New Years is right around the corner and you know the feeling, January will come and you’ll get the urge to hit the gym. You’ll jump on the fitness bandwagon again with the rest of America. You won’t want to start a class alone, much less walk into a gym by yourself. This is when you need to grab a girlfriend to help conquer, two is better than one!
But we’re here to tell you – DON’T WAIT UNTIL JANUARY!
The gyms will be crowded and more intimidating than ever after the new year. Go NOW while everyone is busy getting ready for the holidays. Start early! Let’s be honest you’ll be drinking wine and eating treats at holiday parties soon anyway. We can all use a little extra gym time regardless of the season. We find that working out together holds us accountable and just makes a sweat sesh a lot more fun.
Don’t know what to do when you go to the gym? Don’t worry, we’d never leave a sister hangin’. Now grab your bestie and a pair of tennis shoes and get movin!
For this work out think opposites, that’s all you need to know.
This workout can be done in around 30-45 minutes depending on how many reps you do and how much gossip you have to catch up on. No excuses not to hit the gym with a girlfriend! Many times we also prefer classes to creating our own workout. It’s nice to show up and have someone tell you what to do! Even if you decide to do a class make it a date. Set a time and plan to meet your friend there, make it fun and do breakfast or grab coffee after.
- Find treadmills that are side by side. Let’s be honest you went to the gym to be together – don’t separate! Turn that incline way up (we’re talking 10-12%) and get those legs burning. One friend faces the front and one friend faces the back as pictured. Remember when you’re facing backwards you may need to hold on.
When it comes to the treadmill if you can have a full on conversation without having to catch your breath you’re not working hard enough. Don’t worry, we’ve never been called out in a class for this. Ok, maybe we have. Now get to steppin’ and not to chattin’.
Stair Stepper ||
Same as treadmill. One person starts facing forward then the other facing backward. Try for at least five minutes one way then switch. Go for 20 minutes total, two times each direction.
Feel free to bust a move when Usher comes on your iPod!
Medicine Ball ||
- Sit facing back to back and work obliques by passing the medicine ball back and forth. Try for 20 reps, 10 each side. Take a break then repeat.
Leg Throw-Down ||
- Remember we’re doing opposites. One friend is standing up while the other is lying on her back with hands around the standing friend’s ankles. The person lying lifts legs up towards her friend while keeping lower back pressed into the ground. The standing friend pushes the legs down, offering resistance. Again, try to do 20 reps then switch.
Biceps & Triceps ||
Yep, still on the opposite train! Grab a set of free weights. For triceps you may want a little lighter than for biceps. For example, maybe try with 5 lb. weight for triceps and 8 lbs. for biceps. One friend does bicep curls while the other friend does tricep kick-backs (as pictured).
For bicep curls keep elbows locked into ribs, when you move your arms forward this works the shoulder. Make sure to extend the arm all the way down and all the way back up.
For tricep kickbacks keep arms locked into sides (same as bicep curls) but extend all the way back keeping your arms as straight as possible.
We can promise after you sweat it out, talk about your day, and get those endorphins flowing you’ll feel better about yourself. Now look at you on the fitness train well before everyone else has even thought about their New Year’s resolutions!
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Cat and Lauren are two best friends who started The Resource Girls to encourage and empower women to be themselves! We’re two girls who survived our twenties as strong, successful, independent women in this crazy world. We blog about fashion, fitness, finance, food and friendship but most of all loving ourselves and embracing who we are. Connect with Cat and Lauren at www.theresourcegirls.com, Twitter, Instagram.