Workout While The Kids Sleep

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Workout While The Kids Sleep

I am lover of the gym I design my workouts to get maximum benefit whether I be in the gym or at home. If you follow us you will know we are  busy parents of two and you know just like anyone else that sometimes you just can’t make it to the gym so what do you do…. workout while the kids sleep

Lil Mr Workout turned 8 months just over a week ago and has learnt to walk, has cut his two front teeth, recovering from a bout of chicken pox and not quite mastered the fine arts of sleeping through the night. Through all this development he is doing makes for some what of an interesting task  when you are trying to head out for an evening workout, we try plan our workouts in after the kids have gone to bed and we normally tag team alternate days.  I am sure you can imagine all this new development for an 8 month baby means much needed cuddle time with Mummy which calls for me to be close but…. alas I don’t want to have to stop training so while the kids slept Mr Workout and I got our workout on.

Here is my back and active rest workout, great for killing two birds with one stone when you are short for time and want to get your weight training done and cardio in for that day great for fat loss and working on sculpting those muscles and great workout while the kids sleep.

Make sure you warm up nicely to get the body warm and get the blood pumping to the muscles add in some dynamic stretches and pay close attention to the muscles you will be working.  Always make sure you do the  resistance move before the plyometric/ cardio move this way you can ensure  you put maxim effort in your lift.  If you don’t have a bosu ball that’s fine you can do body weight ( sssshh a secret  mine isn’t a bosu ball its actually a cheaper version I found from Amazon UK works just as well ) I am also using a Lerbert Equalizer as  a safer option as  a pull up variation  due to me having hernia surgery a few months back. You can make a make shift one but please ensure its stable. Or use a a resistance band on a pull up bar to assist you, Rubber Banditz its a great company but  there are loads if you search on Amazon or you can ask your partner to help you. If you are really feeling beast-mode use the pull up bar all on its own. ( Mentally high fiving you right now)  For the resistance/weight training moves I am using my York Fitness dial select dumbbells, you can use resistance bands? kettle bells, heavy water bottles or anything that will provide you resistance and be a challenge for you.

Each move I  did 4 sets 15 reps with no breaks in between the paired exercises after each set rest for 30  to 60 seconds.

Note…As you  see in the video I shouted ‘ I can row this!!!’ I surprised myself with a weight I didn’t think I could do for 15 reps so don’t forget to challenge yourself ( whilst being safe of course)

Inverted row ( Great regression for pull ups)

  • With feet on the stability dome ( This provides some extra instability to increase the intensity)
  • Grab hold of the bars and pull yourself up
  • Neutral spine as as always

Note: You can  use a pull up bar and just do assisted squat

Stability dome squat

  • Dome side down careful get on, use something to help you balance if needed
  • Arms out in form for balance thumb sups if you like as I have done it will help you activate your back to help squat
  • Upper thighs parallel to the ground as you sit back into the squat
  • Knees behind  toes
  • Back straight with a slight curve in lower spine
  • Chest up and  neutral spine
  • As you drive back up push the weight though your heels

Note: You can do a standard body weight squat if you like

Do each exercise after each other  rest and repeat till your sets are done

Double dumbbell arm row

This is a slight variation on a double arm row with a longer reach

  • Neutral spine- head and spine in alignment.
  • Bending at the waist
  • Draw the weight towards  your torso bending at the elbow keeping the upper arm parallel to floor
  • Don’t forget to breath out as you bring the weight up

Lunge  jump squat

  • Jumping one foot forward and the other back with a  bend in the knee
  • The forward  foot having knees behind toes
  • Spring back up bringing the feet to middle
  • Jumping out in to a low squat knees

Do each exercise after each other  rest and repeat till your sets are done

Single arm row

  • Neutral spine- head and spine in alignment.
  • Bending at the waist
  • Draw the weight towards  your torso bending at the elbow keeping the upper arm parallel to floor
  • Don’t forget to breath out as you bring the weight up
  • I have rested my hand on the equalizer for added stability but you can use a  hair or a bench if you have it

1 Leg on bosu  ball squat jump with

  • 1 leg in the stability dome and one on the ground explode off the ground as  you would normally do a jump squat
  • The upper legs should be parallel to the ground to get maximum benefit.
  • Ensure you knees are behind the toes.
  • When returning to the ground make sure those knees have  a soft bend
  • Put those hand out in from of you stabilise yourself it will also help for momentum

Do one arm and one leg  rest and do the other side.

Deadlift

  • With a  slight bend in the the knees, hips back and back straight.
  • Keeping your back and arms completely straight at all times
  • Use your hips to lift the dumbbell as you breath out

Squat jump on stability dome

  • Stability dome  facing up
  • Feet either side of the the dome jump up on to the dome
  • Soft bend in the knees as land in the middle of the dome
  • Push of the centre of the dome returning feet either side of the dome

Do each exercise after each other  rest and repeat till your sets are done

A great workout for your back and some cardio which will have the legs burning the kids were asleep so it made it at an extra challenge to keep the  jumps light footed lol try it out and let me know what you think, workout while the kids sleep;)

Why am I not achieving my fitness goals?

Why am I not achieving my goals? Why am I not seeing results?
Many people ask us this its simple folks!
Get Smart Eat Smart Train Smart  Be Consistent/commit
If you aren’t getting to where you want to be it could be one of  these factors or more are off kilter.

GET SMART That fad diet where you eat just cabbage or just drink shakes and no food or cutting carbs out of your life forever isn’t going to work long term. What happens when you finish the diet or you can’t afford to continue? Guess what, you stop progressing or even start to regress! A simple healthy balanced diet is what you need, one you can be consistent with and manage that’s why it’s called a lifestyle change.

Don’t blame your workout if your going home and under eating the body is designed to hold on to fat it’s main function is to want to survive and live and look after its internal organs. Losing weight and gaining muscle is low in the list of priorities for your body so  EAT SMART learn what your body needs. Same with over eating don’t think because you go beast-mode in the gym and eat whatever you want going way over your caloric intake and eating unhealthy foods that good results will still happen, it just isn’t going to.

Now if your diet is on lock, don’t think you can go gym one day a week and train max effort and all your results will come.TRAIN SMART you’ve got to put in real work. If your workout isn’t designed to get the results you want it’s not going to happen folks. Same goes for over training in the gym 7 days a week twice a day, this it isn’t going to cut it either if your not fuelling your body you will just end up tired, weak and in some cases sick because your body just can’t cope. A well balanced program with resistance training, cardio and flexibility training designed to help you reach goals is the way to go.

Now ‘sometimes’ some people can get food and training right but they still not getting there. BE CONSISTENT and COMMIT Choose a goal and set a plan to it and make it realistic and something that you can commit to stop starting and stopping with your healthy eating, stop changing your program stick with one to the end, consistency will get you results. Don’t go out and rush and buy a crazy insanity workout if you can’t even do a simply workout yet GET SMART  EAT SMART  TRAIN SMART be CONSISTENT/COMMIT.

We are all human and we fail. It’s how you deal with failure that counts. We personally often fall In this last category. But we are real with ourselves and so should you be. ‘Don’t be upset with the results you get with the work you didn’t do’

**** note If you feel you have all the areas covered and your still having issues perhaps speak to your health care provider or nutritionist you could have a deeper issue one example being metabolic damage

Weight training during pregnancy

Boy was I glad I stuck with my weight training during pregnancy.  My second pregnancy with my beautiful son was a total breeze, gained a healthy required amount of weight and I totally credit it to lifting through my whole pregnancy and eating healthy.

I know what you’re thinking if you have found your way to our site ‘ This chick is naturally slim and probably never puts on weight’  Wrong!  Yes I was naturally slim when I was younger and in my hay day a keen athletic participant as well as other sports.

A Mr & Mrs Life Weight training during pregnancy

However during my first pregnancy and the years leading up to my first child being born my diet mainly consisted of fried foods and chocolate. For a few years, my exercise habits had been attending gym randomly and wandering aimlessly around the gym mainly from cardio machine to cardio machine the jumping on a few weight training machines which I had no idea what it was actually doing for me.

 

So back to my first pregnancy,  I had  a relatively  good pregnancy well  good as to be expected. The normal things ladies complain about, back pain swelling etc.  The labour however was not so good but that’s a whole different story. My recovery after my first child was painful to say the least. After the pain had subsided months later it was only then I had noticed I gained unwanted pounds and didn’t look like myself -I had become so unfit over the years.

 

It was then my true fit life started and I began lifting weights and became a personal trainer. I had found a passion for lifting weights and discovered the fantastic benefits it brings in keeping you in shape and lean.

This year we found out we were pregnant with our second child. This time armed with knowledge and a qualification in pre and post natal fitness I was  determined to stay fit and healthy during this pregnancy and I was sure as hell going to keep lifting which is what I love.
A Mr & Mrs Life Weight training during pregnancy
There are a lot of misconceptions about women and weight training during pregnancy. I truly believe that lifting during pregnancy helps with many common ailments and postural and muscles imbalances that a pregnant women can suffer from. Well, I had none of that this time  round, I stayed consistent with my lifting and eating well and I felt like I had tons of energy throughout the whole pregnancy.  Not only did I not experience any back pain, swelling or put on any unwanted weight I managed to keep a hold of some of that nice muscle I earned.
Being consistent with my weight training during pregnancy also kept me strong I personally worked out 3 times a week and lifted pretty much the usual amount of weight I normally do all the way through until the last month. Why did I need to keep strong you ask, for that marathon of a task that is called labour.  This time around, I knew what I was in for knew about all the pain I was to endure and anticipated being ill for weeks after.

 

None of this happened, keeping strong with lifting during pregnancy made my labour go much faster this time. sure contractions still hurt like a b**ch but the pushing was so quick and calm and relaxed such a stark contrast to my first labour where I pushed for hours.  I delivered my beautiful child standing up in a semi-squat position yes that’s right a squat 😉

Get this, I was out of the hospital in a few hours and up and about like nothing had happened. I was back to exercising lighting within 11 days of giving birth and my bounce back of my body seems to be quite good so far to.

 

I cannot not recommend  weight lifting during pregnancy enough, not only will you look better but your recovery will be faster and it has obvious health benefits to you and your baby.

The general rule to exercising during pregnancy is if you did the activity before pregnancy it’s generally ok to carry on the same after you become pregnant modifying as the pregnancy continues if the  doctor has given you the ok to exercise. This can be applied to weight lifting during pregnancy by using common sense and the correct modifications to intensity and equipment used. see here for more  tips and advice to exercising during pregnancy

 

If you want to add weight training to your prenatal fitness and its new to you here are some tips to weight training during pregnancy if you think you need some extra help with a personalised program, inlist the help of a certified prenatal trainer in the gym.
  • Exercise 3-5 per week with resistance and cardio
  • Train each muscle group 2-3 time a week with sufficient rest days in between each workout to allow for recovery
  • 1-3 sets of each exercise allow enough rest between each set to recovery keep the range high at 12-15
  • Think about training all the major muscle groups. Legs chest back shoulders etc maybe pick about 8-10 exercises. You can do this as full body session or split into lower body upper body etc
  • ALWAYS use correct form and lift weight in a slow controlled manner
  • NEVER Hold your breath when performing any exercise
  • Exercise in a well ventilated room and drink lots of water

    Should you include weight training in your prenatal regime erm yes yes !!!!!

    * Please get your doctor’s approval before starting any exercise during pregnancy.