Let’s face it. Working out at home has major advantages. You don’t have to go anywhere. You can blare your favorite music like a crazy person. You can wear whatever you please. Did I mention that you don’t need to get in your car? And honestly, you can get a 100% effective, incredible workout with just your body, but if you are wanting to build your home gym, here are a few of my favorite toys:
1. Dumbbells – In my opinion, this is a must have for everyone! They are relatively cheap (approximately $1 per pound), easy to store and […]
It’s not swagger. I am just sore.
You know the feeling. Putting on your socks, going to the bathroom and scaling the stairs have all become painful pursuits. And have you ever noticed that it really hits you a day or even two after your workout?
This phenomenon is known as Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Also fittingly called muscle fever, it is the pain and stiffness felt in muscles anywhere from several hours to days post exercise, but peak soreness is typically felt 24 to 48 hours after.
I must admit that I embrace the muscle fever. “I […]
There is a magical fairy named Glimmer that flys around in your body zapping fat cells with her pixie dust, making them disappear into thin air! … Boy do I wish! Actually, you never lose your fat cells. Say what?? Yep, you are stuck with them FOR-EV-ER, which means I have to pay tribute to one of the best all-time films.
Anyways, I digress. So if your fat cells don’t go anywhere, what happens to them when you lose weight? I know what you are thinking…they turn into muscle cells right? WRONG! This is a very common myth floating around. That […]
The popularity of high intensity interval training, commonly referred to as HIIT, is on the rise, and there is good reason!
HIIT it is an exercise technique in which you give maximum effort for a short burst, followed by short, sometimes active, recovery periods. This technique can be utilized with all different modes of exercise, such as running, swimming, strength training, etc. The intense work periods range from 5 seconds to 8 minutes long, and the ratio between exercise and rest/recovery varies, but a very common ratio is 1:1 – so for example, you could do 2 minutes of high intensity […]
As a trainer for women, I hear similar goals, and one of the most common is for flat abs – getting rid of “belly pooch” so to speak. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions in achieving a flat stomach. Here are some secrets behind abs for women and a strong core in general.
– First, core must be defined. The muscles that compromise the core are not merely your abdominal muscles. Yes, it certainly includes your transverse and rectus abdominus – the stomach muscles from your sternum to waist – but it also includes muscles of your back (lats), sides […]