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Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout

It’s January… still.. which means there’s a lot of you out there looking for a new workout plan. If you’re new to hitting the weights, it’s easy to get discouraged when the majority of options out there aren’t ideal for newbies. Although you can find results from these programs, it’s going to be hard to start if you’re feeling lost before you even pick up a set of dumbbells. Doing too much too quickly can also result in injury. And then what? You’re back to square zero. Just because you’re new to strength training doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout in! I designed this Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout with step-by-step instructions for any fitness level. I’ve also Read More

Total Body Halloween Workout


Total BOO-dy Halloween Workout

There’s nothing scary about toned arms, sculpted abs, a round, lifted booty and strong legs. None the less, this Halloween workout is keeping the SPOOKTACULAR momentum on Life in Spandex going! I get it, the days are getting shorter, the weather is getting cooler, and lives continue to get busier until the end of the year. I’m over here trying to soak up my favorite month of the year and Target’s already got Christmas merchandise on display! Why? Like the majority of you, I juggle a lot of responsibilities. When I’m not creating content for Life in Spandex, I’m working full-time in gym management, teaching barre classes at Carmel Barre, and trying to maintain a healthy almost-27 year old’s social Read More

How to make time for fitness when you just aren't motivated


How to Make Time for Fitness When You Just Aren’t Motivated

Today I want to share a post from one of my favorite blogging buddies, Dia! Dia is a digital marketing specialist, lifestyle balance blogger, and a basketball, wine and zumba lover from San Antonio, Texas. She is seriously my go-to girl when I need blogging inspiration and advice. She’s one of those women who make you go, “How does she get it all done?!” I’m so excited to say she’s sharing her secrets on how she fits in workouts to her hectic schedule, even when she doesn’t feel motivated! You can find more tips for living a balanced life and rocking you passion on her blog: AllTheThingsIDo.com and on social media  Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram. We’ve all heard about how important it is to get moving. All the Read More

5 Ways to Beat Gymtimidation


5 Ways to Beat Gymtimidation

I can remember the first time I ever worked out at a commercial gym. The machines looked like space ships, there was grunting, everyone seemed to know exactly what they were doing (and had the biceps to show for it), and I felt like everyone was going to judge me if I did anything wrong (Spoiler alert: most of them don’t know what they’re doing either! 😉 ). It was easy to fake gym confidence and just hop on the elliptical or treadmill. It’s hard to do cardio wrong. Lucky for me, those days were short lived. My boyfriend at the time took a weight lifting class and he really helped me find my gym-groove. He pieced together basic weight-lifting workouts I Read More

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Why You Can’t Lose Weight

Hello beautiful people! A big CONGRATS to all of you who completed the Summer Shape Up Series 4-Week Workout Challenge! If you are one of those ladies, I would love to hear your feedback about your results, what you liked about the challenge, and what you struggled with. If you don’t feel comfortable commenting below, you can shoot me an email at lifeinspandex10@gmail.com or post in the Private Facebook Group :). As a personal trainer, I hear it a lot, “I’m doing everything I should be doing but I just can’t seem to lose weight.”  My trainer/fittie/health guru/fitness friend alarms go off when I hear this. This is a huge turning point where someone decides to make a change or to give Read More