Chelsea Crockett

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Beach Bod Burpee Challenge

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, arms, legs, glutes, just about everything! Usually…

Burpees are probably one of my least favorite exercises on the planet, but they are such a good workout! They work your abs, arms, legs, glutes, just about everything! Usually when I am making up my own workout routine I incorporate burpees into it because not only do they work a lot of muscle groups, they also give you a great cardio workout! Here is a burpee challenge that is sure to have your muscles burnin and your heart pumpin! You are definitely going to feel this the next day ;).

1 Burpee, 9 Squats

2 Burpees, 8 Squats

3 Burpees, 7 Squats

4 Burpees, 6 Squats

5 Burpees, 5 Squats

6 Burpees, 4 Squats

7 Burpees, 3 Squats

8 Burpees, 2 Squats

9 Burpees, 1 Squat

Take a one minute break and then do the whole thing over again, but this time from the bottom up! So, start with 9 Burpees and 1 squat and then go from there. I believe in you, ladies! Go kick some burpee booty!

XOXO, Chels

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How You Know It’s Too Hot to Run Outside

I love lacing up my running shoes and hopping on the trail. One of the best things about summer is sunny outdoor workouts! That being said, it is important to…

I love lacing up my running shoes and hopping on the trail. One of the best things about summer is sunny outdoor workouts! That being said, it is important to watch the weather, and temperatures, to make sure you are being smart about summer outdoor workouts.download

My summer workout advice? Always check the weather before you go outside for a summertime run. Why does this matter? The heat and humidity can have adverse effects on your health. Experts say you shouldn’t run if it is over 90 degrees or if the humidity is high. This is because running with humidity affects your heart rate. Your heart rate increases two to four beats
per minute in temperatures from 60-75 degrees, and up to 10 beats per minute in temperatures from 75-90 degrees. Increased heart rate can cause dangerous side effects! Running in cooler weather is much easier and comfortable for your muscles and heart. Run earlier in the morning or later at night to avoid the intense heat, and remember that if it is over 90 degrees and 70% humidity, it is not safe for you to run outside.

Exercising is great when you are smart about it. 🙂

XOXO, Chels

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30 Day Ab-Strengthening Plank Challenge

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks…

Planks are one of the best full-body exercises you can do. They work your arms, glutes and hamstrings, improve your posture and balance, and of course strengthen your abs! Planks look relatively simple, right? Planks can actually be tough! Right now I am doing a 30 day plank challenge, and I thought you might want to join me! We can blast our core strength through the roof! Each day you hold the plank for however many seconds the chart says. Here is the 30 day plan:

Day 1: 20 seconds

Day 2: 20 seconds

Day 3: 30 seconds

Day 4: 30 seconds

Day 5: 40 seconds

Day 6: REST

Day 7: 45 seconds

Day 8: 45 seconds

Day 9: 60 seconds

Day 10: 60 seconds

Day 11: 60 seconds

Day 12: 90 seconds

Day 13: REST

Day 14: 90 seconds

Day 15: 90 seconds

Day 16: 120 seconds

Day 17:  120 seconds

Day 18: 150 seconds

Day 19: REST

Day 20: 150 seconds

Day 21: 150 seconds

Day 22: 180 seconds

Day 23: 180 seconds

Day 24: 210 seconds

Day 25: 210 seconds

Day 26: REST

Day 27: 240 seconds

Day 28: 240 seconds

Day 29: 270 seconds

Day 30: AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!!

Are you ready to have super spectacular abs? Do this plank challenge with me!

XOXO, Chels

 

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FabFitFun: Get Yours Today!

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the…

I recently did an article on the Faithbox organization that ships you a monthly box filled with products and items to help you grow in your faith.  I love the idea of it and came across another organization that does something very similar!  FabFitFun sends a box straight to your house four times a year.  Keep reading to find out why you should sign up!Chelsea Crockett - FabFitFun Box

Here’s how it works.  First, you sign up online to receive your seasonal FabFitFun box every three months.  Of course, it’s not free.  For $49.99 four times a year, you’ll receive your box each season.  It may seem expensive, but each box contains over $200 worth of products inside to maintain a healthy, fabulous lifestyle!  All of the products revolve around “fashion finds, glam beauty secrets, and fab fitness gear.”  And another positive?  Free shipping!

One of the pluses of each box is that the products are full sized, not just little samples.  Last summer’s box included lip gloss, perfume, a towel, nail wraps, sunscreen, and much more.  It’s like Christmas but four times a year!

Go to fabfitfun.com to sign up to get yours today! 🙂

Love, Chels

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How To Rock Your Alone Workouts

Working out alone has its positives and negatives. The positives are that it is a great time to have some “me time” and time to think, but the negatives are…

Working out alone has its positives and negatives. The positives are that it is a great time to have some “me time” and time to think, but the negatives are that sometimes you can lose your motivation and let the voice in your head say “You’ve worked out enough, you can just stop.” That isn’t always a good thing. It is easy to lose your motivation to keep going when you are alone, but I am going to give you a few tips on how to finish your workout strong and keep going.

  1. Start small: When I am running and I start to think to myself that I want to stop and walk or that I don’t need to run as far as I was planning, I always try to pick a goal. I will tell myself to run past the next tree, and then once I pass that tree I will pick a new landmark and make it my goal to run past it. Have small personal goals so it is easier to reach them.images
  2. Look straight ahead: Studies actually show that when you focus your sight in front of you on a target you are able to run faster while feeling less tired. You are able to push through a workout more when you are focused on a single point. When you are doing squats, stare straight ahead and you will be able to do more!
  3. Keep track: Record all of your workout times/running times/how many reps you do of certain things. Then try to beat them! You will enjoy the challenge of trying to beat your old numbers, and it will distract you from wanting to quit!
  4. Keep it short: If you have a hard time keeping motivated during longer workouts, cut back the amount of time you exercise. Push yourself harder for a shorter time. Intervals are good exercises for this sort of thing, where you go all out for a minute, then go easy for three minutes. You repeat this over and over for a shorter period of time. Or do pyramid workouts!

I know it can be hard to stay motivated when working out alone, but try these tips out and see if they help!

XOXO, Chels

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Why You Should Walk 30 Minutes a Day

Let’s be honest. Finding time to get to the gym during the week is tough during the summer because there is so much other cool stuff going on. Why go…

Let’s be honest. Finding time to get to the gym during the week is tough during the summer because there is so much other cool stuff going on. Why go to the gym and work out when you could be laying by the pool or boating with friends? If you are like me there is a little voice in the back of your head constantly telling you “go work out, you need to stay healthy, you don’t want to get out of shape!” Working out in the summer is also a pretty hot task. Did you know walking is actually super good for you? You don’t have to go to the gym and lift heavy weights to get a great workout, just tie on some shoes and step out onto your street! Here are the benefits of walking 30 minutes a day.

  1. It alleviates depression and fatigue
  2. Increases attention and decision makingFullSizeRender (90)
  3. Works your arm and shoulder muscles
  4. Strengthens your legs, quads, hips and hamstrings
  5. Improves your fitness
  6. Keeps weight in check
  7. Lowers risk of heart disease, chronic diseases, and improves your blood pressure

See? An easy walk can do your body some serious good. And you can spare 30 minutes a day, I guarantee it!

XOXO, Chels

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Summer Daily Ab Workout

Are your abs summer-ready? If you want rockin’ abs to show off this summer you have to put in the work and exercise them every day! Here is a daily…

Are your abs summer-ready? If you want rockin’ abs to show off this summer you have to put in the work and exercise them every day! Here is a daily ab workout that is sure to have those abdominal muscles burning and bikini ready.

30 crunches

30 bicycle crunches

20 reverse crunches

(rest)

30 crunches

30 flutter kicks

40 Russian twists

15 cross crunches on each side

(rest)

25 bicycle crunches

25 Russian twists

10 crunches

You can do this once or repeat it as many times as you want! And, if you arent sure of how to do some of the moves look them up on YouTube or google!

XOXO, Chels

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Christian Running Music

I would not consider myself a runner, but every once in a while I like to mix a good run into my workout routine. Whether you run one mile or…

I would not consider myself a runner, but every once in a while I like to mix a good run into my workout routine. Whether you run one mile or 25 miles a week, having a good running playlist is vital to keep those feet moving and those arms pumping. Lots of times, the good workout songs with great beats sometimes have really nasty lyrics, and who wants to fill their head with garbage while they are working up a sweat? Lift your spirits and feel encouraged by your music while working out by adding these Christian songs to your running playlist.

  1. Go Hard by Lecrae
  2. Jesus Freak by DC Talkhqdefault
  3. Wake by Hillsong
  4. My Lighthouse by Rend Collective
  5. Move by Toby Mac
  6. Messengers by Lecrae
  7. It’s On by Superchick
  8. Greater by MercyMe
  9. Praise Like Fireworks – Rend Collective
  10. Ain’t No Grave – David Crowder (cool down)

Now snatch up your headphones and hit the trail!

XOXO, Chels

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Adidas: Sporty vs. Stylish

Adidas has always been known as a sporty, workout brand offering lots of different exercise attire. Recently, people on Tumblr, Instagram, and other social medias have broadcasted the fashionable, street-style…

Adidas has always been known as a sporty, workout brand offering lots of different exercise attire. Recently, people on Tumblr, Instagram, and other social medias have broadcasted the fashionable, street-style side of Adidas. Most either know one side or the other, so here’s a little insight on both sides of the brand!

Let’s start with the side Adidas is known for. Ever since 1949, Adidas has been creating workout and exercise clothing for decades. If you waChelsea Crockett - Adidasnt a pair of shoes, Adidas has anything from soccer to basketball to running shoes. As far as apparel goes, tanks, leggings, shorts, etc. are patterned and unique.

Considering the fashionable side of Adidas, the picture above and to the left are perfect examples of stylish Adidas attire! Retro sweatshirts, t-shirts, and especially jackets are the new trend. They even offer retro-styled shoes that are spreading throughout social media. Pacsun and other stores even sell shirts and other clothing with the Adidas logo, so check it out! This is a perfect example of “street style” which is comfy but trendy. (What’s better than that?)

Let me know below which side of the Adidas brand you like better!

XO – Chelsea

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Daily “Do’s” for Flat Abs

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the…

The road to flat abs is not an easy one. Sometimes it can feel like you are getting nowhere yet you are trying so hard! Don’t give up, keep the faith and keep going! Here are 3 things to do daily that get rid of belly bloat and sculpt your core to help you on the road to flat abs.

  1. Workout in the A.M.: Starting the day with an ab workout that targets your core muscles helps kick start your metabolism and tones your tummy for the day to come. If you are planning a day on the beach or something tighter fitting, doing an ab workout in the morning can tighten your ab muscles and act like a corset, helping define your waist.FullSizeRender (59)
  2. Eat some breakfast: Eating breakfast is key to flat abs. Your first meal of the day kicks your metabolism into gear and prevents you from making bad morning snack decisions (AKA donuts. Mmmmmm.) Eating dairy or salty fatty foods for breakfast can cause bloating, so avoid them if you want a tight tummy! Also, to shrink your tummy and prevent bloating, eat oatmeal.
  3. Bump up your cardio: All exercise is good exercise, but when it comes to shrinking your tummy, interval workouts are the best! High-intensity workouts burn calories the fastest. Try a treadmill interval workout or a sprinting workout to mix things up.

Say hello to summer with these daily flat ab “do’s”!

XOXO, Chels

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No Equipment Travel Workout

I have been traveling around a lot lately, and I’ve noticed it taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise…

I have been traveling around a lot lately, and I’ve noticed it taking a toll on my fitness regimen. I like to workout and make it a point to exercise during the week, but my travels have thrown me off of my grove! I want to stay in shape while I travel, but sometimes hotels don’t have gyms or there is no equipment available. That is when it is important to have a workout like the one below up your sleeve! Here is a full body workout, no weights required.

50 jumping jacks

10 burpees

40 Russian twists

10 crunches

10 lunges (on each leg)

10 wide leg squats

30 vertical leg crunches

30 jumping jacks

10 tricep dips

10 squat jumps

10 pushups

25 bicycle crunches

50 jumping jacks

1 minute wall sit

Repeat 2-3 times

I guarentee if you do that two or three times in a row you will feel like you got a 5 star workout in. You didn’t even need to pick up a single weight!

XOXO, Chels

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Yoga Tips 101

Yoga is one of those workouts that is much easier said than done. You may think it’s all stretching and relaxing until you finally try it out for yourself! As…

Yoga is one of those workouts that is much easier said than done. You may think it’s all stretching and relaxing until you finally try it out for yourself! As relaxing as it is, I thought I’d come up with a few tips to make sure you get as much out of your workout as you can… and to make it a little less hard on your body! Chelsea Crockett - Yoga Pose

  • Balance is one of the hardest parts about yoga. You have to be able to hold the poses in order to get anything out of the exercise. This is what the meditation and relaxation is for! Once you’re 100% focused, it’s easier to concentrate on your balance.
  • Breathing is one of the most crucial steps when it comes to relaxation. Of the few times I’ve actually done yoga, knowing when and how to breathe is very important! Take a few breaks throughout your workout to simply sit, breathe, and relieve stress.
  • One of the things I notice when I do yoga is pain in my wrists. A lot of the poses require using your hands to hold your body weight up. If they start bothering you, use your fingers more than your palm to hold you up. This will alleviate some of the pain!
  • Make sure you have the proper attire and equipment. A mat, water, and comfy/stretchy clothes are important not to forget! A sticky mat that has some grip will make your workout easier and comfier to hold poses.

Let me know what other tips you have for yoga beginners :)!

XO – Chelsea

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Prep Your Arms for Prom

Prom is in a little over a month…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? Then have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and…

Prom is in a little over a month…are you ready? Or should I say, are your arms ready? Then have been hiding out under sleeves and hoodies all winter and haven’t seen the light of day in a while. Are they ready to be shown off in your prom gown? If you think they could use a little toning, repeat this arm workout during your regular gym time to get them ready to rock!

Repeat 3 times:

20 pushups

15 bicep curls

15 shoulder presses

20 tricep dips

15 hammer curls

10 front raises

I can’t wait to see all of you in your prom dresses! Tag me so I can check out your prom look!

XOXO, Chels

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Running Myths

Running is an incredible exercise, but many people claim it has its unwelcomed consequences.  From a body break-down to re-shaping your body in a negative way, many of these myths…

Running is an incredible exercise, but many people claim it has its unwelcomed consequences.  From a body break-down to re-shaping your body in a negative way, many of these myths keep people from soaking in all the amazing benefits running has to offer!  Let’s break down these myths once and for all and throw our tennis shoes on!Chelsea Crockett- run

  1. “Running will make you bulky.” Running is an extremely slimming exercise that burns body fat.  If you place a lot of pressure on your quads and do uphill running, then you risk the potential of having bigger thighs (the healthy way). 
  2. “I will start chaffing between my legs.” While this is very true for most people, it is an easy fix.  Try wearing leggings or spandex under running shorts to keep this from happening.      
  3. “You have to run every day to get better.” Running every day can be harsh on the body, especially if you are a newbie.  Switching up your routine (elliptical, bike, etc.) will improve your running as well!
  4. “Running is bad for your body and joints.” The only thing that comes from running is a healthy body.  Never push your body too far. 
  5. “Running is hard.” Running is one of the best stress relievers there is by releasing an abundance of endorphins to the brain.  You don’t have to be a long-distance or power runner to gain the benefits.  Going for a jog is very relaxing!

Who’s ready to go for a run with me?!

            Chelsea   

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Best Post-Workout Drinks

After working out, the last thing you want to do is have a huge unhealthy meal. I always aim for the nutritious options: fruits, vegetables, smoothies, etc. This being said,…

After working out, the last thing you want to do is have a huge unhealthy meal. I always aim for the nutritious options: fruits, vegetables, smoothies, etc. This being said, I was unaware of the many drinks that actually benefit you after a run or workout. So why not share them with you lovelies :)?

Obviously you should Chelsea Crockett - Chocolate Milkhave already drank plenty of water prior and during your workout, but if not, drink up! Apart from H₂O, chocolate milk is great for your body after your exercise! You might be surprised by this, considering the fact that it’s solely a dairy product and is filled with chocolate. However, chocolate milk is just as (if not more) effective as some specialty sports beverages. It’s essential for muscle recovery.

Another good post-workout drink is green tea. Apart from its many nutritious minerals and benefits, it helps replenish any sore or damaged muscles after exercise. It also helps reduce stomach fat and avoids high intake of any unwanted calories. Cherry juice is also proven to decrease muscle damage. It contains anti-inflammatory properties that are perfect for after a hard workout.

Let me know what you drink after a workout so I can try it out for myself!

-Chels  

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Things to Never Do Before a Workout

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to…

When I work out, I want to get the most out of it. I am a busy gal, much like all of you, and the little time I have to work out has to be maximized! There are a few things that can limit the effectiveness/how much you get out of your workout, and most of them are done even before you start your exercise routine! Here are 4 things to NEVER do before you work out.

  1. Chug a lot of water at once: Drinking a glass of water before a workout is no biggie, it can actually help fuel your run! But drinking a lot of water before you hit the gym can actually cause you feel really full and prevent you from having a good workout.starbucks-coffee-258x300
  2. Stress out: When your body is under stress, it releases a hormone that is a “muscle killer.” It tells your body to store fat, and it breaks down your muscle tissue. So, when you are prepping for a workout, try to leave stress at the door.
  3. Drink a cuppa Joe: It goes with the tip above. Caffeine in coffee can lead to higher levels of stress hormones in your body, which we mentioned above is not good. It can also cause dehydration and rapid heartbeat!
  4. Workout hungry: Not good! Food is fuel, and before you burn calories you actually need to intake some! Now, this doesn’t mean have a heavy meal, a banana or a bowl of cereal is always a good pre-workout snack.

If you want to maximize your workout don’t do these 4 things!

XOXO, Chels

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