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    Core,  Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30

    SF30 Day 29 — Jump Rope Workout (10 or 20 minutes)

    Today’s jump rope workouts are a great way to combat the boredom that sometimes accompanies repetitive cardio exercise. And it might just take you back to those carefree childhood days of summer.  Jumping rope has a lot of health benefits.  It elevates your heart rate to torch calories, improves coordination and balance, is easy to do, and is just plain fun.   On the flip side, continuous jumping can take its toll on your ankles, calves, and knees.  Be careful and ease into it, especially as a beginner or if you have existing injuries.  Here’s an introductory tutorial to get started.  I recommend starting with no more than 10 minutes if…

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    Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30

    SF30 Day 23— Burpee Challenge (16 minutes)

    It’s the exercise challenge everyone loves to hate … BURPEES!!!!  Burpees are brutal, which means they’re good for you provided you do them right.  Not only are burpees a total body strength exercise (working shoulders, chest, abs, quads, inner thighs, butt, and triceps), they’re also cardio.  I love the efficiency of burpees.  If I want to get in a quick workout and maximize my time, burpees are definitely in my routine.  But like our push-up challenge and squat challenge, it’s important to do them right and easy to do them wrong.  If done poorly, burpees can stress your lower back and shoulders.  To help you,

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    Exercises,  Full Body,  SF30

    SF30 Day 14 — Total Body Strength/HIIT with Weights (40 minutes)

    This week, we’re going to kick it up another notch, introducing longer and more advanced routines.   Today’s workout is a total body strength session using dumbbells.  If you avoid strength training because you get bored or don’t like doing repeated sets of the same exercise, then this workout is perfect you.  It does not repeat a single exercise.  Today’s video is from Penny Barnshaw, also known as Garage Fitness Girl.  Penny is an Australian fitness trainer and lifestyle coach with 20 years of experience helping her client achieve their fitness goals.  Penny uses both YouTube and Instagram to post her workouts, so you can pick which platform you prefer.  I…

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    SF30 Day 2 — Arms (10 minutes, no equipment)

    Okay readers, today is arms day!  For those who read my August blog post, Vacation-Friendly Upper Body Workouts (No Equipment), you know that it doesn’t take weights to work out your arms, shoulders, chest and back.  And you’re also not relegated to endless push-ups (though I certainly encourage you to master a solid push-up regime).   Here’s another great workout that you can do anywhere, anytime, no weights, and no push-ups.  And it will surprise you.  It hurts (in a good way), and it works.  Emily Mclaughlin is a relatively new online trainer for me.  She’s based in Berlin, Germany (though she sounds North American), and bills herself as a “content…

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    Arms,  Back,  Exercises,  Shoulders,  Upper Body

    Vacation-Friendly Upper Body Workouts (No Equipment)

    Nothing makes me feel stronger and more confident than looking down and seeing the little bump in my bicep from the (what feels like) 9000 bicep curls I’ve done over a lifetime.  I absolutely LOVE to strength train more than any other type of fitness.  But with vacation season upon us (for those who can travel), it’s not always possible to have weights on hand.  I’m sharing my top 5 upper body – no equipment – strength videos, all of which are effective and completely FREE.  These range from 5 minutes to 30 minutes, leaving you with no excuse for skipping arms day.  No need to lose those guns just…

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    Review: Daily Burn 20 Minute Total Body Strength

    When traveling at the end of last year, I was looking for an easy, no equipment workout program that I could do anywhere.  I came across Daily Burn 365, a program offering a new group fitness class every day with a variety of styles and instructors.  Since it was the year-end holiday season, Daily Burn made their daily classes equipment free, knowing that many people were traveling and wouldn’t have access to weights.  It was a quick and handy 30 minute workout that built up a decent sweat. In addition to Daily Burn 365, I noticed that Daily Burn had a series of other programs.  I was hesitant at first,…