Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics Review

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Hello Friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We had a great time celebrating with family and eating lots of delicious food! Maybe a little too much food. :)

I have a great product to share with you guys today – Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotics.

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My son, Jaden, and I have both always suffered from sensitive stomachs and stomach related issues. We have tried out different probiotics for adults and children so when Moms Meet gave me the chance to try out Dr. Mercola’s probiotics, I jumped at the chance.

If you’re not familiar with probiotics, they are live bacteria that are good for your health, wellbeing, and digestive issues. Live bacteria might sound like something that you want to stay away from but actually the body possesses both good and bad bacteria and probiotics help to keep your gut healthy.

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Probiotics are a supplement but they can also be found in many foods like yogurt and chocolate. Some of the conditions probiotics help with include: irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, antibiotic-related diarrhea, and even things like eczema and colds.

Dr. Mercola makes probiotic powder packets which are dissolved into water or juice. This is great if you or your child has a hard time swallowing pills or even for on the go.

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Dr. Mercola’s Complete Probiotic Powder Packets contain 10 strains of bacteria, including lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 which helps to grow good gut-healthy bacteria.

The probiotics are available to adults and children. They come in a delicious raspberry flavor and provide support for your immune health, help remove harmful toxins.

Whether you suffer from stomach issues or not, probiotics can be very beneficial. Jaden and I have been taking these probiotics for awhile and we’re both happy to report less stomach issues.

I love that they taste good and I can put a few packets in my purse if I forget to take it in the morning.

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You can learn more about Dr. Mercola’s probiotics on their websiteFacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Have a great Sunday!

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Friday Favorites

Good afternoon! Happy Friday!

I normally have Fridays off work so today is like my Saturday – which means I actually have time to write a Friday Favorites post!

Friday Favorites

  • Puffer Vests and Old Navy

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I love puffer vests and over the weekend, Old Navy had 50% all outerwear and winter accessories. I already own a black vest from Old Navy so I bought a red one with a black scarf. Nothing beats a 50% off sale…except maybe a 75% off sale. :)

  • Candy Cane Coffee

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I wait all year for this coffee to come out at Target! It is my absolute favorite flavor.

I like pumpkin spice coffee but the candy cane coffee has won my heart. Also, my Charlie Brown Christmas love lives on. :) I just bought this Christmas mug online and I love it.

  • Starbucks Spiced Sweet Cream Cold Brew Coffee

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Yes, more coffee. Starbucks usually isn’t my first stop for regular coffee but I recently tried their new spiced sweet cream cold brew coffee and it’s amazing. If you’re a cold coffee lover, you must try it. You won’t be disappointed.

  • Victoria’s Secret Strappy Sports Bras and Tanks

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I have been in love with the strappy sports bra trend lately and Victoria’s Secret has really cute ones for only $20. And I love their tanks that show off a little in the back. Super cute.

  • Shameless

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My last Friday favorite is a tv show – Shameless! I have been watching this show on Netflix and I am obsessed! I am only on Season 1 and need to do a major Netflix binge watching session to catch up!

And those are my favorites for today! Have an amazing weekend!!

  • What are your favorite things lately?
  • Are you currently watching any TV shows?

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National Geographic Heroes and Heroines Books Review + A Giveaway!!

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.

Hello, friends! I hope you are having a great Sunday.

I am lucky that my kids took after me and love to read. I think it’s important to encourage kids to read anything that they find interesting. Not every kid is going to love to read chapter books with no pictures so I think it’s important to encourage your kids to read whatever they find enjoyable whether it be books, comic books, the newspaper, or the Costco ad. :)

Maybe one day you’ll get them to read those classic chapter books – you know, like Harry Potter.

As a Moms Meet blogger, I received two National Geographic books to review – The Book of Heroes and The Book of Heroines.

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I love the National Geographic books because they are appealing to kids. They have great pictures, bright colors, and look way more exciting than your average book.

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And I was excited to see that Harry Potter was actually in the book. :)

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These books talk about real life heroes and heroines including war heroes, world leaders, peacemakers, sports legends, super heroes, and superstars. I love that this opens the discussion with children as to what a hero means to them and who a hero might be in their life.

I think it’s also important to understand that a hero can be a fictional character from a book or television show. Sometimes fictional characters have better morals than some real people.

I asked Jaden what the word hero meant to him and he said, “Someone who protects the earth and animals. And also someone who is nice to others.” When I asked Jaden who a hero was to him, he said, “Kyle (his cousin) because he is in the military and protects the earth and the United States.”

The heroes and heroines in these books share seven inspiring qualities:

  • Heroes are courageous
  • Heroes do the right things
  • Heroes have compassion
  • Heroes competent
  • Heroes are inspiring
  • Heroes never quit
  • Heroes leap to action

I think it’s important for children to to have a hero in their life, a role model they can look up to. It can be a sports player, a teacher, a parent, or even a fictional superhero or book character.

Heroes and role models give kids a better understanding of what it means to be a good person and do the right thing. Heroes can provide kids with a sense of assurance in a world that might be a little frightening at times.

These two books were such a great learning experience, not only for my son, but me as well. I learned a lot of interesting facts about heroes and heroines.

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The book of heroes can be purchased here and The Book of Heroines can be purchased here. They both retail for $14.99 and can also be found wherever books are found, including Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, The National Geographic store, and Amazon.

Or you can enter below to win a copy of both books!!

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Halloween Food and Pumpkin Carving

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile then you may know that my family is very into Halloween. Every year, we have a Halloween food and pumpkin carving contest.

And even though we’ve been having this party for many years, we still come up with new Halloween food ideas every year!

This year, Danny and I made a Back From the Dead dessert.

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It was a dirt cup dessert made with pudding, cool whip, cream cheese, and crushed Oreos. I bought a new flower pot and lined it with plastic. I found the skeleton hand at Target for $2. I love how it turned out!

My dad’s Halloween food took first place this year! He made this creepy alien baby.

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It was a hallowed out watermelon filled with jello. He used a pear and an apple for the alien baby. Creepy.

The other Halloween foods:

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We also carved pumpkins. Danny carves an awesome pumpkin every year but this year the Cubs were in the play-offs so his pumpkin wasn’t quite as intricate as usual.

We call this pumpkin “The Cubs are in the Play-Offs and I’d Rather Watch the Game than Carve a Pumpkin.”

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The other pumpkins came out spectacular.

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This year was another successful Halloween food and pumpkin carving party! For more Halloween food and pumpkin ideas check out past year’s posts herehereherehere, and here.

  • Any plans for Halloween?

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3-D MotoKits

Disclaimer: The 3-D MotoKits were sent to me at no charge to review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Good morning!! Happy Saturday!

I know I haven’t been around in awhile but I assure you, I am still here. :) I went from working approximately 15 hours a week to working 40+ hours a week, so my life and schedule have changed dramatically. But I finally feel like things are settling into place and becoming more routine.

Today, I wanted to share a cool product that a company recently sent me – 3-D MotoKits. It’s the end of October which means Thanksgiving and Christmas are going to be here before we know it and I always like to purchase gifts here and there so I’m not overwhelmed when the holiday rush starts (thank goodness for Amazon).

I think these 3-D Motokits would make a great stocking stuffer or holiday gift. They’re unique, inexpensive, and fun – for kids and adults!

3-D Motokits are do-it-yourself kits that children (or adults!) can build to make their own 3-D wind-up toy from a flat puzzle-like shape.

My kids are very hands-on and love building things so these kits are so much fun for them. But they also don’t have the longest attention span so it’s nice that these toys can be built in just minutes.

The best part – you don’t need any glue or tools. If your kids are anything like mine, they get more glue everywhere else then on the actual project.

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There are four series of Motokits available.

  • Dinosaur Series – includes kids favorites dinosaurs such as T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Brachiosaurus.

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  • Animal Series – includes panda, elephants, tigers, and gorillas.
  • Construction Series – includes backhoes, dumpers, forklifts, and loaders.

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  • Military Series – includes tanks, helicopters, jet fighters, and fighter planes.

The dinosaur and animals kits actually walk and the vehicle kits roll. Each kit retails for only $4.99!

I also like that each kit has the level of difficulty on it ranging from easy to medium to hard.

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You can check out more great toys and 3-D MotoKits on the Super Impulse website.

Have a wonderful weekend and I promise to be a little better about my posting – more fitness, food, and family coming at ya!

  • When do you start shopping for holiday gifts?

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MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.  

As a Moms Meet blogger, I recently was able to try out the MegaFood Kids Nutrient Booster Powders.

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I received three nutrient powders including Kids Daily Immune, Kids Daily B-Centered, and Kids Daily Multi.

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These vitamins differ from regular chewable vitamins because they come in powdered form. You add one scoop t0 6-8 ounces of a smoothie, shake, or juice. These are great if your child doesn’t like taking vitamins. You can add a scoop to their morning juice, and they won’t even know they’re taking it.

First up is the Kids Daily Multi which supports growth and development for kids 5 and up. It maintains healthy immune function, promotes health of gums, bones, teeth, muscles, and connective tissue. It also has a range of protective antioxidants.

And let’s face it, if your kids are anything like mine, they don’t always eat as well as I would like them too. My youngest pretty much lives on oatmeal, pancakes, and mac and cheese. The only vegetable I can get him to eat is a raw carrot and believe me, it’s not for lack of trying. That’s why I always make sure to give my kids a multi vitamin. It makes me feel better and it helps keep them healthy.

Next, is the kids Daily Immune. It contains astragalus and echinacea which help strengthen a healthy immune response all year. It also has elderberry to help maintain good immune health during the fall and winter.

The final nutrient powder from MegaFood is the Kids Daily B-Centered. B vitamins provide daily support for mental focus, cognitive function, and a sense of calmness. I take Vitamin B on a daily basis myself.

It contains chamomile and lemon balm which are herbs known to provide a sense of calmness in children. It also contains  bacopa which is usually used to enhance cognitive function. It has L-theanine, which according to emerging research, may help promote mental focus in easily excitable children.

Jaden and I used the MegaFood Kids Daily Immune to make a berry smoothie.

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Our smoothie had vanilla Greek yogurt, one scoop of the Kids Daily Immune, mixed frozen berries, almond milk, and a little bit of ice.

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Jaden loved it. Smoothies are not only great to add the MegaFood supplements to but they also are a great way to get fruit and veggies into your child’s diet.

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Jaden loves being able to add his vitamins to a smoothie or juice and mix them up himself rather than just chewing a vitamin. The MegaFood Nutrient Boosters were definitely a hit in our house!

You can learn more about MegaFood on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Have a great day!

  • How do you get your kids to take their vitamins?

 

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Life Lately

Good morning! Happy National Coffee Day!!

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I don’t usually celebrate all those National “Whatever” Days but National Coffee Day is a different story. I’m willing to celebrate a day when places give out free coffee just because it’s September 29th!

So thank you Mcdonald’s for my free coffee this morning. Does anyone remember when McDonald’s used to have free coffee Mondays?! Those were the days…

My favorite coffee mug:

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I love all the Charlie Brown holiday movies and Jaden got me this mug for Christmas last year from Barnes and Noble.

So, what has been going on in my life lately? Well, I got a job promotion! Yay! I will now be working full time mostly afternoons and evenings so it will be quite an adjustment in our household.

I haven’t worked full time probably since my oldest son was little so it’ll be a quite different for me. Before, my concentration was always my kids but now that they’re getting older, I ready to go back to work full time.

To celebrate, Danny and I went to Lucky Monk over the weekend.

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I had hazelnut crusted talapia with orzo salad which was delicious.

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I don’t usually order fish when I go out to a restaurant because although I like fish, I wouldn’t say it’s my favorite but this tilapia was really amazing especially with the hazelnut crust.

I also celebrated by buying a new workout tank and sports bra from Victoria’s Secret.

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I’m in love with the sports bra which is strappy in the front. I really wanted it in black also but they didn’t have any in stock. And how cute is that tank?!

Food wise, I have been loving overnight oats lately. Probably the wrong time of year since it’s starting to get cooler out but oh well. I like what I like. :)

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I have been making pumpkin pie overnight oats with Quaker oatmeal, pumpkin pie Greek yogurt, almond milk, mini chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. You just stir it all together and let it sit in the fridge overnight. It’s perfect for those days I’m in a hurry in the morning because I can just grab it out of the fridge and eat it in the car if I need to!

So pretty much, I’ve just been working, working out, and living life. Would you like to see a picture of our cute doggy, Baylee?!

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Please notice I said cute and not good. Because she is a destroyer!!

She was crate trained as a puppy but we’ve been trying to leave her out of her cage during the day because she’s usually only home for a few hours at a time. Sometimes she’s really good and sometimes she does this:

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That’s the insides of a packing envelope if you were wondering. And she knew she was so naughty because she refused to look at me when I got home!

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We want to be able to leave her out of her cage so Danny has started taking her for a walk early in the morning to help her get some energy out. We also have the Kong dog toy which we put a treat or peanut butter in to keep her busy for awhile.

At least she’s not chewing the furniture, right?!

And that’s what’s been going on in my life lately! Have a great day!!

  • If you have a dog, is he/she crate trained?
  • What’s going on in your life at the moment?

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WIMI Patella Knee System + Giveaway

I received this product at no cost to me. I only work with companies whose products I believe would be beneficial to my lifestyle as well as my family’s. All opinions are 100% my own…and my husbands. 

Good afternoon! I hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday!

Recently, I was contacted by WIMI Sports & Fitness to try out their patella knee strap and compression sleeve system. Perfect timing because Danny has been suffering from knee pain quite a lot lately, so I thought he could really benefit from trying this product.

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The WIMI Patella Knee System is a combination of two products in one – a patella strap and a copper infused compression knee sleeve. The copper helps to ease the pain and speeds up the healing process by helping correct patella tracking and reducing the forces going to the kneecap and patellar tendon. The knee sleeve also helps with enhanced blood flow and oxygen delivery.

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As someone who has to wear compression sleeves every time I run, whether it’s one mile or 10, I can vouch for the benefits of compression sleeves.

It’s a perfect solution for people who deal with runner’s knee, jumper’s knee, or patellar tendonitis. And besides running, it can used for a variety of other sports and weight lifting.

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The unique design of the double patellar strap uses two compression tubes.  The lower part targets the patellar tendon while the upper part targets the quadriceps misalignment while still allowing the full range of motion.

The patella knee strap comes in five sizes and the knee strap is easily adjustable. Danny used the patella knee system and liked that it stayed in place no matter how active he was or how much he moved his knee.

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He also liked that you can wear the patella strap and compression sleeve separately depending on the amount of your knee pain.

Overall, the Wimi Patella Knee System is a great product that really has a unique design to help you get relief from pain and help you get back to the exercises you enjoy. You can order your own knee compression system on Amazon. You can also enter below to win one!

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I love the technology that goes into making these products and how helpful they are to people who are very active or to people who suffer from injuries.

Have a great day!

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Saturday Favorites

Good morning!! Hope everyone is enjoying this wonderful Saturday. This was supposed to be a Friday Favorites post but I’m turning it into a Saturday Favorites post.

First off, I want to apologize for my lack of blog posts lately. I have really been slacking. I have been blogging for a little over five years and lately I feel like I’ve become pretty boring.

My life pretty much consists of: workout, work, spend time with family, eat, sleep, repeat. Kinda boring. However, I really do enjoy blogging and if there is anything you would like me to write a blog post about, I am open to suggestions. Actually, I would love some! :)

Also, I have been working a lot more. My niece, who I’ve watched since she was born, started kindergarten this year so I am able to work more hours at the fitness desk at my gym.

My gym also started offering our Fit for Life program twice a year and I just started training a new group for that program this week, as well as teaching my weekly Women on Weights class. I am also doing all the administrative tasks for the program which is a lot of work and I’ve recently been exploring how to use Excel.

So between working and being boring, I’m really trying to focus on coming up with more blog posts. And you can never go wrong with a favorites post so here it is.

Saturday Favorites

  • You Had Me at Pumpkin Spice T-shirt

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My sister-in-law, Crystal, who is also my favorite for finding the shirt in my size, picked it up at Target for me. I checked two Targets and neither one had a medium but luckily Crystal found it. And really, could there be a more fitting shirt? :)

  • Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes – Crunchy Peanut Butter 

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Did you know that Kodiak Cakes made a crunchy peanut butter flavor?!

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At first, the crunchy pieces in the waffle kind of surprised me (yes, even though it says crunchy peanut butter) but after a few bites, I warmed up to them. I added a few mini chocolate chips to the mix and topped my waffle with peanut butter. Because you can never have enough peanut butter.

  • Nourish Snacks

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I bought these at Target to eat at work and I fell in love with them. My favorite is the  Cinn-Sational cinnamon spiced apples and almonds. They are the perfect size for a snack and to throw in my purse. They are a little pricey per package -$1.99 each and they’re only sold singly. I wish they came in a box of six for cheaper.

But they’re good so I keep buying them. The Cinn-Sational flavor isn’t always in stock so I also get the Berry’d Treasure granola bites which are delicious.

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  • Sling Shot Hip Circle

I have been having issues with my hip and glutes lately so my friend at the gym let me borrow her sling shot.

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The sling shot is used to activate the hips and glutes when doing certain exercises. It helps improve technique and strengthens hip abductors and external rotators. It also adds intensity to the exercise. I definitely plan on ordering my own sling shot soon!

  • Two Faced Lip Injection

I get the Ipsy glam bag every month which is a monthly subscription bag. I pay $10 a month and get a cute bag filled with makeup, skincare, and beauty samples. Sometimes there’s even full size products.

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I love getting all the little samples because that way I can try out products without committing to buying the full size, full price item. If there is a sample product that I love then I will purchase the full size item. Each bag is always worth a lot more than $10.

This month, I was so excited to get the Too Faced Lip Injection gloss in my Ipsy bag! I have been really wanting to try it and I was super happy that it just happened to come in this month’s bag. It’s supposed to dilate the blood vessels in your lips making them plumper. I like it. :)

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Those are all my favorites for today! Have a great weekend!!

  • I would love to hear some of your ideas for blog posts and I would love to hear some of your favorites! Please share!

 

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Back Day Compound Set Workout

Good morning and Happy Labor Day! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!

Danny and I did an awesome back workout at the gym on Saturday. We did compound sets which I love because they keep your heart rate up and since you’re doing exercises back-to-back, you finish your workout faster. Also, you work the same muscle in different ways.

*Both supersets and compound sets involve doing at least two exercises back to back, but a superset works two opposing muscle groups (ie. back and chest) while compounds sets target only one area of the body (in our case, back).

Warm-Up

First, we warmed up with 1000 meters on the rowing machine.

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Back Compound Sets Workout

Perform the two exercises back-to-back, resting 1-2 minutes in between each compound set. Repeat each compound set for desired amount of reps and sets. Danny and I did between 10-12 reps and did each compound set for three sets. 

    • wide grip lat pull downs x 10
    • cable face pulls x10
    • good mornings x12
    • bent over barbell rows (close grip, underhand grip) x10
    • single leg deadlifts  x10 each side
    • one arm dumbbell row x10 each side
    • half kneeling one arm cable row x10 each side
    • Superman Row x10 (click for video on how to perform)

Here are some pictures of the exercises Danny and I did:

Wide Grip Lat Pulls Downs

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Cable Face Pulls

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Good Mornings

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Bent Over Rows

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Half Kneeling One Arm Cable Rows

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We finished up our workout with some stretching and foam rolling.

On Sunday, my family came over for a make-your-own salad night. And pretzel rolls from Costco because they are delicious. :)

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Be sure to check out my Instagram for pictures and stories from this weekend!

Have a great day!

  • What did you do this weekend?
  • Favorite back exercise?

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