Getting Fire Under Your Butt for the Holidays

I know it’s been a while, and I’m terribly sorry. BUT, this is an important time to post so you guys can get some motivation to workout for the holidays!

During the winter it’s always hard to find that fire that usually gets your butt to the gym. It’s cold outside, so we tend to use that as an excuse. There are a lot of gatherings, whether with friends or family, which makes it hard to find the time as well.

Not to worry though, Kristi has a solution for you! This 20-minute (not even) muscle busting and burning yoga video!

This is one of the best short workouts I’ve done yet. It’s only 17 minutes guys, and you can do it in any room of your house, so you have no excuses!

I know a lot of you are probably saying “in 17 minutes you can’t do a real work out…” well, to those people I say do this video. You feel it working after the first exercise, and when you’re done you feel like you’ve done wall sit for 5 minutes and completed 300 crunches.

I’m challenging each of you to do this, and you should let me know if you do! I believe everyone has 17 minutes to spare this holiday season, so grab a friend or do it alone. Also, subscribe to sadienardini‘s page! I’m sure she has other great videos to follow if you’re feeling up to more before the New Year!

Happy Holidays and please have a safe and happy New Year.

Sincerely,

Kristi

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3 Little Words

3 little words. They can really change a person. They can build you up and make you better.

It was May 31 when my boyfriend and me were sitting on the couch and he looked over at me and said “give me $20.”

Naturally, I asked what for. He said we should bet who can exercise the most during the first week of June. “Whoever wins gets the money, and if we tie, we take the money and go for lunch together,” he said.

For anyone who knows me, you’d know I love being challenged by a man. Nothing makes me more motivated than being able to kick a guy’s butt in something. So I thought, well hell, it’s a win-win for me, because I’m either going to win (I wouldn’t allow myself not to) or I’d get to have lunch with my guy.

So…we both put down a $20 bill.

We are nearing the end of week one and I’m in the lead! And all it took was three days of working out in a row to get me hooked. Once you start feeling your muscles tightening up, or you overcome being sore and just work out anyways, you’ll feel amazing about yourself.

I used to do a hard work out and then used that as an excuse not to do anything physically active the next day. But this bet brought me back to the consistency of training in sport, and I realized how important it is to continuously workout so your muscles can build memory and then give you the results you want!

So I challenge you….Find a partner and put some money on the table. Even if it’s just $5. You might surprise yourself with how active and consistent you can be, AND you might end up just a little bit richer if you don’t give up. It’s only a week, let’s see what you can do!

Sincerely,

Kristi

 

So…What Now?

I’ve officially come to the end of my first year of Creative Communications! Not even competitive international rhythmic gymnastics has taken me through as many emotional ups and downs as this program. But I have to say I’m pretty effin’ proud I did it…not everyone can.

So what now?!

Summer has a few exciting things in store. In May I’ll be travelling to Chicago with a large group of school peops to tour some big studios. I’ll be working with the Red River Ex doing their social media in June. I have two weddings booked for my photography business and I’ll be helping my ever-handsome boyfriend out in his Marketing company Exchange Digital PR, too!

Overall I’m excited for the next few months. Being able to be outside and relax a bit. Mostly though, I’m extremely excited to A) make some money and B) HIT THE GYM! Though I’ve been mostly doing home workouts in the past little bit, I’m going to make an honest effort to get to the gym I pay for, so I can lift some weights and get my tone on.

I made a deal with one other girl in my program that we will go to the gym everyday until Chicago (May 2). So…get ready for some new posts about some new exercises I try!

I went today and decided to warm up by skipping instead of going on the treadmill or Elliptical. I used to skip back when I was a gymnast and I really missed it! It takes coordination, fast-twitch muscles and a lot of stamina, but it works completely different muscles, which is always a plus!

If you know how to skip, try this warm up and let me know what you think! It’s tough, so if you haven’t skipped since elementary school’s Jump Rope for The Heart days, you might need to work up to this one:

60 feet together skips

30 side to side skips (feet together)

60 normal skips (switching feet in between)

30 high knee skips (bring you knees up as high as you can!) – This one feels amazing!

10 doubles (rope goes around you twice while you’re in the air) – if you can’t do this one just do big tuck jumps  10 times 🙂

60 side to side skips (yes… again)

50 backward skips

40 normal skips

30 feet together skips

20 doubles or tuck jumps

10 slow normal skips.

DONE! Now you can continue onto your workout. But if you’re used to more cardio, feel free to repeat it.

Sincerely,

Kristi

 

 

When You Want to Give Up at the Gym, Try This Simple Trick

The other day I was at the gym and felt like giving up. It had been a long week and I  wanted to take a nap more than anything else.

But before going to the gym, I told myself I absolutely had to make it through legs and abs before leaving, no matter what. Now, I’m not the type of person to only do certain muscle groups on certain days…I do everything all the time otherwise I feel like I’ve wasted a workout. This particular day I just knew I wouldn’t make it through everything, and when you’re that tired, it’s not always safe to be pushing your muscles to their max.

So I started with a really good leg and butt work out—those are my favourites because those areas are where I want to see change.

I did a couple sets of frog jumps across the room, weighted squats, dead lifts and lunges (front and side) for a total butt and legs workout of 25 minutes. Needless to say I was even more exhausted after that. My legs were shaking with each step I took and my butt adopted a constant twitch that made it uncomfortable to sit or stand. I was ready for home time.

But then—and this is where the trick comes in—I told myself, “do 50 crunches before you go or else you’re complete failure.” After all, 50 crunches only takes about a minute to do…so I did it.

But once I got to 50 I thought it would be worthless to stop and NOT make the most of the burn I was feeling in my stomach. So I started doing bicycles, Russian twists and some leg raises as well.

I ultimately tricked my body into doing 10 more minutes of physical activity just by telling myself to do it. You’re like your own personal coach. If you’re hard on yourself, you’ll do the work. Just make sure you’re convincing enough that you believe in yourself like a coach would!

So the next time your bed calls your name just a little louder than the gym, tell yourself to do 50 crunches or 50 squats, or 50 push ups, and I promise your body will be ready for more once you do!

Sincerely,

Kristi

Exercises for Those Lazy Days: Just STAY STILL.

FINALLY! Exercises for those lazy days. All you have to do is stay still!

Thanks Brightside 🙂

I just did this and let me tell you, it worked my butt and hamstrings pretty well!

Give this one a try and you won’t regret it. It’ll only take you about 10 minutes and you’ll feel great afterward.

Let me know how it goes!

http://brightside.me/article/5-terrific-exercises-where-you-just-have-to-hold-still-33305/

Sincerely,

Kristi

For All The Super Humans: Appreciate yourselves

Many of us have busy lives. We have so much going on that the amount of things we’re expected to be good at is almost unreal and I’d go as far as to say, unnatural. There are only a handful of “super humans” in this world. They are the ones who go around doing everything for everybody else, and attaining perfection in those things without ever complaining about having to do them. These people never get to do things for themselves and probably don’t even know how to because of how busy they are.

I won’t say I’m a super human. In fact, I complain a lot—internally…okay sometimes externally too. I wish I had more time to myself and I wish I had more time to spend with my family. I wish I wasn’t expected to be perfect in ten different areas of my life while still maintaining an actual ‘life’, but I also know the fact that I am expected of these things, says someone must believe I’m capable of it.

Going into next week I think it’s important that we appreciate our super human capabilities…even if they’re only at a subpar level right now. We need to start giving ourselves more credit for the amazing things we do, for the things we put our bodies and minds through.

You are becoming more and more a super human ever day that you manage to get the shit done that you didn’t think you could. And when you manage to sneak in a workout, hangout, or even when you manage to pass out in the midst of all that shit and you STILL get it done…well my friends, you’ll know you’ve made it.

This week, appreciate yourselves and comment below about one thing you did that you’re proud of. Here, I’ll start it off! – Last week I managed to work out three times during my school week, which is the most I’ve been able to do in a while.

Sincerely,

Kristi

 

For Anyone Wanting to Tone Their Butt

I recently found this Cosmopolitan article on Pinterest called 9 Butt Moves that beat squats.

Naturally I tried it. I love my butt and leg workouts and I know a lot of people who A) want a better butt and B) hate doing squats.

I didn’t time myself doing it but I think it took me around 10 minutes to get through the whole thing—WHICH IS VERY DOABLE FOR MOST PEOPLE— so really there are no excuses not to try it. (AND it’s very easy to do while watching a movie or TV, so you can catch up on The Bachelor while you tone your butt.)

The exercises switch between floor work and standing work and focus on different areas of your butt, which is very important if you want an actual transformation down there! Only doing squats will only help strengthen, not transform.

You can find the exercises here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/330873903853940709/

Give them a try and let me know what you think. I absolutely love them. They make me somewhat sore the next couple of days, but I’ll have to use ankle weights the next time to really get the soreness I look for after a workout.

Sincerely,

Kristi