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‘merica + med balls + monday detox smoothies

Yeah Christmas is okay, and Thanksgiving is a close second, but ask anyone who knows me, the Fourth of July wins out as my favorite holiday.

There’s just something about fireworks + sunshine + American pride that permeates my heart [and my stomach] with pure happiness. And how else would any red blooded American gal like myself ring in our independence than with burgers + beer + beaches.


The weekend was nothing short of perfect. I even managed to fit in a few KILLER workouts somewhere between the hotdogs + Heinekens. And although these sweat sessions helped ease my perpetual weekend food coma, I also started the workweek off with a detoxifying Spinach + Pistachio + Banana smoothie to get back on the healthy track.


Having a boyfriend who’s a part-time athlete for a living definitely has its benefits. On days when I’m not quite sure how I want to break a sweat, he’s armed with an arsenal of killer workouts he’s more than willing to put me through.

Today I’m sharing his med ball + plate total body workout [side note: we did this on Friday + I am still sore]

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I warmed up with a quick 3.5 miles on the treadmill:

25 mins @ 6.5 mph + 1 minute sprints @ 9 mph x5

Then the real fun began. All you need for this workout is 6, 8 + 10 lb. med balls and a 25 lb. plate.


[do this set 3x with each med ball for a total of 9 sets]

-15 chest passes [back and forth counts as one rep]
-15 passes with squats
-15 alt. ax chops


[pyramid style: start at 10 reps and repeat with 9,8,7 etc. all the way down]

-Weighted squats
-Upward row
-Russian twists
-Tricep press

We even up’ed the ante a bit by finishing with a few Bosu ball squats — and let me be the first to tell you, these are WAY harder than they look.

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And if Friday wasn’t enough, we woke up Sunday morning and did it all over again in the backyard — truly earning those [many…] beers + burgers.


Though the workouts helped, after a holiday weekend I always inevitably wake up Monday morning with a weekend food hangover. Don’t get me wrong, every savory bite of juicy burger was well worth it, but to get back on track, I started my morning with my new favorite detox smoothie: Spinach + Pistachio + Banana.

what you need:

-1 cup spinach
-1 frozen banana
-1/2 cup frozen mango
-1/4 cup crushed pistachios
-Squeeze of lemon juice
-Dash of cayenne pepper
-1/2 crushed ice



Aaaaand back to reality. Until next year, America.

Run far, eat well, drink better.

xo Mol


About Molly Tavoletti

Stay hungry, stay foolish I NY, NY


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