I’ve been in the gym 3-4 days a week to drop the post-pregnancy weight and it’s been about 2 months and I’m finally seeing results. A problem area for me is food. I love eating and I’m still eating like I was before having kids and my metabolism is like, no girl!
One of my favorite ways to motivate myself is to wear workout clothes. This gets me in the mode of seeing myself every day in clothes that can show problem areas and it’s my way of kicking myself in the behind to get going.
Another way is to go to the gym. I didn’t have a gym membership with my eldest, but I knew this time around, I was going to invest in myself and set aside an hour to get my body looking and feeling better.
I am tired a lot of times, especially having to manage a lot on my own, but again, I love the challenge and I’d say I’ve been making things happen!
My gym workout isn’t super intense because I only have an hour to prioritize so, I’ve put together a routine that has been showing results!
MY GYM WORKOUT
Cardio: I like to start out with 10 minutes doing cardio so I warm my body up. I like to mix it up by using the treadmill, elliptical, Stairmaster and bike. I time myself for 10 minutes and give it my all. I stay within my target heart rate to burn the most fat and move on to the next task.
Weights: This is where I thrive! Weights are the fastest way for me to tone and drop the fat. This varies depending on the day, and since I’m focusing on lower body, this is the way I do it…
- Squats with 45 Pounds (As much as I’d like to go heavier, less weight and more reps are where I’m getting better results. I try to stick with 3 sets and 8-12 reps for each set. I don’t rush these and I make sure I feel that burn!
- Leg Press is my favorite for getting the back of my thighs and working my glutes. I strive for 3 sets and maintain a 12 rep sequence with a 30-second pause between sets
- Glute Machine is a newer machine I decided to try. It works the top side of the glutes! I do need toning there, so I try to do 3 sets with 8-12 reps. I try to keep the weight to 55lbs each leg.
- Extended Leg raise is easy yet effective because you don’t need equipment. 3-5 sets and I do 10-15 reps
- Lunges for the win. These are effective with toning the inner thigh and helping with balance, I stick with 3-5 sets and 5-10 reps!
- Planks – This one is challenging since my core isn’t as strong. I’ve worked my way up to 30 seconds. 1-minute planks are under construction.
- Abdominal training is another routine I’ve incorporated that includes bridges, one-leg raises and a few other ones that help the gap heal together. If you search “Diastasis Recti” you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
I’ll finish off with another 10-minute cardio to sum it up to 20 minutes total.
That my friend is my gym workout for lower body! I plan to post upper body very soon! I usually only train my arms and shoulders once a week because I tone up in that area pretty fast.
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