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Full Body Toning Workout

Looking for a fast and super effective workout. Try this circuit out. You can do it alone for a quick full body workout, or add it to your shoulder workout for even more awesome muscle burning fun!

10 Mountain Climbers
10 Single Arm Press (one arm only)
10 Swings
10 Snatches
1 Minute of Clean, Squat, Press
Repeat doing the other arm (single arm press)

X 3 (6 rounds total)

Rest only after one full round (after completing one round on each side). Rest for no longer than 60 seconds.

This is one of 4 workouts we did on LiveXFit, Episode 27. Come join us on LiveXFit cross training show on for more great workouts!!

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Do a 180 in 2014 and Try This Simple Workout!

180 workout

Workouts don’t have to be hard – they can be super simple! Just to prove it, do these 3 exercises for 20 reps each as fast as you can. Time yourself to add more accountability, as well as track your progress when you repeat it. It’s a super simple and quick workout that will have you breathing heavy in a heart beat.

This workout is great for toning the core and upper body, as well as burning calories. Do it alone or add it to your regular cardio or weight routine. You can do it between exercises or laps when walking or jogging.

Want a little guidance? Join Steve Pfiester at LiveExercise for the whole routine. This triplet was one of several workouts he did today on the Chiseled Cardio show. Use this code (NOGYM2014) to get an EXTRA FREE MONTH added to your Free 14 Day Trial! Click HERE to see one of our sample workouts and start your trial!

At Home Leg and Butt Workout

bonnie pfiesterI was stuck working at home all day yesterday in front of a computer for 10 hours straight. When I finally got done for the day, it was after 5:00pm and, although I was dressed and ready for the gym, I really just wanted to get my workout done at home.

So, I dug through some of my workouts and pulled out a couple of circuits I could do on my living room floor  that required no equipment. This was the workout I did – and I’ll be honest. It KILLED ME! I took no rest at all except a quick rest to get water between the 2 circuits. Give it a try and let me know how you like it! Oh, and get a towel because by round 2 I was already dripping!!

The Bomb: Lower Body Circuit 

20 Alternating Forward Lunges
20 Squats
10 Burpees
1-Minute Jump Rope
20 Alternating Step Back Lung
20 Jax
10 Burpees
1-Minute Wall-Sits (sit against the wall with legs at a 90 degree angle)

Record your time at the end of the third round!

Matching Video:

Butt Workout 

20 Squats
20 Right Lunges
20 Right Stomps
20 Right Leg Cook Hip Lifts
20 Squats
20 Left Lunges
20 Left Stomps
20 Left Leg Cook Hip Lifts

REPEAT 2 TIMES (4 total)

Matching Graphic:

Leg & Butt Workout

Flabby Arm Fighting Upper Body Workout

Get Your Upper Body Sweat-Fest on with Alex!

Alex CartwrightThis week’s Designer Whey workout is dedicated to country music singer, and song-writer, Alex Cartwright. Alex requested a new upper body cardio routine, as opposed to weight lifting routines. As Alex said, the upper body tends to get left out – especially for those who don’t have a lot of equipment to work with. Why? Because it’s challenging to work your upper body without weights – challenging, but not impossible. You just have to be more creative. That’s where I come in!

♪♬♪♫ Well Alex, (said in my best twangy voice possible) I whipped up a nice batch of southern-fried bodyweight exercises for ya that will make you hotter than a goat’s butt in a pepper patch – designed to tone up those guitar-strumming Crazy Arms, get your Achy Breaky Heart rate up , and make your fat burn like a Ring of Fire! Jump Right In and get this Done!  When you’re finished you’ll be happier than a tornado in a trailer park and purty as a spotted horse in a daisy pasture! So, pull out those sleeveless tops and do this workout often so you can Get Your Shine On every time you hit that stage!  ♪♬♪♫ (sorry, I’m a southern girl myself and I couldn’t resist!)

Tools: All you need is a sturdy wall or door, jump rope, pull-up bar or bands for pulldowns. (I do assisted pull ups using one black Bodylastics band looped over attached to one handle for my right foot. Click here to see various modifications for pull ups)

ALEX Upper body cardioUpper Body Strength & Cardio Workout

Click on the links to see video demonstration of each exercise.

• 100 Jumping Jacks
• 10 Burpees
• 15 Push-up
• 20 Tricep Dips
• 100 Jump Rope
• 10 Pull-ups (or pull downs)
• 15 Wall-Ups
• 20 Sit-ups
• 100-Second Plank (1 min, 40 sec)

Repeat 3 Rounds

It took me 8 minutes & 40 seconds to go through one round, so if you can do the whole workout in about 30 minutes you are rocking! Beginners should get it done in 40-45 minutes. 

Do ALEX twice a week, as your upper body workout in your full body toning routine.

Monday: ALEX Upper Body
Tuesday: Lower Body
Wednesday: Cardio & Abs
Thursday: ALEX Upper Body
Friday: Lower Body
Weekends: Off or more cardio 🙂

Training Tip: Give your body at least 24 hours rest before working the same body part – and 48 hours rest when doing intense weight training. 

To learn more about Alex Cartwright and the Back Roads visit:…!/betwitching

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Women & Weights: What Women Need to Know


Lisa is not alone. Although I have a lot of readers that LOVE weights, I have a lot more readers who are scared to death of them. Whether they are scared of “bulking up” or they just don’t know how to lift weights, women and weight training often mix like oil and water.

I’ve never met one woman who said they want to “bulk up”. Unfortunately, all it takes is to see one beef cake chick in the gym to make every one afraid of touching a free weight. Most jacked up women do a LOT more than just lift weights. Their weight routine is just a small part of it. Between steroids, mega-dozes of protein, supplements and an extreme diet, they are purposely living their entire life to get the physique you hate.

I Want to Play with Man Toys Most women gravitate to the inner/outer thigh machine and ab machine, and avoid chest and back machines. I’ve got news for you ladies! Weight machines, dumbbells and barbells are not man toys, they are unisex (stop, breath, and take it all in) …aaaand they don’t make you a body builder (another pause to absorb the shock of this news). Seriously, if you are avoiding weight training, then you are avoiding increasing your metabolism, burning more calories, toning your body, strengthening your bones, building your self-confidence, and preventing injury.

Weights are not “strong enough for a woman and made for a man”, they are made for hu-mans – women and men alike.  It is very unlikely your body will bulk up – your body will firm up and regain a youthful shape. In addition, 5lbs of muscle is much smaller than 5 pounds of fat, so even if you weigh the same amount but you lift weights, you’ll appear smaller.

Pink Weights vs. Real WeightsPink weights were invented by women who were scared to bulk up. Not really, but it sounds good! I mean, have you EVER seen a girl with a smokin’ hot physique who used pink weights? Ha! Honestly, if you are working out with anything less than 5lbs you might as well throw them away in my opinion. Most women should be using 8, 10, 12 & 15 pound weights for almost everything. The only thing I use 5lb weights for is lateral raises for the shoulders. Other than that I hardly touch anything under 15 pounds. You’d be amazed with how different your body would feel if you increased all your weights.

Sculpting the Body You Want The combination of reps and sets determines what type of muscle you’re shaping. If you want more muscle mass, you lift super heavy for few reps with large breaks of rest in between sets. If you want lean tone muscles, you go lighter (lighter – not LIGHT!) but heavy as you can, for 12-15 reps for upper body and 18-20 reps for legs with very little rest between sets. A workout, like the workout Lisa was talking about, is designed to tone your body, not bulk you up. Bodyweight exercises are awesome conditioning exercises that will get your heart rate up, as well as tighten your entire body. We’ve put thousands of ladies through our BCx program in Vero Beach and these women lift heavy and train hard – and not one of them gets bulky. They lose body fat and they get in the shape of their life.

Skinny or Fit? Some women are so obsessed with being skinny, all they want to do is cardio and diet – which can leave you “skinny fat”. However, a combination of weight training and cardio will get you fit and skinny – the best of both worlds. Also, realize muscle burns more calories that fat, so the more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn through out the day. This means you’ll either lose fat more quickly if you are dieting or it means you can eat a little more without gaining weight if you are in maintenance – and I’m ALL about being able to do either one of those!!

Push Ups & Pull Ups are For Girls Too If you thought pull ups and push ups were for guys only – boy are you wrong. These exercises are actually primo for women! They do everything that women want. Push Ups not only sculpt the arms and chest, but they tighten and tone our core (abdominal, obliques and low back).  Don’t believe me? Do as many man style push ups as you can, then drop to your knees and do as many as you can until you can’t push even one last one out. Then tell me how your abs feel the next 2 days. If you aren’t doing push ups, you are totally missing out!

And then there are pull ups. I’ll be the first to admit I hate pull ups. They are hard, they are almost impossible, but there is NOTHING that works my back and arms like pull ups. If you are like me, you probably can’t even do one pull up – but you could do an assisted pull up for sure!! Although pull-downs are a fair replacement for pull ups for those of you who don’t have a pull up bar, assisted pull ups for women are amazing. Loop a Black or Orange Bodylastics band around the pull up bar and place your foot in the handle, pointing your toe downward so it doesn’t slip off. Straighten your legs out and begin your pull ups. The band will assist you where you need it most (at the bottom) to help spring you back up. Shoot for 10-15 reps for 3-4 sets. You can also change hand positions – wide overhand grip works the top of the V in our back (bra strap area), closer overhand grip works mid back and underhand grip works more biceps.

Train Like a Football Player, Don’t Eat like One You truly are what you eat.  Steve used to say “If you train like a football player and eat like a ballerina, you’ll look like a ballerina. If you train like a ballerina but eat like a football player, you’ll look like a football player.” This is a bit extreme, but true. If you have “bulked up” in the past, that is because you were probably eating too many calories. If you are heavy, you likely have a lot of muscle mass under the fat. In order to feel smaller, you need to make sure you are losing body fat while toning muscle. Many women who weight train, add protein shakes (adding extra calories) without pulling calories from other foods. So, it’s not that weight training bulked them up, eating more bulked them up. So be careful how you eat too. 🙂


Get rid of those flabby arms & tighten that bod!

Quickie Upper Body Workout

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Fast Four Workout – It’s Fast and it’s Furious!

This is one Fast and Furious workout for sure!! Sprints make this workout super intense and the squat presses kill the legs, glutes and shoulders. All in all, your entire body will be toast when this is over and all you needed was a barbell or set of dumbbells. Alright, it’s time to give it all you got!! Post your times in comments below the post in the BCx Blog for added accountability. Train Hard!

4 Rounds for Time:
1/4 Mile Sprint
Squat press (Thrusters)
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