Fitness Friday 9

Hi Friends!

Happy Friday :) Time for another week of workouts!

Gosh I love Fridays :) I’ve got some good workouts to share with you today! My favorite this week was the Fast 4 & Core so be sure to check that one out!

Let’s get started shall we?

Feb 3rd – Rev & Recover Tabata Workout
I kept the tabatas simple with only 2 exercises for each one. Tabatas 1 & 2 and 4 & 5  will rev up your heart rate and get you breathing hard. Tabatas 3 & 6 let you actively recover with tabatas geared towards ab exercise.

I liked this tabata because it was quick, but still got me sweating. I did 20 sec of work/10 sec rest eight times total per tabata so each exercise was done 4 times. It took 24 minutes with no rest between tabatas.


Feb 4th  – I put together a stability ball workout with cardio blasts. Each exercise was done for 50 sec. followed by 10 sec rest. This took 20 minutes, followed by an optional 5 minute ab workout that could be done once or twice.

If you’re not sure how to do any of these exercises using a stability ball, just google them! There are tons of videos out there to show you, but here’s a quick run down:

One legged squats– place the ball between your back and a wall. Stand on one leg and squat down. The ball will roll down the wall with you.
Seated shoulder press- Sit on the stability ball and do shoulder presses like normal
Hamstring curl– Lay on the floor and place one foot on top of the ball. Roll the ball towards you using your hamstring and then roll it back out.
Chest press– Place your feet on the floor and your upper back on the ball. Perform chest press like normal.
One Legged Wall Sit- Place the stability ball between your back and the wall. Stand on one leg and roll down the wall until your leg is in a seated position. Hold.
Seated lateral raises– Sit on the stability ball and perform lateral raises as usual
Split squat– Put one foot, laces down on the top of the stability ball. Stretch your front leg out to a lunge position. Squat up and down.
Decline pushups– Put your feet on the stability ball and your hands on the ground and do pushups.

Oblique lifts– google this one
Incline plank– Do a plank but put your forearms on the stability ball and keep your feet on the floor
Knee tucks– put your hands on the floor and your legs on the stability ball. Pull your knees towards your stomach, rolling the ball in with them and back out
Crunches– lay with your back on the stability ball and your feet on the floor and perform crunches like normal


Feb 5th– Wanted to push myself with running and do some core work so this is what I put together:

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This speed was crazy fast for me. It’s basically a 7:45 min mile, and you end up running just over ½ a mile…then ab work…and repeat. I covered 2.08 miles.


Feb 6th– I did this workout– still one of my all-time favs. Kills me every time. I used 15# dbs and it took me 23 minutes.


Feb 7th-rest day for me, but hubby made himself a little 100 workout so I thought I’d share it with you!


Feb 8th– My legs were a little tired still, even after my rest day but I wanted to do a bit of running. I also knew I needed to do some upper body lifting. I’m notorious for avoiding pretty much all upper body weights except shoulder presses…but I’m working on it! I put together a 3 mile decrease run, where the miles are broken up by upper body exercises and each mile, you decrease the amount you run and increase the amount you walk.

I used my goal speeds from my 8 min miles workout and finally got it dead on! If you run alternating 8.6 and 6.6 mph you will finish a mile in exactly 8 min.

With those treadmill speeds you’ll finish the first mile in 8 minutes, the second in 9:20 and the third in 10:40. You can make it more challenging my increasing the incline during the walking portions. For the lifting I used 10# dbs for everything except the tricep ext where I used one 15#.


Feb 9th- I wanted to tackle some leg work, so I chose some exercises that worked the quads and some that worked the hamstrings and glutes (hence the front/back workout name). Then I threw some abs for good measure! Here’s what it looked like:

I used 15# dbs for most of the leg exercises. The hardest part for me? Two full minutes of side plank dips! Yikes!


So there you go friends :) Any of these look like fun to you?? Now it’s your turn. Tell me about the best workout you did this week?


PS…I linked up over at The New Healthy’s Sweat It Out Saturday party! Click the button for links to some more awesome workouts.
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About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. This post just got my psyched for my Jillian Michael’s Buns and Thighs workout I’m about to do!!! YEAH!
    And, before I do that, I have got to check out that sweet potato falafel recipe you have posted below… looks amazing.

  2. LOVE the stability ball workout with the cardio **blasts**
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  3. Great inspiration to get my butt out of bed this morning! I made up a cardio/strength workout at the gym and actually wrote it down, I loved it so much! Happy Friday!
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  4. love all those workouts!
    makes me feel like a slacker this week!
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  5. I love all these workouts! I have been into making up circuits lately to my get bored and these are some good ideas!

  6. Loving, loving, loving these workouts!
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  7. Killer workout week my friend! I’m loving all the tabata workouts I’m seeing pop up all over the place in bloggy land lately!
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  8. these workouts sound awesome!
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  9. Every time I see “tabata” all I can think of is “Tabitha” and that she’s going to tell me I’m not cutting people’s hair properly, which is odd because I’m not a hair stylist.
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  10. I’m battling a knee issue so I did all upper body lifting following Live Fit – it’s nice to feel strong (and a little sore).
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  11. I love these recaps – they’re so motivating!

    I’ve been digging the BodyRock lately, along with a little interval work and ABS. Core is my favorite. :)

  12. Dang girl you are killing it with the workouts! They all look awesome :D. I love doing one-leg wall squats with the stability ball! Totally burns in the booty region hehe.
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  13. All of these workouts are awesome!! You should link up for Sweat it Out Saturday tomorrow and share your awesome ideas! :)

    My best workout this week was Zumba! It’s so fun that the hour just flies by. :)
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  14. I love your workouts :) they seriously all look so intense!!!!!!!!! i love love love tabatas the best though :)

  15. Yay! Thanks for the great workouts :)
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  16. Great work out! How i wish I could do some of that, this past few weeks i have less time on my fitness gigs. I hope to catch this time.
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