Hi friends! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and hope you put on your game face, because Summer Shape Up is finally here!!
SSU: 4 weeks ahead of free workouts, meal ideas, giveaways and group support!! So so excited to watch you crush your summer fitness goals.
Before we get this party started, I wanted to give a huge thank you to our SSU sponsors:
Bobble water bottles. They filter the water as you drink, and are BPA free, and free of Pthalates and PVC.
Crunch Live (They have a special code for you, too. Use “SSU30” to get a 30-day trial)
and GF Chex Oatmeal! Perfect texture for morning oats, breakfast cookies or cookie dough cereal.
This week’s featured sponsor is Crunch Live!
I’ve been sticking with creating full-length videos for you guys for Winter Shape Up, but wanted to have another option for those of you who like to follow along, or just want to jump into the Shape Up here and there and are looking for new options. Crunch Live kindly offered 30 days FREE of their online workouts, which range from dance and yoga to bootcamp and barre. I’ll be including some of their videos as additional options during the challenge if you’d like to switch it up a bit! The Overdrive workout is my favorite- it’s a quick and sweaty HIIT workout.
Huge thank you to my friend Brittany (professional athlete and the youngest American female Kettlebell Master of Sport, no big deal) for demonstrating the high-impact moves for our workouts. She is also a certified personal trainer.
Thank you to Danny Chan as always for your amazing photography skills.
Now, let’s dive into the Shape Up fun and your Week 1 schedule!
This post will serve as “the hub” for EVERYTHING SSU 2015 related. Bookmark it, pin it, make it your homepage, do whatever you need to do to make all of the info accessible to you <3 For even more fun, spread the word with friends and make it a group challenge!
For the next four weeks, I’ll update this page with weekly fitness plans and meal ideas. Please keep in mind that these are general recommendations, based on healthy (injury-free), gym-going girls, experienced with basic strength training form and a baseline cardio program. Nothing I post should substitute doctors’ recommendations, and always check with a doc before making any fitness or nutrition changes. If something doesn’t feel right, DON’T do it! You know your body best. I do provide low-impact and pregnancy modifications, but it’s up to you to use your best judgement and doctor’s advice to complete a safe workout.
Summer Shape Up is NOT about weight loss. It’s about decreasing body fat (adding lean muscle), feeling more energized and changing up your current routine. Even though the scale could go up during the next four weeks, you could technically “shrink” and weigh more. Muscle is more dense than fat. If anything, focus on how you FEEL! I hope that my ideas will help you find some new strength moves you love (or love to hate?) and develop the best fitness program for you.
What you’ll need:
-A huge water bottle (fill with H20 and keep with you at all times)
-A notebook (to track your water intake, workouts and meals for each day. If you have an online method you prefer, you can use that instead. I love the My Fitness Pal app)
-Access to cardio of choice whether it’s through classes, running outdoors, or an at-home cardio machine
-Set of dumbbells
Bonus: workout buddies! Round up the troops.
-Before we get started, take some “before” pics wearing a swimsuit or sports bra and fitted shorts, so you can take some “after” shots at the end of four weeks. Like I said before, bonus points for bad lighting, bad posture and a grouchy look on your face. 😉
If you’d like, you can also take some measurements:
-Calves (max circumference)
-Thighs (10 inches above the patella)
-Hips (keep feet together and measure the widest part across the middle of your booty)
-Stomach (the widest part of your stomach)
-Waist (the narrowest part of your waist)
Some Shape Up Q&A:
How do I check in with the workouts?
How do I enter the giveaways?
Right here! On the post for each week, if we have a giveaway option, that will be your opportunity to check in with your workout and enter the giveaway. I’ll announce giveaway winners on the Monday of that week.
I am a planner and would like to get the meal ideas and workouts early! How do I do that?
Sign up for my email newsletter here! All subscribers get the info on Friday of that week. Also, I’m not a spammer (it’s a pet peeve of mine when companies/people email blast me every.day. I will not do that you! If anything I’ll email once a week max, and make sure to include fun/informative content and value for ya.)
Wait, where’s Anne?
Anne, my lovely RD friend, has joined us for the past year and a half to share her nutrition and meal-planning expertise. It’s been awesome to have her on board, and I’ve been so thankful for her help with the challenge. She is traveling quite a bit this summer, so she will be back for Winter Shape Up! In the meantime, I’ll be sharing some healthy meal ideas and planning tips. (Please keep in mind that I’m not an RD! I am a certified Weight Loss Specialist and can share healthy meal ideas and portion suggestions, but if you need help planning for your unique needs and preferences, please seek out the help of an RD in your area.)
Some tips for planning and prepping:
Before each week begins, take a second to jot down your goals for the week. Grocery shop for staple foods, making sure to emphasize clean, whole choices.
Here are some staples I always have on hand:
Bread and grains (whole-grain, brown rice tortillas, quinoa, brown rice)
Eggs (2 dozen)
Salad supplies (greens, fresh fruit and veggies, nuts, balsamic vinegar, fresh herbs, protein)
Protein (chicken, fish and tempeh)
Fruits (berries and bananas are my fave!)
Nuts, nut butter and seeds (we always have almonds and chia seeds on hand)
Milk (whatever milk you love. We enjoy almond milk)
Frozen berries and veggies (for smoothies or quick stir fries)
Healthy treats/ snacks (I love TJ’s hummus, edamame crackers, trail mix goodies, goat’s milk greek yogurt, and dark chocolate bars)
Remember to “EAT LIKE A PRO” throughout the challenge, making sure that each meal/snack has a protein and produce component.
Prep as many clean eats as you can in advance and put your workout calendar in an easily visible spot. This way you’ll be more likely to stick to your goals.
Here is all of your Week 1 info!
Links to all workouts:
Overdrive (use code “SSU30” for free 30-day trial)
For Wednesday, complete 40 minutes of steady state cardio, increasing the incline every 5 minutes. If you are performing cardio outside, find a hilly route and go for 40 minutes.
Thursday: 20 minutes steady state, moderate pace
Long steady state: 45-60 minute moderate intensity jog or run, or take a class you love
Almond butter banana breakfast bars and scrambled eggs
Scrambled egg muffins (I like to wrap these in a brown rice tortilla)
Mocha mint protein smoothie (can use almond milk and vegan yogurt, or goat’s milk yogurt instead)
Sriracha egg salad stuffed 1/2 avocado with greens
Mediterranean lunch wrap + salad
Jamaican Jerk Turkey Burgers with pineapple salsa
Salmon cakes with salad and quinoa
Buffalo hummus and chopped veggies
Fresh fruit bowl with some plain yogurt
For your meals, mix and match according to your preferences and needs. Give yourself some room for repeats (for example, I have banana-oat pancakes at least twice a week), allow for one night of leftovers and one night out to enjoy dinner at a restaurant or out with friends.
Are you in? Who’s ready to go after it??
I’m always cheering for you.
See ya later today with a Hawaii recap!! 🙂