Movie Workout: The Greatest Showman

Josh and I watched The Greatest Showman several months ago for the first time and it quickly became a family favorite. It also became the new soundtrack for our family dance parties that happen daily. This movie just makes me happy when I watch it. The dancing, the singing, and costumes are all amazing.

Our oldest is dressing up as PT Barnum for Halloween this year and I am in the process of sewing his coat. Wish me luck.

This soundtrack has been on repeat in our house for the last few months. I have shared only one other movie workout on the blog it was for Frozen. So it has been awhile since anything like this has been posted.

You can do the workout while you are watching the movie or you can do it listening to the soundtrack. The soundtrack version of this workout is tough because there is no rest and you are working for 39 minutes straight. For the entire duration of each song you will either rotate between two exercises or do a single exercise.

Disclaimer: Not all exercises are suitable for everyone and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. To reduce this risk of injury, please consult your doctor before beginning this, or any other, physical fitness program. Any user of this workout assumes the full risk of injury resulting from performing the routine presented.

You will need a set of heavy weights for the deadlights, squats, and rows, medium weight for biceps curls, presses, and lunges, and light weights for triceps kickbacks. You will also need a stability ball for the pikes and hamstring curls.

For the entire duration of each song you will either rotate between two exercises or do a single exercise the entire song. For example on The Greatest Show you will perform 5 plank walkouts followed by 10 alternating lunges and repeat until the song is finished. Challenge yourself with those burpees on The Other Side and see if you can hold the plank for the entire duration on A Million Dreams (Reprise).

Please feel free to modify as needed. Take your pushups to the wall and sub out any core exercise that works best for your body and where you are today. If jumping is not your thing skip the burpees and just sit down and get up and down the floor to your feet. You will still be sweating after 3 minutes of doing that, trust me.

Enjoy and have fun singing and sweating while you are working hard :).

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High Reps/Low Weight Workout

Since completing the 12 week MUTU program at the beginning of June I have been lifting weights at home. For the last 4 weeks I’ve been exercising Monday-Thursday from anywhere between 30-60 minutes.

I am not following a lifting program currently but instead doing workouts that I find fun and challenging. And challenging to me today looks much different from a few years ago. I used to push myself hard, especially when teaching group fitness, but have learned I don’t need to do that to get a good workout. Ahhh, the wisdom that comes with age. I recently did a high reps/low weight workout and thought it would be fun to share on the blog.

BENEFITS OF HIGH REPS/LOW WEIGHT WORKOUTS

For high reps/low weight workouts you need to pick a weight that you can lift 15 times with good form. These workouts are a great way to build muscular endurance because your muscles will be constantly working without becoming fatigued. If you swim, run, or cycle this type of training would be great to incorporate into your lifting plan especially on days when you need a break from heavier lifting. You will however gain more lean body mass by lifting heavier weights more frequently so keep that in mind.

I find high reps/low weight workouts really fun because it changes things up, move at a quicker pace, and by the end I am usually a sweaty mess.

THE WORKOUT

I used 5 lb. and 8 lb. dumbbells for this workout. Be sure to adjust your weights accordingly. While this workout was not specifically programmed for postpartum or prenatal fitness it would make an excellent option for those of you who fall into these categories.

There are 3 different segments to the workout. Each segment is repeated 3 times before moving on. Be sure to maintain proper from and alignment. For the alternating lunge with squats you will step out into a lateral lunge return to starting position and squat and then perform a lateral lunge on the other leg. That is 1 rep. You may also add weight to this exercise as well as to the pile squats.

Enjoy!

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30 Minute Treadmill & Upper Body Workout

Last week I programmed this 30 minute workout for my personal training clients. We finished up the session with some mobility work and foam rolling. You could also repeat this if you are wanting a 60 minute workout. I rarely, if ever, anymore workout for 60 minutes ;). But the option is there if you want it.

When you get to the upper body section you will do the first and second exercise listed and then repeat both before moving on. Thanks for reading! And I always love to know what you think if you try a workout from this blog.

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