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Stadium HIIT Workout

Stadium HIIT Workout

Alternative names I considered for this workout . . . “90 Aisles of Pain” and “Death by Intervals.”

This workout is consistently difficult. It never gets easier. You just learn what your pain threshold is before your legs completely give up and you’re gasping for air.

But just like anything else, the more you run stadiums, the better you become at it. Then it’s time to raise the stakes. In Florida, add in 93-degree weather plus 90 percent humidity, and you’re in for complete exhaustion because when you gasp for air, it’s hot, thick and humid.

Fun times.

So have I convinced you to try my Stadium HIIT Workout below yet? If it’s good enough for Tim Tebow, it’s good enough for me. 🙂

Stadium HIIT Workout from Hungry Gator Gal

Note: I usually warm up for this particular workout by running one lap around the stadium or completing this Stadium Workout Warm-up. Don’t forget to stretch afterward too.

Fun facts: I ran up/down every step in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (a.k.a. The Swamp) in 2013 as a senior in college, and my calves felt like they were on fire for three days afterward. But despite the torture, the Swamp is my favorite place to workout, and running stadiums is my favorite workout of all time.

Questions:

  1. Do you ever workout in a stadium?
  2. What’s your favorite way to complete HIIT? Cycle? Running? Running stairs? Etc.
  3. What’s your favorite workout of all time?

 

More About HIIT Workouts:

What Is the Best HIIT Workout?

3 Quick HIIT Workouts for Beginners 

HIIT Workout: What It Is and Why It Works

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Quick Cardio Tabata Sets

Quick Cardio Tabata Sets from Hungry Gator Gal

26-Minute Boredom Busting Treadmill Workout

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

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Let’s pretend it’s hot outside. Like SO hot outside that you can feel the sun burning your skin and all you want to do is drink this lemonade and eat ice cream.

Winter isn’t real. Summer lasts forever.

Sound good?

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs) from Hungry Gator Gal

I started making this lemonade to drink before Ranger Challenge workouts. It gives me the perfect boost to make Daily 100s (i.e. 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups), interval training and long runs easier.

There’s NO way I’m waking up at 4 a.m. to eat something. I just can’t handle it. But chugging a glass of this lemonade 30 minutes before starting a 5:30 a.m. workout? That I can do.

I also sip on a glass after a workout too since I basically lose all the water in my body after one of those workouts. #sweatybeast

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs) from Hungry Gator Gal

I also sip on this lemonade when I’m studying or wickedly craving carbs or sugar even though I’m not hungry. The BCAAs stop me from eating purely out of stress or boredom.

In other words, it prevented this image from happening during my two weeks of law school exams.

Source

Some of you may think supplements are only for the super serious bodybuilders or the really ripped guys at the gym, but it’s not true. BCAAs in particular provide a host of benefits if you’re looking to build muscle, lose weight, lose fat or prevent muscle breakdown. And if my suspicions are correct and you’re serious about fitness, you’re trying to do at least one of these things.

So without further adieu, here’s the recipe for your new favorite drink. 🙂

Workout Lemonade (Sugar-free, made with BCAAs)

Ingredients:

  • 10 grams BCAAs [I use 4 teaspoons of BCAA powder (affiliate link!) It’s one of the cheapest available online.]
  • About 16 ounces of water (You can use more or less.)
  • Juice from one lemon.
  • A few dashes of pure stevia extract. [I use Trader Joe’s or Now Foods Organic Stevia(affiliate link!)]

Steps:

  1. Fill a large glass 3/4 of the way to the top with water.
  2. Add the BCAAs and stevia extract.
  3. Squeeze in the lemon juice.
  4. Stir.
  5. Drink!

Questions:

  1. Do you use supplements?
  2. If so, what do you use? 

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Whole-Wheat Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

10 Things I’ve Learned as a New Runner

10 Things I've Learned as a New Runner from Hungry Gator Gal

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26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout

26-Minute Boredom-Busting Treadmill Workout

The treadmill is far from being a “dreadmill” with this 26-minute boredom-busting workout.

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

Seriously though. If you think 26 minutes is nothing, you’re in for a surprise. The first half of the workout includes a seriously difficult speed pyramid. Then you finish off strong with speed intervals.

In other words, you’re testing both your speed and endurance in one workout. More bang for your workout buck if you ask me.

Complete this workout by itself if you’re short on time, but feel free to complete 15-30 minutes of strength training before or afterward. I like to do upper body work because my legs are pretty much JELL-O after a treadmill workout like this one.

Let me know if you give it a try. I’d love to know what you think. 🙂

Question:

  1. Do you like or dislike treadmill workouts?
  2. How often do you train with intervals or pyramids?

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

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Best Treadmill Workouts for Killer Legs

Best Treadmill Workouts for Killer Legs

Running – let’s just say it’s not my favorite type of cardio in the world, especially when it involves the the treadmill. Rowing and cycling are more of my thing.

Some people say, “Oh I love it. I just get lost in my thoughts and keep going and going. It’s a great way to relax.”

Yeah. That’s usually not me. I’m more like drowning in my thoughts…and sweat. I start thinking, “How many  minutes are left? Can I run THAT fast for two minutes? Why do my legs feel like tree trunks? What homework is due tomorrow?” . . .

Needless to say, I never imagined I’d be sharing treadmill workouts with you guys. However, these workouts are too fun, tough and booty-busting to keep to myself, the non-runner. They vary in length and intensity, but all are boredom-busters.

Seriously. I highly suggest killing your legs with one of these workouts at least once per week if you want killer legs. (<— Ha!)

Combine one with a strength training session or leg workout if you dare. I promise you won’t be able to rise from a chair without squealing out in pain.

P.S. Be sure to check out my other favorite workouts on the fitness page, which is updated weekly! 🙂

2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Workout

Booty Burning Walking Workout

Get-In-and-Get-Out 20-Minute Workout

Walk the Hills Treadmill Workout

 

HIIT Workout

 

Question:

  1. What’s your favorite treadmill workout?

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What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) + Weekly Workout Plan

What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) + Weekly Workout Plan

Today’s post includes a hefty mix of both food and fitness. In other words, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for meal and workout inspiration!

First, let’s see what I’ve been munching on as of late with a long overdue What I Ate Wednesday post (WIAW). I fell into the habit of exclusively posting recipes for a while and forgot how much fun it can be to document and share a full day of eats with you guys.

Thanks to Jen at Peas and Crayons for hosting this fun food party every week. Check out her blog if you want to see meals and snacks from more healthy living bloggers. Below you’ll find all of my eats from Tuesday.

Breakfast – 8 a.m.

 

I scarfed down a batch of cinnamon pumpkin overnight oats made with the remaining 1/2 cup Lowfat Plain Cabot Greek yogurt in the container. 

I followed the recipe from the link above but used 1/2 cup oats instead of 1/3 cup. I also stirred in one tablespoon Cinnamon Raisin Swirl peanut butter and topped it all off with slices from one banana.

 

September is right around the corner, which means it’s perfectly acceptable to begin adding pumpkin to all meals. Am I right?!?

Lunch – 1 p.m.

Lunch consisted of a leftover Slow-Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwich on two slices of Trader Joe’s 7-Grain Sprouted Bread.

About 10 baby carrots, a small handful of black olives, a few tomato slices and about a cup of romaine lettuce added some color to the best leftover meal I’ve ever had.

This recipe is almost too good to be true. All you do is heat chicken thighs in water in a crock-pot for a few hours. Then, add some Caesar dressing and cheese. Let the mixture heat on high for about 30 additional minutes.

I’ve made this recipe no less than five times in the past six weeks. Needless to say, it’s a crowd-pleaser. One note about the recipe – you must use Brianna’s Asiago Caesar Dressing.

I admit I might be a bit biased because the dressing shares my name. However, I’ve made the chicken with a yogurt-based dressing, and it simply doesn’t compare to the Brianna’s brand in terms of flavor.

Afternoon Snacks – 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

I ate a pink lady apple after my principles of advertising class. I ate the Clif bar about 90 minutes later so I wouldn’t become hangry while completing four rounds of each circuit in this workout after work. I wasn’t a huge fan of this flavor of Clif bar, but it kept me focused.

Dinner – 8 p.m.

I completely spaced out on taking a picture of dinner, but it looked pretty similar to this lunch I packed last week. 

I ate a small salad with broccoli slaw, a tablespoon of yogurt-based ranch dressing, a heaping spoonful of pico de gallo, sliced bell pepper, romaine lettuce and sliced onion instead of the carrots. 

Everything else stayed the same. I ate two ounces of Boar’s Head Blazing Buffalo Style Roasted Chicken Breast, two tablespoons Trader Joe’s Spicy Black Bean Dip and 1/2 cup large curd cottage cheese with black pepper.

After-Dinner Snacks – 9:30 p.m.

I actually didn’t finish about a quarter of my above-pictured overnight oats from the morning, so I cleaned out the container shortly after dinner. A square of this dark chocolate may have also found its way into my mouth. . . 

Bedtime Snack – 11 p.m.

I’ve had a huge case of the munchies lately! The past two nights have included a spoonful or two of Dark Chocolate Dreams and a few triangles of Katy’s Kettle Corn Popchips. I dare you to spread the peanut butter on the chip!

Anyhow, now that you know what I’ve been eating, let’s take a look at this week’s workout plan. Click on the name of each workout to see what it entails.

Week of  08/28/13 – 09/03/13



Wednesday: Interval Training (group fitness class at UF) 

Thursday: Off/Rest  

Friday: Triangle Workout + 20 to 30 minutes steady-state cardio (a.k.a. pick one pace and incline and stick to it) 

Saturday: 35-Minute Incline Interval Treadmill Workout + All-Star Abs Workout


Sunday: Off/Rest


Monday: 5-4-3-2-1 Workout (P.S. This workout is a super sweaty one!)


Tuesday: Total Body Weights Treadmill HIIT Workout (High Intensity Interval Training)

Questions:

  1. What have you munched on today?
  2. What does your workout plan include for this week?