Maximise your Calorie Burn and get Slimmer Legs with Zaggora Leggings

I’ve been wearing my Zaggora leggings every time I workout since around September 2016.  To my mind that’s long enough to know if they work or not. The result? My legs have definitely become leaner since wearing them. I’ve also dropped a few lbs on the scale – you know, those stubborn ones that like to cling on!

For those of you not familiar with these leggings, it’s kind of like wearing a wetsuit.  As soon as they go on you begin to feel warm and it’s not long before your legs begin to sweat.  Try wearing them for a HIIT workout and you will be positively dripping!  Fortunately I do my workouts at home, so I’m not too concerned about my appearance and sweat issues.  If you’re wearing them to the gym, my advice would be to wear black – they won’t show up the sweat patches in all the wrong places!  Definitely worth giving these leggings a go to maximise your calorie burn!

Wearing my blue Zaggora leggings post workout with Boris and George

These are my favourite Zaggora’s – they have the roll down Lycra waistband

 

 

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12 minutes of Madness…Twice Through if you’re mad enough!

This Bodyrock.tv workout is only 12 minutes but it’s guaranteed to make you sweat.  If you’re feeling energetic or just want a longer workout you can do it twice through – 24 minutes is more than adequate…it was for me anyway!

Set your interval timer for 12 rounds (or 24 rounds) of 10 seconds of rest/ 50 seconds or work

The exercises are as follows;

1. Squat Punch

2. Lateral Jumps

3. Ninja Jump Tuck, 5 High Knees

4. Push Up Core Rotation each side, burpee

5. Plank Jump Feet to Right Side, Jump in, 2 Jump Squats, Plank Jump Feet to Left Side

6. Plank Commando Up & Down Twice, Alternate Toe Tap Right & Left

7. V- Abs Roll (Alternate Sides)

8. Supermans (Opposite Arm to leg Extends)

9. 5 High Knees, 5 Jump Lunges

10. 2 Dive Bombers, plank Drunk Chicken

11. Surfer, 2 Jump Squats, 2 Hop Jumps Turn

12. 3 x Moving Press Ups, 5 Mountain Climbers

 

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BodyRock Body|Week 1 Day 5|Flexibility, Mobility & Balance

This workout incorporates some yoga moves.  I really enjoyed this one, good for upper body strength as well…hope you enjoy it too!

Bodyrock.tv recommends the following sets and reps based on your fitness level

Beginners: 

2-3 Rounds, 30 seconds Work/10 seconds Rest

Intermediate:

3-4 Rounds, 50 seconds Work/10 seconds Rest

Advanced:

5 + Rounds, 50 seconds Work/10 seconds Rest

For more instructions click here

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BodyRock Body|Week 2 Day 5|Flexibility, Mobility & Balance

Don’t be fooled by the title of this workout…it’s still tough, your heart rate will rise and you will SWEAT!! You will develop strength in the arms and shoulders with this one as well as the legs and core.  I’ve done this workout twice now, both times I ached the next day.  Normally I focus a lot on my legs, so this ones a bit different and it feels nice to do some downward dogs and back bends for a good stretch.

Bodyrock.tv recommends the following sets and reps based on your level of fitness:

Beginners: 

2-3 Rounds, 30 seconds Work/10 seconds Rest

Intermediate:

3-4 Rounds, 50 seconds Work/10 seconds Rest

Advanced:

5 + Rounds, 50 seconds Work/10 seconds Rest

For more details on this workout click here

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BodyRock Body|Week 1 Day 1|Legs & Glutes

This is the super hard leg workout I mentioned in my last post! Two days later and I’m still aching – it could have had something to do with the 3 mile run I did afterwards as well :-).  I guess it also depends on how much weight you use – just make sure you chose a weight that’s not too heavy you can’t complete your reps or sets, however, it shouldn’t feel easy.

 Bodyrock.tv recommends the following sets and reps depending on your fitness level:

Beginners: 

2-3 Rounds, 30 secs Work/10 Secs Rest

Intermediate:

3-4 Rounds, 50 secs Work/10 Secs Rest

Advanced:

5 + Rounds, 50 secs Work/10 Secs Rest

 

For more information on this workout click here

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BodyRock Body|Week 1 Day 4 | Core & Glutes

I did this workout today because my legs are still aching from my very hard leg day on Saturday.  I will share that leg day with you once I can find the video.

Bodyrock.tv recommends the following sets and reps depending on your fitness level:

Beginners: 

2-3 Rounds, 30 secs Work/10 Secs Rest

Intermediate:

3-4 Rounds, 50 secs Work/10 Secs Rest

Advanced:

5 + Rounds, 50 secs Work/10 Secs Rest

For more information on these exercises click here

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HIIT Workout – 8th May 2015

8th May 2015 Workout

I’ve decided to start sharing the workouts I’m doing.  Some of them I make up myself, depending on how I feel or the areas I want to focus on.  This one I scribbled down last night before I went to bed.  I was thinking about it and decided it is kind of like a Boot Camp for myself.  Sometimes I pretend I’m someone else telling me to work harder and push myself, yes slightly mad I know, but I bet I’m not the only one who talks to themselves 🙂

Firstly, make sure you warm up.  I set my timer for 10 rounds, 15 seconds:15 seconds, so that’s 5 minutes.  I have a sequence of moves & stretches I do which I got from the BodyRock video’s before Zuka Light left.
Workout – Set your timer for 15 Rounds, 10 seconds rest: 50 Seconds work

1. Jump Kicks – Jump from one leg to the other kicking your leg high

2. Skipping with high knees  – Or just do high knees if you don’t have a rope or your ceiling is too low!

3. Shuttle Runs – Shuffle from side to side, keep low, keep your back flat, butt out and touch the floor with your hand.  Try to go as fast as you can (they do this move in the  Insanity DVD’s!)

4. Weighted Barbell Glute Bridge – (See the stick man drawing at top of page) Lie on your back, place the barbell (or dumbbell) across your hips then lift and lower them, really squeeze the butt at the top – it HURTS!

5. Plank Alternate Knee to Elbow – Keep the back flat and abs tight as you bring the knee to meet the elbow.

Cooling down & stretching
These workouts really do work the legs, butt and hips so it’s really important to stretch afterwards.  I do focus quite a bit on stretching out my legs and hips…they can get tight very quickly if you don’t pay attention to them…that’s when you can start to get injuries and back problems.

 

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Abs Workout

Abs Workout

The following workout is a great HIIT video and the kind of thing I do.  If I’m bored I will go to YouTube and do Zuka’s routines.  She was the first person I followed and the one who got me into these short but effective exercise routines.

How to follow this video

You’ll need an interval timer. Total workout is 12 minutes, there are 3 different sets.

1st Set; Set your timer for 4 rounds of 10secs rest/30secs work = 3mins

2nd Set; Set your timer for 3 rounds of 10secs rest/50secs work = 3mins

3rd Set; Set your timer for 8 rounds of 10secs rest/30 secs work = 6mins

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My Fitness Journey

How I got into Fitness

My eldest sister first inspired me to start working out.  She ran for the county and I was so jealous of her perfect little bubble butt, as she walked through my bedroom in her knickers to the airing cupboard…I was about 14 at the time, and so my fitness journey began.

I’m now 42 years old and I’ve exercised regularly since about age 16.  Over all of those years I have exercised anywhere between 3-6 times per week.  For most of those years I think I over trained.  I worked out for far too long and didn’t allow for rest days.  It’s only in the past 4-5 years that my routine has changed…and I’ve experienced the most dramatic changes in my shape.  Before I would do hours of cardio, aiming for 5-6 days per week.  Now I do short interval workouts using Body Weight, an Ugi ball, Rubber Bands, Medicine Balls, Dumbbells and a Skipping Rope…though not normally all at the same time!  I also include Yoga based stretches.

You can see the Results in my HIIT (High Intensity interval Training) Gallery. I am by no means a saint when it comes to diet, I try to eat the right kind of foods most of the time.  Fortunately I don’t really like junk food and I never drink fizzy drinks.  My weaknesses are Dark Chocolate, Crisps and Wine!

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