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No More Trouble Zones

March 22, 2011

I have to tell y’all I’m pretty excited I found this really cool tri race series to do (since the race I was going to do filled up). I’ve said for a while now that I eventually want to do a half ironman. (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, 13.1 mile run). I think with some training and diligence it’s definitely possible. The series I found would be a gradual build up to the half ironman (it’s in November). There are 4 races over a span of a few months:

  • Super Sprint
  • Sprint
  • Olympic
  • Half Ironman

Call me crazy but I think I might be ready to take the plunge and add the half ironman to my race calendar. I’m debating because I’d probably not run any extra running races for the year if I decided to do this series. What do y’all think?

I’ve still been sticking with my 8-week plan for the other tri and training is going great. Monday’s are strength days. Last week I used a Jackie Warner video for strength and this week I used Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones.

I love to do my strength training from home and a video helps keep me motivated. As long as I have a pair of dumbbells I can just pop in the DVD and go, even while dinner is cooking! I love not having to get dressed for the gym, drive to the gym, and share the weight room with anyone.

I really like this video. If you practice good form and are willing to push yourself a little you’ll end up with a great sweaty total body workout. The video is circuit training which means she moves through each move quickly, and has you work bigger muscles, like back and quads, with smaller muscles, like biceps and triceps, to help you get a more effective workout and burn more calories in less time.

The video starts with a 5-minute warm up including moves like jumping jacks, skaters, and jump rope.

The workout itself is 6 7-minute circuits designed to target specific muscle groups. Each circuit is comprised of 5 different moves that will train each of the targeted muscles.

Circuit 1: Shoulders and Legs

My favorite move: Squat with a shoulder press. This move works the quads, a major fat burning muscle, and gives you nice rounded shoulders.

Welcome to my at home workout Oasis… Pictures courtesy of the famous Hubby

Starting Position:

Secondary Position:

Return to Start& Repeat

Circuit 2: Chest and Abs

My favorite move: Chest Press with a crunch. This move is great; it targets chest which burns a lot of calories and well as abs. It is paired with a superset of chest flies for a major calorie burning boost.

Starting position:

Secondary position:

Return to start & repeat

Circuit 3: Biceps and Butt

My favorite move: Dead lift with hammer curls. Targets hamstrings and glutes for a nice perky swimsuit ready booty and gives a great bicep definition.

Starting position:

Secondary position:

Back to Start:

Add the hammer curl:

Back to Start & repeat

Circuit 4: Thighs and Triceps

My favorite move: Crescent pose with a tricep push-back. Works quads and glutes and that dreaded troubled area all women complain about- the tricep.

Starting Position:

Secondary position:

Back to start and repeat

Circuit 5: Core

My favorite move: Plank twists. I love this move because not only does it include upper abs, lower abs, and obliques, but you’re getting a great shoulder workout as well.

Start in Plank:


Return to start and repeat on other side:

Circuit 5: Upper Body and Core

My favorite move: Plank rows. Again working all abs, plus, triceps, biceps, and back.

Start in plank with weights:

Lift then return to start:

Other side:

Circuit 7: Lower Body and Core

My Favorite Move: Side plank. This move is one of my absolute favorite moves EVER. It works those obliques and give you defined contoured abs everyone desires. If you’re looking for a waist-shaper and hour glass type figure this is the perfect move.

Starting position:

Secondary position:

Return to start and repeat on both sides.

The video ends with a well deserved stretching cool down.

You can choose to do the full video for a total of 50 minutes, or you have the option to choose an individual circuit if you are running short on time.

If you’ve checked out any of Jillian Michaels workout DVDs you know she means business. She’ll always deliver a killer workout that yields great results.  I own 5 of her DVDs and have loved every one of them. She is very motivational and focuses on the fact that exercising is not just to look good in your bikini, but to make you feel strong in all aspects of life, and to take care of yourself mind and body.

I find this so true, working out is so much more than just trying to get the perfect body. Working out is a great way to clear your mind, make time for yourself, and de-stress. If you’re doing something great for yourself physically it will begin to show in your work, family life, school, or whatever it is you do. Make time for yourself! If you can’t be your own priority then who will be? You deserve it!

Fit Chick Britt Fitness Tip: If you’re looking for a great total body workout I would highly recommend Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones. I found my copy for only $9 at Walmart. All you need is a set of 3-8 lb dumbbells, and a mat (if you’re working on a hard surface).

I hope you had a great Tuesday. I finished up a 4-mile run this afternoon and spent some needed down time with the hubby tonight. I’ve got an early wakeup call for a swim in the morning so I must hit the hay! Goodnight.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Amanda permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:53 PM

    I ❤ seeing Dolly watching you work out! =)

    • March 23, 2011 5:46 AM

      lol. she is always sitting on my yoga mat with my while I work out. She likes doing downward facing dog.

  2. March 23, 2011 12:32 AM

    Do it! all 4! I can’t wait to read all about it!

    By the way – I love how happy you look while doing your video! =)

  3. March 23, 2011 7:20 AM

    I need to get that video and buy weights! Looks like a good work out 🙂

  4. March 23, 2011 8:21 AM

    I love JM! Which I realize I’ve said a million and a half times now… 🙂 I think you should definitely do the 4 race series – you’re probably more ready for it than you think!

  5. shiningfromwithin permalink
    March 23, 2011 2:38 PM

    I love the pictures! Jillian Michael’s always kick mah-jor ass. I can’t believe you’re going to do a half-ironman!! That’s so awesome!! 🙂 I hope one day i’ll be capable of doing something like that.

  6. March 23, 2011 5:46 PM

    I love Jillian! I’ll have to try this one out.

  7. March 23, 2011 10:30 PM

    This workout looks great! I’m getting a little bored with my same old lifting routine…I’ll have to look for that video.
    And wow…a half iron man?! What an inspiration…I could only hope to do something that cool!

  8. March 24, 2011 9:27 AM

    I am a HUGE jillian fan. that first move is always my fav on the 30 minutes shred video! haha

  9. March 24, 2011 5:08 PM

    I would love to follow your training to the half iron!! Do it, do it, do it!! The half iron is my ultimate goal for in a year or so. Peer pressure is on!

  10. July 13, 2011 10:41 AM

    I do this workout every so often when I am stuck at home, and it used to kick my butt… now it’s still challenging but not that bad. I think it really helped my arms!


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