Push-up for what?

See what I did there?!? Happy Hump day! For today’s #workoutwednesday and #nationalfitnessday I wanted to quickly share this push-up

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See what I did there?!? Happy Hump day! For today’s #workoutwednesday and #nationalfitnessday I wanted to quickly share this push-up workout!

Now I have to tell you I dislike push-ups with a passion. They are tough, tough, tough and I just am not naturally good at them. But I decided that I needed to focus on this movement and I literally make myself do them every day. They are a great test of your strength and can help strengthen your entire body. They are essentially a moving plank!

Some notes to keep in mind while you do this:

  1. always keep your shoulders over your wrists
  2. your core should ALWAYS be engaged
  3. your glutes should be engaged as well
  4. use your breath to help you push up and push away the floor
  5. try as many as you can on your toes but drop to assisted if your form starts to go
  6. on the up and downs start in a forearm plank. As you move to the up position replace your elbows with your palms. This will ensure your shoulders stay stacked over your wrists.

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Don’t forget to stretch your chest after this doozy. How did you do?? How else are you celebrating #nationalfitnessday ??

xoxo,

Marilena

It’s been awhile…

since I have shared a workout with you! For today’s #workoutwednesday I am sharing a lower rep workout that you can use to challenge yourself with the weights you choose and give you the time to focus on your form. 

I began this workout with an interval run I had preprogrammed in the Interval Timer app I used in my boot-camp classes.

After the run was completed, I grabbed a heavy and a heavier set of dumbbells so I could switch back and forth depending on the exercise I was completing.I completed each round three times with a 30-60 second rest in between rounds. Try to move from one exercise right in to the next without taking a break. This will keep your heart rate up and keep burning those calories! With each exercise you will see that the rep count is low so use that time to really challenge yourself and focus on your form.

At the end of this workout you should definitely feel it and feel GREAT about leaving it all out on the gym floor!!!

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a few notes:

With your power push ups focus on keeping your core tight as you push through your hands to push off the ground.

For your deadlifts keep a slight bend in your knees and keep your back straight as you lower the weights down along the front of your legs. It is as if you are shaving your legs.

With your triceps extension focus on keeping your elbows glued to the side of your head. You don’t want your elbows facing out you want them facing straight ahead.

For the squat with the bicep curl, keep your knees over your ankles and your chest proud. You can anchor your elbow into your knee as you do the isolated curl.

For my favorite, the man maker, this is an all inclusive move that will really exhaust all that you have left in your tank. With the weights you will fall into a push up (similar to a burpee), do a renegade row on each side, jump your feet in and then push up to a squat, to a curl to an over head press. That is one! Trust me 5 will be enough 🙂 Through out make sure you are keeping your core engaged, knees over your ankles and smile on your face 🙂

Use the reverse lunges with a twist as a chance to actively recover from the full body move of the manmaker, but don’t forget form. In your lunge you want a 90 degree angle in each leg and your front knee over your ankle.

If you ever have any questions on how to complete exercises you can always send me a note! 

Let me know what you think!!!

Keep sweating!

Marilena

Fitness Find Friday – My Sweat Style

Hey everyone!!!

I am back from my travels and ready to get back to business 🙂

I want to share my most recent box from My Sweat Style. If you missed my last review, don’t worry because I have a new one for you! Continue reading “Fitness Find Friday – My Sweat Style”

Weekly Round Up 5/10/16

Happy Tuesday!

I am posting from Austin and I can’t tell you how nice it is to be back in Austin!! (minus the traffic…)  Continue reading “Weekly Round Up 5/10/16”

Tasty Tuesday Round Up

Happy Tuesday everyone!! I wanted to theme the round up this week with my favorite recipes that I have posted, in case you missed them, and then some that I have found around the internet and have added to my “to make” list! Let me know what you think and if you have tried any of them in the comments below!!

“if it tastes good, the calories don’t count.”


In case you missed it…

Greek Turkey Burger Tuesday

A Very Berry Baked Oatmeal

Protein Buckeyes

Starbucks Hack #32

What I saved…

Zucchini Chicken Alfredo

Ok so these are not clean eating approved…but they look sooooo amazing!

Fancy water!

Grown up slushies are all the rage!

What I pinned….

Spicy Cilantro Limeade

Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza

Game of Thrones Wine Pairings… yes you read that right! Don’t read if you are not caught up!!!

and after all these tasty recipes we will need this circuit!


Hope you all have a very tasty TUESDAY!!!

xoxo,

Marilena

 

Fitness Find – The Challenge Box

Happy FRIDAY!!!!

How was everyone’s week?? I am still in a tug a war battle with inspiration and motivation. Lately it has been a little harder to get the words and ideas in my head onto the computer. I know being sick did not help but it is time to break out of this and get sharing again!! Does this sound familiar to anyone?? How did you get out of it?? I usually leave the questions for the end of the post but it has been on my mind, and obviously left the blog a ghost town for a few weeks! Let me know!!


Now for the real reason I am here! When I received my Fitbit Charge HR for my birthday I was so excited to have a heart rate monitor for my workouts, to see how many steps I actually walk in a day and just to be apart of the fitness technology world! And let me tell you it has not been a disappointment. Continue reading “Fitness Find – The Challenge Box”

My Sweat Style – Delivery Review

Hello Friends!!

Subscription boxes seem to be all the rage these days and I am not going to lie, I love them. There is something about coming home to a box on my doorstep full of surprises. I think it reminds me of when I was in college and my mom would send me random care packages with items I didn’t realize I needed but loved as soon as I opened them!

I have tried out a few subscriptions including Blue Apron, PopSugar Must Have and now I am sharing my newest fitness focused box of surprises, My Sweat Style!

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While this wasn’t my first delivery, I received my first box back in November, I wanted to share it with you because the process and experiences have both been awesome!

My Sweat Style is a fitness focused subscription box that delivers a curated selection of premium activewear all within your specifications. When you first visit My Sweat Style, you will fill out a profile answering questions including what kind of workouts you participate in, what your hobbies are and of course your sizes.

Once you complete this profile, you can then say how important brand, fabric, fit and price are to you. If there is anything else you want to let your stylist know you can include that as well.

Enter your payment information and wait for the email that says your SweatStyle is on its way!

It is $20 when they ship you your box. When you receive your box there is an itemized receipt that states how much each item is and whatever you keep will be charged to the card you entered into your profile. You can take 5 days to try on the items and make your selection. Then return the ones you don’t want!

A little bonus, if you keep 3 or more items they will give you 20% off your total and apply the $20 Sweat fee you already paid.

According to their website, tops range from $35-$125, bottoms range from $55-$140, sports bras from $35-$100 and outerwear from $50-$250. To ensure you don’t get shipped items outside of your budget (like I did in November) there is a question on how important price is to you.

Lets talk about what I received this go around! (I have linked each item so you can see them on a model)

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itemized receipt

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Vie Active Danielle Crop Tank with Cut Out

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Vie Active Danielle Crop Tank with Cut Out

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Prism Sport Python Legging

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Varley Palisade Croc Crop top

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Prism Sport Loose Black Tank

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Koral Mystic Legging
Unfortunately, just like the last time, I returned all five pieces. But unlike last time I loved most of the pieces at first glance, the fits were all just a little off for me. The Danielle top was super cute but a little sort for my taste, the built in bra was also a little big. The python pants felt awesome but I wasn’t crazy about the length. I also couldn’t justify keeping another black work out tank since I have about 10 already. The Varley croc crop was cute, but I didn’t feel like a must have. Finally, the Koral leggings were AMAZING!!! The feel of the fabric and the color were awesome. You can’t tell in my picture but they are navy and black and felt like a dream on. One problem, they were WAY too small! I have never worn this brand or tried it on so unfortunately I did not know they ran so small.

Even though I did not keep anything, I was exposed to two new brands that I had not tried before. I need to tweak my profile and keep my fingers crossed that more works out for me in May!


Have you tried My Sweat Style? What was your experience and what did you get??

XOXO,

Marilena