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The Fanny Firmer Workout

Fanny firmerStart this intense glute and leg circuit with the left leg planted, right leg moving. Take NOOOOO REST until you do both legs. Work through the burn – it will pay off big-time!!

16 Step Back Lunges
16 Lunge Kicks
16 Repeater Knees
16 Stomps
16 Jumping In & Out Squats

REPEAT with right leg planted and left leg moving. Again, NO REST until the entire circuit is complete. Rest for 1-2 minutes between rounds. Repeat 3 times. Add to cardio (Circuit + 10 min cardio X 3).

This segment is part of this month’s kickboxing routine led by Steve Pfiester at Max Fitness Club, held on Mondays & Wednesdays at 5:30pm.

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Lunge-Hour Workout

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

Reebok CrossFit GearNothing sculpts the glutes, inner and out thigh, and legs like lunges. Here is a killer lung workout you can do anywhere. NOTE TO LADIES: If you are sick of workout shorts riding up on leg day, these CrossFit Shorts totally rock. they have built-in undies (so no accidental flashing of pink parts, lol) and, while the fit flat and snug around the waist, they are loose around the thigh – and the stretch fabric lets you kick, squat and lunge without binding up or pulling. Plus, they don’t look like those running shorts that are so baggy they look like diapers. These shorts are all the same comfort, but much more flattering. 🙂

LUNGE-HOUR WORKOUT

Reebok

30 WALKING LUNGES
30 Seconds Rest

15 Static Lunges (right leg forward)
15 Lunge Kick (right)
15 Diagonal Lunge (45˙, right leg)
15 Stomps (right)
30 Seconds Rest

30 WALKING LUNGES
30 Seconds Rest

15 Static Lunges (left leg forward)
15 Lunge Kick (left)
15 Diagonal Lunge (45˙, right left)
15 Stomps (left)

30 WALKING LUNGES
30 Seconds Rest

REPEAT 3 TIMES

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CrossFit Perform Tank (what I am wearing today!)

Reebok CrossFit Tank

CrossFit Shore Training Shorts (the shorts I’m wearing in the above pic)

Reebok CrossFit Clothes

CrossFit Intensity Shorts (LOVE THESE!!)

Reebok CrossFit Clothes

CrossFit Endurance Training Jaquard Hoodie (AWESOME FIT!)

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CrossFit Skinny Strap Bra (super cool design!)

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Fit Legs: Leg Workout

sexy legsHere’s a new Leg Workout designed for women by Bikini Coach and personal trainer, Steve Pfiester, created for the gym. Let us know how you like it!

Rest Time:
45 SECONDS max rest time between sets
2 minutes between exercises

Hack squats: 4 sets/15 reps each
suggested: start with 1-25lb plate on only one side.

Try to increase each set,  BUT it is more important to get 15 reps than go heavier and stop early

Single leg leg press: 4 sets/20 reps each
suggested: start with 1-25lb plate on only one side.

Try to increase each set,  BUT it is more important to get 20 reps than go heavier and stop early

hamstring curls

Ham string curls: 5sets > #1 20 reps, #2 18 reps, #3 15 reps, #4 15 reps, #5 12 reps
Suggested: Start at 35lbs and go heavier by 5-10lbs every set.  Please maintain your reps

Leg Extension: 5 sets/ 15 reps
Suggested: Start at 40lbs and go up.  But keep you reps up

Lovely Legs Workout

Workout like a brute in the gym, and a beaut on the beach!

Here’s today’s weekly leg workout routine for our bikini boot campers. With each exercise, there is a photo of the equipment needed. This is just one of 4 bikini workouts (+ 3 cardios) our boot campers do each week. 🙂

QUADS/GLUTES 

#1 – 3 sets each leg extension 

  1. 20 Toes up (straight)
  2. 20 Toes in
  3. 20 Toes out

Leg Extension

#2 – 4 sets of leg press (2 plates, 1 plate on each side)

  1. 30 feet shoulder width apart
  2. 30 feet close
  3. 30 feet wide plié
  4. 10 close/10 shoulder/10 plié

leg press

#3 – 3 sets leg extension (repeat #1)

Leg Extension

#4 – 3 sets of single leg press, 20 reps each (just the rack or one plate)

leg press

HAMSTRINGS

#1 4 sets straight leg dead lifts

  1. 20 w/ 45lb bar
  2. 18 w/ 65lbs (add 2 tens)
  3. 15 w/ 75lbs (add 2 fives)
  4. 15 w/ 85lbs (add 2 fives)

straight leg deadlift

#2 5 sets prone (laying down) hamstring curls

  1. 25 reps of 35-40lbs
  2. 20 reps of 40-45lbs
  3. 18 reps of 45-50lbs
  4. 15 reps of 50-55lbs
  5. 12 reps of 55-60lbs

prone leg curls

 

 

LiveX Blitz: Tone Your Thighs, Glutes, Hamstrings & Core

Work your thighs, butt, hamstrings and core in this killer lower body blitz with Steve Pfiester!

This is one of the segments from last week’s Lower Body Blitz on LiveXFit at LiveExercise.com. LiveXFit mixes it up, using various equipment – from gallons of water to free weights and kettlebells. No matter what tools you have, you can get a great workout on LiveXFit!

The Workout:
10 Clean & Squats
10 Straight Leg Deadlifts
10 Stomps (Left)
10 Stomps (Right)
Repeat 3 – 5 Times with little to no rest between exercises and rounds.

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1 Workout, 3 Exercises, 5 Rounds, 100% Awesome!

lower body blitzThis was one of the segments we did on LiveXFit at LiveExercise last week. It doesn’t require a lot of resistance to really get great results either! Here’s the scoop…

Goal: Sculpt the glutes, legs, core and shoulders. The burpees continue to keep the legs warm, while getting the heart rate up and burning more calories.

Tools: You can use a band, pipe, bar, broomstick or whatever you want! I used a bodylastics band and Steve used a broom. At the gym, I use an olympic bar, but you can even use dumbbells (however I prefer using bars or bands to keep the body connected).

The Lower Body Blitz:

  • 10 OVERHEAD SQUATS
  • 10 OVERHEAD STEPBACK LUNGES
  • 10 BURPEES

REPEAT 5 ROUNDS
– OR add 3 round to your existing weight routine. 

How-To

Overhead Squat:
Notice arms stay overhead (they don’t drop down in front of the face or body). Go as low as you can go while maintaining a straight back. Push with heels and keep arms locked out overhead during entire movement.

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Overhead Stepback Lunges:

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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)

REPEAT 3 TIMES
Record your time at the end of the third round!

Matching Video:

Butt Workout 

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

REPEAT 2 TIMES (4 total)

Matching Graphic:

Leg & Butt Workout

Fit & Trim Bikini Bottom Workout

Fit & Trim Leg & Butt Workout

We have several clients we train to compete in figure, physique and bikini. This is one of the workouts Steve put his bikini girls through that I loved. While you don’t have to wear a two piece (or be a girl) to do this workout, it’s definitely a workout you’ll want to try!

Butt & Leg Workout

Click on each exercise to watch video demonstration of the exercise. Do 15 reps of each, with no rest between exercises. Rest for 1-2 minutes between completed circuits.

15 Back Squats (95lb-135lb)
15  Thrusters (10-15-lb dumbbells)
15  Walking Lunges (15lb dumbbells)
X3  (rest after 3rd round)

15 Leg Extension (moderate, 45-55lb)
15 Leg Curl (moderate, 40-50lb)
15 Skaters
X3  (rest after 3rd round)

15 Leg Press (heavy)
15 Kettlebell Curtsies (25lb kettlebell)
15 Stomps
X3   (rest after 3rd round)

 

Butt Lifting Workout

If you want a good butt-lifting workout, this workout never gets old. It hurts just as much as the FIRST time EVERY time! ha! Before you get started, focus on WHY we endure these type of brutal workouts. Focusing on the “why” can be just what you need to endure one more rep.

Benefits of a good glute routine: 

1. Lifts your butt
2. Turns pear shape bottoms to apple bottoms
3. Reduces the appearance of cellulite
4. Smoothes skin (wrinkles) and improves texture
5. Improves strength
6. Gives you a youthful appearance (at least from the rear! ha!)
7. Fills out deflated bottoms that otherwise sag, shake, rattle and roll.

The Reebutt Workout

Yes, his workout is a tribute to Reebok – because they are totally kicking people’s BUTTS these days – and people are loving it! Try this super simple, but SUPER EFFECTIVE (ouchie) workout. Be ready to feel fire in your pants!!

Follow Along with me!  (doesn’t it look like Steve is about to grab my booty here?! ha! Way to go YouTube – you know how to pick ’em!) hahaha

Written Workout:

Go from one exercise straight to the next without rest for the best results. If it starts to burn (like a UTI, as Steve says), then shake it out and get right back at it. The reason this workout is so effective is because we’ll stay on one leg the whole time, and then swap legs and focus on the other leg.

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)

Don’t be lazy this winter! #GetAfterIt – or I’ll have to get after you!

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

Bored in the Gym? HIIT Training May Help

boring workoutAre Your Workouts Boring?

If you feel like you’ve lost your, as Steve says, “ZIP, ZEST, PEP, DRIIIVE AND DESIRE”, well maybe you just need to get a trainer – interval trainer that is. You don’t necessarily need a personal trainer to kick your butt, especially if you know what to do already. Often times we just get lazy and comfortable, and we lose focus. But, as soon as you add a time component to your workout, suddenly a boring workout blossoms into a high-intensity workout with purpose and drive. To get this done, I use the GymBoss Interval Timer to ramp up my intensity, create focus and hold me accountable.

HIIT it Harder!

squatHIIT training is nothing new. It’ just gained popularity over the recent years. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. HIIT workouts are typically short workouts, from 4-20 minutes, and combine short bursts of intense exercise (typically at maximum intensity) with a moderate activity or rest. The original HIIT format was a 2 to 1 ration, like Tabata. Tabata is 20 seconds of work, and 10 seconds of rest or lighter work.

For instance, a HIIT running routine could be 30 seconds of sprinting and 15 seconds of walking or jogging. However, HIIT workouts now come in all shapes and sizes. The length of intervals, as well as intensity/work, may vary. HIIT, today, is just all about timed intense interval training, no matter what the length or combination of exercises and rest.

So, with the education under your belt now, let’s HIIT our legs! Here was my leg workout yesterday. It was awesome, simple, super effective and challenging. Also, when you use HIIT, you get a lot of work done in less time, so it’s also very efficient. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think!

HIIT Your Legs

This workout targets the quads and glutes. I will do a separate workout, like this Ham & Glute Workout, the for hamstrings later this week. Get your GymBoss Interval Timer and get ready to work!

Deep SquatRamping Squat*
5 SETS: 30 Seconds on, 30 Seconds off

*Ramping (or periodization) refers to ramping up (increasing) your weight. Each set should get heavier and heavier. For instance, do just the bar the first set, then add weight in 10-25lb increments each set, depending on your strength, making each set more and more challenging.

Training Tips: The key to this exercise is to get LOW (like you see in this photo). I’d rather you do less weight, and get a full range of motion. Most people are not even close to getting as low as they can. LADIES LISTEN UP: These last few inches work your inner thighs and glutes a LOT more, so don’t miss out! Your weight should be on your heels the entire time, and your bottom should nearly bottom out on the ground you should be so low. If you’ve never done this before, then practice just with the bar or no weight at all. If you can’t seem to keep your heels on the ground, try spreading out your knees a bit more and sit down into the squat until your feet can stay completely flat. Tight and weak muscles may prevent you from getting this low, so you may want to incorporate this yoga move into your leg day to increase flexibility.

Yoga Squat: Hold this pose (pictured below right) for 30 seconds at a time and really stretch your legs and open those hips. Do this prior to lifting or even between sets to keep you nice and loose.

Deep-squats

Heavy Walking Lunges  (15-20lbs dumbbells)
5 Sets: 30 Seconds on, 30 Seconds off

Tabata Leg Extensions (toes pointed out)
Tabata  is 8 Sets of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off

1/2 Tabata Leg Extension (toes pointed in)
Half Tabata is half the prescribed set (so only 4 sets) of 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off

Tabata High Step Ups* (with or without weights)
Half (4 sets) Tabata on RIGHT FOOT
(20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)
Half (4 sets) Tabata on LEFT FOOT
(20 seconds on, 10 seconds off)

*Use a high bench or plyo box. Step POWERFULLY up and resist the negative (your weight coming down). So, it will be a quick and powerful explosion UP on to the step (being sure to step up on to your heel), and then a slowly lower down. No matter how tired you get, DO NOT allow your body to “fall” back to the floor. Fight it!

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