I’ve been MIA but there is no baby to report yet! 🙂
Yesterday was a busy day that didn’t leave me any time for blogging and then this morning I taught a yoga class, took a yoga class and baked sourdough bread while I did car research. My check engine light came on again yesterday after last week’s repairs and my car was doing the same annoying start and shut off thing this morning when I was leaving to go teach. This is pretty much the worst timing ever to be feeling the crunch to choose a new car but I’m trying not to rush anything and to thoroughly do my research and understand my options. I took it into the repair shop again this afternoon to read the check engine code and it’s another issue with the fuel system. So you can say it’s been a fun day so far! 😉
On the positive side, it is gorgeous in Charlotte today and I’m working out on my back patio with the company of two cute goldens. I’m done teaching for the day and it feels good to have a whole afternoon in front of me. I have exciting things planned like folding laundry, dog walking, a trip to the bank and post office and cooking dinner. Sounds perfect to me!
UPPER BODY SUPERSET WORKOUT
This is the time of year when I get inundated with upper body workout requests. I guess everyone’s arms and shoulders are seeing the light of day again after a long, cold winter + I always find that brides want to do some extra upper body focus in preparation for the big day!
I put together a quick upper body superset workout to share with you guys today. All you really need is a set of dumbbells and your own bodyweight for this one. A bench or step would be nice but isn’t necessary and there is an option to do some pull ups as part of this workout if you have access to a pull up machine or bar. If not, don’t sweat it! Just leave them out!
The way this works is that you knock out all reps and rounds of one superset before moving on to the next. I’m recommending 2-3 rounds of each superset. You should be able to complete this workout in about 20-30 minutes, depending on whether you do 2 or 3 rounds of each group of exercises.
Remember that weight selection is everything! You shouldn’t get to the last rep of the 15 and feel like you could keep going for 15 more. On the other hand, you shouldn’t get to 6 and need a break already. Look for that sweet spot where reps 10-15 get really hard but are doable with breath and focus.
MAY WORKOUT PLAYLIST
Need some motivating tunes to get you through your strength training? Here’s your May Workout Playlist! It features over 2.5 hours of music. Play it on shuffle to keep it fresh!
Speaking of workouts…part of me really wants to go to the gym to get a strength workout in since I’m not sure when that will be in the cards for me in the future…but then part of me is hesitant because I know I’ll be sore. I’m terrified to feel really sore going into labor. Haha! 🙂
I’ll probably just stick with walking and maybe I’ll do some push ups and squats at home or something.
Off to run errands and get some housework done. Let me know what you think if you try this workout!
Do you prefer training upper or lower body? I LOVE training legs!
Do you prefer to break up your training (like legs one day, upper another day) or do total body strength workouts when doing strength?
What types of workouts would you like to see more of from me!? Hit me up with requests! I’d love to hear what you want more of and find useful!
I would love to see hiit + stregth combo workouts!
I love these types of workouts too so I’m on it!
HIIT and core! Especially workouts that don’t need more equipment than just dumbbells / medicine balls since I have limited equipment
Love your workouts – I save the images in a workout folder in my phone and use them multiple times per week 🙂 thanks!
Note taken! And thank you so much for using my workouts Tina! 🙂
I love all your workouts! They are always leave me with such a good sore for the next couple of days, can’t wait to try this one!! Thinking about you and can’t wait to hear the happy news that baby boy has arrived! 🙂
Anne – so glad to read this. Thank you for trying my workouts! And yes, eagerly awaiting his arrival and that “he’s here” post!
I love all of them! You post the perfect mix of strength and hiit. Also really love your yoga flows and being able to see demo in video. And also appreciate the modifications (specifically pregnancy related) that you offer. You’re a wealth of information! Can’t wait to try this workout after yoga tomorrow am.
YAY! Thank you so much for the awesome feedback Catherine!
You are my go-to on workouts! I would love to see workouts with different squat ideas or a challenge for squats? Can’t wait to try this workout tomorrow!
My husband and I did this workout together tonight and both really liked it. I’m five and a half months pregnant right now, so he managed to do three rounds of each superset in the time it took me to knock out two, so it worked out perfectly for both of us! ?
Thank you so much for taking a moment to come back and let me know how it went for you! Love that y’all did it together!
Love this upper superset. I would love to see more total body strength and hiit workouts!
Thank you for the feedback!!! I love total body too and there will be more HIIT once I’m back to HIITing again!
Great set of Workouts…I must admit you are a superb multitasker…”I taught a yoga class, took a yoga class and baked sourdough bread while I did car research”… WOW! I cannot ever do that…I’m more like working on one thing at a time…Otherwise I get lost 🙁
Haha, I didn’t literally do them all at the same time! More like back to back. 😉
I did this workout this morning and loved it! It was TOUGH. I could barely take out my ponytail in the locker room after! I did three rounds of each superset, and it took me slightly longer – about 45 minutes.
This was the first workout of yours that I’ve done, and definitely won’t be the last. Thanks!
Thank you so much for trying my workout and taking the time to report back and to let me know how long it took!!!!
LOVE your workouts! They are the perfect go to when I don’t want to venture to a fitness class or the gym. Thank you so much for posting them, I’m always excited when I see you share a new one…AND you pair music with them…best combo ever!
YAY! So happy to hear that these are useful to other people!