Our trainer of the week is the beautiful Erica Phillips! Erica developed her workout program, Simply Fit, in 2014 after having her baby girl. As a new mommy, Erica didn't always have the time to go to the gym to get a good workout in like she had prior to being a mom.
If you've seen Guardians of the Galaxy, I'm sure you were either ogling at or envious of Chris Pratt's new chiseled physique. Pratt had to put in an insane amount of work to transition from the slightly overweight Andy Dwyer to the superhero he depicts in Guardians, but he showed us that anything is possible with a little hard work ;)
Congrats, you have made it to the last day of the Fit Body Guide free week preview! In honor of all of the hard work you put in this week, we are giving you a rest day :) Although rest days are meant to give you a day off, remember to still try and move around, stretch out, stay hydrated, eat extra healthy, and get some good shut-eye.
For those of you who feel extra eager or anxious on rest days, remember that giving your body proper rest is key to any successful workout regimen. Rest is actually what increases your strength because it allows your muscles that have broken down to heal and recover. When you overwork your body, you run the risk of fatigue, decreased performance, poor sleeping patterns, poor immunity, and mood swings.
We've included one of Anna's foam rolling videos below. Stretching is also a very important part of rest and recovery, so take those extra minutes to help and heal your body!
If you are interested in Anna's 12-week guide you can find it here!
FBG Day 6 is another Cardio + Core day. Do 35-45 min of cardio then perform each of the circuits below 3x. We are all about mixing up the cardio, so we also included one of Anna's HIIT Stair workouts. Remember to go all out today because tomorrow is your rest day!
In anticipation of the beta, we will be featuring weekly workouts from some of our favorite trainers. Our very first trainer crush of the week is Anna Victoria. I discovered Anna on Instagram and immediately fell in love with her workouts and the results she has helped so many women achieve. Anna's workouts are inspired by her own journey from what she calls "skinny fat" to fit. When you look at Anna's before picture (below), she doesn't necessarily look like someone who is overweight and unhealthy, but after she was hospitalized in 2012, it was clear that the outside wasn't fully reflecting what was going on inside. A couple of months after her hospitalization, she realized that her years of bad eating habits and lack of exercise had been detrimental to her health, and set out on a journey to get healthy and start fresh. Her transformation was so profound that she decided to dedicate her life to helping other women become healthier and happier. With this goal in mind, she created the 12-week workout and eating programs called the Fit Body Guide (FBG). http://www.annavictoria.com/
Stay tuned this week as we share daily workouts from Anna Victoria on the blog and our Instagram. To get you prepped, the weekly outline of her Fit Body Guide is below. If you're curious, you can check out some of the transformations from her program below and find her on Instagram at @annavictoria.
MONDAY- High-intensity strength training Legs and Glutes + Stretching
TUESDAY- Cardio and Core Training + Stretching
WEDNESDAY- High-intensity Strength training Back and Arms + Stretching
THURSDAY- Cardio and Core training + Stretching
FRIDAY- High-intensity strength training Full Body + Stretching
SATURDAY- Cardio and Core training + Stretching
SUNDAY- Rest day