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Two New Upper Body Workouts

by Courtney on October 24, 2011

Okay, I know I already said this last night but seriously, where did the weekend go?!? I mean, weekends usually go by pretty fast for me, but this weekend totally flew by. Must have been because we were havin’ so much fun?

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Here’s what you may have missed:

The 3rd Annual Fall Festival

Kate’s Birthday Celebration

Night Time Makeup Look Tutorial (continued from Fashion Friday)

Last Night Was The Night

It was a fun weekend, indeed!

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Along with all that fun also came lots of indulgent foods and sweets, so this morning was no doubt going to include a trip to the gym. Our usual instructor was back today, so I took advantage and hit up the BodyCombat class. No spinning for me this week!

Typically, I like to follow up BodyCombat with an upper body weights session at the gym, but I decided to come home early and do it here instead. On Saturday, I briefly mentioned that I had completed some upper body weights but never gave you any specifics. Well, now I am, because I like to share good things. Smile

For any of my fellow Exercise TV fans, I have two new upper body workouts that I’m totally loving:

On Saturday, I did the Rock Hard Arms and was totally psyched to see that not only is that video available, but one of my old favorites, Rock Hard Total Body, is back! I can’t wait to give that one a go again. The Rock Hard Arms video not only works your upper body, but it also gives you a pretty intense ab workout, too. Jay and I actually both did this workout on Saturday and are both still sore from it (Marco Reed is no joke!). The only thing we both thought was lacking a bit was exercises for the triceps.

Today, I tried out the Strong and Sexy Upper Body Burn with Cindy Whitmarsh and I thought it was great. This video was a little more fast-paced, working in a pyramid-style system (higher reps down to lower reps) and while it hit more muscle groups than the first video, I also felt that it didn’t quite work them to fatigue as much as the Rock Hard Arms workout did.

That being said, I loved both videos and will probably use them interchangeably for the next couple of weeks; you know, until I get bored again. Winking smile

Breakfast

Today’s combo was a good one, folks. A little sweet, a little savory, and a whole lotta yummy.

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Savory: Egg scramble made with 1 egg, 1/4 cup egg substitute, salt pepper, and basil

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Sweet: A slice of Pumpkin Gingerbread heated in the micro and topped with PB

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Yes, Pumpkin Gingerbread…and it’s amazing. I saw this recipe on Holly’s blog a couple of days ago and had been waiting for a chance to make it all week. I finally got a chance yesterday morning and followed her recipe almost exactly, subbing pumpkin pie spice for the ginger, and I skipped the chocolate chips.

I must say, for being a practically fat-free bread, it is super moist and so full of flavor. The cloves are pretty prominent in the recipe, so if they aren’t your thing, then I’d probably cut back. I love it though – it’s seriously incredible!

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So much so that I also ate another piece before even plating this one. Winking smile

Lots to do today, so it’s time to get crack-a-lackin’!

Questions for the Morning:

WOULD YOU RATHER…

  • Have a stronger, more defined upper body –OR- lower body?
  • Eat your eggs scrambled –OR – over easy?
  • Bake dessert –OR- cook dinner?

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1 Sylvia @ Frolic Through Life October 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

I’m going to have to check out those arm workouts. I love exercise TV!

Upper body. I have strong legs, but my upper body is lacking.
Both! I love eggs and could probably eat them everyday because there are so many options.
Bake dessert. As much as I enjoy cooking, there is nothing better than sneaking bites of batter and the smell that fills the house where there’s a dessert in the oven.
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2 Khushboo October 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

Your scrambled eggs look perfect – scrambled eggs is the one recipe I am yet to perfect! Even though I’m normally an egg-whites girl, scrambled eggs are a fail for me even when I involve the yolk!
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3 Annette (UK) October 24, 2011 at 9:22 am

That bread looks wonderful and just what I need right now to feed this cold!
Thanks to you, what was an ironing night now looks like turning into a baking night instead :)
Will let you know how it turns out and thanks for the pass on the ironing!
(I don’t mind creases anyway!)
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4 Annette (UK) October 24, 2011 at 9:24 am

That bread is just what I need to ‘feed’ this cold right now.
Thanks to you, what was an ironing night is now looking like a baking night instead!
(Who cares about creases anyhow?!)
Thanks for the recipe, will let you know if its a hit!
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5 Taylor @ Crumbs Don't Count October 24, 2011 at 9:29 am

That bread LOOKS moist…and it is a picture! I love breads like that…banana, pumpkin, whatever…those sweet cakey breads are always so so good (and addicting!)
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6 Bethany @Bethany's Befuddled Brain October 24, 2011 at 9:39 am

Upper body, I have toothpick arms which no matter how hard I try I’ll get some definition but no added muscle. I think it’s in the genes. I have to go with scrambled, the yolk of over easy gives me the heebie geebies. I think I’d have to go with baking because right now all I want to do is make some pumpkin ginger bread (it looks delicious)! I’ve finished off my loaf of banana bread with my family’s help so I think it’s time to make a new loaf.
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7 Lena @Fit on the Rocks October 24, 2011 at 9:43 am

I wish we had BodyCombat at my gym, but at least I have BodyPump. I would rather have a defined upper body because my lower body has always been sturdy and strong (ie- big muscly calves…boo). I love having over easy eggs when I have toast or potatoes to soak up the yolks, but I also enjoy scrambled. I prefer to cook dinner because baking baffles me unless it’s semi-homemade.
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8 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

Two peas in a pod. Guess what I made for the healthier part of snack for M’s party today? Pumpkin gingerbread muffins! Haha!

Have a great day, gorgeous. Muah!
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9 Siena October 24, 2011 at 10:09 am

Have a stronger, more defined upper body –OR- lower body?
I would rather have a more defined lower body but an all over toned body would be the best!
Eat your eggs scrambled –OR – over easy?
Scrambled eggs please!
Bake dessert –OR- cook dinner?
Bake dessert!!!
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10 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

I think I’d want more toned bottom. It’s easier to hide flabby arms. Definitely go with baking over cooking. The results are just tastier! And scrambled eggs all the way! The yolks in easy over freak me out…lol
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11 Jordan @ food, sweat, and beers October 24, 2011 at 10:20 am

I used to crave the upper body where I’d proudly wear sleeveless or strapless, but now that I have it all I want is a toned bottom half. The grass is always greener, right? Maybe I can start doing squats while I eat my scrambled eggs… And I’ll leave the baking to the rest of my friends, give me a wok and some spices and some fire, and I’ll cook all the dinners!
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12 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 24, 2011 at 10:21 am

Thanks for the tip on cutting back on the cloves- they really aren’t my fav so this little tip helps out a lot when I give it a whirl! :)
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13 Cat @Breakfast to Bed October 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

arms and shoulders probably.

TEAM DIPPY EGGS!!!

I love to cook, but I am IN LOVE with baking. Always will be.
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14 Sweet and Savvy October 24, 2011 at 10:56 am

I’m definitely more of a fan of toned arms/abs. I think super toned lower bodies don’t look as natural.

Scrambled eggs and dessert definitely win out for this girl!:)

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15 Heather October 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

I definitely take more pride in having a stronger upper body. I love watching the muscles contract when I’m lifting. It makes me feel so strong! :-)

You and I have a mutual love for Marco Reed. His workouts are so effective – and he isn’t too bad to look at either. ;-)
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16 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake October 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

I’d much rather have a more defined upper body! I’d have to go with scrambled eggs & I’d definitely rather bake!
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17 Colleen @ Jimmy Choos on the Treadmill October 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

Bake dessert, without a doubt!!
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18 Lindsey October 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

I just used up the last of my pumpkin, if not I would have made that bread tonight! Next weekend ;)
Upper body for sure!
Love scrambled eggs, one of my childhood favorites.
Cook diner? Is that weird? I love baking too though!
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19 Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts October 24, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love hearing about new Exercise TV workouts! I love Cindy Whitmarsh, so I will definitely try out the Strong and Sexy Upper Body one! She had another one that I loved, but it’s only on On Demand every so often – Tank Top Arms. It’s a 20 minute routine that is awesome. Thanks for the tips, I’ll be checking them out!!
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20 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat October 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Making that bread for sure now… :)
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21 Shannon October 24, 2011 at 4:02 pm

1. Have a stronger upper body
2. Scrambled
3. Bake dessert :) – Can’t get enough of chocolate.

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22 Katie @ Plates and Paste October 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Lower body! I’m def a scrambled eggs girl…runny yolk grosses me out a bit. And I’m def more of a baker than a cook :)
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23 Liz @ iheartvegetables October 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

I love exercise TV and yet, I’ve never tried those two!!
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24 Holly October 26, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Thanks for the shout out Court & I’m so sorry that I am JUST now commenting…we were in Jacksonville for that TERRIBLE Ravens game. It’s so embarassing. But this brightened my day- so glad you liked it!
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