5 Elliptical trainer workouts to go from fat to fit

Be it a home gym or commercial gyms for cardio elliptical trainers have become the go-to equipment and for the right reasons. With these machines you can burn tons of calories and work out both your upper and lower body muscles within an hour but only if you pick out the right workouts.

So today we’ll cover 5 easy to do elliptical workouts to help you go from fat to fit.

Grill the core

Want to get rid of the nasty lower belly fat? Well, working out the core on an elliptical is easy. All you need to do is leave the handles.  Without the handles, all your core muscles get engaged in order to help you maintain balance. To further take your workout up a notch you can increase resistance and move your legs faster.

Grill the core

Workout the booty

If your elliptical trainer comes with an incline option you’re in for a real treat if you’re looking to get rid of the excess booty fat. Set your elliptical to a comfortable incline level and add to it as you get comfortable.  For a more advanced workout keep your heels rooted to the machine.

For the treadmill lover

Ever come back frustrated from the gym because you missed out on the treadmill? It’s the elliptical to the rescue and believe it or not this workout is equally effective as on a treadmill and in turn, can help you get your stride right.

All you need to do is let go of the handles and move your hands as you would while running. Move your legs as fast as you can but don’t keep the resistance too high.


For the newbie

For those using the machine for the first time or looking for a cool and easy to do a workout on a rest day, this is ideal. When you move the legs forward it engages your quads and when it moves back it engages the hamstrings and butt.

When you move the hands forward it’s the chest muscles that come into play and when going backward it engages the upper back muscles and if you leave the handles you can torch the excess fat of your core as well. Continue the normal movement for about 45 minutes on a low or medium resistance level.

Interval workout

This is one of the most effective forms of workout and is also easy to do. All you need to do is up to the tempo of your workout for short intervals of about 40-45 seconds at a moderate resistance level and then go easy for about 1 minute.

Continue this for about 10 minutes and as your body develops increase the total time from 10 to 15 minutes and also lower the rest time while increasing the burst time to about 1 minute. Let go of the handles in order to engage more core muscles.

Interval workout

Saying Goodbye to Phoenix

As we have been driving across the country, we have talked about almost everything. As we were in West Texas we got to talking about the things that we were going to miss in Phoenix. Phoenix has been “home” to us for a year and a half. Phoenix has some great places, and we feel that we left too soon to do everything that we wanted to do. But we couldn’t have passed up on this great opportunity in West Virginia.

Part of the reason I started this blog was to be a virtual scrapbook on our lives! Gary and I want to say bye to Phoenix. A city that will always have a place in our hearts.

We are going to miss:

I’m going to miss the weather. I LOVED the fact that I could wear flip flops all year around!
Beautiful scenery. Arizona has the most beautiful sunsets and sunrises. I swear AZ invents new colors for the coloring box. (The palm trees were nice too.)
Sports. It was so nice to have all the major sports around.
Friends. Also, bloggers friends who have turned real-life friends. Plus the friends we (Gary’s friends who have accepted me) knew coming into town.

IKEA.. I’m going to miss one is right down the street. I love that place!!

In AZ I experienced a career change. It was one of the best decisions. I loved the experience with the Coyotes, but think I found what I am supposed to do.

I’m sure that we are missing more things, but that’s really all we could think of. Today we are heading to Louisville, Kentucky to meet up with my parents. They have been so nice to take Heisman for a few weeks so we could get settled in.

10 Things You Might Not Know

I started this blog for my family, but I didn’t expect to meet so many amazing people. I try to be as transparent on this blog because Gary and I use this blog as a virtual scrapbook to some degree.

I also saw this on Kalyns About Me page! I absolutely LOVE her page! It’s so amazing! So I’m just going, to be honest, and admit that I am trying to imitate it. Imitate is the best form of flattery, right!! Please don’t be made, Kalyn!
If you haven’t met this girl, DO IT after you read this post.

Here are 10 things about me that you might not know if you just saw my blog title. (Life of A Sports Wife)

1. I love getting my hair done. I love going to the salon and getting my hair colored. I still haven’t gone to DryBar yet, but I am dying to go.

2. I’m really girly sometimes. I am more than a girl who just knows and likes sports. I love shopping! Purses are actually MY FAVORITE ever. I have so many bags and purses that it’s sometimes ridiculous.

3. I was born in Iowa but grew up in Arkansas. I went back to Iowa to attend Iowa State. I consider both my hometown if that’s possible.

4. I just turned 30! You can read about how uncomfortable I feel about that in my 40 before 40.

5. I’m alright with waiting to have kids. I think we need to be responsible for having kids. I want to be able to raise my kids myself and not depend on others. No one is going to pressure Gary and me into having kids.

6. We move around a lot for our jobs. I can pack up our house in less than a day, and able to judge 50lbs by lifting it up. It’s a gift and a curse. That’s how I got my name “Life of a Sports Wife” because my husband works in the front office of sports teams.

7. I’m actually really crafty. I just opened my own Etsy store called Pearls N Stitches. Check out the reason why I named it what I did here.

8. I have a brother and 3 sisters in laws. I really don’t about my family because I’m not sure they would want to be on here.

9. I LOVE music! I was actually a music major my first semester of college. I have a random taste in music. I can pretty much listen to anything. Gary likes to make fun of my music selection. Currently, my favorite songs are:

10. I’m religious. I love reading books about how to be a better person whether that be professionally or spiritually. I think you can never too much to better yourself.

Personal 101

So last night at phone shift at work which means I just sit around until 8 pm for the phones to ring while people are enjoying the game. I was stalking facebook for another interesting and I saw Erin from Living in Yellow answering some the tough life questions. I decided to play along. If you want to answer them to let me know in the comment box and I’ll check it out.

1. If you could do one thing differently in your life, what would it be?
I heard a saying once and I really try to live by it: don’t have any regrets because at one time it’s exactly what you wanted. This is COMPLETELY true. Gary and I play the question game all the time while we are driving. One question we always ask is “If you could change 1 thing what would it be?” If I did change ONE thing would I still have met Gary….probably not, and he’s a big deal! I have everything that I need at this exact moment. I think instead of changing I would have handled things differently and not burned some bridges that I did.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? I hope still in Phoenix working for the Phoenix Coyotes or at least in sports.
I absolutely LOVE the sports industry, and so glad this is my job. Hopefully, I am more confident in selling. It’s a tough world sometimes. I just need to be more confident! I hope to have at least half of our debt paid off. In a nice apartment with maybe a kid running around. I hope Gary is in a management role preferably in baseball. I want to be content and happy with our life.

3. Do you honestly want kids?
Seriously, Erin, you had to ask this question. I don’t get it enough from everyone else in my life. I really don’t know. I love kids, and I want to have them someday. Maybe, it really depends on the day and the kid. Right now I want to enjoy being married to my husband. We had a fast engagement and been moving alot in the first few years. I want to enjoy us. Really family if you are reading this if you pressure I will push it back 1 year every time you ask us again. We will have kids when we want to have kids. We are taking care of them not Y’all! end rant! xoxoxo

4. What has been the best moment of your life so far?
Not my wedding day. Seriously, if you want to know the story just email me. I will tell you all about the shit show circus. If Gary and I renew our vows I will be a bridezilla and it will a way better day. My best moment so far is so hard to describe because everything is amazing and great. A good moment I can think of right now is knowing what we have overcome to get to where we are right now. You have to experience the bad to realize how GOOD the good really is.

5. What is your life theme song?
This was an easy question. There are two songs that I absolutely LOVE that always cheer me no matter what. Call Me Maybe and Your Call by Secondhand Serenade.
6. What is one thing you have yet to accomplish that you want to do before you die?
Not be so controlling or emotional. I must control everything sometimes, and I want to just relax and be able to go with the flow of things. Have no worries on anything! The emotional is a lot tougher. Easier said than done comes to mind right now. I have always been emotional, and not sure how to fix it. I need to put trust in the Lord and he will do the rest.

7. If you could choose one thing to be known for, what would it be?
Being there for people. I really try and strive to be a good listener and be there for my friends.

8. If you could do anything you wanted right at this very moment (no consequences, no fear, etc), what would it be?
Go to every minor league baseball game this summer. I know right! Seriously, I think it would be amazing to travel around the United States and visit baseball parks. I absolutely LOVE seeing what every stadium does and their promotions. This is the downfall to working in sports: You NOTICE everything. You can’t enjoy a game like normal people. Went to a baseball game with the family, they enjoyed it and had a blast. Gary and I went through each inning and found something wrong. Oh well. We love it.

9. What has been the most challenging moment in your life?
Our first year in OKC we literally had no money to do anything except pay bills. It was tough, but we made it out and got some bills paid off and we are fine. That was a tough time because we were new to the city with new friends who always wanted to go out. Another tough time was when we first got engaged. Just a lot of drama.

10. Summarize yourself in one word.

Book Readings 2012 (25)

One of my goals for 2012 was to read 25 books. (I finished 2012 reading 28.) One of the books was on December 31st. Each month I tried to blog about the books I read but also wanted to keep track of all the books as well.

in 2013 I have decided to slow it down a little bit and only read 15 books. I have a feeling that I will beat it but I have some big goals this year both personally and professionally.

Proverbs 31 Wife by Sarah Hahn
Radical Leap by Steve Farber
Question behind the Question
Tell to Win by Peter Gruber
Ice to Eskimos by Jon Spoelstra
How to Sell the Last Seat the House by Jon Spoelstra
Winning the Customer by Lou Zambrano
Success is Only a Wish Away by Jon Spoelstra
Having a Mary Heart in A Martha World
Chazown by Craig Groeschel
Marketing Outrageously by Jon Spoelstra
Soul Detox by Craig Groeschel
The Radical Leap Re-Energized by Steve Farber
Fifty Shades of Gray by E.L. James
For the Love of Our Husbands by Darby Duggar
Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James
Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Hunger Games: Mockingjay: by Suzanne Collins
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
Networking Is A Contact Sport by Joe Sweeney

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
You’re Already Amazing by Holley Gerth
How to win at the Sport of business By Mark Cuban
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
Sleeping with your smartphone By Leslie A. Perlow
Knit Two (the 2nd book to the Friday night knitting club) by Kate Jacobs


10 Day Challenge: 4 Books

Out of all the challenges, I think this is my first difficult day. I LOVE books. I have been reading since I was a little kid. I will read almost any type of book. So I’m going to do my best and pick only 4 books.

Four: The Baby-Sitters Club. I read every single book, and I have 2 dolls of Kristy and Stacy. This was probably my first book that I remember reading. Anyone remember the Box Car Children.

Three: The Diary of Anne Frank. I love this book. I probably read the book every year. It was one of my favorite books growing up. I want to go to Germany and visit where she stayed. I have always loved this time period. During our honeymoon in Houston, we visited a Holocaust museum. It was so moving. I highly recommend it.

Two: How to Sell the Last Seat in The House. It is by Jon Spoelstra. I thought I would add a professional book since I do read a lot of those type of books. I am a strong believer in always been learning. If you aren’t learning then you are just settling. Never settle.

One: The Bible. This one was an obvious one. I haven’t read the whole bible, but that is a goal in the future.