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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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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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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?


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Photo courtesy of peerFit 
 

Questions:

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

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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?
     

Work-It-Out Wednesday: Group Fitness Bucket List + Weekly Workout Plan

Work-It-Out Wednesday: Group Fitness Bucket List + Weekly Workout Plan

Hey everyone! Happy hump day! I apologize for my corniness. I simply can’t resist inserting a link for the hysterical GEICO camel commercial in this post.

Anyhow, I have a confession to make. I love group fitness classes.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge fan of completing circuits at my own pace at home or in the gym. However, nothing ignites my passion for exercise quite like the shared motivation found in group fitness classes.

Needless to say, I’m excited to be back in Gainesville where the workout scene is always ahead of the game. New classes? Sign me up!

You might call me a fanatic of sorts after learning I have a group fitness bucket list (a.k.a. courses I want to attend in Gainesville before I graduate in May 2014 from the University of Florida). Here’s a list of the classes I’ve tried thus far:

  • Total Body
  • Stadium Conditioning
  • Core
  • Vinyasa Yoga
  • Pilates
  • BodyPump
  • Kickboxing
  • Zumba
  • BOSU Conditioning
  • BOSU Resistance
  • iBurn

Aside from BodyPump, all classes I attended are offered by UF’s Department of Recreational Sports. You can learn more about the format of each course on the department’s website.

Although group fitness is included in my tuition fees, I want to branch out and try courses offered by local, off-campus gyms when I have the chance this semester. CrossFit Gainesville, Alter Ego Fitness and Gainesville Health & Fitness Center occupy spots at the top of this list.

At this point, I can’t rattle off the list of classes I want to try. It’s a work in progress. However, I can tell you how I’ll be choosing the classes. Enter peerFit, a company based in Gainesville that helps you find group fitness classes in your area.

The peerFit application tells you everything you need to know about a group fitness class. The time, date, place, name of the instructor, intensity level and ratings from fellow exercisers are all included. Better yet, you can “check in” to a class so your friends see where you’re going at what time. Hopefully, they’ll decide to join you!

As you may know, I’ve written a few articles for peerFit, which can be found on the company’s blog every other week. However, I’m not being compensated for writing guest posts or about the company on HGG today. All opinions are my own.

With that being said, look for mentions of classes I’ve found using the app on my weekly workout log. I plan to post an exercise schedule with links to classes and workouts every Wednesday, but I’ll see how classes and work are going before I commit to this plan for the fall. My schedule is insanely full, but I’ll do my best!

Visit the peerFit website for more information about the company, its services and the blog. You’ll find my fitness schedule for the week ahead below. Now get out there and move! 🙂

P.S. I’ll be back later this week with food. I promise HGG isn’t turning into a blog all about fitness.

Wednesday: 60-Minute Vinyasa Yoga class at UF’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center + Intense Incline Treadmill Walking Workout

Thursday: Off/Rest

Friday: The One-Minute-Per-Exercise Total Body Workout + 20 to 30 minutes of steady-state cardio (Note: Pick one pace and stick with it for the entire time. You can stick to one incline, cross ramp or resistance level. I personally like to complete intervals of one minute fast and one minute slow.)

Saturday: Fast Functional Workout

Sunday: Off/Rest

Monday: 30-Minute Power Plyo class at UF’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center (*new for fall and on the bucket list*) + Incline Interval Treadmill Workout 

Tuesday: Heat-Things-Up Winter Circuit (Note: I’ll be completing four rounds instead of three to increase the intensity level.)

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