Thursday, July 3, 2014

Row, Row, Row Your Boat

 Stamina 1399 Air Rowing Machine

Yesterday I used the rowing machine for the first time. I have been wanting to mix up my cardio while at the gym. So my plan was to use the elliptical for 15 minutes, do my arm workout, then "cool down" on the rowing machine for about 15 minutes. Boy was I wrong about the "cool down" part. I was dripping sweat and huffing and puffing within the first 3 minutes. I only did 10 minutes and thought I was dying! How have I never used this wonderful cardio machine??

Reasons Why I Loved the Rowing Machine: 
  •  Great Aerobic Workout- though I didn't have a heart rate monitor on, I could tell my heart rate was increased. 
  • Fast Calorie Burner- Again, I didn't have a heart rate monitor but according to the machine for the 10 minutes I was on there, I burned 124 calories!! 
  • Upper body/back workout- Not only is it great cardio but I can really feel that it worked my upper back this morning! 
  • Lower body workout- Since the seat on the rowing machine slides you are constantly bending and straightening your legs as you row! Giving your quads a great workout!
  • Low impact- I love finding cardio options that are low impact and counter balance running! 
I can't wait to start using the rowing machine more often and increasing the time spent on it!
  Even found some workouts on pinterest!

Any of y'all use the rowing machine?? I would love for some tips or to hear your success stories!

Catch ya later,

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Scale Breakup: It's not me, it's you

I'm done being in this abusive relationship with the scale. I know I look good and I know I'm making progress so why can't you man up and tell me that some time?! 

Do y'all ever have those moments when you wake up and you just feel skinny? Then you run to scale and pop that bubble in your head is gone!! I took my measurements today for the first day of my 9 week summer meltdown challenge and plan on focusing on those results instead of listening to the lies the scale tells me!! 

I am joining @got_fit_for_the_dress in her #noscaleinjuly Can't wait to get rid of the negative feelings the scale gives me!! 

Stay chill,