Friday, March 22, 2013

The No-Makeup-Required Workout

I'm not one to "make myself up" for a workout, so it's kind of surprising that every workout routine I've shown you so far has had photos of me wearing makeup. I'm a workout-first-thing-in-the-morning kind of person, so normally I roll out of bed, throw on some spandex, pack my gym bag and head out the door—no makeup needed. I mean, who's at the gym or out for a run at 6:00 am anyway?

So today, that's what you get—a no-fuss, no-makeup-required workout routine. Do it at home or do it at the gym—but the most important thing—just do it!

workout exercises
Top: Under Armour // Capris: Champion // Shoes: Nike // Kettlebell: Target

  1. Plank rows: Beginning in plank position, squeeze your core and back muscles and lift the kettlebell to chest-level, keeping your arm close to your body.
    • Targets: back, core
  2. Narrow-stance squat: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Keeping the weight of your body over your feet, slowly lower your body down into a squat. If you use weight with this exercise, rest it on the front of your shoulders.
    • Targets: quads
  3. Bicep curls: Flex your bicep and lift the kettlebell. Make sure your elbow stays close to your body and doesn't move when you lift the weight.
    • Targets: biceps
  4. Side plank with a leg raise: While holding a side plank, lift your leg up and down, squeezing your butt.
    • Targets: core, obliques, glutes, hip flexors
Try doing 20 reps of each of these or do all the exercises for 1-minute and repeat the set 5-times. This is definitely a full-body workout, because you're working your upper body, lower body, and core!

I hope you get a chance to fit this into your weekend workout, or give it a shot next week—and don't forget—no makeup required!


Lindsay said...

I was just thinking about you today because I think I'm going to add in the last workout you showed in addition to my KettleWorx videos. And, I think it's time for a heavier Kettle Bell. :) I need something that works my glutes/hamstrings really well, do you have any suggestions? I feel like I'm going to end up with a "mirror body" you know, when people look great from the front (what they can see in the mirror) but then look not as great from behind (what they can't see in the mirror.)

mckenna bleu said...

Loving this post!! Have a wonderful weekend love!!

Kateri Von Steal said...

Looking at the pictures of the side plank with a leg raise makes me ache... and I'm not even exercising!

I need to try though!!!!

Kelsey Wilburn said...

whew this looks great! :)

kw ladies in navy

Lindsay said...

I've decided that I'm just going to open your blog, click on "Work Out Routines" in your categories list, and pick one. Yes, that is how I'm going to work out at home. :)

Shelley said...

I was doing side planks in a class the other day. Whew! Those are hard!

Annelise @ Aunie Sauce said...

I actually have GREAT suggestions... and you gave me the idea to do photos of the "lower body workout" which is coming soon. In the meantime, try walking lunges, deadlifts, and squats! I'll be posting that new workout for YOU soon!

Annelise @ Aunie Sauce said...

It's a killer! I usually opt out... but it's so good!

Annelise @ Aunie Sauce said...

that's the BIGGEST compliment, lindsay. thank you! let's get fit together!