Thursday, January 30, 2014

What I Did: Hungry for some Heart Pounding?

I was shocked at this workout and the fact that my heart rate got up as high as it did (oops...should watch that!). I was a bit confused at first, you do them in the order they are numbered and that number is also the reps. So just one? Just two? Really? Well it adds up and though it's not a puker it's definitely one that if you take minimal breaks and push into the next level up  you'll get a good sweat on :)

Warm up: New dance warm up :) Did it 2ce, first time to learn, second time to dig it...
Workout: I did level 2 at 5 sets with 30-40 seconds rest in between sets.
courtesy of
Total Time: with warm up 8min + 21 min workout + 5 min cooldown stretches (yep I did them today) that was 34 minute workout
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: had that fan in my face, it was getting hot without it I probably would have been super sweaty
Burn'o'Metre: nothing burned a LOT maybe those leg raises if I did them a bit slower but it was more a cardio burn for me (surprisingly! I thought it'd be more muscular. Maybe I'll try level 3 next time!)
started wearing my hubbies t-shirts now that I'm past
6 months preggers. Things are getting a bit "toight" hehe

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

What I Did: Squeeze & Push It

Today I did some of those Tiffany Rothe pregnancy videos. I was shocked...for some reason I was sweating a whole lot more than usual (maybe cause it was in my bedroom with less air flowage?) but none the less I am always surprised how these fairly light looking videos burn my body!

Warm up: Just did this video 1ce through
Workout: I did this one 2ce through
Total Time: approx 30 minutes
HR: oops forgot to take
Sweat'o'Metre: yikes dripping down my temples and those arms were getting quite slippery!
Burn'o'Metre: oh gosh the tip toe squat pulses with the outward knee pushes friggin burn! That's where I had to "push it" and don't forget to squeeze that butt. Felt it there too!
No I am not gonna post a photo of my butt for proof haha ya right.
too bad you can't see the sweat but yeah it's there...bad lighting

Monday, January 27, 2014

What I Did: Flash (the superhero not the dance)

If my photo today looks a little sluggish it's because I felt that way. Totally had to drag myself away from the last 5 minutes of some Korean drama (hehe) which says a lot so I would just do it. SO here's what I did,

Warm up: Used the first couple sets of round 1 to warm up

Workout: I am not exactly sure if I did it right but I did each Round 5 times through then moved onto the next one with about 1 min rest in between each round. I rested maybe 10 or 15 seconds between some sets. For those starting (or pregnant) listen to your body but don't be afraid to push yourself (unless doctors orders etc etc).

Image and workout from 
Total Time: 29:15 with a few minutes of stretches at the end (approx 33-34 min total)
HR: 150 consistent throughout
Sweat'o'Metre: Yep, it's sweaty if you don't take a lot of breaks
Burn'o'Metre: same goes for the burn, the fewer/shorter the breaks the better the burn!

Friday, January 24, 2014

What I did: Total Gym and other random stuff

I realized by skipping my workout last night I won't be able to get 3 in this week booooo!!!! I forgot I'm out all day tomorrow. Shame. Oh well at least I have 2 physical activity dots as well as 2 workouts. Whatev's I'm preggers right? haha!

Warm up: Refitrev's Good Morning by Mandisa cardio dance about 3 minutes

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 reps with an exercise to break it up
Seated cable row & Kneeling lat pull using a band with 30 second plank
Overhead pull over & High row with 20 squats holding a 10lb weight
Skull crushers & Kneeling tricep kick backs with 1 Legged T deadlifts
Surfers with 30 Lunges
30 Sec side plank & Calf raises with 30 Jumping jacks

Cool Down: Refitrev's This Little Light of Mine by Addison something-or-other

Total Time: 34 min 42 seconds (workout was 28:42)
HR: 150-170ish
Sweat'o'Metre: Got some sticky bangs again and will def need a shower
Burn'o'Metre: hmm kinda not really but yes. Super clear huh?

Monday, January 20, 2014

What I Did: Act Like a Stereotypical Pregnant Woman...then workout.

I think I've done above average for the typical pregnant women. I haven't seen my pregnancy as an excuse to eat for two, and to eat the worst of all junk foods. Mind you have I have been super health nut either and have allowed myself the extra calories here and there. However today was super lazy, super loaded with sugar and fat and carbs (the bad kind)...then I convinced my husband/he convinced me/we dragged each other to the living room to do a workout together (since we've both put on some preggo pounds lately oops!). Here's what we did;
Warm up: this workout was light enough to start with that the first set or two can be counted as warm up
Workout: Yay daily burn from Neila Rey...we did 10 SETS! WOO 100 REPS TOTAL OF EVERYTHING!
Total Time: I finished in 20:57 with no rest breaks between sets
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: it was getting sweaty with no fan but even though it was starting to get challenging by the end it wasn't super sweaty for a super awesome workout!
Burn'o'Metre: it never got unbearable but it was good to push without breaks and to go for speed!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What I Did: Shoulders, Pipes & Core

Still feeling sore from that squatter workout, wowzahs! I took it easy with the impact and kept it light with some upper body and core work.
No warm up...

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 (15-20 for each core exercise)
Pike push ups & Chest flyes with 10 elevated single leg bridges each side
Chest press & Anterior shoulder raises with 15 ball roll outs
Lateral Shoulder raise & Rear deltoid flyes with 15 plank climbs
Seated bicep curl & (6) laying bicep curls for burnout with 15 side planks each side

Total Time: 21:44
HR: 140
Sweat'o'Metre: not really, kept it low
Burn'o'Metre: a pretty good burn for each muscle group due to the double pairing 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

What I Did: Squat's R US

Tonight is date night and to be honest I really just wanted pizza, wings, pop and a good movie with my hubby. He x-nay'd the pop for sugar (good for him eh?) so I'm drinking milk and then when we got home from picking up the above said food items and a movie he decided while it was cooking we should work out. Normally after 5pm I'm like nah I'll just get some comfy pants on and veg but he was pretty motivating (and rarely likes working out together) so what better way to bond on date night then by sweating it out together (hehe)? And I am not one to turn down bonding time with my man. SO here's what we did, no warm up just stretching out afterwards since we're like...old and stuff and tomorrow neither of us will be able to walk.

Workout: I did level I at 3 sets (and only 40 squats for each squat set), he did I.5 at 4 sets
Total Time:16:45 for 3 sets
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: I don't think my body knew what was happening, had I gone 5 more minutes I'm sure I would have gotten really sweaty (though still got icky enough to take a shower after)
Burn'o'Metre: uh lower body burn do I even need to mention it? gosh. Feels awesome though :)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

What I Did: Daily Burn by Neila Rey

I've lovin' these visual workouts! It did make me think that eventually I'm going to have to use my own brain (and education) to create my own workouts again instead of mooching off other people. Oh well for now I'm pregnant and could care less as long as I'm doing something and today's something is awesome :) This one is aptly called daily burn you could EASILY squeeze in a level I (3 sets) of this into any day! I bet it'd take about 10-15 min max and targets almost every part! Nicely named and designed Neila Rey!

Warm up: Katy Perry's Roar by Refitrev :)

Workout: Today I'm doing level 2 at 4 sets with 1 min of rest between sets! Feeling good ;)
Cool Down: this video. Love this song, it's so sweet and encouraging!

Total Time: 4 min warm up + 15:45 min workout + 3:30 min cool down = 23:15min! 
HR: 140-150
Sweat'o'Metre: though this workout is short if you give 'er you'll be sweating!
Burn'o'Metre: Felt this one through the core and shoulders for sho!

Monday, January 13, 2014

What I Did: Body Sculpt with some Light CV and Peanut Butter

Had a busy day today and didn't get to my workout until 5:45pm today which normally means I won't do it...however I was determined so I did 2 preggo videos (one of them through 2ce) to count as some sort of exercise!

Warm up: I count the first video as warm up and workout cause well it warmed me up and freakin killed by the end of 10 minutes!

Workout: Here are the 2 videos 
This first video KILLS my shoulders. Like I'm giving up way faster than I think I should be (with 2.2lbs in each hand only!!!)
My heart rate wasn't up high nor was I sweating much with the first one so I thought I'd add a little pump to the end of my workout with this more cardio and lower body based video.

Total Time: approx 31 minutes
HR: after the first one about 130-140 after the second video it was 150
Sweat'o'Metre: um well sitting here sweat just dripped down my arm off my elbow and only my yeah I'd say I got sweaty today!
Burn'o'Metre: biggest shoulder burn of my life in that first video. I don't know if I've just gotten uber weak or if Tiffany Rothe is some ex-torturer who knows the best stress positions or something! And I felt the burn in the buns and inner thighs for the second one
my weights for the time being.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

What I Did: Wiggle Those Hips

Today I combined three of Tiffany Rothe's pregnancy videos. I should really just try doing one 3 times as she suggests but I like the variety, not to mention the burn. Oh the burn. She knows how to work you that's for sure! I didn't do a warm up just these three videos in this order today (though I think next time I'd start with the barre one as warm up;
Total Time: 32-33 minutes
HR: 150
Sweat'o'Metre: my bangs are sticking to my my face and my arms were slip sliding around (nice eh?) 
Burn'o'Metre: like I said, she knows how to work ya. My shoulders in that first video were freakin DYING! Then the legs in the second video again burn baby burn! I likey.
this wasn't meant to be a "hot" pose
haha I am mocking all the "salsa" hip moves
which by the way are quite difficult
to do on carpet in runners (which I took
off afterwards).

Friday, January 10, 2014

What I Did: Bringing Spandex Back

I'm down with another cold but trying to keep active since it's not as bad as the one a month ago. This type of video I did was a big step down in heart rate elevation but a big step up in brain work and coordination. Not normally my style at all. I felt a bit like a bull in a tutu so it's a good thing it was in my living room sans windows. Anyhow it was good for a body "glisten" and do get off my butt and do something.
Though I love the warm up video hehe! Totally my style. No tutu's allowed.

Warm up: Refitrev's dance to Katy Perry's ROAR
Workout: Denise Austin's dancy-prancy aerobics video (hehe I call it that, that's not the official title)
Total time: approx 34 minutes for both videos
HR: after the warm up I was around 150, but for the workout...I think barely 120 if that.
Sweat'o'Metre: well my face was definitely warm and I got a good glisten going on my forehead but nothing too crazy.
Burn'o'Metre: Nothing burning here but calories haha!
no picture. I'm sick. I'm pregnant and I majorly need to wash my hair.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What I Did: Full Body Weights & Core (MuTu system)

So I signed up for the free stuff from and tried out some of the exercises. I'm assuming I'm allowed to do these during pregnancy since there was no "do not do these while pregnant" things...also I've been doing core (aside from crunches) my entire pregnancy. So without further adieu here's what I did;

Warm up: SO excited they have Katy Perry's ROAR. Works perfectly as a warm up :) (and one of the easier ones to learn)

Workout: 2 sets of 12-15 reps each paired with a mutu exercise listed below
Seated row & Kneeling lat pull down with bands with 15 reps of bridging/with leg lift at peak
Arm pull over & Upright/high row with 15 reps of ball roll outs on knees (elbows on ball)
1 Legged straight leg deadlifts (bodyweight) & Leg extension on chair using a band with 15 reps climbing plank
20 Squats & 15 calf raises each leg with 15 kneeling push ups (yep I have officially gone to my knees)
Skull crusher tricep extensions & Kneeling Surfer pulls with (1 set only) of 15 side plank hip dips

Total Time: Warm up 3:30 min + Workout 35 min = 38:30minutes
HR: 140-160
Sweat'o'Metre: I kept the intensity low since I'm sick so I didn't sweat much
Burn'o'Metre: that said it still burned, those core exercises were killer!
not exactly a Katy Perry fan but I can't help but let out a
ROAR, it's just so freakin' catchy!

Monday, January 6, 2014

What I Did: The REBEL

Let me tell you I didn't feel so rebellious after this workout! I was going to do level II (6 sets) but decided hey, I'm pregnant, my back is screaming at me and my heart rate is probably higher than my midwife would like sooo I just did level I (3 sets). My awesome hubby did an extra set what a trooper!

Warm up: (hehe I got my hubby to actually do this video with me)
Workout: I did level I (3 sets) oh and the last 2 sets I only did 10 burpees per set
Rebel Workout
Total Time: 3 min warm up + 15 min workout + 2 min cool down = 20 min TOTAL! EVERYBODY got time fo dat!
HR: 170-180
Sweat'o'Metre: definitely a sweaty one if you're pushing!
Burn'o'Metre: the push ups gosh I feel like a ton of bricks these days and those burpees are killer!

Friday, January 3, 2014

What I Did: Become a Stormtrooper

I found (as in my friend introduced me to) this OOOOmaaaaazing website and trainer named Neila Rey. Check her out at for awesome superhero (and other themed and visual) workouts, challenges and other gems of fitness advice. I'm a fan that's for sure.

Warm up: These two zumba videos. One is cut short, too bad but it was still a 6ish minute warm up that left me feeling ready to go and totally uncoordinated haha!
THE WORKOUT: so can find it here I did level 1

Total Time: Warm up 6 min + level 1 workout 24 minutes = an even 30 and I didn't even plan it that way!
HR: 160-170
Sweat'o'Metre: I can't wait til summer these are sure to make you glisten (but in -24 with a fan in a basement not so much)
Burn'o'Metre: I liked how the lower and upper body were grouped to create a hotter burn. I felt it mostly with the last three moves
the best part is, I don't have to care about sucking in cause
"most" of that belly is baby ;) hahaha!