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How to Create A Home Gym Under $100 March 24, 2015

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Having kids, a home to manage, a job to go to and countless other things to do on a daily basis, may be just the reason to keep us from going to the gym. So why not make your own gym at home with very inexpensive equipment?

Start with a yoga mat.  Not only can you do yoga on it, but it’s also good for any exercise movements or stretches which may require you to have some type of padding or non-slip surface. Starting at about $10, this is a great investment.

Since a rack of dumbbells costs at least $300, having resistance bands are great alternatives. With resistance bands, you can do just about any type of strength training exercise, which would normally require heavy weights — chest presses, rows, shoulder presses, tricep extensions, bicep curls, squats, and more! And all starting at the low, low price of $9.95.

This next piece of equipment is the most expensive, but can be utilized for many things. The adjustable weight bench can be used for chest exercises, tricep dips, step up movements, inclined or declined movements, ab work, and lots more.  Starting at $50, you will definitely get your money’s worth after the first use.

Ready for a good cardio workout? Stroll down memory lane and pick up a jump rope.  With the ability to help you burn over 100 calories in only 10 minutes, this small piece of equipment will be one of your best kept secrets. Starting at $6, it’s a steal!

Now throw in a few workout DVDs and you’re well under $100 for a perfectly equipped home gym.  There’s nothing like saving money and saving time, all while staying within the comforts of home.  Have fun!

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HIIT It Monday- Over the Hill February 17, 2014

This week the weather in Texas is supposed to be beautiful.  I will take 70s degrees any day, over the crazy weather that some of the other southern states have been having. To celebrate the awesome weather, wouldn’t it be great to do a HIIT routine you can do outside? As a reminder, be sure to check out the benefits of HIIT here.

I don’t know about you, but I love doing hill sprints. I have since I ran high school track.  This hill workout can not only be done on hills, but also on bleachers and the treadmill.

Before beginning you workout, stretch for 5 minutes and jog for another 5 minutes to warm up the muscles and get the heart going.

The instructions are easy- sprint up the hill/bleachers and jog down the hill. Repeat for 10 to 30 minutes. Click here for the benefits of a hill workout.

Hill photo

(Photo source: bobwellsfitness.com)

 If you are using the treadmill, sprint 3.5-4.5 mph on an incline of 8 to 10 (or whatever is the most comfortable, yet challenging for you) for 30 secs and jog on an incline of 0 for 1 minute. Continue that interval for 10 to 30 minutes. Try not to hold onto the handrails and don’t lean back while in an incline as this would be like running on a level ground. Lean into the incline to get the most out of the workout.

Click here for the benefits of a treadmill incline workout.

treadmill incline

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Your entire lower body will thank you for this workout!

What are some great outdoor workouts you like to do or try?
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