2015 Post Holiday Heated Workout Week 3: “Cardio Pilates With A Kick”

Power Pilates And Killer Cardio Kickboxing Drills

*NOTE: If you are just joining in now, please refer to Week-1’s blog/video to start from the beginning when it’s convenient for you. It’s never to late to start this program!

The holiday’s of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah, and New Years’ have come and gone and now is the time to get your diet and workout routine back in shape!

One of the biggest joys of the holiday season is all the delicious food you may only have once a year. These flavorful assortments of cookies, rich appetizers, eggnog and other festive drinks taste so good going down, but can be so difficult to burn off. It’s wonderful to indulge during this time, however now that it’s over, how do you pick up where you left off?

Did you know the average American gains 5-12 pounds during the holidays? Ouch… tough one to handle! But now we need to get you back in the game of your health and feeling great.

Tips for Losing Post-Holiday Weight:

1. Drink Water to Cleanse
For every sugary treat or drink you have, drink a glass of ice-cold water before or immediately after to help stimulate and increase your metabolism. You will not only keep your body hydrated, but you will also decrease hunger and flush the sugar and toxins out of your system.

2. Back to Basics
Due to indulging in all the different kinds of foods and drinks, your body may feel heavy and lethargic. This may be the best time to detox your body by going back to the simple basics of “real” foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins! Remember to keep your diet simple by eating colorful foods and nothing out of a box or can.

3. Move to Motivate
Movement takes motivation, but it heals your body! Movement allows your muscles to be activated in all ranges of motion, it helps rid of toxins and burns calories, and it increases your energy level! By having more movement into your daily schedule, you will not only start to feel better on the inside, but you will on the outside as well!

4. Start Small to Achieve Big
Make a point to commit to your workout at least twice a week. This is a commitment and nothing else should stand in the way. After a month or two, you can add another day. Ultimately, make this a lifestyle, not a chore.

The Cardio & Pilates Movement Plan

Now that we’ve covered a few tips to help the weight loss process, it’s time to go over how to kick-start your fitness routine with a killer combination of Pilates and cardio kickboxing drills. This is the perfect combination to sweat off the unwanted weight from the holidays and build some lean, toned muscles in the process!

*NOTE: If you are just joining in now, please refer to Week-1’s blog/video to start from the beginning when it’s convenient for you. It’s never to late to start this program!

Week 3 Workout:

Here’s how the 4-week series works.
– Each week I will provide you with a new set of exercises that are performed on your Total Gym as well as some kickboxing movements done on the floor.
– You will be given two different workouts per week with the option to add a third day by choosing the exercises that were provided from days 1 and 2.
– These exercises will be performed in circuit format, 10-15 reps each, then repeated a few sets through.

Each week builds upon the previous week so that at the end of the 4-week series, you will have many exercises to add to you routine!

* NOTE: Refer to the calendar provided below and watch the accompanying video to see how each exercise is performed!

Week 3’s Calendar:


Good luck this week and I look forward to you tuning in for the final week (week 4) of the Cardio Kick and Pilates workout series!


Maria Sollon

Maria Sollon Scally MS, CSCS holds a Master’s Degree in Performance Enhancement/Injury Prevention and Kinesiology. She has obtained numerous certifications in various areas of fitness and is a national conference presenter. Maria specializes in Pilates, Performance Coaching, and Corrective Exercise Techniques and Kettlebells. She is the creator of the Plyo Pilates Method and has developed a series of amazing workout DVDs. She is a Master Trainer for Total Gym, Resist-a-Ball, Body Blade, Peak Pilates, Kettle Bell Concepts and is a freelance writer for Fitness accredited magazines, newsletters, and fitness blog sites. Maria demonstrates her knowledge each day and uses her dynamic creativity throughout her specialized line of work. http://www.groovysweat.com http://www.groovysweatstore.com (purchasable workout videos) http://www.youtube.com/groovysweat (workout clips)

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