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Full Body Strength & Cardio Workout

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mountain climbersCardio Blitz
10 Air Squats
10 2-Count Mountain Climbers
10 Burpees
X 4
Do the cardio blitz between each circuit.

3 Circuits: 30 seconds of each circuit:

Pull Downs (or Pull Ups)
Hop Overs
Push Ups
X3

Shoulder Press
Thrusters
Squats
X3Step Ups

Straight Leg Deadlifts
In/Out Squats*
Step Ups**
X3

*In & Out Squats: Feet together in a narrow stance, squat and hop out into a squat with feet in a wide stance. Then hop back to a narrow stance squat. Each rep should include one narrow squat and one wide stance – so 20 total squats.

**Step Ups: Stay on one leg for 10. Pressure should remain on the forward foot (on the bench) for the best results. Do NOT put any weight on the back foot on the floor. Keep your forward foot on the bench and only tap the back foot to the ground before stepping back up. Be sure to extend fully into a complete stand on the bench.

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Extreme Pacer Upper Body Workout

metronome workoutHave you ever noticed how we want to do some exercises fast and some slow? For instance, I am prone to do bicycle crunches and push ups really fast, but a little slower to do squats. It’s actually harder to do some exercises slow (like push ups). Holding that lowered position for a longer time is tough! Well, this workout is made to FORCE you to do each exercise at 3 different paces – extremely slow, medium and then very fast.

First, download the metronome app. Then set the metronome to 45 beats per minute (bpm). It will be SUUUUUPER slow. Begin the first couplet of exercises, which is thrusters and mountain climbers (thrusters is a squat and a shoulder press). With each beep, you will begin or end the movement. Your thrusters, for instance, will be in the squat position for the first beep, then in the fully extended standing position, holding the weight above head until it beeps to tell you to move back to the squat. (So it’s squat and HOLD, then stand/press and HOLD, only moving at the beep.)

Once you complete 30 seconds of each exercise in that first couplet, you’ll move to the 2nd set and do the next pace, which is 90bpm. Then you will end with the rapid 135bpm.

Since the first pace is super slow, concentrate on perfect form. The medium pace will be more like a comfortable pace for you, and should also be performed with good form. The final fast pace will be difficult to perform in full range of motion, so it will be likely half the movement (like a pulse).

Be sure to stick to the beat! It should almost feel robotic. Up, down, up, down. Push, pull, push, pull. NO rest in between, other than to just adjust the pace for the next set. Have fun!

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BCx Boot Camp Workout

Are You Fit or Are You Fooling Yourself?

being fitYou’ve probably heard the saying “going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in the garage makes you a car”. There is so much truth to this statement, but yet people are constantly fooling themselves into this kind of thinking. In my field, people think going to the gym should be enough to change their life – but I’ve got news for you. It’s not.

The same way going to church doesn’t make you a Christian, going to the gym doesn’t make you fit. Running every day doesn’t necessarily mean you are healthy either. A matter of fact, there are many people who workout an hour a day as an attempt to balance out how poorly they treat their body the other 23 hours a day. This isn’t fitness. It’s more like damage control.

Exercise isn’t the big eraser. NO! It should be a total game changer. Fitness is a life change, not like some additive you throw in three times a week. Fitness requires a life change if you want to truly be fit, look fit and for fitness to be lasting.

Think of it this way. Going to church doesn’t make up for living poorly. It doesn’t make you a good person. It won’t erase your sins each week, or make you magically a better person. If all you do is go to church once a week and nothing else changes, you are fooling yourself into thinking church is “working for you”. Worse than that, people will call you a hypocrite. While church may make you feel better about yourself, as it may be a pathetic attempt of adding something good into your messed up life, if it isn’t CHANGING your life (how you spend your time, money, power, etc) then something is very wrong.

In the same way, going to the gym should CHANGE you. You should see visible changes in the way you look, the way you spend your time, the way you eat and how you live. Going to the gym doesn’t balance out poor eating, it should make you want to QUIT eating poorly. Exercise should make you more protective over your health – and the more you workout, the more you should desire to improve your health in every area.

Sadly, people often hire a trainer to whip them into shape, but they fail. Why? Because they are only giving fitness one hour for three times a week, when true fitness requires acting healthy every day. Most people are willing to do more, but they aren’t willing to do without their favorite food, their nightly glass of wine, their fine dining or daily bowl of ice cream. Shute! There are people who refuse to give up their Coke. Seriously? You’d trade your health for a soda? Being fit isn’t just about what you do, it’s about what you need to stop doing.

It’s time you look at fitness for what it really is. It’s not what you do in the gym. It’s not drinking protein shakes. It’s not wearing fitness clothing or taking vitamins. It’s not eating Paleo or running 5Ks. Fitness is a way of life. It’s taking care of your body, and treating it well. It’s living a life of discipline and self-control. it’s eating healthy foods, and fun foods only in moderation. It’s living accountable to your body, and taking responsibility for your life and health.

Are you truly living a fit life, or are you fooling yourself?

5 Elements of Fitness

Do you know the 5 Elements of Fitness? Read my article for Answers.com and see if you have all 5 elements of fitness.

Motivation Needed?

I'm not motivatedOne of the most common statements I hear is “I just wish I was more motivated to workout”. I want to say “DUH! Me too!”. It is rare to meet a person who just can’t wait to go to the gym and workout every single day of their life. While there are some rare breeds (not sure what breed they are because they surely can’t be human!), but I do know they exist. However, I would venture to say most of my human friends go to the gym strictly out of self-discipline, as a result of purposefully creating healthy habits.

Sadly, many people wait for the magical warm and fuzzies to happen – and they are still waiting (and will be waiting until the day they die) because, chances are, that motivating miracle will never come.

While different people are motivated by different things, it seems to me that tight pants, poor self-esteem, depression or stress would be pretty motivating to someone who is overweight. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always do it for people. There even some people who’s life is at risk due to poor health, and sometimes that doesn’t even do it for them.

Interestingly enough, feeling bad and being unhealthy may not even be what gets someone sweating. Sometimes it’s plain old greed – we want what others have. We look at their fit bodies and use our “I want that” nature for our own advantage to push us to work harder. Other times it’s looking at someone else’s success story that gives us the encouragement we need to think for just one minute we might be able to have it too.

Even if you do wake up one morning feeling disgusting enough to start working out, eventually you’ll feel good about yourself again – and it might happen way before you hit your goal.

Whether you are motivated or not, one thing you should realize up front is even the most magical motivation isn’t something you should ever rely on. Even if you do wake up one morning feeling disgusting enough to start working out, eventually you’ll feel good about yourself again – and it might happen way before you hit your goal. You may have big hopes and wake up so excited to aim high, and eventually begin to settle for less. It happens to the best of us.

The fact of the matter is “motivation” is a feeling, and feelings are NOT something you should EVER rely on. They lie to you, they fluctuate and they are not trustworthy at all. You need to ONLY rely on your decisions and your commitment. As soon as you realize that your success hinges on your actions, no matter what your feelings are, then you will be on the road to success.

Make a commitment today to start ignoring your feelings and focus on your actions, focus on your goals and focus on your progress. You can’t control your feelings at all times, but you can control how you react. Start preparing your mind for a successful 2015.

Fitness Is What?

fitness isn't exerciseWhat is fitness to you? I think when people think “fitness”, they think “exercise”. They think of running, lifting and sweating. They think of Fitness Magazine, with fit bodies and flat abs – but I think most people go down a LONG list of other things and activities before they get to diet, water and sleep.

Fitness isn’t an exercise. It’s a lifestyle. Fitness is truly a way of life, it’s not just what you do in the gym. This includes how you eat, how you sleep and how you move throughout the day. ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) describes fitness as a 5-part package. In order to be fit, you should be able to check off all 5 elements of fitness:

  1. Cardiovascular Respiratory Fitness
  2. Muscular Strength
  3. Muscular Endurance
  4. Good Flexibility
  5. A Healthy Body Composition

How do you stand up to the ACSM guidelines of being fit? I’m 4 out of 5 (flexibility being my weakness – but I’m working on it!). 

wall sit challengeI’ve seen a lot of body builders who couldn’t run a 1/4 mile and runners who couldn’t lift a weight. I’ve seen fit looking people have heart attacks because their bench press was more important than their heart’s health (and their love for unhealthy food was untamed). I encourage you to LIVE fit to BE fit. 

As you work hard to get fit and stay fit, you purposefully do things to improve these 5 elements of fitness. This means you stop looking for the easy way to do things and look for ways to fit more healthy activity and fuel in your day. You go to bed earlier, you stay more active, you stretch, you drink a lot of water, you eat healthy, you manage your weight and you challenge your body’s strength, stamina and muscular endurance. You don’t just exercise – you LIVE IT! 

Read my article on Answers.com about the 5 elements of fitness and how to make sure your fitness program covers them all.

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4 Dangers of Lazy Living?

LazinessWant to lose weight? Are you the kind of person who would just do better if someone else would cook for you, or at least just tell you what to eat? You aren’t alone. It’s called being lazy – and we ALL have a lazy bone that wishes dieting could be easier. Are we really going to let laziness rule our life? Seriously? We KNOW the reward is great, so why would we let a few food prep and calorie-logging steps get in our way?

We are lazy creatures. We want to be spoon fed. We don’t even want to read information now – we want to hear it or watch it on TV, because reading would take too much effort. We prefer to be forced to do the right thing because making the decision to do the right thing on our own would also be too much work. Even people at church want to be given a really good word from the pulpit to last them all week because they are too lazy to open the Bible and actually get a word from God themselves. Here are 4 ways laziness gets us in trouble.

Knowledge quote1. We do not apply what we learn. We constantly seek more information, when we aren’t even applying what we have already heard. James 1:22 says “be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Of course it’s talking about the word, being the Bible. However, I believe we can learn from this and apply it to many areas of our life. How often are we searching for new recipes, new workouts and new fitness toys when we already know what to eat, know what to do and have enough fitness tools to do it? Normally, the difference between someone who is getting results and someone who isn’t is the person getting results is actually applying what they have have already learned. While the person who isn’t getting results is only applying SOME of what they’ve learned, and still in search of an easier route or a shortcut.

big-boned-exercise-cartoon2. We have selective hearing. When we choose to have selective hearing, and only apply what we like while ignoring the stuff we don’t like, we are deceiving ourselves. We live life pretending we are doing everything right, because we are doing some stuff right. This is a VERY bad habit. Why? First, you begin to believe the lie that you are doing “everything” you can. That’s not true. You are doing everything you WANT to do, but not everything you SHOULD do. Second, as we decide to pick and choose what we want to apply, we become more susceptible to false teaching and gimmicks. This applies both to our fitness and diet, as well as our spiritual journey. You don’t get to pick and choose truth. Truth is truth and if you ignore the truth long enough, you will begin to fall for any lie. You must apply all the principles to get the results you want – not just some of them. However, many people find themselves working hard in the gym (because they don’t mind that part), yet ignoring calories (because that is too much work) – and they wonder why they can’t lose the weight. If you want to succeed, you have to decide to apply EVERYTHING you learn, not just some of it.

Diet Cartoon3. You never really learn what is necessary to make fitness a lasting lifestyle. If you take short cuts, you are missing out on gaining more knowledge. Eating Lean Cuisines instead of learning out to prepare and weigh food, and count calories keeps you in bondage to boxed foods. As soon as you are left to cook or eat out, you will be lost. There is a certain amount of “homework” required to the fitness lifestyle. You must make the extra effort to measure food, weigh it, research foods, count calories, look up healthy recipes, study workouts, learn proper form, research supplements and study nutrition if you really want to KNOW how to live healthy. Sadly, people don’t want to know anything. They want to get healthy with limited knowledge. This is why people say “just tell me what to do” or “tell me what to eat”. Just telling someone what to do or eat sets them up for long-term failure. The best way to make fitness a lifestyle is to invest time in gaining the knowledge you need to KNOW how to live healthy (not pretend to live healthy). Think about how much time you waste surfing facebook or watching TV, where you gain NO knowledge. Don’t you think you are worth the investment?

too busy to exercise4. You make life harder than it has to be. ironically, we waste more and energy time trying shortcuts than if we did everything the right (and often longer) way. Proverbs 12:24 says “The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor.” I think this passage is interesting because what it tells me is lazy people will be FORCED to work even harder. It’s funny how easy life is when we suck it up and just do what we are supposed to do. It’s when we try to avoid work, we often have to work much harder. I’ve personally experienced this time after time – especially with home improvement projects. I can’t count the number of times I had to either completely do something over again because I was trying to cut corners.

You can do MOREWhat this scripture also tells me is that I will be more in control if I am diligent. How many of us want to be in control of our lives? Of course our life really is in God’s hands, but there are many things we can control – and exercise and diet falls in that category. Do you really want to be FORCED to labor – possibly doing what you don’t even want to do? Or do you want to take control and choose what you are willing to do? Unfortunately, many people wait until it’s too late and the doctor tells them they need to make changes or they are going to die. You can decide now, or someone will decide for you later. Either way, we really can’t avoid work. It’s a part of life – so you might as well take control now.

Have you been guilty of trying short cuts, waiting on an easier way or only applying some of what you have learned? Save a lot of time and energy, and each your goal faster, by doing fitness the right way – applying what you have learned, and continuing to learn something new every day! You will be SO glad you did!! Your only regret will be that you wish you did it sooner!!

Motivational Quote:

You can do more

Weakness is a Choice

weakness is a choiceWhere we are now is normally a result of our own actions and our own choices. Sure, there are some things that we can’t control – yet we still can control our reaction to even those things. 

We all have the same amount of time in the day. We may fill it up with work, facebook, kids, pets, church, TV, sleep, eating, etc…but we ultimately get to decide how we spend a lot of our time even if some of our time is not negotiable.

We ALL are busy. We all are pulled in a million different directions. One thing I’ve learned is I can ALLOW people, work, money, bills, stress, etc to pull me off track from what is important to me or I can stick to my guns and determine my own steps. 

When I say I did NOT want to run the morning I tweeted this quote out online Saturday, I meant it! I had precious family coming into town and knew I would be pressing it to run, shower, clean or do whatever needed to be done in time for their arrival. Plus, I was plain tired. I had already done 8 cardios so far that week and could have EASILY justified skipping a day. BUT (Biiiiiiiiiigggggg BUT) if I skipped it, it would have really been out of pure laziness and lame excuses. 

Running with your dogI didn’t have a ton of time, but I had enough time. I might have been tired, but I had the energy. My joints felt good, my body was feeling good. The whether was nice and Marley LOVES running with me so I can kill 2 birds with one stone – we both get exercise.

Steve got up and was doing his cardio. I honestly had no really good excuse NOT to – AND I knew good and well I’d feel horrible if I didn’t. Even though it wouldn’t have been the end of the world, it’s important to do the things that make you feel good and proud.

When it boils down to it, I had the choice. Run now, be proud later. Run now, be strong later, Run now, be thinner later, Run now, be guilt-free later. Run now, be a little closer to your goal later. Run now and live out the rest of the day in control, on track, focused, healthy and happy.

Next time you are tempted to be weak, remember you have the choice to be STRONG!!

3 Cardio Workouts to Beat Boredom

boring cardioAccording to the Physical Activity Guideline for Americans, you should do 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise weekly. Even if you do the minimum, which means you should do 30 minutes of moderate aerobic activity five days a week. This could easily get very boring over time!!

Today, on Answers.com, I wrote on ways to make your cardio more interesting and more effective. I wanted to make sure you didn’t miss these 3 workout ideas I shared with Answers:

1. The 3-Way Split
2. The 30-Minute Cardio and Core Workout
3. The 30-Minute Full Body Cardio and Conditioning Workout

CLICK HERE to get all three workouts on Answers.com!

BCx Leg & Glute Workout

live X BCX WORKOUT LEG & CARDIOThis lower body workout part of the workout from Episode 33 from our BCx Boot Camp show on LiveExercise.com. It’s killer cardio and conditioning, with an emphasis on the glutes.

This is how the workout works. You have one minute to do each exercise combination, which is 10 cardio exercises (the burpees or the tuck jumps) and the rest of that same minute to do as many reps as you can of the following exercise. Live Exercise offers a free 14 day trial (just click on the free trial banner on the side of the workout page) so you can actually do the workout with us!

Workout Tips: 
You can take a 60 second break between rounds, but not between exercises.
On the second segment, start with your left leg and alternate legs each round.

There are 36 BCx Workouts to choose from – PLUS over 2,000 other workouts on LiveExercise including Yoga, Workouts with Bands, Cardio & More!

BCx Boot Camp combines strength, cardio and conditioning into one effective body sculpting workout, using a wide variety of tools & training methods. Learn more about BCx Boot Camp at www.DoBCx.com.

 

Finally, Free Obesity Help Coming

launch pad projectWhat if there was FREE help online to fight obesity? Not random tips or information, but true guidance from personal trainers, nutritionists and physiologists? This is exactly what the team at LiveExercise is working hard to do.

With your help they can create The Launchpad Project, a free health program designed to assist people with obesity and limited mobility. The Launchpad Project will be a series of daily videos focusing on exercise, nutrition, and mental health, while also being a safe place for people to talk freely about their issues and progress.

Many people look at obesity as a simple case of eating less and exercising more, but overeating and sedentary lifestyle are only a small part of the problem. Poverty, lack of education, and underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, addiction, depression and abuse are all contributing factors. That’s why The Launchpad Project is not a weight-loss program, it’s a healthy lifestyle movement – with professionals to help people tackle all aspects of obesity.

Health shouldn’t have a price tag

LiveExercise is raising money so they can provide this program to everyone. They believe The Launchpad Project needs to be free to reach as many people as possible. Studies show that obesity and poverty are closely linked, often making gyms, and food such fresh fruits and vegetables inaccessible. This is why it’s more important than ever to provide accessible health and nutritional programs for low-income families.

They need $60,000 to pay for studio & production time and pay for the trainers, nutritionists, and psychologists to produce 6 months of free daily videos. BUT, (THIS IS REALLY COOL!) even if they don’t make it all the way, they will use what they have raised to produce as many shows as possible within the budget! That means every penny HELPS!! 

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