Kids on spring break? Add them to your workout.

My kids are off this week for spring break which means I’ve had to pull out all sorts of creative fitness ideas.  (I could drag myself out of bed before dawn and get it done,  but I am a night owl by nature and the early mornings make me a pretty grumpy mommy.)

Here are some of the ways I have managed to fit in workouts this week:

*kettlebell swings and/or snatches in the kitchen while the kids are eating breakfast

* step ups, pull ups, and tricep dips at the park

* long walks around the soccer field

* burpees.   Everywhere!

* 10-15 minutes of heavy weights each day.   I basically withhold all Minecraft time until I am ready to lift because I know they will be immersed in their games and not have any questions for me.   This usually lasts for all of 10-15 minutes before the questions start coming,  but I can get a lot done in that block of time!

* when all else fails,  I recruit them to “help” me become stronger!    Case in point,  my 8 year old!

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Never underestimate the power of a workout gang!  

Flat abs tips, workouts for kids, and my confession as a trainer

I haven’t written much here this past week because I’ve been busy writing other places.   (and taking my kids to soccer and football practices and games.  I love spring sports, don’t you?!)

Here are a few of my posts around the web:

Flat-abs secrets from health bloggers:   I’m so excited they included my tip (#2)  in with all these other great bloggers!

What do workouts look like for kids:    My kids think gyms are weird,  do yours?

Balancing fitness and motherhood:    Before I had kids I was an early morning trainer and used to get so angry when moms would skip class because of “the baby being up all night”.    Don’t worry,  karma took care of me!  ;)

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I hope you had a great weekend gang!

Injured? So what.

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I have unfortunately have had my fair share of injuries over the years.   About two weeks ago, I re-tore my bum knee doing lateral lunges.    (I had meniscus surgery about 6 years ago).   I knew I wasn’t supposed to do any lateral movements but I got caught up in the class I was taking and forgot all about my previous injury.  The old me would have spent a few days kicking myself for being so careless—these days I’m focusing on the good instead of the bad.

  • I can still walk
  • I can still do burpees
  • I can still do all upper body exercises
  • and best of all, I can still get a hardcore workout

Sure, some of my favorites (squats, lunges) are out for now, but so what?  Just as in life,  think about what you DO have versus what you don’t.

Sometimes when life hands you lemons, you squeeze them as hard as you can and make some awesome lemonade.

This summer my arms are going to look AMAZING!  :)

If you are sidelined by an injury right now,  think of what you can do and focus on those.
Life is too short to do anything else!

Towel with zippered pocket giveaway!

This is a great giveaway for those of you who bring a towel to the gym!   The towels are handmade and can be purchased from Etsy. Rachel is offering one towel as a giveaway for Workout Mommy readers!  

Have you ever been at the gym trying to juggle your cell phone, keys, ear buds, membership card and towel? This is the answer for you, a pocketed towel! It is made of terry cloth, has a zippered pocket built into the top, and straps with Velcro so you can attach it to a machine at the gym, a baby stroller, bicycle, or anything else you can think of!

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Enter to win one of these towels in the color of your choice (Lime Green, Turquoise, Yellow, Purple, Light Pink, or Black).  Just leave a comment below telling me where you live.     Winner will be chosen at random on Friday,  April 4th.   Contest is open to US addresses only.

Ashley Horner is one fit mommy!

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I follow a lot of fitness people online but I have to say that Ashley Horner is one of my favorites. She is a single mom of 2 boys and is in amazing shape. She is a sponsored athlete with Bodybuilding.com and such an inspiration to me.

Some of my favorite Ashley quotes:

“Whatever you do, regardless of your starting point and where you are headed never stop moving forward. Small changes are always the best, they snowball into bigger changes and positive habits that will last.”

“Of course I have days that my motivation is low, or I have a million things going on in my life. But when I step into that gym, I put everything else on mute. I focus on my weakness only to make them stronger. I know it’s okay to have low days, working through them will only make you a stronger individual.”

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picture source: http://www.ashleyhorner.co/

 

She offers online training plans that range from beginner to ass-kicking. (seriously, Pipehitter is insane!)  She also offers in person Forever Fit Camps in various cities, there is one coming up soon in Denver!

Whenever I feel like skipping a workout or just down in general, I usually surf Ashley’s Instagram or Facebook page for some much needed inspiration!

Go check her out and let me know what you think.
Never underestimate the power of a workout gang!