<div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="667054065407082897-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="667054065407082897-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="667054065407082897-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/723206_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery667054065407082897]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/723206.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="225" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:133.33%;top:0%;left:-16.67%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="667054065407082897-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="667054065407082897-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/658673_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery667054065407082897]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/658673.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="225" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:133.33%;top:0%;left:-16.67%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="667054065407082897-imageContainer2" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="667054065407082897-insideImageContainer2" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/1068086_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery667054065407082897]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/1068086.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="412" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-18.67%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="667054065407082897-imageContainer3" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="667054065407082897-insideImageContainer3" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/1163072_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery667054065407082897]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/1163072.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="711" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:100%;top:-68.5%;left:0%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph" style="text-align:left;">With the world of fitness out there, it's hard to know what things to focus on when it comes to working out. We all lead busy lives and without some sort of plan or direction, our fitness can fall by the wayside. <br><br>I've been working out since middle school. I was one of the only girls in the "co-ed" weights class and it was one of my favorite classes all through high-school. In addition, I've been training clients for the past 8 years. With that said, this workout nerd would like to give you 5 of her favorite exercises to help keep up your overall fitness. <br><br><font color="#ae40a5">1. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cOVxlPeqRFk" target="_blank"><font color="#ae40a5">Lunges</font></a></font><br><br>Start without weights (just use your body). I recommend <font color="#3f3f3f">3 sets of 8 per leg for beginners and 4 sets of 20 for advanced. </font><br><br><font color="#ae40a5">2. <font color="#ae40a5"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-XFMmCDFnw" target="_blank"><font color="#ae40a5">Bulgarian Split Squats</font><br><br></a></font></font>I'll just tell you straight up, these never gets easier. You will get stronger, but they will feel hard. This exercise not only targets core stabilizers, but is excellent at building strong hips, quads, and glutes. This is a power exercise-one I do to prepare for tough hikes and better running. <br><br><font color="#ae40a5">3. </font><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHnzrjTDLTo" target="_blank" style="color: rgb(174, 64, 165);">Planks<br><br></a><font color="#3f3f3f">I work with a lot of moms and they all want to "get those abs back." The problem with doing situps is they can worsen diastasis recti (gap between abs caused by pregnancy) if they developed it during pregnancy; which over 60% of moms do. <br><br>Planks are excellent at helping you use your core with the lower back, deep core muscles, and pelvic floor-all of which work together as a unit and need to be trained together. <br><br>Keep your back flat as you do these. If you feel your back drooping down, lower your knees and work up to a traditional plank. </font><br><br><font color="#ae40a5">4. </font><font color="#ae40a5"><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-2MlrnLKOg" target="_blank"><font color="#ae40a5">Burpee</font><br><br></a></font>I know, you were hoping I didn't include this exercise but it's really effective at working your heart and entire body at the same time. Start with 3 sets of 6-8 reps. If you're advanced try for 4 sets of 12. <br><br><font><font color="#ae40a5">5. </font><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b5uOoLXxWg" target="_blank"><font color="#ae40a5">Pullups </font><br><br></a><font color="#3f3f3f">You might be rolling your eyes at this one saying, "yeah right, that's not in the cards for me." What most people forget is that you must work your way up to a traditional pullup. Most people can't just do pullups without practice. <br><br> You can do a reverse pullup at the park. Find a low bar or tree limb, slide your body underneath and grip overhand like a bar. Pull your chest up to the bar. I love helping my female clients work up to a pullup; they always feel so accomplished! </font></font><br> </div>

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