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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!!! πŸ™‚



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


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50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge

50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge

Merry Christmas Eve! If you’re looking for a fast-but-challenging workout to do today, you’ve come to the right place! πŸ™‚

I’m all about challenges, both mental and physical. Pushing limits means making progress for me, and if you feel the same way, you’ll probably like this workout.

50-Rep Upper Body + Abs Challenge from Hungry Gator Gal


Exercise videos:

The workout may not look difficult on paper, but trust me when I say it’s a doozy, especially if you’re not accustomed to endurance workouts. I used lighter dumbbells (affiliate link!) for the curls and raises, and my biceps and shoulders were ON FIRE.

I had already completed 250+ push-ups, so this workout was a “finisher” that brought me to muscle failure. If you do this too, you’ll combine strength and endurance into one session and get more bang for your workout buck.

However, you can also complete this workout by itself if you’re new to strength training or short on time. I started strength training 3.5 years ago with these basic moves and still complete them today.

Regardless of what you choose, let me know what you think of the challenge if you try it. Also, stay tuned for more “challenge” workouts in the next week or so. I’m home for the holidays and actually have time to share my fitness creations. <— Yay for vacation!!!

Until next time,


  1. Do you ever combine strength and endurance in one workout?


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Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout

Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout

For all the ladies who think they can’t or won’t build upper body and core strength . . .



Yes, it will burn. Yes, it will take time. But you too can build guns, shoulders, triceps and abs like the boys. With dedication to upper body and core workouts like the one below, you can make it happen.

P.S. If you’re a guy, then I think you’ll like this workout too.

Upper Body + Abs Circuit Workout from

Note: I forgot to add it to the graphic, but complete each circuit three times before moving on to the next circuit. 

A few exercise videos:

 I’ve been completing about two workouts like this per week focused and have seen significant upper body and core strength gains after only a few months.

My shoulders and biceps actually don’t fit into some of my shirts now, which is why if you see me, I’m probably wearing a tank top or loose shirt. The weather has been nice, so that’s been my excuse.

Let me know if you give the workout a try. I’d love to know what you think. Also, if you’re in Gainesville, I’m absolutely willing to complete the workout with you some time to show you how to do the exercises. Just call, text, email or message me on Facebook.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚


  1. How often do you complete upper body or core workouts?

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Total Body Burnout Circuit Workout

Total Body Burnout Circuit Workout

Are you ready to feel the burn?

After two days of eating good food, shopping and binge-watching Netflix with my dad and brother, I was ready to get off my butt and out of my bed Sunday.

After prying myself away from House of Cards, I grabbed my brother’s adjustable dumbbells and headed into the garage at home to complete a sweaty, intense circuit workout. I’ve been feeling somewhat creative lately and decided to create a workout on the fly. After a jog around the block and some inchworms, I completed the following total body circuit two times.

Total Body Burnout Circuit Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Video demonstrations for certain exercises:

I’m not kidding when I say this workout will burn you out. My muscles were twitching afterward in the best way possible.

All you need is a set of dumbbells and some space to complete this workout. I completed the Russian twists while holding one 20-pound dumbbell. I also placed one 20-pound dumbbell on my lap while completing the wall sit. I held two 20-pound dumbbells on my shoulders during the squats and by my sides for the walking lunges.

Let me know if you give the workout a try. I’d love to know what you think! πŸ™‚


  1. Are you a fan of circuit workouts?
  2. Do you ever exercise at home?

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Weekly Workout Plan + peerFit Fitness Festival Photos

Weekly Workout Plan + peerFit Fitness Festival Photos

I know I’m a bit late to the exercise party on this one, but I’m in love with kettlebells!

I took my first swing (<–ha!) at using this increasingly popular piece of fitness equipment Saturday at peerFit’s fall fitness festival.

Needless to say, I found myself playing with a kettlebell in the gym Monday morning. The list of exercises you can do with these things is endless. One-arm cleans anyone?

The festival included 15-minute workouts from Body By Boris, CrossFit Gainesville, Pilates at Gainesville Health & Fitness Center and Alter Ego Fitness. The sessions were quick, but my entire body was sore after piloxing, partner exercises, vinyasa yoga and a tabata circuit that included the kettlebells and burpees.

The one-on-one instruction, time with the peerFit founders and other sampler workouts reminded me to sign up for my final classes using the peerFit passport.

Me with Ed Buckley, peerFit‘s president and Matt Redinger, peerFit‘s vice president of operations

If you need to spice up your workouts and live in Gainesville, I highly suggest buying a passport soon. You’ll have the opportunity to try six different classes at five different gyms for only $30.

The Gainesville passports will be on sale through next week, so you only have a few days left! If you’re in the Tampa, Florida area, you have a few hours left to buy a passport for only $39 through LivingSocial!

Here’s a look at my fitness plan for the week. I hope it motivates you to try something new.

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

Week of 10/30/13 – 11/05/13

Wednesday: Go Primal fitness evaluation

Thursday: Leg Workout + 10 minutes of rowing + 10 minutes on the elliptical machine

Friday: 60-minute bike ride + 75-minute vinyasa yoga class

Saturday: Off/rest

Sunday: Off/rest

Monday: Strictly Strength workout + 45-minute cycle class

Tuesday: Stadium conditioning class


  1. What’s your favorite piece of fitness equipment? (For me, it’s a tie between my new foam roller and kettlebells right now.)

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