Before I get into Tuesday Trainer, I get to say Birthday-Palooza just one more time.  And by that, I mean that I get to announce more winners!!  Drum roll, please.

Green Mountain Coffee


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CONGRATS, winners!! – please email me at!! 

(side note:  please tell me how you guys liked using Rafflecopter in the comments below!  For me, it was way easier to set it up and select a winner.  Want to know what you guys think!)

On to TABATAS!!!

(which I love!  We actually just did one in the fitmixer Bootcamp that kicked my butt.)


To review, the Tabata protocol looks like this:

20 seconds on.  HIGH INTENSITY!!

10 seconds off.

Repeat for a total of 8 times – 4 minutes total workout time!

Tabatas are designed so that you won’t NEED to workout any longer than 4 minutes, but if you are advanced you can do a few rounds of 8 OR pair a Tabata with some cardiovascular training.  As always, train for YOUR body, not someone elses!  

As with any type of high-intensity training, I wouldn’t advise anyone to train Tabata-style on consecutive days. Instead, alternate, 2-3 times a week max. You can also incorporate Tabata intervals into a strength training regime (example: Bench Press then two rounds of Tabata intervals. Then back to Bench Press.)

The Workout

Pin this to your board labeled, “Awesome”.


The Moves

Ice Pickers/Lizard Pushups – ME


Punches/Butt Kicks – Rhonda, kidsrunningwild


Box Jumps/Tricep Dips – Becki, fightingforwellness


High Knees/Burpees – Bonnie, lifetothefull

Thank you, ladies, for taking the time to film!!  Some really great moves!! 

If you’d like to get hop on the Tuesday Trainer bandwagon, read on Thursday when I’ll announce next weeks’ theme!

**Check out Week 2 of Mom365’s “Summer Of Strong”!!  Great CORE workout and discussion of SKINNY vs. STRONG!**

QUESTION:  I need YOUR input on Tuesday Trainer.  Do you feel as though it’s a helpful tool to have?  If you submit moves, is it a stressor on your life?  After yesterday’s post, I really want to make sure that I’m only participating/supporting POSITIVE ventures.  I don’t want Tuesday Trainer to be a chore.  Should we back off and only do TT once/twice a month?  Thoughts??


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  1. Hi Lindsay!!! I love TT… I always check out the workouts and try to incorporate a move. It’s so easy to be repetitive in workouts so I love seeing the videos. I incorporated one in my blog today!

    I am also REALLY impressed with you and the other ladies who put together videos. I know it is time consuming and maybe a little awkward but I love seeing the exercises being performed and not just still images (like you would see in a magazine). AND it shows a little bit of everyone’s personality.

    Maybe you should have an un-trainer Tuesday…anyone who is not a trainer but has a move or workout they love can share.

    That’s my two cents :) Love your blog!

  2. I like saving TT workouts for when I don’t feel like going to the gym or want to try something a little different but don’t want to come up with it myself :) I don’t usually do them the day or week they come out so if they were bi-weekly I wouldn’t mind.

    I’m curious though, I always hear that you only need to do one round of tabatas, but is it really a complete workout? I feel like I could do another round or two, should I be doing one tabata workout and additional cardio or strength training, or does it “count” as a full workout? I just don’t feel like its enough, I feel like I worked hard but not for long enough.

  3. I love Tuesday Trainer. I always look forward to Tuesdays to see everyone’s submission and on Thursdays to see what’s coming next. I think it’s a great tool for all different fitness ranges! I’ve only submitted a couple of times but I always have good intentions to submit weekly. I work for a house cleaning company T-F and it’s taking a toll on my body. Not being able to get to the gym as much as I used to I’ve realized how fast you lose what you’ve gained when you can’t workout daily or 4-5 times a week. about a month ago I pulled my back pretty good and it’s just taking forever to get back to normal. and with working it just doesn’t get the rest time it needs. I’m discouraged and frustrated. Nothing is more irritating than wanting to live an active life but not being able to be as active as you’d like. This is why I haven’t submitted anything lately. In fact I haven’t worked out in about 2 weeks except for some stretching, which does help. I need more yoga in my life. I do think that maybe it would be easier for me, to have TT every other week. That way it gives us time to get our submissions to you and I’m thinking that it must be hard to come up with different themes every week? But please don’t stop doing it all together.

  4. I love, love, love Tuesday Trainer. Please don’t stop–it’s such a great resource, with videos and explanations. If it’s becoming overwhelming, I would totally understand cutting back to twice a month–but just don’t get rid of it! :)

  5. I do really like the tuesday trainer idea, but I think you could easily do it every other week and maybe that way get more participation since readers would have 2 weeks to submit a video? Personally I’ve thought about submitting a video but 1) I only have my iPhone to film, haha and 2) I’m not a trainer! I feel weird submitting a video when I’m just a law student who likes fitness! I just need to get over myself and submit one!

  6. If I am being super honest, I think the Tuesday Trainer is an AWESOME concept but I haven’t ever watched any of the videos. But I blame it on the fact that I am a certified trainer and so is my husband. Plus I am group fitness certified and my husband is kettlebell certified. Plus I do a lot of classes at the gym. I just feel like I have a lot of resources at my disposal already. But I can see how a lot of people would use find it useful and I really do think it is a cool concept!!!

  7. I love Tuesday Trainer, but I’ve probably only done a handful because I usually already have another plan. BUT, they are awesome when I travel and don’t have other options. I also love all the moves, I learn new things all the time!! It’s a great resource for those who don’t already have a set schedule though. I wish I could participate more recently, because it really is fun to shoot, but I haven’t been able to fit it in recently.

  8. Great workout today! I really like Tuesday Trainer to get some new moves, but I generally only submit videos when I think I have something that would positively add to the workout itself for the week.

  9. Hi Lindsay! I’m pretty much with Bonnie on this one…Although I read your blog every day, I participate in TT when I can, and incorporate workouts or parts of workouts when I can…and they do come in very handy!

    For my own participation, I’ve had some health problems in the last couple months…I have a deep vein thrombosis in my arm, and so i’ve had to limit some things myself, because i’m on blood thinners and a diet that doesn’t let me eat a lot of my favorite healthy foods…I still work out regularly, but i’m a lot more physically and emotionally tired than I normally would be. I can’t wait to be back to my old self so I can participate regularly again, so I do hope you continue with Tuesday Trainer…it’s a very fun and inspiring part of your blog! (not to mention the button looks absolutely badass on my blog’s sidewall) hehe

    Lots of love and prayers, I know (at least in my own similar experience) what your going through with allowing the Lord to guide you through the commitments He has chosen for you. I pray you many blessings and His wisdom and strength.

  10. I absolutely love the workouts and the TT videos, but doing them for you is the challenge for me (obviously… considering i haven’t submitted one in months. ha.). It’s another thing that I add to my to do list and I usually forget about it or run out of time. That’s just me though! ;)

  11. I really love Tuesday Trainer because it not only teaches me new moves, but helps me to become more comfortable thinking of myself as someone who really can teach others how to get fit (given that I want to make a career out of it, that’s super important). :-)

  12. Morning, Linds! Thanks for putting this together (and adding my Tabata move – wanted to get a new one done but was so busy over the weekend and Monday)…You are so faithful to put that in there!

    As far as the TT question is concerned, I love it. But not really for the workout purposes – to be honest, I don’t often perform the workout all the way through, but pick and choose moves that I’d forgotten or that are new to me. Also, when I can, I really DO like making the video, editing it (well, I mainly cut and paste – not much real “editing!”) and sharing my thoughts to help motivate others! So in conclusion, I like it, but I don’t stress myself out to participate if it doesn’t work for a week (although I try because I LOVE being a part of group activities – even like these online!). ;)

    Thanks for what you do – sounds like it’s largely positive! You are wonderful. Let’s tackle idols together for the glory of Christ and keep loving people well in person and online. Love you Lindsay.

  13. I love the Tuesday Trainer :) It teaches me new moves and shoes me how to properly do them. Thank you for doing it :)

  14. I really enjoy reading/watching Tuesday Trainer! I love the tabata workouts! I only love it though if you are all enjoying making the videos!!! I really appreciate the time that goes into it and thank you for putting it all together!

  15. I LOVE Tuesday Trainer! I only participate when I feel like I have something to say and I really look forward to it. I just love seeing what everyone thinks of. I learn something new every time.

    Thank you for organizing!