Core

Today's your day! Time to get moving! I have a core workout ready for you, and it's HOT!

You can do this two different ways! 30 seconds each move for 3-5x through. OR… Four rounds: 20 reps/15 reps/10 reps/5 reps of each move. Your choice!

1. In + Out extensions, each leg

2. Weighted core tuck-ins

3. Plank reach-outs

4. Sit-ups with press

5. Plank DB sliders

Good luck! Let me know how you like it!

Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos

You know those kinds of meals you could have over and over and over? Well, this is one of those. So easy, healthy, delicious, and something the entire family will love.

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Ingredients:

Sweet potatoes (1 per person)

Avocado oil

Lean ground beef

Avocados

Tomatoes

Green Onions

Feta Cheese

Plain Greek yogurt

1 Lime

Salsa

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 Instructions:

Get one large sweet potato for each person you are feeding. This will give you extras for lunch the next day. Peel and cut into long matchsticks. Toss in avocado oil and put on a tin-foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes. Flip and then bake another 12-15 minutes or until starting to brown and crisp.

As those bake, cook your ground beef and season with taco seasoning and set aside.

Once your fries are done, spread onto plate. Top with ground beef, tomatoes, avocado, green onions, and a sauce of plain Greek yogurt (or sour cream)/lime/salsa mixed. Enjoy warm!

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Total Body

 

Such a good circuit to get that heart rate up high and those muscles put to work. DO IT!

One minute, 2 medicine ball throws into 4 plank jacks

One minute, Wall sits with overhead and side to side med ball hits

One minute, Med ball toe taps

One minute, 4 Toe taps with hop-over burpees

One minute, Plank (weighted for more advanced) with toe taps out

Repeat 3x through. Phew! 

Glutes

It seems like yesterday when Ellie was laying right by me in these videos, unable to crawl yet, and just bundled up in her swaddle. Now, she's doing them with me, looks forward to our time exercising together, and even led me in her first little mini workout (watch for it at the end... bumper turns and "the mermaid." Gosh, I love my little workout buddy and only get excited to watch her grow.

1. 50 Banded straight leg lifts, 25 per side

2. 40 Banded fire hydrants, 20 per side

3. 30 Weighted squat pulses

4. 20 Banded glute bridges

5. 10 Slow to squat... and then knee-knee-stand-stand

Repeat 3-4x through for an amazing burn!

Legs

A leg circuit to keep you going! Taken from a just piece of my gym workout that is coming for all my @momstrongmove people next week! This one burns- give it a try and add it into your routine. 

1.    Holding a 20# body bar or dumbbell, perform inclined step-ups into reverse lunges, 3 sets of 8 on EACH leg! (A total of 24 reps per leg before moving on... these are burners!)

2.    Banded side steps with squats, 20 reps

3.    Med ball slams, 12-15 reps

4.    Step crossovers, no weight, 10-12 reps each leg

5.    Bandded Inlcined bridges, 10-12 reps

Repeat 2-3x through

Arms

Today Ellie learned the art of the chest bump (wait for it). This arm circuit BURNS- you'd think holding 5# DBs would be easy, but it just keeps getting harder. Give it a try! You'll love this one!

1 minute curtsy lunges with snow angel arms

1 minute front raise- alternating and then together

30 seconds half snow angel

30 seconds front raise into snow angel arms

30 seconds scissor jumps with shoulder press

Rest 15 seconds

30 seconds scissor jumps with shoulder press

Rest 15 seconds

30 seconds scissor jumps with shoulder press

Repeat 2-3x through!

Chili Lime Sweet Potato Fries

Our new favorite way to make sweet potato fries! They have just the kick to spice things up, and I know you'll love them too!

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Ingredients

3 sweet potatoes

2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

1/2 - 1 tsp. sea salt

1/2 - 1 tsp. Trade Joe's chili lime seasoning

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Instructions

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, and then flip. Cook for another 12-15 minutes, or until fries are just starting to brown and crisp up a bit. Serve with homemade fry sauce: Stubb's BBQ sauce mixed with Plain Greek yogurt. Yum!

Partner Workout

Tomorrow I'm running @spartan with my favorite guy. When I married Bry, he loved to ski and play soccer, but he wasn't a regular exerciser at all. Over time, he's watched me wake up early, get to the gym, and before I knew it, he was doing the same thing. I've watched him notice the changes within himself as he's started to exercise regularly. Not just physical, but he's felt more productive at work, happier, more motivated, more confident... and now he's the one pulling ME out of the bed to get to the gym. I'm so dang proud of him. This will be his second race ever tomorrow, and you bet I'm going to be right there by his side crossing the finish line with him.

Sometimes all it takes for someone to get motivated is BELIEF. Belief is irresistible. So tag your gym buddy and give this new workout a try.

Partner sweat sesh: Let your partner choose their first circuit... Bry wanted to work chest. While he did his thing, this is what I did...

1. Treadmill for one minute, fast run into 

2. Upside down bosu weighted squats with a press (I was holding 30#)

3x through

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Superset

1. Tricep extensions, 3x20

2. Tricep kickbacks, 3x15

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Handstands while I waited for him to finish chest. ;)

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Then together:

1. 30 reps, Partner med ball sit-ups

2. 8 Mountain Climbers + 1 pushup while other partner holds a plank, then switch! Stop when you've done 8 total rounds switching off

3. Partner wall sits with med ball toss, 1 minute and then switch

2x through

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A challenge to end: Tandem push-ups...  try at your own risk, and I dare you to do them without laughing

Momstrong: The Ultimate Workout Playlist

It's here!

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Momstrong: The Ultimate Workout Playlist

 

Created, by YOU.

After Bry and I listened to over 150 of your song suggestions on my Instagram post... we narrowed it down to 72 new songs to give you our favorite workout playlist (created mostly by YOU). There's nothing more fun than listening to new music as you're training, sweating, and moving each day. Enjoy. Find me on Apple Music here.

I'll be adding to this playlist as I find more good beats. Also, my favorite new earphones linked here: the Sudio Niva wireless earphones. Use MOMSTRONG15 for 15% off!

(I just used screenshots below, and so I apologize for any duplicates.)

Treadmill Cardio + Legs Circuit

This is one you have to try!
1. Two minutes, fast jog (speed 7-8, incline 3)
2. One minute, Banded side steps (speed 1, incline 3) BOTH SIDES
3. Two minutes, fast jog
4. 20 incline push-ups
5. 20 banded pop squats
REPEAT until you've run 1.5 - 2 miles (and if you need to modify reps on the push-ups and pop squats, please do!)
*End with 1-2 minutes of a banded hill climb (incline 25, speed 1). Focus on pulling those knees up and in with band as you hike.

Loving my x22i Incline Trainer from @ifit

Sleeping well with Lull

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I also love that there is cooling comfort involved in this mattress. My husband gets really hot while sleeping, and this has provided some relief because the gel-infused top layer fits to your body and provides airflow to pull some heat away. I love that it’s helping both of us get a better night’s rest.

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