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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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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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Finding a Training Style and Diet Plan You Can Stick To

diet mindset workouts Aug 18, 2018
 

If you open any fitness magazine, there’s a section at the front exploring the teeny tiny nuances of training and nutrition strategies and all the latest research in regards to what is optimal for your success. Don’t get me wrong, some of it is super interesting - but a lot of it is also severely misinterpreted and SO trivial to the everyday gym goer.

If anything, I think this information can just overwhelm a gym newbie into getting bogged down in miniscule details. I often meet people with questions like “Should my cardio be fasted? What’s the best time for me to workout? What rep ranges are best for this? Do I need to workout 6 days a week or 4? What if I eat right before bed? What do I eat pre and post workout? What supplements should I take?”

It’s not that these things don’t matter or that there aren’t things that you can do to improve your success. It’s just that adherence is a heck of a lot more important. I...

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Here’s 10 Non-Aesthetic Reasons Why You Should Exercise

workouts Apr 02, 2018
 

There are endless reasons to make exercise an important and consistent part of your daily routine but I think we have a tendency to forget how many incredible reasons there are outside of aesthetic goals to get your body moving. There is so much more to it! There’s so much going on internally behind the scenes when you set aside some time to break a sweat.

These are just some of the never ending reasons to pick up the weights and get your butt on the treadmill:

  1. The mental health benefits- great relief for people with depression and anxiety.

As someone that has personally dealt with depression and anxiety, I can honestly tell you that I think there is no better medicine than a good solid sweat session. When you get your body working, you enjoy the release of endorphins, elevating your mood and helping tremendously with stress relief.

This is YOUR time to get in the zone and leave your troubles at the door.

  1. Your time to clear your head.

I don’t know...

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10 Tips You Need to Know to Lose Weight & Keep it Off

diet workouts Mar 26, 2018
 

My first diet ever was for my first bikini competition in Florida. It was pretty much the concrete start of a structured fitness journey and I really had no clue what I was doing at the time. When you’re just getting started, there is just SO much conflicting information out there - much of it designed to make money off of you through special weight loss supplements, special meal plans, etc.

I started doing more research behind what truly works for weight loss from a scientific perspective. I wanted to understand WHY certain methods work and don’t work and went through a lot of trial and error along the way.

Here are my 10 no BS tips for losing weight and keeping it off:

1. Do not listen to anyone who tells you that you need to remove certain foods/food groups from your diet.

Big weight loss programs (think any of the programs that have you buy special meals and shakes and pills), will convince you that the efficiency of your weight loss depends on...

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Small Waist Workout for the Gym

workouts Mar 22, 2018
 
 

Did you know that you can actually achieve the look of a small waist without being genetically blessed with one? Best news you could ever give to me - the girl that grew up with a tall, lanky boy body! No butt, no boobs, and no waist in sight. I know, sad, right? Aside from the boobs, (I still don’t have those… it’s fine), I built it all myself.

You CAN fight genetics! The coolest part about working out is that you can shape your body to be whatever you want. You simply have to understand how your body responds to different forms of exercise and how to play with your own proportions.

When it comes to your waist and getting that hourglass physique, the focus should be on building your back and lowering body fat. The wider the back, the smaller the waist appears. Here are some great exercises to get you started:

1. Seated Cable Row

1) Sit with your back straight on a bench with a v bar attachment on the cable machine. 

2) Start with your arms...

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Gym Leg Workout

workouts Mar 16, 2018
 
 

The Many Benefits of Leg Day

I don’t know a single lady on this planet that doesn’t want great legs! But leg workouts are potentially the most physically and mentally challenging for people, which explains why some people avoid training them altogether… Before you decide to skip it though, let’s explore the benefits of training those stems -

More Calories Burned

Your legs make up the largest muscles on your body and, therefore, require a lot more energy to do high intensity workouts. What does this mean for you? It means MORE calories burned! Your leg workouts aren’t just helping you build some great pins but they’re all firing up your metabolism more than other resistance training workouts and keeping your body tight and lean.

Build Your WHOLE Body

Leg dominant compound movements also help build the rest of your body! Squats and deadlifts predominantly work your legs but also recruit your core and lower back to assist, making these...

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Shoulder Workout for the Gym

shoulders workouts Mar 13, 2018
 
 

If you’re looking to build some beautiful sculpted, tank top worthy shoulders, this article is for you! These exercises have been some of my go-tos for developing some serious delt definition. If you’d like even more guidance with this, I highly suggest you join the mailing list to receive your free copy of the Sculpting Sexy Shoulders eBook, which will take you through an elaborate breakdown of all of the different strategies and tips I’ve used to build strong, feminine, sculpted shoulders.

1. Start with an underhand grip (palms facing forward) and your arms down in front of you, resting on your thighs. Your feet should be together and your back should be straight.

2. Slowly rotate your arms up and over your head until the dumbbells meet right above your body. You should have a slight bend in your arms throughout the movement. Your arms should only be rotating at the shoulder joint.

3. Once you reach the top of the movement, slowly bring your arms back...

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How to Workout for Fat Loss

plyometrics workouts Mar 12, 2018
 

There are hundreds of ways to do this and different methods work for different people. However, I have found one special key to my own fat loss that seems to work well for people across the board: plyometric training.

So what is it?

Plyometric training is a training style also referred to as jump training, which is exactly what it sounds like. It means you are incorporating a variety of jumping movements into your exercise routine.

What’s the point?

This style of training is extremely high intensity, which means it will keep your heart rate up and serve to build your strength while burning fat. Incorporating explosive movements into your training also helps you to increase your power and agility, making it great for sports performance.

My personal strategy is to incorporate these movements between my working sets of an exercise. Essentially, I perform a resistance training exercise and then go straight into a plyometric movement afterwards rather than taking a break...

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