Happy Fitspo Friday! To all the girls (and guys) out there who are working out and making a daily effort to get fitter and healthier — keep it up! I know it gets tough sometimes, but it’s so worth it to take care of yourself and your body.
FITSPO: Short for Fitness-Based Inspiration. Images of active, strong, and fit women that promote proper exercise and diet.
I post this definition every week as a reminder that this is a place for positive + healthy inspiration. I try not to promote images that are unrealistic or that would require surgery to achieve. Fitness is all about consistently eating right, working out, and — most importantly — feeling and being healthy!
Remember, these girls are posted as MOTIVATION, not for comparison. “Just because you don’t look like somebody who you think is attractive doesn’t mean you aren’t attractive. Flowers are pretty, but so are Christmas lights — and they look nothing alike.” 🙂 Focus on getting healthier every day, because it’s truly one of the best things you can do for yourself and for all of the people who love you!
Here’s this week’s inspiration. Click on each photo to see it larger and view the source:
My favorite workout this week is the skullcrusher (lying tricep extension) because I’m trying to get more definition in the backs of my arms. You can do this one using free weights or a bar system (I like the 12 lb. Body Bar from Target) — whichever you have on hand. If you’re a beginner, you’ll want to start with light weights and aim for 3 sets of 12 – 15 reps. In fact, if you’ve never tried this move before, you could even start out by holding soup cans or something similar in each hand at first and then graduate to light weights.
If using dumbbells, position your hands so the palms are facing each other. This is called a hammer grip and can be seen demonstrated in the photos above. If using a bar, keep a fairly close grip with your palms facing towards your body and your hands only about 5 inches or less apart. Begin with arms straight up towards the ceiling, then bend your elbows and lower the weights towards your ears (with free weights) or forehead (if using a bar). Be careful not to hit your forehead if using a bar. Hence the name skullcrusher. 🙂 Focus on keeping your arms close to your body and try not to let them fall to the side, and keep those elbows pointed towards the ceiling! Always keep your head supported during this workout.
If you focus on isolating the tricep muscle in the back of your arm, you WILL feel it. Combine this move with push ups (and a good diet! always a healthy diet) and you’ll be waving bye-bye to flabby/flappy arms in no time.
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Disclaimer: I’m not a trainer, I just like motivating others to workout and live a positive and healthy lifestyle. Check with your doctor if you have questions prior to beginning a new fitness routine.
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Photo sources: @rebekahletch Instagram, @jessicaemilyquinn Instagram, @tashoakley Instagram, @blakealexiss Instagram, @amandabisk Instagram, @healthy.fit.proud Instagram, @pilatesdevotion Instagram, @nayitavp Instagram, @summerperez Instagram, @caraloren Instagram, @kaliburns Instagram, shop.lululemon.com (surfer girl), POPSUGAR Pinterest (Gigi Hadid), Tumblr (purple mat), and Shopstyle Pinterest (runner w/ponytail) .