Oregon Backpacking & Food Adventures

Lengthy post alert! Many photos and tales from the trail lie ahead. Unfortunately I’ve experienced quite a few technical difficulties getting the photos to load to this post — oh the joys of being a blogger! Alas, it’s finally up! This trip has been the highlight of my summer and I already can’t wait to go…

Weightlifting for Women

As I mentioned in part one of this post series, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend “adults do muscle-strengthening activities that are moderate or high intensity and involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week”. Lifting weights is just one form of strength training–you can also satisfy strength training recommendations…

Why Everyone Needs to Do Strength Training

This is a long-overdue post and I am excited to finally share it with you! There is so much to say that I am dividing this up into two separate posts. First, this general introduction to the benefits of strength training and a second post to come including lots of wisdom from fitness professionals and…

Why Is Interval Training So Effective?

You’ve probably heard that when it comes to cardio, slow and steady is getting a run for its money (pun!). HIIT, an acronym for high-intensity interval training, is all the rage among recreational fitness enthusiasts. HIIT has been a staple in athletic training for years because it mimics the bursts of activity commonly performed in…

Incorporating Core Exercises Into Your Workout

If you loathe heading to the mat after a workout to bang out crunches, try incorporating core exercises throughout your workout. You can do this through supersets or compound exercises that work your core and other areas of the body at the same time. In addition to performing targeted abdominal exercises, focusing on engaging your core…

Super Woman Arm Workout

I named this workout after the many supersets it includes…enjoy the burn! Complete 3 rounds of each of these supersets: 15 EZ bar biceps curls 10 Dumbbell supination curls 10 Incline dumbbell curls 10 Narrow dumbbell curls 12 Dumbbell triceps kickbacks 12 Dumbbell triceps overhead extensions 10 Assisted triceps dips 10 Cable rope triceps pull-downs…

Kettlebell Leg Workout

Want an effective leg workout without stepping foot into the squat rack? This workout is relatively quick and quite effective–you’ll work your quads, hamstrings and gluteus muscle in just a few moves. Focus on slow, controlled movements and contracting your glutes in the squats and leg raises (feel the burn!). The goblet squat is a…

Upper Body Burnout Workout

Talk about arm pump! Not going to lie, the Velcro on my TuneBand popped off several times during this workout 😆 There is a reason this is called a “burnout” workout! By fatiguing the muscles to failure with supersets, you will be burning out your muscles (burn, baby, burn) by the last exercise–this is where the…

Booty Blast Workout

The best way to achieve a shapely behind is to build it out of muscle, and that takes hard work! Compound as well as glute isolation exercises (did you know there are actually 3 muscles that make up your booty?) in addition to plyometric blasts will help you feel the burn and build a booty! I…

Back & Chest Workout

I found a new workout split I absolutely love: chest and back! Which means I then do biceps and triceps together on another day which is also super fun–keep your eyes peeled for another upper body workout soon to come! There are SO many different chest and back exercises to mix and match and incorporate into…