TRX Leg Day Workout

I did this workout several weeks ago and I couldn’t walk without feeling it for several days after. It was a doozy, but in a good way. I for sure want to go back and do this again at some point and see if my endurance and recovery has improved.

This workout was adapted from a Fit Women’s Weekly Live workout. Josh had just hung our TRX up in the garage and it had been forever since I had last used my TRX. So I figured I would use the TRX in the workout.

Here is what it looked like:

You do 3 different sets of exercises. Each set you do on the right and left side as indicated. That is one round. Then you repeat that two more times with both right and left side.

I really enjoyed this workout. If you don’t have a TRX you can still do this. I think most of the exercises are fairly common except for maybe the first set. Tictocks: lunge going forward followed by immediately stepping that same leg back into a lunge. Split hops: start in a lunge hop up and land in the lunge on the same side. Don’t switch your legs.

I know so many of my friends are starting remote learning this week with their kids. If that is you I hope this week goes so well for you! I am praying that you have a great start to your school year no matter how that is looking for your family.

I am off to get ready for our third week of homeschool. I will try to do a detailed post soon on this topic. Until I get that written just know it is going really well. Thanks for dropping by the blog and reading.

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We Are HOMESCHOOLING!

Well today is the day! This week our kids would have been going back to school and today we are starting our first day of homeschool. What is really crazy is that Josh and I started talking about this being a possible option for our family in March. It is mind blowing that we are here at this point in Arizona. But here we are, homeschool affidavit submitted, and we are ready to make the best of this situation.

Let me first start by saying we love our schools. We are sadden that this is happening. But if our schools were open at this point we wouldn’t be sending them for in person learning because of how rampant COVID is in our community. Also we wouldn’t send them because Josh’s job brings him in contact with COVID positive patients and there is also COVID positive firefighters on the department. We could not in good faith send our kids to school in person with the potential that they could be asymptomatic carriers.

We are so thankful that there are school options available to families. Every family situation is different. For us, with the ages of our kids, we just really weren’t sure how I could effectively monitor two kids on computers as well as our little boys for 5-6 hours each day. And all these factors plus others had us more and more leaning towards homeschooling.

In May I started looking at so many different curriculum programs. So many. And there were multiple options that we liked. In the end we opted to stick close to what our school district uses. We felt this would be best if we wanted to transition back to in person learning in 2021.

So fast forward to June when I still thought we “might” homeschool I went to our schools website and printed off every weekly newsletter, spelling list, and reading list I could find for kindergarten and 2nd grade. This gave me a great outline for our year and also a benchmark for what our kids would have been learning each week in their school.

The end of June we buckled down and finally decided this is what we were going to do. I ordered all our curriculum and waited for it to arrive. Not going to lie when the boxes started showing up my first thought was “What the heck am I doing?”. The picture below is just a fraction of what arrived in our boxes.

If you are curious to know what curriculum we are using here it is. We are using the Journey’s series for reading comprehension/grammar, Spalding for phonics, Saxon Math (this was the biggest expense), Sonlight Science Kit A, and The Story of The World for geography/history for our main curriculum.

Our children’s elementary school uses Core Knowledge. The Core Knowledge Sequence is a detailed outline of recommended content knowledge and skills to be taught in language arts, history and geography, visual arts, music, mathematics, and science from preschool through grade eight. I purchased these books in the corresponding grades of my kids to help me stay close to what the curriculum is at the school.

Thankfully I have found many resources online that will go with our homeschool curriculum. If you are looking to supplement remote learning or leaning the homeschool route be sure to check out teacherspayteachers.com.

In addition to these we are also going to be using Long Story Short and New City Catechism to start our day. We have done the companion book to Long Story Short, Old Story New and highly recommend it. They are great 10 minute devotionals with scripture reading and questions.

We are going to doing lots of read aloud books too! I have a list that continues to grow by the week. Not sure how many we will get through but we have lots of options. I have purchased all our read aloud book used through AbeBooks.

For our 3 year olds I purchased the Horizons curriculum package. We love our preschool so much and are hopeful the boys will be able to attend maybe later next year.

The plan as of right now is to do geography/history/bible all together in the morning after breakfast. Then I will work with the kids individually on their math and english. After lunch while the three year olds are napping we will do the extra math page from Saxon, science, and any other worksheet we didn’t finish in the morning.

Obviously none of this is set in stone and my lesson plans are only written out for the first week, because I might need to change this up a few times before we figure out a good routine and system. I am super excited but also nervous. I know that I am so fortune to be able to stay home with my kids and homeschool them.

Whatever situation you are finding yourself in with school options this year just remember that you know your child(ren) best. You know what is the best choice for your family. Obviously some communities won’t have an option when it comes to remote learning. But we all have the choice to make the best of whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. Just know you aren’t alone and our attitude greatly sets the tone for our households. You got this mama’s. This year won’t be easy but we can do it.

Know I am rooting for you all! Take a deep breath mama’s, keep your heads high, and look for the good each day :).

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Fit Women’s Weekly Live Review

I am not getting paid to promote this, I am paying for my own membership. I just really like these workouts and want to share them. I am also hoping some of my friends sign up so we can workout together online.

Today I am excited to share the streaming gym I have been using over the last several months! Welcome to my virtual gym Fit Women’s Weekly Live. And yes that is my computer on my sofa. It is currently reaching 115 degrees here in the afternoon so working out in the garage isn’t an option right now.

That is Kindal on my computer screen leading a workout in her gym. Kindal and her husband Dan own and operate a women’s fitness studio in Charleston, South Carolina, called This Time Fitness. When COVID hit they took their gym and clients online and offered their workouts over Facebook. I have followed Kindal off and on over the years from her fitness blog and podcast.

I am always interested in how other trainers train so when she began offering the workouts for free I jumped on the chance to try them out. I loved them so much that when they created a membership option I signed up.

I started doing these workouts in April and then signed up for the six week challenge. It was fantastic! It motivated me so much. Plus it was so good for me mentally to take an hour out of my day to focus on my overall health. It also helped me stop stress eating all the chocolate in our house, lol.

Here is my picture from April and July. I have lost 5 pounds and overall endurance has improved so much. Also I feel super weird taking these pictures now and posting them online, hahahaha, the difference between 36 years old Tam and 28 year old Tam.

I love the live workouts when I can catch them. And if I can’t, I don’t have to worry about missing them because I can do them later. There are always 30 days of previous workouts to stream so you won’t be without tons of options.

I love the accountability of my online gym! I can communicate in real time if I am doing the workouts live but if not I generally get a response back within a few hours. Below is a picture of a sweaty selfie that I uploaded after a workout. You totally don’t have to do this, I just know that as a trainer I always get happy to see my clients working hard and sweating, so I like to share the love with Dan and Kindal.

The FWWL Schedule & What You Need

Here is what the week looks like. I am going to post the live streaming in Arizona time :).

  • Mondays 7am or 1pm – Intervals
  • Tuesdays 7am or 2:30pm -Weights
  • Wednesdays 7am or 1pm – Legs
  • Thursdays 7am or 2:30pm – Arms
  • Fridays 6am or 1pm – Kettlebells
  • Sundays 10am – Stretch

Equipment needed is super minimal. Which is good because there is a shortage on dumbbells, kettlebells, and anything else fitness related at the moment. As long as you have a set of dumbbells or a kettlebell you will be good to go. If you also have a jumprope and bands that is great too but not to worry if you don’t.

The cost of a monthly membership is $57. This includes 2 live workouts each day Monday – Friday plus a Sunday stretch and 30 days worth of previously recorded workouts. You can also upload video of yourself performing exercises to have your form evaluated.

The workouts are so much fun. It is something different every single time. Both Dan and Kindal are great. You will get a great workout with either trainer but they have different training styles and intensity levels. Kindal typically does the morning class and Dan the afternoon. Every single workout I have done has pushed me and challenged me.

The workouts last around 50 minutes. This was such a change from what I had been doing. I had been maybe working out 30 minutes around 2-3 times a week. Now I have been consistently doing hourlong workouts 5 days a week.

There is also the community aspect which I love. If you do the workouts live you can talk with other members during the rest breaks via Facebook. You might even make a new friend or two :). Sam B. if you are reading this I hope you are having a great day!

Want To Do The 8 Week Summer Shred With Me?

The next challenge is starting on Monday. I am so excited! If you are on the fence about these workouts keep reading for a free 3 day trial offer below. The Summer Shred is an 8 week challenge that starts on July 20th.

Everyone gets a t-shirt, winner gets a prize package, and the 8 week challenge ends with a virtual field day. There is also going to be tracking page so you can see your progress throughout the 8 weeks.

If you sign up for a monthly membership, $57, you can add the cost of the challenge on for $35. For the entire 8 weeks the total cost is $149. That includes two months of access to Fit Women’s Weekly Live plus the cost of the challenge.

To read more about the Summer Shred and to view payment options click HERE.

**FREE 3 DAY TRIAL TO FWW Live**
If you want to try the workouts, check out the online community and decide if it’s something you want to be a part of here is what you can do:

1️⃣ Go to: www.facebook.com/groups/fwwlive
2️⃣ Ask to join, and she will approve you. 

It’s that easy. Your 3 days start and that’s plenty of time to see why I have been loving these home workouts so much! Jump on this soon because I am not sure how long Kindal will be offering a FREE 3 day trial, plus you still have time to join the 8 week challenge if you enjoy the workouts.

There are also 30 days worth of previously recording workouts you can stream in addition to live workouts that happen twice a day, 5 days a week!

I would love to see you in there working out with me!

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