I have such a strange relationship with blogging these days, but not with writing.  I have been writing quite a bit over the past year, but in a more personal way that I am still unsure if or how I will use that work.

As I have mentioned (for like three years now), I don’t know what I am doing with Beets Per Minute.  On the one hand, it was my first attempt at blogging, and I met some great people through it and learned a lot about myself in the process.  On the other hand, I have also been through some very conflicting things about myself both professionally and personally.

I love health and wellness.  I have certifications and professional qualifications in massage, acupressure, personal training, nutritional therapy, fitness nutrition, eating psychology, and confidence coaching.  Since making health and wellness a priority in my life after the losing my father in 2011, I have stuck with always making time for fitness.  I truly believe that fitness is my higher power.  On the days when I don’t exercise – even just a ten-minute walk around the block – I can tell just how much that impacts my state of mind, how I feel, and the personal choices I make as a result.

It’s been a difficult couple of years for so many people for so many reasons.  Sometimes I will be talking about the state of the world – waxing philosophical if you will – and the person I am talking to will say, “Girl, you overthink!”.  And they aren’t entirely wrong.  I do overthink things.  I’ve always felt like an old soul and an emotional sponge for what is happening around me.  I found a quote from Lykke Li that summed up this feeling perfectly,

There’s more discomfort being an old soul or a person who questions a lot of things.  I’m young, but I’m old.

Anyhoo, I’m definitely overthinking this post, but I also think I am taking baby steps to get myself back into the world of blogging.  I do miss coming on here and writing about life and food and stuff.

Now, for those of you who are like, “Shut up and give me my workout, please,” firstly, thank you for saying please and b, here is a workout for you to take to the gym or complete at home if you have a treadmill.

So, here is a total body conditioning boot camp workout combining strength and cardio interval training.  I am loving these types of workouts lately and use them in between running and indoor cycle workout days.  Let me know if you like it and do me a solid and PIN it if you feel like other people would like it too!

Total Body Conditioning Workout Beets Per Minute

I hope to share more and be back with a post again soon.  In the meantime, check out this guest post about the connection between stress and digestion.

What workout(s) have you been into lately?

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I know you’ve been wondering where I’ve been.  No?  It’s cool, why would you?  Haha.  Maybe you have been wondering, and if you have, I’ve been focusing on some other projects and dealing with life.

2017 has been a strange and stressful year.  There are so many changes going on in the world — even as an expat; in the UK that are crazy just like back in the states.  Honestly, some days I forget what year we’re living in right now.

But enough about that.  I get requests for fun workouts and playlists from time to time, and recently I’ve had several requests for HIIT cycle routines, which happen to be some of my favorite workouts to create and do, so I’m always happy to share them.

Life is crazy, and not everybody has 60-90 minutes to put into their workouts.  It doesn’t make you a failure or unmotivated either – and if anybody tells you that, they are dead wrong.

If you’re like me, you have days (maybe multiple) when you just don’t feel like doing anything.  And this is entirely okay.  Do not beat yourself up for not feeling it some days and sitting out your workout.  It’s not a morality thing, it’s self-care, and it’s 100% up to you how and when you move your body.

You don’t need to spend your entire day to get a fun, sweaty, and effective workout that you can be proud of.  Believe me; every little bit helps and if you’re not doing your workouts for you, then who?

I still remember the first Spinning class I ever attended; one of my best friends was the instructor, and after literal months of twisting my arm, I finally agreed to participate.

I didn’t have the shoes, so my foot came loose.  Repeatedly.  My ass was killing me from the seat.  I couldn’t walk.  I wasn’t smitten with the idea of going back, but my friend assured me that you have to give it a few classes before you make your final judgment.

As a fitness professional, who also went on to become a Spinning instructor, I would always tell newbies that they need to give it the three class try.  Most of them would and fell in love with indoor cycling too.

One of the things that make indoor cycling workouts so much fun is the music.  Nothing will make you more motivated and pumped to push yourself than hearing a high energy song.

25-Minute HIIT Cycling Workout + Playlist

25 Minute HIIT Cycling Workout + Playlist

 

So, if you’re looking for a fun and quick HIIT cycling workout and playlist, pin this one and save it for your next workout.

I’m going to be posting a couple more of these HIIT cycling workouts over the next couple of weeks since they seem to be what people are after.

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Two Free HIIT Workouts I Use with My Clients

Hey, guys!

I probably seem like a distant memory at this stage with this blog.  I hope you are all well and as cliche, as it sounds, I cannot believe that it is nearly April!

I am still working on things and pursuing other projects both personally and professionally.  I have a new coaching site and blog that you can check out and follow on Instagram.  It’s still early days, but it’s one of a couple of projects I am putting time and energy into behind the scenes.

I just spent nearly two weeks sick as a dog with the flu/cold/bronchitis/stomach trauma.  Good times! :/

Every single time I get sick like that, I am reminded how much it depresses me when I can’t exercise and have little energy.

Being forced to rest and take time out always makes me ponder how I used to be so unhappy before I made taking care of my health a top priority.

With the seasons changing and better weather on the way, people are looking for new workouts.  Or emailing me because for people I know I am the “on-call/go-to” when it comes to looking for a place to start feeling better.

I thought I would share two free HIIT workouts I use with my clients.

I am a big fan of getting in 3-4 HIIT  workouts per week for whatever your fitness and health goals may be.  One of the great things about HIIT is that it is scaleable.

What is an all out effort for you, might not be for the person next to you, but you get out of your workouts what you put into them, and these two workouts give you an opportunity to challenge yourself, have fun, and add some variety to your usual workout schedule?

They also require little to no equipment and space, so if you’ve got 30 minutes, you’re ready to go!

I hope everyone is doing well and keeping their spirits high in these transitional and challenging times in the world.

Believe it or not, despite the negativity out there, the past few months have reminded me that we are all responsible for our hustle and that our voices and actions can make a difference.

Be well and let me know if you try these out (or PIN them for later!).

Two Free HIIT Workouts I Use with My Clients

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If you like this workout you should check out my workout programs curated by me through Booya Fitness!  

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I hope those of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a good one.  I did not celebrate this year, and it was depressing, but I live in the UK now, and it’s not a thing here.  I couldn’t even find a turkey.  Apparently, they exist in greater frequency after December 1st.

Interestingly, Black Friday IS a thing here.  I guess Black Friday is a happy thing?  Unless you had to work at 4 am today.

Black Friday is not my thing – it’s kinda gross, in my opinion.  You can read all about how I feel about malls, department stores, and shopping here.

Did you miss me?  Did you notice?  It’s okay if you didn’t, it’s been a minute, and there has been much else of greater importance going on in the world.

So, for those of you who might be interested/noticed my absence, you might be wondering why?

To sum it up… 2016.

If you follow me on Instagram or IRL or whatever you know that my thoughts on this year can be summed up in two words:  DUMPSTER.  FIRE.

Ugh.  I’m going to be real right now because that’s me.  I have been avoiding blogging (on all of my blogs) over the past 5-6 months because, quite frankly, I couldn’t deal with the shitshow of the election and the atrocities taking place in the world.  I’ve been super discouraged, angry, and, if I’m honest, DISGUSTED.

I talk about positive thinking and empowerment.  I believe in these things significantly.  But I cannot deny that it’s been tough to wade through the dumpster fire without getting burned.  We have to put it out.

I wear my heart on my sleeve.  I also wear my conscience on that sleeve.

It’s difficult for the things going on in the world to not leak into how I feel about literally everything around me.  It’s been tough to worry about creating content when I’ve wanted to shout from the rooftops about things that have been, as Michelle Obama says, ‘shaking me to my core.’

However, throughout all of this year, I have remembered that there are a lot of good people in the world and that I cannot let the focus of the bad apples and negativeness cloud my entire life.

In other news, I am back in school.  I am pursuing a new degree (to add to the collection) in an attempt to find new career opportunities here in Scotland.  I don’t know what to expect between Brexit and the recent election, but I’m remaining optimistic and hoping for the best.

NOW for better news.  I have been working on a new fitness jumpstart program which is a sign that I am getting on with things, and I will not continue to let the uncertainties of the world cloud my days.

I am aware that my privilege allows me to do so and I do not take this for granted.  

Here’s a post-Thanksgiving quick and effective workout – check it out, share it, etc.!

Sweat out some of the drama with me!

 

Lucky 7s Black Friday Workout

How have things been going for you? Are you ready to send 2016 off and welcome a new year?

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Love handles.  Muffin tops.  Such endearing terms for something so many of us despise and don’t find appetizing!

It can be one of the last places the inches drop off for many of us!  Yours truly included.  I have, to be honest, most of my pants these days don’t have buttons, but it’s good to know that the ones that do usually fit.  Usually.

Anyhoo, there’s one move that gives proven results when it comes to shrinking the muffin top/love handle area (das obliques), and it’s probably not the exercise you think it is!

 

The Bent Over Dumbbell Row

If you want to tone up and trim down your love handles, them, you should try adding bent–over dumbbell rows using a slightly heavier weight than usual.

For example, if you regularly lift 20 reps using a 10-pound weight, choose a 12 or 15-pound weight and do 15 reps instead.

How does this work?

While you’re performing the DB rows,  and your back and biceps are working hard, it forces your love handles to take over and stabilize your body.  Be sure to watch your form, if you do these correctly, they are very effective!

The reason that the bent over row is such an effective exercise is that it is a compound movement.  Compound movements train the largest muscle areas in the shortest amount of time.  By adding compound movements to your workouts, you can increase multiple muscle group isolation, decreases muscle adaption, and reduces overuse injury.

Pretty sweet, huh?

Add three sets of 15 reps using a slightly heavier weight than you could lift 20 reps with (as indicated in the explanation above) for 3-4 days per week and see the difference, fast!

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What’s your favorite compound exercise movement?

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