Upper Body Express Workout

This morning I did this really fast and fun workout at Burn Bootcamp! Shoutout to the Gilbert, AZ location! I have been wanting to try this place forever and I am thrilled!


This upper body workout is inspired by what I did this morning and will take you under 30 minutes to complete. The main set contains six exercises and each exercise is performed for 60 seconds. You will then perform the set again.


We have been enjoying our kids being on Fall break this week and have already done so many fun things together. Over the weekend we went to the Phoenix Zoo to see the new Dinosaurs in the Desert exhibit. This was fun but if you plan to go get your tickets ahead of time, either online or at the ticket window during general admission hours. With our zoo membership we entered the zoo early and didn’t know that you would need tickets to see the dinosaurs and ended up waiting in line for 30 minutes. It wasn’t a horrible wait and my kids now know the entire theme song to Jurassic Park but it would have been nice to not have to stand in line.

Yesterday we visited the pumpkin patch and watched Charlie Brown and the Great Pumpkin and today we hit up the pool. I love being able to spend more time with my kids in the morning and I am trying to soak in as much outdoor time as possible now that the weather is starting to cool off.


Mint Body Review + Two 30 Minute Workouts

I love reading reviews on different fitness studios and trainers and find it especially helpful when deciding if it would be worth my time and money to plan a visit. I have been trying to motivate myself to workout after giving birth to Jesse and one of my favorite ways to do this is to try new workouts! So you might be seeing more of these types of reviews on the blog. This review was not sponsored.


Mint Body is a small studio fitness facility that offers personal training and open gym memberships in a welcoming and friendly environment.  I had been following their Instagram page and discovered that they had recently started offering an open gym style membership, Mint Body Express. I drive by the Gilbert location all the time and was immediately intrigued.

Minty member express is an open gym style membership that includes their exclusive minty weekly workouts posted daily. This membership is perfect for people that want to come at their own pace, but still have access to the workouts that are created by the trainers. They have a wide range of equipment, bathroom (no shower), and storage area for your belongings.

With Josh’s work schedule and the kids starting preschool soon I knew that I would be able to get in at least a few workouts a week for the month. So I decided to sign up for a monthly contract knowing I would cancel within the month because of our schedule. What really sold me was the open gym concept, trainer supervision, and provided workouts. Plus being able to bring the kids if needed was an added bonus.


While Mint Body does not offer childcare they are a child friendly facility. This means that children are welcome but you are required to watch them as there is no dedicated childcare staff. I did bring all three of the kids with me twice and they loved it. I on the other hand not so much. It is hard to keep 3 kids aged 5 and under entertained and safe while trying to squeeze in a 30 minute workout. I will say that if you have an infant it would be the perfect environment for a mama with a newborn.


Each week there are 4 new workouts posted: Lower Body, Upper Body, Core, and HITT. I really loved the variety of the workouts! I also appreciated how often the trainers would check in and see if I had any questions and offer suggestions or modifications as needed. Thanks to trainers Adrian, Whitnee, and Mican!

And because it has been forever since I have actually posted a workout I have done on this blog, here are two that are inspired from my month at Mint Body! You will complete each superset of exercises 3 times before moving on to the next set. The workouts will take around 30 minutes to finish. They are short and sweaty!

Most of these exercises are very common but I had never heard of rainbow glutes. To perform this exercise start in a plank and with your right leg draw a rainbow with your heel, tap the toes on the floor and return to plank. Repeat 10 times on your right side before switching to the left leg.


This gym would be perfect for someone just starting out or returning to the gym looking for guidance in a friendly and non-intimidating environment. The trainers that I did meet were very friendly and I truly felt that they wanted their clients to succeed in their goals.

I paid $150 for a monthly membership. If I could have gone more frequently it would have been more  cost effective. At 12 workouts for the month it equaled out to $12.50 a visit.


Total Body Functional Workout

I think I am finally, hopefully, starting to get back to a somewhat normal exercise schedule. It was so hard for me to get started again after having Jesse. But just like anything else, sometimes you just need to be disciplined and make it happen.

I so enjoyed all the time I spent letting my body rest after having a new baby and I knew it was time to get back to my workouts. Now that I am three weeks in to exercising consistently I am actually looking forward to my workouts again.

I am focusing right now on rebuilding my strength and concentrating on reconnecting muscles (specifically in my core and pelvic floor) back together after having a baby.

This is a workout I put together that takes under an hour to complete. Each movement should be done slowly and with intention and not rushed.

Equipment Needed: Bands (found HERE and HERE)


Let me know if you try this out and what you think! This workout is challenging and some of the moves may surprise you in the level of difficulty. Have fun and get sweaty!