Sweaty Weekend Workout [Video]

I have a super sweaty new workout for you to try this weekend or the next time you need something you can do at home.

As I’ve mentioned before when I work out on my own at home or at my Sacramento boot camp studio I like to keep my move count to 3-5 most of the time and do about 5 rounds instead of lots of moves and only 3 rounds. Nothing is a hard and fast rule but 8 out of 10 times that’s my go to pattern.

For this workout all you need is a low step. You can go as low as mine in the video (6”) or higher. [Read more…]

Pop Squat and Skate -BodyWeight Workout (video)

Let me tell you about this workout….I headed to my studio to shoot the videos. And that’s all I think of it as; shooting a video, not a workout. I do all my takes, get the angles I want and head back to my home office. A few hours later I start getting a throbbing soreness in my glutes. It kept getting more and more intense until the next day I woke up and I wasn’t sure if I was sore or seriously injured. Truly, It was bad. And every bit of it deep down in my butt cheeks. Nowhere else. [Read more…]

3 Moves. One Killer Workout [Video]

I get asked a lot what I do for my own workouts.

I actually do a nice blend of our boot camp and Beast Mode Squad moves with one exception; When I am on my own I like to keep my workouts to 3-5 moves tops and I do lots of rounds vs lots of moves and just a few rounds each.

It’s not that it’s any better or more effective, it’s just that when I’m working out solo its tough enough to stay motivated. If I have to keep changing moves referring to my notes I would probably loose motivation and bail. Plus I often need them to be fast. And with minimal equipment switching and one-time setup I can usually do 5 rounds of just about any circuit in under 30 minutes. BOOM. Done.

So I keep it simple. A few moves I can remember and then I go!

This one is my new obsession cause it has three things I love: Step-ups, explosive movement and lots of sweat.

You can do this at the gym the next time you’re there or you can do it at home with just a box or chair and a pair of dumbbells.

Scroll below the video for full instructions [Read more…]

Step 3: Set A Firm Deadline To Achieve Your Goals

6 Proven Steps to Success – How to Achieve Your Fitness Goal

In Steps 1 & 2 that were posted last week, you began to develop a sharp view of EXACTLY what you want to accomplish,  and what you intend to do to achieve it.goals-vs-dreams-300x215

For example, my goal statement is currently, “I am so happy and grateful now that I have achieved 16% body fat by consistently sticking to my workout and supportive nutrition
plans.”

Now, let’s continue to build upon your statement…

Step 3: Establish a DEFINITE DATE of when you attend to achieve the goal [Read more…]

6 Proven Steps To Success

Every now and again I like to revisit one of my favorite audio-books, one that had a dramatic impact on my personal training career.… Think & Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill

Now, before you shy away, this book is so much more than just a book about making money….. It’s about living a rich and fulfilling life where you accomplish ANY goal you set for yourself… IT’S PERFECT FOR SOMEONE WHO WANTS TO LOSE WEIGHT AND BE FIT! [Read more…]

Just Because It’s Burning Doesn’t Mean It’s Working

So far we’ve covered two important factors of getting a more fit lean look: 942821_143260745857409_360405175_n-224x300

1. Focusing on the composition of your body (percentage of fat vs. Muscle) rather than the scale alone.                      

Remember, if you focus just on the scale and ONLY diet and slow-go cardio to lose weight then you’ll most likely the weight you lose will be a majority of muscle and water and you’ll end up being a smaller version of your starting apple or pear shape.

2. Cardio NOT being an effective means for fat loss and how too much can be detrimental.
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The Critical 4th Week

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I need to talk to you about something important. You may not have realized this but the most critical drop out point for most people on a new fitness and diet program is right around 4 weeks….if you’ve been consistent on your plan you are feeling good, when you look in the mirror you can see some differences; maybe your tummy sticks out less, that roll on your back is smaller, you just look tighter.
Around this time you will also notice that your current clothes fit better. You don’t have to hike your skirt up so high on your waist to get it to zip, your pants aren’t suffocating you, everything just lays a little smoother.
In fact you are feeling so good about yourself that one of two things happens: [Read more…]

3 Minute Creepy Ab Workout (video)

Who doesn’t love a good ab burn? (well actually I don’t at all but I like the results soooooo, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do)

A few months back I filmed some short but intense abistock_photo_of_flat_abs workouts, I posted the plank video about 3 weeks ago (find it on my blog here: Mini Planks Of Death) and even though it looked simple I had a lot of people come up to me and say it sure did sneak up on them!

So if you liked that one you’re gonna love this one! I call it the: Creepy 6-Pack. It’s just 2 exercises and you can follow along right with me for the entire workout.
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I Dare You

I just got back from a fantastic family trip to the Grand Canyon. The hiking there is so beautiful.

Here is a picture at one of our rest points.

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Now I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of heights in the strictest sense, but if given the choice I’d rather not hang out too close to cliffs, so getting past that and just enjoying the challenge of the hikes, the company I had and the beautiful scenery took a couple of deep breaths and focus (to start anyway, once I got going my fears were the furthest thing from my mind).

As I was thinking about all that I would have missed had I let my fears get the better of me I realized that today of all days would be the best day to write about it because today is: National Dare Day (you didn’t know?!)

Usually the word “Dare” makes us think of being challenged to eat worms, kiss a stranger, moon somebody or spontaneously yell out something silly in a crowd; that kind of thing. But today I want to dare you to do something that’ll help make you healthier, more fit or more focused.

Take your pick. I DARE YOU TO:

– Not a runner? I dare you to go run a mile right now and see how fast you can get it done (run/walk is fine just do it!)

– Post your before picture on facebook and announce to your fb community that you are starting your fitness journey now! (tag me if you do!)

– Try a new workout: Boot Camp, Dance Cardio (even if you don’t have rhythm!) and Power Yoga are all good options if you’ve never done them.  We offer all at BBC and you can try one or all of them as my guest. Call me and I’ll put you on the guest list(s) 916-57-BOOTY.

– Sign-up for Tough Mudder! You can be on the BBC team. Sunday September 23 (email me if you’re interested)

– Sign-up for an event like a run or cycle event and pick a level higher than your norm or a level that scares you to think about (for instance, always run a 5k? Register and run the 10K!)

– Strip down to your undies, stare at yourself in the mirror and out loud say all the things that you like about your body without saying one single negative thing, meaning you can’t say I have great ___except…. Doesn’t  matter how small the likes are: I like my wrists, my collar bones are quite lovely, I’ve got fantastic fingernails! You’re laughing but some of you have been verbally abusing yourselves for so long you may have to start with those fingernails….

– Avoid for one full weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) one thing that you SWEAR you’d shrivel up and die without eating/drinking.

– Eat something that’s considered healthy you’ve never tried ’cause it looks or sounds “weird”

But most of all I DARE YOU TO:

– Actually achieve the goals you’re always talking about achieving.

– I dare you to put the work in

– Make the sacrifices

– Feel the burn

– Drip the sweat

– I dare you to stop making:  exceptions, justifications and excuses for why you can’t possibly do ___ or give up___ or make time for ____.

I DOUBLE DARE YOU TO: FINALLY SUCCEED!

Happy Dare Day!

 

My Top 10 Smoothie Recipes (and a contest)

A couple of weeks ago I had a few clients in a row ask me for some good smoothie recipes so I compiled my top 10 and shared it with all my clients. There are some really tasty recipes in that little booklet like Chocolate covered cherries, Chocolate Peanut Butter, and even a Green smoothie that is delish. They are hearty and nutrient packed so these are actually meals in a glass.

I really enjoy smoothies for breakfast because I can cram greens, flax and chia seeds in there and start my morning off feeling great.

But today I was going into my website to pull down the recipe booklet and I thought of you all; my faithful readers and I decided to share it with you too.

 

So here it is: [Read more…]