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Summer Slay: Full Body Workout [Video]

Welcome to everyone participating in the Summer Slay!! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and doing this workout with me. I am so excited you are here! If you don’t know what the Summer Slay is,  it’s 4 weeks of  workouts and recipes from my girl Les over at The Balanced Berry. It’s totally free! This workout is part of week 4, but it is not too late to join. You can also do this workout even if you aren’t participating in the Summer Slay. All are welcome! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this awesomeness. 

I am particularly excited about this full body workout because it is to the beat of the music. It’s SO MUCH fun! It’s one of my favorite ways to workout because you get lost in the music and just have fun! In the video, you will see me jam out a bit. Feel free to sing along or head bob, it’s just what happens when you are having fun during a workout! 

Do the workout with me in the video below!! For your convenience, the workout and playlist are all included below the video. 

Summer Slay: Full Body Workout 

What you need: 
Dumbbells
Yoga Mat
Resistance band
Spotify play list (below) or the workout video (above)
Get a PDF copy of the workout HERE

warm up
  • jumping jacks
  • lateral (side) lunge
    – be sure to keep your knee behind your toe. pretend like there is a chair behind you that you are going to sit in. 
  • push ups on your knees
    – it is important to do these on your knees to get your chest and shoulders warm for the workout! 
lower body & booty
if you don’t have a resistance band, do the exercises without it
set 1
  • crab walks with band 
    – hold low squat as you take two steps right, then two steps left
  • squats
    – keep weight in heels, knees behind toes and chest proud
set 2
  • jump squats (dumbbell optional)
    – keep weight in heels, knees behind toes, chest proud, squat down and jump up
  • reverse lunge with dumbbells
    – step back into a lunge, keep knee behind toe
upper body
be sure to keep core tight to support lower back & avoid arching your back during this song
  • dumbbell hammer curl
    – keeping palms facing out, curl dumbbells up to your shoulders and back down. The angle here is different than a traditional bicep curl
  • overhead tricep extension with dumbbell 
    – keep elbows close to your head 
  • upright rows
    – do not bring your elbows above your shoulders
  • bicep curl to shoulder press 
    – curl dumbbells to chest, twist your wrists so dumbbells face out and press up over your head
abs/core
  • standing oblique crunch
  • plank punches
  • seated in n out crunch
  • shimmies
total body
set 1
  • squat with shoulder press
    – make it one continuous movement, down into squat and straight up into shoulder press
  • mountain climbers
    – do them double time, or slow them down to the beat. Be sure to keep good plank form with tight core to keep back supported and hips low. 
set 2
  • chest press with dumbbells
    – double time or slow it down to the beat
  • overhead extension with dumbbells
    – keep core tight to support movement, you should feel this in your upper back and your core. 

NICE WORK!! 

Click here to get a PDF copy of the workout. 

Playlist:

Summer Sunglasses: XX2i Bahamas1 Review

Disclaimer: I received a pair of XX2i sunglasses to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

Summer running is my absolute favorite! If you have followed my blog for sometime, you know I love summer. I can’t run as fast in the car, but it doesn’t slow me down too much. Plus the sunshine, tan lines and gorgeous weather make up for me running a little slower. I am really excited about the XX2i Bahamas1 as they are both functional sunglasses as well as stylish.  Continue reading Summer Sunglasses: XX2i Bahamas1 Review

What it is like to run in the Adidas Ultraboost X?

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Adidas UltraBoost X shoes to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
 
I love shoes and I love to run, so when I was asked to test out the Adidas UltraBoost X, to say I was excited is an understatement. You may have noticed that Adidas has been getting a lot of attention lately. They have lots of great shoe styles, both new and classic out on the market right now. They have been making running shoes for some time, but the Adidas UltraBoost X is a new & revolutionary running shoe that is also extremely stylish. If you are in the market for new shoes, check these out. 

the product

You may be wondering how the UltraBoost X is different than the UltraBoost. The X version is made specifically for women! There are a few aesthetic differences between the shoes as well. However, the main difference is in the design. Women naturally have narrower feet and need support in different areas, so the UltraBoost X is for us!
I love the sock like design of the shoe and how it hugs your foot. It really takes comfort to the next level.  This is thanks to the ultra cushion boost that responds to each movement of your foot. It is almost like these shoes propel you off the ground and give you a really light and comfortable run. 
The UltraBoost X also feature a floating arch, which not only looks cool, but the extra support is also extremely comfortable.

how I use it

The Adidas UltraBoost X are designed for running, and while I wore them mostly on runs, I also used them for some cross training. They are extremely comfortable, I will try to explain the feel to you in words, but it is something you really have to experience. 
 
I only ran up to 6 miles in these shoes and they were great. While I am running shorter distances right now, some of the other pros ran much longer distances in these shoes and really liked them. I personally recommend the shoes for shorter runs, cross training and every day wear.

What I think

LOVE. These shoes are so comfortable, so stylish and so versatile. If you have cute running shoes, you are gonna wanna run more often, am I right?! 
Honestly, when I put these on for the first time, it was like magic. You  don’t want to take them off. Like I said I really enjoyed them for running and general wear. Don’t make me take these off! They come in lots of fun colors too πŸ™‚

Where to buy

You can find these Ultra Boost X at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Get more info, specs and sizing HERE

Why You Must Try the NEW Quest Hero Bar

Everyone needs a hero…bar!! Quest just dropped a new brand new kind of bar called the Hero Bar and it’s so unique and different. The Quest Hero Bar comes in 3 flavors: chocolate caramel pecan,  blueberry cobbler, and vanilla caramel. I got my hands on a chocolate caramel pecan bar, and I filmed my first taste. I had no idea what to expect!

Quest Hero Bar – What is it??

The hero bars look kind of like a candy bar with a creamy and crunchy center coated in chocolate. It’s unlike any other protein bar! Watch the short video below to see my reaction (it’s kinda funny) and for more info on the bars. Don’t feel like watching the video? Keep reading!

How Does the Bar Taste?

Since filming the video, which was only a few days ago, Quest sent me the other flavors of the hero bar to try. My favorite out of the three, as a predicted in the video, is blueberry cobbler. SO FREAKING GOOD. The bars have a slight crunch and taste so yummy. It’s almost comparable to the texture of a snickers bar. 

What are the Macros?

These are the approximate macros for the bars, they vary 1-2 grams per flavor. 

Calories: 200
Fat: 11g
Net Carbs: 4
Protein: 15g

NOT BAD. Especially after you taste it and it’s like the most amazing thing ever. These macros are DOPE.

Where can I Buy it?

Best place is either QuestNutrition.com or GNC. At GNC you can buy one of each flavor so you can try them all and see which one you like best. Click here to shop online!!

5 Steps to Succeed at A Weekly Plan

One of my goals this year is getting better at spending my time doing things that align with my priorities. Sounds so normal, but it’s easier said than done, right? I am the kind of person who likes to do a lot of different things and always wants to say yes to fun. I don’t think that’s a bad quality to have, but it is when it takes away from or distracts you from working your big goals. Thru a lot of trial and error, I have gotten much better at choosing my big goals over fun. One of the ways I have been able to do this is thru planning out my week. Today I’m sharing 5 steps to help you succeed at making a weekly plan too! 

Continue reading 5 Steps to Succeed at A Weekly Plan

My Favorite Spring Race: Blooms to Brews [Race Recap]

Disclaimer: I received an entry to Blooms to Brews as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!
 
The Blooms to Brews marathon, half marathon and 10K is my favorite spring race. I ran the half marathon last year, and this year I was back for the 10K. This is a race that you must add to your bucket list. Blooms, brews, beautiful course, flat… what more could you ask for!?

Continue reading My Favorite Spring Race: Blooms to Brews [Race Recap]