How important is diet and nutrition when it comes to losing weight and sculpting that sexy-licious physique you’re dreaming of? If you work out extra hard, add a few more reps or spend more time on the treadmill is that enough to get your butt into a smaller pair of pants? Not a chance. Ask any fitness pro or nutrition expert and you will hear that diet is anywhere from 70 to 90% responsible when it comes to transforming and improving that bod of yours (not to mention the health of your heart). Bummer eh? Well fear not my fellow fitness freaks, it’s really not that bad. Getting in tip top shape and still eating delicious foods is certainly possible, it just takes a little knowledge and a dash of creativity. Through years of trail and error, I’ve come up with some tips that will keep both your taste buds and your waistline happy.Read the rest of this entry »
My Mom taught me this lesson many years ago when she was still reading me bedtime stories and kissing my ouchies (and no that wasn’t last week). You see, I had a bedroom that was a child’s wonderland, filled with all kinds of toys. My Mom is very organized so of course each toy had its place, but I never paid attention. Each time I grew tired of playing with a certain toy, it stayed on the floor and I got a different one. It didn’t take long before I was lost in a sea of Barbies and lego and Mom would come in and tell me to clean it all up. I’d feel overwhelmed and protest with my big brown eyes. Mom would always remind me…”Shauna, if you picked up your toys and put them away each time you were done with one, you wouldn’t be left with a big mess”. My first lesson in consistency. If I consistently put my toys away, I’ll never have a big mess!Read the rest of this entry »
You’ve seen these guys at the gym. They have massive cobra shaped lats, biceps that are busting out of their skin tight shirt and a chest that some of us gals would pay thousands of dollars for. You see them about to burst a bizillion blood vessels while pounding out red faced reps of presses and preacher curls but if you look south you’d swear they were standing on a chicken. Why do so many dudes neglect their legs? Where are the squats, the deadlifts, the leg extensions?
Now I realize that men tend to carry their strength in their upper bodies and naturally they would prefer to train chest and bis almost exclusively. I also understand that leg day, if done properly, is brutal, so it makes sense that so many guys would rather opt out of lunging their way to nausea and agony. Having said that however, balance in a weight training program is essential not only for functional purposes, but aesthetically speaking as well. I mean sure, you may have abs I could wash my delicates on and a set of pecs that Pamela Anderson would envy, but if your quads are the same circumference as your arms, you’ve got a problem.
If you want balance in both functional performance and physique, you’ll have to bite the bullet and mosey over to the squat rack. No doubt about it…leg day is tough! Your legs are comprised of numerous large muscles, making the workout excruciatingly taxing, assuming you’re doing it with enough intensity. However the rewards of a fabulous leg regime far exceed the temporary torture and torment. If you’re man enough to grin and bear it, you’ll reap massive gains in size, strength and possibly phone numbers.
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