It’s that time again: Workout Wednesday! This week’s video comes to you as a little reminder that bikini season is around the corner. Now, I’m not one of those people who’s like “omg bikini season let’s not eat anything and go to the gym twice a day and live off of energy drinks and celery” — why? Because that’s stupid. However, I am a realist and I know that there will be events in the future that call for a bathing suit, and I know that there are things you can do to look and feel great about those moments. For me, toning my tush is one of them.
I tend to carry more weight in my butt and thighs; there’s not much I can do about that. However, what I can do is make sure that those areas are tight and toned to prevent saddlebags, cellulite, etc. Enter this video. It’s a booty worker. Keaira LaShae knows her stuff. Every single move targets your butt, thighs, and glutes to build a better booty while toning and lifting in the process. Your legs will be shaking. Your butt might cramp. And you’re definitely going to be sore. But let’s be honest — whether you’re going to be walking around in a bathing suit or not (this goes for you too, gentlemen), one truth remains: everyone appreciates a good butt.
Happy Wednesday! This week’s workout is actually a new one for me; I did it over the weekend and I loved it. It’s very effective and super easy to do at home. The BeFit Go: 20 Min Total Body Toning Workout video combines cardio, strength training, and body weight exercises for a quick yet complete full-body workout. Plus it’s only 20 minutes AND it managed to make my inner thighs sore, which is quite a feat!
The video calls for weights and a kettlebell, but if you don’t have a kettlebell you can just use one of the dumbbells instead. They give you a couple rests between sets, but I jogged in place during that time to keep my heart rate up instead. This is by no means necessary — do whatever works for you! There are quite a few deep squats (probably why my thighs were so sore), so be sure to use proper form to avoid injury: keep your back straight, butt tucked, abs tight, and make sure your knees don’t go over your toes. I find it’s helpful to do this in front of the mirror a few times to create some muscle memory before you start.
By now I’m sure you know diet is a big part of any healthy lifestyle. But while the saying “abs are made in the kitchen” still stands true, you can’t just eat clean and sit on your butt and expect to look fabulous! You have to build some muscle. Not only does muscle tone you up and make you strong (duh), it provides you with benefits in your day-to-day life as well, like boosting your energy levels and increasing your resting metabolic rate. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m no gym rat. In fact, I lost almost 40 lbs without ever setting foot inside a gym. My secret weapon? HIIT, or High Intensity Interval Training.
To put it simply, HIIT maximizes your output by alternating bursts of high intensity training with short periods of low intensity exercise, or rest. It torches calories, helping you burn fat without losing muscle, and all that exertion keeps your body’s fat burning machine chugging along for a good 24 hours after. Plus, it’s highly effective – just 25 minutes burns about 300 calories. I’m all about efficiency, baby!
For my very first “Workout Wednesday” I’m sharing a (completely free & legal!) version of the HIIT workout that gave me my start: Jillian Michaels’ 30 Day Shred. Jillian combines 3-2-1 intervals of strength, cardio, and abs (in that order!) to torch as you tone, with options for beginner and advanced fitness levels. I’m a big fan of Jillian’s no-nonsense attitude and quick, efficient workouts. To watch the video, click the image below and get ready to werk!
What did you think of the workout? Let me know in the comments below!