All posts tagged: working out

Total Body Workout for Your Next Vacation!

Vacation is in full swing, and I’ve got the perfect total body band workout that you can do while you’re having fun in the sun! Check out my workout video below, where I demo several exercises you can do as a 20 minute circuit. I’m using Pro Source Fit Bands, which come in a convenient satchel. Included in the bag of bands is an strap that you can anchor into any doorway. Now there truly are no excuses for not working out while you’re on vaca! Complete 2-3 Rounds of 20 reps for all Exercises. Experiment with your band resistances. Choose the correct color band to help your reach fatigue for each exercise. Make sure to work through your fullest range of motion. Total Body Band Workout •20 Chest Presses: Stagger your leg stance. Fire up your core and root into the ground as you push your arms forward with intensity. •20 Squat Band Rows: Sit in an imaginary chair. Bear you weight towards your heels, feeling strong through your glutes. Powerfully pull your arms …

5 Trainer Tips for Workout Motivation

Find Your Perfect Fitness Fit Begin the search for a fitness program that you can stick with for the long game. Consistency truly is one of the most important elements of success. Take the time to discover your fitness personality, so that you’re more likely to stick with your chosen activity. Are you someone who thrives in communities and enjoys the social element of working out in groups? Then sign up for a fitness class at a studio. Are you short on time and funds, but also self motivated? Make the initial investment in creating a home workout environment. Choose an online workout class that you can stream for your computer and start lifting. Or maybe you need extra motivation and accountability from a personal trainer. Having a weekly appointment that you’re less likely to break with a trainer could be just what you need to stay committed to your healthy habit. Having a Why is Good but Having a How is Better Get clear and write down 3 reasons why getting fit is important …

What I’m Loving Now

The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren  Feel like spooning your smoothie?  Get an acai bowl!  You can mix in all kinds of healthy ingredients, but the acai is what gives the bowl it’s signature name.  What the heck is acai?  It’s a South American berry that’s loaded with nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and unsaturated fats. Recently, I tried The Power Bowl from Quench Juicery in Warren, RI-basically I had dessert for breakfast!  Usually I opt for one of their protein smoothies, but I was in the mood to mix things up.  The bowl was bursting with flavor: bananas, coconut, nutty granola, almond butter, and honey.  In the future, I would go lighter on the coconut and honey, to reduce the amount of sugar.  I like the variety that acai bowls bring to the table and the berry itself tastes like a mix between a grape and a blueberry.  Want a DIY version?  They sell frozen acai berries at Whole Foods.  And you can find pureed berry packets at Trader Joes. Pacemaker As we …

Quick Circuit for the Road!

Need a quick body weight circuit you can do on the road? I’ve got you covered. With August being one of the biggest vacation months of the year, you’re going to need some moves you can bring with you while you’re on the move! You can do my quick body weight circuit off a beach wall or park bench. You can even use a hotel chair! Complete 3 Rounds of Exercises 1-5 20 Single Leg Tricep Dips-10 with Rt. leg lifted/10 with Lt. leg lifted  Lengthen your spine, open your chest and shoulders and point your elbows back as you dip.  Lift one leg up to intensify the exercise and lift more of your body weight.  Dip as low as you can! Less intensity: Keep both feet on the floor, or bend both knees.  24 Mountain Climbers Maintain a plank form with the heels, hips and shoulders.  Draw your navel in and up throughout.  Drive knee close to chest.  Strong tempo, while maintaining tight form. Less Intensity: Walk the climbers instead of jumping. Step Up …

Slow and Steady

I may have run slow today but I still ran! I am continuously amazed by the way the body was designed. Just one week off from running and my stamina decreased, my speed reduced and energy for running was just not on par. I definitely had fleeting thoughts going through my head like, “If you don’t pick up the pace, you’ll never get back to your average speed you held at your peak.” and even, “Maybe you’re running days are coming to an end!” Yes, those anxiety ridden, worse case scenario thoughts flashed through my mind, because that’s the very primal human part of me that is programmed to panic. However, the personal trainer in me always wins out-thank goodness! And louder thoughts coach me through the run, “You can do this!” “Just one more minute and you’ll get over this hill.” “At least you’re out here doing the damn thing!” I can totally understand how many of my clients and students get discouraged when they take time off from working out. I have been …