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Written by: Ashleigh Goddard, Certified Personal Trainer and sponsor of the Fit Mix, everyday at 1pm on Mix 93.3 with Jenny Matthews

Hi!  My name is Ashleigh Goddard, wife, mom of two and Certified Personal Trainer.  I have a passion for fitness and helping women build both their fitness level and their body confidence by teaching innovative and creative ways to incorporate exercise into their busy daily schedules.

While not everyone loves fitness enough to get up at 4:30 each morning (my pre-10 am clients do not recognize me without my Tervis mug full of coffee in my hand), one of my goals is to help people find that exercise can be enjoyable and that the rewards are far greater than just fitting into that pair of skinny jeans that fashion says we have to wear for the time being.  The biggest of those rewards, for me, is realizing the correlation between a strong body and a strong mind.  Being physically fit and being dedicated to your workouts helps grow confidence, reduces stress, improves sleep and provides mental clarity all of which lead to better performance not only in the gym, but also at work and at home.  Pushing your physical limits and breaking down those barriers are so extremely powerful in building that feeling of being completely in control and capable of facing any challenge life throws your way!  THAT’S what it’s all about…feeling strong and capable both physically and mentally!

While I spend many hours in the gym each day, I don’t always get my own workout in while I’m there.  I often have to squeeze my workouts in at home between clients, appointments, little league baseball games and trips to Hobby Lobby to replenish my daughter’s crafting supplies!  Here is a list of a few of my favorite tools I keep in my fitness arsenal that are simple but effective for an at-home workout:

Jump Rope
Kettle Bells of various weights
Dumb Bells of various weights
Ankle Weights

There are so many things you can do with just a few simple pieces of equipment and get GREAT results.  Here is a sample workout with the items listed above.

Single leg hops with jump rope 30 seconds each leg
Double Arm kettle bell swings 12-15 reps
Alternating Dumb Bell Bicep Curls 12-15 reps each side
Overhead Press with Dumb Bells 12-15 reps
Lunges holding a dumb bell in each hand, at sides 20 reps
Wide Stance Kettle Bell Squats holding KB at chest level (at least 20 lb KB) 15 reps
Donkey Kicks with 5-8 lb ankle weights 15-20 reps each side

Perform the exercises with little rest time (less than 30 seconds) in between.  Repeat the circuit 3-4 times and HAVE FUN! 

Ashleigh Goddard, CPT
Ph:  816-888-9570

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