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November 08, 2016

“Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them. The larger ones will come.” – Lee Haney  ...

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Every time you enter the gym, you see it. Treadmills and ellipticals filled with people committed to steady-state cardio. Exerting 30-60+ minutes on a cardio machine, however, is the heart of the most common misconception in health and fitness. Extended periods of cardio with no strength training will not get you to your fat loss goals. Traditionally, steady state cardio was found superior for fat loss because the body uses relatively more fat as fuel during lower intensity exercises than high (ie, a steady jog versus sprints). Therefore, the “Fat Burning Zone” illustrated on cardio......

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Mistakes You May be Making in the Gym

I sat there looking around at faces just as confused as my own. We waited silently in the dark with nothing but the light from a TV illumining the newly built room we occupied. Then it began. What ensued changed my life. An excerpt from ‘Pumping Iron’ started to play. If now you are confused, it’s only one of the best bodybuilding documentaries ever created about the infamous Arnold Schwarzenegger. After another hour of safety and how-to video, the lights turned on. As I stood up, my basketball coach exclaimed, “Ladies, let’s......

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Cheat Day, Donuts

Cheat meals used to be the highlight of my week- especially during prep for a competition! The rest of the week would start to drag as thoughts of donuts danced in my head. I tortured myself to eat squeaky clean in order to earn my one meal of unadulterated pleasure.  I thought if I wasn’t “good” I was letting Amanda Latona or Ashley Kaltwasser down. What made it worse was social media glamorizing cheat meals as a part of this healthy lifestyle, with #foodporn breaking the internet. Happily, I can say I no longer eat cheat......

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Healthy Panda Express Shrimp Bowl

Let’s be real, who doesn’t love Panda Express?! Absolutely delicious, check! Healthy? Debatable. That’s why I created my own homemade, healthy version of Peppered Shrimp & Greens Bowl. The best part? It only takes 15 minutes to make, so no excuses about being too lazy! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons coconut oil 1 cup white (or brown) rice 1/2 cup green beans 1/2 pound fresh shrimp Ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt Recipe: Peel off all shells and tails from the shrimp. Set to the side for a moment. Cut off the ends of the green......

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