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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

At-Home Total Body 60 Minute Cardio Workout with Weights - Intermediate/Advanced Level

I have had a couple of people mention that they just do not feel like they can get a good workout at home; that they have to go to the gym to get in a killer workout.

Well, today is the day I did prove you wrong.

This workout is INTENSE. I promise that you will have a large puddle of sweat underneath you by the time it's finished. That is. . . if you finish.

So grab a pair of dumbbells and let's get started!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekly workout plan - 5 of the best core workouts for a solid midsection - Best exercises for your core

Rockin' the core this week.

Hey everyone! And welcome to another week here on Tone and Tighten. Lately in my PT clinic I've been getting an increasing number of patients with complaints of back pain. It's amazing to me how much of this pain can be mitigated and ultimately alleviated with the right core exercises. Which leads me to this week's "Weekly Workout Plan"! We're going to rock through 5 of my favorite workouts to build core strength. Note - this is different than straight ab work; we'll also be hitting the obliques, back, and hips in addition to the abs. Hope you're ready for it!! Here we go...

15 Minute Insane Fat-Burning Cardio Workout (Intermediate Level)

Many of the workouts on my website are body-part specific (i.e. leg workout, arm workout, etc). However, by just spending 10 minutes on one part of your body isn't going to get the results you want - you need to add some cardio or fat-burning exercises to increase your heart rate and burn some calories.

This is a fast-paced intense cardio workout that will push you to your limit, but work off some serious calories. And- it's only 15 minutes long. After finishing this workout, your body is ready for some seriously sculpting with one of my arm, leg, or ab workouts.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Cable machine upper body workout - Best crossover machine exercises for your arms, chest, and shoulders!

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Alright, alright, you get more cable machine workouts!!

Hey everyone! A few of you (alright - MORE than a few of you) saw our "Cable Crossover Leg Workout" I posted last week. That day I was flooded with emails asking if I had anything in mind for the upper body. In fact, yes I do... RIGHT NOW! Welcome to your "Cable Crossover Upper Body Workout"!! Here we go...

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scrambled Egg and Vegetable Pita Pockets Recipe

Need a quick and easy breakfast (or even lunch)? I love these pita pockets because you can fill them full of healthy vegetables and they keep you going all day long!

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite way to stuff a pita pocket, but you can use whatever vegetables you have available to make this awesome meal.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fitness Motivation - Amazing Doesn't Just Happen - Exercise Motivation

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"She has got the best legs."
"Look at his arms – they're massive!"
"I wish my ____ were amazing like his/hers."

In the world of health and fitness, (like in most facets of our lives) we all have those that we look up to. There are always people who do things a little bit better than the rest. These are those whom we, consciously or subconsciously, idolize and dream to be like. For me in the world of health and fitness, this guy is Rich Froning. For those of you who have never heard of Rich before, he is the back-to-back-to-back-to-back CrossFit games champion. He has won this competition for years in a row earning the title of "Fittest Man On Earth" every year since 2011. (Click here to read a little bit more about the magnitude of Rich's accomplishment, but suffice it to say the dude is amazing!

Like I mentioned previously, all of us have people that we look up to. All of us, To one extent or another, desire to be a little bit more amazing. Shaving time off of our 5K, lifting more on a bench press, losing 10 pounds around our belly  – All of those things would be amazing! There's one thing about amazing, though…

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Two Exercise Workout - Total Body Gym Workout With Only 2 Exercises

You mean I can get a complete workout with only two exercises?

The other day I got to the gym a little later than I had anticipated. Realizing I was short on time I thought "what are the two exercises that will give me the absolute most bang for the amount of time I have to do them." I was actually so pleased with the resultant workout that I wanted to share it with you! I give you the "Two Exercise Workout" - part of our popluar "What I Worked Wednesday" gym workout series here on T&T. Don't let the name fool you - this one is actually pretty killer...

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Skinny Jeans Leg Workout- an at-home workout for killer lean legs!

"The skinny jeans are coming."

My wife was asking me for a great leg workout that she could do at home, so I recommended this workout for her. This workout is a great combo of cardio, pilates, and some awesome leg toning moves that burns a good amount of calories - getting you ready for skinny jean season (or so my wife says!).  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - One Week of Pyramid Workouts - All The Best Pyramids From Tone-and-Tighten.com!

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Happy Monday, everybody! We all know what that means here on T&T - the newest edition of your Weekly Workout Plan! Every Monday I post 5 amazing workouts for you to do this week. It's a great way to mix up your routine, try out new workouts, and take your gains to a whole new level.

This week I'm dedicating to a series of my favorite posts on T&T - the "Pyramid Workout" series! These are easily some of my personal favorite workouts! For 5 days this week we'll hit arms, abs, legs, total body, and running. In all honesty it might be a little brutal, but oh so worth it! Come on - we got this together! Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Best lower body exercises on cable machine - Leg workout on crossover machine at gym

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Do you cable crossover?

One of my favorite machines in the gym is the cable crossover. It's probably the most versatile piece of equipment in the gym and not many people realize everything that it's really capable of. Sure, it's where all of us do our triceps extensions, but did you know you can also get an amazing lower body workout on it, too? Today I'm sharing my favorite lower body exercises done on the cables at the gym. Try them out the next time you're there and work your muscles in ways you never thought possible!