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Amazing Arms & Back

How sad are you that the Olympics are over? Those two weeks went by so fast, and thanks to Cox promising “full events” on OnDemand and delivering 3-minute highlights of only the American teams, I missed way too much!

The only good thing that came from the Olympics ending was the Spice Girls reunion. It amazes me that after over a decade, I could still sing along with every single word.

This weekend was super relaxing and laid back, with lots of catching up on sleep and TV show recordings, and an afternoon of crafts.

I ran out of workout clothes on Friday afternoon and had an XXL Planet Fitness shirt just waiting to be transformed into something amazing. And I remembered seeing this post on Blogilates for making a DIY workout shirt. Dirty clothes + old T-shirts = an opportunity for crafts! (A craftortunity?)

I guess XXL was too big or I cut too much, because the shirt ended up looking a failed attempt at a sheet ghost Hallowen costume. But I did get two new workout headbands out of the sleeves!

The takeaway here is… If you’re making DIY T-shirts, don’t toss the sleeves. Just cut a 3-inch strip from the hem and fold it over to make a comfy, cheap (free) headband for your gym session.

On Saturday, I finished off Week 3 of Insanity. One complaint I have about the program is the lack of arm exercises. My legs are looking great thanks to all the jumping around, but my arms aren’t really changing. Each workout has a few pushup drills, but it’s not enough.

I’ve also been working out my arms every other day to build up some strength and get the lean, cut look I’m dying for. Here’s a simple arm routine that I’ve incorporated into my workouts and the weights I’ve been using. You can try this at your gym, adjusting the weights for your comfort level.

Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dolljoints/

Sunday was an attempted pool day, but after an hour it started to rain and I drove home. Of course, as soon as I got home, it stopped raining, so I put on my running shoes and dedicated myself to starting the Couch to 5K running program.

I downloaded the C25K free app that pauses your music and tells you when it’s time to run or walk, and you alternate between the two, slowly increasing your running time over the course of 8 weeks until you can run 5K nonstop.

This app is free, and you can remove the ads for $1.99. What I really love is that it tells you when you’re at the halfway point so you can turn around, and it tells you when you have 1 minute left, so you can give it your all.

I jumped right into Week 2, Day 1, since my race is in 7 weeks and I want to complete full the program. I’m still going to do Insanity, but Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays will also be running days. Is it crazy that I’m trying to do both at the same time?


I’m wondering…


What are your favorite strength exercises for your arms and back? Are there any muscle areas that get neglected with your normal training programs?

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I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.


  1. I have a question if you don’t mind???? How do you lose – or at the least tone outter upper thighs? They are my serious problem area & nothing seems to get rid of them 🙁

    • I have the same problem! I have such a hard time toning those outer and inner thigh areas, even though the rest of my legs are pretty in shape. What helped me was starting to incorporate circuit training and plyometric movements into my normal cardio routine. The Insanity videos are GREAT for toning your legs since you’re jumping around so much. Also, try HIIT workouts to keep your muscles guessing, which is what causes change. The key isn’t just trying to get rid of them, but building muscle in those areas to tone from within. If you haven’t heard of blogilates.com, check her out also. She’s got some awesome leg workouts on there. Hope that helps!

  2. I, too, am doing the couch to 5k program and love it! I’d love to be able to give the Insanity Program a go but my finances won’t allow it just yet….best of luck to you! I really enjoy your site–thanks for sharing

    • Thanks for reading! I fell in love with Insanity and can’t wait to get back to it after the 5K. You should definitely try it when you get a chance. P.S. I got mine on Craigslist for really cheap. 🙂

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