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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. 🙁

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 😉

 

Questions:

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

 

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Stadium Strength Circuits Workout

Looking for a no-equipment workout that will leave your muscles twitching by the end? You’ve come to the right place.
Video demonstrations:

But really. This stadium strength circuits workout will kick your butt in the best way possible. I was gasping after the first circuit, and my glutes, quads and triceps were begging for mercy after circuits two and three. I used to take a stadium conditioning class every Tuesday but forgot how difficult it is!

With only one month until graduation, I’ll be taking advantage of the stadium while I have access to it. I’ll be doing this exact workout at 12:45 p.m. MONDAY at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium if you want to join me.

Message me on Facebook if you’re interested in coming. We can meet at the entrance to Student Rec. You can store your bags there and retrieve them when we finish.

I hope to see ya’ there! 🙂

Fun fact: Here at the University of Florida we have a special name for running up the bleachers to the top of the stadium: Gator mountains!

Questions:

  1. Have you ever completed a stadium workout? 
  2. What’s your favorite no-equipment exercise? 

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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! 🙂

Questions:

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

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