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7 Fit Tips for Optimal Recovery

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Built with Chocolate Milk.

apolo ohnoOn October 11th, over 2,000 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN – and one of those athletes isn’t known for his endurance abilities. He’s actually known for his short-distance power and speed.

Gold Medalist Olympic Speed Skater Apolo Ohno, is retraining his body for a totally different sport – to compete in the IRONMAN world championship with Team CHOCOLATE MILK. Apolo is in the best hands though, being coached by eight-time IRONMAN World Champion Paula Newby-Fraser and three-time IRONMAN World Champion Craig Alexander. One may think that training is the main focus this close to a race, but really training is useless without equal focus on recovery.

chocolate milkYou can see, in this video (below), recovery is the main topic this close to Kona. Ice baths, foam rollers and good communication with their trainer are essential for getting through this kind of training – and that applies to us too. We can’t expect to spend all our energy breaking down the muscle, burning tons of calories, pounding the pavement (and our joints) and expect our body to just take it, day in and day out. We HAVE to give our body what it needs to recover.

That’s why Chocolate Milk is so involved in this sport – because they are truly the perfect recovery drink. They believe in recovery and repair, and you should too.

7 Fit Tips for Optimal Recovery

30 minutes1. Refuel your body within 30-45 minutes after your workout. There is a short window to effectively refuel your body. Consuming the right post-workout fuel during this time can restore glycogen stores (which fuels your muscle for your next workout), as well as carries protein into the muscle for optimal repair and recovery.

2. Choose your post-workout fuel well. Post-recovery time is not the time for peanut butter in a shake or a fatty meal. It’s time for carbs and protein. That’s why chocolate milk is a good recovery drink. Believe it or not, it has the perfect carb-to-protein ratio for refueling exhausted muscle.

ice injury3. Reduce inflammation. Ice and anti-inflammatories are an important part of pain management and injury prevention. Reducing and preventing inflammation early is crucial to preventing bigger issues. Even if you have a small twinge, it’s always best to tackle it before it can end up being an full-blown injury. Injuries, muscle spasms and fatigued joints or muscles should be iced for 15-20 minutes at a time, letting the body completely warm back up between icing (an hour between icing is a safe bet). Ice as often as you can, not just when you are in the most pain.

sport4. Re-hydrate. With intense exercise, comes intense sweating. Your body needs fluids for all functions, including nutrition uptake and muscle repair. Drink at least 3 cups (24 ounces) of fluid per pound of water lost during exercise. If your urine is not clear or pale yellow, you need to drink more water.

eat healthy!5. Get Good Nutrition. It is super important for athletes to get the right food, vitamins and supplements. Each vitamin and mineral has a purpose – from strengthening your bones to protecting your body from toxins. In addition, healthy nutrition will help you keep your energy up and prevent you from getting sick. Moreover, you are only as good as your nutrition. If you want to perform well, you’ll need to eat well, as protein, fats and carbohydrates work together to restore glycogen, provide you with energy and repair valuable muscle.

6. Get Treatment as Needed. Massage, foam rolling, stretching, chiropractic care and medicinal care are all important modalities in athletic training. Knowing what your body needs may take some research, as well as some professional guidance – but I think you are worth it!

Rest7. Rest. Fitness and training can be addicting. It can also mess with your head in a big way if you let it. Your body can be screaming “STOP! I NEED REST!” but your mind says “I’m have to train. I’m not ready”. This is when you have to realize how important rest is. You have to protect your body and give it time to heal and recover. You can’t look at rest as being “off”. Rest is actually part of your training program. It’s a requirement for success.

Words of Wisdom from Apolo’s Trainer 

“…their future will depend on their choice at that moment.” 8X IRONMAN Champ.

Paula_Newby_Fraser-Meet Paula Newby-Fraser: 8X IRONMAN World Champion, the most decorated IRONMAN of all time, (Apolo’s coach). Here are a couple of questions I asked her – as both an athlete and a trainer.

Q – What’s been your lotto or mantra that’s kept you going?

A – You can’t live your life with plans and hopes and dreams but you live your life as it presents itself. I try not to complain about the situation but embrace what’s happening and life as a gift. I fully submerge myself in the experiences I get every day. I don’t live on hope. 

Q – What do you tell athletes who are on the verge of giving up to keep them going?

A – I simply tell them they have a choice on how to handle the moment. I encourage them to realize that they have a choice and their future will depend on their choice at that moment, so choose to adapt. You don’t have to give up. When you’re somewhere you can’t be, make the decision to get there mentally. Giving up is a necessity in dire circumstances. 

I love it! “Giving up is a necessity in DIRE circumstances. How often do we give up due to a little discomfort or inconvenience. We should act like a champ and do all we can to stay in the game, as our life depended on it. Wait! Our life DOES depend on it. Our body needs us to stick with fitness. It needs us to be relentless with our efforts to be the best version of ourself possible. Giving up should only happen when we have absolutely no other choice. Thank you Paula for such wise encouraging words!! Now, let’s go #BuildIt !! Go TEAM CHOCOLATE MILK!! GO APOLO OHNO!

LOVE THIS ARTICLE FROM IRONMAN: 6 Portable Protein Meals 

6 protein meals

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BCx Leg & Glute Workout

live X BCX WORKOUT LEG & CARDIOThis lower body workout part of the workout from Episode 33 from our BCx Boot Camp show on LiveExercise.com. It’s killer cardio and conditioning, with an emphasis on the glutes.

This is how the workout works. You have one minute to do each exercise combination, which is 10 cardio exercises (the burpees or the tuck jumps) and the rest of that same minute to do as many reps as you can of the following exercise. Live Exercise offers a free 14 day trial (just click on the free trial banner on the side of the workout page) so you can actually do the workout with us!

Workout Tips: 
You can take a 60 second break between rounds, but not between exercises.
On the second segment, start with your left leg and alternate legs each round.

There are 36 BCx Workouts to choose from – PLUS over 2,000 other workouts on LiveExercise including Yoga, Workouts with Bands, Cardio & More!

BCx Boot Camp combines strength, cardio and conditioning into one effective body sculpting workout, using a wide variety of tools & training methods. Learn more about BCx Boot Camp at http://www.DoBCx.com.

 

TITIN TEST WORKOUT: Improve Speed, Power & Endurance

The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Titin Tech. 

TITIN TECH COMPRESSION SHIRTWant to improve speed, power and endurance? Whether you are an athlete or a fitness enthusiast who likes a challenge, the Titin Test is for you! This workout is designed to work with the Titin Weighted Compression Shirt. But before you begin the workout, you need a marker. In other words, you need a number to beat.

The Marker

Do these exercises with no resistance.
60 seconds each, with only 30 secs rest.

#1 Pull Ups (Mark you reps)
#2 Push Ups (Mark you reps)
#3 Sit Ups (Mark you reps)
#4 Box Jumps (Mark you reps)

The Titin Test Workout

TITIN TECH WORKOUTAfter you are nice and rested, put your Titin weighted compression gear on and get ready to do the following exercises with no rest.

10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Pull Ups 
10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Push Ups
10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Sit Ups
10 DUBS (Double Unders)
60 Seconds of Box Jumps

Complete 1- 3 Rounds

Follow The Video:

Do the Titin Test 2-3 times a week for 1-2 weeks. Then check your progress against your original markers. The more you train with Titin weighted compression gear, the more fit you’ll become. It’s only a matter of time before you will be faster, stronger and have more endurance. Keep good records each time you test against your marker.

Like what you see? CLICK HERE to fund your fitness and learn more (and get your own) Titin Weighted Compression Gear! Join the Titin team today!!

4 Awesome Ab Workouts

CRUNCHES

Need a new ab routine? Here’s a program you can follow that will help give you variety and a solid regime to follow. Steve designed this 4-day ab routine to add to any workout program. (click on the links below to see instruction for each exercise)

Before you check out the workout, read Steve’s blog on abdominal and oblique muscles. He explains each muscle, why we work it, how often we can work it, why we work it with and without weights, and what each muscle does for our physique! It’s GOOD STUFF!

4-Day Workout Program:

Each week, pick 3 days of A OR B Workouts and 1 day of C OR D Workouts
Click on the exercise to view video instruction. 

High Rep Day

WEEKLY AB WORKOUTImprove resting tone, muscular tone, decreasing waist size, increasing definition.
REST: Recover for approximately 30 seconds between exercises.

(A)
25 reverse cross leg crunch left
25 Oblique Crunch left
25 side elbow plank hip pulse left (NOTE: don’t let your hip touch the floor like this girl does)
(repeat right)
X3

Super Set
25 decline sit ups
25 decline crunch 
X3

(B)
25 reverse cross leg crunch left
25 reverse cross leg crunch right
50 cartwheel with PVC (these are done much faster than the video)
25 reverse crunch (or roll up)
X4
25 ball pass (8-12lbs)
X4

High Resistance Day

Build hypertrophy and definition of rectus abdominus and serratus anterior.
REST: allow for more rest/recovery between sets (1min)
(C)
15-20 Rope crunch
15-20 angled roman chair
15-20 hanging abs
X3

(D)
15 plate crunch
15 decline weighted plate crunch
15-25 abdominal machine (hammer strength)
X3

Fat Blasting, Body Sculpting Bodyweight Workout

Killer Bodyweight Workout This workout requires NO weights. The only thing you would need is a pull-up bar (or some bands for pull downs if you can’t do pull ups). Do the following 3 circuits with no rest between exercises. Complete 3 rounds each with no rest before moving to the next circuit. Only rest for a brief rest between circuits for optimal calorie and fat burn.

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LOWER BODY
10 Jump Squats
Burpees
10 Mary Catherines
2 Burpees
10 Squats
Burpees
X 3 ROUNDS

UPPER BODY
10 Push ups
2 4-Count Mountain Climbers (Count: ONE,2, 3, 4, TWO, 2, 3 4)
10 Tricep Dips
2 4-Count Mountain Climbers 
10 Pull Ups or Pull Downs 
2 4-Count Mountain Climbers
X 3 ROUNDS

CORE
10 Squat thrusts
2 Alternating t-plank (ONE Left, ONE Right, TWO Left, TWO Right)
10 Surfers
Alternating t-plank
10 Hop Overs
Alternating t-plank
X 3 ROUNDS

Full-Body Scardio Workout

Strength + Cardio = Scardio!

fullbody workoutWhy do your cardio and strength separately, when you can do them together and burn MORE calories and get FASTER results?! Full body conditioning workouts not only sculpt your body, burn fat and tone muscle but they get you in the best shape – AND they save time!

There are 2 ways to do this workout. For more cardio, do both the upper body and lower body back-to-back and then repeat the both circuits 3 times. For more strength, do each circuit separately, doing upper body for 3 rounds, then doing lower body for 3 rounds (how it’s written below). Either one will burn a ton of calories and tone! Try them both and tell me which one you prefer! 🙂

TIP: Click on the links to see video instruction.

SET YOUR TIMER: 60 seconds cardio, 30 seconds strength
I use the Gymboss Interval Timer, which lets you set up various training intervals!

60s JUMP ROPE
30s PULL UPS or PULL DOWNS
30s SHOULDER PRESS
30s BICEP CURLS
30s PUSH UPS
X 3 (no rest until all 3 rounds are done)

60s MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
30s FORWARD LUNGE LEFT (with or without weight)
30s FORWARD LUNGE RIGHT (with or without weight)
30s HAMSTRING CURL (bandsmachine or ball)
30s SQUATS (with or without weight)
X 3  (no rest until all 3 rounds are done)

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Build a Mean & Clean Workout

thrustersAnytime you use multi-joint movements (like squatting with an overhead shoulder press), you burn more calories and improve strength and power. Explosive multi-joint movements causes an endocrine dump, where your body releases multiple hormones that stimulate your metabolism, growth and repair. This is why you will see a lot of “boot campy” combination exercises in our workouts, like burpees, thrusters, squats, overhead walking lunges, etc.

In this workout, we take 4 different movements and combine them in one exercise that keeps growing as you add each move. All of these exercises are great alone – but when you put them all together, WOW! You get one amazing workout!!

Clean & Mean Workout

  • 5 cleans
  • 5 cleans with a shoulder press
  • 5 cleans with a shoulder press & squat
  • 5 cleans with a press, squat & thruster

Go all the way through it with no rest. Do it between traditional exercises to boost fat burn and intensity or do 3-5 sets alone.

This exercise is part of episode 29 of LiveXFit on www.liveexercise.com

Get more workout ideas right here at http://www.PFITblog.com 🙂

Full Body Blasting Circuit

full body circuitAnother awesome blitz from our LiveXFit show on Live Exercise!

This workout is made up of 30 seconds of cardio followed by 10+ heavy reps of resistance exercise. The workout is designed for you to go up in weight each round and stay with 10 reps OR go up 5 reps each round if you stay at the same weight. You probably won’t be able to go super heavy because of the cardio and no rest. So heavy for this circuit will be light compared to traditional weight lifting. For instance, I squat 95-185lbs when I’m just squatting (and resting in between sets). There is NO rest during this circuit, so it’s everything I have to just keep going!

This workout is about burning fat AND toning muscle at the same time – a perfect workout for people on the go who don’t have time to sit around between sets and get extra cardio too!!

Here’s a snap shot of all the exercises:

GET READY TO SWEAT:

Tools: Dumbbells, Kettlebells, bands or barbell – even 2 gallons of water will do!

30 sec squat jumps
10 shoulder presses

30 sec jump rope
10 dips (I added weight to my lap)

30 sec mountain climbers
10 squats

X 3-5 rounds – NO rest between exercises

Check out our LiveXFit show on Live Exercise!

Sweat & Tone! Awesome Shoulder Workout

Shoulder WorkoutThis was my workout yesterday. This is not a bodybuilder workout where you isolate muscles and rest in between exercises. Prepare to SWEAT! I was dripping wet and out of breath practically the whole time. I’m sharing the weight I did so you can get a feel for the right resistance for you. 🙂 Have fun!

Click on the links to see video instruction if you are unfamiliar with an exercise.

#1 SET (5 Sets)
10-12 Heavy Push Presses and Split Jerks
#1: 45lb Bar Standing Military Press
#2: 55lbs Push Press
#3: 65lb Push Press
#4: 75lb Split Jerk
#5 85lb Split Jerk
TIP: Rest between sets so you can lift heavy. Not TOO much rest though. 🙂

#2 SUPER SET
10 25lb Snatches (10 Left & 10 Right)
10 Alternating Shoulder Press (ladders) with 8-10lb dumbbells (10 each arm/20 total)
TIP: no rest between exercise. Rest AFTER both exercises are complete back to back.

#3 SUPER SET
10 45lb Bar Moderate Military or Push Press
10 8lb Dumbbell Alternating Shoulder Press (Fast ladder press – 10 each arm/20 total)
10 5lb Dumbbell Lateral Raises
TIP: On ladders, one hand should be going down WHILE the other is going up to keep BOTH arms moving. Otherwise one arm gets rest while the other arm works. This super set is about wearing them out.) NO REST until all 3 exercises are complete. Short rest between super sets.

#4 SUPER SET
12 Face Pulls with Rope
12 Rear Delt Raises

Let me know how you do!! 🙂

Searching for Fitness Tips? Beware!

diet tipsAre you constantly looking for all the best tips, information and advice. If so, beware of falling into the trap of reading tips and advice, and your knowledge stopping there. To truly transform your life, you need to become a student of fitness – study, learn and apply. Here’s what I mean…

In today’s world, we want quick fixes, fast answers, a short word of advice or small tip to help us get through the day. We want our trainer to motivate us to workout, we want our preacher to give us an inspiring word to make us want to live better and we want someone to just tell us what to eat so we can lose weight. Basically, we want everyone else to do the hard work – the studying, the thinking, the troubleshooting…and pass along the results of their labor to us.

However, even the best advice is worthless if it isn’t fully understood or being applied. Being told what to do in the gym isn’t going to make you any more fit than going to church once a week isn’t going to make you spiritual. These tidbits of information are to SPARK an interest in you to dig more, to study more, to learn more and to put what you have learned into practice. When you only get the tip, you are only getting part of the story. The tip should be the START of a journey, not the end-all be-all.

I try really hard to put short bits of information out there for everyone to enjoy, BUT there are some exceptions and more information than I can squeeze in a short blog or motivational mantra. The goal is to spark something in you to want to learn more.

“I have been in an academic setting my entire life, I have been obsessed with weight loss reality TV shows since they existed, and I have read magazine article after article on diet and nutrition for weight loss because I knew I deserved more than to be fat and unhealthy my entire life. But when your sister shared your book with me, I read it cover to cover in one sitting and my life was changed forever.” Jenny

Why was her life changed? It wasn’t because she bought my ebook. Because she UNDERSTOOD the text and APPLIED IT. It’s really that simple. AND, she didn’t apply PARTS of it, she applied it ALL – and she lost 70lbs!

JenVenn_unhealthy_2000 JenVenn_healthybike_May2012We need to become more knowledgeable if we want to make better choices. We can’t rely on rules, a list of approved foods or tips to get us by in life. We need to understand they WHY behind it all. It’s in understanding WHY that we are much more motivated to DO.

Let me encourage you! Today, Joyce Meyer said we aren’t supposed to just read the Word, that we are supposed to STUDY the Word. Look at what the word “READ” actually means:

  • to look at and comprehend the meaning of…
  • inspect and record…
  • to have such knowledge of (a language) as to be able to understand things written in it

studyingI believe this is how we are to treat ANYthing that is important to us and has the potential to improve our life. We can’t rely on tips or CliffsNotes to help us make the best decisions in life. We must read (study), take notes, practice what we have learned, troubleshoot, experiment, learn from our mistakes and re-test yourself (try and try again).

Isn’t it time you make a commitment to STUDYING the important things in life? Parenting, Health & Fitness, God, Marriage & Career Skills – THESE are worth studying and will pay off big-time!

Stop looking for people to spoon-feed you fitness tips or religious inspiration. Let’s go deeper!

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