Rock This Workout!

We’re battening down the hatches, throwing wood on the fire, stocking up on food, doing 25 jumping jacks approximately every 3 minutes, and randomly screaming things like HOLYEFFINGSH*TBALLZISITCOLD in defense against – and reaction to – the wicked cold that has descended upon the Midwest. I’m not sure I’ve felt cold like this ever. And it makes me wonder about the sanity of those who live in northern regions. No seriously, what’s the matter with you people. I’m always cold, and I hate it. If I’m moving around I’m not too cold, but if I’m doing work at my computer, I can wear three layers, a scarf, and a blanket wrapped around me like a toga and still be cold. IT’S SO ANNOYING. But I’ve discovered two things that truly warm me to the core: a hot hot hot shower, and exercise. And that, my friends, is my motivation to keep up with my workouts even on days when it sounds more reasonable to burrow under down comforters and never come out. In fact, I just HiiT last week’s workout, In Your FACE, and topped it off with some specialized strength training sets (push-ups, front-weighted step-ups, push presses, and so on), and for the first time all day, I’m warm. I’m warm!  I’M WARM! I mean, I’m hot. RAWR. So I know you feel like holing up with a non-stop supply of carbs, but buck up little camper. It’s time to hiit this workout. No, wait – it’s time to ROCK this workout. Cuz that’s how we roll. For this week’s workout, you’ll need two light Sandbells, one heavy...

12 Days of Kicking Ass Workout Challenge – Day 12! We Did It!

Merry Merry! You made it! It’s Christmas! It’s Day 12 of our 12 Days of Kicking Ass workout challenge! I won’t take up a lot of your time. Today is a day of celebration, family, faith, food, and fun. And if you wanna make room for all those holiday goodies, hiit this workout before you head to Grandma’s house! You know what my favorite exercise is, so no one will be surprised that the last challenge of our 12 days is a 3-way burpee challenge!  From my family to yours, I hope you have the merriest of holidays! Catch you on the flip side!  ...

Fat-Burning Foods – Really?

By Briana Eruren We have all seen those attention-grabbing headlines on magazine covers and those pesky side ads that distract you from your dot-com searches or Facebook creeping. (Don’t even pretend you don’t.) I’m talking about the ones you just can’t get out of your head because they sound too good to be true. “Melt Fat Away Over the Weekend on the Ben and Jerry’s Diet!” or maybe something like, “Top 5 Belly Bulge-Blasting Foods!” They’re often accompanied by graphics like this and they get forwarded 8 bazillion times on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. How could claims like these not catch our attention? Just eat these foods and lose my extra inches? I’M IN! I’m sure by now you’ve caught on to the fact that I love sweets, and if the Ben and Jerry’s diet were in fact legitimate, my life would be forever changed for the better (or worse….which ever way you want to look at it). However, I prefer to deal in reality, so I’m here to offer a realistic perspective on fat-burning foods so that you can proceed with your dot-com searches or refining your creeping skills.     In order to fully understand the fat burning food concept it’s critical to know the basic science behind it. In simple terms, a fat burning food is one that uses more calories to be digested than the calorie content of the food itself. A good example of this could be celery because the body will use more calories while chewing and digesting than the piece of celery actually contains. These foods will cause the body to work...