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Saturday, August 18, 2018

It's Okay to Curl, Biceps Are Still Cool

Biceps don't get much isolation time in functional fitness workouts but it's cool to show them some love. Nothing wrong with well-developed arms and they do look good, there's always that.

Contrary to popular belief, using curls for bicep development is not useless. Training the biceps in this way allows the biceps to be overloaded substantially whilst standing. The world record for bicep curls currently stands at 150kg, therefore, there must be some use aside from bragging rights. In this article, I will simplify the efficacy of biceps training and secondly, where the bicep curl can be utilized to maximize bicep strength.

 

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Visualization Meditation

When feeling overwhelmed or anxious, picturing yourself in a place you love can bring you back to a sense of calm.

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Friday Faves

Hey friends! Happy Friday! What’s going on this weekend? We’re meeting up with some friends for a playdate, swimming with the fam (if it’s not raining!) and doing the usual dance class and weekend activities. The girls are LOVING school (thank goodness!) but it’s going to be nice to take it easy in the mornings instead of rushing around. (And since I actually have to walk P inside, no more school drop-offs in my pajamas haha. The 3 of us have to be dressed and out the door!) I’d love to hear what you’re up to this weekend.

It’s time for the usual Friday Faves party. This is where I share some of my favorite finds from the week and always enjoy hearing about your faves, too. Please shout out something you’re loving in the comments section.

Life/random:

I HAVE to tell you guys about the Mermaid Festival we went to last weekend. We met up with some friends for dinner, and since P had graced us with a 4pm nap (meaning she’d be awake until at least 10), I figured we could make a night out of it and head to the mermaid festival. We called nana while we were leaving the restaurant and swooped her to join in the fun.

Mermaid festival

You guys. It was such a scene in the best way possible. The Mermaid Festival is still pretty new to Tucson – I think it’s their second year – so they’re still working out some of the kinks, but it was insanely fun. We circled around looking for a parking spot and then walked down to Congress for the festivities.

Sombrero

(Please note the sombrero. Oh, Tucson.)

We were surrounded by swarms of kiddos and adults dressed like pirates and mermaids and headed to the enormous pirate ship where they had pageants and contests. There were a ton of food trucks and booths (with wigs, mermaid jewelry, and tops) and a Mermaid parade. The parade was led by mermaids on stilts, dancing to Brazilian drums, and everyone who was dressed up joined the parade. 

Mermaid festival 2

The girls loved it even though they don’t look too thrilled in the pic below.

Mermaid festival 1

(One is mid thumb-suck and the other is people-watching. It was the best people-watching I’ve seen in Tucson in a loooong time.)

It was super fun and we’ll definitely be back next year, in full costumes, natch. 

Fitness:

Ssu leg day

Summer Shape Up is going strong! Our Facebook group is bumping with inspirational posts and you guys are crushing the workouts. It’s not too late to join in the fun! Details are in this post.

Be sure to check out this week’s full barre workout video! I hope you love it.

Fashion/beauty:

Already scoping out items for fall…especially since 90% of my cool-weather clothes are packed away in storage. (Oops.) I can’t help but feel a little bit of fall on the brain since it’s been cool and lovely here in Tucson for the past couple of weeks. (In the 80s and even the 70s! It’s practically freezing lol.) Here are some of the things I’ve found: new chambray shirt (on sale right now), wrap dress to wear with heels or booties, classic navy sweater, this black jumpsuit as a perfect transition piece (I’ll prob layer it with my camo button-up), the same pair of slip-ons I wore last year until they fell apart. 

Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who ordered from me during last week’s Beautycounter sale!! If you missed the sale, you can still get the romantic set for $30 off.

Headbands for fall.

Food:

This unicorn pancake and egg mold. Our beloved babysitter from Valdosta sent this to the girls and they’re obsessed. It’s really taken my pancake game to the next level. 🙂 Also, worth noting that I was surprised it works as well as it does! I haven’t had much luck with pancake molds in the past, but this one is awesome.

Unicorn mold

SKINNY DIPPED ALMONDS. I’m excited to be partnering with them soon because I’m in loooooooove with these almonds. Many chocolate-covered almonds feel like too much of a sugar bomb to me. There’s like 90% chocolate and 10% almond. These are so much more balanced, less sugary-sweet, and they have the best flavors. The peanut butter ones are like Reese’s in a bag (with a boost of healthy fats and protein). They have them at Target if you’ll be out shopping this weekend! 

Skinny dipped

Eat Fit Go. This recently opened in Tucson and they have tons of healthy macro-balanced food options. I’ve been grabbing some lunches and protein balls each week and it’s been a game changer. (It’s also perfect for the nights when the girls just want mac and cheese and broccoli; I can heat up one of these bad boys.)

Eat fit go

The only thing I didn’t like was all of the plastic. I called them to see if they’d consider allowing customers to preorder and pay for the what they’d like in advance while providing their own containers. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work because their kitchen is in Phoenix. They assured me that they’re working on sourcing fully biodegradable containers and that the plastic they currently use is 100% recyclable, which made me feel a bit better. The meals are really good and awesome for a quick and healthy bite. 

High-protein vegan breakfast ideas.

This buddha bowl looks amaaaaazing.

This chicken recipe is happening next week.

Read, watch, listen:

Don’t forget to check out this week’s podcast episode! Tina and I chat about her journey with UC, her tips for awesome abs, where we think the blog world is headed, and answer reader questions.

A really interesting post (and comments section) about free-range parenting.

Good reasons to stop complaining.

Yay for science.

And just for kicks: a pic of P eating a bagel in the rain.

P in the rain w her bagel

Happy Friday!

xoxo

Gina

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Full Body AMRAP Crush It Workout


Workout equipment:

Workout type: AMRAP

Timer setting: Countdown timer

Complete as many rounds as possible in 12 minutes:

8 Burpee box jumps
40 Double unders OR 80 Single unders
6 Push up pike combo
4 Candlestick Pistol Jumps / leg
75 High knees w/ jump rope
15 Plank hip dips
10 V ups

Bonus: 30 Candlestick hip bridges / leg

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Leave your number of rounds in the comments below.

My rounds for today’s workout: 3 + 3 push up pike combos

Did you do this workout?

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Leave the Gym Stiff, Come Back Stiff

There's more information available concerning warming up for workouts over cooling down afterward. Time to change the conversation.

Do a quick Google search and you’ll find no shortage of articles that describe protocols that warm up your core temperature and specific patterns of movement. There are more resources than ever before that describe how to warm up to ensure efficient movement during training.

 

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How Kristine Went From Spinal Fusion to Triathlete and Marathoner

After a car accident and subsequent spinal fusion, Kristine became very inactive and packed on the weight. She then realized her children were following this sedentary lifestyle — and she vowed to become a better example.

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Leave the Gym Stiff, Come Back Stiff

There's more information available concerning warming up for workouts over cooling down afterward. Time to change the conversation.

Do a quick Google search and you’ll find no shortage of articles that describe protocols that warm up your core temperature and specific patterns of movement. There are more resources than ever before that describe how to warm up to ensure efficient movement during training. You may even find a collection of peer reviews articles I compiled a couple of years back that showed everything I could find pertaining to the research of warming up.

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