workout plan

Week #2: The 6-Pack (Abs) Project

Hello!!!

For those of you curious i'm still plugging away at getting a rockin' midsection that will make my old self jealous of my new self!  I am enjoying the ab workouts as they give me an extra mini workout before bed (if I haven't done them already that day at the gym).  My abs are no longer sore and i'm doing all sorts of cool moves, including lots of planks, and other exercises that target my overall core. 

I am going to stop breaking out days in this blog and provide the jist of the week.  Workouts, outdoor activities, new recipes, and some other challenges that i've had along the way.  All in all it's going great and I am far less dependent on sugar and carbs.  I give that two thumbs up!

 

The 6-Pack Project: Goals (this week)

Goal #1:  To do some form of cardio everyday.  Getting on the Stairmaster for 20-minutes, the Peloton bike for a 30-min spin class, cross country skiing with my dog, Athena, hiking up the caves train when it's 6 degrees outside (and sweating my butt off), running sprint intervals on the treadmill, and going up to Crested Butte Mountain Resort for family ski day (not much of a workout but still an amazing day of snowplowing with my 3 yo!).

Goal #2: 2-3 weight training days at CB South Fitness.  I do total body workouts and mix it up every time. 

Goal #3: Yoga at Yoga for the Peaceful one day per week for the ultimate stretch.  I am loving adding yoga into my routine! 

Goal #4: Abs every day or every night!  8 minute abs to be exact. 

 

My 6-Pack Ab Project:  "Extreme Core" Workout by Tim Skafidas

Renegade Rows (using dumbbells) 

Ball rollouts (swiss ball)

Heavy stir-the-pots (dual functional trainer)

Planks with knee tucks and donkey kicks 

Heavy rotational press 9 (dual functional trainer)

Rollbacks

Double leg drops (with kettle-bell)

Side Planks (10-30 each side)

Supermans + heel drive + scapula retraction

Offset chest press (using swiss ball) 

Heavy straight arm pulldowns (dual functional trainer)

 

The 6-Pack Project: Recipes (or healthy food that doesn't taste like healthy food!) 

Recipe #1 Califlower Pizza Crust - Who would have thought this could be sooooo amazing!! After over a year I finally had a very good excuse to try it out, and man, I am glad that I did!  https://detoxinista.com/the-secret-to-perfect-cauliflower-pizza-crust/  About 70 calories per serving of pizza....(what?!?!) I can certainly handle that. 

MY Recipe #2 My own quiche recipe - Inspired by a mushroom quiche recipe that I was not going to make.  Mushrooms, no bueno!  I decided to dig around in our fridge and see what I could come up with, and what I found was quite impressive! 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Preheat a skillet on med-high with a teaspoon or two of olive oil. 

I quickly diced up red bell pepper, a zucchini, garlic clove, and threw them on the skillet. 

Cook for about 2-3 minutes adding a little salt and pepper and stirring around. 

Add a couple handfuls of spinach and cooked the veggie mix for 2 more minutes.  

After cooking the spinach down, dump entire veggie mixture on a paper towel on a plate to soak up any water that you can.

Dump veggies in the greased pie pan. 

I had some left over elk italian sausage, and so added that the the pie pan (on top of the veggies). 

Sprinkle a small handful Mexican blend cheese over the top. 

Beat 4-5 large eggs with a quarter cup of milk, beat together and pour into pie pan over quiche filling.

Add another handful of cheese or enough cheese to your liking over the top of the pie.  You can also add Italian seasoning or any other type of seasoning you like to your quiche. 

Bake 30-35 minutes or until you test the center of the quiche with a toothpick and it’s totally dry. 

Next time I'll make a chorizo or bacon quiche, and can’t wait to mix and match with different veggies!  

Recipe #3 Around day 12 of the 6-Pack Plan I was really needing chocolate.  I mean it's been 12 days since I touched this stuff and that is definitely some kind of record!  I found this recipe and it's so freakin' good.  Low Carb Brownies (that melt in your mouth) - ummm, yes please!  http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1075205/low-carb-gooey-skillet-brownie-for-two

 

The 6-Pack Project:  Challenges

Challenge #1: Going out to dinner for date night, being "good" in terms of eating as few carbs as possible and still feeling guilty about the quantity of food that I ate. 

Challenge #2: We got Blue Apron 2 nights this week and Andy and I had a blast cooking the meals together.  I was luckily able to pick two meals in advance that had a great protein, veggie, and I could eat little to none of the starch.  Tilapia one night and steak the next.  Blue Apron always aims to please - yumm! 

Challenge #3: Thinking about chocolate as time goes on, and it feels weird not to have any!  I actually had to remove myself from the bar top near the kitchen one night and get out of the area completely!  I think that it was the very next night that I made the healthy brownie recipe...which I impressively made last for 3 days! 

 

The 6-Pack Project:  Favorite easy snacks

Snack #1 In the morning I am loving my half serving of the Oikos zero vanilla greek yogurt, with a handful of blueberries and diced up strawberries.  I'm normally eating eggs and veggies for breakfast, and so including yogurt is almost like eating ice cream at 7 AM and it's creamy, cold and wonderful!  I look forward to it each morning. 

Snack #2  Homemade unsweetened applesauce made by my cousins from their apples at their home in Maine!  It was unreal and between my son, husband and I we ate half the jar!  My 3 yo actually had 3 helpings and Andy and I had a couple.  Mine were smaller as I wanted to not over-do on the natural sugars.  Bonus: Sprinkle applesauce with a little cinnamon for a whole lot of added flavor (and significant health benefits as well!). 

Well that's a wrap for me.  For those of you reading this blog thank you!  I appreciate that you will be a part of my journey to get 6-Pack Abs.  It's going to be awesome when it's here! 

 

6-Pack Project - It's going to happen! 

6-Pack Project - It's going to happen! 

Caves hike - where's the snow? :-/ 

Caves hike - where's the snow? :-/ 

Family ski day & Keiran's first day on the chairlift!

Family ski day & Keiran's first day on the chairlift!

Cauliflower rice. The start of my pizza crust masterpiece! 

Cauliflower rice. The start of my pizza crust masterpiece! 

 

 

 

 

Work 'IN' to Workout

Greetings from snowy Crested Butte! 

This morning while my dog Athena and I were doing our favorite trail run loop - Caves up to Wallrod cut-off, back down to Cement Creek, it occurred to me just how much things have changed in the last couple of weeks since we were last up there.  The air is cold and humid, the leaves are vibrant yellow, and the trail has a nice layer of fallen leaves coating the ground.  I notice that the mountain tops all have snow on them while the gray sky is determined to shut out the sun out at all costs.  In this moment i'm thrilled that I thought to bring my rain shell as it protects me from the frigid breeze on this perfect Fall day. 

Fall - A Time for Change

The change of seasons does a couple of things; One, it gets us thinking about how we're going to get our next workout in when it's raining and snowing (and then raining some more), and two, it gets us thinking about the next season of fun at CBMR, winter ski passes and the majestic beauty of CB's iconic peaks in the wintertime. 

What's great about this time of year is that we can change our thought process - by thinking about working 'IN' to workout.  Fall forces us inside more than we like, but we still have the motivation and determination to want to stay in shape and feel good about the level of movement and activity we are getting.  Getting into the gym and doing cardio and strength training can not only help keep us in great running and biking shape during the off season, but it can also help condition us for skiing and snowboarding, as well as many other favorite winter sports. 

Thinking about working 'IN' the gym is fun!  If you do not agree or are a little bored with your typical exercises, check out the posters at the gym for new ideas, do some research online, or meet with a personal trainer at CB South Fitness who will create an awesome workout, and help you get maximum results for your favorite activities.

The Crested Butte Way 

I have had two new members come to me in the last week who want to workout in the gym to keep fit for biking during the off-season.  They love mountain biking more than anything, and they are already thinking about next season.  If I've had two people in a week approach me with the same goal in mind, I am willing to bet there are many more who think similarly.  Let CB South Fitness help the community stay strong year round so that we always feel confident in whatever our favorite sports may be!  

Check out our website for membership details, or click here - http://cbsouthfitness.com/membership. 

Photos from our run this morning. <3 

fall cb crested butte exercise fitness .jpg
crested butte gym in the exercise fall .jpg
crested butte gym fitness for life exercise.jpg

Stronger

Today, while working out, I started thinking about the progression of things since we opened the doors of CB South Fitness.  It had not occurred to me that during the weeks of opening the gym, and in making sure that things went smoothly for our members, that I was also working out more than I had in years.

A few weeks ago, a friend who is a personal trainer, put together a total body workout program for me.  For the first time in my life my workouts are organized, balanced, and I am doing them with more consistency than ever before (3x per week). From box squats, to Romanian deadlifts, bench press, and dumbbell step-ups (using the plyo box), bent over barbell-row, lateral pull downs, and a fun alteration to traditional bicep curls, my workouts stay interesting and most importantly, challenging.  I forgot to mention the best part - that each week I am adding 5lbs extra to my bar from the week before!  Adding weights in a progression is something that has never been part of my workout regimen, and I am so glad that it is now.  From bending over to pick up my 2-year old and feeling the strength in my back and arms, to how solid I am on my feet when I attempt to be the ultimate skier (notice I said “attempt”- I have a long way to go!), I feel better about everyday movements, and recreational sports, thanks to the dedication to my workouts.

Living in Crested Butte, there are a million reasons to be outside enjoying the beautiful winter wonderland that we all know and love.  But when time is limited, or you are looking for more than a cardio workout, get to the gym.  Even a 20-minute weight training session counts! 

For those of you that are not members, or have not been by to check out the gym, we have several posters on the walls with various exercises, stretches and movements so that things stay fun, and workouts can change regularly (if you want them to).  For some, this can mean adding new exercises to your ‘routine’ and challenging new muscle groups.  If you are up to the task, put together a workout sheet to help you track each exercise and weight, and then start increasing the weight slightly every couple of weeks.  Or at best, work with personal trainer, Tim Skafidas.  Personal trainers can build you a custom workout plan, to satisfy your personal fitness goals. We have an awesome local trainer at our fingertips, with 20 years experience, at a great price!  

In closing, I still have a long way to go, but each week the confidence builds as the weight increases, and I feel great!  

Happy Lifting.

*To inquire about training with Tim Skafidas please contact us and we will put you in touch, or you can check out the Training & Services page on our website!  Right now, 20% discounts on couples training sessions!

kristin lat pull down gym fitness strong key card access crested butte colorado.jpg