Category: Fitness

Thursday Thoughts + PUMA Fitness

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA.

Happy Thursday! We’re currently making our way down to Daytona as I type this up. I figured I might as well do something semi-productive instead of annoying my family like I have been so far. Apparently, people don’t like it when you sing Disney a capella for hours at a time. Haters. Time for some Thursday thoughts!

1. Road trips necessitate copious amounts of caffeine. I’ve never tried this in the White Mocha flavor before, but it’s delicious. I don’t even care what’s in it.
Caffeine

2. We’ve already watched Frozen twice: once last night and once today. At this point, I feel like I could put on a one-woman Frozen show. I know the whole daggum thing. I bet most of you other parents are in the same boat. I’d say that I’m annoyed, but at least I have an entertained toddler. Totally worth it.

3. Speaking of my toddler, I’m a little scared to go on a two-family trip. I mean, no one wants to have the “bad kid” out of the group. Obviously, it would be awesome if they all behaved but c’mon. Someone’s going to act up and I don’t want to be the one saying “He’s neverrrrr like this, I swear!” over and over again all weekend. And does this look like the face of a kid who’s going to be on his Ps and Qs? I think not. ;)
Wild Child

4. For some reason, I actually really want to get in some good runs on this trip. Normally I say that and then do almost nothing. This time, though, I really mean it. I have that whole Hat Trick thing coming up and I really don’t want to have to be scraped off of the street when my legs stop working after the 10k. For real. Having said that, I only ran a mile this morning. Yep. A single mile. I am so screwed.

5. Another reason I’m excited to work out is NEW GEAR. I was lucky enough to be able to try out two PUMA looks, one from their performance line and one from their fashion comfort line. I like them both so much that I couldn’t even choose between the two if I had to do it. Real talk.

First up was the fashion comfort look, which is easily my new favorite lounging around or running errands outfit.
puma fashion comfort

When I initially unboxed this outfit, I thought I was going to hate it. I am not usually a fan of relaxed-fit gear, but I have totally changed my tune. This might be the most comfy set of clothes I own, and I really do think it still manages to look 100% put together.

  • Gym Loose Tank Top: Fair warning, this top is pretty see-through. That being said, I think it hides enough flaws to be totally wearable. Just wanted to be honest. The loose fit makes it absolutely for layering, though, so you can add a pop of color under it if you wanted more coverage. The wicking finish makes sure your sweat doesn’t stay on your skin, so that’s pretty awesome. While this tank is paired with sweatpants for this outfit, it would also work perfectly for even your toughest, sweatiest workout. Promise.
  • Studio Capsule Pants: Y’all, I thought I was going to hate these with a fiery passion. Then I put them on. Now, I dare someone to try to take them from me. They are crazy comfortable, which means I’m obsessed and will for sure buy another pair in the future. These are also made with dryCELL technology, so they’ll wick away sweat if you wear them before, after, or during your workout.
  • Narita V2 Shoes: These shoes are fashionable and fast. I love that I can wear them around town and then head out on a sprint interval run right when I get home. They are lightweight and breathable, yet provide enough cushion to support my tired, achy feet running around all day. Can’t beat that.

puma fashion comfort

The next look is all about performance, but it’s still fashionably and comfortable if I do say so myself. Excuse my nerdy posing, y’all.
puma performance

  • Gym Tank 3: While this tank is pretty fitted, it’s also very flattering and smoothing. It’s thick enough to even out all my lumps and bumps, you know? I wore it while running all over the park and it didn’t ride up or make me feel self-conscious like some super fitted tanks do. It’s make with LYCRA® SPORT yarn, which provides recovery power, fit, and freedom of movement. It has mesh inserts to keep you cool and a built in bra to keep you from sagging. What? Truth.
  • Gym ¾ Tight: This is my first pair of patterned running capris and I doubt it will be my last. I always thought black = slimming, but I’m digging the extra excitement that comes along with a good print. They felt thick enough to hold me in at all the right points yet thin enough to keep me cool during a workout. The only thing I’ll say about PUMA tights, is that I tend to have to go a size down if I want them really tight, so I try to keep that in mind when ordering them.
  • Mobium XT: I’ve tried a different pair of Mobium shoes in the past, and I have similar thoughts on this pair: I like them a lot, but they do take some getting used to when you run in them. They kind of have a “bump” in them that cradles your arch like a baby. That’s a weird way to explain it, but you get my point. Once you get used to it, they are awesome. They are also very fitted, which I like when I’m trying to run “fast”. They have great grip, are pretty adjustable thanks to the Mobium bands, and they’re really freaking pretty. That’s always a plus.

puma performance

Sorry for all the awkward back shots, but the backs of the tanks are the best parts! Of all of the stuff I’ve tried, my favorites are the performance tank, the capsule pants, and the Narita shoes. I highly recommend each of those.

Right now we’re settling into the hotel trying to figure out what to grab for dinner. Eating out three times in one day is pretty amazing, y’all. I mean, no dishes! I could get used to this. ;)

Question: what is your go to pair of sweatpants? I clearly ask the tough questions around here.

Playground Workout + Vacation Time!

This past weekend, we headed to the park before dinner to get some of our energy out. As you can see, we have some work to do on our see-sawing skills.

see saw

While my little man was playing in the sand, I filmed a quick workout to share with y’all. Lately a lot of my workouts have been inspired by watching the kids at recess, so it’s only fitting to film one at an actual playground. This one is perfect for when you have a few adults watching the kids, because you could take turns completing it while they’re busy playing away.

The workout is meant to be completed as a twenty-minute AMRAP (or “as many rounds as possible”), which means you basically bust you you-know-what the entire time. The point is to get through as many rounds of the workout in the time allotted, while still watching your form of course. The trickiest one for me was the swing knee tucks. Sand is probably the worst surface ever for trying to hold yourself steady. I’m just pretending it was a fun challenge or something. Whatever works. And remember that I am a CPT, not your doctor. Please don’t make any crazy changes to your routine without consulting a physician first.

Playground Workout



And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Step Ups: Lift your right foot off the ground and place it on the bench. Lift your left foot off the ground and use the muscles in your legs and core to lift this foot onto the bench as well. Really squeeze those glutes at the top. For real, squeeze the heck out of ‘em. Step back down one foot at a time and repeat.

Chin Ups: Find a horizontal bar and grab it with your palms facing you. Your hands should be about shoulder width apart.  Lift your feet off of the ground so that you are hanging straight down from the bar. Then lift yourself up as far as you can, using your biceps and back. Get your chin over the bar if possible! Lower yourself back to hanging and keep it going.

RLE Split Squats: Lift one foot and place it on the slide (or bench) behind you. The top of your lifted foot should be touching the slide. Squat down, while keeping your abs contracted and your chest up. Lift back up and repeat the process until you’re done with all the reps for one leg. Switch legs and repeat.

Swing Knee Tucks: Place your feet in the seat of a swing. Lift your knees from the ground and get into push up position, keeping your core tight and your body straight. Pull your knees toward your chest. Return to the starting position by extending both legs out again. Repeat!

Sprints: If the playground is pretty big, a lap around might suffice. If you’d rather not stray that far, just do high knees for thirty seconds. That’s equally as painful when done correctly.


 

While this would have been an awesome workout for me to do this week in our backyard, I have to admit that I haven’t worked out at all this week. Whoops. I’ve been way too amped up about our Disney trip. So if you try it while I’m gone, please let me know! I’d love to hear what you think.

Speaking of our trip, we’re actually heading out of town right this very second. Tonight we’ll be staying with Maddy and her family, and in the morning we’ll all be heading to Orlando. Caravan style. I can’t wait to see the kids exploring the parks together, especially since they are all pretty close in age. If y’all have any last minute suggestions for us, feel free to send them my way. Okay, I’ll quit rambling now and actually get in the car. See y’all later! :)

Weekend Recap: Here Comes Fall, Sort Of

And here we are at the beginning of another work week. Whoever created the ratio of work:weekend days wasn’t a very nice person.

mondays

Today really wasn’t all that bad, but it just seems to get harder and harder to get back into the swing of things after a fun weekend. This weekend was especially nice because it seemed like fall was finally on the way in. Sure, the weather actually kind of sucked since it rained off and on the entire time. But it was also cooler than usual. I’ll take it. Remind me of that in a month or two when I’m ready for it to be summer again, okay?

Per usual, I don’t have a lot of brain power to type a post up today. How about we do this “sentence per picture” style? Works for me.

 

Family selfie, because we like to party.

miyabi

The trifecta: Crocs, cut-off jorts, and a horrendous putting stance.

crocs

 

I’ll have some eggs with my cheese, please.

veggie scramble

To look human after the gym, throw on sunglasses and use literally every blurry filter on your phone.

sunglasses and filters

Yes, Kroger, your fall decor just convinced me to buy all the pumpkin food in the store.

fall flowers

 

I have found the answer to all of life’s problems.

cotton candy grapes

 

Don’t even put the box away, because you’re going to eat more than one bowl.

cereal

 

Instagram poll: are you just supposed to drink the beer while your toddler plays with the flour?

beer bread mix

 

I filmed a workout at the park and looked like an idiot the entire time, so it was business as usual around here.

playground workout

 

Baked pears and ice cream, y’all.

baked pears

 

Fail: I was supposed to run 6 miles outside but ran three on the treadmill.

lame
Not too bad for a boring old weekend. I keep putting off my long runs, though. I am going to really, really regret that decision when I run the Hat Trick in October. Apparently I didn’t learn my lesson after last time. I encourage all of you to yell rude things at me on Twitter, so that this doesn’t happen again. The meaner, the better. I could use a little tough love right about now. Or you could try the cheesy motivational route. Either way, I’ll be forever grateful.
Have a great day today and I’ll see y’all tomorrow with a fun little giveaway! :)

The Recess Workout: Make Fitness Fun

Hey y’all! Remember when I talked about filming a workout on Monday? Well, I guess it’s time to share that bad boy. Honestly, I had fun coming up with this one because I based it off of things we do at recess. I taught my kids how to play hopscotch last week and they loved it. While I was hopping back and forth, I realized that it was actually a killer workout. Fitness can be a blast when it’s in the name of fun, you know? You can also learn that way, but that’s a post for another day. Sight word hopscotch, for the win.

sight word hopscotch

 

The following workout is a circuit, so it’s very similar to what I always post. The main difference is that it includes moves that remind me of the types of games we played as kids. Tossing a ball? Yeah, totally nailed it back then. It just seems a bit harder now that I’m doing it with a med ball. ;)

RECESS WORKOUT


And now for a breakdown of the moves:

Med Ball Sit Up Tosses: Lie flat on your back with knees bent, holding a medicine ball above your head. Contract your abs to lift your chest toward your knees, keeping the medicine ball overhead. Lower the ball to your chest and throw it into the air. Catch it and slowly return to the starting position. It’s the ultimate game of catch, y’all.

Cross Jacks: Stand up with your feet more than hip-width distance apart and your arms straight out to your sides. Jump up while crossing your right arm over your left arm and your right leg over your left leg. Immediately reverse the motion and return to the starting position. Repeat with your left arm and leg on top of your right. Essentially, this is just a jumping jack that makes you look a little nuts.

Med Ball Lying Leg Raises: Lie on your back and place a medicine ball between your ankles. Start with your legs elevated, with your feet almost directly above your hips. Allow your legs to drop straight down as far as possible without touching the floor. You’re fighting gravity here, people. Immediately bring your legs back up to the starting position.

Hopscotch Squats: Squat down with feet about hip-width distance apart. While remaining in a squatted position, jump your feet together. Continue jumping in and out (kind of like hopscotch!) while making sure you stay in as deep a squat as possible.

Crab Walk Toe Touches: Lie on your back and then lift yourself onto your hands and feet into crab position. Step forward with your right arm and leg, then immediately step forward with your left arm and leg. It’s just your basic crab walk from elementary school, if you remember those! Lift your right leg and reach your left arm toward it above you. Take two more “steps” and then lift your left leg and reach toward it with your right arm. It sounds way more complicated than it is when I try to type it out.

Hope your Wednesday is going well! If you try this workout, let me know! I didn’t realize how much stronger I was as a child until I tried crab walking again. Tough stuff.

Question: What workout or exercise is most FUN to you?

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