Fab Abs and Legs Circuit

La, I’m falling behind on posting my workouts as part of the 6-week shred! Today I plan to play catch-up so here’s the most recent one I did just yesterday while the creepy old guy sat and stared the ENTIRE time while questionably stretching with a flex band. Clearly this workout brings all the boys to the yard, if the boys are 65+ year-old men.

Start with a steady-state 5 minute warm-up on the treadmill, elliptical, stairmaster or your machine of choice. Then get ready to engage your core and bust your little bubble butt into shape.

You’ll need a kettle-bell, two elevated steps, or boxes, or benches of the same height, and a stability ball.

Fab-Ab and Booty Circuit

  • Start off with deep squats with the kettle-bell. Standing on the elevated boxes, squat while lowering the kettle-bell and your butt to knee-level/ a seated position. – 15 reps
  • Move to the stability ball and perform 12 walk-out push-ups on the ball, meaning you start with the ball below your belly and crawl forward until only your toes are on the ball, holding your core tight. You should basically be holding a plank position with your toes on the ball. Do 1 push-up and walk yourself back until your belly is on the ball. Try not to use your feet to propel you forward into the walk-out after each rep. Repeat 12 times
  • No rests in-between, hop on over to the kettle-bell and perform 15 kettle-bell swing squats!

Rest for 60 seconds and repeat the circuit 3 more times for a total of 4 sets or up to 6 times if you’re feeling up to the challenge. The focus for all of these moves is to hold your core and ab muscles tightly.

Do I have abs yet?Don’t forget to checkout the gym rat workouts page for more workout and exercise ideas or to get started on the 6-week shred!

Quick Treadmill Cardio Circuit + Sexy Shoulders & Arms

Hello honey badgers! By now you’ve completed a full week of the 6-week shred, or maybe you haven’t. But nonetheless…it continues!

Honestly, I’ve been sleeping better because I typically complete my workouts late at night. Left entirely drained, I barely have the energy to shower. Literally, I just lie down in the tub and let the shower water rinse me off and then towel roll from the bathroom to my bed. That gives me a great idea for those trending nighttime routine videos

I did this circuit on a Monday, so obviously I wasn’t in the mood for any of that twirl your leg over your head and hop up and down frivolous circuit bull$#1t. I got on the treadmill and set the speed intervals to a jog speed and a sprint speed and we’re off! I slogged through 35 seconds at a speed of 5.6 (mph?) then punched the sprint speed, 10.2 (mph) for a side-stabbing 20 seconds that left me wheezing.

Note the jog and sprint speeds vary depending on your personal preference but the sprint should be your max, a full out sprint at a challenging speed that leaves you winded. The jog should be a brief recovery. You can even walk if you aren’t ready for a light yog!
Anywho, I continued this tortuous routine for a full 12 terrible reps, approximately 15 minutes because I don’t count the ramping up seconds or the slowing down seconds as part of my sprint or jog. This about sums up how I really feel about cardio:

no cardio fat amy

But once the soul-stripping circuit was over with, I moved on to hammer out an awesome arm and shoulder workout. These pipes are about to burst with amazing muscle tone. Sexy shoulders are seriously under-appreciated until you see some of that deltoid definition peeking out at you from under your own cut off sleeve.

Superset 1

Overhead DB Press 10 reps

DB Hammer Curls 10 reps

DB Bicep Curls 10 reps

Repeat 3X

Superset 2

Triplate Raises – (Front, Lateral and Bent-Over Lateral)

Front Raises – Grag 5 lb dumbbells or plates and raise them straight armed out in front of you to shoulder level – 15 reps

Lateral Raises – Repeat the previous move with your arms straight out to the sides, perpindicular to your body – 15 reps

Bent-Over Lateral Raises – Bend your knees about 45 degrees and lean forward while keeping your back straight, raise the weight out to the sides focusing on bringing your shoulder blades together (not actually, but as if that were your intention). Hold at the top for 1 second – 15 reps

Repeat 3X

Stretch it out! You’re done for the day. Go lay in the tub while the shower head sprinkles you off.

Blast Abs Fast – 14 Minute Ab Circuit

After a nice rest day, hopefully you’re feeling refreshed and ready to rock out another core workout! I was actually pretty exhausted, as I geared up for this workout on a Sunday Funday. I may have been a tiny bit fatigued from some late night festivities on Saturday. Oops.

However, my throbbing headache subsided long enough to bust out this brief workout by Zuzka Light, even when an elderly man in jeans decided to stretch out less than a foot away from me and my circuit setup.

Have you ever had to deal with inconsiderate gym members? How did you handle the situation?

Blast Back Fat – Circuit Workout

Day 4 of the 6-week shred. Every muscle aches, but it hurts so good. Back to the grind with this back circuit workout. Today, we’re bringing sexy backs back. I’ll be honest, even my brain muscles are feeling a bit burnt out so I’ll skip the fluff and get straight to the good stuff.

This is a superset circuit, meaning you perform the designated exercises back to back with no rest and then take a break before repeating the exercise cycle several times. Here’s Ryan Gosling cheering you through your workout:

ryan gosling workout meme

Warm-up

1 minute jump-rope

1 minute high knees

(No rest in-between the jump-rope and high knees exercise) This warm-up is technically a superset

Rest 30 seconds

Repeat 5 times

Round 1 Superset

8-10 Pull-ups (assisted if necessary)

10-12 Bent over Barbell Rows

1 minute rest

Repeat 3-4 times

Round 2 Superset

10-12 Lat Pulldowns

10-12 Reverse Pec Deck Fly

1 minute rest

Repeat 3-4 times

Round 3 Superset

12-15 Hyperextensions

12-15 Lat Pushdown

1 minute rest

Repeat 3-4 times

Round 4 Superset

12-15 Face-pulls

10-12 T-bar Rows Shirt optional* (Considering all the demo videos and pictures I found, you would think it’s a requirement to not wear a shirt while performing a t-bar row, but you do you.)

1 minute rest

Repeat 3-4 times

aaaand BOOM, you’re done! Make sure to stretch out to reduce soreness. Then bask in your beautiful back glow.

Goku- Back

Yoga To Slow Your Roll

Alright 6-week shredders, if you pushed yourself to the max with the first two workouts, you should be in a bit of pain. It’s time to re-center with a yoga workout!

namaste yoga meme

Personally, I’ve tried yoga a couple times and it’s just not my jam. A bunch of hoopla about getting hippie-dipper with the earth mother, right? Wrong! Recently I read this article by Eric Stevens and realized he has an awesome point. I don’t like yoga because it brings out an underdeveloped side of me and I’m naive to dismiss it. I have terrible focus, and flit from one thing to the next with the attention span as long as the flap of a hummingbird’s tiny yet majestic wing. 

 

 Yoga forces you to be in the present and be aware of your body, your breathing and your thoughts. If you are an advanced yogi you may be reading this and thinking “no $h1t, Sherlock” but I rarely paid attention long enough in a yoga class to come to this conclusion myself until I heard it from someone who was a little more like-minded. Ah, my stubbornness is surely my weakness.

If you’re a beginner like me and are intimidated at the thought of being mocked by “non-judgmental” yogi’s, this video is a great way to get started at home.

If you are still ready to shred after the first two days and want something that will make you sweat, try a hot yoga class. Although hot yoga feels more intense, you probably aren’t burning as many calories as you think are melting right off you in that crazy warm room with a bunch of sweaty strangers while you strike compromising poses. Not to knock the style, but it’s important to be mindful of potential ploys from people who claim to be fitness experts. (But don’t take it from me. I’m not the expert!)

Full Body Circuit – Modified from Men’s Health

So you decided to return after Zuzka’s cardio crazy workout yesterday? You’re either a kindred gym rat or you ran out of cheese balls and are looking for something else to do with your spare time.

You’re in the right place! Welcome to the Day 2 workout of my 6-week shred. Today’s workout is inspired by this Men’s Health fat-blasting workout and it is guaranteed to wear you out!

Warm up like Doge demonstrates below. Jk, but make sure you stretch out any sore muscles to avoid unpleasant crampage later. The DOMS will have you feeling some type of way.

doge on trampoline

Warm up with 3 minutes of jump rope holding your core tight. Activate those abs!

Round One:
> Burpees
> Mountain Climbers
> Pushups
>Rest 1 minute

*Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with 10-15 seconds rest in-between*

Round Two:

>Jump rope for 1 minute
> Walking Lunges with Kettlebell exchange underneath leg
> Lunge Jumps
> Plank to Pushup
>Rest 1 minute

*Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with 10-15 seconds rest in-between*

Round Three:

>Jump rope for 1 minute
> Kettlebell Swing Squats
> TRX Pullups
> Box Jumps
> TRX Jack Knives
>Rest 1 minute

*Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with 10-15 seconds rest in-between*

Time for the Final Four(th) Round! Hang in there, you’re almost done:

> Jump rope for 1 minute
> Side Lunges with dumbbell or kettle bell bell (check this retro tutorial, how bout them spandies?!)
> Tricep Dips
> Donkey kicks (30 seconds each leg)
*Perform each exercise for 30 seconds with 10-15 seconds rest in-between*

If you did the workout at full intensity you should be feeling this meme afterwards.

arnold Schwarzenegger after intense workout

If not… you can’t bench with us. NO, I’m just playing. But you know your body. You know when you to push your body and when your body is failing you so listen to your quivering tired muscles in combination with that beast mode mentality. Don’t cheat yourself out of trying your hardest. The only way to change your body is by challenging it. Push your limits.

Sweat It Out – Fat-Blasting Cardio Sesh for a Bikini Body

Ready to break a sweat with the very first workout of the day? Let’s start the 6-week shred right!

Thanks to Zuzka, you can blast fat while learning a wicked cool Czechoslovakian accent. If you didn’t feel like working out before, you will after you watch Zuzka busting her toned tush. Don’t have a gym membership? That’s not an excuse when you workout with Zuzka! Her workouts are designed with constricted space and limited time in mind so they can be performed at home with minimal equipment.

I warmed up with 3 minutes of jumping rope before jumping into Zuzka’s fat-blasting .

Seeing as I usually spend over an hour in the gym, I decided to pair this fat-blasting cardio workout with a few additional arm exercises as listed below:

-Tricep dips

-Dumbbell curls

-Hammer curls

-Tricep pushdowns

And a brief cool down on the treadmill.