Let’s just go there. When I hit 30, my body changed. I know, I know, all you 40, 50 and 60-year-old women are rolling y eyes at me, thinking RIGHT. 30 is a breeze, lady! And, you’re probably right. But I am living in the now – which for me is 38 – and I want to share the changes I made to my workout routine to get back to feeling and looking great.
A lot of very personal and challenging things happened when I hit my early 30’s. I had a severe miscarriage, which resulted in me stopping all exercise for months. That horrifying year was followed by an unexpected pregnancy … then, quickly, followed by another pregnancy. My body was put through the wringer. Fast forward to 35; my body didn’t know what to do with itself. Am I holding onto weight, letting it go, making room for a bun in the oven?
I was fortunate enough to reap both the emotional and physical benefits of breastfeeding, which was not only a very special bonding time with both children, but it also revved my metabolism to the speed of a Nascar race. Dropping the baby weight took time, but I was able to do it to an extent. And then, like so many bodies do, mine hit a plateau. At 37, my kids turned 4 and 6, and I started to see some changes in my body, my metabolism, my complexion, and my “tude.” I don’t know if the hormone fairy came by and gave me a little pixie dust, but I was all sorts of WTF. It was time for a change, a boost, a recharge. I have always had a clean diet, so it was time to make a different change. It was time for what has turned into my Mid-30’s Workout Fix.
Jaime Peterson, owner of Jaime Peterson Fitness, was the change that my mid-30’s body needed. Personalized workouts for every shape and size, she listened to my thoughts, goals, and what my body needed. For me, I like a long and lean physique. My body takes on muscle very easily, so I have always trended away from weight training. When Jaime and I started working out, I told her I liked high cardio with bodyweight exercises mixed in … With a lot of work, my metabolism sped up, and I started to see results within months. But beyond the amazing fitness instruction, my psyche is at a new level. There is something a good workout can do for the mind and soul that indescribable.
While a personal trainer may or may not be in your plans, a good metabolism boost works for everyone. Since many of us are moms who don’t have a lot of free hours in the day, I asked Jaime to do a quick 30-minute cardio strength training session especially for us – high intensity, total body. I hope you give it a try, as much for the physical results as the mental. And if you’re local, we’ve included Jaime’s information below. So, here’s Jamie to share her top guidance for a mid-30’s workout that will boost your metabolism and help you fall in love with fitness again.
Your Mid-30’s, 30 Minute Workout
Okay, ladies its time to get moving!
Here is a sample of a quick, high intensity, full-body “30 Minute Fat Burning Circuit” that I would put Krista through. Remember, everyone is unique, and injuries, goals, and your fitness level plays a huge part in programming. Krista has been working with me for several months, so she is pretty advanced in her movements and fitness level. The following workout requires minimal equipment and can be done using only your body weight and a timer. It can also be modified by either dropping the plyometrics (the explosive, jump movements) or adding weight. So grab a towel, a water bottle, a timer, pump some music and get ready to sweat!
- :30 Jumping Jacks
- 10 Air Squats
- 10 Alternating forward lunges
- 20 Mountain climbers
- 10 Sit-ups
- :30 Second Plank
3 rounds with the focus being controlled reps at a continuous pace.
After completing the round, rest 1:00 and repeat 2 more times
- 10 (each leg) Curtsy lunge with pulse
- 20 prisoner sumo squats w knee
- 30 Medicine Ball sit-ups
- 40 mountain climbers
- 50 ab bicycles
- :60 jumping rope or jumping jacks
One of my favorite HIIT workouts is using a timer set to :20 work/ :10 rest with alternating moves for 8 rounds. For example- you would do :20 of sprawls, rest :10, then a :20 wall sit.. repeat back and forth for 8 intervals.
- Sprawls- wall sit
- Plank jacks – hollow hold
- Jump squats- low pulse squats
- Dips on chair/ bench – Up and down plank
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