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WORKOUT ANYWHERE WITH THE RIP TRAINER


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Me, on the beach in Miami, with the TRX Rip Trainer attached to a fence, getting an awesome workout.

There are so many fitness gadgets on the market, sometimes it’s really difficult to keep up.  I find many of them are silly or a waste of time but there are a few tried and true pieces of fitness equipment that won’t cost a fortune and have the ability to give you a full body workout.  In the case of TRX, they first came out with the Suspension Trainer and it has had incredible success because it was different than any other fitness equipment on the market at the time.  Years later, I still prefer the TRX over other suspension trainers that came after it; something about its design and the sheer number of exercise videos TRX puts out to show you how to use their equipment keeps me from switching to another brand or type of suspension trainer.  I use it for variety, as a replacement for chin ups, core strength, and really great flexibility training – not to mention, my clients love it as well.  One young client of mine remarked that she feels “like a badass” when she uses the TRX because “it’s just so cool!” I have to say, I totally get it.

When TRX came out with the Rip Trainer, it took a while until I purchased it, because I thought what could this do that other equipment I have can’t replicate? When I finally caved (if you read my blog, you know I can’t resist cool fitness equipment! winking ), I quickly discovered that not only is it a great exercise tool on it’s own that adds a unique type of training you really won’t find with anything else, but it can also be combined with the suspension trainer to get a full body workout in all planes of motion.  Simply by hanging one near the other, you can alternate between varying exercises for cardio, strength, martial arts type movements, core and flexibility training all in one!

Here are some details about the Rip Trainer from the TRX website: The Rip Trainer allows users to engage in unlimited movements which, when performed properly, enhance fluidity and range of motion and decrease the risk of injury. Whether used for high speed striking movements or slow speed strength and stability exercises, the Rip Trainer is the perfect training tool for elite level athletes, fitness enthusiasts and even people wanting to exercise for the first time.

Life and sport require that we be able to both control and produce rotational force. Rip Training utilizes the same asymmetrical loading we encounter every day. Whether you’re carrying groceries, picking up your child, throwing a ball, or performing athletic movements such as swimming, running, and biking, your body is always producing rotation or controlling externally-induced rotation.

What this means, is that you will get functionally stronger, the way our bodies were meant to work!

Check out this cool video that shows you many of the different ways to use the Rip Trainer:

To order your TRX Rip Trainer, click HERE. Want to purchase one but don’t know how to use it? Book a session with me (remote or in Boca Raton, Florida) and let me teach you the most effective ways to workout using your new equipment.  If you already own one, would love to hear your comments below!

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LEBERT EQUALIZER BARS

I’ll admit, I love getting new fitness equipment – to use personally or with my Personal Training clients – the way some women love buying shoes.  Maybe it’s weird, but new and innovative ways to exercise are very exciting to me!  That being said, some fitness equipment designed for home use are downright ridiculous – I won’t list them, but let’s just say *cough* Shopping Channel *cough* has some products that make me laugh; I sometimes watch the sales pitches late at night for pure amusement.

The good news is, my latest addition, the Lebert Equalizer Bars is a serious piece of fitness equipment that can get you real results. Actually, it’s 2 peices, as the product comes with 2 bars that you can work in a variety of  ways. I put off purchasing this particular item for a while because I thought, really, what can this do that free weights/TRX Suspension/Rip Trainer/Resistance Bands, etc., can’t?

I was pleasantly surprised that you can do an entire body workout using this product.  Depending on the positioning of the bars and/or your body placement, you can make the exercises easy if you’re a beginner or more advanced if you are looking for a real challenge. But what I really love about them is they weigh about 8 lb. each and can easily be taken to the park for a fun outdoor workout, or stored out of sight when you are done using them.  The weight of the bars also makes them useful for some traditional weight training exercises – initially I thought it was a little strange to be using them for bicep curls or shoulder press, but I realized it worked the muscles in a unique way that I think people will find enjoyable

Check out this cool video showing several different ways you can use the bars:

Some of the exercises shown in the video can obviously only be done if you have more than one set of bars or in a group setting, but even when working out alone there is a tremendous variety in the movements you can do.  If you’ve been looking for a simple, inexpensive piece of home fitness equipment that won’t take up a lot of space, then this one is definitely for you.

Here are the Product Specifications:

As I mentioned Each Equalizer bar weighs about 8 pounds.  The bars come in 3 colors – yellow, pink or lime.  While I have a hard time using fitness equipment that is pink (shiny silver or black are my go-to fitness equipment colors), the yellow was the least girly of the 3 so I went with that.  But hey, if you want to go pink and matchy-matchy with your workout outfit, please be my guest – if you feel good, you will use it, right?

The dimensions are 28-1/2 inches high by 25 inches wide, although you can purchase the “Lebert Big Boy T-Legs” separately to make the bars a few inches taller if you are over 6 feet tall.  I am 5’10 and do not have an issue with them as is, but I can see if I was any taller I’d want that extra height.  It has been tested to support up to 400 pounds of body weight so this isn’t some flimsy piece of garbage that will break, even if you have a lot of weight to lose!  The Equalizers can easily be stacked together, taking up little storage space.

Package includes 2 Elebert equalizer barsqualizer Bars, a Beginner/Intermediate Workout DVD with Marc Lebert (the creator of the Lebert Bars, among other useful fitness products) and a laminated poster depicting proper form for some of the more popular exercises.

Click HERE to purchase or if you just want to learn more about what the Lebert Equalizer Bars can do for you.

 

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THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTE

Matcha green tea is, in a word, amazing.  It is a powerful detoxifier, has vitamins, minerals, antioxidants – twenty times more than pomegranites or blueberries – and amino acids.  Consider this: in order to match the potency of matcha, you would need to drink about 10 cups of regular brewed green tea.  surprise

Matcha also gives you energy throughout the day, but not the kind of jittery buzz you get from coffee – as an ex-coffee junkie, you’ll have to trust me on this one.  Although matcha does have some caffeine, researchers found that it is actually the combination of matcha’s natural properties that cause this boost of energy. This also helps improve physical endurance, so it’s great as a pre-workout drink.  Matcha boosts metabolism and helps burn body fat without raising your blood pressure or heart rate.  It contains L-theanine which is a de-stressor as well.  How awesome is that?

Here’s the thing, though.  To really enjoy matcha tea, you have to make it right.  When I first bought a cannister of Organic Matcha Powder, I put some of it in my cup of hot water and proceeded to mix it with a spoon.  Big mistake! I ended up with clumps of green powder in my hot water.  Next I tried a fork, which didn’t work too well either.

What you need to make a proper cup of matcha tea is a bamboo whisk and a bowl:

 Bamboo wire whisk and japanese tea

Matcha Whisk & Tea Spoon Natural Bamboo

If this seems silly, I assure you, after drinking one too many gritty cups of matcha green tea, it is a necessity! Simply whisk one teaspoon of the powder in the bowl with a little hot water until it is frothy.  Then pour it in a cup, add hot water, a teaspoon of coconut syrup, coconut sugar or organic maple syrup, and for a truly delicious experience, top with frothed almond milk.

I like this milk frother:

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Now, if only I can figure out how to make a pretty design with my milk like this picture……sadly, I’m not that talented. sad

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I’d love to hear about your experience with matcha tea in the comments below!

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POLITE WAYS TO TURN DOWN FOOD

weight, Rebecca Lazar - POLITE WAYS TO TURN DOWN FOODHave you ever gone to someone’s house for dinner or to a party where the hostess is relentlessly trying to shove food down your throat?

I have.

Sometimes, this is a genuine effort on the part of the hostess to get everyone to enjoy the party and/or impress the guests with her culinary skills.  That’s ok, I totally respect that.  It becomes an issue, however, when the person tries to get you to eat unhealthy or high fat foods that you have chosen to try and limit, whether to lose weight or simply to lead a healthier lifestyle.

I’ll never forget the time I was literally made to feel like I was out of my mind for not wanting to eat nitrate-filled fatty pastrami covered in flaky pastry dough.While I could see my arteries harden just looking at it, when I tried to politely decline, the hostess got insulted, turned to her freind and said “She’s, you know, a Nutritionist,” with the word Nutritionist emphatically whispered like I had some G-dforsaken disease.  Well, that was many years ago, and I have since learned a thing or two about how to tactfully avoid eating what I feel is too unhealthy or too fattening without insulting the person attempting to feed me.  I’d like to share these tips with you so you can feel empowered as opposed to guilty when confronted with these situations.

Here are some great responses for that pushy friend/hostess:

The STALL TACTIC:  “I can’t wait to try some in a few minutes.”  Since you are not exactly turning the person down, they feel that they’ve won and will drop the subject.  You can use the stall tactic several times, if necessary, but hopefully you won’t need to because your hostess will have moved on to her next victim.

The I’M SO FULL routine: “I wish that I hadn’t eaten such a late lunch, but I’m stuffed.” No one can refute your statement about being full, but if they are still persistent, then let them know that having one more bite may make you throw up sick .  Quite possibly on their beautiful new carpet.  Ok, maybe that’s a little harsh, but you get the point…..and so will she.

The FOOD RESTRICTION Response: “Oh man, that looks good! Too bad my Doctor says I can’t have ___________.” Even the pushiest people are likely to back off when they hear you have a diet restriction. Especially if that restriction came from a Doctor.  The trick is, if you say that you aren’t eating gluten, for example, then don’t reach for a bread roll.  If you don’t think you can be consistent, then just say you are looking into your chronic digestive issues and are avoiding foods that aren’t completely natural, until you know what’s going on.  You can finish with “I know, crazy, right?”

SPREAD THE FOOD AROUND:  This is for when someone actually puts food on your plate that you didn’t want.  Simply spread it around your plate to make it look like you took a few bites.  Usually, nobody will notice, but if they do, and have the audacity to comment on it, refer back to the STALL TACTIC.

KILL THEM WITH KINDNESS:  This one is for the passive aggressive comments such as “Oh my G-d, look at you, you’ve lost so much weight, soon you can hide behind a telephone pole!” or “Wow, you are always watching what you eat, I don’t know how you do it,” or my personal favorite “Come ON, one bite won’t hurt you.” Kill them with kindness by responding “Thank you for noticing the healthy changes I’ve been making. Your support means a lot.”  Even if their words weren’t meant as a compliment, why not just take it that way?

If all else fails, you may have to find the nearest potted plant to toss the food into when nobody is looking.  Noooo, I’m only kidding winking .

Keep in mind that a true friend will never sabotage your efforts but will help you along the way towards reaching your health and fitness goals!

 

 

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TOP 5 REASONS TO BUY THE TRX


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If you’ve been following my Facebook Page, you have realized by now that I’m a teensy bit obsessed with the TRX Suspension Trainer – an exercise tool created by a former Navy Seal that hasn’t excited me this much since the aerobic Step was created by Gin Miller way back in 1989.  When I first attended a step class in the early 90’s, I turned to my best friend and said “there’s no way in hell I’ll ever be able to do that.”  In a short time, I was an avid stepper, and it’s one of my favorite exercise activities to this day.  I’m telling you this because I find a lot of people are intimidated by the TRX, and I’m not sure why. Is it the way the it hangs there, in the middle of your gym floor and you don’t want to look like an idiot trying to figure out the way it works?  tongue

Well, here are the top 5 reasons you should buy a TRX, even if you are intimidated by it, because you will quickly learn how easy it is to set up and use properly:

1) You can take the TRX anywhere.  Yes ANYWHERE.  Attach this thing to a tree, the monkey bars at the park….hell, you can attach it to a freakin’ traffic light if you so desire…..check out this wild and crazy guy:

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Of course, you CAN go the conventional/normal route and just use a sturdy door frame in your house or a beam on your ceiling.  Safer…..and maybe a little more sane.

2) Beginner to advanced, anyone can use it.  Check out my 12 year old son…..awww, how cute is he? Anyhow, he loves using the TRX and found it super easy to use and understand as soon as I showed him a few moves.  If a preteen can do it, so can you!

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3) TRX has lots of videos to get you started.  Whether you are looking for more cardio-based, strength training exercise, a more advanced military training style program, or simply to get rid of back pain and improve your posture, there’s a DVD routine for you.  They even come with booklets clearly depicting the exercises shown in the DVD so you can do them anywhere (refer to Reason #1 to buy the TRX).  No excuses!

4) TRX will give you the best abs.  Period. Let’s just say that after having 4 kids, I’m very happy with the progress I’ve made with the help of the TRX.  It not only gives you nice looking abdominals, but strengthens your entire core no matter what exercises you perform using it.  Their motto isn’t “All Core All The Time” for nothing!

5) Get FREE shipping on your order.  How can you beat that?  Seriously, you have to click the banner above and get one.   You’ll thank me, I promise.   And share this post with your friends! Better yet, buy it for your friends!

Don’t want to take my word for it?  Check out this video below:

P.S. TRX now has another amazing product call the Rip Trainer – learn more about that HERE.

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