Full disclosure, I absolutely hate taking pictures of myself. Being photogenic is not my strong-suit as is, so mixing in my shyness and want to avoid attention is a tough mix. However, it is something that I am working on. Getting out of your comfort zone is super important for personal growth and this is one of the things that I am challenging myself to do. So, let’s start with progress pictures. Progress pictures are a great way to track where you started vs. where you are at now. This is something I wish I was better with back when…Read More Progress Pics
The Power of Preparation
Let’s face it, the most difficult thing when it comes to physical fitness is staying consistent. I am sure everyone in the world knows healthy things to do that would benefit themselves, and I am even sure some make a conscious effort to do them at times. But, the key to seeing results is remaining consistent with those things and turning them into habits. Easier said than done, but the secret is setting yourself up for success as much as possible. That comes with preparation; let me tell you how it’s done. Preparation is key when it comes to taking…Read More The Power of Preparation
Building Your Body Type
One thing that I find absolutely fascinating about humans is that not one person in this world is the same as another. There are countless physical and psychological differences in all of us. Yet, we continue to compare ourselves to every one else. It can be difficult with social media being so popular these days, but it is important to focus on bettering yourself. Competing against the you from yesterday is, and always will be the best approach to have. For example, one thing I have been intent on doing is knowing my body type and being realistic with my…Read More Building Your Body Type
Nothing better than some sun. One of my favorite things to do is head out on our balcony, catch some rays and do some ab work. I still can’t believe the winter here in Arizona. There is definitely no shortage of sun. Give 3 sets of this ab circuit a try next core day and let me know what you think! What are your favorite core exercises? Let me know in the comments below!Read More Ab Circuit
Cardio… Without Doing Cardio?
I’m not sure if I am alone here, but I cannot stand doing cardio. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good uphill walk on the treadmill to warm up, but getting me on one of those things for longer than 10 minutes is not easy. It just makes time go by sooo slow and I’m just counting down the minutes until it is done. But what if I told you.. that there is a great way to do cardio without even realizing that you are doing cardio… Find an active hobby! You would be surprised the difference finding a…Read More Cardio… Without Doing Cardio?
Solo Workouts vs. Working Out with Somone
Everyone has a preference on whether they would like to workout by themselves or with someone. And, let’s face it, a lot of times it just depends on the day. If I had a long day at work and am dragging I am probably not going to want to have to be social. On the other hand, if I am lacking motivation and need someone to make me go to the gym, that is when I’m hitting someone up to come with me. There are a few other things to consider as well when you’re contemplating sending that “Gym?” text.…Read More Solo Workouts vs. Working Out with Somone
Benefits of Active Recovery
We have worked hard all week and thank God, we finally got to that rest day. Obviously your off day is your business, if you need that true rest day then by all means take it! But if you do find yourself with a little bit of extra energy let me tell you about some of the benefits of getting out and doing something active on your rest day. Active recovery may not seem like it is very important, but I believe it can really help your workout routine come full circle. Overall, the idea of Active recovery is to…Read More Benefits of Active Recovery
Work and Workout???
Let’s face it, it is not easy to stay in shape. Life can be busy and it can be very difficult to find the time. I was laid off for about 3 months with the struggles of the tech industry and this was my first week starting a new job, it is tough. Having the energy to work a 9-5 and still make it to the gym is no easy task, but it is possible to stay in shape. Granted, I don’t have nearly as many responsibilities as many, so I usually am still able to make it to the…Read More Work and Workout???
What Time of Day Should I Workout?
I have 2 questions to ask you when thinking about what time you should be working. What time will you be able to make it work the most frequently? And, What time of day do you typically have the most energy? Pretty obvious questions, especially the first one… but it is something to think about. I know for myself if I plan on going at night there is a very little chance I make it once it starts getting busy. For me, the longer I put it off the better chance there is that I just blow off the gym.…Read More What Time of Day Should I Workout?
Check out this all dumbbell shoulder workout below! I have included quick videos on how to do each exercise- Seated Shoulder Press- Single Arm Schwarzenegger Presses- Shoulder Front Raises- Shoulder Flies- These are my favorites that I make sure to incorporate into every shoulder day. Any exercises that I am missing? Let me know in the comments below!Read More Shoulder Workout!
What Sport has the Best Athletes?
Across the board, professional sports have the most impressive athletes that we will ever see. Seeing the size, strength, and speed of these individuals in real time is truly impressive. But if you had to narrow it down, which sport would you say has the best overall athletes? Let’s start with how we would describe a “great” athlete. To me, when looking at athleticism you are looking at a combination of someone’s speed, strength, agility, jumping ability, endurance and coordination. Obviously in a lot of sports, some of these attributes are a lot more sought after than others. For example,…Read More What Sport has the Best Athletes?
First things first, if you are not familiar with the term “workout split”, it simply means how often/when you train specific muscle groups. There are a variety of different strategies when deciding what you’re workout splits should look like. To start with, you need to decide how many days per week you are going to be working out. Most people typically decide to go 4-5 days per week. Obviously, 5 day workout splits have a number of advantages but it is important to be honest with yourself about how many days you will be realistically making it to the gym…Read More Workout Splits
Listening to your Body
I was always taught if something feels off.. it’s probably off. This is very true in fitness as well. Whether it be not feeling top notch and taking a day off from the gym, doing an exercise that doesn’t exactly feel right, or game planning your workout splits for the week. It is very important to listen to what your body is telling you and set yourself up for success. For example, I have not been feeling the best for the last week and would usually try to power through which does not usually turn out the best. This time,…Read More Listening to your Body
My Theme of 2023: Consistency
On top of my resolutions this year, I decided I wanted to take it a step further and identify an overall area of weakness that I can work on throughout the year. After a lot of thought, I landed on the word consistency. Going to the gym consistently for me is not too big of a challenge, it is more about my habits outside of the gym that I need to remain consistent with. The 3 main things that I will be prioritizing throughout the year is my nutrition, effort during my workouts, and posting consistent content on my blog.…Read More My Theme of 2023: Consistency
What Drives Me Crazy About the Fitness Industry…
How many of you have signed up for personal training or a meal plan and they hand you a template telling you to eat this amount of calories with this many grams of protein or do these workouts on this day of the week to see results? A lot of personal trainers have fallen into the thought process that there is one way to do things if you want to see results and if you don’t follow this regimen you will stay stagnant. THAT IS NOT TRUE, and I will tell you why. Everyone is different. If I hand a…Read More What Drives Me Crazy About the Fitness Industry…