Monthly Archive: January 2015

Suspension Training 101: Core Exercises

Core5In my previous article about suspension training, I explained why a suspension training system (like a TRX or a Lifeline Jungle Gym) is the perfect solution to at-home strength training with minimal equipment or space required. Your own body weight provides the resistance to improve your strength, power, core stability, and balance. Switching exercises also takes just moments with a quick change of hand or foot position. This 6-exercise core workout can be done in 10 minutes and makes a great add-on to a weight, suspension, or cardio workout. Refer to my last post or a youtube tutorial to set up your suspension straps for the first time. (more…)

Easy Sweet Potato Chips (With Major Nutritional Benefits)

Sweet PotatoesThe humble sweet potato is always a star around Thanksgiving, but how often do you eat them during the rest of the year? They are frequently overshadowed by the white potato, an American staple. But sweet potatoes are one of the best tasting foods available from the dirt! This is largely due to the sugar content (5g sugar and 16g starch per 4.5oz potato), but that doesn’t mean you should exclude them from your diet. Luckily for us, delicious low calorie sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious. (more…)

Are You Sleeping Enough To Support Your Fitness Goals?

Exercise? Check. Healthy lunch? Got it. You take your supplements, read your food labels, and never miss a workout, rain or shine. Your dedication to health and fitness is admirable. But you could be missing the most important piece of the puzzle. Be honest, how much sleep do you get? sleep3 An estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have a sleep disorder. In this study, 35.3% of people reported getting less than 7 hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period, 48.0% reported snoring, 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day, and 4.7% reported falling asleep while driving.

Those statistics are terrible! Most people know that sleep is important, but they still push it to the bottom of their to-do list, only getting to bed when everything else is done first. Are you one of those people? The truth is, if physical fitness is your goal, sufficient sleep is non-negotiable. You are only spinning your wheels if you don’t prioritize sleep on a regular basis. (more…)

Baked Chicken Jalapeño Poppers

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Two weeks into the new year, how are your resolutions coming along?? Whether you made any resolutions or not, eating healthy is a lifestyle that everyone can and should enjoy to the fullest! A lot of people might be scared to commit to healthy eating because they think healthy food is “boring” or even worse, “gross”. Maybe they had a childhood full of canned vegetables reheated in the microwave (like me), and they think that’s just what vegetables taste like. Or maybe they heard about how some bodybuilders “only eat boiled chicken and broccoli” to get in shape, and they think that’s what they’ll have to do too. Wrong! Today more than ever before, thanks to the Internet, delicious healthy recipes are only a click away. Today’s Chicken Jalapeño Poppers taste like sinful bar food, but they’re made with only a few simple ingredients and have a full serving (27g) of lean protein in just 6 pieces! (more…)

Suspension Training 101: Upper Body

TRX titleSuspension training is a relatively new exercise trend that has gained a fast following and for good reason. A suspension training system can provide a total full-body workout anywhere, anytime. The straps are portable and adaptable to any setting, including hotels, parks, gyms, or your home. Any body part can be worked at any level of difficulty with a quick re-position. What’s not to love? (more…)