Good Morning! I have been all about workouts that require minimal (or no) equipment lately, and have another great one for you today that is slightly more challenging than last week’s.
I started with a 2.5 mile run, which makes this a workout you could easily complete at home if you have a set of dumbbells, but you could definitely take it to the gym and hop on any type of cardio equipment instead.
My personal goal was to get Roadie out of the house, knock out cardio, and hit all of the main muscle areas!
Cardio + Circuit Workout
biceps curls to shoulder presses
(modification for T-stabalization twists here and here!)
After you complete your cardio of choice and one round of the circuit, repeat the circuit starting with the squats. The entire workout took me just about forty minutes to complete.
*Please remember to listen to your body and modify as needed. The workouts I post are what work best for me, but might not be the right type of exercises for you.
*If you are unsure on how to complete an exercise, please use the video references as a guide and listen for tips on form. Also, I always recommend consulting a doctor before drastically changing your current fitness routine!
As soon as I could, I moved my way over to the kitchen to whip up something easy for dinner. I was considerably hungry, as I knew Scott would be also coming home from his softball games, so I turned to an old favorite around our household.
Whole wheat linguine with Al Fresco Sundried Tomato chicken sausage in marinara sauce seasoned with red pepper flakes, oregano and garlic salt.
The sauce was low-sodium, so I figured it would be okay to include the garlic salt this time.
I skipped dessert and even woke up more satisfied than normal. It’s been a while since I have made pasta without using veggie noodles, so I guess that was to be expected.
This morning I turned to another go-to with a healthy oat and egg pancake topped in agave nectar and cinnamon.
I think I’m finally getting the hang on how to flip them. My biggest tip would be to be patient. Don’t try to hurry it along and flip it over until it’s ready! Use medium heat, a big spatula, and look for tiny bubbles to form to know when to go for it.
All right. The sun is shining, my coffee has kicked in, and it’s time to attack the day. I’m excited to finally go (online) laptop shopping (finally!) and have plans to make some kind of banana bread in between my much needed study sessions today.
When it comes to my laptops, I’m definitely a Mac girl. Any pros and cons or suggestions concerning the MacBook Pro vs. the MacBook Air?
Also, feel free to share your favorite banana filled recipe below. I’m in need of some inspiration!
Question of the Morning
• Do you like to use free weights, or do you prefer to use machines when strength training?
I go back and forth. Currently, I have been in the dumbbell type of training mode for the last couple of years. I’ll hop on a machine from time to time, but the majority of the time I enjoy completing and putting together workouts that I can do virtually anywhere!
Tory @ tory of my life.com
I bought teh new Macbook Pro when they came out last fall and love it. I previously had the same laptop I think you have (white Macbook from 2006-2007ish) and I still can’t get over how much smaller and lighter my new laptop is… and it isn’t even the air! Even if you’re worried about size and portability I would still choose the Pro over the Air, because the Pro is still very lightweight, yet more powerful.
Ha I’m pretty sure I have, well now had that very same MacBook. It was a dinosaur! Hmm I’m sure I’ll be debating for a bit. Thanks for the tips!
Jaclyn @ Bumpsweat
I’m hoping to make banana bread today, too! What else can you do with nasty overripe bananas that’s more delicious?!? Oh, and I’m a huge fan of free weights! Happy shopping 🙂
I have almost two bunches of them! Yikes. Enjoy your banana bread baking!
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries
I’m definitely a free weight girl … except I do love the leg press!
One of my favorite banana breads is this one: http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-banana-bread/ It’s a little more decadent, but SO good. A healthier and super delicious option is another favorite of mine: http://www.dailygarnish.com/recipes?recipe_id=6019200
Those both look delish, ESP with the chocolate peanut butter. Thanks for sharing!
Leslie @ Life Begins at 30?
I prefer free weights when I actually use weights. I do a lot of body weight work instead. It is probably why I am not very strong!! 🙂
Ha, I’m the same way! I’ve been trying to at least incorporate dumbbells once or twice a week.
Rachel @ Blonde with a Chanse
I generally prefer to use machines when I am strength training, but I need to mix it up more and do a bit of both. Strength training is definitely something I need to work on overall though because it isn’t my fav.
Chrissy @ Pink Polish and Running Shoes
I have a MacBook Pro and I love it! I’ve never used the Air though so I can’t say much about that one. As for strength training, I’m a free weights kinda girl. I like to use my dumbbells while I watch TV at night. Pretty much all my strength training takes place in the living room.
I’m definitely a free-weights lover. And that workout looks great, too! I’d definitely go with the pro. You can insert a disc if needed and I *think* it has more capabilities as far as pictures, graphics, etc. My mom works part time at the Apple Store (5 kids, all out of the house but one, has left her with a lot of time on her hands she wanted to fill!) and after seeing and dealing with them all on a daily/weekly basis, she just purchased a new MacBook Pro.
Dang – I just finally decided on the Air, the 13″ with the extra memory. I also have an iMac so can also edit videos and such there. I was so torn! I don’t really need the CD drive, so hopefully I made the right decision.
Ah, well, if you have a desktop, then I’m sure you’re fine! And I’m with you, I hardly ever use my CD drive. I’m sure you’ll love it!!
Thanks for the suggestions!
Emma @ Life's A Runner
I’ve definitely turned into a bit of an equipment junkie lately. Not necessarily machines, but I’ve been loving the heavier barbells and pull-up bar at my gym! I should give this a go on the weekend, for sure though!
Ahh that pull-up bar is my nemesis! Ha. Not really, but I definitely don’t enjoy it. I need to do more of those so it doesn’t so dramatic when I do! 😉
That workout looks great! Looking forward to trying it with my mom this week–she’s just now starting to work out with weights. This will be a good one for her.