Posts Tagged ‘HIIT’

Speed Shred – It’s Not Just For Boys!

 

SpeedShred

 

Boys! You need to step aside because the girls are taking on speed shred and they are tearing it up!! We’re going to gets abs on our abs and make you weep! For anyone that thinks this exercise is just for boys, I’m going to explain why that’s not the case, and that girls you don’t need to actually worry about “bulking up”, this won’t happen, it will tone and define every inch of your body and you’ll wonder why you’ve not being trying it before!

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Tabata Tuesday! Work off the Bank Holiday Indulgence!

 

Tabata WorkoutIt’s the day after the bank holiday weekend so no doubt you’ve all been a little bit naughty and maybe indulged a little too much (I know I did!) So now it’s time to get our butts into great shape and work our bodies to the max with this 5 minute tabata work out. It’s full of jumps, squats, abdominal and arm workouts to shape up and tone all over. If you want an extreme workout repeat x 4 for a 20 minute session!

Love Roo xx

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Tabata Tuesday! 19th August Workout

5 min tabata

Woo hoo!! It’s tabata Tuesday! Put down the doughnuts and do an intense tabata workout with me!! It takes 5 minutes but if you really want to smash it repeat the whole sequence 4 times to get a 20 minute workout! Get on it fitfam!!

 

Love Roo xx

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Focus T25 Gamma Phase Review

Oh. My. DAYS!!! I didn’t think anything could be better than Beta, but Gamma is the shiz! It’s tough, in fact tough is the understatement of the century it’s verging on insanity but I love it!

So let’s start at the beginning and I will take you through my Focus T25 Gamma phase review.

Focus T25 Gamma Phase

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Focus T25 Beta Phase Review Update

So I’ve realised I’ve not really updated or given my review on the next phase (Beta) of Focus T25. I am absolutely LOVING IT! Before I started Beta phase I was panicking and worrying that Shaun T was going to sneakily turn Beta phase into an Insanity workout, thankfully I was wrong! On most days I really look forward to doing this exercise and get really cranky and miserable on the days that I can’t do it. It is only a 25 minute workout but sometimes I have a work commitment or have to do things after work and by the time I get home at 8.30 / 9 pm and sorted myself out it isn’t really fair on my neighbours (I live in an apartment) for me to start leaping around and making tons of noise so I will try and do a mini squats and lunges workout instead. Working those legs still makes you get a good sweat on, and if it doesn’t you’re doing it wrong!!!

Anyway, back to Focus T25 Beta Phase. I honestly cannot believe the difference that this workout has made to my life. I am actually going to be really brave and show you some pictures of how I looked before I started and how I look now. I am absolutely stoked with the results and even more proud that I have done it in a healthy way and over 6 months. T25 has definitely helped with that!

What I love about Beta phase is the introduction of weights or resistance bands. I tried using the bands but I got myself a bit muddled up so definitely found it easier to use the dumbbells. The introduction of weights was important to me, because since losing the bulk of my weight (there’s still more to go) the weights just give that extra bit to start help shredding those sticky lbs that are clinging on for dear life and is helping to add definition to the muscles that are hiding below that last layer of fat. When I say fat here, I want to point out that I am by no means implying that I am overweight, but there is fat on my body that I still want to shift so I can see those muscles that I’ve been working so hard on building!!

I am just about to go into my final week of Beta phase and whilst it most certainly doesn’t get any easier I can see that I am getting better, and as long as I keep pushing myself to my limits then it will always be hard, but that level keeps changing as I get better. I can see my own strengths and weaknesses; my core is really strong, so the core workouts are where I can excel and push myself even harder. My speed is shockingly bad! I still find myself going slower so I can get my form perfect, there’s zero point in keeping up with the DVD if I’m not working the right areas. And finally my shoulders are weak, so whilst I can see improvement week on week I am still not smashing it but it will take time and focus to get to the level I want.

Without wanting to sound corny but Focus T25 has changed my life; it’s given me an awareness of my body and what it can do, how I can push myself, and more importantly that it’s given me the results that are pushing me forward. As soon as you see those results that’s when you keep going. I’m now going to put a picture of myself on the fridge as my “fitspiration”, if I can achieve these results in 6 months, imagine why I can’t change and maintain over the next 6 months! So as promised (very scared now, so please be nice!) here is a photo of my results, photo 1 is so embarrassing for me but it shows how far I’ve come in such a short period of time, and photo 2 is how I look right now. The difference is astounding and has been done by following a clean diet and daily exercise, no bells and whistles folks just hard work!

Weight Loss over 6 months

 

Love Roo xx

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Smashing those goals!

When you’re trying to achieve something it’s really important to set a goal that is firstly realistic and secondly is actually measurable. Then you get that awesome feeling of reaching and smashing those goals!! Last year I wouldn’t have gotten these Superdry size small shorts passed my knees and now I am an owner of a size small pair of shorts! Woo hoo!! It’s not been a quick fix and I’ve taken a healthy and measured approach to achieving this goal, can’t wait to smash the next goal now! Woo hoo!!

Love Roo xx

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Skipping isn’t just for little girls

Skipping is an activity I love! It instantly reminds me of my childhood and being out in the street having a skipping race with all my friends! Well it’s not just for kids and it’s a great activity to carry on into adulthood. There are so many benefits to be had from skipping:

  1. It improves your heart rate
  2. 10 minutes of skipping is the equivalent to 45 minutes of running (uh hello! I know what I would choose!)
  3. It’s a full body workout because you’re not just jumping about your working those shoulders to turn the rope, all the way down to the tippiest part of your tippy toes when you bouncing back off the balls of your feet
  4. Because it’s a weightbearing exercise it can help to improve your bone density

Once you’ve got used to skipping again, buy a weighted rope and work that body. Do jumping jacks with it, grab your mates and do some double dutch skipping. This is something that can be solo or with friends so can be as exciting as you dare to make it!

Here’s what your competition looks like!!

Pick up a skipping rope, I’d lean towards this Crossfit bestseller which is quite reasonably priced:

Happy skipping!! Love Roo xx

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SLT Training – Strengthen, Lengthen, Tone

SLT is an exercise I am desperate to try! At the moment it only seems to be available on the other side of the pond and when it does come to the UK you can guarantee it’s only going to be available in London, which is no good for me!!

SLT has been summed up as “if cardio, strength training and pilates had a baby, it would be SLT”! It’s based on the holistic principles of pilates but heavily emphasises on strength training and cardio. It’s the result of people who want the benefits of the stretches from pilates but the sweat and exertion and sense of having done a workout that comes from strength training and cardio.

SLT training claims to achieve faster results in muscle definition than pilates would alone and is a firm favourite exercise of Sofia Vergara! If it’s good enough for her then it’s definitely good enough for me!

This form of workout is based on using a machine called the Megaformer which has a series of springs and pulleys and when utilised provides resistance and counter-resistance and therefore encouraging maximum exertion. Basically this exercise does what it says on the tin; it strengthens, lengthens and tones all of your muscles whilst getting your heart rate up and giving your body an exercise/">HIIT workout.

I definitely can’t wait for this to hit our shores as I would love to be able to give it ago. Although from looking at the SLTNYC website it does not come cheap, so at least I’ve got time to save whilst I wait for it to come our way!!

Check out this video though so you can see what’s in store!

Love Roo xx

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