Alright guys, I’ve been asked to share my weighty secrets (Ohhh baby!), that is, my secrets in the weight room! Yep, I’m up for the challenge and SO up up up that I’m typing (wait for it…) up my (lengthy) workout from today. Ready Set PUMP IT UP!


Me being silly!! Hehe!!

I love lifting weights because…

#1, it helps out my swimming a whole bunch,

#2, it gives me a sense of control,

#3, I love feeling/looking strong,

#4, it’s fun getting creative, and

#5, let’s face it, spandex rocks!

I’ve been lifting weights since the age of 12, but inhabited the gym long before that.Β Yup, little, baby Kristin squirmed around the Nursery Gym like a…well, baby with her thumb in her mouth and her finger, well, NOT up her nose. My mom worked out like a hard core beast while I sat in the baby center twirling my precious curly Q around and around, wishing I could be like the cool kids (i.e. those kids 12 & older). Those “cool kids” sure knew how to walk around the gym in style. Never saw them do much, but at least they were in the vast openness breathing in more than gross, poopy pants. Yuck!

Speaking of cool kids… (LOVE THIS SONG!)

“I wish that I could be like the cool kids,
‘Cause all the cool kids, they seem to fit in.
I wish that I could be like the cool kids, like the cool kids.
I wish that I could be like the cool kids,
‘Cause all the cool kids, they seem to get it.
I wish that I could be like the cool kids, like the cool kids.” – Echosmith

Before I post my workout, I wanna note that I have freakish strength, like total super strength. It’s genetic (thanks mom!)! I’ll have to break out my baby photos and show y’all the six-pack I rocked as a little chick. I had these cute, little muscular arms, too! (I’ve definitely always had fast twitch muscle fibers.) Growing up, my grandpa used to punch me in the stomach and pretend that he broke his hand. Ohhhh, how I miss those days (and him very much)!!

Anyways, the workout I’m posting today is fairly moderate for me. I’m pushing semi-light weight. I’ve backed off my heaviness some, especially overhead, because I don’t want to blow out my shoulders. I’m swimming lots now, so can’t overdo it.

Note: I always mix up my workouts and never do the same workout twice, plus don’t do a lot of leg stuff because of my knees. Swimming and yoga take care of that (that being my leg muscles)!

Warm-up: (Repeat set 3 times)

*20 Jumping Jacks

*20 Arm Circles (with 5 pound dumbbells)

*12 Shrugs (with 45 pound dumbbells)

*15 Squats

*20 Push-Ups

*10 Throwdowns (with 10 pound medicine ball)

*15 Bench Dips

*10 Bar Twists (with 45 pound bar)

*10 Step Ups (10 on each side)

Main Set: (Repeat 6 times)

*10 Handstand Push-Ups

*15 Bicep Curls (with 20 pound dumbbells)

*10 Single Arm Rows (10 on each side & using 40 pound dumbbells)

*12 Overhead Tricep Extensions (using both arms & using a 55 pound dumbbell)

*15 Cable Crossovers (with 30 pound plates)

*Handstand Hold for a minute

*15 Hammer Curls (25 pound dumbbells)

*10 Bent over Barbell Rows (100 pounds total)

*15 Reverse Tricep Pull-Downs (using cable machine & an 80 pound plate)

*10 reps of Chest Press on Hammer Machine (180 pounds)

Abs: (Repeat 6 times)

*10 Hanging Leg Lifts

*15 Hanging Abs (with arms in straps)

*20 Side Bends (with 15 pound dumbbells)

*20 Trunk Twists (with 25 pound plate)

There ya have it…my weight workout from today!! As you can see, I broke it into three different parts (warm-up, main set, abs) and I always do it like that! Also worth noting, I write my own workouts and always lift solo. I don’t like being weighted down (Get it? Hehe!) by anyone because I move at such a rapid pace. I’m like a freakin’ tornado spinning around the gym. It’s fun, though! No, I’m not a personal trainer, but I’m very well known in my gym and get lots of questions about my workouts. At first I was kinda overwhelmed by all of the attention, but now, I take it as a huge compliment!



  1. sarahdudek80

    Gorgeous arms. I too have been lifting weights since childhood. I love it and love the results. I’m in NYC for work for the next 2 weeks and I am slightly freaking out about not working the arms out. Love this post!


    1. Kristin

      Awww, thanks!!! You’re so sweet!! πŸ™‚ That’s so cool- working out since childhood!! I love the mental/physical strength we build over the years. It’s fabulous! Ohhh, have fun in NYC!! Love New York!!! xoxo


  2. thedancingrunner

    Great tips!! I love lifting weights with the MEN!! My favorite thing to do at work (the GYM, aka my 2nd home) is go workout with the guys while all the GIRLS are over in the cardio section!! It makes me feel like such a badass πŸ˜‰


    1. Kristin

      Hehe Chelsea, oh I’m with ya!! I’m usually the only woman in the dumbbell room, but I’m so used to it now, that I don’t even blink!! You’re right- it’s fun pumping it up with the guys! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having an awesome week!! You’re SO cool!! xoxo


  3. FLRunnerBoy

    Simply jaw dropping amazing Kristin!!! Youve got some guns!!! Hahaha lol πŸ™‚ if you ever do personal train sign me up!!! And yes definitely post some kiddie puctures I’d love too see baby bodybuilder Kristin lol


    1. Kristin

      Hahahaha!!! Laughed SO hard when I read your comment!! You’re amazing!! Thanks for the smiles! πŸ˜‰ I will definitely post some pics in the future!! Tehehe! Thanks for your love and support!! You have such a big heart!! xoxo πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


    1. Kristin

      Hey Lena!! Hope you’re having an amazing week; although, I’m sure you are because you’re so amazing!! Thanks for your kindness and support and have a fab day!! xoxo


    1. Kristin

      Hehe!! I’m blushing!! Thanks Kristine!! I always love your support!! It makes me so happy!! I hope you’re having a great week!! You’re wonderful!! xoxo


  4. Shawna

    killing it with those arms, girl!! you look awesome. great workout. handstand push-ups, eh? i prob should start putting some of those into my routine…or i would, if i didn’t think i’d kill myself. πŸ™‚


  5. piratebobcat

    Great post! I lift weights a couple times a week too. I also started when I was a pre-teen. It was a requirement for my sports teams in school. Now a days I do it to help keep fit and to fight off any wannabe injuries! Keeps me running!
    BTW, do you have a license for those guns?


    1. Kristin

      Hahahaha!!! Too funny!! Ohhh yes I do!! Hehe!! You’re seriously hilarious!! I just love reading your comments!! Yep, I started lifting when I was a swimmer. It really helped with my speed. Lifting is such a great way to prevent injuries. Helps my shoulders out a lot. Have a wonderful day!! xoxo


    1. Kristin

      Awww HEATHER!!! Come on, give me a hug!! You’re the greatest!! Thanks for your sweetness! You’re totally an awesome runner!! You’re so fast!! I admire you very much!! Have a fabulous day!! xoxo


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