Hey Mom! Let's get fit and strong together!

Building a workout plan together with the women you love can be satisfying and fun addition to your relationship.

Tucson has great weather most of the year, so why not get outside and take advantage with your loved ones!

Are you the type who prefers group fitness classes, training by yourself or perhaps with a partner? The great thing about fitness is there are so many ways to do it. But let's build a plan.

Start off with a goal in mind and visualize where you want to be. Just think of it as a roadmap or GPS to your final destination. This will help keep you and your training partner on track, said Natali Medlin, owner of Built4This Personal Training Studio.

Here are a few ways to begin your very own road map to building a better body:   

Get a notebook or exercise journal. 

Write down your goals and create a schedule of what, when and where you plan on working out. If you're not sure how to workout or what to do then start doing a little research and if you're concerned about injuring yourself or you need that accountability then it's time to seek out a professional trainer. 

And working out with friends and partners (who can keep you accountable) is another fun alternative! Mother-daughter workouts can be a great way to get fit together through shared fitness and health goals. 

"Always 'listen' to your body as you are working out," said Natali Medlen, owner of Built4This Personal Training studio. "And be very focused on your technique when doing these exercises for maximum gain." 

These are some of my favorite springtime exercises that can be performed outside with body weight, resistance bands, or at the gym with dumbbells.

As always, start off with a light warm-up of 10-15 minutes. Then perform these key exercises:  

  • Glute bridges -- 3 sets of 10-20 reps 
  • Squats -- 3 sets of 10-20 reps 
  • Push up or kneeling push up -- 3 sets of 8-12 reps
  • Step ups -- 3 sets of 10-20 reps 
  • Supermans -- 1 set of 20-120 seconds 
  • Side lying abduction -- 1 set of 15-30 reps (each side) 
  • Crunches -- 1 set of 15-30 reps 

If you have questions about any of these exercises, please consult with a professional trainer, said Medlen.

My name is Natali Medlen and I am a personal fitness trainer here in Tucson where I train out of my private gym. I have a passion for and specialize in body transformation for all ages and hope these few ideas for getting more fit have gotten you energized and excited to start a new fun fitness program! 

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