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Friday
Jul132018

3 reasons you’re at a weight loss plateau

In any fitness and fat loss journey, there are both joys and growing pains along the way. None, however, are more frustrating than following a plan and not seeing results. When there’s a mismatch between the level of effort put in and the lack of desired outcome - whether that be a change in pant size, an improved lift or run time, or a pesky symptom that won’t shake - it can make anyone wonder: Is it worth it?

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Thursday
Jul052018

How To Do A Deadlift The Right Way From A Master Trainer

There are many exercises that walk the fine line between being highly effective and potentially dangerous. One exercise that walks this line is the Deadlift. This short article will go over the following:

  • Benefits of this exercise.
  • Different variations of the Deadlift using a variety of equipment.
  • A detailed description of how to properly perform one of its most popular variations (the Barbell “Conventional Style” Deadlift).
  • The most common form errors of the Conventional Deadlift

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Friday
Jun292018

Easy-To-Make Keto Burgers

Looking for something to whip up for your July 4th celebration, but don’t want to derail your plan? Try our favorite Mini Keto Burgers. They’re perfect if you’re following a keto or paleo diet, and because you only need 4 ingredients and 20 minutes to make these bite-sized burgers, they’re ideal if you’re strapped for time and want to get in a quick workout. (Try our 4thof July workout here). And if you’re in need of a few more 4thof July–inspired menu items for your picnic or cookout, check out these 4 patriotic 5-ingredient or less recipes.

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Friday
Jun292018

Fat-Burning 4th of July Workout

It takes effort and dedication to make time for a workout, especially on a holiday. That's why it's nice to have a few go-to workouts that you can do anywhere (with or without weights). 

Check out my July  4th–inspired fat-burning workout below. There are 13 movements (for the 13 colonies) with sets of 50 (for the 50 states). It’s also a perfect workout when you’re traveling, and ideal for those days when you need to get movement in, but just can’t make it to the club. 

 

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Monday
Jun252018

5 Tips to Find the Right Workout Clothes 

I wear a lot of workout clothes. My closet has two parts: one part business casual for work and one part athleisure wear. That’s because I’ve been in the fitness field for over a decade (and I get the luxury of wearing workout clothes to work sometimes), but also because my mom uniform (also known as what Anika changes into immediately after she gets home after work) is literally workout clothes. It’s also what I wear on the weekends and obviously what I wear when I actually work out.  

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Friday
Jun222018

5 common mistakes to avoid at the gym

The gym is sort of like a second home to me. Having an active gym membership for over 18 years, I’ve spent a lot of time there. My favorite part about it is the environment it brings. The noise and energy of hundreds of people that have one thing in common: actively trying to improve their health and physique. I’ve worked in this industry for over twelve years — ten of them at Life Time. And I’ve definitely noticed some common themes when it comes to working out at the club that might not be optimal for the results they’re looking for.

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Friday
Jun152018

The Hormone Both Men and Woman Should Be Concerned About  

When it comes to fat loss, most people think that all results ultimately boil down to a simple calorie balance equation. Burn more than you take in, and there should be a linear path to success. Of course, calories matter, but there are several other factors that can impact your results and how your body burns calories in the first place. Underlying physiology often dictates the response to your nutrition and exercise (it goes both ways), with one key factor of this underlying physiology being hormone health.

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