Hey guys! Happy Monday. I’ve gotta say I really missed writing my normal motivational Monday post last week! But I’m back to help you kick it into high gear again.
This past week the weather has been terrible. Literally raining non-stop! All I wanted to do was go for a nice long walk outside to stretch my legs, get some fresh air, and sunshine. But mother nature had other ideas. Being a ‘no excuses’ kind of gal I headed to the gym instead.
I’ve been following Jamie Eason’s Livefit Trainer and am currently in week 7. I’m halfway through the program and really love the results I’m starting to see. I’ve definitely put on muscle, but more than that I find my energy and strength have greatly increased. The workouts are tough, but I feel amazing afterwards. The benefits are definitely worth all the hard work!
On top of the weight training, Phase 2 also introduces some cardio. I’ve been including about 3 sessions of cardio a week, which is less than advised on the program, but plenty for me. I have to admit I’m not a huge cardio fan. I know it’s good for my heart and health, but I find it kind of boring.
But then I had an epiphany; it doesn’t need to be boring! To get my cardio groove back I decided to try a few new routines. I flipped through some old copies of Oxygen Magazine and came across an article by fitness model Alicia Marie. In this article she lists a few mini butt busting cardio workouts that are sure to light a fire under your feet. I picked out a few that sounded interesting and decided to give them a try next time I hit the gym.
On a particularly dreary day, I headed to Fitness First for my normal workout session. After I completed my weights, I tried one of the new routines, called ‘Run-Squat-Climb’ (detailed below). The combination of cardio and strength moves definitely kept me on my toes and wanting more!
Over the next few days I road tested some of the other routines and found them just as invigorating. Compared to my normal steady-state sessions, I noticed that the time flew by. These routines are perfect to help you break through a plateau, or just shake things up. Alicia Marie includes this type of training in her routine to burn fat and sculpt sexy legs. Well judging by her figure it definitely works!
Here are a few of Alicia’s top routines:
For a printable version of these workouts click here: Butt Blasting Cardio Routines
I’m all about practicing what I preach, so you bet I’ll be including these routines in my workout plan. The benefits I’ve felt and seen so far have been impressive, and I’m happily hooked back on cardio.
But don’t just take my word for it, I recommend you try them yourself. Be prepared to work hard, but also reap the amazing benefits of a healthy heart, and slender legs. Happy Training!