Workout Wednesday: Seated Row tutorial

Hi There! Happy Workout Wednesday! Today I’d like to highlight an exercise that will help keep your back strong and healthy, as well as review how my workouts are going this week!  I’m really happy about the way this week has gone so far. I’ve been leading my first challenge group as a coach and am really enjoying my results from the 21 Day Fix! Because of our busy schedules, and eating g-free, we needed something to keep us on track, and so far, the workouts and shakeology have been amazing!!!!! I’ve lost over 1″ in my hips and 1″ in my waist. I can see my muscles, not bones, and the nutrition plan leaves me feeling energized… I’m officially no longer addicted to caffeine! I wanted to post “after” pics already, but Micah said, “Wait, the best is yet to come”. REALLY?!  Where was this when I was getting ready for my wedding and didn’t have time to plan my own workouts? I love this, and if you check out my 21 Day Fix page on the blog you can see the challenge pack for yourself. 🙂 This week has been really fun, and exciting, and for all you Northerners, don’t hate, but we had freezing rain, sleet, and ice the other day, so I got a day off! But, I will be working Saturday morning…

Today’s post is a part of my “Strength Training 101” series. Today we’re going to be talking about bent and seated rows. I’m using bands for the video, but please feel free to use weights. This is a back exercise that is great for all fitness levels, and strengthens your shoulders, and upper to mid back muscles.  Watch the video, and tell me your thoughts! What’s your favorite upper body strength training move? Comment below!

See you on Friday!

Julie

Tabata Turkey Blaster

Happy Thanksgiving!
With a full tummy and thankful heart, I write to tell you I successfully got in a workout on Black Friday, and you can too! I was at my parent’s house for Thanksgiving, and they don’t have a lot of room, but I brought my resistance bands, and I tell you, I was breaking a sweat!!! And I was breathing like I had just finished a round of sprints! I felt accomplished! But, the magic was I accomplished all this in 8 minutes! I used the Tabata format, and will probably use it for years to come! It works for me, and I can get on with my day. Here’s the Turkey blaster I did on Friday!
Exercise Tips
Bent Row: hinge at the hips without rounding the back. Keep your abs in tight as you pull the band toward your abdomen and exhale. Squeeze those shoulder blades.
Runner’s Toe Taps: Get into Runner’s Lunge Pose, hands on the floor. Keeping weight in the front foot, quickly tap back foot forward and back, bottom down.

Push-Ups: Whether modified or full, keep your abs in tight, work on  a controlled motion, quality over quantity.
Jumping Jacks: NO pidgeon toes, and keep your knees slightly bent at all times. You’ll need to tie the band tight enough to keep tension on it throughout the entire exercise.

Enjoy this workout, and tell me of your progress!