Wednesday, July 3, 2013

We all need a little motivation from time to time - motivation to work smarter, motivation to exercise harder, motivation to eat healthier, motivation to live a better life in general.  When it comes to working out, I pull motivation from every available medium, including blogs, magazines, the internet, instagram, friends, random strangers on the street, and of course, my handsome fiance.  There is no such thing as over-motivation. 

One of my favorite sources of inspiration for fitness is Pinterest.  I have found everything from complete workout plans to squat challenges to motivational pictures and quotes on Pinterest, including this gem (which was originally pinned from the amazing Tumblr blog Reasons To Be Fit).

Another daily source of inspiration for me, this lady. 

Check out those guns!

She wakes up every weekday morning at 5:00 am to work out or run with me, and unlike mine, her schedule does not require it.  She does it simply because she wants to workout to remain healthy and fit and to allow us to spend time together.  Anytime I feel like pulling the covers back over my head and saying "to hell with it", I remember that she is getting up to meet me and it never fails to motivate me to pull my lazy tail out of bed.

She killed it today. 
Point of this little story - soak up motivation from every available source!

My workout today: 

1.  Warm up 

2.  Ab Circuit:  1 set
      - Ab wheel x 20
      - Leg raise with hip lift x 20 
      - Reverse modified hyper-extension x 20
      - Side bends 50 lbs x 20 per side

Ab Wheel

Leg Raise with Hip Lift

Reverse Modified Hyper-extension

Side Bends

3.  Bench Press
      - Warm up:  Bar x 5
      - 1st set:  70 lbs x 5
      - 2nd set: 80 lbs x 3
      - 3rd set:  90 lbs x 1
      - 4th set:  100 lbs x 1
      - 5th set: 105 lbs x 1
      - 6th set:  110 lbs x 1 (PR!  New 1 Rep Max)

Bench Press - Broke 100!

4.  Circuit:  3 sets, less than a minute rest between sets
      - Single arm rows 25 lbs x 15
      - Curls 45 lbs x 15
      - Resistance band push downs x 15

Single Arm Rows


Resistance Band Push Downs


  1. Hey there - I just found your blog and love it! I love to workout (lift, NOT cardio!) and your recipes look fantastic. This looks like a good workout - I'm going to give it a shot at the gym today! thanks!

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