10 Minute Fat Burning Workout


  Remember a while back I mentioned I've been having a hard time squeezing cardio into my workouts? Well, I have found a few quick HIIT cardio workouts that I can sometimes squeeze in  after I lift weights - they are each 10 minutes or less and will leave you drenched in sweat like I was today. Try this and let me know what you think (no hands on the rails - that is cheating!): On stair maste ...[Read More]

Outdoor Leg Workout with Kids (video)!

Outdoor Leg Workout with Kids!

Last week I randomly stumbled across this really cool National Park just about 20 minutes from my house.  I was so impressed with the park and our family will definitely be doing some camping here in the near future.  The visitor center they had was really impressive....apparently there are TEN ecosystems in the Big Thicket!  It was so cool because you would walk and see pine trees, you would walk ...[Read More]

4 Exercises to Get Bikini-Ready Abs

Bikini Ready Abs

In this video I show you four of my favorite ab exercises that you can do at home to get your abs ready for the beach.  If you try these let me know what you think! ------ Natalie is a mom of two showing how to balance family, fitness, and a healthy lifestyle.

My First Marathon…..A Story

A Marathon Story

I was trying to organize things for my taxes last night and was going through a box of old papers. As I was sorting through everything I found a printed-out copy of this email I sent after my first marathon! It was really fun to read through this, and since I know a lot of you guys are runners I thought you might like reading it too. I wish I had more pictures from this trip, but this was before t ...[Read More]

How to Workout with your Kids – HIIT


This is what I do for cardio 1-2x a week and how I get my workouts in without a daycare or babysitter around. workout: 5 minute warmup (easy jog) 20 seconds all out sprint (on a hill is even better if you can) 2 min 30 second slow recovery jog repeat the sprint/recovery jog 4 times 5-10 minute cooldown should take you 21-26 minutes total.

December Vlogging Challenge


This month I decided to give myself a vlogging challenge where I vlog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Here is the schedule I am using: Monday: Random.  I may do a video on an update with our family, random thoughts I have, maybe some hair/makeup stuff....just kind of random things I want to talk about but that don't necessarily fall under a particular theme. Wednesday: Nutrition or recipe vid ...[Read More]

My Current Training Program

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I've been getting a lot of questions lately about the type of training I have been doing since Phoenix was born and how it compares to other training programs I've done in the past.  So for Post #24 in my 30 Days of Blogging Challenge I'm going to talk about the training I've been doing with Inov8 Elite Performance. I can't really remember how I originally found out about Inov8.  I think it was be ...[Read More]

What I Learned from my Recent Fitness Photo Shoot…

Natalie Hodson Fit Mom

Here is post #23 in my 30 Days of Blogging Challenge.  I can't believe we are nearing the end of this challenge!  You can click here to read more about this crazy challenge I gave myself to blog 30 days in a row. This past weekend I was in Las Vegas working at the Olympia Expo.  I had a great time and will have a blog post up later this week talking about the whole experience.  On the last day, I ...[Read More]

Benefits of Keeping a Workout Log

Workout Log Workout Journal

I always bring my workout log with me EVERY single time I go to workout, here is an example of a page from my log back in November 2011. I just bought a small 100-page Mead notebook at Office Depot (I put my hand there to give you a perspective of the size). There are a lot of different ways to track your workouts, this is just how I like to do it. I used to print off the logs from ...[Read More]

HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training

HITT Training

Here are a few HIIT workouts I like to do: #1 3 minute warmup at 3.5 15 minutes of all out sprints 30 seconds at level 12.0/60 seconds rest (shown in this video) 2 minute cool down at 3.5 20 minutes total #2 3 minute warmup at level 3.5 (no incline) 15 minutes of thirty second sprints/30 second rest at level 10 or 10.5 (depending on how I feel that day) For the last 5 minutes I do thirty second sp ...[Read More]