Fit Friday Fun – A 20 Minute Shoulder Sculpting Workout & A Bonus Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Coconut Mocha Smoothie

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Alright party people, whose ready to get their workout on?!

Today I’m sharing a short, sharp, shoulder sculpting workout that you can get done in just 20 minutes! What do you say, are you in?

Of course you are, you’re cool like that 😉

But, believe me when I say this workout is no joke, just because it’s short doesn’t mean it’s not effective, trust me . . . when you’re done with this workout, your heart rate will be pumping, endorphin’s flowing, metabolism firing and um your arms may feel a little like jelly, FYI . . .

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. . . you have been warned.

But, this short, sharp shoulder sculpting workout will also  leave you feeling strong and energized ready to take on the rest of your day!

So, here’s what we are going to do –

5 basic exercises – Bent Over Row – Bicep Curl – Hammer Curl – Triceps Extensions  & Overhead Press.

We will do 8-10 reps of each exercise and repeat the entire sequence through for a total of 3 rounds, sound good?

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Nothing overly complicated, basic movements done with good form for a short but effective shoulder sculpting 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?

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.

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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!

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 Shoulder Sculpting 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 make it super easy for the body to absorb and digest those precious nutrients, they are seriously convenient, 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.

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How does a nice tall, decadent, rich, secretly healthy yet deliciously indulgent, creamy, dreamy, dark chocolate salted caramel coconut mocha smoothie sound?

You are going to love, love, love this bad boy!

It’s all natural, decadent, rich, and seriously chocolaty, with divine hint of our deliciously simple, healthy, homemade, 2 minute salted caramel and a gentle hum of espresso let me tell you this smoothie tastes pure indulgence!

FYI – this tall glass of deliciousness also happens to be packed with protein, rich in antioxidants and full of slow release, low GI carbs that will help refuel and re-energize that beautiful body of yours.

It really is simply divine, the perfect way to treat yo’ self and refuel and re-energize that beautiful body of yours on this fabulous Friday.

Oh and I should probably mention that not only does our dark chocolate, salted caramel coconut mocha smoothie taste like heaven in cup, it also happens to be vegan, dairy free and paleo friendly – so much to love I tell you ❤️❤️❤️

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Dark Chocolate, Salted Caramel Coconut Mocha  Smoothie
{Vegan. Gluten Free & Paleo Friendly}
Makes 1 all natural, decadent and rich, thick, creamy, subtly sweet, delicious, nutritious dark chocolate, salted caramel coconut mocha smoothie

Ingredients –

1/3 cup coconut or Greek style yogurt

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

1/2 an overripe banana (preferably pre-frozen)

1 Tablespoon of healthy, homemade, 2 minute salted caramel – could sub 1-2 (pitted) medjool dates or even just maple syrup if you prefer

A shot of espresso, cooled (could sub a teaspoon of instant espresso/coffee granules if you prefer)

1 Tablespoon of cacao

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

A pinch of salt

1/4-1/2  cup of ice – more or less to desired consistency

Optional but recommended for serving –

Coconut flakes

Cacao Nibs – I like to use this cacao crunch by Power Super Foods

An extra drizzle of our healthy, homemade, 2 minute salted caramel

Method –

1 – Place all smoothie ingredients into your and process until smooth, creamy and well combined.

2 – Pour into a chilled glass or mason jar then top with coconut flakes, cacao nibs and drizzle with a little extra caramel if desired.

Note – You could also add in a scoop of protein powder (vanilla or unflavoured would work best in this recipe) and some great lakes gelatin for an extra boost of protein if you’re into that kinda thing – do what you feel baby 🙂

Enjoy xoxo

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

Now go,

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and have yourself a killer day xoxo

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Question of the day –

What’s your favorite way to refuel after a workout?

Feel free to share recipes, or links to your fave recipes in the comments below or on the Facebook page and please for the love of all that is good in this world when you do make this smoothie (or any of the recipes you find on this blog of mine) go ahead and snap a pic and share it either on the Facebook page, or tag me on twitter or Instagram. Sharing is caring remember.

Do it, do it You know you want to 🙂

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