Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Leah's Busy Mom's Workout

Today I'm so excited to introduce my friend, and fitness expert, Leah Hammer. Leah has ever-so-kindly agreed to be a guest writer our  Health & Fitness page. I have known Leah since high school, and feel blessed to have her here sharing her wisdom and knowledge with all of you!!
More about Leah...  

Leah is the owner of and personal trainer at Empower Fitness (Let's show Leah some love by visiting her Facebook page and give her a "like"!). She loves family life and is a busy mother of three amazing kids.  Besides being a personal trainer, Leah runs her own daycare and preschool! So, she knows exactly how difficult, yet how important it is to get a good workout in as often as possible. 

Growing up in a big family, Leah learned a love for cooking and baking.  Ten years ago, she made the decision to live a more fit and healthy lifestyle, but wanted to be sure that it was something that she could stick with, be happy, and still have the energy necessary to be the super-mom her kids need!  In 2011 Empower Fitness was established, and it allows Leah the opportunity to share her gifts with clients every day. "I love helping people find their inner strength! It is so empowering!" says Leah.  
If you are looking for an energizing, strengthening and challenging work-out to kick start your day that can be done in 30 minutes are less, this one is for you!!
Warm Up:
15 Good Morning stretches (Stand with feet shoulder width apart, hands behind head, bend at the waist.)
Warrior stretch 10-15 seconds each side
Head and neck rolls to loosen up
1 minute jumping jacks

Circuit 1: (you will need 5-8 lb. weights)
15 weighted squats
15 tricep kickbacks
15 bicep curls
25 crunches
1 minute high knees
Repeat Circuit

Circuit 2:
15 L shape leg raises each side
(lay down on your side so that your body is in the shape of an L. Do leg raises   from this position.)
15 weighted sumo squats
25 plank twists
15 one arm rows with weights each side
1 minute mountain climbers
Repeat Circuit

Circuit 3:
15 weighted forward lunges, each leg
15 back lunges with weight and twist, each side
Repeat Circuit

Cool Down:
Large breath opening arms to sky and exhale as arms come down
Repeat three times
Sit on the floor with your legs in a "Y" position. Stretch and hold for 15 seconds.



  1. I love this. I have just started working out again since having baby number two. Stopping by and following you from tea on Tuesday.


  2. I am printing this to do on the mornings I am in a rush :)

    1. That's when I do it - and it always leaves me feeling more energize for the day!

  3. I love this workout plan! It definitely seems like something I could squeeze in at some point during my busy days! Thanks for sharing.
    Stopping by from the mommy mixer and looking forward to following your posts!

  4. It is very difficult to get enough time for workout but you have shared a great plan with us.Thanks

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  7. thanks for sharing my wife is always looking for quick workouts before she gets ready for work while the baby is asleep, these are awesome.


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