Tag Archives: functional fitness

My New Favorite Book

30 Mar

I am so impressed with You Are Your Own Gym by . I read it in one sitting and started his workout plan the next day.

Top 3 Reasons Why I Looove This Book!:

1. All the exercises are that can be done with no equipment, or basic household objects like tables, chairs, etc. Bodyweight exercises build which teaches the muscles to work in coordination, not isolation, making them ideal for maximizing overall fitness no matter what your starting level.

2. The exercises and the workouts are so simple (but not easy!!). On day one, for example, I did a 30 minute workout that only used 4 basic exercises. The descriptions of the principles behind the plan are clear and concise, so it is ideal for beginners.

3. This program has endless potential to increase challenges! Lauren lays out basic rules for adding challenges to literally any exercise. My goal for this year: handstand training. Now that it’s on the internet I’ll have to do it. ;)

I recommend this program to anyone, male or female, but if you are not familiar with proper form for bodyweight exercises please consult with a trainer first. If you stick with it, maybe someday you’ll be as strong as this guy:

How To Love Push Ups (Even If You Can’t Do One Now)

14 Feb

I can’t tell you how many women walk into my studio feeling seriously demoralized because of a real or perceived lack of upper body strength. Yes, men naturally have more upper body strength than women and yes, it can be really annoying when a man can do more push ups or pull ups than you without training. So what can we do about this?

As once said, “Don’t be a cry baby. Be a try baby.”

Push ups have been called “the perfect exercise” because they truly work the entire body and you can do them anywhere with no equipment. Women, in my experience, sometimes approach this exercise with hesitation. I can’t really blame them. If I hear one more fitness instructor refer to push ups from knees as “girl push ups” I am going to puke. I watch men do sloppy, pointless push ups every day because they would have to go to their knees to do them properly. Meanwhile I see many women who are ready to do push ups from their toes but lack the confidence.

Anyone can learn to do proper push ups, even if they start out with very little upper body strength. As with any physical activity, it is important to learn proper form from a qualified instructor to avoid injury and maximize efficiency. After that, it all comes down to your personal commitment.

Check out this instructional video and get started today. Set a goal you can keep, but know that the more often you practice, the faster you will see results. I recommend working on your push ups at least once per day (it takes 5 minutes or less!) but if that seems daunting start with 3 times per week. Anything less than that will leave you feeling frustrated.

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