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Built to last – Fitness Challenge – Day 5

How do you feel today? A great workout is waiting for you, and we´ll learn how to calculate our protein needs, I hope you find it useful.

Pre-workout Talk:

  1. Perform each exercise for the prescribed amount of time, doing as many repetitions as possible.
  2. Watch the technique, a poor technique leads to injuries and we do not want that.
  3. Once you have completed one exercise, go to the next one.
  4. Complete this circuit three times.
  5. If you have questions, reach me at the Facebook group.

RECOMMENDATION: Use Evernote to track your workout. Here is the note corresponding to this workout.

Here is a playlist to help you maintain a high training pace.

Today is about core, thighs, lats, pecs, shoulders, and biceps. This is the exercise list:

  1. Plank – 40 seconds
  2. Glute bridge – 40 seconds
  3. REST – 20 seconds
  4. Resistance Band Squat – 40 seconds
  5. Resistance Band Shrugs – 40 seconds
  6. REST – 20 seconds
  7. Bent Over Back Row – 40 seconds
  8. Bent Knees Push up – 40 seconds
  9. REST – 20 seconds
  10. Lying Delt Lateral Raise – 40 seconds
  11. Seated Preacher Curls – 40 seconds
  12. REST – 20 seconds

Once you have finished the third round:

COOL-DOWN/STRETCHING

  1. Lying Quad Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  2. Lying Quad Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  3. Figure 4 (left) – 40 seconds
  4. Figure 4 (right) – 40 seconds
  5. Standing Chest Stretch – 40 seconds
  6. Standing Deltoid Stretch (left)- 40 seconds
  7. Standing Deltoid Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  8. Standing Biceps Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  9. Standing Biceps Stretch (right) – 40 seconds

Eating for succeed

The suggested food for today was Lentils. What recipe have you prepared today? Take a picture of your plate and share it with us in the Facebook group.

For the next day, I suggest youSquid. Read my blog about the squid health benefits.

Trainer Tips: #Protein

How much protein do you really need on a daily basis? The truth is, the amount of protein the body needs varies from person to person depending on several factors such as muscle mass, activity level, age and fitness goals. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein intake is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight (or 0.36 grams per pound of body weight), however, they also note that a healthy diet can consist of 10–35% protein.

For years, I´ve been advising my clients to eat 30% protein, 60% carbs and 10% fat with excellent results. This way we avoid losing muscle mass and favor the loss of body fat.

While the NIH has indicated that the RDA is sufficient to meet protein needs for active people, other leading researchers and nutrition professionals recommend higher protein intake to meet the demands of physical activity. Below is a summary of the recommendations.

  • Healthy adults/sedentary individuals: 0.8g/kg
  • Pregnant women: 1.1g/kg
  • Lactating women: 1.3g/kg
  • Endurance athletes: 1.2–1.4g/kg
  • High-intensity interval training/Stop-and-go sports: 1.4–1.7g/kg
  • Strength athletes (to gain muscle mass): 1.6–1.7g/kg
  • Strength training (to maintain): 1.2–1.4 g/kg
  • Weight loss, calorie-restricted diets: 1.4–1.5g/kg

Multiply your weight in kilograms by the recommended protein value in grams to obtain your total daily protein needs.

As you’re considering your daily protein goals, also consider the fact that consuming more than 2.0g/kg has not shown any additional benefit, so more is not necessarily better.

When looking at the nutrition quality of proteins, the amino acid composition and digestibility are two important factors. Animal proteins from meat, chicken, fish, eggs and dairy are complete with all essential amino acids as compared to plant sources. Animal proteins are often regarded as higher-quality proteins because they have all the essential amino acids including a higher concentration of leucine per gram of protein. Leucine is the amino acid that triggers synthesis of muscle protein and can play a key role in weight loss, too.

Space your protein intake throughout the day in 20–30 gram meals every 3–4 hours. This “sweet spot” for protein timing and dosage ensures the body has access to optimal amino acids needed to achieve fitness and performance goals such as weight loss, muscle building and exercise recovery, as well as keep your body optimally fueled and satisfied throughout the day as your blood sugar and hunger changes.

While there is variance in protein content among different sources, below are some examples of high-protein foods to include in your regular rotation of meals:

  • 3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry: 21 grams
  • 1 cup of cooked beans: 16 grams
  • 1 cup of dairy or soy milk: 8 grams
  • 1 egg: 6 grams

I know calculating your protein intake may be difficult the first time, let me know if I can help you.

See you on Friday!

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Built to last – Fitness Challenge – Day 4

Do not let

I know from experience that the second week can be hard so, here is a beautiful poem to lift up your week

Do not let the day end without having grown a bit,

without being happy,

without having risen your dreams.

Do not let overcome by disappointment.

Do not let anyone you remove the right to express yourself,

which is almost a duty.

Do not forsake the yearning to make your life something special.

Be sure to believe that words and poetry it can change the world.

Whatever happens, our essence is intact.

We are beings full of passion.

Life is desert and oasis.

We breakdowns, hurts us, teaches us, makes us protagonists of our own history.

Although the wind blow against the powerful work continues:

You can make a stanza. Never stop dreaming, because in a dream, man is free.

Do not fall into the worst mistakes: the silence.

Most live in a dreadful silence.

Do not resign escape.

“Issued by my screams roofs of this world,” says the poet.

Rate the beauty of the simple things.

You can make beautiful poetry on little things, but we can not row against ourselves. That transforms life into hell.

Enjoy the panic that leads you have life ahead. Live intensely, without mediocrity.

Think that you are the future and facing the task with pride and without fear.

Learn from those who can teach you. The experiences of those who preceded us in our “dead poets”, help you walk through life.

Today’s society is us “poets alive.” Do not let life pass you live without that.

Walt Whitman

Pre-workout Talk:

  1. Perform each exercise for the prescribed amount of time, doing as many repetitions as possible.
  2. Watch the technique, a poor technique leads to injuries and we do not want that.
  3. Once you have completed one exercise, go to the next one.
  4. Complete this circuit three times.
  5. If you have questions, reach me at the Facebook group.

RECOMMENDATION: Use Evernote to track your workout. Here is the note corresponding to this workout.

Here is a new playlist to help you maintain a high training pace.

To start this week, we´ll work abs, thighs, shoulders, triceps and biceps. This is the exercise list:

  1. Reverse Crunch – 40 seconds
  2. Bicycle Crunch – 40 seconds
  3. Lying Toe Touchers – 40 seconds
  4. REST – 20 seconds
  5. Wall Squat – 40 seconds
  6. Bodyweight Forward Lunges – 40 seconds
  7. REST – 20 seconds
  8. Lateral Raise – 40 seconds
  9. Rear Shoulder High Row – 40 seconds
  10. REST – 20 seconds
  11. Triceps Extensions inverted grip – 40 seconds
  12. Standing Biceps Curl (high anchor) – 40 seconds
  13. REST – 20 seconds

Once you have finished the third round:

COOL-DOWN/STRETCHING

 

Eating to succeed

The suggested food for today was Turkey. What recipe have you prepared today? Take a picture of your plate and share it with us in the Facebook group.

For the next day, I suggest youLentils. Read my blog about the lentils health benefits.

Trainer Tips: #The benefits of strength training

Strength training isn’t about body-building or bulging muscles. Strength training focuses on building functional strength, which means strengthening your muscles, connective tissues and bones to handle a variety of moves, whether it’s lifting, pushing or pulling. Whether you’re looking to sign up for a 5K or simply live a healthier life and engage in a wide range of activities with greater ease, strength training can help you achieve your goals.

Strength training decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke, lower blood pressure and improves glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity.

Strength training also has a positive influence on bone density, helping prevent osteoporosis in aging adults. Although aerobic exercise is still cited as an important component of promoting overall health, strength exercises play a particularly vital role in building and maintaining bone mineral content and density, fortifying your bones against injuries during exercise.

If it’s a svelte figure you’re gunning for, regular resistance training has been shown to improve body composition. It also assists in reducing belly fat and building lean mass. Also, studies have demonstrated that weight training improves performance in other sports.

Other studies have shown that regular strength work can have a positive influence on reducing feelings associated with anxiety, depression and chronic fatigue. What’s more, there’s no denying the boost in self-esteem you get when you look and feel stronger.

Congrats! Day 4 is in the books! Wish you a great week ahead.

See you on Wednesday!

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Built to last – Fitness Challenge – Day 3

Take your dreams seriously.

Last workout of the week. You´ve done it great so far!

Pre-workout Talk:

  1. Perform each exercise for the prescribed amount of time, doing as many repetitions as possible.
  2. Watch the technique, a poor technique leads to injuries and we do not want that.
  3. Once you have completed one exercise, go to the next one.
  4. Complete this circuit three times.
  5. If you have questions, reach me at the Facebook group.

RECOMMENDATION: Use Evernote to track your workout. Here is the note corresponding to this workout.

Here is another playlist to help you maintain a high training pace.

Today, is all about abs, lower and upper back, traps, triceps and biceps. This is the exercise list:

  1. Lower Abs Leg Circles – 40 seconds
  2. Side Lying Oblique Crunch (Right) – 40 seconds
  3. Side Lying Oblique Crunch (Left) – 40 seconds
  4. REST – 20 seconds
  5. Superman Level 1 – 40 seconds
  6. Superman Level 3 – 40 seconds
  7. REST – 20 seconds
  8. Bent Over Back Row – 40 seconds
  9. Upright Row – 40 seconds
  10. REST – 20 seconds
  11. Standing Overhead Triceps Extension – 40 seconds
  12. Standing Biceps Curl – 40 seconds
  13. REST – 20 seconds

Once you have finished the third round:

COOL-DOWN/STRETCHING

  1. Cat-Cow – 40 seconds
  2. Lying Quad Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  3. Lying Quad Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  4. Hurdler Hamstring Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  5. Hurdler Hamstring Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  6. Standing Toe Touch Stretch – 40 seconds
  7. Standing Triceps Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  8. Standing Triceps Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  9. Standing Biceps Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  10. Standing Biceps Stretch (right) – 40 seconds

Eating for succeed

The suggested food for today was Sweet Potato. What recipe have you prepared today? Take a picture of your plate and share it with us in the Facebook group.

For the next day, I suggest youTurkey! Read my blog about the turkey health benefits.

Trainer Tips: #Sleep

In addition to proper nutrition, hydration and recovery days, sleep can be one of the top factors that can make or break your fitness performance. In a recent study looking at sleep quality and athletes, researchers noted that people who are in training tend to experience more sleep issues than non-athletes, due to training load and stress. The study also suggests athletes require more sleep than those who don’t work out because they have higher recovery needs. But knowing that you should sleep and getting that sleep can be two very different things.

It might seem obvious, but if you find you are often more tired than not, you probably need more sleep. Creating a simple routine helps you sleep better and benefits your overall health. Among the detrimental effects of inadequate sleep are diminished alertness, concentration and psychomotor function, plus insufficient sleep is associated with hormonal changes that can lead to increased appetite and weight gain.

The good news is developing a healthy sleep routine doesn’t take long — a few weeks at most — and it results in long-lasting health benefits. Athletes may notice increased performance due to improved recovery during sleep, and people watching their weight may find adequate sleep helps them lose weight. Your nighttime routine doesn’t have to be elaborate; here are the three things you should do to get a better night’s sleep:

  1. SET — AND KEEP — A BEDTIME: It’s best to go to bed and wake up at about the same time every day. Fluctuating sleep and wake times can wreak havoc on your body and throw off your sleep quality. If your schedule isn’t the same day-to-day and setting a consistent time for sleep seems impossible — or is constantly interrupted — you should at least try to get an adequate amount of sleep. For adults, that means 6.5–8 hours of sleep.
  2. PRACTICE GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE: Sleep hygiene also refers to what you do before bed. Abstaining from tobacco, alcohol, caffeine, strenuous exercise and stimulating mental activity in the hours leading up to bedtime is a good idea. For those who prefer to work out at night — or whose schedules only allow for post-work workouts — moving them to the late afternoon is beneficial when it comes to sleep.
  3. DITCH TECHNOLOGY: This may be the hardest step for you to follow; even harder than ending a night out early to get to sleep at your regular time. However, limiting your exposure to technology — and keeping it out of the bed with you — will help you sleep better. Best case scenario: Do your bathroom routine and then read non work-related material in low light, ideally not in bed. If nothing else, avoid blue light from your smartphone, tablet or computer 1–2 hours before bed. Reading a book — yes, those still exist in paperback and hardcover — is best; doing so out of bed is even better. Limiting your activities in bed throughout the day can help signal to your brain that when you get into bed it is time to sleep and not just to relax.

Have a great weekend and sleep as much as possible!

See you on Monday.

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Built to last – Fitness Challenge – Day 2

Eat to live, not live to eat.

Ready for the second workout? This is going to be a little bit harder than the first one.

Pre-workout Talk:

  1. Perform each exercise for the prescribed amount of time, doing as many repetitions as possible.
  2. Watch the technique, a poor technique leads to injuries and we do not want that.
  3. Once you have completed one exercise, go to the next one.
  4. Complete this circuit three times.
  5. If you have questions, reach me at the Facebook group.

RECOMMENDATIONUse Evernote to track your workout. Here is the note corresponding to this workout.

Here is the playlist to help you maintain a high training pace.

Today we´ll work the abs, lower and upper back, thighs, chests and rear shoulder. This is the exercise list:

  1. Lower Abs Scissors – 40 seconds
  2. Single leg V-up – 40 seconds
  3. Standing Obliques – 40 seconds
  4. REST – 20 seconds
  5. Superman Level 2 – 40 seconds
  6. Superman Level 4 – 40 seconds
  7. REST – 20 seconds
  8. Bodyweight Backward Lunges – 40 seconds
  9. Lying Lat Pull – 40 seconds
  10. REST – 20 seconds
  11. Standing Chest Press – 40 seconds
  12. Rear Shoulder High Row – 40 seconds
  13. REST – 20 seconds

Once you have finished the third round:

COOL-DOWN/STRETCHING

  1. Lying Quad Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  2. Lying Quad Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  3. Hurdler Hamstring Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  4. Hurdler Hamstring Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  5. Standing Chest Stretch – 40 seconds
  6. Standing Shoulder Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  7. Standing Shoulder Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  8. Standing Biceps Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  9. Standing Biceps Stretch (right) – 40 seconds

Eating for succeed

The suggested food for today was Halibut. What recipe have you prepared today? Take a picture of your plate and share it with us in the Facebook group.

For the next day, I suggest youSweet Potato. Read my blog about the sweet potato health benefits.

Trainer Tips: #Introduction to macronutrients

Logging your food is one of the most important components of weight loss. Follow these guidelines consistently and the weight should come off. Counting your macronutrients is vital for weight loss.

Macronutrient is a bucket term for the three types of nutrients that make up the bulk of what we eat: carbohydrates, fat and protein. Our bodies require ample amounts of each to function properly. On the other hand, alcohol also provides calories (7 calories per gram), but it’s not considered a macronutrient because we don’t need alcohol to survive, unlike fat, carbs and protein. Macronutrients are augmented by micronutrients, aka vitamins and minerals, to meet all of our nutrition needs.

It’s good to know which foods contain more of which macros:

  • High-carb, low-protein: fruits and vegetables
  • High-carb, low-fat: pasta, rice, cereal, bread, legumes, fruits, vegetables
  • High-fat, low-carb: nuts, seeds, olive oil, cheese
  • High-fat, low-protein: avocado, olive oil, coconut milk
  • High-protein, low-carb: eggs, meat, fish
  • High-protein, low-fat: nonfat Greek yogurt, cottage or cream cheese, turkey or chicken breast, lean ground beef, whey protein powder

One way to eat better and/or lose weight is to focus on macros instead of calories. Often called IIFYM — “If It Fits Your Macros” — the guiding principle of this dieting is that you can eat whatever you want and still attain your goal of losing or gaining weight as long as you stay inside your macronutrient “allowance.”

However, not all macros are really equal: While 100 grams of salmon and 100 grams of hot wings may have the same macronutrient profile (both are about 60% protein and 40% fat), they are hardly nutritional equivalents. Jelly beans and sweet potatoes are both about 100% carbohydrates, but, again, there’s no comparison when it comes to nutritional value. Could you lose weight eating nothing but hot wings and jelly beans — as long as they fit your macros? Probably. But most people doing IIFYM quickly discover they feel much better when they spend most of their macros on fruits, vegetables, nuts, healthy fats, legumes, whole grains, lean protein and other wholesome foods, which tend to be more filling as well as more nutritious.

I´ll teach to calculate the macros that your body needs next weeks. For now just focus on these:

  1. FOCUS ON REAL FOOD: I mean real food as opposed to processed food. Real food is fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, seafood, nuts, seeds, whole grains and beans. Natural sweeteners, coffee, chocolate and wine count, too — just in moderation. Avoid processed food. Eating real food leads to eating more nutrient-rich food without much effort.
  2. OPT FOR COMPLEX CARBS: When it comes to carbs, the more natural and whole, the better. Go for complex carbs like 100% whole-grain breads and pasta, brown rice, starchy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, low-fat dairy and plenty of fruits and vegetables. Limit simple sugars from refined grains, processed snack foods, sweets and sugar-sweetened beverages.
  3. ENJOY LEAN PROTEIN: Some good meat-free options include beans, peas, quinoa, lentils, and tofu. Fish is another great source of protein that can also be rich in healthy omega-3’s. As far as meat goes, cuts that have round, chuck or loin in the name are usually leanest, along with chicken and turkey breast.
  4. CONSUME HEALTHY FATS: Add avocados, nuts and nut butters, seeds and fatty fish like salmon into your weekly menu. Cook with healthy oils like olive or grapeseed instead of butter.
  5. CHOOSE SMART SNACKS: Snack time is when processed foods are the easiest to grab. Arm yourself with real food snacks that are as minimally processed as possible. For instance: Fresh fruit, unsweetened dried fruit, nuts, celery sticks, popcorn, cucumber slices, carrots.

Healthful eating isn’t about eating perfectly. It’s about making more nutritious choices most of the time, nourishing your body with real food and enjoying the occasional treat along the way.

I hope this tips help you make healthier choices!

See you on Friday.

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Built to last – Fitness Challenge – Day 1

Dreams don´t work unless you do

Are you ready for your first workout? Grab your resistance band, a towell and a bottle of water and let´s start!

Pre-workout Talk:

  1. Perform each exercise for the prescribed amount of time, doing as many repetitions as possible.
  2. Watch the technique, a poor technique leads to injuries and we do not want that.
  3. Once you have completed one exercise, go to the next one.
  4. Complete this circuit three times.
  5. If you have questions, reach me at the Facebook group.

RECOMMENDATION: Use Evernote to track your workout. Here is the note corresponding to this workout. Yes, you can always print this email, but it’s not that handy!

Here is a playlist to help you maintain a high training pace.

Today we will start easy and slow, focusing on the abdominals, lower and upper back, thighs​, triceps and biceps. This is the exercise list: 

  1. Lower Abs Flutter Kicks – 40 seconds
  2. Easy Obliques – 40 seconds
  3. Easy Crunch – 40 seconds
  4. REST – 20 seconds
  5. Bird-Dog – 40 seconds
  6. Superman Level 1 – 40 seconds
  7. REST – 20 seconds
  8. Bodyweight Forward Lunges – 40 seconds
  9. Standing Row – 40 seconds
  10. REST – 20 seconds
  11. Triceps Pulldown – 40 seconds
  12. Lying Biceps Curl – 40 seconds
  13. REST – 20 seconds

Once you have finished the third round:

COOL-DOWN/STRETCHING

  1. Cat-Cow – 40 seconds
  2. Lying Quad Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  3. Lying Quad Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  4. Hurdler Hamstring Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  5. Hurdler Hamstring Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  6. Rounded Back Forward Bend – 40 seconds
  7. Standing Triceps Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  8. Standing Triceps Stretch (right) – 40 seconds
  9. Standing Biceps Stretch (left) – 40 seconds
  10. Standing Biceps Stretch (right) – 40 seconds

It is convenient to weigh yourself and measure your body perimeters, today or tomorrow, to check your progress. Only your weight does not tell us much about your body composition, do not forget to measure your body perimeters. Here is how to do it:

built to last, body perimeters

You can also track this on Evernote, here´s the note to do so.

Eating for succeed

The suggested food for today was chicken! What recipe have you prepared today?

For the next day, I suggest youHalibut. It is delicious and nutritious. Read my blog about the halibut health benefits.

Trainer Tips: #Drink more water

A lot of my clients don’t drink enough water. Changing this habit is one of the easiest ways to help your health. Figure out how you prefer to get your water: Do you like a bottle with a straw or a wide-mouthed top? Whatever your preference, keep a water container at your side as often as you can. You’ll reach for it a lot more if you don’t have to get up to fill a glass.

How much water you need per day depends on your physiological makeup, your activity level and environmental conditions. However, as a baseline aim to consume 2 liters of water every day. Drink little and often in the hours before exercise and avoid consuming large volumes in one go.

Drinking water helps people feel full, and as a result, consume fewer calories. Drinking water also significantly elevates resting energy expenditure (basically the number of calories we’d burn if we sat around all day) and lower water intake is associated with obesity. Pregaming a meal with a glass of water has been linked with more weight loss than cutting calories alone. You can also take some mid-meal breaks and guzzle a little water to give the brain time to register fullness.

When you start to feel hungry, drink some water. A 2015 study in the journal Obesity found that participants who drank about 2 glasses of water before meals were more likely to lose weight than those who skipped the glasses of water and went straight to eating. the more water you drink, the fewer calories you consume, according to research published in The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. The 2016 study found that those who drink one extra 8-ounce glass of water per day consumed 68 fewer calories; those who drank three extra glasses of water consumed 205 fewer calories, leading to 1/2 pound of weight loss per week.

Increasing water intake from 1.2 liters (about four 8-ounce glasses) to 2.5 liters (eight 8-ounce glasses) for three days helped improve mood and reduce fatigue, according to a study published in PLOS One. The same study found drinking less water was associated with lower moods, headaches and fatigue — and nothing tanks a workout faster than a headache, bad mood and total exhaustion. Increasing your water intake can also increase your metabolism. Drinking one-and-a-half more liters of water every day could help you burn 200 more calories daily.

Maintaining hydration should be an important consideration every day regardless of activity levels or environmental conditions. For training, ensure you start hydrated.

  1. Drink little and often in the hours before exercise.
  2. During exercise listen to your body. Drink water often and avoid consuming large quantities in one go. Staying hydrated helps prevent the decline in performance. When your muscles feel too tired to finish a workout, try drinking some water and resting for a bit before getting back at it. One of the first signs of dehydration is dry mouth. If your mouth starts feeling like the Sahara, take a sip!
  3. Rehydration forms an important part of the recovery strategy.

Consistently not drinking enough water for an extended period of time has its effect as well.

Low water, slow metabolism. Your body’s ability to remove waste and detoxify is inhibited. In addition, your metabolism is slower without water.

Increased hunger. When you’re somewhat dehydrated, your body confuses it for hunger, causing you to eat when you don’t need to. Read: weight gain.

Digestion problems.

That constipation? Becomes a regular thing. Not fun. Also not great for weight loss.

General fatigue. You’ll constantly feel tired, unable (or unwilling) to exercise, and unable to concentrate.

I hope you enjoyed the first training and that from today you start to drink more water.

See you on Wednesday!

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Fitness challenge: Built to last

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The ultimate fitness challenge: Built to last! is about to start.

This challenge is ideal for newbies and people who didn´t work out in a long time. You will lose body fat, tone muscle and improve your posture in just four weeks.

Sign up anytime! This is what I have for you:

3 workouts per week

The most common mistake among newbies, driven by their enthusiasm is to workout almost every day.

After surviving the first week, the second they are very tired and begin to skip workouts. This leads to some frustration and negative thoughts like “I’m not following the plan”, “this is not for me”, “I’m never going to achieve my goals”, and then, they quit. Does it sound familiar?

Three workouts per week are enough for newbies (or people who didn´t work out in a long time) to see results and create an empowering healthy habit, built to last.

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, I´ll post a new workout (9AM Spanish time).  On Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends you should have a well-deserved rest.

Surely you live in a different time zone, or your Mondays are extremely busy and tired. I get it, so I have planned different ways you can fit this challenge into your schedule and lifestyle.

How to join this challenge

Sign up and get the workouts right in your inbox. You won´t miss a single workout and you can do them one day later if this works better for you. For instance, you´d workout on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. You would rest on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

The workouts

Each workout is about 30 minutes length, stretching included. Do not skip stretching.

It´s a full body circuit training, where you´ll have to perform each exercise for 40 seconds, doing as many repetitions as possible. You finish an exercise then you perform the next one, completing the circuit 3 times.

All exercises are bodyweight or resistance band exercises so you won´t need too much equipment, just a resistance band that fits your fitness level. 

If you don´t have a resistance band yet, my friend and fellow blogger Joan has selected some good options at professionalshealthconnection.com that will meet your needs.

Each exercise comes with a demonstrational video. If you don´t recognize a specific exercise or you´re not sure how to do it, just click on the exercise´s name and watch the video.

Track your workouts

Another common mistake (not only among newbies) is no tracking your workouts. This is key to check what works or doesn´t work for you. Writting down how many repetitions you were able to do, how you felt after the workout, and so on…

In order to improve, tracking our workouts is one essential habit we have to add to our daily routines. Keeping track of your workout will allow you to analyze your progression.
 

This is valuable info for you so in the future you will be able to compare where you were at, how you have progressed and will encourage and motivate you to keep going.

For this reason, I´m going to provide you with an Evernote note for each workout. You can copy them to your account, then you can annotate anything you want and keep these workouts forever. This is only one of the many advantanges of using Evernote as your training diary.

This is an example of how these notes look:

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Eating for succeed

If weight loss was simply a matter of eating less and exercising more… wouldn’t everyone be skinny?

Truth is since you’re being more active, you will more than likely notice that you have a larger appetite.

The very basics:
 
  • Drink more water than you´re used to
  • Cut out processed foods
  • Cut out refined sugar
  • Cut out takeaways
  • Cut out alcoholic drinks
  • Cut out soft drinks

On top of that, I will suggest you a food with each workout. For instance: chicken. Here you are 30 delicious and healthy chicken recipes for your first day.

This is another Evernote advantage, you can use it as a recipes book and to track your meals. All in one place, sync across all your devices and free.

Did I not mention it? You can create your Evernote account for free.

Let’s do this together

Join the Closed Facebook group here

Post pictures of your journey (A selfie after training, where you have trained, raise the note with your repetitions to motivate others …).

Motivate as many people as possible to join us.

 

Take the first step to a healthier and better you, sign up!

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Challenge is coming

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Yeap, challenge is coming: Monday, November 5th. So you have 10 days to buy one or two resistance bands, in case you don´t have one yet.

These are some things that I can already advance you on the challenge:

  1. There will be a total of twelve training sessions, 3 days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I´m figuring out the best ways you can reschedule in case you can´t make it these days.
  2. It is a circuit training, designed for beginners or people who have not trained in a long time.
  3. The training sessions will be about 30 minutes, including stretches.
  4. 100+ exercises so you won´t get bored. Video exercises are ready and uploaded on YouTube.
  5. There will be an option to subscribe for non-bloggers who want to join the challenge. If you´re a blogger you just have to turn on the notifications to receive new post daily (I´m sure you know how to do it).
  6. There will be a closed Facebook group where you can connect with other participants, share your experiences, and ask me all the questions you want.
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If you are looking to lose fat and tone your muscles, this challenge will help you get it easily from the comfort of your home, at your own pace, and without risk of injury.

Are you ready to accept the challenge? I hope to see you all on November 5th.

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Pull Up Mate Review

Pull Up Mate Review

I was very happy when the PullUpMate guys asked me for a review of their product. I looked at their website and I found their products very interesting for those who love calisthenics and bodyweight exercises in general.

I was looking forward to trying out my Pull Up Mate freestanding pull up bar and dip station. Now, the truth is that I am so delighted that I’m not only going to do this review, but to teach you how to do a lot of exercises using this wonderful tool in future posts. I think this will give you an idea of how much I like it and how much I would recommend it for your home gyms.

But first things first. I think a good review begins with the unpacking. Everyone loves to see a new product come out of its box, right?

My package includes the Pull Up Mate, the Close-Grip Dip Kit and a storage bag. The box contains:

  • 1 Top frame
  • 4 Vertical tubes
  • 2 Base feet
  • 2 Brace
Pull Up Mate Content
  • 10 Locking pins
Pull Up Mate Locking Pins
  • 2 Close Grip Dip Bars
  • 1 Storage bag
Pull Up Mate Storage Bag
  • 1 User manual
Pull Up Mate User Manual

The Pull Up Mate has been designed to be assembled and dismantled easily. You can simply store it in its bag when not in use and brought out only when required. I have put myself to the test, and it only takes 2 minutes and 30 seconds to assemble the whole thing. With some more practice, I´m sure I will do it faster.

You can also take it outside. Unfortunately, it´s rainy season here in Galicia and I will have to wait until summer to take my Pull Up Mate to the backyard.  

The Pull Up Mate can be used in different ways and positions:

Fully extended

Pull Up Mate Review

Mid-height

Pull Up Mate Mid Height

Low-height

Pull Up Mate Low Height

flipped over…

Pull Up Mate Flipped

This multiplies the number of exercises you can perform with this versatile piece of equipment.

The maximum weight of the user (as it is advised in the user manual) should be no more than 110 kg (242lbs). I weight 68 kgs, I am a lightweight, I know. For my weight, I find the Pull Up Mate very stable, I don´t know for a person of 100 kgs. But how many of you weigh 100 kgs?

More specifications:

  • Full Extended Height     2.0m
  • Base Dimensions             117cm x 113cm
  • Standard Inner bar dimensions (gap between bars)        60cm
  • Gap between bars with Close Grip Dip Adapter 53cm

Who would I recommend this product for?

Calisthenics practitioners, of course.

People who like to workout at home. The Pull Up Mate allows you to do a huge range of exercises.

Fitness beginners, as this product allows you to perform a large number of exercise variations with your bodyweight safely, as you improve your strength, endurance, flexibility, and technique.

Expert fitness practitioners because, from time to time, it’s good to forget how much weight you lift in the bench press and let your imagination fly, trying new exercises you´re not used to and avoid boredom.

Who is not this product for?

People near 110 kgs. Better safe than sorry!

People who do not mind doing the exercises with a bad technique, meaning: people who only care about how much weight they lift, no matter what. You´re not going to enjoy just doing bodyweight exercises and the risk of injury due to a bad technique will still be there.

How much does the Pull Up Mate, Dip Kit & storage bag cost?

$219.95 /149,95€ (Free shipping)

I think it´s a fair price for a great product that will bring you hours of fun and sweat.

Get yours now:

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And now, a few exercises:

Pull Ups

  1. Grab the Pull Up Mate Top Frame with the palms facing forward. Your hands at a distance wider than your shoulder width.
  2. Extend both arms as you inhale. This is your starting position.
  3. Exhale, contract your lats, and pull your torso up by drawing the shoulders and the upper arms down and back. The forearms should do not work.
  4. Inhale and slowly back to the starting position when your arms are extended and your lats stretched.
  5. Repeat.

Rear Delt Row

  1. Set the Pull Up Mate at a medium height.
  2. Grab the top frame with the palms facing forward. Your hands at a distance wider than your shoulder width and your body in an angle to the ground. You should be almost parallel to the top frame with your arms fully extended. This is your starting position. Inhale.
  3. Exhale, pull your torso towards the bar, squeezing the rear delts and flaring the elbows out and away from your body. Tip: Your torso and your arms should resemble the letter T. Do not your biceps to do the work. Focus on targeting the rear delts; the arms should only act as hooks.
  4. Slowly go back to the initial position as you inhale.
  5. Repeat

Triceps dips

  1. Adjust the Pull Up Mate at the lower height.
  2. Grab the top frame with the palms facing backward. Your hands at your shoulder width and your arms fully extended.
  3. Inhale and slowly lower yourself downward until there is a 90 degree angle formed between the upper arm and forearm. Tip: Your elbows should stay close to your body. This helps to better focus on triceps involvement.
  4. Exhale and push up using your triceps to bring your body back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat.

As I said, I will explain how to do more exercises in future posts.

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Would you like to lose weight?

who would like to lose weight

In August I started teaching fitness classes at a local gym. The classes are specifically designed for women between 25 and 60 years old. They have lost about 6 pounds per month, on average. Needless to say they´re really happy with their results.

These last weeks, I’ve been thinking that I could turn these classes into a free online challenge to give back all the support you’ve given me during these four years I’ve been in the blogosphere.

The workouts last one hour, three times a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We do body weight and resistance bands exercises, so you do not have to spend money on expensive equipment.

Before spending hours setting up the challenge and no one is interested, I prefer to ask you, would you like to lose weight?

If so, a simple “yes” in the comments section would be enough to let me know.

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wheelchair exercises

Wheelchair Exercises – Best Way to Support Your Independence on Wheelchair

Have you or any of your friends or family been caught with any disability or limited mobility and they are
getting feelings of loneliness, depression, lack of independence and are not able to engage in normal
day-to-day activities? Then leave your frustration as we’ve got the best wheelchair exercises for you!

Here BestRatedDocs.com presents a quick visual guide to some of the best exercises for individuals and
seniors in wheelchairs.

These wheelchair exercises can serve you not just an active lifestyle, but also with numerous health
benefits. You can check out aerobic wheelchair exercises meant for daily basis, muscle-strengthening
exercises, wheelchair exercises for elderlies, and more. While performing these exercises, you don’t
need any assistance and these exercises will support your independence of wheelchair.

You might be on a wheelchair because of an injury, weight problem, disability, or illness, but these
exercises can be the best way to boost your mood, alleviate stress, and strengthen the body muscles.
If you have any concerns then you may consult a doctor before beginning your exercising program. Also,
people with other health issues must consult with their healthcare professional before engaging in a
cardiovascular or resistance exercise program.

Check out the wheelchair exercises for yourself below. Don’t let your wheelchair limit your lifestyle,
happy exercising!

wheelchair exercises

Infographic courtesy of BestRatedDocs.com

Dr. David Taylor

Dr. David Taylor

Dr. David Taylor is a medical professional and an avid blogger. He holds an M.D. from Drexel University; a Ph.D. from Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. David loves to utilize technology to improve healthcare and he does it daily through
BestRatedDocs.com. He founded the company in 2016 with the vision to make the discoverability of the best healthcare facilities & best products simple and easy.