“Easy home exercises with a weighted exercise bar”: Weight Loss Diary

Written by: on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Exercises with Weighted Exercise Bar on valerielatona.comAfter workouts with my weighted Reactor Bar, I decided I was pleased with my purchase. I searched around the web for some exercises specific to my new bar and found this You Tube video work out: Ask In Your Face 10 Minute Workout. The editing is not the best, but the instructor has awe-inspiring muscle definition and a pleasant voice for leading the “class.”  The weighted body bar was the star player. Mine is a reasonable 15 pounds. I brought my iPad up to my home “studio” and got down to sweating. The lunges are tough and nearly continuous and mine definitely need work. I powered through the 10-minute workout and then….did it again. I liked the combination of upper and lower body moves. Those get the heart rate up and going. Because the Reactor Bar doesn’t have loose weights attached to the ends like a barbell, it is very stable. On a day when I only have 10 minutes, this will be great. But on a day set aside for muscle work, I need more.

I finished with another 10 minutes of:

  1. Bench presses with the bar on stability ball
  2. Wall push ups
  3. Front loaded squats with 10 pound kettle bell
  4. Dead Lifts with reactor bar
  5. Over head triceps extension with 8 pound hand weights while on stability ball
  6. Upright rows with the bar
  7. Shoulder Raises to front with 5 pound hand weight
  8. Shoulder Raises to side with 5 pound hand weight
  9. Jump rope for 30 seconds (without the rope)
  10. Repeat

Rodney Yee Yoga Video on valerielatona.comAnd a final 20 minutes of back bends with Rodney Yee. I find back bends really work the abdominals to the point of quivering.  Yoga is a fine end to a workout for a much-needed stretch of warm muscles and centering your mind for what the day has left.

 

“My 3 weight-loss mantras…plus my new home exercise tool”: Weight Loss Diary

Written by: on Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Melissa Juliano on Scale: Weight Loss Diary valerielatona.com

I LOVE this picture!!!

201. 201. 201. 201. 201.

In case you are not keeping up with my blog posts, this is my lowest weight in forever!!! And now I am soooooo close to being under 200 that I can taste it (and it tastes like sweat from a great workout). How I’m doing it:

1) Keep at it—no matter how de-motivated I become. Even when I don’t exercise, don’t get enough sleep (which is the norm), and don’t eat right (which happens sometimes)—I get right back on track the next day.

2) Exercise baby! I’m mixing up my workouts—to keep myself from getting bored and keep the results coming (see below for my new workout tool, which cost me $45—with free shipping from Amazon Prime—from amazon.com). I may not be able to do a half marathon yet  like my friends, but I’m doing the workouts that work for me and my life.

3) Never say diet. With two young girls at home, I want to promote healthy eating not deprivation! I’m eating healthy foods and indulging in sweets in moderation—the way eating should be! And I’m still losing!!! Yeah!!!

Random weight-loss thought for the day: my body doesn’t know and doesn’t care that I get on the scale once a week. My body will show me results when it is ready—and that may not be on weigh-in day! (…though sometimes it is!)

Weighted Exercise Bar on valerielatona.com

You can do so many strength-boosting exercises with this tool!

But I’m determined to kick some butt (and pounds!) with my new weighted exercise bar: 15 pounds. More to come on the workout I’m doing with it!