Tag Archives: strength training

Volunteering & Resistance Bands

3 Aug

Is anyone else in shock that it’s already the beginning of August!?

This week was my last week volunteering at the senior home I have been at all summer.  It was a wonderful experience and I’m glad that I could use some of my free time to help others.  My work mostly concentrated in their marketing/PR department, so I assisted with various computer tasks, took photos of residents and improved the organization’s Facebook page.

I know it can be hard to find the time to volunteer as most of us are busy with work, family and other commitments.  It can also be a challenge to devote time to something that won’t result in a paycheck.

What I’ve learned over the past few months is that any amount of volunteering makes a difference.  I volunteered 12 hours a week, but I met some people who gave just one hour a week.  It all adds up.

Find something that inspires you.  Evaluate your schedule and consider whether volunteering is something you could do.  You might meet great people along the way, make someone’s life a little easier or find a new passion within you that you didn’t know existed.

In other news, I have discovered a love for a new-to-me fitness toy…

Resistance bands!

My boyfriend Dan bought resistance bands in the beginning of the summer to do P90X.  I had never used resistance bands until this week when we did a work out together.  We did a circuit that looked like this:

  • Biceps
  • Shoulders
  • Triceps
  • 30 sec. plank

For each set we did as many reps as possible.  We did this circuit a total of five times through, mixing up the exercises each time to target the muscles differently.  It was an effective workout that went by quickly and it was all done right in his living room.

After loving this workout, I knew resistance bands needed to be purchased to come to school with me.  I got the ones pictured above at Target for $19.99.

The set came with three bands – light, medium and heavy.  They all attach to the same handles for minimal equipment and an easy way to vary the resistance.  I’m really excited to use these for at-home strength training and for quick workouts while I’m at school.

Questions for the Afternoon:

  • Have you ever volunteered before?  If not, where would you like to volunteer?
  • Do you ever use resistance bands for strength training?

A lift & a lunch

13 Jul

Just stopping in quick to share a workout and some eats!

I started my time at the gym this afternoon with a quick 5 minute warm up.  1 minute of walking, 4 minutes of jogging.  I didn’t seem to have the patience for much more!

Next, I headed to the weight room to do Julie’s Biceps +Triceps + Shoulders + Abs workout.

I did the first 3 supersets (biceps + triceps) in the weight room, and then moved to the studio room for the second 3 supersets (shoulders +abs).  I finished up the workout with 15 minutes of incline walking.  I wanted to get some HIIT in there, but my legs were still feeling dead from yesterday’s leg workout.

Reppin’ my future school. What up, Buffalo!

I really liked this workout and it made me realize how much I miss having a regular lifting routine.  At school I was pretty good about strength training 2-3 times per week, but in the summer I keep a little less structure to my workout schedule and I tend to run outside a lot more.

When I got home afterwards I was STARVING, so fortunately lunch came together easily thanks to last night’s leftovers.

Left over turkey sausage, grilled peppers & onions mixed with two eggs.  On the side, half of one of my zucchini banana walnut muffins with some almond butter.

Bella and Louie were impressed with my creation:

Will look cute for food.

Off to run some errands, then hoping for another win tonight for our undefeated kickball team!