Eve's Health & Fitness

DOB: October 27 CURRENT RESIDENCE: North Eastern Oklahoma OCCUPATION: Certified Group Fitness Instructor HEIGHT:5'1"; WEIGHT:105 lbs.; BF%:14.3% bodyfat FAVORITE BODY PARTS TO TRAIN: Back, abs FAVORITE CHEAT MEAL: Mexican and any dark chocolate CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Featured as a fitness role model in Chad Tackett's Global-Health & Fitness website: http://www.global-fitness.com/ DESCRIBE MYSELF: Competitive, energetic, persistent, focused, consistent, and driven.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Great Butt Workout in Three Moves!


3 Top Exercises for Your Bottom

Nutrition, strength training, cardiovascular exercise and consistency make up the components of the formula. Then, we add a bit of specialization work for trouble areas and we create the final product!

Perform a tri-set for your routine. The tri-set refers to performing three exercises in a row without rest. The workout is challenging, so you must focus on impeccable form and concentrate completely on the muscles you’re working.

If you do not adhere to a nutrition plan, you will not achieve the goal. You might tighten the muscles but the size will not decrease.

1. Broom Stick Squats

Start

  • Position yourself under the broom stick with the stick on your upper back. Make sure the stick is not resting on your neck.
  • Feet are shoulder width apart with a slight bend in the knees.

Movement

  • Slowly begin to lower your body by bending from your hips and knees stopping when your thighs are several inches below parallel.
  • Contracting the quadriceps muscles, slowly return to the starting position stopping just short of your knees fully extending.

Key Points

  • Inhale as you lower down. Exhale while returning to the starting position.
  • Do not let your knees ride over your toes (you should be able to see your feet at all times).
  • Do not fully extend your knees when you return to the starting position.
  • It helps to find a marker on the wall to keep your eye on as you lift and lower, otherwise your head may tend to fall forward and your body will follow.
  • Think about sitting back in a chair as you are lowering down.
  • Push off with your heels as you return to the starting position.

Perform 20 repetitions and immediately go to the next exercise

2. Dumbbell Step Up

Start

  • Set up a step or low bench in front of you. Stand tall with a dumbbell in each hand with your arms hanging at your sides

Movement

  • Step up with one leg onto the step or bench. Follow with the second leg. Step down starting with the same lead leg returning to the starting position and repeat the step with opposite leg etc.

Key Points

  • Exhale while stepping up. Inhale while returning to the starting position. It helps to find a marker on the wall to keep your eye on as you step up and down, otherwise your head may tend to fall forward and your body will follow. It is a very effective exercise that involves most of the muscle groups of the lower body.
  • This exercise requires a high degree of concentration. Practice this exercise without weights until you master the movementPerform 20 steps (repetitions) on each leg and immediately go to the next exercise

3. Dumbbell Walking Lunges

Starting Position

  • Stand straight with your feet slightly spread apart.
  • Hold a dumbbell in each hand with your arms down at your sides.

Movement

  • With control, slowly step forward with the right leg and lower the left leg until the knee almost touches the floor.
  • The step should be long enough that your left leg is nearly straight
  • Your chest should be lifted and your front leg should form a 90 degree angle at the bottom of the movement.
  • Your right knee shouldn’t pass your right foot.
  • Don’t let your knee touch the floor.
  • Raise yourself up then, push off with the left foot and take the same long step you did with the right leg.

Key Points

  • Inhale while stepping forward.
  • Exhale while rising up and pushing off the back foot.
  • Make sure your head is up and your back is straight.

Caution

  • Discontinue this exercise if you feel any discomfort in your knees.

Perform 15 steps with each leg in one direction and then turn around and go back to the start with 15 steps each leg again.

All three exercises are considered one cycle. Perform three cycles. Wait 90 seconds between cycles before repeating. Believe me, you’ll cherish those 90 seconds. You may need to begin with 2 cycles for a few weeks until you get used to the workout intensity.

Best of Luck!

Cheers,

Eve :-)


Friday, July 01, 2011

The Over 40 Workout

Although strength-training is key, new research shows that how you train can make a difference between so-so results and a metabolism that stays in high gear, burning fat and showing off lean muscle. Essential fibers, however, are the first to go as you get older (even if you're active) because most workouts don't target them. If you don't use them, you lose them. Fortunately, there's an easy antidote: speed. research from Salisbury University in Maryland found that lifting weights faster recruits more muscle and increases calorie burn by about 32%. that's 72 extra calories per workout--the amount you'd burn walking a mile! the best part: you may feel stronger after just one workout.

What you'll need
One 6-foot flat exercise band (or two shorter ones tied together), medium resistance (available at sporting goods stores).

3 days a week
Do the 30-minute speed training strength Plan, below. Perform 3 sets of 8 reps of each exercise in the order listed, resting 30 seconds between sets, then repeat the entire routine one more time. Also do the 30-minute Speed Training Cardio Moves to fire up any dozing fast-twitch fibers in those hard-to-hit lower-body areas like your hips, butt, and thighs.

The rest of the week
Do 30 to 60 minutes of any type of moderate-intensity cardio--such as walking--as many days as possible to keep your metabolism revved and speed your weight loss.
Speed Training

1. Slingshot Squat
(firms butt and legs)
Stand on band with feet shoulder-width apart. Hold ends at shoulder height, palms forward. Bend hips and knees and sit back, keeping knees behind toes. This is the start position. Quickly (1 count) stand up, then slowly (3 counts) lower.

2. Crunch & Press
(firms triceps and abs)
Loop band around a sturdy object near the ground. Lie with band behind you, knees bent, feet flat. Hold each end of band and bend arms so elbows point up with hands above shoulders. Quickly curl head and shoulders off ground, then rapidly extend arms so they are straight out from shoulders. Slowly return to start position.

3. Triangle Press
(firms shoulders)
Place right foot on center of band, holding ends in each hand. Step left foot about 3 feet to left, turn foot out, and bend knee into side lunge, keeping right leg straight. Rest left forearm on left thigh, and bend right arm so hand is by right shoulder. Quickly press right arm overhead on a diagonal. Slowly lower. Complete a full set, then switch sides.


4. Half Curl
(firms biceps)
Stand on band with feet a few inches apart. Hold ends with arms bent 90 degrees, elbows at sides, palms up (A). Quickly bend elbows, raising hands toward shoulders (B). Slowly lower to start.


5. Bench Press
(firms chest)
Loop band underneath a bench or aerobic step and grasp one end of band in each hand. Lie back with knees bent, feet flat, and hands by chest, elbows pointing slightly down and out. Quickly straighten arms toward sky without locking elbows. Slowly lower.

6. Seated Row
(firms back)
Sit with knees bent slightly and feet flexed, heels resting on ground. Loop band around feet and grasp an end in each hand. Keeping back straight, quickly bend arms and pull hands toward rib cage, elbows pointing behind you. Slowly extend arms.

7. Leg Press
(firms butt and thighs)
Lie on back with legs bent in toward chest. Loop band around bottom of left foot, with sole facing up, and grasp ends of band. Quickly straighten left leg, without locking knee. Slowly return to start position. Complete a full set, then switch legs.

8. Lat Pull-Down
(firms back)
Loop band overhead. (to attach in a door, put a knot in center of band, drape knot over door so loose ends are on side by you, close door, and check that band is secure.) Kneel facing band, arms extended overhead, hands wider than shoulder-width apart. Quickly pull hands down, squeezing shoulder blades together, until hands are around chest height. Slowly release.


Speed Training Cardio Moves

This 30-minute workout shapes up fast-twitch fibers--and your legs and butt-- with speed or climbing intervals. To meet the intense demands, your body has to recruit all those power-and speed-producing fast-twitch fibers to keep you moving. For instance, walking uphill activates 25% more fibers in your backside than strolling on flat terrain, for faster sculpting. Plus it revs up calorie burn by over one-third. You can do this routine on any cardio equipment (increase the resistance on a stationary bike to simulate hills), or walk, jog, cycle, or swim outdoors. The key is to really push yourself on the speed up/climb intervals.

Time What to Do How Hard
0-5 minutes Warm up to moderately tough pace. 5 to 7
5 to 5:30 Speed up, going as fast as you can, OR climb, raising incline as high as comfortably possible (10 to 15%). 9
5:30 to 6:30 Recover 5 to 6
6:30 to 7 Speed up OR climb. 9
7 to 8 Recover. 5-6
8 to 8:30 Speed up OR climb. 9
8:30 to 12 Recover, then work back to moderately tough pace. 5-7
12 to 12:45 Speed up OR climb. 9
12:45 to 13:45 Recover. 5 to 6
13:45 to 14:30 Speed up OR climb. 9
14:30 to 15:30 Recover. 5-6
15:30 to 16:15 Speed up OR climb. 9
16:15 to 20 Recover, then work back to moderately tough pace. 5-7
20 to 21 Speed up OR climb. 9
21 to 22 Recover. 5 to 6
22 to 23 Speed up OR climb. 9
23 to 24 Recover. 5 to 6
24 to 25 Speed up OR climb. 9
25 to 30 Cool down. 5 to 6


*Based on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the effort required for sitting and 10 for an all-out sprint.

A BIG Thank you to Certified personal trainer Selene Yeager who designed the band workout. Certified fitness instructor Leigh Crews created the cardio routine.

Blast Extra Fat
For more ways to turn up your calorie burn, curbing your appetite, and keeping your weight loss efforts on the fast track.

1. Watch home-cooked portions. Restaurant servings aren't the only ones growing. According to a study of 18 recipes published in The Joy of Cooking since it was first released in 1936, home-cooked meals have 63% more calories per serving today. One of the reasons is a 33% increase in serving sizes since 1996. The solution: halve recipes. Or assume you'll have leftovers and store half the food as soon as it's cooked.

2. Skip the sweet drinks. People who eliminated just one sugar-sweetened beverage from their diets a day lost more weight over 6 months than those who reduced the same number of calories from solid food, found a Johns Hopkins University study. Researchers speculate that liquid calories are less satiating, leaving you hungrier.

3. Eat protein at every meal (and snack). In a European study of 205 slimmed-down men and women, those who ate about 25% of their daily calories from protein (about 100 g for a 1,600-calorie diet) had an easier time maintaining their weight loss. Protein may help because it keeps you feeling full longer and uses more calories during digestion than carbohydrates and fat do, concluded the researchers. Good choices: 3 ounces of chicken (26 g of protein), 3 ounces of tuna (22 g), 1/2 cup of low-fat cottage cheese (14 g), 1/2 cup of soybeans (11 g), 1 cup of quinoa (8 g).

4. Begin with broth. Research shows you'll eat about 20% fewer calories if you start a meal with soup instead of diving right into the main course. Just skip high-calorie creamy-based varieties.

5. Have a V8. Vegetable juice may help quell your appetite and control calorie consumption. When University of California, Davis, researchers had a group of men and women follow a low-calorie, heart-healthy diet, those who drank at least 8 ounces of low-sodium vegetable juice daily lost 4 times more weight than those who skipped the healthy beverage.

Remember, always have fun with it! :D

Cheers,

Eve :-)

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