This is a program for females aiming to get strong and toned in a short amount of time. It is a basic weight training program consisting of three 45 minute workouts a week. You should do this program for approximately four weeks aiming to apply the principle of progressive overload. This means each week when you do the workouts aim to do a little more than the week before e.g. increase your weights, or do an extra rep. This is the program I made up for myself to do over the last few weeks. I am currently four month
Something I get asked all the time is for a home workout suitable for beginners. This full body workout is super basic and very suitable for total exercise newbies. You don’t even need any equipment – just two cans from your kitchen cupboard. If you would like to make the workout a little more challenging you can progress to dumbbells which you can pick up from Kmart for very little. You can find a demonstration of the workout on my YouTube channel:
I have been enjoying being able to exercise regularly throughout my second trimester. It has really made a difference in stabilising my mood, keeping my energy levels up, keeping me healthy and preventing excessive weight gain. Currently, my workout routine is this:
- Monday – Yoga
- Tuesday – Full Body Circuit
- Wednesday – 30 minute walk
- Thursday – Weights and HIIT
- Friday – Weights and HIIT
- Saturday – 30 minute walk
- Sunday – 30 minute walk
If you would like to download and print a copy of my workouts you can do so by clicking here:
I thought I would share with you all the exercise program I am about to start. I will be fifteen weeks pregnant on Monday when I begin, and I will complete it for four to five weeks. My fitness had dropped quite a lot over the course of the first trimester. Finding time to train when I wasn’t at work, exhausted or feeling nauseous or headachey was hard! Anyway, I am now loving being able to exercise more often each week. I really find healthy eating and regular exercise makes a massive difference
Advanced resistance training techniques, also known as specialised techniques or overload techniques are used by athletes with the intention to enhance muscle gains. They are suitable once you have been training with straight sets for a while and are looking to up the intensity and challenge your muscles. They are one way you can apply the progressive overload principle to your training. The following techniques prolong the time under tension a muscle has to work and increase the muscle recruitment and exhaustion.
1. Super sets
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This is when you perform a set
Here’s one of my latest workouts, designed to grow your glute muscles. You’re really going to feel it in your legs, too! I first did this workout several weeks ago in our hotel gym in Nashville. I was so sore for three days afterwards that I was hobbling around like a Tennessee cowgirl who’s spent too much time on her horse! If you’re really trying to grow your glutes, you should be training them at least twice a week, so use this for one of those training days.
If you’re following many fitness social media accounts at the moment, you would know that it’s all about having a round peachy tush!
You have three gluteal muscles: the gluteus maximus, gluteus medius and gluteus minimus. Apart from looking good, strong, well-developed glutes also help improve posture, relieve lower back, hip and knee pain and enhance your athletic ability (e.g