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20 Minute Treadmill Workout and a Great Discovery

I have discovered something truly wonderful!  It is sweet and creamy and becoming a new addiction.  My new wonderful discovery is…drum roll please…Biscoff Spread! If you love peanut butter and cannot live without Nutella, then Biscoff Spread will have you in heaven in no time flat. This sweet spread is made from those wonderful cookies they used to give you on all your flights.


I came across this wonderful spread when looking for apple oatmeal recipes. A woman was adding this spread to her oatmeal in the morning. Well, I didn’t know these wonderful cookies were turned into a spread, so I went to Amazon and ordered myself some.  If you live in bigger cities and towns you will be able to find this at your local grocery store and Walmart.

Now, I have a wonderful friend who loves the Biscoff cookies you get on your flights, so I waited to open the jar and sample the goodness until she was able to come over and try it with me. Well, it was all we could do not to dive into that jar like a couple of pigs with our spoons. She immediately ordered some for herself too! As for me, well, we are on our second jar.

I’ve been racking my brains with ways to bake with this spread, and I’ve come up with two of my own recipes.  Pumpkin Spice Muddie Buddies and Biscoff Apple Streusel Muffins.  I’ll be making the Muddie Buddies today after the gym, so keep an eye out for the recipe!

On to the workout for today!

Today is another cold dreary day, and I hate days like this.  They make you feel so unmotivated to do anything.  Thankfully I’m teaching cycling at the gym today, so there will be no slacking off for me today.  I’m only teaching a 30 Minute Cycle Express class today, so I’m going to want to do a bit more cardio afterwards, so I’ll head upstairs to the treadmills and do a 20 Minute Treadmill Workout.  This workout is designed to kick those butt muscles in gear and get rid of that pesky fat back there tooSmile.  You will stay at a consistent fast walking pace the whole time while climbing some hills.  The time will fly by on this one.  Trust me.

20 Minute Glute Treadmill Workout


30 Minute Interval Zombie Treadmill Run!

This year I was unable to do the Run for Your Lives Zombie 5K Run.  I absolutely love this race and obstacle course.  If you have never done it, I highly recommend you sign up for the one nearest you!  This race is a ton of fun, and even more fun if you do it with a group of friends (unless your one friend throws you into a zombie in order to save herselfSmile).

At the beginning of this fun filled race you are given a belt with flags on it…just like in flag football.  Your goal is to make it through the race with at least one flag left.  The zombies will try to take your flags throughout the race, but there are “health bonuses” throughout the course with more flags for you to pick-up.  There are also optional obstacle courses for you to do if you would like (be prepared to get muddy if you do).  At the end you will receive a medal based on if you are “alive” or if you have joined the “undead.”  Trust me when I say this is a race you must do.  You will find yourself laughing and shrieking the whole way through.  Plus there is a great party with vendors, food, and drinks after the race!  I know for a fact that I will be at the one in Minnesota next year with at least one friend, and I’m really excited about doing this race again!

In the meantime, I’ve come up with an interval treadmill run based on my experiences at my previous Run for Your Lives Zombie 5K Run.  First, you start out walking and looking around.  Then, you hear something, so you start jogging.  Finally, a zombie is coming for you, so you take off sprinting.  This should burn quite a few calories off your bum and you could do it on an elliptical too!  Enjoy!

Zombie Treadmill Run 2

A Freakishly Good Workout

Bad news everyone!  It is freaking snowing and sticking to the ground here in good old ND this morning.  Needless to say, I’m not a happy camper and a few 4-letter words have been coming out of my mouth.  The good news is that Hank and Tilly are outside playing and living it up in the snow.  Lady and I (being the Florida girls that we are) are inside grumbling, so I decided to create some happy endorphins and workout.  Even though it is snowing outside, I thought I would go with a Halloween theme since the rest of the country is enjoying their fall weather!  After I finished this workout, I followed it up with my Ab-tastic 30 Workout.

Next up…crock-pot applesauce!  That should warm me up a bit!

A Freakishly Good Workout

6-Pack Ab Workout!

Well, fall/winter (lows in the teens) is here.  I’m not really all that excited about it since I love warm weather, but with fall comes heartwarming foods.  I have spent quite a bit of time in my kitchen baking the past few days.  I’m breaking out old recipes and creating new ones that use apples and pumpkin.  We have a ton of both ingredients.  With all this baking comes eating, or as I like to call it “taste testing,” and the taste testing has gotten a bit out of hand.  Like most women, what I eat loves to settle in my abdominal and thigh area.  So, this morning (before the baking begins yet again) I did some cardio and worked my abs pretty good with this 6-Pack Ab Workout.  I always go to these ab exercises when I fear the worst for my abdominal area.  This workout targets your oblique abs a bunch and will help those muscles pop!  If you are a beginner to working out, you may only want to do 2-3 sets of these exercises.  Remember to stretch afterwards!

Carolyn’s Ride

This is a quick 30 minute ride.  This ride was originally a song list I put together for my wonderful friend Carolyn who taught a 30 minute Express Ride at my gym in Florida.  I’ve taken out Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” and put in Rihanna’s “Cheers.”

This will be what I will be teaching at my 12:15pm Cycle Express class today.  Then I will get in some quick weights and do my Biceps and Triceps Workout.

Rolling Decades

Today is my first cycling class that I’m teaching at the Y!  It is so hard to choose what profile you want to teach for your very first class.  I always want to make sure the music is something everyone will love, so I went back and pulled out my Rolling Decades profile, and I made a few changes to it.  Pitbull’s “Back In Time”  song is perfect for the warm-up! The warm-up I used to use was “Timewarp”.  Then, of course I had to update the “Today Hill”.  Lets hope my first class enjoys it!Fingers crossed


  • Back In Time (From “Men In Black III”) 3:26

70s Hill

  • You Should Be Dancing 4:18

                 Steady, gradual climb from easy-moderate to moderate

                 Last 1:00 come out of seat and add res

  • Black Betty 3:58

                 Moderate climb

                Add res and sprint during chorus

  • Stayin Alive 4:45

                Steep, steady climb

80s Hill

  • We Built This City 4:56

                 Steady, gradual climb from easy-moderate to moderate   90-100 RPM

                 Last 1:00 come out of seat and add res

  • Walk This Way 5:09

                 Moderate climb

                 Add res and sprint during chorus

  • Pour Some Sugar On Me 4:53

                Steep, steady climb

90s Hill

  • Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) 4:04 90-100 RPM

                Steady, gradual climb from easy-moderate to moderate

                Add res @ 1:45 for 30 sec jumps and keep res (8 sec…4 sec)

                Last 1:00 come out of seat

  • Just a Girl 3:29

                Moderate climb

                Add res and sprint during chorus

  • Free Your Mind 4:53

               Steep, steady climb

               Come into 3rd @ 2:00 for 1:00

Today’s Hill

  • Blow Me (One Last Kiss) 4:17 90-100

               Steady, gradual climb from easy-moderate to moderate

               Add res @ 2:00 for 30 sec jumps and keep res (8 sec…4 sec)

               Last 1:00 come out of seat

  • We Run the Night 3:49

              Moderate climb

              Add res and sprint during chorus

  • Titanium 4:05

              Steep, steady climb

              Come into 3rd @ 2:30 for 1:00


  • Princess of China 3:59

Treadmill Fun!

Here is another great treadmill workout.  It is a great interval pyramid that is guaranteed to make your time on the treadmill fly by!  Personally, I’m a big fan of pyramids.  This interval will take you up in speed and then bring you back down with one big burst of speed at the end.  You will be sweating and burning those calories away!

30 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout