New Site!

New Site!

Hey everyone,

As usual, Army ROTC summer training followed by a whirlwind (final!) fall semester at the University of Florida has kept me from keeping up with Hungry Gator Gal.

I redesigned this site over the summer to make it more user-friendly. However, I haven’t been able to update the formatting on all 300+ posts. I’m hoping to reformat all posts by January 2017, but I’ve only finished about 35. In the meantime, bear with me.

Thanks again for you continuous support and for sharing Hungry Gator Gal with people all over the world. I can’t begin to explain how much this little website means to me and the doors it’s opened for me in the past 4.5 years. More to come on the 2016 Army Ten-Miler Race, my first triathlon (46.6 miles!!!), and other adventures in law school and Army ROTC. Below are a few photos of what I’ve been up to, but stay tuned for more!

Pool Circuit Workout

Pool Circuit Workout

After so much running in the past year, I was ready for a change after finishing my first half marathon in February.

Swimming quickly took over cardio workouts, and it has been such a great escape from pounding pavement, trails, and the track. It’s low-impact but steals your breath and gets your heart racing.

As a kid growing up in Florida, I was a fish. I spent hours in the pool on weekends and during the summer months. Everyone I knew had a pool, and swimming was the main attraction at nearly every party and sleepover. I also took lessons every year up until I was about 12.

So after getting back into swimming (P.S. that whole muscle memory concept is so true), a friend and I decided to take our steady, 1000-meters-straight swims to another level. Say hello to our crazy cardio/muscular endurance pool workout.

Let me warn ya – it is no. joke.

Pool Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

If you’ve never formally learned strokes, definitely ask a swimmer friend for some instruction or take a formal lesson. If you’re a Michael Phelps in training, dive right into the workout (haha). Below are videos for the uncommon exercises.

Warning – the pool wall push-up/muscle-up is KILLER on your front delts. The first time you do it, you’ll wake up the next day wondering what the hell happened.

Pool wall push-up/muscle-up

Four-count flutter kicks

Plank with alternating leg lifts

Good luck!!! 🙂

 

Questions:

  1. Are you a fan of swim workouts?
  2. If so, what’s your favorite swim workout?

 

Related Posts:

Stadium HIIT Workout from Hungry Gator Gal
5x5 Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal
50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge from Hungry Gator Gal
Favorite Fitness Finds + Memorial Day Sales

Favorite Fitness Finds + Memorial Day Sales

So one of my mottos in life is “Everything in moderation.” But that motto directly conflicts with my firm belief that you can never have too many workout clothes and shoes.

When you live in Florida, every piece of workout clothing is drenched in sweat 10 minutes into a workout. Not to mention, all of my physical activities with Army ROTC put my shoes and clothes through the ringer pretty quickly.

So below are the products I’ve had my eyes on. Bonus – most of these products are on SUPER sale for Memorial Day. I’ve also included some Memorial Day coupon codes.

All products and coupons that are affiliate links are marked as such. All other links are to items I love for which I don’t receive a commission. Click on a photo to go to the manufacturer’s site.

And on a serious note, I know most people associate Memorial Day with shopping sales, barbecues, a long weekend, and the beginning of summer. But, please don’t forget to think about the true meaning of this holiday and the momentous sacrifice the men and women of our great nation have made for us to enjoy life as we know it.

Here’s a letter about Memorial Day that everyone should read. Just something to think about.

Triathlon <—affiliate links

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Running <—affiliate links

 

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Mud Race <—affiliate links

 

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Superfoods <—affiliate links

 

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Yoga <—affiliate links

 

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Coupon codes and sales

 

Diet Direct – 10% off site wide with the code MD1610 (valid until 5/31) <— affiliate link

Look Human – 25% off site wide (my favorite section is fitness) <— affiliate link

Reebok –

25% off Custom Nano 5.0 Shoes (valid until 5/31) <— affiliate link

20% off 2 items, 30% off 3 items, 40% off 4 items (valid until 5/30) <— affiliate link

BOGO 50% off all footwear in the outlet (no expiration) <— affiliate link

Old Navy – All tanks, tees, shorts, swim 50% off (no code needed)

Road Runner Sports – VIP members save 20% on everything (P.S. You can test and wear the shoes for 90 days and still return them.)

Sports Authority – Going out of business sale (save up to 30% on everything)

Finish Line – Huge sale and Nike Metcon 2 shoes in orange and blue are only $55 (GO GATORS!!!)

Squat Triangle Pyramid Workout

Squat Triangle Pyramid Workout

THIS WORKOUT.

Only after finishing this workout for the first time did I realize what a serious lapse in judgment I had when I decided pyramid training was a good idea for increasing my squatting skillz.

I’m pretty sure the workout gods were laughing at me from who knows where as I started that first set.

Source

Just kidding.

This workout brought my back squat one-rep max from 190 lbs. to 225 lbs. in a month. So if you’ve hit a back squat plateau, check out this sucker.

The workout takes about 25-30 minutes, and it’s really an all-in-one deal. You get a warm-up on the first few sets, an attempt at your one-rep max, and a nice little cool down on the way back “down” the pyramid. The key is to not go heavy on those first few sets. If you do, you’ll be too gassed to truly attempt your one-rep max.

So if you’re ready to get the benefits of intensity and volume in one workout, give it a try.

Hungry Gator Gal's Squat Triangle Pyramid Workout

I did this workout once per week with some running, stadium conditioning, and swimming sprinkled in my routine throughout the rest of the week. Once per week is all you need.

I also only did this workout for four weeks. If you continue to do it for more than that, your results may diminish. I’m not a personal trainer or athletic coach, so speak with one for advice and to make plans customized to your goals.

Let me know what you think if you try it! 🙂

 

Questions:

  1. Have you ever used pyramid training?
  2. If so, what lifts/movements did you use it for?
  3. If you used pyramid training, what were your goals and did you reach them?

 

Related HGG Posts:

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

5-4-3-2-1 Lower Body Blast

5-4-3-2-1 Lower Body Blast Workout from hungrygatorgal.com

Basic 8 Leg Workout

Basic 8 Leg Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5 (Spotify Playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5 (Spotify Playlist)

Alright, so another playlist means another story. (See my last story and playlist here.)

I’ve been *really* bad with stretching in the past 6 months. I foam rolled for maybe 5 minutes before my workouts. But aside from that, I didn’t stretch at all, and I didn’t go to yoga once this semester.

So about two weeks ago, my lack of stretching finally caught up with me. I developed a weird tightness in my left forearm and wrist, which was 100% because (1) I’ve been doing pull-ups every day and (2) I went heavier too fast on some pulling exercises. My advice – don’t do that.

On top of that, my back and hamstrings became so tight that I had a strange twitch run up and down my leg a few times for a day or two. That tightness was definitely due to starting a new dead lift program and not stretching after each *brutal* workout.

So yeah. I was asking for an injury. And I don’t think sitting, studying, and typing on a computer for exams basically 24/7 for two weeks helped the situation either.

I took all of these symptoms as a sign to just chill for a few days despite how much I love getting outside, getting sweaty, and taking a mental break every day to work out. I did some serious foam rolling coupled with some yoga movements. I even got two massages, which were magical but also kinda painful in the best way possible.

When I returned to my regularly scheduled workouts, I felt super fresh and flexible. I even hit a few new PRs (personal records). So chilling for 3-4 days was 100% the right decision.

Moral of the story?

Go to yoga once per week if you can!!! In the very least, spend 5 minutes doing a *really* thorough warm-up and at least 5 minutes stretching after a workout. You could also foam roll for 10 minutes every day. In my opinion, 10 minutes is a completely manageable amount of time. I’m holding myself to 10 minutes of stretching every day to avoid weird cramps, tightness, and soreness . . .

and I’ll be listening to the playlist below while doing it. 🙂

P.S. See the links to the playlist, my Spotify profile, and my favorite stretches below this image.

Hungry Gator Gal's Yoga Workout Playlist No. 5

My Spotify profile

This playlist on Spotify

My favorite yoga stretches

 

Questions:

  1. Do you stretch every day?
  2. If so, for how long do you stretch?
  3. Do you have any favorite yoga playlists? If so, please share a link to the playlist in the comments! 🙂
  4. What are your favorite stretches or yoga poses? In the comments, please share links to photos of the stretches if you can! 🙂

 

Related HGG Posts:

 

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 4 from Hungry Gator Gal (Spotify playlist)
Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

Yoga Playlist No. 3 from Hungry Gator Gal (Spotify playlist)

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 2

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 2 from Hungry Gator Gal (@spotify playlist included)