You have to try this workout!!!

I have always been a ‘Cardio Queen’ and rarely did I touch the weight machines at the gym.  Every once in a while, I would get ambitious and add some lunges or squats to a workout and then be so sore for days that I couldn’t walk or go up stairs.  A few years back, I had the opportunity to work out with a friend and a personal trainer.  He worked us hard using heavy weights and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it!

When I moved about 1 year ago, again I enlisted the help of a trainer to help get back into strength training.  She also happens to be an IRONWOMAN who has mentored me through my first and second triathlon.  Throughout this past winter, I consistently lifted 2xweek (mostly on my own in the mornings before work). I have come to appreciate my muscles, and I know it is great for me as I enter my 30’s.

When it comes to working out, I am not into the weight machines.  I occasionally use pulleys, but I am a big fan of functional strength training using free weights, bands, and body weight for resistance.  Starting in high school, I began cutting out workout pages from fitness magazines. It got to the point where I had an entire folder of leg, arm, and ab exercise plans that I never did.  Finally, during my last move, I threw them away.  I mean, really, how is a folder full of exercises in a drawer in my desk at home really going to help me?  BUT, old habits are hard to break.  So when I found this plan in last month’s SHAPE (with Jillian Michaels on the cover), I tore it out!

I gave it a try last week and let me tell you, I loved it!  It is only 5 exercises and you do each one for 30 seconds to a minute.  I only had time for 3 sets (she suggests five) and I jumped rope in between.  My legs were sore the next two days, especially my inner and outer thighs. I will definitely be doing this workout again, and I had to share it on the blog!

CLICK ME  for quick and killer workout!

And if you are hungry after your workout, I’d like to make a suggestion…

A Veggie Frittata

For this easy egg dish, I combined eggs, egg whites, and veggies (the frozen kind that comes in the steam bag).  Bake in a pie pan for 20-25 minutes in a 350 degree oven.  If desired, add cheese on top for last 5 minutes.

Slice and eat with whole wheat toast.  Leftovers are perfect for travel after a tough workout at the gym!

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