Weekly Workout Wrap Up!

These pasts two weekends have been AMAZING! Last week my mother flew in to Toronto to visit me for a few days before jetting off to the U.K. where she grew up. It was such a lovely weekend – the sun was out the entire time, we took her to delicious restaurants that Adam and I love, worked out together, and biked around the island. It was an active weekend to say the least! We also hit up Taste of Toronto in Fort York and sampled everything that didn’t have a price tag – non alcoholic champagne (what?), Popchips, different types of cheese, a million types of olive oils, coconut water, etc.

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Mother and I at Taste of Toronto

The next day we rented my mother a bike and headed over to Toronto Island! I had no idea how big the island actually was, having only been there to lie on the beach or go to music festivals. We covered the entire island, including checking out different marinas, the neighbourhood where people actually LIVE on the island, and a super secluded an authentic patio/bar where all the boat owners hang out. It was so nice spending time with her – I really don’t get to see her enough since I left home in 2009 to go to school, and every minute counts! Also Winston the fat cat is hopelessly in love with her, and now spends his days moping around the house, putting up with Adam and I sticking boxes on his head for laughs.

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This past weekend was also super fun with quite a bit more drinking and sun tanning than actual workouts. Adam and I headed to Toronto Island again to meet some friends, and had an amazing time throwing around a football and soaking up the sun. Some man even brought his TURTLE to the beach (re: feature photo at the top!) – what a wonderful human! He told me he brings her to the island as often as possible, and lets Mertle (the turtle) swim around under water. That is some serious love right there



















Because of the wonderful weather things have been a bit hectic on the weekends lately, so unfortunately my workout video posts have taken the biggest hit. I don’t think I had a chance to post about my most recent workout video which is the No Gym Cardio & Butt Workout! I filmed this one on vacation in Mexico, and it combines strength exercises with a few high intensity cardio exercises. See below for the recap:

11. Step Up/Knee Drive (L/R): Plant your foot on a raised surface, about 12 inches off the ground, and keep it there for the duration of the exercise. Using the opposite foot, step back behind so you are in a lunge position. Push the heel of the foot that is raised into the bench, and using your glute muscles, step the back foot up and drive your knee up. Slowly bring the knee back down and back into the lunge position before repeating the exercise. You should be feeling this especially in the glute muscles of the leg that is raised. Repeat on BOTH sides.

22. Weighted Sumo Squats: If you’re not at a gym, be creative with the weight. I just grabbed one of the bigger rocks that I could lift and used that. Stand with your feet greater than shoulder width apart with your feet pointed out. Squat down about 90 degrees making sure that your knees are inline with your toes. Don’t let them fall in towards the middle. Stand up again, squeezing your glutes together. This exercise works out the inner thighs, quads, as well your glutes.

33. Toe Taps: Now for some cardio! Find another raised surface just 6 or so inches off the ground. Switch your feet back and forth, tapping the surface of the rock/bench with the front half of your foot. Use your arms to swing back and forth with your feet similar to a running motion. Go as fast as possible for 45 seconds




4. 3 Pulsing Squats: Start with your feet shoulder width apart, with your chest up. Squat down, bending slightly at the hips and at the knees. Rise very slightly before squatting back down to the original position. Repeat these small pulses three times before standing up completely. Make sure that you keep your chest up and avoid letting your bum tuck underneath (a posterior pelvic tuck which can be dangerous for your back).


5. High Knees (Arms Above Head):
Last cardio exercise of this set – Start with your arms above your head, stretched out. Start jogging on the spot, bringing your knees high up, trying to get them to reach belly button height each time. Go as fast as you can for the 45 seconds! This is your burnout before giving yourself a short rest.




What was the latest workout you did?

Do you like to hit the gym on weekends?

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  1. Your blog looks sooo beautiful and professional! I actually wish my gym would open on weekends, so I would be able to do an extra session to compensate the saturday pizza.

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      Aw that’s such a lovely thing to say 🙂 Thank you. Wow, never heard of a gym closed on weekends! You should have a talking with them!

  2. I usually get at least one workout in on the weekends, but I don’t have a gym membership anymore so I do my strength workouts at home. Thanks for sharing these ideas!

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      That’s great – all you need is some weights and you’re good to go 🙂

  3. look how cute you and your mom are! Rocking that bikini too! My last workout was bike ride followed by a swim this morning.

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      Thank you! A swim sounds wonderful. It’s been ages for me since i’ve done one

  4. Just finished a weekend workout about an hour ago and now devouring a smoothie bowl! I like to workout early on the weekends, because it is quiet and it is the perfect way for me to start my day before hitting the pool! That is some serious turtle LOVE! 🙂

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      Agreed! But early for me on the weekends is like 10 am… maybe 9:30 if i’m feeling ambitious haha 😉

  5. Yay for fun/active weekends! Last workout was today: 2 sweaty, sticky miles.

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      phew! sounds like a hot one!

  6. Yay for spending time with Mom! You are right, every minute counts 🙂
    If I am traveling, I will try to get all my quality workouts done during the week so If I slack on the weekend I don’t feel bad. Sometimes though I’m feeling motivated and use the workouts to explore or as part of the fun…. like your bike riding!

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      that’s exactly how i feel (re: quality workouts during the week!) and yes, biking is my new favorite ‘fun exercise’

  7. Dave

    20 July

    Sounds like you had a great time! Toronto island must be lovely. Nice leg workout compilation…I tried sumo squats for the first time last Friday and I still have muscle ache today! It sounds wrong but I’m somehow looking forward to them again already…

    • beverleyc

      20 July

      Yes, it’s like a vacation away from the city. Except only a 10 minute boat ride! Sumo squats are definitely tough. I think i’ll do some tonight =D

  8. OMGEEE the kittie in the box is the cutest ever!!! 😉 totally reminds me of my kitties i grew up with!

  9. I was in Toronto just recently and was surprised too at how big the island was! It’s such a lovely place to visit, especially/only in the summer!

    I just found your site, and am glad I did because I am moving to Venica, CA not super close to gyms, so our beach our outdoor workout will be key.

    So glad I did! Thank you for these workout tips, I love!


    • beverleyc

      30 July

      Yes! How awesome is the island hey?! Thanks for stopping by – i hope you try out the workouts 🙂

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