Fitness Friday: Switch It Up

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I lost all motivation this summer, but I’ve lit a fire under my ass to get back on track. A light bulb finally went off when I stumbled on @katyhearnfit’s Instagram and saw her before and after fitness photos. I thought a booty that big had to be natural, but her before photos proved otherwise. Much like mine, she once had a flat pancake butt and I realized that I too could have a big ol’ booty if I made a bigger effort. When I first started working out consistently last fall, it was to shed some extra weight and feel better, but I never really pushed myself. Now, I’d really like to get a lot more toned and become more consistent with my eating and workouts.

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[Cold Shoulder Hoodie, Tri-Me Perfect Leggings and We Mesh Adjustable V-Bra sports bra (available later September, similar sports bra) c/o Zumba Wear, tank c/o Athleta, shoes by Nike]
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Since I’ve got a Type A personality, I’ve outlined a new strategy to become more fit including:
Increase quantity and intensity. In the last month, I increased workouts from four days a week (which included two days of workout classes and two days of working out on my own) to six days a week includes four to five days of workout classes and only one day of working out on my own.) I struggle to push myself on my own and classes are a must for me.
Don’t get comfortable. It’s been easier for me to not push myself. I settled in at a comfortable pace on the treadmill, never increased the weight of free weights in class, but now I’m challenging myself to not take any shortcuts and increase weights and my speed.
Try new classes and gyms. I feel like I’m cheating on my main gym and favorite instructor when I do this, but it’s exciting to try something new and check out friend’s gyms and different classes! I’ve tried new cardio classes, Pure Barre and next week, I’m trying out a kickboxing class! I’ve also subbed in on kickball teams and I’d like to visit my mom more and go horseback riding with our horses!
Drink more water and take vitamins! I’ve set an alarm to remember to take my daily Vous Multivitamin otherwise I’ll just forget. It’s customized to fit my needs and so that paired with drinking enough water, I physically and mentally feel prepared to sweat my ass of in a workout class. Seems like it wouldn’t make a big difference but the days I just drink diet squirt are the days I feel the most cramps and the shittiest during a workout.
Take on the challenges. One of the new gyms, FLEXcity Fitness, I’ve been visiting this last month is running a month long challenge in September. It’s meant to complete with a partner to hold you more accountable and we’ll be measured before and after, so I can actually know what kind of results I’m getting! Plus there are prizes, even more extra motivation!

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The Vous Vitamins I referenced earlier (and a juice Kyle made for me.)

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Photos by Kyle Keberlein

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  • Nikki Williams
    August 29, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    ahhh lets be fitness buddies please! haha. this summer has been so hard to stay motivated. i love your tips to stay on track!!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

  • Maggie A
    August 30, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Please share where your sneakers are from? πŸ™‚

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    Maggie A
    LOVE MAVIN