Running Sucks, but only for 5 Minutes

IMG_0565Okay, your shoes are tied and new playlist is lit, it’s time to go for a run… you can do this. *Insert some mantras about being strong* Music starts and you’re getting yourself warmed up. Let’s go- one foot in front of the other. Your heart rate starts to pick up and you begin breathing a little bit faster. Keep moving those legs… heart rate is still climbing as you’re trying to catch your breath. OMG. Why am I running? It’s only been one minute?! Keep going, keep moving. As you continue running it doesn’t seem to be getting any better… Only 2 minutes?! How can I keep moving *I am strong* How does anyone do this for miles and miles?! You approach the three minute mark and start to fall into a rhythm. Your heart rate is up but you don’t quite feel out of breath anymore. What is this magic?!

Your cardiovascular system is especially crucial during exercise as oxygen demand and waste production in your active muscles increase. The initial responses of your cardiovascular system allow your body to meet the increased demands placed on it with exercise. The average resting heart rate is about 60-80 beats per minute. At the onset of exercise, your heart rate and breathing rate begin to pick up to meet the increased demand for oxygen by your body. Your heart rate is proportional to the intensity of the exercise- as intensity increases, so will your heart rate. Going from walking to a high intensity activity such as running will quickly increase your heart rate.

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Side note… is anyone else running the Beach2Beacon on August 5th??

As you settle into a rhythm and maintain your pace, your heart rate will even out at a certain number of beats per minute. Your breathing rate will follow suit while both remain elevated above resting levels. This plateau is referred to as “steady state” and is the optimal heart rate for your body to meet the demands of the work (running) which you are doing. Steady state takes a few minutes to achieve and is not the same for everyone. For elite athletes, their bodies may be able to adapt to these physical demands quickly and reach steady state under 3 minutes. For those who may not be as physically fit, it could take upwards of 4-5 minutes to reach this plateau. Those who are not as conditioned may also have a higher heart rate at the same exercise intensity (in this case, running pace).

Let’s be honest, those first few minutes of running might suck. As you continue to run for a little bit longer with each week, you will continue to build your endurance. Increased cardiorespiratory endurance (heart and lungs) relates to the body’s ability to sustain prolonged, dynamic exercise using large muscle groups. In this case, we are talking about running longer distances and being able to deliver oxygen rich blood to those working muscles. Being able to maintain this level for longer periods of time shows improvements in aerobic fitness.

Anyone out there new to running? Any of our experienced runners have a story to share? Maybe something about your fitness or training journey! Share it in the comments below!

❤ Louise

 

Workout Wednesday: lulu Summer Bootcamp

B&B was back at it again with another heart pumping, quad burning, and burpee filled HIIT workout. We had such a fun morning sweating it out at lululemon RF with this strong crew! We love teaching in-store classes and can’t wait to see you guys again this fall ❤

There are two exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform both exercises for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next round. Get your timers ready…

Round 1
A. Squats (Pulse down for 3 counts, up for 1 count)
B. Squat Jacks

Round 2
A. Triceps Push Ups (Modify from the knees)
B. Mountain Climbers

Round 3
A. Lateral Lunge into Single Leg Balance
B. Skater Hops

Round 4
A. Low Plank
B. Inchworms with a Side Hop

Round 5
A. Single Leg RDL
B. Burpees!

Round 6
A. Side Plank (Modify from knee if needed)
B. Toe Touch (Alternate sides)

 

Need a little more motivation? Grab a friend! One person performs exercise A while the other performs B then you switch 🙂

Thank you to everyone who got up and got their workout done on Saturday morning! And a huge thank you to lululemon RF for providing a space for us. Big shout out to both Pleasant Petites and BarkThins for fueling our participants post-sweat sesh!

Xo, Louise & Pam

 

Cardio or Strength Training: Which Comes First?

Starting an exercise program can be challenging and bring about a lot of questions. The internet provides a ton of information, some of which may be conflicting and lead to more questions. When starting an exercise program, many of my clients ask me if the order of their workout matters; meaning should you be performing cardio exercise (running, biking, swimming etc.) first or be starting with strength training exercises.

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Cardio then strength or strength then cardio?
Science says either way is fine!

Plenty of research has been done in this area, and while some online resources may tell you to do one before the other (maybe to maximize your calorie burn), the truth is it doesn’t matter. I always recommend that my clients start with whichever form of exercise they find to be most challenging because your body hasn’t used any of its energy stores yet. If running is going to be the hardest part of the workout, start there and finish with your strength training routine. Maybe you are trying to incorporate more resistance exercise into your weekly schedule, so starting there will make sure you complete it.

Ultimately, it comes down to what your goals are and how you want to structure your workout. If you are training for a race, then aerobic exercise will take priority. If the strength training circuit at the gym is your new challenge, start with a warm-up then focus on completing that circuit before riding the bike. This will allow your body to have the energy it needs for your main target. Take note that any sort of skilled lifts or long training runs should be done on their own days; trying to perform barbell snatches after a 30 minute run may not be the best plan.

It is also important that you are getting enough of both types of exercise each week! Below are the recommended exercise guidelines from the American College of Sports Medicine:

Cardiorespiratory Exercise

  • Adults should get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week.
  • One continuous session and multiple shorter sessions (of at least 10 minutes) are both acceptable to accumulate desired amount of daily exercise.
  • Gradual progression of exercise time, frequency and intensity is recommended for best adherence and least injury risk.
  • People unable to meet these minimums can still benefit from some activity.

Strength Training Exercise

  • Adults should train each major muscle group two or three days each week using a variety of exercises and equipment.
  • Two to four sets of each exercise will help adults improve strength and power.
  • Adults should wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions of the same muscle group.

The full list of Physical Activity Guidelines can be found here! Including flexibility and neuromuscular activity guidelines.

The most important piece to this puzzle is to remember why you started- stay focused on your goals and trust the process. Have an exercise question? Ask us in the comments below or email us at burpeesandbordeaux@gmail.com 🙂

❤ Louise

Workout Wednesday: Anniversary Party at lululemon

B&B was back at it again with another heart pumping, glute burning, and burpee packed workout. What an amazing morning spent sweating it out with these strong ladies to celebrate our 1st Anniversary! In case you missed it or want to do the workout again, here you go! *Post workout, champagne popping not included* 😉

IMG_5696There are two exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform both exercises for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next round. Get your timers ready…

IMG_5748Round 1
Squat Thrusts
Reverse Lunges

Round 2
Plank Jacks
Russian Twists

Round 3
Jump Lunges
Lateral Lunges (15 sec each side)

Round 4
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Triceps Push-ups (modify from the knees if needed)

Round 5
Skater Hops
Single Leg Romanian Deadlifts (RDLs- 15 sec each side)

Round 6
Burpees
Side Plank Crunches

 
We want to give a huge shout out to all of our amazing sponsors who made this event such a success! All our class participants went home with the tastiest swag bag we have ever seen. Be sure to check out these amazing brands!

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Xo, Louise & Pam

Workout Wednesday: Spring Fever 

Ahhh March is winding down and you can begin to sense spring is in the air. I’m craving the warmer weather and more outside activities!

While we wait for the cold and windy week to march (😉)  it’s way out the door – here is a quick workout that is going to warm you up in no time!


All you need is to set a timer for 12 minutes and get ready to work. AMRAP stands for As Many Rounds As Possible so you give everything you’ve got for 12 minutes!

400m run: You can do the run on a track or a treadmill! It should be a high workload – this should not be a conversational pace!

20 KB swings: Remember that a KB swing is a hip hinge movement – not a squat! Keep your core engaged and fire those glutes. If you are unable to swing – dobodyweight  squats!

10 Push-ups: Either from your toes or from your knees – just focus on keeping your shoulders down and your core tight.

5 Burpees: Any style – make us proud 🙂

Let us know how many rounds you get! And be sure to retest again in a few weeks.

Xo, Pam

Workout Wednesday: March lululemon Bootcamp

Last weekend, we taught an in-store class at lululemon Roosevelt Field 🙂 This total body workout got our hearts pumping, glutes firing, and triceps burning. What are we training for? Life. In case you missed it or want to do it again, here you go!IMG_5318

There are two exercises in every round followed by 30 seconds of rest. Perform both exercises for 30 seconds each then rest for 30 seconds. Repeat each round 3 times before moving on to the next round. Get your timers ready…

Round 1
Squats (Pulse down for 3 counts, up for 1 count)
Pencil Jacks

Round 2
Diamond Push-ups (modify from the knees if needed)
Mountain Climbers

Round 3
Lateral Lunge stepping to Single Leg balance
Burpees with a lateral hop

Round 4
Side Plank (from the knee to modify)
Hi-Low Plank

Round 5
Reverse Lunge with Front Kick
Squat Thrusts

Round 6
Tricep Dips
Single Leg Bridges

We can’t wait for you to join us at our next workout!! Save the date for Saturday, April 29! We will be celebrating Burpees & Bordeaux’s 1st Anniversary ❤

Xo, Pam & Louise

Workout Wednesday: Hump Day Hill

We get it- that wind chill and layering may not be for you, and since temperatures have dropped, I’m sure many of you have moved your runs indoors. Whether you are training for a race this spring or simply running for your health, adding hills into your routine is a must. This week’s workout takes you up a juicy hill with some time to recover. Do as many repeats as you’d like!

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Check out one of our older posts with some tips to perfect your form on the treadmill when cruising up that hill. If you enjoy today’s workout, you will love our “Hardy Hills” routine! You can find all of that here!

Happy Running!
Louise

On the 10th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE TENTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE TENTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

10 JUMPING JACKS!

How to: Start standing then jump your feet out wide while bringing your arms out to the side and overhead. Jump your feet back together and bring your arms back by your side.

And don’t forget your:

9 HI-LO PLANKS
8 LATERAL LUNGES + SHOULDER PRESS
7 BRIDGE MARCHES
6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

PS: Today is the last day to enter our Instagram giveaway! Search using #BandBHoliday 🙂

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 9th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE NINTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE NINTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

9 HI-LO PLANKS!

How to: Start in a high plank position (shoulders over hands, core tight) then lower down one arm at a time into a low, forearm plank. Press yourself back up one arm at a time back to the high plank position. Switch lead arms halfway through!

And don’t forget your:

8 LATERAL LUNGES + SHOULDER PRESS
7 BRIDGE MARCHES
6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.

On the 8th Day of #Fitmas, B&B Gave to Me…

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TODAY IS THE EIGHTH DAY OF OUR HOLIDAY FITNESS CHALLENGE!

We are giving you a new exercise challenge everyday for the next 12 days… all the way through Christmas morning🙂 It’s the 12 Days of Fitmas!

ON THE EIGHTH DAY OF FITMAS, BURPEES & BORDEAUX GAVE TO ME…

8 LATERAL LUNGES + SHOULDER PRESSES!

How to: Start with a dumbbell in your right hand, take a sideways step out to the left keeping your toes pointed forward. The right leg stays straight as you shift your weight onto your left side, bending at the hip and knee on the left leg while reaching the dumbbell down. Press up through the left heel, shifting weight to the right leg and balancing on the left. Right arm does a shoulder press, keeping the palm facing in, then repeat! Make sure you perform 8 on each side 🙂

And don’t forget your:

7 BRIDGE MARCHES
6 PLANK ROTATIONS
5 SQUAT JUMPS
4 PUSH-UPS
3 LUNGE TO SQUAT
2 INCHWORMS
AND A ONE MINUTE PLANK!

Xo,
Louise & Pam

This is the gift that keeps on giving! Make sure you are subscribed to our blog to get the daily workout delivered right to your inbox. Let us know how the challenge is going by checking in on social media using #BandB12DaysofChristmas. Be on the lookout for holiday giveaways, too.