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!!

Jump In! Lean Out With Jump Rope Training

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Get lean in 2017 with jump rope training!  Jumping rope is hands down one of the best tools to help you torch fat and lean out faster than ever.  It is estimated that jumping rope for 10 minutes (at 120 turns per minute) is equivalent to jogging for 30 minutes.

If you are someone that dreads cardio then this option is one to jump at!  Block out any concerns about looking silly or what people will think.  Attempting this activity, even if you stumble and trip trying, is worth it.  I’m sure people in the gym might think I’m a maniac when I break out my jump rope in between sets, but I’m there to get my best workout.  What people think of me is none of my business.

Ease yourself into it by practicing jumping with an invisible jump rope.  It might seem ridiculous but this will help you get the rhythm.

sad-elephant-jumping-ropeJumping rope is not only a calorie-burner but it’s also incredibly efficient, convenient and a great workout.

  • You can effectively burn calories and work your entire body in half the time by jumping rope.  I love how it works, not only my legs but my core, arms and shoulders!
  • It’s also a great workout tool for when you are traveling.  I always have my jump rope packed for any type of trip.  All you need is some space to get to whipping.
  • If done properly it’s a lower-impact activity than jogging.  Rope jumping strengthens muscles that support the tendons and ligaments of the knees, feet, and ankles.

Jump Rope Checklist For Correct Form:

  1. Keep torso relaxed, head lifted, and gaze ahead for balance.
  2. Maintain your weight on the balls of your feet.
  3. Jump only high enough to clear the rope.
  4. Land lightly on the balls of your feet.
  5. Keep your elbows near your sides.
  6. Make small circles with wrists while turning the rope.
  7. Do not sacrifice good form for speed.

Jump Rope Checklist For Getting Started:

  1. Wear cross trainers.
  2. Jump on a wood floor, rubber surface or a mat made for exercise.
  3. Adjust the height of your jump rope by placing one foot on the center of the rope and pull the handles up the sides of your body.  It should be at armpit level.

Beginner plan:

-Set a number goal.  For example, 20 total jumps.  When you reach your goal rest and repeat for 5-10 minutes.

Intermediate plan:

-Set a time goal.  For example, jump for 30 seconds and rest for 1 minute.  Repeat this for 10-15 minutes.

Advanced plan:

-Set a goal to jump 3-5 minutes without stopping.  Take a short break and repeat these endurance blocks 4-5 times.

For more training ideas be sure to check back for my next blog where I will be sharing my jump rope circuit training routine.  This is my personal preferred way of jump roping that will get you shredded.

 

 

4 Exercises to Target Your Lower Abs

You can keep your abs toned through the holidays with this in-home routine.  If you hate going out in the cold, then this routine will be perfect for you.

Tightening up those pesky lower abs is challenging.  Most of the exercises that target that region involve using the hip flexors, so if they are weak then you may not feel the movement.

Engaging the transverse abdominal muscles that will tighten up your core. To hit this area I’ve put together some unconventional exercises that all build upon a plank.

You will need:

  • 2 hand towels
  • mat
  • smooth surface
  • a rock solid focus

*Make sure you can master a standard plank hold before you progress to these exercises.

Plank Row

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Get into plank position with your towels under your feet.  (The naval is pulled toward the spine and your body is streamlined.) Push yourself back as far as you can while you are pressing into the towels.  Then pull your body back to the starting position.  It’s a small movement.  Keep your body tight and straight the entire time.  Perform 8-12 reps or go for 30 seconds.

Bear

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Get into a push up position with arms extended and hands under your shoulders.  Press down into your towels and pull your feet toward you.  Then, push back to the starting position.  This can also be done by bending your knees and pulling them toward your chest.  Perform 8-12 reps or go for 30+seconds.

Mountain Climber

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Holding the extended plank position, pull your right knee in toward your chest then press back while pulling your left leg in toward your chest.  Perform 16-20 reps (right & left leg is a full rep) or go for 30+ seconds.

Army Crawl

*video on Facebook page, click icon @ http://www.totalbodyandmind.net*

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Get into plank position and tighten up your abs and butt.  Crawl forward on your forearms until you hit the edge of your mat, then crawl back.  4-8 reps (one forward and back is a full rep).

Candy Crusher Halloween Workout

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Did you eat too much candy this weekend?  Let’s crush those calories and have fun doing it!

 

 

 

This is a Halloween-themed workout I put together for my morning bootcamp class.  It is a total body workout that will burn some serious calories!

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Repeat each circuit three times.

Exercise descriptions provided at the bottom of the blog.

Circuit 1

  • Run a couple of laps or run for 2 minutes at a fast pace.
  • Next, take it into the BOOty blast exercises.  Perform each exercise for 45 sec.

Circuit 2

  • Thriller shuffle reaction drill– Get into a squat position (pretend like you are playing defense in a basketball game).  For 45 seconds randomly shuffle right to left.  If you have a partner, have them randomly call out ‘right’ or ‘left’ commands.
  • Killer arm exercises.  Perform each exercise for 45 sec.

Circuit 3

Exercise descriptions:

Wall squat– Stand with your back against a wall, placing your feet about two feet out in front of you. Feet should be hip-distance apart. Bending your knees, slide your back down the wall until your knees are at 90 degree angles. Adjust your body position so that your knee joints don’t go over your ankle joints.

Sumo pulse– Get into a wide stance toes slightly turned out and squat low.  Stay at the bottom end of the movement as you do tiny pulses.

Bridges– Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Raise your hips of the floor so that your body forms a straight line from your shoulders to your knees. Pause at the top then slowly lower your body back to the floor.

Spider pushups– Place your hands on the floor underneath your shoulders and get into a push-up position.
Move your left hand forward and bend your elbow while simultaneously stepping forward with your left foot and draw your knee to the elbow.

Bicep curl to an Arnold press– http://www.bodybuilding.com/exercises/detail/view/name/arnold-dumbbell-press

Witches cauldron– Perform a plank with your arms on a stability ball.  Make tiny circles toward the right for 10 seconds then repeat on the left.

Reverse crunch with medicine ball– Place a medicine ball or towel between your knees.  Pull your knees in toward your chest and do a small hip lift.

Scissors–  Lying on your back with your legs extended off the floor, alternate crossing your legs.

Wall sit twist- Get into your wall squat position with a medicine ball.  Alternate tapping the medicine ball to the right and left.

 

Are You Ready For A Miracle?

This Summer I took an Insanity Live training class, and I was so inspired by the positive energy of my instructor that I wanted to share her story with you.  Erin Scott’s journey with weight loss offers hope that no matter how bleak it seems, it’s possible to change the entire trajectory of your life.

About 8 years ago Erin was depressed, well over 200 lbs, in one toxic relationship after another and in crippling debt.  In order to make ends meet and keep up with student loans she was working as a research associate, and also had two part-time jobs: scooping ice cream and serving coffee and the other waiting tables at an Italian brick-oven pizza restaurant.

The stress of that life was taking a toll on her and food became her comfort.  Life was spiraling out of control until something magical happened…

One day when she was gorging on a cheese calzone and sprawled out on her living room’s pull-out couch, a Turbo Jam infomercial for a home workout came on the TV.  In that moment desperation and opportunity met.  The fog lifted and clarity took center stage.

before_01162012 Erin knew she needed to change the path she was on.  She explained, “I was ashamed to step foot in a gym to make the change I knew I desperately needed.  As I was wiping cheese grease off of my face I heard the infomercial  voice over say, “never do a crunch on the floor again,” and that right there sealed the deal for me!  LOL!”  She went on to say that she couldn’t afford it, but she took a leap of faith.  That’s where the magic happened.

It doesn’t matter if you are broke, busted and disgusted, Providence does not discriminate.  When your opportunity clock goes off and you respond with action something miraculous is going to happen.

Erin’s weight loss journey started with working out in her living room.

She didn’t respond with excuses, instead, she seized her opportunity to transform herself.  Along with doing the Beachbody home workouts, Erin also followed their nutrition program and lost 50 pounds. “That was just the start,” she said. “I gained so much more confidence in myself. I was able to come off of my anti-depressant medication, and I began to eliminate those toxic relationships in my life. I began to see light again, after being in such a dark place for a long time.”

I regained my sense of self-worth. I’m in the best shape of my life.

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Erin’s weight loss journey helped bring her life’s purpose into focus.  She realized that she wanted to share her passion for health and fitness.  After going through all of her struggles and coming out on the other side, it’s her desire to inspire others to reach their potential.

These days Erin is loving life and she attributes who she has become to her faith in God.
966815_10151832823437895_242294320_oErin’s advice if you’re stuck in a rut, unhappy with your career, love life, and body:

  1. Be honest with yourself about what you want. What do you REALLY want?
  2. Pray.  It’s easy to get so stuck in our own heads and it serves us well to talk to God openly and with as much vulnerability as possible. In that process, you might start to see options that you hadn’t considered before.
  3. If prayer is not your jam then seek out wise counsel from knowledgeable people who can point you in the right direction.
  4. Be humble.  Trying to figure it all out on your own seems like the easiest way. It’s not. It can actually be the most difficult–and it’s a more prideful way. Take a step back & work with someone you like and trust to guide you and have enough belief in yourself to see it through.

Erin is a fitness educator, Team Beachbody Master Trainer, coach, group fitness instructor, and owner of SillyFit Inc.  Read mor1609944_10152130998347895_3618979090057837505_ne information about Erin @ http://sillyfit.com

Quick and Easy Summer Lunch Recipes

Here are some healthy lunch and snack recipes that will make meal prep easy during the hot Summer months!

Spring Rolls

Think of it as a salad except that it’s easier to eat and more fun.-:)  You could add in some protein with shrimp, chicken or tofu to make it a more filling lunch.

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Ingredients:

rice paper–avocado–your favorite veggies

Directions:

  • Soak your rice paper in a large bowl of warm water for about 10 seconds (or follow directions on your package).
  • Lay it on a moist clean towel and layer on your veggies & if you want.  Sprinkle with rice vinegar or Asian dressing.
  • Roll it up burrito style by rolling forward once, tucking in the sides and continuing to roll forward.

*Optional step: sauté your veggies in 1/2 Tbsp of sesame oil, 1/2 Tbsp soy sauce and 2 garlic cloves.

Dipping Sauce

3 Tbsp soy sauce, 3 Tbsp nut butter, 2 tsp chopped garlic, 1/2 tsp sesame oil

Turkey and Veggie Roll Ups

Another easy grab and go snack or light lunch idea.  These are surprisingly tasty eats!

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Ingredients

organic deli meat

green beans & carrot slices

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Roll up 1-2 steamed green beans, a carrot slice and a strip of mustard.

Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap

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Ingredients

1½ pounds pre-cooked chicken (I use a store bought rotisserie & remove the skin)
½ cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
¼ cup light mayonnaise
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup red seedless grapes, cut in half lengthwise (20 grapes)
½ cup coarsely chopped unsalted, raw walnuts or pecans
1 cup thinly sliced celery (about 3 stalks)

Combine yogurt, mayo, vinegar, honey, salt, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl.  Add chicken,  grapes, and celery and toss until everything is coated in the yogurt sauce. Give it a quick taste and adjust salt and pepper if needed.  Chill before serving.

 

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