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Fitolution Day #19 – Front Lunge/Medicine Ball Pass Under

Fitolution Day #19. Can you believe it?  Feels good don’t it?  You can admit it.  I won’t tell anyone.  [fingers crossed behind back]

EXERCISE:

Saturdays are cardio days so stick to your cardio routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of walking, running, elliptical, biking, rowing, dancing, etc.  Make sure to warm-up properly.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Medicine balls, a staple item in most gyms, are an easy-to-use, low-cost fitness tool that serves many purposes. From the development of power, coordination, mobility and core strength to rehabilitation benefits and “big bang for your buck” calorie burn, it’s no surprise that medicine balls are used in a wide range of workouts.

Front Lunge MB Pass Under

Targeted Body Parts: Glutes, Hip, Core

Hold the ball at your chest and stand with your feet together. Take a wide step forward with your left foot and lower into a lunge. As you lower, pass the medicine ball from your right hand to your left under your left thigh. Press through your left heel to quickly return to standing, grabbing onto the ball with both hands. Repeat on the other side. That’s one rep.

20 reps for 3 sets.

Modification:  Less reps and lighter medicine ball or dumbbell.

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Fitolution Day #3, All About the Hips

Do you know what day it is?  No, I wasn’t going to say “hump day”.  It’s Day #3 of The Fitolution Challenge.

EXERCISE:  

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are strength days so stick to your strength routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of strength training.

BONUS EXERCISE:


Hip Rotations (Push-up Position)

Body Part(s) – Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs – Thighs
Equipment – None

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Fitolution Day #2 – Feed the Biceps

EXERCISE:  

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays are cardio days so stick to your cardio routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of walking, running, elliptical, biking, rowing, dancing, swimming, etc.  Make sure to warm-up properly.  Can be split between 2 exercises and/or two 15-minute sessions.

BONUS EXERCISE:

Bicep Curl
Body Part – Arms
Equipment – Barbell or dumbbells

   

Hold the barbell with both hands facing up so the wrists, elbows, and shoulders are in a straight line about shoulder-width apart. Lift the barbell toward the shoulders while bending the elbows and keeping them next to the middle of the body. Slowly lower the weight to return to the starting position. Keep chest still, using just the arms for the movement.
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Fitolution #1

Today’s the 1st day of the Fitolution . . .

EXERCISE:  

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are strength days so stick to your strength routine. Make sure it’s at least 30 minutes of strength training.

BONUS EXERCISE:

DEADLIFT – Bar or Dumbbells 
(Full Body Integrated)

Stand behind the barbell (or grab 2 dumbbells) with the feet about shoulder-width apart, the toes slightly rotated out, and the shins almost touching the bar. Sit back into the hips slightly while keeping a straight back so that the chest is lifted upward, and bend forward to grip the bar in an over-under grip with one palm facing up and the other facing down. Squeeze the bar in the hands and sink back onto the hips while pressing the feet into the floor. Keeping the back flat, push the hips forward to move to standing position. Finish standing in a tall position with the shoulders pulled back and the legs straight. Return to the starting position by shifting the weight back into the hips and keep the back straight while allowing the knees to bend. When this movement is done properly, the glutes and the back of the thighs should feel the work, NOT the back.

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Summertime Heat workout tips

It’s Summer!  Beat the Heat with these Summer Workout Tips.

Baby, it’s hot out there! 

You are probably discovering that your body reacts to the heat and humidity differently than it does to cooler, drier conditions in winter and spring months.

Don’t be surprised at the new challenges that summertime fitness throws at you.

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Fitolution – No Equipment. No Problem. Sprinter Pulls.

With the crazy weather lately we have to keep reminding ourselves that it’s Spring not Winter.  In fact, only 5 more weeks until Memorial Day cookouts, beach outings, and/or picnics.

Are you ready to have some fun?  If you haven’t been working consistently on your fitness and health, your body may be struggling. It’s time to change that.

Before you even start, decide:

  1. When and how you will get your exercise.  Bootcamp?  Running in the mornings?  Strength training?  Treadmill at the gym after work?
  2. What foods you will eat and how you will ensure that you have access to those foods?  Do you have a small cooler that you can take along with you? What will your breakfasts consist of?  How much caffeine will you allow yourself?
  3. How you will arrange your schedule so that you get at least 7 hours of sleep each night? Do you need to get the kids in bed sooner or prepare your lunches on the weekends to save time in the morning?
  4. Grab yourself an accountability partner.  Your success depends on it.  Getting fit is not easy.  If it were, more people would be doing it and we would not have our current epidemic of obesity.  Ensure you succeed, get some support from a friend or a personal trainer.

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Is cardio the do all & be all? The answer may surprise you!

Cardio, cardio, cardio . . . If I had a nickel for every time a client mentioned cardio and weight loss in the same sentence . . . I’d be a rich woman.

Yes, cardio is important but nutrition is key when it comes to health and weight loss.

 

 

 

 

 

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PAIN vs. SORENESS . . . What to Do? What to Do.

Hello my friend,

When a client tells me they are sore . . .
 
My first response is:                       

 
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New Year . . . Different than last year?

First off, please let me say “Thank you” for your comments and suggestions over the year.  It helps me learn and grow.

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7 Food Triggers & Tricks to Battle

Happy Saturday to all,

Today I’ve been thinking about food triggers.  The top 7 would be:

  • Location – Certain chair in your house; going to grocery store hungry; or a place like a movie theatre.
  • Activity – Watching tv, studying, reading, or socializing.
  • People – Friends you normally go out with to happy hour, dinner or partying.
  • Occasions – Birthday parties, weddings, holidays, summer parties.
  • Sensory – Candy display, smell food, taste a bite of a sample at a store or restaurant.
  • Time – Time of day i.e. afternoon snack time.
  • Mood – Anger, sadness, depression, insecurity.

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