To start, a squat is a basic lower-body exercise. Due to the activation of more than one joint and muscle, this exercise is classified as a compound exercise. When factored into a weight training program, squats give you fast gains in size and strength. When incorporating them into your training routine, there are a number of squat variations to consider based on your individualized goals—front and back squats, overhead squat, jump squat, single-leg squat, goblet squat and sumo squat (just to name a few). A sumo squat, also known as a plie squat is a variation on a standard squat and differs in two main ways—foot positioning and muscle emphasis. Read more
Here is a clip from my most recent Glute Training Circuit! This one is great for people who want serious results but have knee problems and cannot handle all the squats and lunges shown in my previous posts. Feel free to modify your sets and reps to your fitness level, and most importantly… Have fun!
For any and all of us who have gone to extremes or spent countless hours in search of a magical solution to turn back the hands of time, guess what? I’m going to let you in on a little secret… Shhhh… There is a solution, and it’s not a hidden ancient mystery or a magical potion you can consume and instantly transform into a younger version of yourself. It is however a technique that people have been using for countless generations. It’s a little thing called “strength training.”Read more
The next time you’re at your gym, take a look around at all the warning signs cautioning you to be careful to use the equipment properly and as directed. I don’t know about you, but sometimes that gets boring for me. Gym workouts are so much more fun when you break the rules and get creative with the equipment! Sometimes, rules are made to be broken…
It’s Fitness Friday!! If you’re heading to the gym to get your pump in, try this circuit for a little extra booty work! Do each exercise with reps of 10 or 15, and then circle back around to see how many sets you can do. Shoot for 5 sets and get silly with it!! Fitness doesn’t have to be work! 😉
I’ve had multiple requests for demonstrations of the workouts that I post. Well, ask and ye shall receive! Now with YouTube.com/healthyfitfabguide, I will be able to easily share these with you! I’m pretty pumped about this, guys! Yayy!!
In honor of “Transformation Tuesday”, I elected to examine the fitness progress I’ve made just within the past year. I was anticipating the visual comparison since I haven’t lost any weight and my problem areas still bother me. However, I knew I had been doing some things differently to prevail over my plateau so my curiosity was peaked. The fact of the matter is that I’ve always been very fit. Fitness has always been a top priority and if you asked anyone this time last year, I’m sure they would’ve considered me a “fit” girl. I worked out almost every day and was in good shape. (Especially considering I sit at a desk for a living) Boy, am I glad I didn’t settle for mediocrity. Just in the past year, my thighs and buns have tightened up significantly, my abs are more defined, I have increased strength and endurance, and overall everything is more lifted and firm. The most exciting part is knowing I will be in even better shape next year! Here is my advice if you are struggling with a fitness plateau: Read more
Are you thinking about starting a health/fitness program? You should be!
Starting a fitness program may be one of the best things you can do for your health. Physical activity can reduce your risk of chronic illness and disease, reduce stress, increase alertness, aid in weight loss, improve your sleep habits and most importantly, boost your self-esteem. These 15 tips will lead you to a healthier lifestyle and an exercise plan that you can really stick to: Read more