Monday, November 7, 2011

Motivate Me Monday- Favorite area to work out

First off I want to say that I am sorry about the lack of posts as 
of lately. We are having issues with our Internet 
making each post take me about triple the time it normally does
BUT we are in the process of getting new Internet 
so I will be back and having so fun ideas for ya
thank you for being patient and for
sticking with me

Now onto Motivate me Monday!!

with MEAshley and Amanda

Today's Challenge/ Topic is:
Whats is your favorite area or muscle of your body to work out?
Why is it your favorite?
What workouts do you use to train that area?
 I have a really hard time picking a favorite body part to workout
Because I love to workout my arms and feel like they get defined pretty easy
but I also really like to workout my legs
I think I like to workout my legs because I feel like they need the most work
You see I was a gymnast and even though I had buff legs 
I had the thunder thigh type buff legs which was great then
since they were pure muscle BUT
I am not diggin the thunder thighs anymore
I want more toned and skinny thighs 
I want to have the gap between them
So I have been trying to get those thighs in better shape 
Say NO to Thunder Thighs 

I do a lot of different leg workouts I like to mix it up 
so I don't get bored with just one
This is one of the leg workouts 
that I felt like worked really good for me
I was fillin the burn
Leg Workout #1
 30 squats
 I love the good ol regular squat 
it gives my legs such a good burn
I also sometimes have a weight bar behind my head to add some resistance
Start standing up 
and squat down keeping your back in a good line
and your knees behind your toes
making sure to sit back a little 
Do them slow and squeeze your legs and tummy

20 lunges (on each leg)
 start standing up 
and put one leg out in front
with your body straight up and down
and your front knee staying behind your toe
lunge down and go back up straightening your legs 
continue until you get to 20
then switch legs 
You want to make sure you are going up and down
not so much forward

30 tuck jumps
 These are one of my favorite leg exercises
I got it from the workout DVDs Insanity
Thank you Shaun T
start with your legs apart in a squat 
and jump up front your squat tucking your knees 
so they meet up with your hand
like shown in the picture above
Make sure to jump from the squat position
and to land back in the squat position to be ready for the next one

20 (double count) jump lunges
 This is just a twist on the lunges
start in the lunge position we talked about above
jump up with your feet together at the top and
switch legs into the opposite lunge 
This will keep your lunge in the up and down motion 
Keep your back straight 
and push yourself
get as high as you can

20 (double count) low mountain climbers
 start in the high plank position 
then you are going to bend one knee bringing it your your chest 
and your foot on the floor
switch feet until you have done 20 on each leg 
Keep your back straight
and your bum tight
No bums in the air girl

30 jump squats 
 it pretty much describes itself
you are going to do your squat jump up
as high as you can pushing off your toes and land
back into the squat position lightly 

50 abduction machine
 These next two machines are my very favorite
if you don't already do them you have got to try them out
The hip abduction is the one that your legs 
go inside the pads and you push your legs out
against the weight 

50 adduction machine
 This one you sit with your legs on the outside of the pads
and you push your legs inward toward each other 
against the weight
These are amazing 
and will hopefully get my inner thighs the way I want them eventually

20  (each leg) Step ups
Go to the weight benches
or to a step stool and you are going to put one foot
on the bench and step up
using your leg muscles to get all the way up 
then step down and continue 
until you get 20 on each leg

1 minute Wall sits X2
 These bad boys work wonders I tell you
This will give you that burn you are looking for
go against any wall and sit like you are sitting a chair
with your back against the wall
and your legs bent to at least a 90 degree angle 
hold for one minute without putting your hands on your legs
the best way to do this is to put them to your sits
touching the wall 
or hold a weight out in front of you 

100 calf raises 
20 regular
20 toes in 
20 regular
20 toes out
20 regular 
make sure to do them slow 
and to do them all the way down and
up as high as you can go
feel the burn and work through it

Last but not least
running is an amazing leg workout
Running is so amazing for the whole body
Just do it!
This week:
 I worked out 4 days a week
I am happy I got in 4 times 
Tuesday: Run 3.5 miles, Abs, and legs
Wednesday: Run 3.5 miles, abs and arm
Friday: Run 3.5 miles, Abs and legs
Saturday: Run 3.5 miles, abs, arms
I upped my miles from a 3.2 5K to 3.5 miles I know it isn't much
But I feel good about it
I am trying to progress at a realistic pace
to prevent injury since last time
I upped it too fast and injured my knee and foot
I felt so good this week
Also I am so so proud of hubby he is also upping his mileage  
and he hates running but he is starting to like it and it doing amazing
He also has been going to the gym at least 4 times a week
I love doing this together
Even though we can't go at the same time
We are about to support each other and praise one another 

My goals this next week:
 1. I want to drink 8 cups of water a day (even the busy days)
2. Work out twice in the morning
3. Do my quick morning workout and home and still go to the gym at night everyday
(I will share this at home mini workout soon)
4. eat more fruits and veggies each day

Next weeks Challenge/ Topic
 Get out of your comfort zone and Try a new class at the gym
or if you don't have a gym pass or your gym doesn't have classes try out a new machine
you have been scared too or find a new workout to do at home and share it with us. 
Now Link up and share your favorite area to workout and routine and how you are doing!
Grab the button and follow along with Ashley and Amanda!
Our goal is to help motivate each other! So let's have fun and get motivated!
Share anything you want! Or ask us questions and we'll help find an answer!


  1. thunder thighs are the worst. i hate them. it takes me forever to see results in my legs and my abs...i get so depressed thinking about it. anyways, love this post!
    love ya

  2. Ohhh wall sits. I haven't done those since soccer in high school. I always hated them, but they are soooooo effective!



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