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The REAL Way to Get Rid of Belly Fat

workouts Jun 01, 2019

There are a lot of misconceptions around what it takes to ditch the belly fat for good! Let's be real here... I am SO not into all of the silly marketing gimmicks claiming to burn fat fast if you just drink this tea, eat these very special magical foods, wrap this squeem around your waist and wait for some witchcraft to happen.

It's not real. It's not effective. And it keeps you from finally reaching that hot fire flame flat tummy that I SO badly want for you! 

So here's the REAL, no BS lowdown on what it takes to ditch the belly fat. I promise, the process can actually be FUN! No, really, I promise. Let's break down what it actually takes to burn the belly fat and your game plan moving forward. 

1) A Calorie Deficit Using a Realistic, Sustainable Dieting Strategy

So many articles advertise "Exercises for a Flat Tummy." You can't spot reduce areas of excess fat. Your total body fat level has to come down to burn away the muffin top. ...

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The Keys to Your Ultimate Weight Loss Program

Uncategorized May 30, 2019

 If this is your first time here, Hi! My name is Emily and I am an online health coach, group fitness instructor, and national level bikini competitor.

I have spent the last year and a half helping women just like you transform their body and their lifestyle with customized nutrition and training programs.

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It's safe to say I have a good grasp on the common struggles that are keeping women from hitting that goal weight! And I am well versed in how to get you results the healthy way - no dangerous lose weight quick gimmicks and no unhealthy weight rebounds post diet! 

If you're looking to lose weight in a way that is healthy, sustainable, and fun this article is for you! 

Here are the keys to your ultimate weight loss program: 

If you cannot see yourself on your diet 3 or 5 or 10 years from now, it is not the diet for you. The largest reason women see a drastic spike in their weight after their diet is over is because...

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Why You Need a Health Coach & How to Find (a Good) One

Uncategorized May 25, 2019

First of all, let's go over what exactly a health coach DOES.

Online health coaching has become increasingly more popular. It provides a client with an easy to follow training and nutrition plan that is tailored to their distinct goals, body, age, likes, dislikes, schedule, etc.

You do your training and follow your nutrition recommendations and check in with your coach via phone call/text/email once per week (at least) to go over how you did and make plan adjustments. 

So, what are the benefits of this:

1. Your plan is specifically made FOR YOU.

Your plan caters to your needs as an individual. Every person has a different metabolism. That's why, if you've tried a cookie cutter diet plan you found on the internet, you might not lose weight on that. It's not tailored to YOUR metabolism and YOUR training schedule. 

One person might lose 2 lb a week eating 1500 calories each day while another might gain .5 lb on that same diet. Someone who is training 5x a week...

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Arm Workout with Weights for Women

workouts May 24, 2019

Are you afraid to pick up the weights because you think you'll grow arm muscles like Arnold? I had this same fear once! You don't have to worry about looking manly or bulky from resistance training. Women simply don't have the hormones to develop muscle that way. 

What you WILL achieve from weight lifting is an all over, tighter, toned look. Many women don't realize that cardio will make your body smaller, but it WON'T change your overall shape. If you want to develop firm, feminine curves, you NEED resistance training!

In this article, I will walk you through a 30 minute workout for your biceps, triceps, and shoulders so you can say good bye to upper body flab and hello to sculpted, beautiful tank top arms. 

The group of exercises labeled "A" is a Giant Set. This is a group of 4 or more exercises performed one after the other without rest. This means you will perform ALL of the first four exercises, labeled "A", THEN take a break of 20-60 seconds and then...

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30 Minute Full Body Dumbbell Workout for Women

workouts May 20, 2019

Maybe you don't have time to get to the gym today. Maybe you just don't feel like battling the crowds or waiting for machines or traveling to and from. The beauty of a dumbbell workout is you can do it anywhere! If you feel like working out from home today, go for it!

If you're already at the gym but all of the machines are taken, don't even sweat it. This routine will help you work your entire body with just a pair of dumbbells in 30 minutes.

There is a pin-able version of this workout at the bottom of the article. Enjoy!

1. Back Exercise: Standing 2 Arm Bent Over Row

1. Bend slightly at your knees and push your hips back, keeping your back flat and your core tight.

2. With a dumbbell in each hand with an overhand grip, lift the dumbbells until your upper arms are parallel to the floor. 

3. Pause and slowly return to the starting position.

2. Quads Exercise: Dumbbell Lunges 

1. Holding dumbbells in each hand, stand with your feet shoulder width apart, your...

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How to Stay Motivated Towards Health and Fitness Goals

Uncategorized May 17, 2019

1. Start small

Slow and steady definitely wins this race. Weight loss and a healthy lifestyle are long term changes that require consistency and discipline more than anything else. 

Before you launch into a 6 day/week training program, consider how much time you think you could realistically commit EVERY WEEK towards an exercise program.

The sessions don’t need to be long. An intense 30 minute sweat session is enough to get your heart rate up and those calories burning. 

When you’re just getting started, think about what you KNOW you could stick to for the next 4 weeks, 8 weeks, or 16 weeks. Start there. Once you’ve stuck to this commitment for a couple weeks, you’ll gain momentum and the confidence to add more training sessions!

It’s more encouraging to start with a goal that challenges you but doesn’t seem so far out of reach that you’ll give up before giving it a chance. 

2. Spice it up by varying your...

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10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started My Fitness Journey

diet training May 16, 2019

For those of you that might not know me yet, hi! My name is Emily. I am a national level bikini competitor, online personal trainer, and group fitness instructor. My fitness journey started 5+ years ago and I can tell you the beginning stages (as always!) were packed with a lot of trial and error and growing pains.

Hopefully, I can save you some time by walking you through some of the questions you might be having right now and obstacles you may be facing as a newbie on the fitness journey!

Here's the 10 things I wish I knew when I got started:

1. You don't need to eliminate foods or entire food groups to reach your goals. 

Many people think they NEED to be eliminating carbs, lowering fats, cutting out gluten, eliminating sugar, etc etc to lose weight. I started my own journey with a diet of all "clean" foods. I later discovered this difficult, and unsustainable diet change was NOT necessary to see progress.

Calories are the only thing that determines weight...

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5 Reasons Why You're Gaining Weight

Uncategorized May 15, 2019

It can be really discouraging when you’re working hard in the gym, sticking to your diet, and all of a sudden start seeing the scale go UP! What gives?! 

There are SO many variables involved in your training and diet so there could be any number of reasons you’re seeing the scale go up despite your best efforts. First and foremost, it’s important to realize that 1 to 2 pounds is likely nothing to worry about!

Such small fluctuations are likely not caused by any “mistake” made by you but rather your body’s response to slight fluctuations in certain day to day factors. 

Let’s go over a couple reasons you could be seeing the scale go up:

1. Water and sodium intake. 

Your body tries to maintain a balance between water and sodium. When one of the two is way out of wack, it looks for ways to restore the balance. If your body has too much water, it will increase urine output, for example.

The weight problem occurs,...

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Body Positivity for Women: How to Love Your Body & End Comparisonitis

Uncategorized May 15, 2019

In the age of social media, we are constantly surrounded by flawlessly filtered images of beautiful people. It’s tough not to give in to the dreaded game of comparisonitis. “I wish my abs looked like hers!” “Why aren’t I that tiny?” “How is it so easy for HER to look like that?” 

It’s a totally normal reaction to the pressures we face today to look perfect but it’s absolutely possible to beat these unhealthy negative thoughts! Body positivity is SO important for your well being and quality of life! Here are some tips for ditching the negative self talk and comparison game once and for all. 

1. Take the focus off of aesthetics when it comes to your body and training. 

Choose to set goals around strength and performance in the gym. While the scale is one good indicator that things are moving in the right direction, it’s not the only indicator.

You can measure progress in so many ways,...

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How to Stay Fit While Traveling

Uncategorized Feb 02, 2019

One of the questions I am asked most often is how to maintain progress with a health and fitness routine while traveling. Let’s face it, life happens and you can’t live your whole life counting calories and being perfectly militant about your training regimen. 

One of the most important values I preach to my clients is finding balance in their lives. Life is not lived in the gym or weighing everything you eat or missing out on memories because of your fitness goals. 

That being said, you can absolutely MAINTAIN the progress that you’ve made while enjoying a vacation/work trip/ whatever it may be. Here are some trips and tricks for maintaining your progress away from home:

1. Before every meal drink a glass of water. 

There are a couple reasons this is important.

First off, many times when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually just dehydrated. Chugging some H20 before you eat ensures you’re eliminating the chance of...

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