Halloween workout playlist

Hey friends! How are you today?  Happy Friday eve!

Friday the 13th eve to be specific (ohh spooky)!

Since it is October and Halloween festivities are coming up, I put together a little Halloween themed workout playlist to share.  This is a mix of classic and newer songs that all have at least a little spooky/Halloween flare to bring to your next workout.  The first and last songs are great for warm-up and cool down, everything in between is great for working out while enjoying the season!

Halloween Workout Playlist

You can also find this playlist on my Spotify, here.

Looking for a workout to pair it with? You could always go with some creepy cardio to complete the theme;)

Do you have any favorite Halloween songs?  Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th? I am not, but enjoy the novelty of it.

Hope you have a great day!  See you tomorrow with some favorites from the week!


Creepy Cardio Workout

Hey, welcome to the blog today!  Hope your week is off to a great start.

My mom had offered to come watch the babies last night so the hubs and I could enjoy a little date (thanks, mom)! We headed to Roadhouse cinemas to catch a screening of It.  I love Roadhouse, you reserve seats in advance, so there is not the rush to get there early for the best seats.  They are also full service and have a drink and dinner menu.  A server comes and gets your order prior to the show starting and brings your food and drinks right to you.  There is also a ton of leg room, which the hubs is especially appreciative of, he is pretty tall.

I was a little nervous to go see It.  I actually love horror movies.  Or at least, I love the traditional Nightmare on Elm Street variety.  I really don’t care for the newer ones with realistic violence and I can’t stomach torture movies.  Anyhow, while I like horror movies, I have a bit of a clown phobia, which I am pretty sure is a result of seeing the original It, so I was apprehensive about seeing this remake.  I don’t think my clown phobia will be going away anytime soon, but it was nice to get out and enjoy a date night with the hubs.  We both agreed that the movie is well done and SUPER creepy.

Since I have creepy, Halloween stuff on the brain right now, I wanted to share this creepy cardio workout with you today!  Ok, maybe it isn’t especially creepy, but it is a great little cardio workout in 30 minutes.

I set this up as a running workout so it could be done on a treadmill or outside.  If running is not your jam though you could easily complete it on the elliptical or bike and approach the jogs as a medium effort, the runs as an increased effort and the sprints as an all-out effort.

Creepy cardio workout (1)

As always, listen to your body and adapt as needed.  Let me know if you give it a try.

Question: Do you like horror movies?  Seen any good movies on Netflix recently?  We rarely go to the movies, but it is always nice to have some in the queue on Netflix or Hulu.

What is your preferred type of cardio?

Fall into Fitness Workout

Hey guys, how are you today?  Happy Thursday!  Also, happy fall eve!  Tomorrow is the official start of fall.  It is still pretty hot here in AZ, but I am all about the fall things anyways.  I am excited about fall adventures and have been enjoying iced pumpkin spice coffee for a couple of weeks now.

Today I wanted to share a quick workout with you.  I did this workout last weekend, and it was quick (about 15 minutes) but challenging.  So it is great if you are short on time.  You can also repeat it if you are looking for a longer workout.  You will need a set of dumbbells and a bench or step (I used the bottom step on my stairs).  To complete, warm up for few minutes first.  Then begin with the first circuit, the step up to bicep curl and froggers.  You will complete 12 of the step-up curls (first exercise), then 8 froggers (second exercise).  Then 10 of the first exercise, followed by 8 of the second exercise.  The last set is 8 of the first exercise followed by 8 of the second exercise.  This circuit is followed by a quick round of cardio (toe taps) before moving on to the next circuit (lunge with lateral lifts and release push-ups).  The format for the second and third circuits is the same as the first.  You will move through one circuit, then to the cardio burst, then onto the next circuit.

Fall into Fitness

As always, listen to your body and modify as needed.   Hope you enjoy!

Questions:  What are you most excited about this fall?  Do you have any favorite fall fitness activities?  I love going for jogs and hiking as the weather cools off.

Quick Jump Rope Tabata Workout

Happy Wednesday friends! How is your week going? The first half of the week has dragged over here.  But, it is starting to sink in that a three-day weekend is coming up, so I am super excited for that!

I am not sure exactly why (our schedule is pretty normal this week), but I feel short on time.  I have been trying to counteract that rushed feeling by getting in quicker workouts and making quick meals.  Like this one I shared yesterday.

I got a new jump rope last weekend and have been marveling at what a good cardio challenge it is.  I did this Tabata workout earlier in the week and really felt like I got my money’s worth in a short amount of time. Completing two rounds will make for an approximately 12-minute workout.  Perfect for when you are short on time but still want to get a high-intensity workout in.  If you have more time and want an additional challenge, add on 1-2 more rounds.

12 Minute Tabata workout-Jump rope-

As always, listen to your body and feel free to modify as needed.  Let me know if you give it a try.

Do you ever jump rope as part of your workouts? What’s your favorite home gym item?

Countdown body weight workout.

Hello, hello!  How are you today?  Did you watch the eclipse?  I did not plan to as I was working and had not gotten glasses.  But my boss surprised me with some, so I was able to take a break to watch for a bit.  It was pretty cool to see and a nice little break from the usual grind.

I am also happy to report that we are slowly and surely working our way back to healthy over here.  Please keep your fingers crossed that the babies can stay feeling good.

Today I wanted to share a quick, do anywhere workout.  I love countdown workouts.  I feel motivated to work hard when I know the next round will be a little easier and I always feel accomplished when I complete a good countdown style workout.  This workout is body weight only, so all you need is a little space and time to get this workout in.

For this workout, do some light cardio to warm up.  Then move quickly from one exercise to the next.  Start with 20 repetitions of each exercise, and drop two repetitions each round (first round 20 of each exercise, second round 18…).  Work your way down to two of each exercise for your final round.

Short on time, or not feeling up to higher repetitions?  No problem, follow the format but adjust the repetitions to meet your needs.  Maybe start at 20, but end at 10.  Or start at a lower number of repetitions.

Body weight only countdown workout

As with any workout, please listen to your body and make any adjustments you need.  Since this workout is body weight only, it is also super convenient for travel.

Let me know if you give it a try.

Question for today – Do you workout when traveling?  If so, what kind of exercises do you prefer?  I don’t usually workout as much when traveling.  But like to get in quick workouts and do lots of walking.




New month – New workout plan

Hey, guys!  Happy August, can you believe it is August already?  I know it is still Summer, but my mind has been wandering towards Fall.  I even had a Pumpkin Pie smoothie over the weekend, it was delicious.

I had shared my personal workout calendar a couple of times last month and had a few comments that it seemed helpful.  So I thought I would share a calendar and some workout ideas for this month. Here is a printable calendar for the month for you to use    -> calendar

I also have a brand new workout for you!  Make sure to warm up for about 5-7 minutes prior to starting this workout.  All you need is a pair of dumbbells, but if you have a resistance band handy, try tying it around your thighs for your shuffles.  Just make sure it is a good 5-6 inches above your knee.  I did the shuffle portion of this workout by shuffling back and forth across the room, but depending on available space, you could do 3-5 shuffles in one direction, before coming back in the other direction.

bit o everything

Looking for some more workout ideas?  Try some of these:

400 Rep Workout

Four Round AMRAP

Plank it out

Quickie Burpee Workout

Or check out some of my favorite online workouts

*Please listen to your body and follow any directions from your doctor while engaging in physical activity.   While I am a certified personal trainer, I am not familiar with your individual needs and abilities, and information provided here is not intended to replace that of a medical professional.

My favorite workouts online

Hey, friends! Happy half way through the week!  How’s it going so far?

I have been meaning to post some new workouts recently, but have not been able to get them prepped and up on the blog. Hopefully, I will be able to get them up and on the blog soon.  In the interim, I wanted to share some of my favorite sources for free online workouts.

Bad Yogi – Erin’s yoga flows are some of my favorites for a quick yoga session.  I love her energy and I can easily find the perfect quick yoga fix for me.

yoga 2

Popsugar – The PopSugar YouTube channel and website always has new, on trend workouts. I always feel challenged by their workouts and can find something I like no matter if I’m feeling HIIT, dance or anything in between. They also have workouts ranging from 10-60 minutes so I can find something no matter how tight on time I am.

Fitnessista: Some of my favorite quick workouts to bust out while traveling come from Gina’s website.  She also has awesome Summer and Winter shape ups, which are FREE month-long workout plans.

Pumps & Iron: Is another go to for me if I am looking for new strength ideas, I love the variety of moves she incorporates.

What are your go to quick or at home workouts? Do you prefer to follow a workout plan, or do you make up your own routines?

Hope you have a great day!