The Technique To Burn Fat and Build Muscle Fast!

If you’ve hit a plateau with weight loss or are just bored as heck with your workouts and need something to light things up, you should give cardio accelerations a try!

What is cardio acceleration?

Cardio acceleration is when you combine high-intensity cardio with strength training.  Instead of taking a typical rest break between your lifts, you do some type of cardio, all out, for one minute.   I prefer to jump rope, however, you could do any type exercise for your cardio acceleration.  Here are some examples: running in place next to the bench, jumping jacks, squat thrusts, skaters, dumbbell cleans, step-ups, etc.

fullsizerender-1Jumping rope is hands down my favorite tool for keeping my body conditioned and agile.  Read more about the benefits for jumping rope along with training tips here: https://healthyjustice.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/jump-in-lean-out-with-jump-rope-training/

What is the benefit?

I got turned on to this training technique when I did Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut To Shred program.  His program did get me shredded.  Another benefit is that there is no hem hawing around waiting for the next set, which is perfect for my adult ADD;) LOL.

My hubby always teases me because if I’m not doing cardio intervals between sets, I’m stretching;)  This was him poking fun of me yesterday when I was stretching between my bench presses.  LOL

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One thing I REALLY love about this technique is that it fills in for my 20-30 minutes of cardio on the step mill or treadmill!

  • Check this out, 20-30 minutes of these high-intensity intervals burns more fat than spending that amount of time on a treadmill. Trust me, your metabolic rate will be up the entire workout and that means you are burning a lot of calories during and after your workout!

I now cycle through this program twice a year, and lately, I’ve been throwing in cardio accelerations with my leg day once a week.

After doing a set of squats, I do 100-200 revolutions jumping rope.  (BTW, I’ve been performing squats recently with a box to make sure I’m nailing my form and getting good and low).

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If you’re worried that the cardio could take away from the strength of your lifts, here is research that Stoppani shares from his Shortcut To Shred Training Overview:

A University of California, Santa Cruz, study found that when subjects did cardio between weightlifting sets, they were able to recover better because of increased blood flow. Cardio acceleration elevates your heart rate, which means more blood pumps to your working muscles throughout your workout.

Ready to HIIT it now?  Let’s go!!

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Build-A-Booty Challenge Part 1

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The infamous “Tiller butt”used to be a joke in my family, especially among the cousins, as something we didn’t want to inherit.  My how times have changed and now that voluptuous booty is something that is desired!  I got what I wished for and didn’t wind up with the “Tiller butt,” so now I’m building it;)

Just to clarify, I’m not interested in getting a BIG BUTT as much as I’m interested in building a FIT BUTT! I think a nice round and muscular booty is attractive, so I’m a bit obsessed with training my glutes.

If you want a shapely fit butt then my Build-A-Booty Challenge is for you!

Here are the guidelines:

  1.  Go Deep!  When you are doing squats, go low and break parallel.  You are not engaging all the muscles of the glutes if you are not going low.  Lighten up the weight if that is what it takes for you to get it down.
  2. Work Hard!  The glutes are dense and thick muscles so you can’t play around with light weight and expect to get results.  Attack your training with intensity.  Go as heavy as you can while keeping perfect form.  Superset, dropset, and hit every plane of motion.
  3. Train Smart!  You are training hard and getting your muscles sore so rest is crucial. If you are continually tearing down the muscles with no rest they can’t come back bigger and stronger.
  4. Be Passionate!  When you are passionate about something you will find a way to overcome challenges and not let anything stand between you and the object of your desire.  Focus in and remove distractions.  When you are performing an exercise focus on nailing your form and squeezing your glutes.
  5. Be Patient!  Fit Booties aren’t built in a day or in two weeks!  I’ve been weight training seriously for ten years, and I’m still building my glutes.

I will be sharing workouts in the weeks to come to go along with your challenge, but for now make a mental shift and apply these guides in the way you approach your training.

033I’m available for personal and group/partner training as well as health coaching. If you have a lot of weight to lose and need support, that is my specialty.  I’m a certified personal trainer/lifestyle fitness coach NESTA/Health Coach NDP. I can work with you locally or out of state. Send me a message, and I will be happy to share my services with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supercharge Your Favorite Protein Shake To Boost Metabolism & Health

When it comes to getting muscle friendly & power packed nutrition, it’s hard to beat the protein shake.  It can be doctored up with a variety of ingredients to make it tasty or stripped down to protein powder & water to get on-the- go nutrition.  Whatever your goals, the protein shake can be adapted to meet your needs.

The protein shake is like a one stop shop where you can make additions that will burn fat, boost testosterone, load you up on antioxidants & speed recovery.

Take advantage of supercharging your protein shake with adding 1 or all of these hassle-free additions:

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Protein Powder:  Growth & repair of muscles

  • If you are active then you want to aim somewhere around 0.8-1 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight daily.
  • If you’re dieting and exercising, aim higher, between 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of your bodyweight per day. As your caloric intake decreases, your protein needs will actually increase.

Muscle Milk or Gold Standard Whey are my favorite brands.

Egg whites:  Lean protein source

  • Egg whites are a top source of lean protein with absolutely no fat.  It also offers important nutrients like folate, selenium, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.

Wheat Germ:  If your goal is to boost testosterone

  • Wheat germ contains zinc which keeps testosterone levels elevated during periods of intense training.  Testosterone is crucial hormone to both men & women for building muscle.  Wheat germ also contains selenium, which is involved in thyroid hormone production that keeps the metabolism running smooth.

*11x more test-boosting zinc found in W.G. than in chicken breast!

Add 1-3 TBS to your shake

Yogurt:  Digestive aid

  • The probiotics (good bacteria) aids in digestion and keeps you regular.

Chia Seeds:  Fights cravings

  • Can you believe the chia pet is a superfood?!  It definitely is with a whopping 11 grams of fiber/ounce.  The fiber in chia seeds swells & forms a gel in your stomach.  This gives you a feeling of fullness.  I use chia seeds in some of my recipes when I want to make a pudding type texture, see my “chocolate cherry bomb recipe posted 6/13/14.”

Add 1-2 TBS to your shake and I even put a TBS in my oatmeal.

Cinnamon:  Helps control blood sugar levels & eases aches & pains

  • ½ a tsp. of cinnamon daily can help keep blood sugars level, which prevents you from “crashing.” Cinnamon has anti-inflammatory compounds which can be useful in reducing pain and inflammation associated with arthritis, joint pain & muscle aches.

Glutamine Powder:  Prevents muscle breakdown

  • If you are lifting weights & experiencing a stressful time in your life, glutamine will prevent muscle breakdown.   It does this by fueling the immune system & others parts of the body.  This amino acid also speeds recovery, increases growth hormone, & will increase the storage of muscle glycogen to help you in hard training sessions.

AYURVEDIC Fat Fighting Tea See recipe in blog post “Get rid of stubborn fat,” posted 5/14/14

Add about ¼ cup to your shake

Fenugreek:  Increase libido & lowers cholesterol

  • Fenugreek seeds have been found to help increase libido for women & men.  It can also lessen the effect of hot flashes and mood fluctuations during menopause & PMS.
  • Studies show it can lower blood sugar after eating.  Some small studies have found that fenugreek can help with acid reflux. Because it’s high in fiber, fenugreek may help treat or prevent constipation.

Tumeric:  Anti-inflammatory 

  • It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.

Ginger:  Anti-inflammatory

  • Ginger contains chemicals that helps reduce nausea and inflammation.  It also can be used to treat heart burn & acid reflux.

Vegetable &/or Fruit Juice:  Load up on nutrients

  • Adding your veggies & fruits into your shake can help you get in the daily requirements of vegetables & fruits.
  • I don’t follow a specific recipe when making my vegetable and fruit juice.  I use whatever is in my refrigerator.  If I have frozen blueberries, strawberries, & raspberries, I will blend it in my Vitamix while gradually adding water to get my desired consistency.  You can follow this same process with your vegetables too.
  • I save my milk cartons to store my juices to make shakes throughout the week.  This makes it easy to whip up a protein shake in no time.

Add about ¼ to 1/2 cup of each for a meal replacement shake.