Fit Friday Fun – A 20 minute Full Body Workout + A Bonus Mango & Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Alright party people, today I’m sharing one short, sharp total body workout that you can do in just 20 minutes, are you in?

Here’s what we are going to do –

4 basic exercises – Goblet Squats – Bench Press – Bent Over Row and my beloved Deadlifts – we will do 8-10 reps of each exercise and repeat the entire sequence through for a total of 3 rounds, got it?

Nothing complicated, basic movements done with good form for a short but effective total body workout.

We will move from one exercise to the next with minimal/no rest in between then once we have completed all reps of each exercises we will take 1 full delicious minute of rest and recovery – catch your breath, grab a drink then we get straight back into it and repeat for a total of 3 rounds, deal?

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Grab yourself a weapon of choice – a set of dumbbells, a barbell, kettlebells, some resistance bands or any combination you like. Make sure you choose something appropriate for your strength but, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself.

I want you to really push yourself, the final rep of each exercise should be a challenge!!

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Although, we want quality not quantity, always! Never compromise your form, ever! If your form starts to fail your done, got it?

Take your time, concentrate, focus and breathe through each and every exercise. You are strong, you are amazing, you have big energy! You’ve totally got this!

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And because nothing makes a workout challenge more fun than getting a buddy to join you. Why not grab your BFF or a family member or your fave workmate and have them join you, power in numbers baby!

Don’t forget to come back and let me know how you did once you’re done. Either leave me a message in the comments below, or you can give me a shout on the Facebook page or tag me (@EmSwanston) on Twitter , or Instagram (@emsswanston) . I mean it, I wanna hear how you did!

Ok enough chit chat time to work –

20 minute Total Body Workout

As always make sure you are nice an warm before you start your workout – Run on the spot, do jumping jacks, jump rope, dance around your living room, anything to get you warm then it’s time to get serious.

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Finish with a nice little cool down and stretch, maybe take a walk or something anything to help bring your heart rate down. Finish with a few of your fave stretches. Please don’t skip the stretch people, its like dessert for the body.

Now for our post workout refuel –  Smoothies are a great option for your post workout refuel, they are so quick and easy to prepare and a great option for those of us who don’t have much of an appetite post workout.

It’s so important to nourish and re-energize your body post workout, you want to make sure  you give those muscles some fuel so that they can rebuild and repair themselves after working so hard.

I thought I would share a bonus smoothie recipe for us to enjoy – how does a nice tall, ice cold, delicious, nutritious, tropical inspired mango and banana smoothie sound?

This bad boy is packed with protein, low GI carbs which will help refuel and re-energize that beautiful body of yours. It also happens to be vegan, dairy free and paleo friendly but, most importantly, it’s downright delicious.

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Mango and Banana Smoothie
Makes 1 large or 2 small delicious, nutritious, tropical inspired super smoothies

Ingredients –

1/2 cup Coconut (or Greek style) yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk of choice (or milk of choice)

1/2 Frozen Banana (I prefer to used pre-sliced and frozen bananas in my smoothies but fresh works just fine)

1/4 cup Frozen mango, again fresh will work just fine

1 cup of ice

Method –

Place all ingredients into your blender and process until smooth.

Enjoy xo

Don’t forget to give me a shout out when you’re done – hit me up in the comments below via the Facebook page on Twitter or on Instagram

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Now go have yourself a killer day xoxo

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