I know tons and tons of you workout at home every day and I wish I could be more like you all and stay motivated at home but it’s pretty dang hard for me! Most of you know that I lost the majority of my weight by working out multiple days a week with a trainer. Lifting weights and cardio go hand-in-hand when it comes to toning, fat loss, and weight-loss. However, since moving to LA I opted to not join a traditional gym. I instead chose to only do CorePower Yoga classes and cardio as a way to shake things up a bit.
I have access to the smallest gym know to mankind in my loft building but for some reason, I find it extremely un-motivating. I don’t know about you all but I love to be around other like-minded people, all breaking a sweat and working towards a goal. It just makes my workout experience better every single time.
Occasionally, I will feel inspired to lift and when I do, I like to make sure I’m making the most of my time. I’ll hit my tiny gym two doors down from my loft and make the best out of my situation–that means working as many large muscle groups as I can. Minimizing my time in the gym and maximizing my calories burned. Sounds too good to be true? Well, it’s not! Follow along below and get sweating in no time at all! Do these next 4 moves below back to back with little to no rest, repeat 2-3 times!
First up…Pile Squats with Heel Lifts! Grab a big dumbbell (you can handle at least 20-25 here you’re using all your major muscle groups!) and set your feet wide, toes slightly pointed out. When squatting, sit back into your heels and on the way up push through your toes at the top and squeeze your glutes and calves. Do 12-15 repetitions.
Next up… Weighted Donkey Kicks! My favorite exercise ever. These just instantly make me feel like my butt is doubling in size… anyone else feel that way? Grab a lighter weight (I usually do 3-5 pounds) and tuck it tightly behind your knee. Adding in the dumbbell makes everything activate much quicker than it would without the weight. Start on all fours and raise the weighted leg up (think foot pressing against the ceiling here, foot flexed). Make sure to squeeze at the top. I do 25 repetitions per leg.
Now for a little cardio BLAST! Ice skater hops! These will get your heart rate up and get you sweating. Really push off your jumping leg to get into the air and activate the quads. When landing, land soft and really push back into your glutes to fire them up! I do 30 total, 15 each side.
Feeling the burn yet?!
Next up, leg lifts! This move may look easy but after about 5 of these, you will start feeling it and think otherwise! I do 30 total, 15 each side.
Not done yet, repeat this sequence 2-3 times for a full booty workout! Remember to grab your foam roller afterward and spend at least 5-10 minutes stretching and rolling to help recover!