Fitness Collaboration with Hello Steph!

 
Over the past seven weeks I have felt more motivated than ever to push myself in the area of fitness. I have a vision and a goal and am determined to stay focused. I have been hitting the gym 5-6 times a week and I honestly feel like I have turned over a new leaf. With the help of my brother, my husband and some of my YouTube favourites, like Nikki Blackketter and Ashley Nocera, going to he gym has become my release and one of my happy places. I love talking with other people who share the same mindset and have been loving Steph, from Hello Steph, posts on her own workout journey. I got in touch with Steph and thought it would be fun to share some of our favourite gym exercises with each other and also with you guys, so be sure to head over to Steph's Top Exercises at the Gym, to read all about Steph's favourite workouts too! :)

As for me I'm a leg day girl through and through, so I had to think hard about some of my upper body exercise favourites, I kind of sort of threw one in! :p


Weighted Squats!
I love to squat and my favourite is simply just hitting the squat rack. Over the years my brother has really helped me with the correct form and I've slowly been adding more weight and challenging myself. It's my favourite thing overall to do at the gym. It truly tests my mind and I think that's what I love about it, believing in yourself really will take you far. Be sure to reach out to someone and ask for advice if you haven't done these kind of exercises before. I recently had to double check with my brother that I was doing it right, as far as adding weights, drops sets and such, and he set me on the right track. Some days I lift heavy, other days I feel the tension and push for those reps.


Lunges to knee lift!
These are an absolute killer. I do these on the smith machine, at the moment I'm doing 3 sets of 12 reps on each leg, with 25lbs each side. This is a new one for me and I love it and hate it. You really feel your Glutes working and the last few reps get me every time, but I love them because they really make you sweat and I can feel my muscles shaking and working their hardest.


Box Jump Squats!
These are so much fun and boy do they burn, but again I love them because they push me and make me feel incredibly powerful and springy afterwards...like a ninja. :p I enjoy testing myself getting higher each time too!


Squat to shoulder press!
I've been having a lot of fun with Plyo's recently as it really gets my heart rate up and makes me sweat buckets. I chop and change the exercises but these sessions can include burpees, box jumps, kettle bell swings, jumping lunges, jumping squats, anything that gets the blood pumping and works your whole body. I like these squats into a shoulder press, I can concentrate on my form with each movement and it's a challenge to push that little more once you come up from your squat. My shoulders most definitely feel that burn.


Ab Crunch TRX!
These really test my core and hit my lower abdominals, they make me sweat and shake, but I actually enjoy them and love the feeling of strength I get the more I do them. 

Having recently worked with a personal trainer and tweaking my routines, a little tip I can give you is to make sure you are switching your workouts up and constantly pushing your body with new exercises, in addition to changing your reps and sets, it's so important in order to stop your body simply going through the motions. I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite exercises, I'd love to read about yours below. And if you're on a fitness journey too, keep pushing, keep challenging yourself and know that you can do anything you set your mind to! :)

Thank you Steph for collaborating with me on this post, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Wishing everyone an awesome day!
Love Lucy xx

2 comments :

  1. It's really cool that your so motivated lately. I love seeing what you're doing! It's funny that we both had squats as our first favorite! I'm a lover of leg day too, definitely the most fun. That Smith machine looks so cool, I hope my gym invests in one soon. I need to start doing some squat to shoulder presses! They look like such a great workout.
    I LOVED this post! Your doing amazing Lucy!!!
    Thanks so much again for collabing with me : ) It was so much fun!
    Steph x.

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    1. Aww I love seeing what you're doing too, it really helps keep me motivated having someone to share this passion with and talk to. I really wish we lived closer so we can lift together but maybe one day! :) Ooh I hope your gym gets a smith machine, they are so much fun and you can do so many exercises on them. I need to start doing some boxing again, you look awesome, very Rocky Balboa! :) Keep kicking butt and thank you for letting me work with you and share our fitness journeys! Loads of love! xx

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