The Jones Machine - Full Body Workout Most gym goers are familiar with the Smith Rack, which is a popular alternative to free bar exercises. The Jones is a similar machine designed to provide more function and variety. It also allows you to move both vertically and horizontally, which means your body can safely move in its natural state. Thank you to 360 Fitness in Walnut Creek for hooking me up with my favorite piece of equipment. Using the Jones Machine for this week’s workout, perform
The Pull-up is one of the most beneficial bodyweight exercises in existence. This efficient functional movement challenges the biceps, triceps, forearms, lats, shoulders, wrists, grip strength, and core. By strengthening the back and core muscles, one can also improve posture and reduce the chances of future back pain and injury.For many of us, pulling up our own bodyweight seems nearly impossible. While this is indeed challenging, there are many ways to slowly and safely “baby-step” your way to
When Lamborghini said, “We don’t do commercials because our target market isn’t sitting around watching TV”, that hit me. I can’t count how many times people have asked me how I find the time to be a Leasing Agent, a Property Manager, a Personal Fitness Trainer, a Group Fitness Instructor, and an Accountant for two small businesses that I run. Ironically these are the same people who can’t believe I’ve never seen an episode or Game of Thrones, or Power, or whatever trending series is on
Most of us have probably experienced neck stiffness and soreness at some point in their life. In fact, neck pain is one of the most common types of pain among Americans. Taking time each day to stretch will loosen the muscles, increase range of motion, and help reduce pain. Relieve tension in your neck and traps by following along with this video demonstration of three simple, yet effective stretches that can be done while seated or standing; Head Rolls, Shoulder Shrugs, Clasping Neck Stretch.
It’s Zucchini and Tomato season! This week, one of my gracious clients gifted me with an abundance of them from her garden. What a perfect time to make this Creamy Avocado Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Taco Lime Grilled Shrimp. (Recipe and photo courtesy of Closet Cooking)Creamy Avocado Zucchini Noodle Pasta with Taco Lime Grilled ShrimpPrep:10 minutes | Marinate: 20 minutes | Cook: 20 minutes | Servings: 4INGREDIENTS 1 pound shrimp 2 tablespoons taco seasoning 1/4 cup lime juice (approx 2
Here’s a challenging circuit using some of my favorite core strengthening exercises. For this workout, all you will need is a pair of yoga blocks. Perform each exercise for 45 seconds, with 15 second rest in between exercises. Repeat the entire circuit 4 times for an awesome 20 minute burn! Hip Bridge with Lat Pullover Reverse Crunch with Leg Lifts Dead Bug Rotating Plank Mountain Climbers As always, work within YOUR pain free range and meet your body where it is.
The “dead bug” exercise (which looks exactly like it sounds) is a great way to strengthen the core and improve anterior core stability all while minimizing pressure on the low back. This exercise is used to target the trunk muscles (erector spinae, obliques, rectus abdominis, transverse abdominis) which together provide a strong base for our moving limbs. It’s also a great drill for realizing and correcting excessive anterior pelvic tilt; when your pelvis is rotated forward, which forces your
When we are consciously aware of the kind of energy we project, we are more likely to act and communicate in accordance with what we truly want.When putting out positive energy, it’s much more likely to receive positive energy in return. And, of course, the opposite is also true. If you frequently find yourself at odds with others, take time to re-evaluate the energy you’re carrying and realign yourself with your true intentions.If you want more of the good stuff in life, start by giving it.