Hiit Mama workouts are timed so time yourself and go as FAST AS YOU CAN!! That is how you get the cardio in. If you are a new Hiit Mama, just start with the workout of the day (WOD)...no need to go back to the first post because we will eventually repeat all those workouts. Make sure and post your time in the comment section so you can track your progress! Also, there are video demos of each exercise we do down the right side bar.

Feb 28, 2014

Friday 02.28.14

5 rounds for time of:
9 Deadlifts, 60 lbs
6 Hang power snatch, 20 lbs
3 Front squats, 40-60 lbs

Compare to 02.28.13


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 51
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day
no fried food

NEXT WEEK'S ADDED CHALLENGE: get 8 hours of sleep

5 Benefits of Sleep

1. Health: Not getting enough Z's can compromise your immune system making you more susceptible to viruses. Plus, living in a constant state of sleep debt can contribute to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. 

2. Smarts: Even though your body is at rest, your brain is buzzing. During sleep is when the brain sorts and processes information you absorbed while awake. 

3. Weight Control: Recent research indicates a relationship between insufficient sleep and inability to lose or even maintain weight. 

4. Coordination: Trying new activities that require coordination like step aerobics and playing the piano can be made more difficult after a bad night's sleep. 

5. Beauty: They don't call it "beauty sleep" for nothing. While you sleep, your body repairs itself. Experts say you need 8 hours of sleep to avoid puffy, bloodshot eyes, as well as dark under-eye circles and a pale washed-out complexion.

Here is another great site about the importance of sleep to our heath and how much sleep our kids need: www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping

Feb 27, 2014

Thursday 02.27.14

50 push-ups in one set
Run 5K

Post times for push-ups and time for 5K separately.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 50
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day
no fried food

Feb 26, 2014

Wednesday 02.26.14

For time:
5 handstand push-ups (modify as needed)
10 one-legged squats, alternating
15 pull-ups (assist as needed)
10 handstand push-ups
20 one-legged squats, alternating
30 pull-ups
15 handstand push-ups
30 one-legged squats, alternating
45 pull-ups
10 handstand push-ups
20 one-legged squats, alternating
30 pull-ups
5 handstand push-ups
10 one-legged squats, alternating
15 pull-ups

Post time to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 49
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day
no fried food

Feb 25, 2014

Tuesday 02.25.14

Complete as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:
5 box jumps, 18 in.
13 cleans, 20-30 lbs
 
Post rounds completed to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 48
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day
no fried food

Feb 24, 2014

Monday 02.24.14

Complete as many rounds as possible in 7 minutes of:
5 double-unders (try them even if you can't, otherwise 20 jump rope)
13 thrusters, 20-30 lbs

Post rounds completed to comments.

 Hiit Mama Amber

90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 47
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day
no fried food

Feb 21, 2014

Friday 02.21.14

Complete as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
18 Box jumps
15 Knees to elbows
12 Push-ups

Compare to 02.21.13


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 44
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day

NEXT WEEK'S ADDED CHALLENGE: no fried food

"Deep-fried foods may be tasty, but they are definitely not healthy. Foods like french fries, onion rings, fried wontons and deep-fried candy bars offer little in the way of nutritional value while putting you at higher risk for certain health conditions. However, you don't necessarily have to give them up totally to have a healthy diet.





Nutrition Concerns

Deep-fried foods are usually high in fat, particularly the types of fats that are bad for your health. Many restaurants fry foods in oils containing trans fats, and since many deep-fried foods are coated in batter, they absorb more fat than they would without the batter coating. Because of the high fat content, they are also high in calories, making it more likely you will eat more calories than you need and possibly gain weight.

Health Risks

The saturated fat and trans fat in deep-fried foods increase your risk for high cholesterol and heart disease. If you eat a high-fat diet, you are also at higher risk for certain cancers and for obesity. Deep-fried foods also may contain acrylamide, a possible carcinogen, with foods fried at higher temperatures or for longer containing more than those fried for shorter times at lower temperatures.

Healthier Deep Fried Foods

If you can't give up fried foods, you can make them healthier. Use unsaturated oils to fry your foods, such as canola, corn, peanut, safflower, soybean or sunflower oil. Heat the oil to the proper temperature, as oil that isn't hot enough leads to increased fat absorption by the food. Make sure the oil returns to the right temperature in between each batch of food you fry in it.

Considerations

As long as your overall diet is low in fat, saturated fat and trans fat, you can eat deep-fried food in once in a while. Eat just a small amount of deep-fried food, and pair it with healthy foods, such as fruit and vegetables, that are low in calories. In a healthy diet, all foods are OK in moderation."

Mamas, I don't believe in extremes that are unmaintainable or that leave you feeling like you are always failing or cheating. I believe in moderation. I want all of us to try to cut out fried food for the rest of this challenge. If you steal a french fry from your hubby's plate or eat a chip from your kids lunch, you aren't cheating or failing, you are just living. We are cutting back. We are trying to be healthier every day and making changes that can last longer than 90 days. Next time you go to your family's favorite burger place, don't order your own fries, just steal 1 or 2 from someone else at your table. ;)

Feb 20, 2014

Thursday 02.20.14

Hero WOD

Complete as many rounds as possible in 45 minutes of:
Run 800 meters
80 Squats
8 Pull-ups (assist as needed)

Compare to 02.20.13


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 43
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day

Feb 19, 2014

Wednesday 02.19.14

7 rounds for time of:
7 Push press,  20 lbs
7 Butterfly sit-ups
7 Burpees

Compare to 02.19.13


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 42
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day

Feb 18, 2014

Tuesday 02.18.14

Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
50 Squats
30 Push-ups
15 Pull-ups (assist as needed)

Compare to 02.18.13

Post rounds completed to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 41
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day

Feb 17, 2014

Monday 02.17.14

Run 2 minutes
2 minutes of max thrusters, 20-30 lbs
Run 2 minutes
2 minutes of power snatch, 20-30 lbs
Run 2 minutes
2 minutes of squat clean, 20-30 lbs


Leave distances and reps to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 40
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 
3 glasses of water a day

Feb 14, 2014

Friday 02.14.14

"Love It"

5 rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
21 Deadlifts, 60 lbs

Compare to 02.14.13

Happy Valentine's Day Mamas!

 90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 39
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake 

NEXT WEEK'S ADDED CHALLENGE: drink at least 3 glasses of water a day


Can drinking water help you lose weight?

Our bodies are about 70% water, yet so many of us deprive our bodies of this readily available, free drink. By filling up your body's "tank" with water every day, you will definitely  begin to lose weight and feel better. If you have ever wondered, "Does drinking water help you lose weight?".........

1. When you drink water, you will feel less hungry

"Various research shows that if you drink 2 cups of water 30 minutes before a meal then you will consume 75 calories less on average during that meal. That full-feeling, helping you to shave off 75 calories a meal, may not sound like anything significant to you, but if you ate 75 calories less for 2 meals a day, then in one day that is 150 calories less, and in one year that is that is 52,800 calories less. Divide that by 3,500 (the number of calories to lose 1 pound) and you've got yourself a 15 lb. weight loss in one year!"

2. When you drink water, your body burns more stored fat

"When you are trying to lose weight the parts of your body that you're focused on probably are not your kidneys and liver, but these parts are vital to weight loss. So a quick bio lesson is in order. The job of your kidneys is to eliminate waste. One job of your liver is to metabolize stored fat into usable energy. If your kidneys don't get enough water to do their job (eliminate waste), then they "ask" the liver to help out. The liver dutifully says, "yes," but it is your body that suffers. You see, if the liver is doing the work of the kidneys then it has less resources to do its own job well - and remember, its job is to burn fat. So you can help your liver do its job better, by helping your kidneys out, by drinking more water."

3. When you drink water, you will have more energy

"Even the slightest bit of dehydration can leave you feeling sluggish and that's not a good thing if you are trying to lose weight. Look back at the bio lesson on the liver. Recall that one job of your liver is to burn fat into usable energy. You do not want to be lacking in usable energy if you want to lose weight. Losing weight involves activity, moving, exercise, and if you are sluggish what is the first thing you do - probably sit on the couch in front of the television instead of going for a brisk walk or run. Being sluggish just weighs you down (pun intended). But you can turn it around by filling up with water, feeling more energetic, and becoming more active."

4. When you drink water, you are able to build more muscle

"Anyone who has ever been interested in weight loss probably knows that muscles burn more calories at rest than fat. So the more muscle you have, the more fat your body burns even when it's at rest. Think of it this way, blood plasma is 90% water and so water is like an ever-flowing stream in your body that carries oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, organs and entire body. This water transportation system, delivering nourishment, is not only vital to keeping your muscles hydrated so they contract, function, and build up optimally, but necessary for your entire body to have an overall feeling of well-being."

5. When you drink water, your metabolism increases

"When you think of metabolism, think of fat-burning. If you could burn fat faster and more efficiently then you could lose more weight. German researchers once conducted a study where they measured the participants' resting metabolism before and after they drank about two cups of water. The results showed that after 10 minutes their rates of metabolism began to pick up, after 40 minutes their metabolic rates' were 30% greater, and they remained at this faster rate for at least an hour. Simply put, increased metabolism burns more calories and when you are losing weight calorie burning is a critical piece of the equation."



Feb 13, 2014

Thurdsay 02.13.14

Run 2 minutes
2 minutes of max pull-ups
Run 2 minutes
2 minutes of max burpees
Run 2 minutes
2 minutes of max butterfly sit-ups

Post distances and reps to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 38
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake

Feb 12, 2014

Wednesday 02.12.14

3 rounds for time of:
21 Push press, 20-30 lbs
27 Body surfers (curled leg supermans)
27 Butterfly sit-ups

Post time to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 37
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake

Feb 11, 2014

Tueday 02.11.14

3 rounds for time of:
21 Power cleans, 20-30 lbs
27 Burpees
27 Butterfly sit-ups

Post time to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 36
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake

Feb 10, 2014

Monday 02.10.14

3 rounds for time of:
21 Power snatch, 20-30 lbs
27 Pull-ups (assist as needed)
27 Butterfly sit-ups

Post time to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 35
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol
reduce sugar intake

Feb 7, 2014

Friday 02.07.14

Max rounds in 3 minutes of:
3 Power cleans, 20-30 lbs
6 Push-ups
9 Squats

Rest 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 cycles.
(In other words, do this WOD 5 times with a 1 minute break in between.)

Post rounds completed for each of the 5 cycles.

Compare to 02.07.13


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 32
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol

NEXT WEEK'S ADDED CHALLENGE: reduce sugar intake

On our first 90 Day Challenge, I wrote that reducing sugar "will be my greatest challenge yet!" because I had such a sweet tooth and had to have something sweet after every meal. It used to take everything in me to not eat chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. Then I started the Vi-Shape protein shakes after my workouts and just that, with no other changes to my diet, dramatically changed my cravings, particularly for sugar and fatty foods. It has been the best gift ever (along with a flat stomach) to not have those cravings anymore. As of January 1st, I have been eating clean 6 days a week with one cheat day on Saturday, so no sugar at all, no processed foods, no wheat, basically proteins, fruits and veggies with dairy (no cheese) and eggs. After 30 days of clean eating and cutting out all sugar, I can barely stand much "cheat" food on my cheat day anymore. It is a little disappointing sometimes when I have a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts in front of me and can only handle barely 1! But I feel SO much healthier, my body fat is literally melting off and muscles I have always had are popping out all over the place. I have found that the healthier I eat, the more my body craves healthy foods, which in turn is transforming my body into what I have always wanted and trained so hard for. It is a win-win! :)

Mamas, I want you to start to be aware of how much sugar you are consuming every day. I challenge you to cut out sugar 6 days a week. Let's hold ourselves accountable and start our sugar detox and accelerate our progress on this fitness journey. Remember, your body will burn off all the sugar you are consuming before it will even touch the fat you are storing. Make that decision easy! No sugar....go straight to the fat! BURN! BURN!! 

Dangers of Sugar

"The dangers of sugar are very serious. Excess sugar intake will do more to derail your weight loss eating plan than just about anything else. If you limit sugar in your diet, you will go a long way to getting incredible results with your weight loss eating plan.

The Hidden Dangers of Sugar

The Dangers of Sugar - When I researched the bad effects of sugar in our diet, I was astonished at how harmful sugar is to our bodies. We've all learned how sugar can rot our teeth, increase our risk of getting diabetes, and make us gain weight. You may be surprised at how many other bad effects sugar has on our system over the long term.

How Sugar Can Ruin Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan:
If you limit your sugar intake, you will be well on your way to building the body of your dreams. That's because excess sugar intake will do more to derail you from reaching your weight loss and fitness goals than just about anything.
The problem with sugar is that it tastes so darn good. Therein lies the rub. If sugar treats tasted like broccoli, it would be easy to avoid them altogether. Because sugar tastes good, it can be very difficult to avoid consuming excess amounts of it. Sugar is habit forming. It is addicting. And that can lead to all kinds of health problems. Sugar has absolutely no nutritional value. Consuming a lot of sugar is the equivalent of taking a daily fat pill.
Once we start eating sugar, it's difficult to stop. The more of it we eat, the more we crave.
Sugar is largely responsible for unwanted weight gain, excess fat, and excess sugar intake leads to obesity for too many people.
Sugar can give us a short-term spike in energy, but then we have an energy crash. Sugar actually robs us of energy, and that creates a vicious cycle where we exercise less, become even more sedentary, and gain even more weight.
Excess sugar intake is one of major reasons why many people don't realize their goal to lose weight or build a lean, muscular body. You cannot continue to take in excess amounts of sugar and expect to build the body that you desire.
There is a lot of media coverage about the dangers of saturated fat (and for good reason), but there is not enough coverage on the dangers of sugar. Limit both sugar intake and saturated fat in your diet, and you will see astonishing changes in your body. You will not believe the difference.

Dealing With Sugar Cravings:
We all struggle with food cravings. If you learn strategies of how to deal with sugar cravings, you will go a long way to reaching your weight loss and fitness goals.
Don't beat yourself up if you give in to the craving. You're human. Beating yourself up over the occasional slip up is only going to demotivate you and discourage you.

How Sugar Can Destroy your Body and Your Health:
One of the dangers of sugar is that sugar raises your blood sugar levels (makes sense). But sugar can also cause hypoglycemia. Over the long-term, excess sugar in your diet speeds up the aging process, increases your risk of getting cancer, heart problems, contributes to diabetes, can lead to osteoporosis, hurt your eyesight, and can cause arthritis.
For you ladies out there concerned about keeping your skin looking young, sugar plays a role in giving you wrinkles and aging your skin.

No Sugar Diet - Benefits of Cutting Sugar from Your Diet:
While we're not suggesting that you never eat sugar (that is extreme), if you adopt a a no sugar diet most days of the week, you will see quick weight loss results.
To put a more positive slant on it, if you limit your sugar intake, you lower your risk of degenerative diseases, slow the aging process, save hospital bills and medical bills, and improve the quality of your life. If you avoid the dangers of sugar, and limit your sugar intake, you'll look better, feel better, and perform better.
If you can discipline yourself to cut back on sugar, your chances of you getting serious results from your weight loss eating plan skyrocket. Cut back on sugar and the pounds will melt off your body.
Eating a lot of foods that contain too much sugar is habit forming. And like any other bad habit, the habit of eating too much sugar can be broken. Begin by cutting back on sugar a little at a time. Progressively cut back even more until you get to the point where you are consuming very little sugar in your diet. Substitute snacks that contain little or no sugar. Over time, it will get easier and easier to substitute good foods for the bad foods. You will train yourself to avoid the dangers of sugar.
We're not suggesting that you never eat sugar. Life is too short to never have candy bars, chocolate cake, and ice cream. Rather, work on cutting back on your sugar intake. The more you cut back on sugar, the more results you will see with your diet plan and your fitness goals.
Save the sugar foods as a way to reward yourself for your discipline with your diet plan. Create an incentive system where you reward yourself with your favorite sugar foods when you reach a weight loss or fitness milestone. This can be very effective in helping you reach your fitness goals."

Feb 6, 2014

Thursday 02.06.14

For time:
50 Bench dips
50 Squat cleans, 20-40 lbs
50 Bench dips

Post time to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 31
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol

Feb 5, 2014

Wednesday 02.05.14

"Lieutenant Murphy" 

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Push-ups
200 Butterfly sit-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

Partition the pull-ups, push-ups, and squats as needed. Start and finish with a mile run.

Post time to comments.

Compare to 08.06.13


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 30
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol

Feb 4, 2014

Tuesday 02.04.14

For time:
21 Thrusters, 20-30 lbs
21 Sumo deadlift high-pulls, 20-25 lbs
15 Thrusters, 20-30 lbs
15 Sumo deadlift high-pulls, 20-25 lbs
9 Thrusters, 20-30 lbs
9 Sumo deadlift high-pulls, 20-25 lbs

Post time to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 29
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol

Feb 3, 2014

Monday 02.03.14

In front of a clock set for 15 minutes:
1 minute of Squats
2 minutes of Double-unders
3 minutes of Push-ups
4 minutes of Back extensions (Supermans)
5 minutes of Pull-ups (assist as necessary)

Post number for each exercise and total reps for 15 minutes to comments.


90 DAY CHALLENGE V: DAY 28
Vi-shake
no caffeine
no soda  
only fruit or veggie snacks
  no food after 8:00pm
no alcohol