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Muscular Endurance and Yoga Workout at Home

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Crazy things have been happening.

1. Ben started his own personal training business BVTMobility full time!

2. We also just got a house!!

Well, we are in contract and that means we are busy with setting up home inspections, gathering paperwork to meet with the banker, and then figuring out what we need to buy. All that fun stuff. So this week, every evening is going to be filled up with something until late at night. I typically go workout right after work, but with appointments etc. I won’t be able to. Since I rather get up early to go to work instead of getting up early to get a work out in, I have to figure out a good at home workout for the evening. Plus, I love my sleep more than any normal person. Just ask Ben 🙂


Ben has 5 kettlebells and they are all different weights. They look great in our living room. If you haven’t seen this new trend in some decor magazine, you’re reading the wrong ones 😉 .  All joking aside, they are really great to have around the home for busy times. Ben will typically take them to clients’ homes but they have a nice little home in our living room. I’ve also have been slacking on my yoga so I wanted to do a strength and yoga workout!

I wanted to test my endurance with a lot of reps and static holds.

If you don’t have a lovely bunch of coconuts…I mean kettlebells hanging around, use some old, books in a bag for squats and even the kettle bell bench press. (I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts deeldy dee..get it?! 😉 Oh, Lion King.


Muscular Endurance and Yoga Workout

20-30 minutes long 

20 kettle bell squats

1 minute plank

1 minute hold warrior 2 pose (1 minute each side)

40 side to side lunges (20 per side)

20 kettle bell floor press

repeat 3 X

No rest between sets


For these squats, you’ll want to drop the weight between your feet. Keep a neutral spine and SQUEEZE those glutes.

Grass can be itchy, so if you don’t have a mat, feel free to do a plank on your hands. Elbows and concrete don’t like each other.


This exercise really makes the quads burn. Make sure to make it a deep lunge and keep your knee from caving in.

I always have trouble keeping my chest up for side lunges. It helps to point my toes on my stepping foot outwards at an angle, squeeze my glutes, and push my butt to my heels.


For the kettle bell floor press, keep your arm out at a 45 degree angle and think about pushing your knuckles to the sky. You’ll push the the kettle bell directly above the shoulder. Make sure to keep your core tight and your shoulders pinned to the ground.



Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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