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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!!! ๐Ÿ™‚



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


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Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

Yoga Workout Playlist No. 3

If you ask me what it’s like to be an Army officer candidate and a law student at the same time, I’ll give you these responses . . .


I love that there’s a cup of coffee in that photo because I’m totally guilty of caffeinating while stressed. The goal is to be jittery and motivated enough to conquer a mile-long to-do list while sleep deprived.

Don’t get me wrong. I like school and have come a LONG way in terms of analytical thinking abilities, but sometimes I just want to pull my hair out due to the non-stop mental gymnastics. Logic is so hard (and NOT logical) at times.

And when I’ve reached the point where I’m literally about to go insane, I turn to exercise, including yoga and my favorite practice songs.

So without further adieu, here’s my biggest +Spotifyย yoga playlist to date. It’s a good mix of slow and upbeat songs. It’s perfect for hot yoga, power yoga or a fast-flowing vinyasa. Find the playlist HERE. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

P.S. The playlist is TWO images. Make sure to pin both if you’re adding the playlist to a Pinterest board. Also, if you like this playlist, follow me and my other playlists on Spotify and Pinterest.


Images by Brianna Kolota

P.S. I pay $5 per month as a student to have access to a bazillion songs with zero ads. I have the ability to follow and make as many playlists as my heart desires. It’s TOTALLY worth the money. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lately + 5×5 Circuit Workout

Lately + 5×5 Circuit Workout

Words can’t even begin to describe everything that’s happened since I last stopped in. A lot of good stuff. Some bad stuff. But that’s life, right?

The good . . . competing in the Army ROTC 6th Brigade Ranger Challenge competition!

Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Taryn Boyer

Ruck running 30 miles in two days with added challenges along the way is, without a doubt, the most grueling thing I’ve ever done.

I’m SO grateful to have had the opportunity to compete as the only female from the University of Florida. My body literally ached from head to toe, and there were times when my mind told me to give up, but I’d do it again in a heartbeat if that meant I would work with eight of the kindest, strongest, most motivating guys around again.

Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Brianna Kolota

I don’t remember running miles in the rain with gear in full combat uniform or the blisters on my feet. When I look at this patch, which I’ll wear on my uniform for the remainder of my ROTC career, I remember the laughs, the motivation, and the teamwork.

Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Brianna Kolota

So what went wrong after the competition? Unfortunately, I walked, actually more like hobbled, away with a bum knee in addition to a cool patch and a t-shirt. The injury sidelined me from all high-intensity exercise for nearly all of February.

Boo injuries. ๐Ÿ™

Despite the setback, it was almost a good thing I was injured. I focused on spending time with family and friends, recovering from two back-to-back colds and catching up with schoolwork. In addition, I learned a few valuable lessons that anyone who’s serious about exercise should pay attention to.

  1. Stretch or die.
  2. Don’t ramp up your routine too much, too hard and too fast.
  3. Embrace rest.

More to come about these topics in a separate post. For now, check out this AWESOME circuit I created on the fly while at home on spring break. It’s very back-to-the-basics and hits every major muscle group, if you perform the exercises correctly.

Check out the tutorials below this image if you’re unsure about how to do a particular exercise. As always, move as quickly as you can between exercises but rest as needed. I rested for 10 seconds between exercises and 1 minute between circuits.

5x5 Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Exercise tutorials:

Did I mention the workout can be completed at home and requires only one piece of equipment? Gotta love a good garage workout with the pull-up bar.

P.S. The +Spotify “House Workout” playlist is killer. Give it a listen while you try this workout.

Until next time,
Brianna ๐Ÿ˜‰



  1. What are your favorite at-home workouts? Links are always welcome. ๐Ÿ™‚
  2. Do you own an at-home pull-up bar?


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Hungry Gator Gal’s Top 10 Posts of 2014 + Thank You!

Hungry Gator Gal’s Top 10 Posts of 2014 + Thank You!

My thoughts on 2014 in general . . .


I accomplished SO much in this whirlwind of a year: studying for and taking the LSAT a second time while working and going to school, graduating from UF with highest honors, applying to and starting law school, and starting the Army ROTC program, just to name the highlights.

It was rough at times with late nights, early mornings and moments ofย  “What did I get myself into?!?” However, I wouldn’t change any of it, and I want to thank everyone, including my readers, for supporting me and Hungry Gator Gal through it all.

It means more to me than words can express that this little website has encouraged so many others to live healthier, active lives. This blog has been a constant source of fun and creativity in my life for only three years, but I honestly don’t remember life without it and your words of encouragement.

So before I get super sappy, here’s a list of YOUR favorite posts, based on page views, from the year 2014. Click on the titles to see the original posts.

Enjoy, and I’ll see ya’ in 2015! I have a feeling it’s going to be the best year yet. ๐Ÿ˜‰

1. Yoga Workout Playlist

2. Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout

Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout from hungrygatorgal.comย 

3. Paleo Oatless Oatmeal

Paleo Oatless Oatmeal from Hungry Gator Gal

4. Basic 8 Leg Workout + Lower Body Stretches

Basic 8 Leg Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

5. Vega Bars Review

ย #vegabars on Hungry Gator Gal @FitApproach @VegaTeam #sweatpink

6. Summer Workout Jams

Summer Workout Jams Playlist from Hungry Gator Gal (spotify playlist included)

7. Burnin’ Abs Circuit

Hungry Gator Gal Burnin' Abs Circuit

8. Favorite Nike Training Club App Workouts

9. Ultimate EDM Playlist

10. Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie

Very Berry French Vanilla Smoothie from Hungry Gator Gal #OneChange #VegaOneย 


  1. What was your favorite post, workout, playlist and/or recipe from 2014? It doesn’t have to be from Hungry Gator Gal.
Favorite Nike Training Club App Workouts

Favorite Nike Training Club App Workouts

I really should have named this post Long workouts? Ain’t nobody got time for that.

But really. The following Nike Training Club (NTC) app workouts are my favorite way to squeeze in a quick, efficient workout when I’m crunched for time, which is basically every day of my life now with law school and the Army ROTC program.

I do cardio with ROTC in the early morning hours three times per week, so I don’t have to condition on my own. However, finding time to strength train and stretch has been a bit more challenging with back-to-back classes and other engagements every day.

Given the time crunch, I’ve been super setting basic lifts for a total body workout or completing one or two of the following 15-minute NTC workouts. Each workout below focuses on upper body, lower body, core work or stretching with exception to Hope Solo’s Unbeatable Workout. This workout is more of a total body conditioning workout with core work mixed in.

Screenshot by Brianna Kolota

Screenshot by Brianna Kolota

Screenshot by Brianna Kolota

Screenshot by Brianna Kolota

Screenshot by Brianna Kolota

Screenshot by Brianna Kolota

All workouts are completed circuit style for time, which means you complete one exercise for a minute or so and then move to the next without resting. The timer on the app shows you how to complete each exercise and signals when it’s time to move on to the next. However, you can always pause the timer if you need to rest or drink water.

In other words, the NTC app is like having a FREE personal trainer. Not to mention, you pick the weights used, if you need any. For example, if I have one minute of rows, I can choose to go heavy with a low number of reps, or I can choose lighter weights and go for more reps. It’s totally up to you.

So the next time you don’t think you have the time, just download the NTC app on your phone and complete one of the workouts. You don’t need to spend hours in the gym every day to see results.


  1. Do you use the Nike Training Club (NTC) App?
  2. What other fitness apps do you use? <—Please leave suggestions! I’m always looking for new apps that make working out fun and/or easier.

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