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Body Beast Review

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body beast

If it was any great body building workout, this one would be it. This program fulfills all the requirements of a great weight training program –

  • Challenging
  • Variety (Working every muscle group)
  • Scalable (Can be made as tough as one would want)

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Say YES to Weight Training

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Most women I know shun away from weight training. Here’s why-

Me- Hey girl, why don’t you weight train?
Girl – Umm yeah. I know it’s good and all, but you know I do not wanna look like this-
woman body builder

Me- Umm…no you wont, unless you competing for a heavy weight championship, and pumping in loads of supplements and steroids and testosterone in your blood. This is how you might look if you do weight training-

strong is the new skinny

Every women wants a ripped and defined body, but no one quite knows what to do, and what really works. And when they do know, they prefer sticking to the known and boring routine. Weight training is the answer if you are looking to get leaner. As we age, our muscle mass tends to decrease, and fat increases. That is why it is imperative to do weight training to maintain the muscle mass.

Here are the advantages of doing so-

  • Improves coordination of muscles
  • Helps to regress obesity and resolve metabolic disorders
  • Increase strength and endurance in one’s body
  • Weight training causes muscles to grow and pull increased amount of glucose from the bloodstream, cause lower blood sugar levels and decreased chances of diabetes.
  • Weight training helps to melt away visceral fat that builds around organs in the body, decreasing cardiovascular diseases.
  • Weight training reduces greatly the chances of joint pains, and keeps the bones healthy for the long haul.

 

AND THE BIGGEST BENEFIT OF ALL

  • The more muscles you build, the more calories you will burn! MORE BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

I need not say anything anymore 🙂 GO get your workout in, and make sure to incorporate weights!

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My 5 Favorite Kettlebell Exercises

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Lately, I have been quite liking the kettlebell workouts. Kettlebells are the trendiest thing in the world of fitness, after protein shakes. Now again you’d think, why kettlebell? why not dumbbells? And my answer to that will be it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. Kettlebells target a slightly different type of muscles group than the dumbbells. And there are certain type of exercises which can be performed better with the way the kettlebell is shaped vs a dumbbell. In the long run, the idea is to alternate between the two when you are working out, to get the maximum benefits.

The exercises I have listed below can be performed using either a dumbbell or a kettlebell. In the pictures I am using a 10 pound kettlebell. Please feel free to use heavier weights to challenge yourself.

Squats with overhead kettlebell press
Great upper and lower body workout.

squats with overhead kettlebell press
Sets – 5
Repetitions- 15
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P90X3 – First Impressions

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p90x3
I consider myself a sucker for home workouts. For the last year and a half, I have tried out pretty much all of beach body workouts, and in addition to them, have found other workouts over youtube and iphone apps. And I can confidently say, one does not need a gym membership to start losing weight! Gyms, in humble my opinion are quite a waste of time unless you are no real rush to get into the best shape of your life! From the point you pack your gym bag, to the point you finally start working out, you probably have wasted an hour, if not more. In that time someone at home could’ve gotten a workout + shower in and got on with their day. Now I have heard things like – “oh its fun to workout in a group” or “who doesn’t like working out in fancy places with state of the art changing rooms”, and my reply to that is – BULLSHIT! If you really wanted to get yourself in shape, you will workout even in your jammies!

Alright, I am done with my rant! Now lets talk about P90X3.
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Buns of Steel

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barbell squats
It’s COLD in Minnesota! I mean the toe-numbing, curl-up-in-a-ball kind of cold! Winter is officially here, and getting yourself going in such extreme climate, frankly, requires massive amounts of will and determination. And guess what gets me going? Yep you got it – My workouts!

So here’s me updating you guys about what I’ve been doing lately. I am trying something new. I was always the do-a-little-of-everything kinda girl. My workouts typically involved lots of cardio, a bit of strength training, and then finish up with stretching. And yes that helped me get to my ideal weight. But I realized that I had conflicting goals. I wanted to lose weight, but also be ripped and achieve great muscular definition. I did lose weight, but I still did not see the definition I wanted. Simply because I wasn’t working on building my muscles. So this month I’ve been all about heavy weights, and this week, it’s been about the lower body!

Thanks to my husband who lent me his bar-bell and weights, I am finally able to now progress on to big girl bar-bell weight training! Don’t worry dumb-bells. I’ll keep revisiting you guys every now and then 🙂

To give you an example of a workout I did on Tuesday (which KILLED my legs!), here’s a FitnessBlender workout video for you to try…
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