Category Archives: Fitness

Giveaway: 12 Weeks Body Transformation Training Plan

I´m excited to announce my very first giveaway: a 12-week training and meal plan.

The winner will get a free Evernote account with exclusive notebooks, 12 weeks of custom training and meal plans, daily coaching chat, and weekly progress check-ins. Valued 450$, you can get it by the face!

Do you want to reach your goals once and for all? Enter the Contest!

*The winner will be picked randomly at the end of the giveaway.

 

Evernote Walking Challenge

It´s no secret I love walking. Walking has several physical and mental benefits: reduces stress, controls blood sugar levels, boosts the immune system, burns fat and more.

You can lose body fat and get in shape through walking alone. Often, sedentary people choose intense workouts when they want to get in shape. Big mistake. It’s hard to stick to an intense routine if you’ve been out on the couch for a long time. You need a routine first. Intense routines come later.

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It´s no secret I love Evernote, the place to organize your work, declutter your life, and remember everything. As you know, Evernote has endless applications, and I use it to deliver personalized training and meal plans, all over the world,  and easily keep track of my clients´ daily progress.

I´m excited to announce my first fitness challenge on Evernote. This walking challenge will build discipline that will help you stay in shape for the rest of your life. Don’t wait until Monday or next month to start this challenge, start today!

First, you need an Evernote account to share your training notes with me and get advice. Download it here, and make sure to download it to all your devices. No worries, there is a free version of Evernote available. This challenge won´t cost you any money, but if you think Evernote is useful and want a paid version, you´re very welcome.

If you already are an Evernote user, let me know in the comment section.

No matter the activity tracker or app you use, you can save it (and much more) in Evernote with no effort. I´ll show you how to do it.

Once you get your account, I give you access to a notebook where you share your daily walks. I share mine, as well as advice on walking and Evernote. Private chat is available for your questions and concerns about training and how to use Evernote.

Also, an exclusive Facebook group with healthy recipes where you´ll meet more participants in a distended ambient. I think we have it all to reach your goals as you have fun.

This is “The Moment” when you chose a more healthy lifestyle. Download the app and let´s get started!

*This post may contain affiliate links from companies or products that I love. If you use this links to purchase a product, I may get a compensation.

Tips for Achieving Better Upper Body strength by Justina Triasovaite

Hello, dears!

Today I´m pleased to introduce you a new blogger and friend, Justina Triasovaite. She is a certified female personal trainer and also runs justinatraining.com, a site with useful information for those who are interested in general fitness and body transformation. A committed health and fitness fanatic, Justina is very passionate about helping people transform their lives.

London based, she´s offering first class free with each package! If you live in London, you shouldn´t miss this opportunity.

Without further delay, I let you read her refreshing tips. Enjoy!

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This article will reveal what it takes to build up strength in your upper body, including your shoulders, arms, chest, back, and core.

No matter where you choose to train – at the gym, in the park or in your own home, there are a lot of useful tips provided in this article that can be beneficial for building your upper body strength.

Ok, let’s get started!

Home and/or Park: A Great Start!

Have you ever thought of improving your upper body strength right in your own home, right in your terrace or garden, for example? There are different ways of getting stronger and it doesn’t necessarily require you to go out to the gym – just get started right at home or in any suitable park. In my opinion, the best place to train during spring-summer months would be outside – in a park or in your own home, maybe in the garden area. Fewer excuses and more exercise!

1) Best Exercises for Getting Stronger Upper Body at Home or Park 

  • PRESS UPS

Press ups involve the majority of upper body muscles, which is great if you are trying to strengthen your upper body. What is more, these exercises improve your posture, enhance your cardiovascular system and help to prevent lower back injuries. Press ups do not require any additional equipment so you can do it right in the middle of your living room or terrace.

  • DIPS

Dips are isolation exercises that work miracles for strengthening your arms and gaining powerful and defined triceps. They can be performed at the gym on a special machine or simply at home using a chair or a bed frame. Although I think it is much more fun to do your dips outside – just find the right spot (e.g. a bench). Try this out today!

  • PULL UPS

Pull up exercises are compound movements which add strength to the whole back and arms. Nobody says they’re easy, but what you gain is most definitely worth it: by doing pull ups, several large muscle groups (back, arms and shoulders) work simultaneously. What I love about these exercises the most is that they don’t require expensive equipment – you can order a pull-up bar online and hang it above your door frame. Time to get thinking about this.

  • RESISTANCE BANDS

Resistance bands are amazing tools for working out at home with your own body weight with a goal of strengthening various muscle groups in your body, including your upper body. Most of these bands come with a special hook which allows using them on your door without damaging it. It should also come with thorough instruction regarding all of the exercises you can perform using these bands. Easy and fun!

2. Best Exercises for Getting Stronger Upper Body at the Gym

Say hello to the rowing machine as soon as you enter the gym, as this is the best exercise you can do to strengthen your upper body and build a great back. It doesn’t really matter which kind of rowing machine you choose – seated, standing, assisted, or single arm rowing – the benefits of these type of exercise for building a strong upper body are simply undeniable.

Another great exercise I highly recommend trying out is a shoulder press – machine, free weights, barbell or dumbbells – everything goes when we are talking about those beautiful and strong shoulders.

Don’t forget that a strong chest is the key to a strong upper body, so the chest press should become one of your favorite exercises as well. Choose a bench or a machine, dumbbells or bar – everything is suitable for your goal as long as you perform the exercises correctly.

And last, but definitely not least, a must exercise for everyone – pull down or pull ups. Pull down is a great machine for beginners if they want to build up their back strength and move on to pull-ups. Pull ups and chin ups work miraculously in building the so-called “triangle back”, which is often part of my clients’ wish list!

3) General Tips for Upper Body Strength

  • Carry the shopping bags yourself. This simple activity can highly influence the strength of your upper body. Forget shopping online: carrying your purchases daily will be a great exercise for your upper body and will also help you improve in the exercising field.
  • Get involved! Play outdoor games which put resistance onto your upper body – basketball, netball, tennis, badminton. This is a fun and easy way to build strength in your upper body.
  • Include Isometric Contractions (also called isometric exercises or isometrics). These are the type of exercises, in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. These exercises are well known for making your upper body muscles stronger. One tip – try holding a pillow right in front of you while keeping your arms straight… Not so easy, right? ☺ Try it for a couple of days and increase your holding time gradually – you will see how much stronger you will feel in a relatively short period of time.
  • Don’t forget the core! The strength of your upper body highly depends on the strength of your core, so don’t forget to include a variety of exercises that help to strengthen the muscles of your core. My favorite core exercises are various variations of the plank as well as leg raises – these work best for strengthening core muscles. Tip: always add one or two exercises that help to strengthen the core at the end of your training sessions.

Continuous Hard Work Pays Off!

To sum up, continuous hard work and the right choice of exercises definitely pays off, leading to a well-trained upper body, built up strength and an improved physique.

There is no need to invest in expensive machines or training equipment: there are plenty of exercises available that require only your own body strength. Easy!

Even your everyday activities, such as carrying the shopping bags, can strengthen your upper body, so definitely no excuses!

 

 

Foam Rolling

This month we´re going to learn how to foam rolling. I love my foam roller so much, I´m even worried! Maybe I skip a training session or miss a yoga session, but I always find ten minutes to catch up with my blue friend (you´ll see it´s blue).

As each exercise has its own instructions, but there are main guidelines and usual mistakes common to all of them, I think it´s easier to read separately. Once you know the “rules”, it gets boring read them over and over again, right? Anyway, if you need a reminder or thinking on new followers, I´ll add a link to this post for everyone´s safety.

  1. WARNING! Most important: Do NOT use the foam roller on your lower back. Never. You may get injured. And that´s the opposite you want. Rolling your lower back will cause your spinal muscles to contract to protect your spine. To release your lower back, we roll the muscles that connect to it, glutes, hip flexors, and so on.
  2. Time: Ideally, you should spend 20 seconds or so on each tender spot while managing how much pressure you apply. When using a foam roller you should apply enough pressure so that you feel some tension released, either with constant pressure or by making small movements back and forth. A mild amount of discomfort is expected but you shouldn’t be in pain.
  3. Pressure: Apply enough pressure so that you feel some tension released, either with constant pressure or by making small movements back and forth. A mild amount of discomfort is expected but you shouldn’t be in pain. On painful or inflamed areas, it’s often best to roll just a few inches away first and then use large, sweeping motions to cover the entire area.
  4. Speed: Do not roll too quickly; slow and concentrated movements. If you roll too fast, your muscles won’t have time to adapt and you’re not going to get relief.
  5. Bad posture: If you use an improper form or bad posture while doing this, it could exacerbate existing postural deviations and cause injury. This is why we give specific instructions on each exercise!

Are you ready to foam rolling?

New study: Effects of energy drinks

There is a new study on the effects of energy drinks and the conclusion is not good news. Peveler, WW, Sanders, GJ, Marczinski, CA, and Holmer, B. have been published their study to determine the effect of 3 different energy drinks on cardiovascular and performance measures. It is important to recognize the difference between these new products and traditional soft drinks such as coffee, tea, sports drinks (such as Gatorade), sodas, juices, or flavored water.

“Fifteen recreational runners completed 5 trials. The first trial consisted of a graded exercise protocol. The 4 remaining trials consisted of 15-minute economy trials at a treadmill. An hour before subjects ingested 1 of the 3 energy drinks or a placebo. HR, BP, VO2, and rating of perceived exertion (RPE) were recorded during the 15-minute trial.

Fifteen-minute systolic BP readings were significantly lower in the placebo trials in relation to the 3 energy drink trials.

  • There were no significant differences in diastolic BP and HR.
  • There were no significant differences found in VO2 or RPE measures.
  • The findings show no performance benefits under the conditions of this study.
  • However, there does appear to be a significant increase in systolic BP.”

Translated, performance is not a reason to drink energy drinks. Caffeine and taurine will not enhance your performance. Your heart will beat faster and this may induce you to think you´re performing better. False impression.

Actually, if you take a look at a previous study (John P. Higgins, Santi Yarlagadda, and Benjamin Yang. Cardiovascular Complications of Energy Drinks), there is no reason at all to drink these beverages. This study concludes that energy drinks are “associated with complications not only patients with underlying cardiovascular conditions but also in young people.”

It would be a disaster if doing sports, trying to perform better, you get serious health issues because of a bad choice. Choose traditional: water, juices, sports drinks, and enjoy the process of a healthy living.

 

Diet and exercise by Paige Johnson

Hello, dears!

Paige from Learnfit.org is visiting us again! She loves offering her advice on weight lifting and strength training. Today she´s here to talk about diet and exercise.

“Diet and exercise are oftentimes directly associated with a slimmer waistline and improved muscle tone, but the pair can affect your physical health in more ways than just physical appearance.

What Are You Eating?

The food you put in your body can reduce the occurrence of negative health issues and promote a healthy heart and prevent disease. High blood pressure, or hypertension, may result in heart failure and premature death, but by incorporating heart-healthy foods into your diet such as whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts, you can reduce your risk of developing hypertension.  Eating right can also boost your immune system to build up your body’s defense against communicable diseases, and even help combat depression and addiction.

However, eating right means eating the right foods such as fruits and vegetables, which contain key vitamins and nutrients. The following vitamins are essential to physical health:

  • Vitamin C – boosts iron absorption, enhances immune function, promotes healthy gums, resolves to bruise (citrus fruits, cantaloupe, mangos, kiwis, pineapple, strawberries, leafy vegetables, asparagus, avocados)
  • Vitamin A – prevents cell damage, heightens infection resistance, maintains skin of gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts (apricots, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, yellow squash)
  • Vitamin B-6 and B-12 – vital for central nervous system, essential for the metabolism of amino acids and protein synthesis, improves immune system function (dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds)

As you make changes to your diet, make sure you eat at least three meals a day or five small meals throughout the day, and avoid skipping breakfast. Aim for balance, and eat a variety of foods such as grains, lean meats, dairy, fruits, and vegetables.

Get Moving

According to research presented by the CDC, physical activity can strengthen your bones, build muscle, and reduce risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Your bones, joints, and muscles support your body and enable you to move, so it is important to protect them. Physical activity can slow the loss of bone density, help with arthritis pain management, and help you increase and maintain muscle mass and strength. By getting active, you can also reduce the risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol and fat levels, keeping blood vessels flexible, and reducing inflammation of the arteries. Beneficial changes in cholesterol include a decrease in unhealthy LDL cholesterol, and an increase in healthy HDL cholesterol. Exercise directly affects the heart itself too. As you exercise, your heart grows stronger, enabling it to pump more blood with each beat, and work at maximum capacity with less strain. The resting heart rate of those who exercise is also lower, as the heart exerts less effort to pump blood through the body.

Blood pressure can be regulated through regular exercise as well, with sedentary people having a 35 percent greater chance of developing high blood pressure than those who are regularly physically active. Regular exercise keeps arteries flexible, benefitting blood pressure, but keep in mind that high-intensity activity may not lower blood pressure as effectively as moderate-intensity exercise such as walking, gardening, or dancing. If you have high blood pressure or heart disease, ask your doctor before starting any kind of physical activity to maximize the benefit and reduce the risk of causing further damage.

As you find ways to get moving and active, think of creative ways to incorporate it into your daily life. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn archery or a new style of dance. Include your family and friends by having an epic battle of freeze tag, or working together on a home project such as building a treehouse or planting a garden. Diet and exercise improve your health, so you might as well have a little fun while you are at it.

Jordan´s Breakfast Club Notebook

Hello dears!

I have an exclusive workout for you today. As you know,  I´m a proud member of Jordan´s Breakfast Club. Last December, I had an interview with the Jordan Marketing Director to give them feedback. She told me that new version would be available next autum, but I received it on February!

Club´s workouts are delivered via Facebook Messenger. I have used Facebook for training before, but I like Evernote better. So, I copied every message and workout as a note, adding my own little extras.

Jordan Club Notebook

The notebook with all the workouts is public and you can find it here. No downloads or info required.

I think between Facebook and Evernote´s version is you can easily record your times, reps, etc. Then you can easily access this info anytime. Facebook messenger is not the best to do these things, or that´s my opinion.

Also, you can easily contact me if you need help or support 😉

If you want to improve your stamina, quickness, and strength, this is your workout.

If you desire an exclusive world class workout, this is it!

If you Love basketball and want to train like a Pro, what are you waiting for?

If none of the above, I would love your opinion anyway 🙂 Visit the notebook and let me know what you think 😉