Printable Workout: Tank Top Arms Volume 2

The Tank Top Arms workout has been one of the most popular posts on my blog, so I figured it was about time I created a follow up workout…hence Tank Top Arms Volume 2!

There are still plenty of pushups and dips since those are some of the most effective exercises to work multiple muscles groups in the upper body. But, I also added an up/down plank (see a quick Vine video demo of that exercise here) and changed up the shoulder presses and rows. Now in order to see all these beautiful muscles you’re building add an interval cardio workout to this one to burn fat!

Overachievers can add this to the previous Tank Top Arms workout. Let me know how many times you make it through!

Printable version is here. Tank Top Arms Workout Volume 2

Happy Workout!

Caitlin

 

Weekend Challenge: 15 Minute Fat Burner

Here’s a fun weekend challenge for you, and the best part is it only takes 15 minutes! Each time though the 5 exercise above counts as one round, and your goal is to  get through as many rounds as possible in 15 minutes. You don’t need any equipment so hit this workout at home or outside, anytime this weekend!

Let me know how many times you make it through!

Happy Workout Weekend!

Caitlin

 

 

VIDEO: Fun Fitness Class – Recess Workout!

(credit: King5) Click the image to see the video.

Who doesn’t love recess? Well what if I told you there is a gym that turned recess in to a workout? Monkey bars, relay races, obstacle courses and a live DJ spinning awesome mixes…and it’s all in the service of providing a muscle sculpting, fat burning workout!

This month I had the extreme pleasure of checking out Seattle’s Rival Fitness club for KING5 TV’s daytime show New Day Northwest. Click the image above to see the video and read all about it!

If you live in Seattle you will definitely want to pay Rival Fitness a visit. The gym is all about making fitness fun and accessible, and along with innovative classes like Recess and Field Day, Rival features some of the most cutting edge equipment including VIPERs, sandbacks, ropes and, of course, monkey bars.

Rival is also the only gym in Seattle that features Indo Rowing classes. The Indo Rower is a   water resistance based indoor rowing machine that provides a full body, low impact workout. It also means business… get ready to sweat and sculpt your entire body in a way you’ve never experienced before.

I tried a few classes during my free week pass and each one blew my mind.  Tabata, Field Day and Shockwave…all incredible, fun, innovative workouts. Rival is like Christmas morning for anyone who loves fitness, there is almost too much good stuff. The best part is the warm, friendly, helpful environment that makes fitness fun and everyone feel welcome!

To learn more about Rival Fitness visit their website. www.rivalfitnessseattle.com

Rival Fitness’s Indo Rowers use water as resistance.

 

 

Fitness Musts: what you need for a workout

(This is a sponsored post)

With the summer holidays getting closer and closer, many of you will be dreaming of all the ways you’ll be able to achieve those beach bodies. Whether it’s going for a run with friends from work or hitting the gym a few times a week, there are all sorts of ways in which you can get into shape and still have fun. However, what we want to know is, have you got the right attire for a workout? If the answer is no, then don’t worry. From sports bras to towels, here are our fitness must haves to get you ready for the summer.

Clothing

Before you do anything else, it’s essential to ensure that you have the right clothes. If you’re going to the gym then remember, it isn’t a fashion show! Practicality should be a priority, not to mention your health and safety. Opting for clothes which you tend to use for everyday wear could potentially restrict your workout. Perhaps the material isn’t stretchy enough, or could interfere with the equipment? Our suggestion is, put thought into what you choose. Girls, buy some sports bras for running; boys, don’t underestimate the value of a good pair of shorts. Clothing can really make a difference, so don’t neglect it!

Shoes

The truth is that what you wear on your feet is just as important as what you wear on your body. When exercising, your feet tend to bear the brunt of the pressure, so take the time to find a pair of pumps or trainers that are perfect for your fitness activities. Again, comfort is the most crucial aspect, and although the design you’re looking at may appear expensive, spending a little more on a decent pair of trainers is well worth the investment, particularly if you’re a runner.  Finding the ideal footwear can work wonders on your feet (and your workout!) You can thank us later.

Equipment

So by this point, hopefully you’ll be kitted out in suitable shoes and clothing. But the question now is, what do you need to take with you? Of course it depends on the amount of exercise you intend to do and where etc. However, there are definitely staple items needed for every sports bag. Firstly, water. No matter what type of activity you’re embarking on, be it cycling or running, you need to keep hydrated. Another essential for your bag is a small towel, deodorant and possibly extra clothing (these are always useful to keep you looking and feeling fresh). And finally, your iPod. Having the extra company of your favourite music can really help you stay motivated. Although, if you’re going swimming then maybe give it a miss.

Vine Fitness Workouts!

WEEKEND CHALLENGE

So, have you heard of Twitter’s new video sharing site Vine? It just might be my new obsession. The app allows you to take 6 seconds videos,  stop and start the recording as many times as you want for a stop motion effect or use the full 6 seconds.

I’m going to post weekly workout videos, fitness tips and other fun things that strike my fancy on the app so follow me on Vine for more videos like these! Also let me know how this week’s Weekend Challlenge goes…we are doing one minute of up/down plank!

-Caitlin

WORKOUT

Here is a bonus “Butts and Guts Workout” for you too:) Squats, alternating lunges, mountain climbers and plank. 30, 45 or 60 seconds of each exercise and repeat all the exercises 3-5 times through!