Who Needs Rest Anyway?!

Who Needs Rest Anyway?!Perform 2-3 rounds of the following exercises.
Do each move for 40 seconds of ‘all out’ effort, move to next exercise with no rest in between. Take a quick 5-10 sec break between rounds.
1. High KB Swing/Double KB Swing
2. 1-Arm KB Swing
3. 1-Arm KB Swing
4. KB Figure 8’s
5. KB Squat-Tri.Ext.
6. KB Side-Side-Overhead Press
7. KB Suitcase DL’s
8. DBL KB Burpee, SGL KB Diag Press
9. KB Wide Halos
10. KB Wide Halos
11. KB Upright Rows
12. KB Knee Repeater
13. KB Knee Repeater
14. KB Thrusters
15. Push Ups
16. KB Russian Twist
17. KB Hip Raise + Press
18. KB Side Bridge Raise
19. KB Side Bridge Raise
20. KB Leg Raises


Keep up the GOOD WORK:) – NAT –

Fears – Roadblocks to Achieving Your Weight Loss Goals

Read this if you…overeat, binge eat, for anorexia, hate exercise, can’t keep from eating sweets or salty snacks/treats, ‘live to eat vs. eat to live’…..
Fear’s, we all have them. Some people are afraid of spiders, some of public speaking, and some…of the dark! I’m not here to talk about arachnophobia today though. I’m here to talk about “limiting beliefs” that lead to “limiting behaviors”.

Fear’s and limiting beliefs are similar in that they’re created by imagining some negative outcome in the future. You may be afraid of public speaking because you imagine that you will forget your lines, sound/look silly or uneducated, or be laughed at. Well it’s time to face these fears, feel the fear and do it! Don’t let these limiting beliefs and fears stop you from taking the necessary steps to achieve your dreams.

Usually, when trying to overcome a fear, you will have to TAKE THE RISK OF THE UNCOMFORTABLE…remember, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’.

All decisions we make are based on our associations to what actions will produce, PAIN or PLEASURE.
PAIN – linked to a negative outcome, situation, fear, or negative loss.
PLEASURE – linked to a positive outcome, experience, or positive gain.
We link some ideas, images, sounds, and situations to ‘PAIN’ and some to ‘PLEASURE’.
People have differences and similiarities in their linkages to PAIN and PLEASURE.
The MAIN POINT here is this. The FEAR of PAIN and OUR BELIEFS that an action will LEAD TO PLEASURE are driven by our PERCEPTIONS OF REALITY, NOT REALITY!

These ‘Perceptions of Reality’ are created based on past experiences/life events. Over time you’ve developed associations and beliefs based on past experiences. The problem here?…some of these past experiences created ‘limiting beliefs’ within you that now affect your behavior to future situations you deem are similar to this past experience and in turn, this leads to limiting behaviors.

Limiting Behaviors
are those that are holding you back or are ‘disempowering’ you.
Example: An association to public speaking – ‘you will fail, people will laugh’ – leads to limiting behavior…you don’t share your opinion/voice, don’t excel at job or don’t get promoted as a result.
Example: An association to eating sweets – developed as a child, ‘you feel satisfied/happy when indulging in sweets’ – leads to limiting behavior…now when you’re unhappy/stressed, you eat sweets to feel happy, but it keeps you from losing weight and achieving your fitness goals!

So What Do I Do????
1. FACE YOUR FEARS AND QUESTION THEM! Write down a list of all of your fears, disempowering beliefs, and things you associate with pain. Questions their validity. How rediculous is this belief?
2. ASSOCIATE EACH DISEMPOWERING BELIEF TO PAIN. For each disempowering belief say, ‘If I allow this belief to negatively impact me it will cost me or keep me from __________.’
3. For each disempowering belief write down, ‘I want to _______, but I scare myself by imagining ______.’
4. REPLACE THIS ‘IMAGINATION’ or ‘FEARFUL FEELING’ with feelings you associate with positive outcomes.

Example: Indulging in sweets or Overeating – ‘Living to Eat instead of Eating to Live’
=> You Say: “If I don’t eat/snack on this donut, I’ll miss out on the feeling of satisfaction/fullness.'(False!)
=> Rather Realize: “If I keep believing this and eating sweets too much, eating when unnecessary, and ‘living to eat’; I will gain weight, suffer from health problems, and undo all my hard work at the gym!
=> State the Truth: “I want to eat healthy/avoid sweets, BUT I scare myself by imagining that I’ll be missing out on something good, the feeling of satisfaction, and filling of some void.”
=> The Reality & New Associations: “If I stick to a healthy diet, avoid unnecessary sweets and unhealthy foods, and learn to ONLY ‘Eat to Live’; I WILL lose weight, improve my health, feel proud and confident, and see the results materialize from my workouts.”

YOU CAN overcome the roadblocks, YOU CAN face your fears, it may be uncomfortable and challenging, you may experience setbacks, but be determined to achieve your goals and push through day-by-day! You can apply these methods in all aspects of your life. Get out there, achieve the unexpected, be strong, and FACE YOUR FEARS!!

Need Motivation to Stay Consistent with Exercise & Diet?

Hi RawFitnesser’s!
So as some of you may have already experienced, when you start up an exercise plan and new healthy diet, you may be totally on-point and motivated for the first few weeks to maybe even a month or so…but eventually a lot of people lose that drive and motivation they first had when starting out. Today I want to talk about how staying consistent is key to achieving the weight loss and wellness goals you want so bad. Without consistency, you will not achieve those goals, and without motivation and drive it will be impossible to stay on track with your fitness program and remain consistent.

So how do I get the motivation and drive I need to stick to my plan?

Follow these tips below, take into consideration that everyone is influenced differently in what may motivate them

Visualize:
What works for me best is if I have a ‘role model’. Choose your favorite celebrity, athlete, or whomever you think has a healthy physique and aim to sculpt your body to have similar characteristics. Again, I want to reiterate the phrase ‘healthy physique’! By healthy, I mean toned, strong, attractive, positive. My three ‘role models’ are Felicia Romero/Linz Kaye/Kathleen Tesori. Print out photos of your ‘role models’ and post their pictures on your refrigerator, when temptation knocks at your door, look at those photos and remember your goals, and avoid going into the fridge for any unhealthy or unnecessary eats!
Also, visualize yourself leaner, stronger and more toned. Visualize yourself feeling healthy and more energetic!
Music:
Find the right beats to beat procrastination and pump up your motivation! Get a good playlist, and not just one playlist, make several different playlists so that you have variety for each workout to avoid boredom! Music should be upbeat, inspirational, positive, hardcore, whatever type of music that puts a little pep in your step. Studies have proven that music helps people get motivated to exercise and helps them push harder during their workouts, as well as make the exercise more enjoyable!
Competition:
Compete against yourself if you aren’t into participating in competition or sports. Try to beat your previous week’s records, whether it be in reps, sets, or time, set a goal for each workout you do so that you have something to work toward during each daily workout.
Fitness Buddy or Group:
Having another person to keep you accountable and help you stay motivated is an awesome way to keep on track and stay consistent with your exercise and diet plan. Whether it be a personal trainer, a friend, or a group of people; I suggest having someone there who will take no excuses, be strong for you, push you, and make you check in each week with them with your prior week’s achievements and performance.

My “Role Models” Below: Felicia Romero, Linz Kaye, & Kathleen Tesori

To Your Health & Happiness!

Lower Body Pump it Up!!

Strength Training to start and ending with my version of some cardio kickboxing moves, one of the best ways to get your body into fat burning mode:)Strength Training Circuit
Warm-up: Jump Squats – 15 reps; 2 sets
Circuit: Perform each exercise below for given # of reps, go from one exercise to next until completed all exercises once, this is 1 round. Complete 3 rounds of below exercises.
1. Plie DB/KB Squat (10-12 reps)
2. Squat Clean (10-12 reps)
3. BB Side Split Squat (10-12 reps)
4. 1-Leg KB Racked Squat (10-12 reps/leg)
5. Seated Leg Curls (10-12 reps)
6. Leg Extensions (10-12 reps)
7. Calf Raise (10-12 reps/leg)
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Cardio Training (I will post video for the cardio section in next few days) [30 Minutes]
Circuit 1: Do each exercise for 45 seconds of all out effort, then rest for 15 seconds before moving to next exercise. Perform each exercise back-to-back. Do 2 full circuits of below exercises. I put # of reps I did in 45 seconds for each exercise so you know approximately how many reps you should hit.
1. KB Burpee Swing Up (10 reps)
2. DBL KB Front Squat (21 reps)
3. KB Russian Twist (feet elevated) (30 reps)
4. Jumping Jacks (50 reps)
5. Side-Side Pike Jumps (34 reps, 1 rep = 1 jump R + L)

Circuit 2: Do each exercise for 45 seconds of all out effort, then rest for 15 seconds before moving to next exercise. Perform each exercise back-to-back. Do 2 full circuits of below exercises. I put # of reps I did in 45 seconds for each exercise so you know approximately how many reps you should hit.
1. Dynamic Jump Squat Duck Unders (2) + Shuffle Jab L+R (10 reps)
2. Twist Boxer Shuffle (25 reps, 1 rep = 1 jump R+L)
3. Knee-Up Jump Kicks (R) (18-20 reps)
4. Knee-Up Jump Kicks (L) (18-20 reps)
5. Plank Side Jump Tucks (18-20 reps, 1 rep = 1 jump R+L)
6. Split Squats (3) w/Kick Up (R) (13 reps)
7. Split Squats (3) w/Kick Up (L) (13 reps)
8. Sumo High Knees (40-42 reps, 1 rep= 1 knee-up R+L)
9. Front-Side Kicks (R) (15-17 reps)
10. Front-Side Kicks (L) (15-17 reps)


Tell me how it went! How can I help you?! – Nat – 🙂

Endurance Time!

Great workout to test your cardio endurance and improve your strength. Perform 2 rounds of the following exercises. This workout is and interval training routine in which you will perform each exercise for 45 seconds of effort, and rest for 15 seconds before moving on to the next exercise in the circuit. At the end of round 2 perform (1) 45 second interval of Jump Knee Tucks to finish out the routine. Good Luck!
1. FWD/BKWD Jump Touch
2. KB Swing
3. Side Squat Thrust
4. Alternating Step Ups
5. Lizard on the Run
6. Prisoner Bicycle
7. Airplane Jump Lunges
8. Side Plank Lifts (Left)
9. Side Plank Lifts (Right)
10. V-Crunch
11. Pike Side Jumps
12. Kick Ups
13. KB Russian Twist
14. Ball Plank Knee Tucks
15. 1-Leg Lifts Wall Sit (Left)
16. 1-Leg Lifts Wall Sit (Right)
2nd Round do (1) 45 sec. interval of Jump Knee Tucks.

Keep Up the Great Work!!


-Nat-

Kettlebell Muscle Mania Rep Challenge

A great total body workout using kettlebells and your bodyweight. If you don’t yet have a kettlebell you can use a set of heavy dumbbells for this routine. But please get your kettlebells because they give you a better workout!
Perform each exercise for given number of reps. Perform 1 round of this routine. It is a time challenge so try and finish as fast as possible with little rest, but make sure you keep good form!

Perform 1 Round of the following:
1. KB Mini Squat Pulses (50 rep)
2. Double Arm KB High Pulls (25 rep)
3. KB Squat Taps w/Calf Raise (25 rep)
4. Vertical Swing Squat Thrust (25 rep)
5. KB Squatted KB Arm Row (25 rep)
6. KB Side Step Ups (25 rep/leg)
7. KB Elevated Push Ups (25 rep)
8. KB Dip w/ Kick Ups (25 rep)
9. KB Dive Bombers (25 rep)
10. KB IN/Out Curls (25 rep)
11. KB Rotate Press w/Half Curl (25 rep)
12. V-Knee Chest Tucks (25 rep)
13. Bike Pedal (25 fwd/25 bkwd)
14. Knee Hug Leg Ext. (25 rep)
15. Pilates Leg Kicks (25 rep)
16. Straight Leg Butt Lift (25 rep)
17. KB Russian Twist (25 rep)

Good Luck and Post Your Results here!


-Nat;)

Cardio Craze

Burn off those calories with this butt-kickin’ body weight exercise routine. Great workout to get your heart rate up and kick that body into fat burning gear. Keep good form and try and complete this workout as fast as possible.
Routine:
1. Backward Lunge w/Kick up (25 rep/leg)
2. Alternating Side Plank Jump (50 rep)
3. KB Swing (60 rep)
4. Sumo Squat Knee Ups (50 rep)
5. Mountain Climbers (50 rep)
6. Side Crunch (25 rep/side)
7. Side Karate Switch Jump (25 rep)
8. Squat Thrusts w/Sumo Jump (25 rep)
9. Russian Twists (60 rep)
10. Jump Lunges Hands Up ( 30 rep)
11. V-Knee Chest Tucks (50 rep)
12. 1-Leg Deadlift’s w/Jump (25 rep/leg)
13. Elevated Plank Up, Down (25 rep)
14. Jump Knee Tucks (25 rep)

Burn it up y’all!!


Let me know how those ‘Jump Knee Tucks’ went for you:)

-Nat-

Kettlebell 360 Challenge

Perform 2 Rounds of the exercises below! If you can, push yourself and add in the Russian Twist at the end of round 2 for some extra burn! Good Luck, Comments appreciated!1. Double KB Thrusters (25 R)
2. Double Hand KB Swing (30 R)
3. KB Push Ups (20 R)
4. KB Windmills (15R/Side)
5. Double KB Deadlift to Squat Thrust (20 R)
6. KB Bent-Over Rows (15R/Arm)
7. KB Alternating Side Leg Raise (20 R)
8. KB Crab Pass (5R/Each Way)
*20 reps – KB Russian Twist – end of 2nd round!

This is a Time Challenge, try to do 2 rounds of these exercises as fast as possible with good form! Enjoy!

Let me know how it went for you and any questions you have:)

-Nat

Body Blast Cardio 340 Rep Challenge

Get ready to burn some calories and build your strength with this body weight workout! This is a great beginner to intermediate level body weight exercise routine that you can do in a small space at home! Try to complete the given number of reps for each exercise as quickly as possible with good form and write down the time it takes you to complete this workout. Next time you do this workout, you can try to beat your previous time. This workout is great to get your heart rate up and to do in between intense resistance training days.
Perform 2 Rounds of the following circuit:
1. Burpees 10 reps
2. Rotational DL’s (right) 15 reps
3. Rotational DL’s (left) 15 reps
4. Plank Side Toe Taps 15 reps
5. Hip Raise Leg Lifts (right) 20 reps
6. Hip Raise Leg Lifts (left) 20 reps
7. Push Ups feet elevated 15 reps
8. Prisoner Twists 20 reps
9. Mountain Climbers 30 reps
10. Dynamic Jump Squats 15 reps
*Time challenge: complete workout as fast as possible w/good form!

Let me know how you do!


-Nat