Stair Workout

Hello Friends~ Hope everyone is having a fab weekend.  The weekend weather has been so perfect which always makes me happy.  Today hubby and I biked to Manhattan Beach and had some ice cream. Yummy. There were a ton of people out and about which means some good people watching.

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Yesterday we did a stair climb!  The climb was at the AON Center in downtown LA- the 2nd tallest building in Los Angeles, over 850 feet tall and 63 stories.

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I finished in a little over 15 minutes (15:35 I think was the exact time). I was pretty pleased since I didn’t train as much as I wanted to, but I had incorporated in stairs the last 3 weeks.

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A clear day in LA- this vantage point is facing towards Hollywood.

I love stair workouts- they get your heart rate up quick and don’t take that long. Oh, and definitely tone up the booty and calves.

I know everyone’s access to stairs can be different so modify the workout if you have 50 steps to climb up or 5.

For this particular workout, I was running up about 30 steps.

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*Feel free to repeat the workout if you are working with a small amount of steps.

For stretching- stretch the hamstrings, quads, and calves.

Enjoy!

~M

Have you done a stair climb before?

MASH Up Conditioning Review

Jamie from MASH UP Conditioning contacted me recently to try out their Tempo Workout DVD.  If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, then you already know how much I love finding new home workouts. So needless to say, I was anxious to try this one out.

And after doing it, I’m so pumped that I have this DVD at home!

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MASH stands for Mind/Body, Agility & Strength and High Intensity Intervals.

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The Mash Up Philosophy:

“Benefit from the incredible effectiveness of these scientifically based low-volume high intensity workouts. The goal is to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health that fits into any type of schedule. The most effective approach is to maintain good nutrition at least 80% of the time in addition to an efficient exercise program. Interval Training at It’s Finest!”

Why I’m digging this Workout:

  • There are 7 different workouts in this one DVD. The workouts are similar formats, but the routines are definitely mixed up so it’s not boring! They also do a great job of transitioning the exercises throughout the DVD.
  • Each routine is 15 minutes! So nice if you don’t have a lot of time and want to get a good sweat.  (and yes I was sweating after about 5 minutes). Also, if you want to workout longer than 15 minutes, then just do another routine or 2!
  • It’s for all skill levels- I really like that they show a modified and an advanced version of each exercise. So you can always build up your workout with this DVD.

They also have an Endurance DVD and will be coming out soon with a Sprint DVD. All sound fun to me!

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Disclaimer: I received a DVD in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

When In Vegas…

Happy Tuesday All!

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Or the case of the Tuesdays, same difference.

It’s always a bit of an adjustment getting back to the ‘ol work routine after some time off.  I feel like it takes an extra day to turn the brain back on. And, I wanted to stop by Starbucks this AM but was running a little late, so that did not happen. Boo!

Anywho I wanted to fill you all in on our Vegas trip. So much fun, but went by WAY too fast. We walked so much that my legs were actually a little sore yesterday, so I don’t feel bad about missing my weekend workouts.

Here’s some pics I took in no particular order: (Sorry the pics are a little blurry, blame the Iphone!)

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The pink dress, woo!

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MGM pool time. 77 degrees. Perfect

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Last stop at the pool before leaving

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 I love walking around Vegas, there is so much to do and see. And when the weather is just right, you can’t beat it!

As fun as vacation is, I am always happy to get back to my sleeping and exercise routine (do I sound old or what?) I took it easy Monday night, but this is my workout plan the rest of the week:

Tuesday: 4 mile run with stairs (I’m doing a stair climb event in 2 weeks, eek, will fill you guys in on the details soon)

Wednesday: At home workout DVD- Mash Up Conditioning. Will be posting a review on this one soon, can’t wait to try it out!

Thursday: 4-5 mile run.

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Pop Physique class

Sunday: Hike with a friend

Hope everyone has a great week!! 

Random Thoughts of the Week

I couldn’t think of a specific blog topic this week,and I have some scattered thoughts floating around in my head, so I thought I’d share those. Here it goes:

Cronuts. What the heck?!

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Okay, to rewind: I must admit that I watch  Rich Kids of Beverly Hills (I know embarrassing right? It’s a guilty pleasure) and last week they introduced me to the world of cronuts. A croissant doughnut. Lol I want to laugh every time I say it.

Have any of you tried these? It sounds intriguing, I don’t think I’ll make a special trip just for them, but I’ll try it if it’s available.

Here’s a link to a video clip of the girls unable to try a Cronut while visiting New York. LOL!

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We bought Girl Scouts cookies (Thin Mints and Tagalongs my fav) on Sunday and come Tuesday, they were all gone.

I feel like the boxes are smaller than they used to be. Or am I crazy??

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Yum. I will be buying more.

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I’m going to Vegas next week. Woo hoo!

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Hubby and I are meeting up with some friends next weekend and I cannot wait.  I’m looking forward to some people watching, hanging out, and taking a break from the daily grind. Oh and the pools will be open so you can bet I’ll be spending some time there!

And I have an excuse to wear my pink dress again!!

I bought this beauty 3ish (yikes) years ago for my bachlorette party. When I saw Kristen Cavallari (love her) wearing it, I was obsessed and had to have it.

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It’s not a dress I can wear very often, but I’ve gotten decent use out of it at Vegas trips and at a Lady Gaga concert a couple years ago.

I don’t think they sell this dress anymore (sad face) but I purchased it from Naven. 

Can’t wait to share some pics!

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Oh, I wrote an article recently on the newest spring fitness fashion trends, Check it out!

Thanks for reading as always!

~Marielle

 

My Workouts This Week

I’ve been slacking a little bit on sharing my workouts with you guys! I love reading what other people are doing for workouts, so I’ll try to be better about posting my routine more regularly. :)

Although not much has significantly changed in what I’m doing…..(still running and taking barre or yoga classes when I can). I know it’s a good idea to switch up my workouts to keep my body guessing, but honestly most of the time I feel comfortable with what I’m doing and don’t want to branch out.

The at-home workouts are pretty tough when puppy is around, she tries to join in by jumping on me and I’m finding that to be a little counterproductive. So, I’m trying to squeeze those in before I pick her up from daycare. Such a little cutie.

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Let’s rewind to last week:

Sunday: Pop Physique class. Phew. Kicks my butt every time. My legs were pretty much shot the rest of the day.

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Aren’t these pants cute? Spotted them in the lobby after class. Loving the spring colors!

Monday: Mondays are the toughest days for me to get in a workout. I find myself just wanting to relax when I’m home from work and get myself back in work-mode for the week.

Tuesday: Paisley and I ran to Hermosa Beach, about a 4 mile run.

Wednesday: Mini-strength routine at home. I didn’t follow a specific routine (because I was half-watching tv with hubby)

I did 30 reps of dips, shoulder raises front & sides, bicep curls, and bent over rows. Also, 2 sets of 20 lunging scissor jumps.

Thursday-  Another run with miss Paisley. This time we did a fast 3 mile run plus some stairs.

Friday- Day Off! Went to happy hour with some girl friends.

Saturday- A slow 3 mile run. I actually didn’t want to work out at all today, no specific reason I just wasn’t that into it. But we are having friends over tonight and I didn’t want Paisley to be too annoying so I thought it was best to get her some exercise. :)

Side note, I really love The Tone it Up girls . They definitely have my dream job. Anyways, I printed off a couple of their workouts and plan on going through them this week.

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Happy Weekend!!!

What did you do for workouts this week? 

~Thanks for reading~

Do your thing!

Happy Wednesday lovely friends. This week has so far been comfortable and steady, not too stressful so I’m happy about that! :)

I hope I’m not going on over-kill with the quotes on here, but I just feel like I need to share this one today! quote

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I love this one so much I even printed it out and have it hanging up next to my make up makeup mirror.

I have a really hard time (well I think women do, in general) comparing myself to what others are doing and sometimes feel like I need to be doing the exact same….whether it’s little superficial things like: having certain clothes or a hair style or bigger things like: owning a home or attending more schooling.

There are times when I think we all need to take a step back and just say “who cares?” I’m reminding myself that I’m here to live my life and to do what is right for me :)

Speaking of doing something for me, I took the plunge and signed up for my first ever Blog Conference this summer!

It’s also piggy-packing on a Fitness Conference, which I need CEU’s anyways, so it works out to be quite perfect!

The conference is held through Idea Fit and will be in Anaheim, California (45 min away from my home, sweet deal)

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The first two days is full of blog sessions: tutorials, lectures, etc as well as workouts. I’m pretty excited to meet the ladies behind some of blogs that I read almost everyday. Should be informative and a good time I’m sure!

Read more about the Schedule and Presenter bios at the corresponding links.

Any tips for first timers attending a blog conference?