Circuit Workout + Our Week Off From Homeschool

Happy first day of fall! We are still over 100 degrees here in Arizona but each new day is one more day closer to cooler temps. Last week we took off from homeschool and tried to spend a few mornings outside before the heat of the day took over. We made it to the lake one day for a swim and also to one of my favorite places in Arizona, Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

Other highlights of the past week included Maisie losing two teeth and Caden finished reading Prince Caspian with my mom and we watched the movie to celebrate. Overall it was just a nice change up in our schedule and yesterday we jumped right back into our homeschool curriculum. The kids loved the break and I am happy to report they had great attitudes yesterday when we picked up where we left off.

My friend Doug shared a workout on Facebook yesterday and I immediately decided that it would be my workout for the day. I met Doug when I worked at Life Time Fitness and he is an overall great person and a super knowledgeable personal trainer. I learned so much about personal training from him by watching how he worked with his clients and also being trained by him.

To this day I still have notebooks that have workouts designed by Doug from when I participated in his small group trainings. If you are in the East Valley and a Life Time Fitness Tempe member schedule a session with Doug, you won’t regret it.

This workout took me about 50 minutes and I was pretty sweaty. I absolutely loved the side lying get-ups. I had never done those before and will be adding these into my workouts periodically from now on. To perform side lying get-ups: lay on your right side with your right arm bent in a 90 degree angle. Your thumb will be rotated to point at the floor near your head. Press down with your elbow as you rotate your arm and thumb to get your palm face down in front of your stomach. Your right side will lift off the ground as you do this and then reverse the move to start position.

Again happy first day of fall! I hope you make at an awesome day!

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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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Cardio Interval Workout

Last week I completed my third week of a 6 week virtual challenge with This Time Fitness. Monday’s workout was cardio intervals and left me dripping in sweat and feeling so accomplished.

Here is the workout…

Most of these exercises don’t need any explanation. For the super squats perform a squat jump into a jumping lunge on each leg and back into a squat. It is a burner for sure. I was dripping with sweat at the end.

The first round you perform 40 seconds of super squats followed by 90 seconds of jumping rope. The next round perform 40 seconds of super squats, 40 seconds of pike pushups, and 90 seconds of jumping rope. You continue adding on an exercise each round.

I am loving all these workouts from Kindal and Dan. If you are interested in their live streaming classes you can reach out to her at [email protected]

This upcoming week I am doing something new to me and taking two virtual cooking classes online! I am so excited!

It is also our last week of virtual schooling for our oldest. What a crazy and sad end to the school year. I have so many feelings about it. When I think I am doing ok a new wave of emotions hit and it is the silliest things that make my have all the feelings. Our three littles got to pick up all their preschool end of the year books and packets and seeing all the teachers was just…I don’t even have a word for it. We love our preschool so much.

Our 3 year olds had made little pom pom chicks at our last class and they had them in their bags. Those silly little yellow pom poms made me cry. The boys were so happy to see the chicks they had made and I just lost it. Our family has been so blessed by all the teachers at our preschool who have loved on all our babies. Jesse kept saying “My baby chicky” over and over again and hugging it.

I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. Thanks for reading! Have a great rest of your day :).

xo, Tamara

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