strength. Cross-Training. Full-body. Each category contains different workouts, all with varying levels of difficulty. There is something for every type of fitness enthusiast!

The free version of the app comes with a couple workouts in each category that are ‘unlocked.’ In order to unlock additional workouts, there is a Premium version for $0.99 and a Platinum version for $1.99. Plus, more workouts can be unlocked as your points increase, which is an incentive to use the app and challenge friends.

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My gym membership was ending the week that I was able to start reviewing the app and with the craziness of life, I only managed to squeeze in 1 strength workout from the app. Rebecca at Flex and Shout challenged me to the Arm Annihilation Triceps workout and by the time I could make it to the gym to accept her challenge, it disappeared!

So, I decided to challenge her and complete the tricep workout one day before bootcamp. YOWZA. It looked tough from the description and boy, was it KILLER. I ever done just a strict tricep strength workout. Usually I pair triceps with chest or shoulders, so I was feeling it.

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Last week, I remembered that I’m running the Men’s Health Urbanathon in a little less than 1 month and that I should probably get on it with some training. I decided the Special Forces workout would be a perfect fit. I took the workout bud with on this workout and I am sure he will tell you right away that he hated it. He’s not one for cardio, so even though there are just 0.25mile runs, he wasn’t having it.

Me on the other hand, I enjoyed it. The running made me realize that I need to run every few days leading up to the race (which I’ve done all week – more to come on that). The hardest part were the pull-ups. I structured the workout so that we would run past a park when we got to the pull-ups and leg raises. Since I STILL can’t do a real pull-up, I did inverted rows (another thing the workout bud hated). And I ended up doing mostly knee raises, rather than leg raises. By the time we got to the second set of 50 push-ups, we both did incline push-ups on the park bench.

This workout was NO. JOKE.

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The third workout was completed yesterday morning. I went for a 1 mile run (under 9 minutes!) and then completed Bodyweight Madness 3 outside, on the side walk by my apartment. It was another though one! Mostly legs, so after my run, my legs were burning. Once I got to the high knees, mountain climbers, and scissor jumps, I had to start taking breaks! Overall, good leg day workout.

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Final thoughts:

I really like the idea of this app. The workouts are pretty great, so I definitely feel like I get a good workout. In the future, I’ll be sure to use these on the days I just don’t feel like making up a workout. There is an option to track all workouts for the week, as well, although I didn’t really utilize this feature.

Creating workouts and being able to send to personal training clients is a REALLY cool aspect of this app and something I will consider for the future. I didn’t create my own workout yet, but I am a fan of writing my own workouts down on paper.

The social aspect of the app is probably one of the coolest features. For those competitive, type-a people out there like me, you will love this app. And try to be the best at every workout.

Downsides would be that you have to pay to get more workouts, although, for a non-trainer or someone that doesn’t plan workouts, this really isn’t that much money to spend. The workouts kick your butt.

There isn’t a way to pause a workout – only quit or submit. I was running super late when I did the tricep workout, and I really wanted to pause it, and finish up at bootcamp.

If you like what you read so far, make sure to download the app and give it a whirl.

Tweet: Challenge your fitness with #TheFitnessGames! Check out @TFGapp and let the games begin! http://ctt.ec/gd5dj+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

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- jena.

p.s. What is your favorite type of workout? Strength? Cardio? Bodyweight?

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