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Holiday Survival Kit: Wallet, Phone, Keys and a Bar

Christmas Diet TipsThe holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. Not only do we still have our regular list of things to do, but now we also have to fit in Christmas shopping, football games, holiday parties and special events too. As we all run around like a chicken with its head cut off, it’s easy to neglect our bodies.

This is the time of year when our workouts and diet suffers. We don’t make time to eat, and when we do finally eat, it’s not as healthy as it should be – plus we overeat because we waited until we were completely starving to finally stop for food.

You can prevent a LOT of damage by doing this one simple thing: Bring a bar everywhere you go. Seriously, before you leave the house, you should grab your phone, grab your wallet, grab your keys and grab a bar – like the Atkins Blueberry Greek Yogurt Bar.

When we get too hungry, we get stupid – plain and simple. 

IMG_3347Having a bar handy can prevent so many diet boo-boos.

If you think about all the times you’ve given in to fast food or overeaten at dinner, it’s typically because you allowed yourself to get too hungry. When we get too hungry we get stupid – plain and simple.

We think of stupid ways to get food. We rationalize our poor decisions and we make exceptions to our normal dietary rules. This can all be prevented with one simple healthy snack bar.

Below are my list of top 10 reasons you should have a bar handy – and why!

 

Top 10 Times to Have a Bar Handy

  1. WORKING – If you are like me, you can work long hours without rest and, suddenly, you are starving to death. Midday is the perfect time to have a bar. It will give you the boost you need to perform well, and you won’t be as hungry by suppertime.
  2. STUDYING – If you are a student, you should always have a bar in your backpack. If young students snack on a bar on their bus ride, or walking route, home, they will be less likely to invade the pantry as soon as they walk in the door. Many students also have end of the year exams in December, so it’s good to have extra brain food on hand to help them stay alert and sharp.
  3. CHEERING – Tis the season for football cheering, fa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la! Bring a bar with you to all the games. It not only will save you from buying a high-price hot dog, but it will save you the calories too!
  4. SHOPPING – Graze on a bar while shopping. This will help you resist the food court, and will keep your energy level up. Always have a bar with you when you go to the grocery store too. Sometimes you will find you are hungrier than you thought once you get there – then you’ll throw everything but the kitchen sink in your grocery cart because you are thinking with your stomach and not your brain! lol
  5. travelingTRAVELING – Pack bars with you on road trips. Having a bar in the car, ready for your next hunger pain, can reduce unnecessary snack stops as well as curb appetite until you find the next restaurant.
  6. PARTYING – Eat a bar before going to a Holiday Party. You’ll be less likely to overeat all the high-calorie holiday fair. A bar is also great to have for those holiday dinners with the office. It can take a long time to serve a large number of people, so it’s good to have a bar on hand in case it takes two hours to just get your salad.
  7. SIPPING – Bring a bar to your favorite coffee house. Atkins bars taste like a real treat, so enjoy it with a cup of joe instead of sharing your coffee with a high-fat high-carb scone or muffin.
  8. EXERCISING – Pack a bar in your gym bag. You should always have a bar in your gym bag in case your blood sugar drops or you lack energy for your workout.
  9. WATCHING – This is the season for long concerts, plays, recitals and Christmas specials. Bring a bar with you to snack on during intermission so don’t want to eat a horse when the even is over.
  10. DRIVING – The holidays will have you running all over creation – going on errands, playing taxi for your kids and packing in as many honey-dos as possible. This is why I always have a bar in my car. It’s my emergency bar stash. My car is never without a bar, so I’m never stuck in the car hungry.

Bars, Bars, Bars

Here is a list of Atkin’s Advantage Bars. These bars are great as a meal replacement, or a really filling snack. Bars are available at CVS, Publix, WinnDixie, WalMart, Target, Sam’s and many other common grocery stores. With a total of 24 varieties of delicious snack and meal bars, Atkins has something for everyone and their snacking preference. Bring along an Atkins Advantage bar such as the Blueberry Greek Yogurt bar or the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel bar. They’re portable and can be eaten anytime you’re on the go or you need a satisfying snack or light meal. Each bar is packed with protein and fiber to keep you satisfied when you’re too busy to eat a full meal.

Atkins Advantage bars

Atkins Blueberry Greek Yogurt Bar
Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel
Strawberry Almond Bar
Cinnamon Bun Bar
Chocolate Chip Granola Bar
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
Cookies & Cream Bar
Mud Slide Bar
Peanut Butter Granola Bar
Peanut Fudge Granola Bar
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar

This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Atkins.

4 Ways to Find Your Fit

SHAPE MAGAZINEShape Magazine has challenged me, as one of the 10 East Coast against 10 West Coast bloggers, to put our new Fitbit Charge to the test. Each week we compete to see which Coast can take the most steps or log the longest distance, leading to one Coast to be declared the most “Active Coast”.

1st Challenge: Take a Hike!

Shape FitBit ChalllengeEach week we will get a challenge to complete (follow #MotivationMondays and #FindYourFit to follow the challenge). This week’s challenge was “Take a Hike“. I don’t know about you and where you live, but there isn’t a lot of “hiking” here. There are no mountains, hills or parks to go “hiking” around – at least, not how I think of hiking. While there IS one trail called Jungle Trail, one town over, hiking isn’t something you think of when you think of Vero Beach.

On top of it, Monday for us was a crazy travel work-day for us Pfiesters. We were up at 5am, on the road by 7am to Boca Raton where we shoot our LiveExercise workout shows, then we had to fly back to train clients, teach kickboxing and teach BCx Shred Camp at our gym, Max Fitness Club. But, I still planned on getting my hike on despite my insane day! Did I mention I was also temporarily blind?

Bonnie Pfiester 4-eyesI’m going through a special contact fitting (created for hard-to-fit blink folks like me). This fitting requires me to wear a special contact lens (and I still have to wear glasses over them to see! That’s how blind I am! haha). Anyway, I have to wear these contacts for a few days to help the doctor (Dr. Joyce Desrosiers of the Eye Clinic of Vero) measure my eye. So, not only did I not have an ideal path, I can’t even really see a path at all. Ha! So, instead of sitting on the couch in the office waiting for Steve’s show to end, staring into space, I was on a mission to prove to everyone you can have all the excuses in the world and still choose not to use one of them. So, in between shows, I decided to hike my semi-blind self through Boca’s industrial area.

image8To my surprise, I actually had a lot of fun exploring through parking lots, loading docs, sidewalks, breezeways and side streets – and even found a pretty lake-veiw spot to sit and relax a bit.

Even when your day is busy, even when your circumstances are not ideal, you can still #FindYourFit!

Follow me on Intagram & Twitter to join in the weekly challenge and follow my teams progress at Shape.com.

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Here are a few pics from my city hike! lol ;)

4 Ways to Find Your Fit

circles1. Don’t be afraid to walk in circles. Before I decided to walk through the entire industrial plaza on the street where our studio was, I first decided I’d just walk around the building. Even if I had to do 20 laps, I would still get some steps in, burn some calories and find my fit. I think many people are looking for the ideal path, not just any path. To #FindYourFit, you have to improvise.

10-minute-clock2. 10 minutes is ok. When it comes to exercising the heart and lunges, exercising for only 10 minutes at a time is effective. Don’t feel like you have to have a whole hour to workout. While your co-worker takes their 10 minute smoke break, take a 10 minute walk break! You’ll come back more refreshed and alert than your nicotine-filled friend.

HIIT3. Make the most of the time you have. If you are limited on time, incorporate HIIT (High Intensity Hit Training) into your walk. You can set your Fitbit Charge to cue you every minute (or desired time). Rotate between a run and a walk, or a sprint and a jog, to burn more calories and take your cardiovascular training up a notch.

Blue-Jump-Rope-14. Walk a mile without leaving. There are other ways to take steps without even leaving your house or office. Butt-kicks (jogging in place), jump rope, high marches and jumping jacks can help you get your steps in even if you can’t step out. Here’s an example of a workout you can do with nothing but your bodyweight and a jumprope to get increase your steps and #findyourfit!

Warm up: Watch Video

25 Butt-Kix (jog in place, heels hit your butt)
25 Jax
(repeat 2x)
25 Squats

25 2-Step Heismans
(repeat 2x)
Jump Rope (2 minutes)

THE PUSH: Watch Video 

(3 rounds for time)
30 Jogs

30 Butt-Kix
30 Jax
10 High Knees (one big jump in the air lifting both knees as high as you can)
1-Minute Jump rope 

SSS (SkaterSquatShuffle): Watch Video

3 sets for time
20 Skaters (lunge from side to side, touching opposite hand to the lunging foot)

20 Butt-Kix
20 Squat Front-Kix (squat with alternating kicks)
20 Butt-Kix
20 Shuffle (quick switch)
20 Butt Kix
Record your time at the end of the third round!

WIN A FITBIT CHARGE

Check out all the blogger’s pages (you can click on each blogger’s pic to see their blog) to see how they’re tackling the challenges and get your hands on your own new Fitbit Charge by entering our weekly sweepstakes below. Come back weekly to see which Coast is in the lead and to enter to win 1 of 4 new Fitbit Charges we’re handing out!

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This post is sponsored by the Shape/Men’s Fitness FitBit Charge Challenge.

Fat-Burning Leg Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Built with Thermo Heat.

Here’s one of our latest leg workouts, designed to burn fat, strengthen and sculpt!

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Turn Up The Heat Fat Burning Leg Written Workout

LEG WORKOUT 10 Walking Lunges (20 steps)
10 Thrusters
X3 (with little to no rest)

15 Leg Press
15 Squat Jumps
X3 (with little to no rest)

15 Leg Extensions
15 Double Unders
X3 (with little to no rest)

What is ThermoHeat?

ThermoHeat is a new thermogenic (fat burner) that’s out. Steve explains what thermogenics are, how they work, and what Thermo Heat does.

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New Fat Burner Boosts Results: ThermoHeat Product Review

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Thermo Heat. 

boost buttonSometimes I feel like I need a little boost to help me reach my goals. While I don’t normally take a lot of supplements aside from protein, vitamins and creatine, I do occasionally add a fat burner to the mix to give me that edge I need when I’m starting a new diet or I’m just kinda feeling blah. So, when I got the opportunity to try ThermoHeat, I jumped right on it – because NOW was one of those times!!

Being a fitness professional, I hate when diet pills claim to help you lose weight, get ripped, get your man back and fix all your problems (because you know some companies do make crazy claims like that!), however ThermoHeat just says it like it is – no fluff, just science (Click here to see clinical studies). It says it’s boost metabolism (and it DOES), helps manage your appetite (and it DOES!) and enhances energy and alertness (and it most definitely DOES).

Natural Boost

fitness rxYou might have seen the ThermoHeat feature in Fitness RX. Basically, ThermoHeat is made up of a variety of nature’s best antioxidants, herbs, extracts and supplements. For instance, ThermoHeat has capsaicin in it, a chemical found in red chili pepper used to make paprika which reduces appetite & increases metabolic rate. Read more. While I’m no dietician or chemist,and can’t explain all the ingredients, I can tell you what this product does for me – or doesn’t do I should say!

Unlike many other thermogenics, ThermoHeat doesn’t make me jittery. Since I have heart palpitation issues, this is super important for me. Some fat burners make me feel very uneasy, but ThermoHeat is energizing without freaking me out. I can actually FEEL the warmth of the ingredients, warming me up from the inside – which is just plain cool (or hot, I should say). Increased body temperature results in more calories burned throughout the day.

Not only am I burning more calories at rest, the energy ThermoHeat gives me makes me want to burn even more calories. This is the edge I need to get my butt going on those days I’m not “feeling it”. Let’s be realistic. I would be lying if I told you to pop this pill and you’ll lose weight. While you will burn a few more calories a day and you may not be as hungry through the day, you will miss out on its benefits if you aren’t exercising and eating clean. What I love about ThermoHeat is I’m not only burning more calories, but I have the mental boost (more energy and alertness) to WANT to workout more. That’s the boost I’m talking about. 

Boost Energy

BCx Boot CampI have taken ThermoHeat before a run or before a class and LOVED the added energy! I don’t suggest taking it right before exercise (especially if you haven’t eaten) simply because the warm feeling feels more intense to me when I am huffing and puffing too, but if I take it with food or an hour before exercise I feel SUPER-FANTABULOUS! Seriously, the other day, I was SOOOOO DEAD! I really, REALLY didn’t want to go to the gym, but I popped some ThermoHeat (I know, it’s not a pre-workout pill, but I figured what the hay!) and DRUG my lazy bones to the gym – and ROCKED it! I totally left the gym feeling 10 foot tall and bullet proof. ThermoHeat is energizing indeed! Just ask Steve, who accused me of taking crack on the last BCx Boot Camp show on LiveExercise! lol After taking ThermoHeat, I was quite the energizer bunny! :)

Reduce Appetite

Healthy-Appetite-Suppressant-300x300Lastly, ThermoHeat is also an appetite suppressant and I DEFINITELY noticed I am not near as hungry now that I’ve been taking ThermoHeat. I do NOT condone going long spans without eating (we need to boost our metabolism by eating ever 2-3 hours), however, the other day I realized it was 6:45pm and I hadn’t eaten ALL day. I completely forgot – that is NOT like me! When I finally did eat, it wasn’t from hunger, but just because I knew I NEEDED to eat.

The Verdict

Basically, my take on ThermoHeat is this. If you want a little kick in the pants and need more energy without the jitters and heart racing, you should try ThermoHeat. I’ve actually never been so good and consistent about taking supplements. With ThermoHeat, I’ve been extra good about taking it on a regular basis like a good girl! Why? Because I’m comfortable taking it and it works! (oh yeah, and I have a lost a couple pounds too!)

SO thankful I got to try this product. I definitely give it 2 thumbs up!

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Extreme Core Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Titin Tech. 

Steve recently showed you how to use Titin weighted compression shirts to add resistance to plyos and calisthenics in my last post, but what about static holds like plank or yoga poses?

Today’s workout is an example of how versatile the Titin compression shirt really is. Since your resistance is like a second skin, you can comfortably add it to just about any exercise you do – like this challenging core workout routine. Even if you don’t have Titin gear yet, give this workout a try and imagine what it would feel like weighted down!

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Complete 3 Rounds on Each Side:
10 Diagonal Knee
10 Side Elbow Plank with Single Side Kick
10 Elbow Plank Single Donkey Kick
10 T-Plank Row Combo
Repeat on the other leg

Improve strength, power and endurance with Titin! Learn More about Titan weighted compression gear & join the Titin Team at http://bit.ly/fftitin.

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Extreme Core Workout

TITIN TEST WORKOUT: Improve Speed, Power & Endurance

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Titin Tech. 

TITIN TECH COMPRESSION SHIRTWant to improve speed, power and endurance? Whether you are an athlete or a fitness enthusiast who likes a challenge, the Titin Test is for you! This workout is designed to work with the Titin Weighted Compression Shirt. But before you begin the workout, you need a marker. In other words, you need a number to beat.

The Marker

Do these exercises with no resistance.
60 seconds each, with only 30 secs rest.

#1 Pull Ups (Mark you reps)
#2 Push Ups (Mark you reps)
#3 Sit Ups (Mark you reps)
#4 Box Jumps (Mark you reps)

The Titin Test Workout

TITIN TECH WORKOUTAfter you are nice and rested, put your Titin weighted compression gear on and get ready to do the following exercises with no rest.

10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Pull Ups 
10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Push Ups
10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Sit Ups
10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Box Jumps

Complete 1- 3 Rounds

Follow The Video:

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Do the Titin Test 2-3 times a week for 1-2 weeks. Then check your progress against your original markers. The more you train with Titin weighted compression gear, the more fit you’ll become. It’s only a matter of time before you will be faster, stronger and have more endurance. Keep good records each time you test against your marker.

Like what you see? CLICK HERE to fund your fitness and learn more (and get your own) Titin Weighted Compression Gear! Join the Titin team today!!

New Fitness Toy: The World’s 1st Weighted Compression Gear

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Titin Tech. 

 Boost Your Workout AND Results

Titin Tech Shirt► Higher Lactate Threshold
► Increased Vertical Leap
► Increase in Endurance
► Increase in Caloric Burn
► Increase in Running Speed

Steve and I recently discovered a killer fitness tool to boost performance and calorie burn that will bring any workout to a whole new level. It’s the world’s ONLY weighted compression shirt called Titin. No bulky vests or attachments. You don’t have to hold onto anything or clip into anything – your hands are completely free and you are totally comfortable to do whatever you want to to in or out of the gym!

Versatile • Comfortable • Effective

TITIN shirtTitin compression clothing is simply a heavier version of a second skin – especially awesome for athletes and fitness enthusiasts (HUGE with CrossFitters & athletes) who want to boost performance. The Titin shirt distributes weight evenly all over the body. Since the weight is in your shirt, you can increase the intensity of exercises you normally can’t change like burpees, mountain climbers, plyos, sprinting and jumping.

Not only can Titin clothing boost your workouts, the pliable weighted gel inserts can be heated or frozen to stay hot or cold for 35-45 minutes.

THE TITIN TEN WORKOUT
10 Bodyweight Exercises, 5 Extreme Rounds

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#1   50 Yard Sprint
#2   40 Jump Rope
#3   35 Mountain Climbers
#4   30 Walking Lunges
#5   25 Air Squats
#6   20 Box Jumps
#7   15 Sit Ups
#8   10 Burpees
#9   5 Pull Ups
#10  1/8 Mile Run

60 Seconds Rest X 5 Rounds

We will be shooting some exclusive workout videos using the Titin Tech gear this weekend, so be sure to check back in and watch our social channels.

JOIN THE TITIN TEAM

titin techHelp Kickstart Titin get their gear out there so you can make Titan a part of your training. Titin has almost reached their $100,000 goal to take Titin to the next level. Be a part of the Titin team. Share this with your friends, team members, coaches, trainers and gyms. I am so sold on this product, I guaranteed you Titin will be a major player in all sports – including MMA, football, basketball, soccer, CrossFit and even running!

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Reebok Z-Rated Shoes & Workout

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Reebok. 

Sometimes it’s not enough to just be fast. You need to be able to move quick. If your daily run is never running in a straight line, this shoe is your kind of shoe. Check it out!

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reebok zquickReebok just came out with a really cool high-traction running shoe that’s made to move quick. If you like the natural feel of a super light shoe that gives you just enough cushion without losing the feel of the road, this shoe is for you! What I love most about this shoe (besides how light it is) is definitely the traction. Traction is out of control. The outer sole is designed for maximum ground contact so your foot really grabs the ground for quick switches, turns, jumps and stops. Not only is this great for running (especially when your route includes navigating around traffic, puddles, people, dogs and uneven sidewalks) I’m super excited about using these shoes on my functional training days. These shoes are going to crush sprints, box jumps, heismansShuffle Touches, and other exercises that require more traction.

Inspired by hi-performance, Z-Rated tires, the Reebok Z Run running shoe are like sports car tires on your feet. The Z-Rated technology delivers control, traction and speed – just like my Corvette!

reebok zquickHere are the things I like most about the shoe:

  • Super Light
  • Smooth No-Sew upper
  • Low-cut for mobility
  • Roomy toe box
  • Awesome tread for killer control, traction and speed
  • Super flexible midsole

Here’s a cool video on the technology of the shoe:

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“These shoes will make you UNNATURALLY QUICK!” So set your timer and get ready to crush this workout!! Click on the workout name to see video demonstration of each exercise.

Today’s Z-Rated Workout:

Set your timer!!!
1/4 mile sprint

 SSS – Cardio, Conditioning, Lower Body

  1. 20 Skaters
  2. 20 Butt-Kicks
  3. 20 Squat Front Kicks (alternating legs)
  4. 20 Butt-Kicks
  5. 20 Shuffle Touches (quick switch)
  6. 20 Butt-Kicks

Complete 3 rounds

1/4 mile sprint

Dead Legs – Legs, Glutes, Hamstrings

  1. 20 Prisoner Squats
  2. 20 Mary Catherines
  3. 20 X-Squats
  4. 20 Crisscross Squats
  5. 20 Bridges
  6. 1-Minute Wall Sits

Complete 3 rounds

1/4 mile sprint and record your time.

How long did it take you to get through it?

The Shoulder Shake-Up Workout

Post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Cory Vines.

shoulder shake-up workout NOTE: Click on the exercise to view video instruction.

1st Segment: HEAVY
3 x 12 Seated Dumbbell Shoulder Press
3 x 10 Dumbbell Snatch (10 Right/10 Left)
3 x 12 Upright Rows

2nd Conditioning Segment: MODERATE
2 x 10 Step Up & 1-Arm Shoulder Press (R/L)

Super Set: (Right arm first)
1 x 10 1-Arm Step Up (arm stays up)
1 x 15 1-Arm Shoulder Press
(repeat Left Arm – no rest)
x 2

3rd Segment (Arms start shaking!): LIGHT
15 Dumbbell Lateral Raise
30-Second Elbow Plank
X 3 (no rest between exercises & rounds)

3 x 15 Dumbbell Rear Delts

I’M STAYING COOL IN CORY VINES

CORY VINES I’m wore my brand new Cory Vines racerback tank yesterday and loved it. It’s super soft, light, extremely breathable and has moisture wicking technology that allows sweat to evaporate quickly. It fit really nicely (somewhat fitted in the chest area, with a nice bit of light stretch), but a little looser through the waist so I’m not suffocating or feeling like every fat roll is showing through. Best yet, it’s not expensive! Get this tank.

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MORE POWER: Power Yoga Workout

Feature Fitness Tool: MASS SUIT
Workout: Simple but POWERful yoga workout (do with or without the suit)
Goal: Strengthen, Tone, Burn More Calories, Challenge Balance, Gain Muscle Control & Improve Flexibility

Here is a yoga workout Steve Pfiester designed for MASS SUIT. You can go through this whole routine with or without it – but the MASS SUIT definitely makes it much more challenging! Give it a try and let us know how you like it!

CLICK HERE to read the whole blog, complete with the written workout to follow.

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This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mass Suit.
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