Weight loss

Even Professional Dancers Weight Train

🔥Even professional dancers weight train🔥
These amazing ladies are professional dancers and also weight train to stay strong and fit. I was honored to work with them and proud to attend their dance performance. In honor of them, I have put this video together to show you how amazing and talented they are and also show you some of their weight training workouts. I hope you enjoy!

Divinity Professional Dancers - Taylor HolladayBailey Holladay and Lexi Hunsaker

Everyone can benefit from Weight Training

Check out this video to see how amazing these ladies really are!


CLIENT OF THE MONTH - MARYAM

I am so proud of this amazing women Maryam! She committed to training with me twice a week and also did online training and nutrition so she could learn how to maintain all her hard work on her own.  In a short three months Maryam lost 17 pounds, 14 inches overall and 7.2% body fat. 

When someone is ready to make the commitment to change their health for the better it makes the journey so much easier and a lot more fun.

Ever since I was in high school, I’ve never really had much motivation to work out. I’ve never been very physically fit, but luckily I was able to get by with an average metabolism and an average build. Then after I realized that I was the heaviest I’ve ever been, I decided to join a gym and try and stay in shape. For two years, I worked out by myself and I barely lost a pound, doing just cardio and barely able to curl 5lb dumbbells (no exaggeration!).

Then I found Sandy. Sandy singlehandedly helped me lose over 7% body fat, over 15lbs, getting me to the lowest weight I’d been since I was 16. She helped me with the knowledge of how I should feed my body, and showed me the right way to lift weights.

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The amount of muscle I’ve gained since starting with Sandy still amazes me to this day, and as a full time student with a full time job (and a full time social life), I never would have gotten there without her structure, accountability and guidance. It’s not just a workout with Sandy, it’s a lifestyle; and I’m forever grateful that I found a trainer, and more importantly a close friendship, that will last a lifetime. Thanks Sandy and I can’t wait to step on the stage one day soon representing you!!

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Mindful Eating for Weight Loss

Photo by  alan KO  on  Unsplash

Photo by alan KO on Unsplash

This post is the first of a five-part series on mindfulness, and it tackles the inescapable struggle of weight loss. When it comes to losing weight, you may assume you need to muster up a huge amount of willpower and force yourself to stick to a diet through sheer discipline. But this isn’t always the case. Instead, you can start your weight loss journey by eating more mindfully. 

What is mindful eating?

Mindful eating is a relatively simple technique that helps you gain more control over your eating choices and habits. It’s based on the Buddhist concept of mindfulness, which calls for you to bring your full attention to the present moment. With mindful eating, this means paying close attention to your cravings and other physical cues when eating. Instead of automatically falling into old eating habits, mindful eating helps you make more conscious, healthier choices.

Tips for Eating More Mindfully

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Photo by Icons8 team on Unsplash

Listen to your body.

Before you even start eating, take a moment to really, truly listen to your body. Are you hungry – or is it something else that’s making you reach for a chocolate bar? Know your body’s hunger signals so that you can tell the difference between snacking out of boredom or stress and actual hunger. 

Listening to your body will also help you notice when you’re full, so you can stop eating before you get to that miserable, “Stuffed” feeling.

Eat more slowly.

Once your food is in front of you, there’s no need to dive in and devour every last bite – your food isn’t going anywhere! Eat slowly to give your body time to catch up to your brain. It actually takes about 20 minutes for the “I’m full” signal from your brain to reach your body, so slowing down can keep you from overeating. 

To help you eat more slowly, try taking smaller bites, chewing each bite 25 times, and setting your fork down. 

Cut down on distractions.

Have you ever stood in your kitchen with a pint of ice cream, scrolling through Instagram while eating a few spoonful’s of Ben & Jerry’s – only to look down at an empty pint? Distractions are the epitome of mindlesseating. To cut down on mindless eating, you must also cut down on distractions. Don’t try to multitask during mealtimes. This means turning off the TV and putting away your phone. Instead, tune into your body and savor the food you’re enjoying – this is one of the best parts of eating mindfully! 

Savor every bite.

Speaking of savoring your food, did you know that you’ll actually feel fuller and more satisfied at the end of a meal if you simply pay more attention to what you’re eating? By eating mindfully, you’ll notice textures and flavors you probably haven’t noticed before, even in foods you’re familiar with. And more satisfaction means you’re less likely to overindulge or immediately start looking for something else to “fix” that craving. Really enjoy your favourite food and feel satisfied instead of guilty. 

Workout Nutrition Guide - Infographic

When it comes to Workout Nutrition, it can get confusing on what to eat, when o eat it and how much to it.

This helpful infographic by the Greatist will help you get control of your nutrition to help you get the most from your workouts.

To have a great workout you NEED to have complete nutrition, and these simple guidelines will help you make the right choices to refuel the body.

Quick View:

Recovery Time is Critical

Strength Training

Cardio

Strength Training

Cardio

Post-Workout

What About Nutrition for Circuit Training?

Workout Nutrition Infographic

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source: Greatist

Why Exercise For Women Over 40 Is Important

Exercise for women over 40 is the BEST thing you can do to stay healthier and live longer.

The goal is to exercise 3 – 5 days a week to get the all the benefits like, circulation, muscle tone, and strength.

Plus no need to leave you home, all these exercises below can be done at home.

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 The Best Exercises For Women Over 40

1. Low-Impact Cardio

If you have a stationary bike at home, that would be a great workout to do as you watch your favorite tv show.

No bike? No problem, you can walk in place, lifting your knees as high as you can and moving your arms.

2. Yoga

Yoga is a great exercise for women over 40 because there are moves that apply to beginners all the way up to advanced.

Yoga helps by gentle stretching your muscle and ligaments which will helps you maintain form, and strengthen your core.

3. Strength Training

All you need a is a few dumbbells that you can use at home to get the benefits of strength training.

Focus on toning and building your strength by using lighter weight to target your most used muscles.

Arms, shoulders, legs, back.

4. Lunges

Lunges are super easy to do, you can do them with or without holding weights. They target your thighs, hamstrings and your booty.

5. Squats

Squats are another great exercise for women over 40. Like lunges, they can be done with or without weights.

Squats target your core, your abs, your back, your legs and booty.

Squats are a great exercise to help with balance.

 

When it comes to exercise for women over 40, the goal is to get moving.

Focus on stretching, strengthening your core, abs and lower back, your arms, and legs.

The exercises I shared can all be done at home, in under 30 minutes a day that will have you feeling healthier and stronger.

Understanding Calories - Your Complete Guide - Infographic

Understanding calories - Do you really know what calories are and how they work in your body?

Today I want to share a great infographic by Greatist.com that explains calories in a simple and visual way.

Sections Covered:

Calories measure food energy.

Not all calories are created equal.

How to determine your daily calorie intake.

What about losing and gaining weight.

Stay on track.

Calorie Fast Facts:

Calories are essential for human health, the trick is consuming the right amount.

People require different amounts of energy each day, depending on age, sex, size, and activity levels.

Sadly, we in the United States consume more than 11 percent of their daily calories from fast food.

Foods high in energy but low in nutritional value provide empty calories.

If you are training an want to lose OR gain weight (muscle) you will need to know how calories work and how they effct YOUR body.

Understanding Calories Infographic

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credit: Greatist