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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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Don’t Give Up on Your Fitness Goals + Funny Workout Tank

Don’t Give Up on Your Fitness Goals + Funny Workout Tank

I shared a story about how far I’ve come in terms of fitness via my personal Facebook account Thursday. The post generated SO much positive feedback that I knew I had to share it with my HGG readers as fitness motivation for 2015.

In the past 18 months, I’ve learned self-motivation is the key to sticking with a fitness goal. Find whatever motivates YOU to keep going when the going gets tough. And remember, things that motivate someone else might not work for you.

I create new playlists, work out with friends and change up my routine with different classes, equipment and tempos to keep things fresh. Having the chance to wear funny workout clothes is always a plus too . . . 

"Ruck Funning" Workout Tank from Constantly Varied Gear on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Brianna Kolota

I took this photo early in the morning after drinking waaaaaayyy too much coffee in one sitting. Hence the serial killer face.

I was also excited it was a lifting day and not a running day. I really don’t like running, unless it’s with friends or sprinting in the heat of a sport or a competition. Naturally, I picked the tank above when Constantly Varied Gear asked me if I’d like one in exchange for writing about its products.

Constantly Varied Gear Funny Tank Top on Hungry Gator Gal

Photo by Brianna Kolota

The company sells A TON of funny shirts and tanks in a variety of colors for men and women. I spent an hour trying to choose a tank before deciding on the “Ruck Funning” one. It’s soft and thin, which is perfect for when Florida decides winter doesn’t exist.

The tank is so comfortable that I now have my eyes on this yoga tank, this coffee tank and this tank about punching people. Because, you know, you can never have too many workout tanks or leggings for that matter. Who needs to wear real shirts and pants when workout clothes are so comfy?!?

Order your own hilarious gear here. 🙂 

Note: Constantly Varied Gear or any other company did not compensate me for this post. The company simply sent a tank top to me without charge in exchange for writing this post. As always, all thoughts, opinions and reviews are my own.

Questions:

  1. Who or what motivates you to exercise?
  2. Do you have a 2015 fitness resolution? What is it?
  3. Do you own any funny workout clothes? What do they say?

  

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Hungry Gator Gal’s Top 10 Posts of 2014

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This Hungry Gator Gal’s Post-Grad Plans

This Hungry Gator Gal’s Post-Grad Plans

As you know, this Hungry Gator Gal is going to be a “double Gator”!
However, the bigger piece I FINALLY shared on Instagram and Twitter is that . . .

Photo by Brianna Kolota

I will be joining my brother as a cadet in UF’s Army ROTC program in August!

Photo by Melissa Kelly

In exchange for my service to this country, the Army will be paying for me pursue a legal education at one of the top law schools in this country. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Thank you to everyone who helped me reach this point in my life.


I know training to become an officer and a lawyer won’t be easy, but I welcome the opportunity to challenge myself both physically and mentally during the next three years.
Because after all, it’s ALWAYS great to be a Florida Gator!

P.S. I was training for my first Army physical fitness test in late-April, which you may have noticed on my weekly workout page. Since then, I’ve continued to work on my speed, endurance, core strength and upper body strength. I hope to create some military-inspired workouts in the future. Stay tuned!

Question:

  1. Did you participate in an ROTC program? If not, do you know anyone who went through the program? Any tips? 🙂