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: 10 Minute Total Body

If you are short on time, this week’s workout will pack it all in! Give yourself about 10-15 minutes for this heart pumping and total body toning routine. No equipment required- all you need is to move your body!

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  • Squat Jacks– Start standing, jump your feet out wide, keep your weight in your heels and sink down into a squat (careful to keep those knees behind your toes), then jump your feet back together and repeat. Modify this by performing body weight squats
  • Hi-Lo Plank– Begin in a high plank on the ground (shoulders over hands, core tight) then lower yourself into a forearm plank one arm at a time. Press back up into a high plank and repeat. Modify by holding a high or low plank for 30 seconds
  • Tricep Dips– Seated on the ground, hands behind you with fingertips facing in toward your body and feet flat on the ground. Press your butt up off the ground to start, weight stays shifted into your arms then bend your elbows to lower down. Just before you touch teh ground, extend your elbows to press back up.
  • Side Plank Dips– Lay on your side with elbow on the ground and shoulder over your elbow. Keep your hips stacked and bring your top foot in front of the bottom. Press into our elbow and feet to lift your hips straight up (keep that belly button pulled in) then lower to the ground. Repeat on the same side then switch for the next round. Modify by bending the bottom leg and lifting from knee and elbwo.
  • Jump Lunges– Start in a lunge position with weight pressing through the heel of the front foot (careful that your knee doesn’t push over your toe) then jump up and switch your feet so you land with the opposite foot in front. Press out of the lunge to jump again! Modify by stepping back into a reverse lunge and alternating sides.

Share a sweaty selfie with us when you finish today’s workout!! Tag us @burpeesandbordeaux on Instagram 🙂 Be sure to subscribe on the right of this page to get workouts delivered right to your inbox!

❤ 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
IMG_5701Plank w/ Shoulder Taps
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: Abs & Glutes

This week’s workout is sure to get your core and glutes firing! Our simple routine is perfect to sneak in before work, while dinner is in the oven, or on vacation. Seriously, sliders & bands are clutch to fit in a suitcase! I love to add these moves in as a bonus after a quick run or when I’m short on time.

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Let’s get moving…
👉🏻You’ll need sliders & a resistance loop!
3 rounds of 3 exercises 🙌🏻 Perform each exercise 30x! Divide it up if you need- just get those 30 reps- 3×10 or 2×15 💪🏻

🔹Banded bridges
🔸Clamshells
🔹Banded Plank Jacks

🔸Crunches
🔹Reverse Crunches
🔸Bicycles

🔹Slider Mountain Climbers
🔸Slider Body Saws
🔹Slider Tucks

Tag your friends to join you for this booty and ab burn! Use #burpeesandbordeaux to share your sweaty selfies with us on social media 

❤ Louise

Workout Wednesday: Total Body Power Circuit

Happy February! All month long we want to challenge you to be the best version of yourself. This is not a typical challenge for you to keep your resolutions, but a challenge to be the best version of you; to have fun with your friends or to try new things. We are kicking it off with today’s #WorkoutWednesday by challenging you to invite your friends to come workout with you. I put together this circuit for my Panther Power class that you can do at home or at the gym. Grab your friends and get moving!

Power Circuit

All you will need are some dumbbells, a step, and a resistance loop! I included some extra equipment for your circuit if you want to kick it up a notch 🙂

Perform each exercise for 1 minute each (10 minutes total). Keep a running clock as you switch from station to station. Repeat 2-3x!img_4970

1. Hammer Curl + Shoulder Press
Grab a pair of dumbbells then keeping your palms facing each other, bend at the elbow to curl the weights then press up and together over head. Lower back to your shoulders then down back by your side.

2. Mountain Climbers
Start in a high plank position (shoulders over hands, core tight) then pick one leg up and bring your knee to your chest. Step back out and switch sides. Add a little more speed or a hop to increase the intensity.

3. Squats
Start standing with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the hips then knees while keeping your weight in your heels making sure your knees stay behind your toes. Press back up through your heels to standing. Get an extra challenge by holding a kettlebell or weights.

4. Bent Over Row + Tricep Kickback
Start standing with feet hip-width apart with weights in hand; bend slightly at the knees then hinge forward at the hips making sure your back is flat and core is tight (like a plank). Palms face each other as you squeeze your shoulder blades together pulling the weights up, pause in that top position then extend your elbows fully to work the triceps. Bend the elbows then lower the weight to return to start position.

5. Wall Sit
Back against the wall with your feet out in front of you. Slide down on the wall so it looks like you are sitting in a chair (hips and knees at 90*). Keep the knees over the ankle, press your hips back into the wall, and hold.

6. Plank
Forearms flat on the ground, shoulders over elbows, toes on the ground. Hips come up while core is braced, quads and glutes are tight and you are looking ahead on the ground. Hold it strong! Extra challenge: Try a high plank on a BOSU ball!

7. Reverse Lunges
Start standing with feet together, take a big step back with one leg then find your balance. Keeping your weight in the heel of your front foot, bend both knees then press up through that heel and step back together. Alternate sides! For an added challenge, hold a pair of dumbbells!

8. Step Ups
Find a step or plyo box then keep those feet moving! Try step ups with a knee drive, fast feet like you’re running stairs, box jumps, etc.

9. Russian Twists
On the floor, start in a V-sit with knees bent leaning back slightly and brace your core. Holding a weight or medicine ball in your hands, twist side to side reaching the weight to the ground. For an extra challenge, pick your feet up off the ground!

10. Side Steps
For this one you will need a resistance loop (aka booty band) around your ankles. Start in an athletic stance with knees and hips slightly bent. Step to the side making sure to stabilize that lead leg then step your second foot over making sure there is tension on the band. For extra tension, bring the band up over your knees.

Let’s kick off February with a bang! Share with us when you finish your workout on Facebook or Instagram @burpeesandbordeaux 🙂

❤ Louise

Workout Wednesday: Express Arms!

This is my go-to workout when I’m short on time and heading out for the evening or at the end of an upper body workout when I want that final burnout. Grab a heavier set of weights (you are only doing 10-12 reps at a time) and make it count. If you have more time, rest for 2 minutes and repeat for another round or 2!


1) Hammer Curl + Shoulder Press- Keep your shoulders down and fingers facing each other. Curl the weight up and then press overhead keeping your arms parallel.

2) Overhead Tricep Extension- Either grab the ends of a single DB or grab one for each hand. Lock your elbows by your ears and control the weight as you extend up and return to starting position.

3) Lateral Raises – Form is so important – you should not feel this creep into your neck! Keeping your shoulders down and elbows slightly bent -lift the weights up to shoulder height as if you were holding two glasses of water. Slowly return to starting position.

4) Bicep Curl with Isometic Hold-Lock your upper arm by your side and keep your shoulders down. Bring one arm up to a 90* angle and hold it there while you complete reps on the other side. Switch! Make sure you are not swinging the weights.

5) Bent Over Tricep Extension-Position yourself so that your torso is angled with the floor, core is engaged, and rest your hand on your thigh or on a surface like a bench. Keeping your elbow still, extend the arm straight out behind you, pause, and then squeeze the weight back in.

6) Bent Over Reverse Fly- Hinge at your hips, engage your core, and bring your torso so it’s at a 45 degree angle. Keeping your arms in line with your chest and your elbows slightly bent, lift the weights up to shoulder height and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Slowly return to starting position.

Any questions just let us know!

Xo, Pam

Workout Wednesday: EMOM


This time of year things are busy and we don’t always have a lot of time for a workout. EMOM workouts are a great finisher to a ST routine or first thing in the morning when you are short on time! This workout is simple and easy to follow!
Set a timer for 10 minutes. Every minute on the minute complete the three exercises. Rest the remaining part of the minute. Repeat until the 10 minutes are up! You can modify the exercises as needed (i.e. Elevated push ups or step out Burpees). Have Fun!

Xo, Pam

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.