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Leg Day Lover’s Workout

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Grab your dumbells, sand bag, barbell, soup cans, or whatever you have handy and enjoy this simple yet effective 3 move workout. This workout will challenge your legs and butt by forcing you to balance, and focus on independently strengthening each leg. By utilizing lunge type movements, your stronger side won’t be able to take over to complete the reps, and you’ll be more effectively targeting individual muscle groups.

It is important to push yourself to a challenging weight, but only as long as your form takes priority. Push through the heel, keep your shoulders back and down, and always make sure your core is engaged and tucked in tight to protect your back. Get low, and really focus on using the glutes with each movement.

Have fun with it!




Repeat this circuit 5 times. For your first 2 rounds, use a lighter weight and go for 10-15 reps for a good warm up. For the final 3 rounds, push to the heaviest weight and go for 5-8 reps. You should aim for a weight that challenges you to barely be able to complete your last rep.

  • CURTSY LUNGE (each side)
  • OVERHEAD LUNGES (20 reps for every round, alternate sides)

Upper Body Building Circuit


I can’t always easily decide on one particular muscle group to train. Sometimes my mood calls for a broad span of movements, sort of a way to tie up the loose ends from my week, if you will! This upper body circuit will work a little bit of everything: shoulders, chest, triceps, back, abs, and biceps. I hope you enjoy these moves as much as I did!




SET 1: 5 rounds (2 warm up sets at 10-15 reps, 3 working sets at 5-8 reps)

  • Dumbell Row (both sides)
  • Barbell Press
  • Bench Row

SET 2: 5 rounds (2 warm up sets at 10-15 reps, 3 working sets at 5-8 reps)

  • Underhand Barbell Row
  • Resistance Band Ab Sequence – 15 reps every set
  • Bench Dumbell Pullover

SET 3: 3 rounds

  • Burpee Jump Tuck – 15
  • Bicep Curl/Front Fly Combo (5 bicep curls + front fly, then 5 regular bicep curls)

Resistance Band Deadlift Workout

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Leg day is awesome! This workout is going to challenge you to complete 6 dynamic exercises designed shape and strengthen the lower body. There are so many cool variations of deadlifts, and the resistance bands are a neat way to superset, or in this case, tri-set your workouts. You will need a kettlebell or dumbell, a restance band of your choosing, and a barbell (0r set of dumbells.)

Push hard,challenge yourself,  mind your form, and as always, have fun.




SET 1: 5 Rounds

  • Band Kick Backs – 15
  • Straight Leg Deadlift – 2 warm up sets of 10-15 reps, then 3 working sets of 5-8 reps
  • Kettlebell Swing – 30

SET 2: 5 Rounds

  • Banded Deadlift – 2 warm up sets of 10-15 reps, then 3 working sets of 5-8 reps
  • Band “V” Kicks – 10 (make an upside down ‘v’ with your leg straight, left + right = one rep)
  • Band Side Steps – 20 (Stay low, 2 steps right is one rep, then 2 steps left is another rep, etc.)



Today is Going to be a Good Day


Soaking up the Tahoe Sun. 🌲🌞Today is going to be a good day.
If you want something, you have to go out and get it. You have to work hard for it, be persistent, and don’t give up because the going gets tough. The moments that we overcome challenges are the moments that will define us.
There is something about pushing ourselves physically through a tough workout – pushing our bodies to their limits that carries over into the rest of our lives. Overcoming the difficulty of a hard workout is a small daily victory that gives us confidence and strength to let life’s little challenges roll off our back.
Be bold or be ordinary. Its your choice. Make the choice to be the best version of you. Every. Damn. Day.

Best Damn Cauliflower Mash


Last week I was craving a delicious filet, so I grabbed a couple small medallions from the local organic butcher. Once seared in a roasted garlic sauce, served along with asparagus and home made cauliflower mash, the results did not disappoint! The steak was so tender and flavorful, and the cauliflower was easy to whip up, and BOMB! It tasted just like mashed potatoes and was every bit as satisfying. This cauliflower mash was indeed, the best damn cauliflower mash I had ever had!

Try it for yourself, cheers!


The recipe for the Best Damn Cauliflower Mash is simple:

  • 2 sm/med size heads cauliflower
  • 2 wedges Laughing Cow creamy swiss, light
  • 4 tablespoons fresh chives
  • Johnny’s parmesan garlic, and Molly McButter seasonings, to taste

Start by trimming the stem and leaves from the cauliflower, and cutting it into large pieces. Place florets into a large pan with 3 inches of water, cover and bring to a boil. Steam with the lid on approx 12 mins, or until florets become tender.



Once cooked, transfer cauliflower to the blender or food processor. Add cheese, chives, and seasonings. Blend until smooth. You may have to transfer the cauliflower in batches, depending on the size of your blender. I found that my VitaMix fits everything for this recipe in one batch!

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Serve warm, or cover and keep in the refrigerator for a late night snack! 🙂

This recipe makes 4 servings. *These macros will vary slightly depending on the size of your cauliflower.

Per Serving:

Total Fat
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Dirt Off Your Shoulders


This workout is designed to target your shoulders, triceps, core and more by combining dynamic, heart rate elevating movements with isolated muscle building movements. I think there is nothing more prominent, and immediately noticed that strong, round shoulders that make your arms pop in anything! Having strength in your upper body will significantly improve your day to day activities, making every task easier. The shoulders are especially susceptible to injury, specifically the rotator cuff,  due to weaknesses around the socket, tissues and tendons, but this vulnerability can easily be changed with some strength training.

I hope you will enjoy this killer workout as much as I do…it is definitely one of my favorites, and I include it in my weekly training schedule.




Repeat 3 times:

  • Plank Shuffle – 20 reps
  • Plank Pull Burpee – 10 reps
  • Shoulder Circles – 10 reps
  • Reptile Push Up – 10 reps
  • Standing 1 Arm Tricep Pull – 10 each side
  • Dive Bomber Push Up – 10 reps
  • Standing 1 Arm Shoulder Press – 10 each side
  • Pike Jumps – 30 reps
  • Tricep Dips – 30 reps
  • Plank Kick Through – 20 reps

Bombshell Booty Workout

Today’s workout is an all around butt kicker! I have included some high intensity movements along with a few weighted sculpting movements. Training the glutes and legs burns more calories than any other muscle in the body. Strong glutes and legs provide a foundation and support for the entire body, helping to prevent injury, and giving you more power for your day to day activities. It’s always a bonus to fill out those jeans nicely, too!

This workout is meant to be done in pairs, meaning 2 exercises at a time, for 3 rounds each set. I recommend going heavy with those weights, but if you do not have access to any, you may complete this workout with just your body weight. For the weighted portions, if you are hitting the top end of your reps with ease, it is time to increase the weight. For example, if you are going for 10 reps, and you hit 10 reps with energy to spare, increase the weight by 5-10 pounds until you are hitting a range of 8-10 at maximum effort. The idea is to challenge your muscles, so don’t be afraid to get some weight in there! If you are using your body weight only, I recommend 20 reps for each exercise.

Don’t forget to warm up properly, and enjoy this workout! It is sure to have your butt and legs feeling worked. 🙂



Repeat each set 3 times in a row, taking a short rest in between rounds.
SET 1:
  • Box Side Skips – 50 reps
  • Curtsy Lunge – 10 each leg

SET 2:

  • Glute Bridge – 10 reps, 3 second pause at the top
  • Side Step Ups – 10 each leg

SET 3:

  • Kettlebell Swings – 20 reps
  • Split Squat – 8 each leg

SET 4:

  • Wide Stance Squat – 20 reps
  • Box Jumps – 20