Good Morning! Today I have a quick but killer workout to share with you that I hope you’ll enjoy.
As most of you have probably picked up on, I prefer to complete my workouts at home from time to time. I love having a gym and/or studio membership, but on days where I have limited time (or motivation to fight the cold and snow) to get in a good one, I like to save it and do something effective at home instead.
I actually ran four miles before completing this one last night. I took a thirty minute break when Scott got home from work to catch up, then went upstairs and put this Pilates inspired workout together to get some body weight toning exercises in on top of the cardio.
Next time I will probably skip the run and complete two rounds (instead of just finishing one), but let me tell you… one still had my heart rate up and I already felt sore before going to bed a few hours later. Really.
This is probably one of the more advanced workouts I have posted on the blog, so please take note of the modifications I have included under the video references. I purposely incorporated cardio into some of the exercises, and the result is a glimpse at similar ones you could expect to show up in my beloved Fitness Pilates classes!
100 At-Home Pilates Inspired Workout
*Please remember to listen to your body and modify the exercises or reps 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!
• plie squat pulses (<- great demo, but she seems a little wide in her stance.)
See these tips on form and one heel up pulses (first right, then switch to left)
Like I mentioned above, I ran, took a break, and then completed one round of this workout. Even so, I was a sweaty mess with a raised heart rate in no time!
After a shower, I convinced Scott to make us a big salad for dinner and got excited when I saw it was chopped. He added a lot of my favorites, but didn’t include a meat or protein (like beans or nuts) I usually try to.
Also, I think it’s important to point out that the salad looks considerably smaller than it’s real size, since he used a large bowl rather than the serving plate I usually do.
Spinach, tomatoes, banana peppers, yellow peppers, cucumbers, carrots, and black olives topped in ground pepper and balsamic vinegar + oil (not pictured).
I was still hungry, but before I could make anything else it was time for us to meet a friend for ice cream. A mint chocolate chip waffle cone from Sander’s did a great job in filling me up!
It’s all about finding that balance and moderation, right? Whoops.
I hope you have a great start to your Tuesday, and I’ll see you after lunch!
Question of the Morning
• Do you like Pilates or barre inspired workouts?
If I receive enough positive feedback, I just might put more of them together to share. Pilates and barre are my absolute favorite type of group fitness classes to take and also the exercises I have learned to be most effective for the lean and tone body type I strive to maintain. Let me know!