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Hard Body Workout : Part Two

Posted Jan 04 2012 5:09pm

Today has been a pretty relaxing day. I didn’t have to set an alarm, and just did as I pleased.

I woke up around 8 am, lounged around, drank hot coffee (it was freeeezing this morning), and took my time to eat breakfast.

My roommate and I decided to head over to the gym when they opened around 11 am.

I hadn’t been to my University’s gym in FOREVER, and it has gotten even nicer since I’ve been there!


Not sure what that flare is. It was a beautiful day out as well.


First I hopped on the elliptical and completed 35 minutes on there. I simply put the incline to 12 and did 1 min forward, resistance 10; 1 min backwards, resistance 10; 30 seconds forward, resistance 12; 30 seconds backwards, resistance 12.


I took this mid-ellipticizing(?) which is why is has such great, clear quality.

Built in TVs where you can see your time and watch any show at the same time with your headphones plugged in. It was awesome.

Afterwards, I completed the second workout of the Hard-Body Workout that I found on Women’s Health Magazine.

I told you all I would provide the second workout, so here I am! It was a good one as well. I’m sure if you wanted to see the pictures you can just search in the women’s health magazine website for “Hard-Body Workout”.

Similar to the other one, it is split up into two groups.

Group 1 – Do 1 set of each exercise (12 reps) without resting in between. Rest 1 minute. Repeat. Then move onto Group 2.

  • Single Leg Dumbbell Straight Leg Deadlift
  • Close Hands Pushup
  • Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
  • Dumbbell Step Up
  • Side Plank and Row

Group 2 - Do 1 set of each exercise (12 reps) without resting in between. Rest 1 minute. Repeat.

  • Lateral Raise with Palms Facing Forward (instead of down)
  • Lat Pulldown
  • Dumbbell Bulgarian Split Squat
  • Pushup and Row
  • Swiss Ball Rollout (love these)

For the exercises that use single leg/arm, do 12 reps on each side.

Again, it’s not a super high intensity workout, but it does work your entire body and leaves you feeling strong. Challenge yourself!



I always crave a salad after I workout, and today was no different. I had spinach, grape tomatoes, carrots, chickpeas, turkey, and a poached egg.

I also had a slice of Food For Life Brown Rice Bread on the side with hummus and goat cheese. Love that combo on toast.

I have never had gluten free toast before, but with all my stomach issues, I thought cutting down on gluten products may be something worth trying out.

There is no way I am 100% gluten free right now, nor am I sure I will be in the future, but I figured cutting down on it wouldn’t hurt.


What do you crave after a workout?

Do you watch TV while you workout?

Any gluten free people out there that have any advice for me? Or products you love?!

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