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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! 🙂

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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Weekly Workout Plan + Best Ab Workouts

Weekly Workout Plan + Best Ab Workouts

I have a confession to make – I’ve been neglecting my abs lately.

Cycle, lower body burnouts and shoulder exercises have been my jams lately, so pure ab workouts haven’t made an appearance on the weekly schedule in a while.

Every day is starting to feel like leg day, so I figured this week was a good time to include two core workouts in the plan described below. I also decided to rearrange my rest days since I’ll be at home this weekend.

Week of 10/16/13 – 10/22/13

Wednesday: Vinyasa yoga class + 45-Minute cycle class + 300 Abs 

Thursday: Explosive Leg Workout + 20 to 30 minutes of steady-state cardio

Friday: Puma Shoulder Burn + 35-Minute Incline Interval Treadmill Workout

Saturday: Off/rest

Sunday: Off/rest

Monday: 45-Minute cycle class + Song Workout for Abs and Obliques 

Tuesday: Stadium conditioning class

In addition to this plan, you’ll find five of my favorite ab workouts below. Try one of these quickie core workouts, and I promise you’ll sweat your butt off while feeling the burn!

Enjoy! 🙂

10 Minutes or Less Sweaty Ab Workout

10 Minutes Or Less Ab Workout!

Burnin’ Legs & Abs Circuit Workout

Burnin' Legs and Abs Circuit Workout

All-Star Abs Workout 

All-star Abs Workout 

Super Sweaty Ab Circuit Workout

Super Sweaty Ab Circuit Workout 

Standing Abs (video)

Standing Ab exercises- melt your muffin top!! -do this everyday and you can tell the difference in as little as 2 weeks!!

P.S. Does anyone want to join me for a 30-day ab challenge like the one pictured below?

Photo courtesy of peerFit 


  1. What are some of your favorite ab workouts or exercises?
  2. What’s on your fitness plan this week? 

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peerFit Passport + Weekly Workout Plan

peerFit Passport + Weekly Workout Plan

Guess who’s trying CrossFit for the first time today?


I can’t even begin to tell you how pumped I am to try this class. I’ve been building strength and endurance since May, so I’m excited to really challenge myself. I’m a bit nervous, but I know I’ll be O.K. once I arrive at the gym. There’s no turning back once you see the WOD

Before I share the weekly workout plan, I want to thank peerFit, a Gainesville-based health technology company, for giving me the opportunity to try CrossFit through the its passport program. The passport, which costs only $30, allows you to try a variety of classes at various gyms with no membership fees or commitment required.

In other words, you can find the gym, program, personal trainer or fitness class that’s right for you for only $5 per class.

The company gave me a complimentary passport to use during the next 60 days. Thus, I will be taking six classes at gyms throughout Gainesville and writing about my experiences for the company’s blog. I plan to attend and write about one new class every week, so be on the lookout for links to my reviews and pictures on the peerFit blog.

If you’re a reader in the Gainesville or South Tampa area, check out more information about the passport program on peerFit’s website.

On that note, please remember that my schedule is a bit hectic this semester. I’d like to do a weekly workout post, but things happen. If I don’t post workouts on a Wednesday, just check my Fitness page to see what I’ve been up to. 

I hope this provides motivation. Have a wonderful, active week! 🙂

Weekly Workout Plan (09/11/13 – 09/17/13)

Wednesday: Vinyasa Yoga class + Health class at CrossFit Gainesville

Thursday: Off/Rest

Friday: 45-Minute Cycle class + 30-Minute Core class

Saturday: 100 Legs Workout + 20 to 30 minutes of steady-state cardio

Sunday: Off/Rest

Monday: Puma Shoulder Burn Workout + 45-Minute Cycle class

Tuesday: Treadmill HIIT Workout + All-Star Abs 

P.S. More info to come about my first cycle class experience. Hint: I’m in love with this class!


  1. Have you tried CrossFit?
  2. What’s your favorite arms workout? I’m in need of new ideas, so links are appreciated!

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What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) + Weekly Workout Plan