16 Day Killer Kixie Challenge! Day Two: 200 Killer Squats! Waaaaapoooosh.
Booty murder today!
As always, ANY modifications count, but if squats are easy for you, it’s time to level up! Use what you have and try to make this as challenging as possible.
Basic Level Up Ideas
1. Add weight to your squats, or as many of them as you can (dumbbells, medicine balls, children (hopefully yours), sandbags etc).
2. Add a jump, a kick, a lift to the side, a lift to the back etc.
3. Add pulses to your squats (3 pulses and up = 1 rep)
4. Single leg it out! 100 per side. You can also place one foot on an elevated surface like a yoga block or chair. Keep weight in the heel of the squatting leg.
5. GET LOWER. Ass to grass baby! Try to pop up and go faster once you’ve got the form down.
Advanced Level Up Ideas
1. Play with your load for weighted squats. If you’re used to holding the weights by your shoulders, try back loaded or front loaded squats. Place weight on only one side (100 per side), use different equipment etc.
2. Add instability by placing feet on a bosu or instability disc.
3. Add weights to your plyo squat jumps or try single leg squat jumps. Start low, then add more as you see what you can manage (only for those who are used to squat jumps).
4. Add a jump forward and back, or side to side, landing softly in a squat. Get it moving!
5. Try negative squats: start already low in the squat and pop up fast, spending more time in the bottom of the squat than the top.
Remember, you can split up your squats over the course of the day, do them throughuot your regular workout or try them as a time challenge (how quick can you bust out 200?). If you like, you can use my circuit below too!
My Workout (fondly named “Oh HAIIII Booty)
5 Squat Variations, 40 Reps each = Day Two KILLED!
hey! i just wanted to share. I read a lot of your stuff and its finally inspired a change for me. I have been constantly trying to slim down and always seemed to plateau and get sad and give up. But after following you it has helped me change my view on things. Instead i am no longer focuses on the inches and instead focusing on my fitness and health. I am officially training for a Spartan Race! super excited! Finally focusing on just getting fit for a bigger cause than just my image and not starving myself. I am eating healthier, but if im hungry i eat, just smart options (; So i just wanted to thank you for that!
- Awesome. :) Made my day!
I LOVE adding new things into my repertoire to combat boredom, and it’s been a minute since I’ve been this inspired!
LOADS of moves I’ve never seen or thought of in this one, so I wanted to share it with you. BUT they aren’t for everyone: I would have hurt myself trying some of these on my own a few years back. I’m not against trying new things nor am I the kind of person who will tell you to avoid it or you’ll get hurt (not your mama), but I will ask that you be careful and listen to your body. None of these moves make you more bad ass at life: they might just be fun if you’re at that level AND are into changing things up.
My only qualm is the label “for women”. Vaginas and breasts don’t come with their own set of workout rules or limits, lol. Neither do penises. That said, this is an AWESOME compilation video if you’re intermediate to advanced, need no help adjusting exercises on your own (no instruction given), and are a novelty freak like me. Boys too.
Spiderman Kick Throughs are my first thing to try as soon as my body is feeling better (skip to 2:48). Love the rhythm. :)
(P.S - Did I use the term “minute” right? I’m so hopelessly unhip, and I’ve been scared to “drop” it in case I mess it up, lol. All I have is google, friends. Be kind. :)
We’re all different, and you gotta do YOU.
YOU includes a history that you need to work with to make the best decisions for your body: the way you approach your diet and training needs to work for all of “you”.
Some people are totally amazing at moderation. They can have treats in the house, and eat them when desired, without finishing the whole box or bag. Others might struggle more with it, and having treats in the house is too much pressure for them. They might feel like willpower failures, but the truth is they aren’t. All it means is that in order to make the best decisions for themselves, they might need to be more diligent about controlling their environment. That’s empowerment, not weakness: a former alcoholic who refuses to keep booze in the house isn’t weak, but rather doing what they need to do. The same goes for people who might need to calorie count and those that don’t. Or those that need trainers/buddies to workout and those that don’t (sometimes you’re better off with friends and sometimes, it’s not the best for you). When you employ techniques, sometimes you need to base them on WHO YOU ARE. Not necessarily who you’d like to be. In short, it means keeping them realistic to your current situation.
If you can’t seem to commit to an hour a day, there’s nothing wrong with 20 minutes. If you can’t ever seem to make a morning workout, maybe a different time works best. If you have tried and absolutely HATE broccoli, there’s no need to eat it. There are far too many veggies in the world for broccoli to be the end all be all. Try something else.
I’d love to be the person who can keep treats in the house and never touch them. But I’m not that person. If I buy them, I’ll eat them. If I eat them, I often feel shitty on the inside and my workouts/life suffer for it. I’d also love to be the kind of person who loves going to the gym, but I’m not. At-home workouts are what works best for me, and I focused my energy on making them awesome with tools, research and by making my space conducive to home sweating. I used to feel guilty about this (as a trainer, I suppose it’s weird to hate gyms), but I realized there are loads of people like me who can benefit from at-home training experiences. I simply stick to what I do best and kick as much ass with it as I can.
In addition to your routines, your goals should also reflect your own self-awareness. My example would be the fact that I’m not pursuing goals related to incredible leanness, six packs or getting the lowest body fat percentage possible. For some (especially those competing), these are goals they attribute to success and they work really hard to get there. For me - due to my history- these are goals I attribute to disorder: it can be dangerous for me to focus too heavily on aesthetics or numbers. I don’t feel empowered when I micromanage my diet: I feel out of control. I don’t feel good about measuring my body fat percentage against other people: I feel obsessed. It would be very easy for me to pursue those goals, especially with the support I’d have from MANY awesome people. I even feel as though I “could” do it and keep my body in fairly good health too (or at least try). But because of my history - because of my self-awareness OF that history - I’d be poking a sleeping dragon. It wouldn’t be healthy for me to pursue those goals given my history with body image and food.
1. WICKED TUNES. Duh. Loud and proud, unless it’s too early. Eye of the Tiger works really well. 80’s anthems, hip hop, rock etc… A fun playlist keeps things moving and cuts your time down. Play them from your car or speakers, but try to avoid earphones if you’re shoveling in high traffic areas (too many accidents).
2. RACE A NEIGHBOUR. A LOT of fun AND gets the job done faster! If your neighbour’s snowed in, suggest a friendly wager. If you have kids/multiple helpers, make teams! Losers makes hot chocolate for the winning team. Bam.