Monthly Archives: July 2015

For the Love of Planks

Since getting back to teaching group fitness classes, I am realizing how much I incorporate planks into the workouts!  Besides the fact that they are excellent for core and shoulder strength, there are also so many ways to switch them up!

Below are 5 Variations of the Basic Plank!

Plank Jacks

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To Modify: Take out the jump and step each leg to the side and back to mid-line one at a time.

Up and Down Planks

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This exercise is SO awesome for shoulder stability. To modify, perform with knees on the ground.

Side Planks

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This can be performed with the arm straight or on the forearm. Lifting the top leg is an added bonus 🙂

Side Plank Crunch

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Who thought you could do crunches while holding a plank?!

Plank with Hip Swivels

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This variation is a great way to challenge your obliques, and again your shoulder stability.

I’d love to hear some ways that you like to switch up the regular ‘ol plank! Please share in the comments below! 

Happy Tuesday Friends! ~Marielle

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My Favorite Podcasts

Hey Hey!

This week is already flying by for me because the hubby took Monday off from work!  It’s amazing how one day can make such a difference. We had company over the weekend, so it was nice to have yesterday to just chill at home.

We are also beginning to transition Charlie into her big girl crib. Now that she’s sleeping about 6 hours a night, we figured it was a good time to finally start the process. Eeek!

Well, I tried to have her nap in there today and she wasn’t having it. Every time I went to check on her she was wide awake and then she spit up all over her sleep sack. #fail

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Once I changed her I put her back in the Rock N Play… and this happened. Naturally.

rocknplaySo, we have some work to do! Lol.

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Since I’m home everyday, I’ve been listening to more and more Podcasts. I love Pandora Radio, but I was getting a little bored of music all the time! Today I wanted to share what I’ve been listening to.

Here are my favorite three (so far)!

Serial~ I’m sure you have at least heard of this podcast. It blew up last year and for good reason. I finished this one in about a week. It investigates a murder trial and without giving much away, there are a lot of holes in the case. I heard there is going to be a new serial podcast this fall, can’t wait!

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Stuff You Should Know~ These podcasts cover so many random topics like “how color works” “how street gangs work” or “what’s the deal with blood types?” Always fun to learn some random trivia, right?

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The Longest Shortest Time~ This podcast covers various topics related to childhood and parenthood. The last episode was an interview of a man finding out his 21 year old daughter was pregnant. Good stuff.

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 Do you listen to Podcasts?

What are your favorites?
Please share in the comments below!

Later Friends! ~ M

10 Minute Barre Arms

Hello, hello!

Today I wanted to share a quick at home arm workout! Since I can’t make it to a workout class everyday, I’ve been doing quick routines that can be done in between Charlie’s naps.

You all know how much I love barre workouts so naturally this is a barre inspired routine. It doesn’t take long to get that burn! 🙂

Use 3-5# weights and perform 1-3x through

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Below are some detailed exercise explanations.

Side to Side Dips- Perform a regular dip but tap your bottom side to side as you are bending and straightening your arms.

Double Front Raises

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Make sure your shoulders are relaxed and your arms are straight. Raise arms up to shoulder height and lower back down to things. Make sure the movement is slow and controlled. *To increase the challenge, add some pulses when your arms are raised at their highest point.

Bicep Curls

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Arms are in a wide V position with elbows lifted off your body. Perform a tiny bend and straighten of your arms.

Arm Circles

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Relax the upper shoulders and perform tiny circles forward and back.

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With your arm straight at your side perform a tiny lift up and up.

Plank With Hip Rocks

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Alternate dipping hips side to side while in plank.

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Totally off topic, but who’s watching the Bachelorette and what are your thoughts now that it is nearing the end?! I have been feeling a little blah about this season…and I mean, really the show has been on long enough. Yet I still watch it and my husband complains. I don’t really LOVE any of the guys but Shaun seems like a good guy. We’ll see how it ends.

My all time favorite season was the Jason, Melissa & Molly season….gosh was that 5 years ago or more??  Funny enough, I met Molly at a Pure Barre event in Seattle a few years ago…she was so nice and sweet!! And that my friends is how I tie in the Bachelor and Barre. Boom!

THE BACHELORETTE - ABC's hit romantic reality series, "The Bachelorette," kicks off its 11th season continuing the surprises of this season's "Bachelor" with the biggest one of all: there will be two Bachelorettes. One is Kaitlyn, the gorgeous, fun-loving, warm-hearted, but irreverent firecracker who let down her guard only to have her heart crushed. Who will the men prefer? Eventually, only one woman will be left to hand out the final rose. “The Bachelorette” returns to ABC, premiering MONDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

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Do you watch reality tv?

What are your favorite shows?

~M