“Get it right; get it tight.”
As long as you don’t look this phrase up on Urban Dictionary, it affirms the perfect workout motto. Before moving to Italy, I had discovered the best way to achieve “tightness.” In fact, my L.A. workout regime had become an obsession.
Seriously, everyone check to see if it is available in your area because it is so worth it! Basically, you sign up with them for a month and get to do a wide variety of classes from their extensive list. You can check out the logistics for yourself, but I absolutely love it! It is a great option to keep you accountable. Plus with so many options, I never get bored. Pop Physique, Barry’s Bootcamp, Sweat Garage, Xtend Barre, Cardio Barre, Cycle House, Pilates Plus. . . Just a few of my favs, but the list is endless.
Before I left I was doing 1-2 classes a day; 5-6 days a week. Needless to say, I got my money’s worth, and it showed. This workout regime sadly came to an abrupt halt. I thought it best to take some time off when I first moved, but I still instantly missed my routine.
After about a week of relaxing, I realized a harsh truth: I had gotten lazy with my discipline. The statement might sound odd when you calculate the hours classing and calories burned through Class Pass. While, no workout is—or at least shouldn’t be—easy, there’s a difference in showing up for a class and putting in work versus creating your own workout and challenging yourself with no one else around—except maybe your dog. I craved the endorphins from exercise but struggled to actually go do anything.
Full disclosure: I really enjoy working out. Maybe it’s the endorphins (I mean, ”happy people just don’t shoot their husbands; they just don’t”). Maybe it’s the results (“get it right; get it tight”). Probably, it’s a little of both. I’m also a part of the weird minorities that prefers running to any other form of cardio. Finally, I have a fierce competitive gene that forces internal push in every workout. Trust me, this is not a “humble brag” confession.
If anything, I resolve that the above formula should always produce positive results. However, I found myself in a major slump surrounded by a sea of carbs. (Now more than ever, I should possibly stay motivated to workout just so I don’t gain a thousand pounds.) The combination of laziness and a “class spell” had left me unmotivated and tired. Has anyone else been there?
Thankfully, I am a glass half-full kind of girl. I put on rose-colored glasses and saw this opportunity as a challenge. (And a challenge it has been!)
I wish I could tell you those glasses were magical and broke the spell. I can’t. Most days are still a challenge right now. (Especially after Italian Thanksgiving.) The good news? If I can do it. . . So can YOU! This is the chance to stimulate my discipline, and I want to tell you all about it. I don’t know your workout routine or options, but my goal is to develop workouts (with the help of my athletic husband) that get the job done. I am not a trainer or workout instructor so if you’re looking for the help of a professional, you won’t get that. (Sorry!) If you’re looking for someone to be honest and help you stay motivated, then follow me through this challenge to stay fit—without classes or even a gym. Hopefully I can show you a different point of YOU. I’m counting on YOU to keep me accountable too.
Below you will find a full-body workout that only takes about 30 minutes of your day. <Only 8 exercises to a better body> I’ve been doing it for a little over a month, and I can guarantee it hurts in all the right places. I recommend adding 20-30 minutes of cardio. I usually go on a run before the workout. If you’re struggling for different cardio options, let me know! Let me know what you think of the workout, and never hesitate to contact me with questions or suggestions. Now put that booty to work!
I chose to super set these 8 exercises. Meaning: 2 exercises are paired together giving you 4 different circuits. I do each circuit 3 times. For example, I do circuit one (which is Single arm plank and Wall squats 3 times. (I do 15 reps on each arm for single arm planks, and then 15 reps of wall squats and repeat that two more times.) Then, I move on to the second circuit, and so on. . .
Circuit 1: Single arm plank & Wall squats
The wall is to ensure good squat form: (not letting your knees move forward past your toes). Start with toes against wall and arms extended from shoulders. Push yourself to squat as low as possible, rotating your head after each rep. 15 reps.
Circuit 2: Plank crunch-extension & Single leg RDL (Romanian Dead Lift)
Repeat with left leg. 15 Reps.Start in standing position, drive right knee up to single leg balance. Bending at the hips, swing right leg back behind (keep your opposite leg straight/with slight bend in knee.) 10 Reps.
Repeat with left leg. 10 Reps.
Find an elevation that’s about knee height (a kitchen chair works perfectly–make sure it’s sturdy). Step up with right leg using hips and gluts (butt) on the right side only (don’t push off with your left leg). Bring yourself to single leg balance and drive opposite knee up. Lower left leg back down slow and controlled. 10 Reps.
Repeat opposite leg. 10 Reps.
Circuit 4: Abs and Calf Raises
You can mix in different ab exercises. I chose to do bicycles. Focus on driving knee to opposite elbow. Slow and controlled. 15 Reps each side.Find any stair or ledge. Raise single leg to highest and lowest point. Slow and controlled. Keep leg as straight as possible. 15 reps each side.
Done! Try to do 3-5 times a week! I went outside for the pictures, but I normally do this workout inside (which is the best part!). No gym. No equipment. No problem! You can even still have morning breath while getting your workout on, and I won’t tell if you don’t put a bra on either (I have most definitely done both of the above).