WORKOUT WEDNESDAY! Awesome Arms

 

OK, so people are always wondering how to tighten up their arms. Here is a simple, no-equipment-needed, do anywhere workout.

Seriously, do it anywhere. Take a video. Tag me in the post :)

10 pushups

10 triceps dips

speed bag (fist over fist AWAY from your face) for 1 minute

10 pushup to alternate shoulder taps

10 down dog (inverted V) pushups

speed bag for 1 minute

10 bicep pushups (feet wider than shoulders, palms turned out)

10 tricep pushups (elbows to touch the rib cage EVERY rep)

speed bag for 1 minute

FINISHERS:

straight arm circles for 1 minute (arms in straight T, circle forward for 30 sec, back for 30 sec)

Doorknobs for 1 minutes (arms in straight T, grab invisible doorknob and turn front to back using entire arms and shoulders)

Make sure to you warm up for 3-5 minutes and stretch out that upper body!

Repeat circuit up to 5x for a some SERIOUS upper body sculpting

Healthy Holiday Travel Treadmill Shredder

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The Holidays are upon us and for many that means travel. Don’t let your workouts fall by the wayside! This is the treadmill program I did while in New Orleans this past weekend :) BONUS! Healthy recovery shake below. I do my workout track by track on the Ipod, instead of having to time things.

Treadmill Shredder

Warm up at 0 incline, 3.0 speed  for 3-5 minutes

Track one: 5.0 speed light jog at 0 incline

Track two: 20 deep squats off the rails (feet wide, belt between). Speed 3.5, incline 15. Every chorus, 20 deep squats, verses are climbs.

Track three: easy run at incline 3.0, speed 5.3

Track four: super slow speed, 0.8 walking lunges at 6.5 incline

Track five: quick run, 2.0 incline, 6.0 speed

Track six: recover and 3.0 pace for 2 minutes. Light jog, 0 incline, 3.8 speed for remaining track

Track seven: 20 deep squats off rails. Side shuffles at 1.5 speed, 0 incline. Repeat squats every chorus and alternate shuffles during verses.

Track eight: hill run/climb. Set incline at 15, speed at 3.5 during chorus. Verses, incline down to 7.5, speed to 5.0

Track nine: incline between 5-10, speed alternates between jog (5.0) and sprints (7.0-8.0) between chorus and verses.

Track ten: 15 incline, 3.0 speed, slow climb entire song.

Cool down with flat walk and make sure to stretch!

Post workout Recovery Smoothie

In blender:

4 oz water

4-6 oz skim milk

1 whole banana

1/2 tablespoon natural peanut butter

1 scoop whey (I use BSN Syntha 6 chocolate peanut butter)

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa

ice to taste

Blend well and drink within 30 minutes of your workout :)

Healthy Holiday Recipes!

These 4 recipes will get you started toward healthier holidays!

Remember, portion control is your #1 line of defense :)

 

 

Pumpkin Muffins

¾ cup whole wheat flour

¾ cup oat bran cereal (found over on top of the oatmeal and is super cheap)

½ teaspoon baking soda

1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (to your taste)

½ cup natural sugar (sugar in the raw works)

½ teaspoon salt

 

Wet ingredients

1 mashed banana

½ cup kefir (or plain nonfat yogurt will work)

1 egg white + 1 whole egg, beaten

2 tablespoons pumpkin puree (in the can, make sure it says pure pumpkin)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 carrot, peeled and grated

½ cup pitted dates (optional)

½ cup walnuts (optional)

Mix the dry ingredients in 1 bowl, wet in another then gently mix together. Spoon into muffin tins (the silver liners work best) and pop into an oven preheated to 425 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

 

 

 

Leftover Turkey Soup

 

Post Thanksgiving

2 cups skinless turkey breasts (white meat has less fat than dark meat)

1 cup diced celery

1 diced onion

4 minced garlic cloves

2 chopped sweet potatoes

1 diced sweet pepper (red, yellow, orange)

1 handful chopped cilantro

Dash of sea salt

Pepper to taste

2 Tablespoons chili powder

2 Teaspoons ground ginger

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1-2 cups turkey or chicken broth (no fat)

Water

 

Using a large soup pot, place olive oil, onion, garlic, celery and sweet potatoes and cook until onion becomes transparent in color. Then add the rest of the ingredients, adding enough water to cover; bring to a boil and cook on medium heat until the veggies are cooked through. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 Mexican Soup

6 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 large purple onion

2 red bell peppers, seeded

2 chili peppers, chopped

5 plum tomatoes, chopped

1 cup corn kernels

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 bouillon cubes

2 teaspoons chili powder

2 teaspoons taco seasoning

1 teaspoon paprika

1 can red kidney beans, rinsed

Throw all ingredients into your Crockpot and cook on medium heat.

 

 

Chili

1 onion

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 pound ground turkey breast, lean beef, or bison

1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Dash of cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 poblano pepper

1 green bell pepper

2 cups low sodium chicken stock

1 cup chopped cilantro

1 and ½ teaspoon ground cumin seeds

Ancho chilis

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 can rinsed red kidney beans

 

Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil

Add ground meat and brown

Season with cocoa powder, cayenne and chili powder

Add fresh peppers (poblano, bell etc)

 

In soup pot boil broth or stock

Add chopped cilantro, cumin seed, ancho chile, chopped tomatoes (or paste or sauce)

 

Transfer meat to soup pot and simmer down to your preferred consistency.

Add beans if you want.