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cross fit style workout

Beat Your Time Cross Fit Style Workout

Ok, here’s how this Beat Your Time Cross Fit Style Workout Works:cross fit style workout

  • Do the following exercises below as fast as possible performing each rep with the best form possible.
  • In between exercises do 10 pushups and 10 squat jumps (or 20 squats if you have knee issues)
  • After you complete the 7 exercises, record your time.
  • Work to beat your time the next round through!
  • Record your time below to push each other!

Beat your time Cross Fit Style Workout Exercises:

Neider to Push Press:  Do each movement 20x

Toe Taps:  20 to each side

Advanced Single Leg Squat:  10 Each Leg

Lifted Leg 1/2 V-Up

Toe Touches: 20 Per Leg

Split Jumps: 20 per Leg

Russian Twist: 20 to each side

 

Equipment Needed: Med BallWeights

 

Salmon with Red Pepper Cream Sauce

salmon with red pepper cream saucewas a Pescetarian for 4 years.  I know I need meat now, to keep my iron levels up but every now and then I crave fish.

 Salmon is a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins B2, B3, B6, A, D, and E, and the minerals iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous  and zinc.  

Salmon with Red Pepper Cream Sauce is an healthy recipe that is easy to make and will impress your friends with the pickiest culinary palates.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Salmon (Serves 4)
  • 2 Red Pepper
  • 2 Sweet Onion
  • Non Fat Half and Half
  • White Wine
  • Chives
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper

Prep:

  • Marinate Salmon with White Wine, Chives, black pepper, and some sweet onion sliced very thin  and let sit at room temp for about a half an hour.
  • Chop a sweet onion and red pepper into chunks.
  • Slow boil the onion and pepper with a 1/4- 1/2 cup of white wine (or water if you want to save the calories) but the liquid should evaporate out.
  • Slice 2nd onion and pepper into thin strips
  • Saute until onions and peppers begin to get soft.
  • Add Salmon to pan at medium high heat .
  • Cook 3 min one side, then 3-4 second side.  Salmon should be slightly rare in the middle.  You don’t want to over cook Salmon.
  • Add Sweet Onion and Red Pepper Chuck mixture to blender.
  • Add enough Non Fat Half and Half to blend down to a sauce.  (Should be approx. 1/4 cup depending on how your veggies cooked down.)
  • Serve Salmon on a bed of onions and peppers with Red Pepper Cream Sauce Poured on Top.

Calories 224 Fat 5.3g Carbs 12g Fiber 2.8g Protein 31g

 

padahastasana or hands to feet pose

4 Tips to Improving your Padahastasana or Hands to Feet Pose

padahastasana or hands to feet pose

Padahastasana or Hands to Feet pose is one of my favorite postures!

It is the first time in class your shoulders get a break, if you don’t have proper posture, we suggest to check this review!

By the time I am coming up arms and head together from Hands to Feet pose, I feel like I have finally awakened for my day.  My muscles feel exponentially looser and I feel as if my spine has lengthened a foot!

I was going through the posture correctors 2018 and came to a conclusion that Padahastasana had helped me unlock the secret to yoga:  Use your own strength to stretch your body.  It’s really no secret my instructors said it and now I say it all the time, “Pulling is the object of stretching!”  This posture, however, was the first posture where I actually found this to be true.

I used to and still have very tight hamstrings, but I do have to say that the muscle enhancement pills also helped out.  Every class that I am able to lock my knees makes me so happy.

Here are 4 tips to lock you knees, Lock Your Knees, LOCK YOUR KNEES!:

  1. Make sure to glue your body to your legs and get your elbows as close as possible to each other behind the calf muscles.  After you can grab your heels, your next goal is to touch your face to your shins–not to lock your knees
  2. Use your Breath:  Like every yoga pose, you want to maintain normal breathing in this posture.  With your inhales, pull harder on your heels.  With your exhales, roll forward weight in your heels and lift your hips up to the ceiling.
  3. Use your Quadriceps muscles:  The quadriceps is the hamstrings’ antagonistic muscle.  Your hamstrings bend your knee and your quadriceps extend the knee.  If you want to “Lock your knee” (or extend it)   You have to use your quadriceps.  The more you work to constantly and consistently contract your quadriceps, the more your hamstrings will be forced to slowly open up and stretch.  ****Using on your strength won’t pull muscles.  Make sure to never bounce into a posture.  Then you are using strength and momentum.  This combo can pull muscles.
  4. Imagine your Head Moving Down your Shins:  Once you can lock your knees, the goal then becomes to lengthen your spine.  Imagine your head sliding down towards your toes.  To do this, you will need to continue pulling with your biceps.  Then try to depress and retract your shoulder blades so you can use your back strength to open up your upper spine.

Muscles Contracting:

  • Biceps
  • Quadriceps
  • latissimus dorsi
  • rhomboids

Stretches: 

  • Spine
  • hamstrings
  • hips
  • glutes
  • Erector Spinae
  • trapezius

Compresses:

  • Large intestine
  • Small intestine
  • Abdomen

Stimulates:

  • Digestive System
  • Heart
  • Nervous System
  • Brain

Bikram says Padahastasana or Hands to Feet Pose Benefits us by:

  • Improves digestion
  • Stretches out the the wrists.  Helping with Carpel tunnel and arthritis, using Kidney Atlas.
  • Opens and Stretches the Hamstrings
  • Stretches the spine.
  • Improves Sciatica
  • Awakens you, sending blood to the brain.
  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Tones the abdomen
lose weight quickly

5 Tips to Lose Weight Quickly

You’ve got a hot date this weekend,lose weight quickly

Your high school reunion is next month,

Maybe your sister is getting married and you want to look your best for the family photo.

Whatever the reason, we often find ourselves regretting our failure to stick to a healthy diet 1-3 weeks out from a big event.  We need to lose weight quickly!!

While a week or two might not be enough time to transform you into a Calvin Klein model, it is enough time to at least take away the bloat and perhaps drop 5-10lbs.

Here are my Top 5 Rules to Lose Weight Quickly!

1.  Nix the Sodium!:

  • There is so much sodium in the average American diet.
  • If it’s processed, you can guarantee that there is sodium in it!  
  • Check your labels, work to cut out as much sodium as possible.
  • What’s wrong with sodium you ask? Your body needs to have a certain level of sodium to allow the body to function properly.  When your sodium increases you must retain water to keep your sodium levels within normal saturation levels; unless until you have flushed the sodium out.  If you always eat high sodium foods, you are ALWAYS retaining water.  Nix the sodium and you might drop 3-5lbs in water weight right away!

2.  Stick to your Ratios:

  • If you want to lose weight eat 1g Protein for 1g of Carbohydrate you eat.  
  • Think about it, we call it low carb, but all you are actually doing is balancing your protein to carbohydrate ratio.  
  • This is why most diets seem to be “low carb.”  
  • Diets aren’t actually “low carb.”  Americans just eat too many carbs to begin with which is why you want to lose weight in the first place.

3.  Eat Veggies:

  •  If you eat enough veggies to balance out the protein you eat I promise you won’t be hungry.  
  • Veggies take up space filling your stomach.  
  • We often cheat on diets because we feel hungry: Fill up on veggies and you will have less reason to cheat.  
  • Veggies also contain lots of fiber to help you “push” some of the old crap you previously ate through the system.–You’ll feel less bloated when you have less sticking to your intestine walls.  
  • Season them with low sodium seasonings such as any of the Mrs. Dash line to add more flavor to your meals.  

4.  Drink Water:  

  • Your sodium levels do not balance out with one glass of water and the amount you drink can affect your eyesight, if your dehydrated and your eyesight is going away then try googling Eye doctors near me or visit your local clinician for treatment.  
  • Take eating sushi for example:  When you go out for sushi and have soy sauce with your roll it’s like you just consumed 1 tsp of salt.  Imagine instead of putting that tsp in your body you put it in a 8oz glass of water.  Now add 8 oz of water and pour half the glass out.  You are left with 1/2 a tsp of sodium.  After the next glass you’ll have 1/4 and so on and so forth.  
  • The more water you drink, the less water your body needs to retain to bring it back to it’s normally sodium saturation.  
  • Oddly enough, the more water you drink the less water you will retain.  
  • DRINK WATER!

5.  Don’t Restrict Calories Too Much:

  • The mistake most of us make is we restrict calories too much.  
  • This causes your body to go into “starvation mode,” meaning your body will shut down bodily functions to conserve calories.
  • If you cheat one day before you event you will stop losing weight and your body will for sure hold onto the calories during and after the function, making you rebound to a higher weight than you started at.
  • Eat at least 1200-1400 calories if you are female or 1400-1600 calories if you are male to avoid going into starvation mode!

 

If you look at any diet you will see it typically follows these rules.  The only difference is instead of telling you the science, they simple tell you the foods to eat.  Here are some “Safe” foods to consume and still drop weight quickly.  Stick to these foods, we’ll call it the What Courtney Eats Based on all the Diets she’s read about Diet.

Safe Foods:

Get creative!  Make something new!  I bet you won’t be bored.  Here are some recipes that might help you stay on track!

blueberry protein muffins

Blueberry Protein Muffins

Healthy Recipes

Chicken Tacos

chicken curry

Chicken Curry

green smoothie

Green Smoothie PB&J

And a couple recipes that will keep you on track.  Beware the following recipes do have cheese so make sure that you drink extra water to flush out that sodium!

Spicy Stuffed Pepper Burgers

Spicy Stuff Pepper Burgers

Spinach crust pizza

Spinach Crust Pizzas

gluten free lasagna

Gluten Free Lasagna

 

 

 

green smoothie

Green Smoothie

green smoothieGreen Smoothies  are an excellent way to get in more greens, fiber, and protein!

You need a good blender, but you can have a lot of fun making weird concoctions.

Here is a green smoothie I made up that tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots
  • 1 Banana
  • 1/4 cup berries
  • 1 serving Cytomax Vanilla Whey
  • 2 TBSp PB2
  • 6oz Coconut Water (or water)

Prep:

Green Smoothie Nutrition Facts:

262 Calories 2.9g Fat 26.7g Carb 4.5g Fat 35.7g Protein

 

why try yoga

Why Try Yoga? Yoga Can Challenge and Benefit Anyone!

Most people equate yoga with a stretching class.why try yoga

Seeing the stereotypical tall and slender woman walking with her yoga mat might not necessarily get your butt to a yoga class.

Seeing a husband and wife come to class with their high school football star son on Saturday might stir some curiosity.

Seeing the neighbor down the street lose 20lbs might get you to walk through the door and try it at least once!

why try yoga

On Monday I wrote about Yoga being good for athletes.  While all this is true, think about how those same benefits could affect you in your normal life.  Maybe you don’t make quick change of directions on a soccer field, but you still carry your lunch, labtop, to-go coffee mug, and briefcase to the car every morning while talking on your cell phone.  Some mornings it might even be rainy or even worse icy.  As we age situations like this begin to get worse and worse.  Strengthening your body through yoga, will give you the strength and balance to better handle these situations that are part of normal living.

Why Try Yoga you ask.  You should try Yoga to tackle and conquer your daily tasks!

If you have been hesitant to give yoga a try, check out the video below for reasons why yoga might be a better workout than you think:

 

So give it a try.  I recommend Bikram.  I challenge you to make it through a class and still tell me yoga isn’t a good enough workout.  For those who fear the hot room, remember it’s also not as scary as you think.  If an 80 year old woman can take class you can too!  It might just be the yoga that keeps those 80 year olds going!

 

What’s yoga posture challenges you the most?  It is probably the one you need.  Tell me which one you hate below and why.  I’ll let you know why you might need it!

crock pot round roast

Healthy Crock Pot Round Roast

crock pot round roast

Ingredients:

  • 3-4lb Round Roast
  • 1/2 bag Baby Carrots
  • 2 Onions
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic  Powder
  • Olive Oil
  • Everyday Seasoning
  • minced garlic
  • Beer
  • Sriracha

 

Prep:

  • crock pot round roastMarinate Round Steak with Salt, Pepper, Garlic Power, and Olive Oil.  Use as much as you need to create a fine coat over meat.  
  • Sear roast on each side for about 2 min.
  • Add to Crock Potcrock pot round roast
  • Deglaze the pan with half of the beer to get the remnants of the beef off the bottom then add to crock pot.
  • Chop onions into think slices then add carrots and onions to crock pot with the remaining beer, desired sriracha (I recommend starting with 1tbsp), and some everyday seasoning.
  • crock pot round roastCook on high for 4 hours or low for 8-10 hours.

Crock Pot Round Roast is one of the leanest ways to eat beef.  If you are sick of chicken, this is your recipe!  Serve with a green salad for a perfect paleo meal!  a 4lb roast makes 10 servings.  Each serving has 384 Calories, 10.3g Carbs, 4g Fiber, 11.1g Fat, and 50g Protein.  Talk about a great way to stick within your ratios!

 

half moon pose

6 Tips to Improving your Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

A major component to yoga is opening up the body.  Half Moon Pose Begins this process.

Half Moon Pose uses opposing muscle groups to open up and stretch the front, back, right side, and left side of the body.

Half Moon Pose is an energizing pose that prepares you for class!  It uses almost every muscle in your body continuing to warm up the body stimulating the sweat you started to form in Breathing to continue!  Here are some keys to improving your Half Moon so you can begin “natural human traction” sooner rather than later!

  1. half moon pose

    This is an old picture. I’ve since learned if I squeeze my feet together my knees stay in one line

    Squeeze Your Feet Together:  Right from the beginning think of squeezing your feet together and keeping your body weight in your heels.  This will help you tone your inner thighs.

  2. Breathe:  As always, the number one focus in every pose in normal breathing.  Think about slowly inflating your lungs like a balloon, lifting your rib cage up towards the ceiling as you keep your body in one line.
  3. Smile:  Set your intention for a relaxed class.  If you can maintain a smile you will be more likely to maintain normal breathing.  When you maintain normal breathing your body will open up more than if you are tense, forcing yourself to push further.
  4. Use your grip:  When you first start, the hardest part will be holding your hands over your head.  Focus on SQUEEZING your hands together like you are juicing a lemon on top of your head.  It will help your strength improve sooner.  It will also help you lengthen and open up.
  5. Use Your Right Hand to Pull the Left:  When you bend to the right side, think about pulling the left arm further to right using the right hand.  Then think about pointing to the back right hand corner of the room as you come down further to push, push, and push.
  6. Focus on Your Hips:  Once you reach alignment, only focus on moving your hips further out past your toes.  If you think about bending more at the waist you will hunch, round, or bend.  By focusing on moving your hips further out past your feet, you continue to lengthen and open up the body.  This will make the opposite side compress more.

Opens:

  • Shoulders
  • Hips
  • Chest

half moon poseStretches:

  • Obliques
  • Outer Thighs Specically the IT Band
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Deltoid
  • Trapezius

 

Muscles Contracting:

  • Improves and strengthens every muscle in the central part of the body.
  • Especially the Abdomen.

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 Bikram says Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose) Benefits us by:

  • Preventing, reducing, and/or eliminating back pain and with the help of a KratomCountry Pain Relief Center.
  • Energizes you for class!
  • Helps rid the body of abdominal fat, toning your abs and obliques.
  • Tones your waistline, hips, abdomen, booty, and thighs (even those inner thighs!)
  • Stretches spinal nerves and abdominal organs improving the working of the bowels
  • Increases the flexibility of the spine
  • Alleviating anxiety and helping reduce stress
  • Works all the major muscles groups including the Quads, Glutes, Hamstrings, Calves, Biceps, Triceps, and lats!
  • Exercising the colon, pancreas, kidneys, muscular, skeletal, respiratory and glandular systems
  • Firming and trimming waistline, hips, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
  • Increases flexibility of the spine; correcting bad posture, promoting proper kidney function, improving the health liver and spleen, reducing dyspepsia and constipation.
lose weight without changing anything

What You Can Do To Lose Weight Without Changing Anything

Alright, I understand not all of us like to exercise.

Making a lifestyle change is never easy and I realize you may not be ready to hop on board with exercising and nixing the pizza just yet.

Personal Trainers call this the Precontemplation Phase.  (Click out HERE to see what phase you are in)

If you are in the Precomtemplation Phase then check out this video for the one thing you can do to lose weight without changing anything about your exercise or the foods you eat.

 

PS:  When you have been tracking for a while and notice you tend to go over on your calories more than you stay below, go out for a walk and log that.  You’ll get some calories back.  You might just be headed down the road to contemplation.

yoga for athletes

Yoga for Athletes: Don’t be the Dumb Jock

Yoga for athletes

Remember the dumb jock Kevin in Daria? He may not have been so dumb if he did yoga!

We have all heard the term dumb jock.

A dumb jock is a meat head, muscle head, fine tuned athletic machine but not necessarily someone you think uses their brain.

This is actually the furthest from the truth.  Athletes actually use their brain for every movement they perform.  Every physical task requires a complex system of neural pathways to make that action happen.  Think about what it takes to get to this page:

Just to get to this post,

  • Your brain had to signal to your right arm to move the mouse.
  • Then you must create the precise pressure against the mouse to scroll to the address bar.
  • To type the URL your brain had to send separate signals to each finger for every letter you typed.

This is obviously not ground breaking, but think about how simple that task is.  Those are the simplified steps to reaching the end result of reading this post but it still required 3 steps.

Now think about something as complicated as doing a layup, a simple move in basketball.

  • You have to send hundreds of signals to the lower body to coordinate running and jumping while moving towards a target.
  • Another 100+ signals are sent to your hands to dribble the ball, pick it up, use strength in your finger tips to palm the ball, and, finally, precise muscle control to send the ball in the right direction towards the hoop.
  • While both sets of signals occur there are also 100s of signals activating your shoulders to move, bringing your arm over your head so your fingers have a line of trajectory into the basket.

….I could go on and on about the amount of neural conductivity it takes to do one action, but I think you get the point.  Any movement of the body requires an intense amount of brain power.  As we perfect a skill, most of this happens subconsciously.  However, if you can learn to have finer control over these movements you ultimately become a more skilled athlete.

This is where yoga for athletes comes in.  Yoga helps better tune mind-body connection.  In other words, yoga enhances the way you create motion.

With yoga you can train yourself to become more aware of the physical actions you perform.

yoga for athletes

Tony may be a strong football player, but he could be stronger when he learns to lock his knee and transfer his body weight into the ball of his foot!

Think about the pose Dandayamana Janushirasana.

The first step of this pose is learning to “lock your knee.”

Locking your knee doesn’t mean have a straight leg.  It means contracting every single muscle fiber in your standing leg for 60 seconds so that you can stay stable while still controlling and moving other parks of your body.

Even the strongest athletes struggle with this pose when they first start yoga.  They will argue they aren’t flexible enough to do the pose, but what they don’t understand is that they are doing the pose wrong before they ever get started.

The purpose of the pose isn’t to kick your leg out and touch your forehead to you knee.   The purpose is to have the strength to keep every fiber in your quadriceps contracted.  It takes hundreds to thousands of attempts to train your body to do this.  After many attempts of trying, you would be more stable if you could just make the smaller muscles that make up your toes apply pressure to the ground.  That is the first step.  Then you begin to strengthen those muscles because you have become aware of them.

When you become aware of the “smaller fine motor control muscles” you start to realize how much they can help you in your sport.

  • A soccer player will begin to feel the push off to change direction all the way through their little pinky toe, allowing them to cut sharper and faster!
  • The basketball player will no longer just jump  up for a layup, but extend through their big toe fully contracting their calf muscle more than before adding inches to their vertical!
  • The volleyball player will not only know they need to snap their hand on their follow through hitting a volleyball, but begin to feel their brachioradialis, flexor carpi radialis, and flexor carpr ulnaris contract.

Yoga isn’t just about stretching tight muscles athletes use over and over.  Yoga can be a medium to develop finer control over your body, making you a better athlete in your sport.  Yoga will train your mind body connection.

The athlete you strive to be isn’t such a dumb jock after all!