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Quick Guide to Lunges

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Lunges are a foundational movement exercise that can be done anywhere and everywhere. They are easy to do and there are so many variations that make them a great exercise. However, they are one of the most butchered exercises in the gym and have caused injuries. Lunges allow you to elevate your heart rate and target several muscle groups at the same time. The targeted muscles include the glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, and the calf muscles, abdominal muscles, and back muscles act as stabilizers.

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Posted in Cardio, Fitness | November 18, 2016

Paleo Diet: Good or Bad?

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The insanely popular Paleo diet cuts out dairy, legumes, grains, and processed junk foods in favor of nuts, meat, and other foods said to be preferred by our ancient ancestors.  The concept behind the Paleo Diet is that Humans evolved on a diet very different from today. Therefore, it is argued that to be healthier, leaner, stronger and fitter, we must change our diet and remove foods that the cavemen couldn’t eat. The diet promises that you will have more energy, weight loss, and clearer skin. While the Paleo Diet might have good qualities let’s take a closer look to see if it is actually good for you.

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Posted in Dieting, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Nutrition | October 31, 2016

I’m Sore and I Can’t Move!

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So, you committed to functional strength as part of your training. Now two days after your big strength session you can barely move. We’ve all been there. Let’s talk about how to handle these sessions within the tapestry of your training.

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Posted in Cardio, DOer's, Training, Workout | October 24, 2016

Create your own full-body workout

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There are a lot of factors that go into finding the best workout for your body.  A workout program should be developed around a person’s biology, age, goals, diet, time, etc. Developing a workout routine for yourself can be nerve-racking but its really not difficult and can be a game changer once you understand the basics. When it comes to full body workouts, you are basically doing the same basic movement patterns and just adding weight or making the movement more advanced. The basic movement patterns include:

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Posted in Arm Workout, Cardio, Fitness, Goals, Gym, Strength Training, Workout | October 20, 2016

5 Tips to Perfect your Plank

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Planks are one of the most effective workouts you can do. They work all parts of your body at the same time giving you a better full-body workout.  Planks are also great because they achieve substantial results in a relatively short amount of time. Work your core and support your spine by doing planks everyday.

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Posted in Arm Workout, Cardio, Fitness, Strength Training, Training, Workout | October 3, 2016

Which Is Better? Protein Shakes or Bars?

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Protein energy bars and shakes each have passionate bands of adherents in the fitness community, with aficionados of each willing to swear by their chosen supplement, but which one is really better?

Both. Protein bars and shakes each have their advantages, and which one is best for you really depends on your individual needs and fitness goals.

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Posted in Dieting, Healthy Eating, Nutrition, Protein | Tagged , | August 29, 2016

Everything You Need to Know About Squats

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Check any fitness blog and between articles on the best high protein nutrition bars and secrets for the perfect workout, and you’ll probably see dozens of entries about squats. In the past few years, squats have become an incredibly popular exercise in the fitness world, thanks to their ability to engage multiple parts of the body and give them a strenuous and effective workout.

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Posted in Arm Workout, Dieting, Energy, Healthy Eating, Nutrition | Tagged , | August 22, 2016

Eight Quick & Healthy Breakfast Ideas

Quick & Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so skimping on it simply isn’t an option. To stay in good health and to get into optimal shape, eating a good breakfast each day is a must.

This can be difficult if you have to hit the ground running each day – getting kids to school or clocking in early at work. Luckily, there are many great options for a quick and healthy breakfast, including nutritional bars and shakes and more traditional fare.

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Posted in Dieting, Fitness, Healthy Eating, Nutrition | Tagged , | August 15, 2016

Last Minute Summer Travel Spots For The Most Unique Workouts Of Your Life

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Summer might be beginning to wind down, but you’ve still got plenty of time to plan yourself a vacation if you’ve been putting it off. Take that PTO and find somewhere beautiful to hang out for a week or two. But if relaxing on the beach with a G&T isn’t really your style, then check out some of these summer travel spots. You get a gorgeous destination, and you can actually spend time getting in shape and recharging your mental batteries. Because let’s be honest, you’d rather head home with some toned muscles than a hangover.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Have you been dying to learn how to surf? Or are you already an expert and just want to find a new spot to hit the waves? Lucero Surf gives you 4 hours of private lessons a day, and you don’t even have to worry about bringing your own equipment—everything is included. We dare you to come back from your vacation not looking bronzed and toned after spending it surfing in Costa Rica.

The Appalachian Trail

You’ve probably heard one of your more outdoorsy acquaintances talking about that time after college when they hiked the entire Appalachian Trail. The entire trail is 2,190 miles long, so no, you probably don’t have time to do the whole thing unless you plan on quitting your job or haven’t taken a vacation day in years. Regardless, there are plenty of stunning hikes that you can take for a few days, and because the trail runs through 14 states and 8 national forests, you’ll be getting one-of-a-kind adventure wherever you hike.

Gauley River, West Virginia

If white water rafting is your thing, then you definitely want to check out the Gauley River. It offers a 35-mile stretch of Class V+ challenges with more than 100 rapids ranked as some of the most technically difficult in the country. But don’t worry if you aren’t an expert, you can take a ride on the more laidback Upper New River and still get a great experience.

Grand Teton National Park

This is one of the premier alpine-climbing destinations in the United States, and you’ll be able to rock climb in cool, beautiful weather, with unbelievable scenery all around you. And if you get tired of climbing, well, you are in one of our most treasured national parks. Take some time to hike and explore while you can. Rock climbing is a workout like none other, and you’ll come back feeling fit and refreshed.

So don’t waste anymore time this summer. Make some reservations, book a flight and get yourself to one of these scenic destinations for a totally unique workout. And don’t forget to bring along some of your favorite Promax bars for refueling after a tough day!

 

Posted in Fitness, Summer, Workout | August 13, 2016

10 Ways To Stay Fit At Work

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We’ve all been tempted to use the excuse that we worked all day to avoid going to the gym. It’s tempting because work can really be mentally exhausting, and the hours of sitting seem like they actually make you more tired than a workout. But what if there were some ways you could stay fit while at work? Now, we’re not suggesting that these will replace your regular workout routine, but many of them are simply good habits to get into, and others can help supplement your fitness on a day when you know you won’t make it to the gym.

  1. Cut Your Commute

If you can bike or walk to work, well, lucky you. That’s not always practical for everyone, although it is a great way to stay fit. However, think about giving yourself some extra time in the morning and parking farther away from your building. The walk will help wake you up on the way in.

  1. Take The Stairs

Same concept. Unless you’re running late and work on the 16th floor, take the stairs as much as possible. You have to get your exercise in where you can, and stairs are actually perfect for this. There’s a reason they have a machine called a StairMaster at your gym.

3. Print Documents At The Furthest Printer

Are you noticing a theme? Sitting down all day is not exactly great for your body, so doing whatever you can to get up and be active is essential. Print those documents on the other side of the office and then go fetch them.

  1. Seated Leg Lifts

Bring your legs up straight under your desk and then tighten your leg muscles and hold for ten seconds. It won’t interfere with your work, and they actually feel really good after an hour of sitting.

  1. Glute Scrunches

You’re doing the same thing, but with your glutes. Tighten them together, hold for ten seconds and then release. You can do this one on the down low pretty much anytime you’re sitting.

  1. Bring Your Lunch

Yes, we know that everyone’s going out to lunch, so if you want to spend time networking then don’t do this every day, but bringing your lunch is the best way to ensure you’re getting a healthy meal. Your burrito bowl is not actually “healthy” when you eat a portion that large. Sorry to break it to you.

  1. Lunchtime Workout

Speaking of lunch, you can use it as an opportunity to get more walking in, and even something more challenging. Walk to where you’re grabbing lunch, but throw in some lunges along the way. Yes, you will look silly. No, you shouldn’t care.

  1. Desk Pushups

Maybe sneak these in when no one’s looking. Stand up, lean against your desk with your arms extended, and slowly bend your arms until your chest is nearly touching the desk. Then bring it back out. Do ten reps.

  1. Wall Squats

Find a quiet room that’s not in use, and lean up against the wall. Slowly squat down with your feet out in front of you until your knees are at 90 degrees and you back is flat against the wall. Hold this for as long as you can.

  1. Water, Water, Everywhere

Stay hydrated while you’re at work. It can be easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re staring at spreadsheets. Plus, you can get up from your chair to hit the water cooler (and the bathroom), which is never a bad thing.

And if you’re feeling tired or sluggish, grab a Promax protein bar to help you refuel without unnecessary carbs and sugars that will only leave you crashing a couple hours later. Check out our selection and pick the one that’s perfect for you!

Posted in Fitness, Life Balance, Workout | August 12, 2016

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