Workout For Strength, Stability and Muscle Building.

Muscles , bodybuilding
There’s a lot of debate out there about which exercise build the most muscle.⠀

And while almost every exercise can and will build muscle to some extent. There are a few movements that should never be missing from ANYONES program.⠀

💥SQUAT💥⠀

This an essential for building hole body strength and stability and is I primary movement in day to day life.⠀

💥DEADLIFT💥⠀

A staple hip hinge movement. Great for build posterior strength.⠀

💥OVERHEAD PRESS💥⠀

Great for building overhead stability and strength you can’t neglect to not pick something up and push it over head. ⠀

💥ROW💥⠀

We can’t forget to pull something towards you. While day to say life always has us moving forward we neglect to pull things towards us. ⠀

Picking any sort of row movement will fix your poster, keep your shoulders healthy, and build an overall strong physique.⠀

All these move will find in day to day life whenever your picking up something or possibly putting something in a cabinet. You’ll be doing one of these staple movements regardless.⠀

All these movements have amazing variations to them. unilateral, barbell, dumbbell, kettle bell, all these can be great variations to these simply movement patterns.⠀

So never be afraid to pick up some weight and do these staple lifts.⠀

Wether your goal is to build maximal amounts of muscle, lose fat, or just keep a health strong body, you can all benefit from incorporating these movements into your program.⠀

Facts About Fats

We’ve all done it… blamed curtain foods for the way we looked or assumed that a specific macro was the sole reason people are overweight.⠀

Today there is a never ending debate between which macro is gonna kill us, carbs or fats.⠀

The truth is, nether of these macros are the sole cause of the obesity epidemic in the world. Totally intake of calories, mixed with chronic yo-yo dieting, and in activity are what’s really to blame here.⠀

Wether your eating high fat or high carb your weight loss goal can still be achievable. Just remember that fats are ESSENTIAL for life and should never be fully removed from anyone’s diet.⠀

Here are some facts about fats that you probably didn’t know!⠀

🔹there are 5 types of fatty acids; omega 3, omega 6, monounsaturated, saturated, & trans fats. All of these besides trans fats are healthy and serve there purpose in everyone’s diet.⠀

🔸omega 3 & omega 6 fats can not be produced by the body, therefor must be obtained through a persons diet.⠀

🔹fats are needed for vital process like eye, heart, & brain function. The also play a key roll in growth and development.⠀

🔸some vitamins like A,E,D, & K are fat soluble and without fat the can’t be absorbed into the body. Possibly resulting in vitamin deficiency’s. ⠀

A persons diet can consist of anywhere from 20-40% dietary fat depend on they goal, lifestyle, and food preferences.⠀

But like I said in the beginning, fat does not make you fat and should not be something you strive to avoid.⠀

The mix between high sugar and high fat in a persons diet is gonna be more of a contributor to there poor health.⠀

Hope these facts on fats provided you with some general understanding as to why fats should still be in ANYONES diet protocol.⠀

And be on the look out for more facts about each macronutrient in the future. We’ll be covering the other two here real soon😉.⠀
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Core Muscles & Lower Back Pain.

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Core Muscles & Lower Back Pain!
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Our core is made up of several different parts:
1⃣Abodminal muscles – rectus and transverse abdominus + our internal & external obliques
2️⃣Upper back muscles – Latissimus dori
3️⃣Lower back muscles – Extensors & quadratus lumborum
4️⃣Psoas muscle – connects your torso and your legs
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When we do everyday movements, our core muscles contract in order to help support our spine. Our core plays a role in both stabilizing and resisting movement.
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So what are some of the best ab exercises to perform to actually work your core & not place so much stress on your lower back?
1️⃣ Modified curl up – On your back, you are doing a 1/2 crunch. You are only lifting up your neck and head, not your entire body. This will avoid repetitive flexion of your lumbar spine.
2️⃣ Stir the pot – Planking on the stability ball with added movement in your arms.
3️⃣ Side plank – Great stabilizing exercise to work your obliques
4️⃣ Bird dog – Another stabilizing focused exercise to strengthen and stiffen the core.
Instead of stretching your lower back when you have pain, try stretching the muscles around your hips (hamstrings, hip flexors). Tip – It’s important to know that the discs in our back are very sensitive in the morning as they have extra fluid in them at this time, so it is crucial to avoid bending forward first thing in the morning!
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Balancing Your Hormones.

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Balancing Your Hormones!
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Hormonal Imbalances need to be addressed sooner rather than later as many health concerns can arise from this.
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Some tips:
1️⃣ Eat more healthy FATS such as avocados, grass fed butter and nuts/seeds – Your body needs fats to make hormones. Consuming a diet higher in fat can also help reduce inflammation and lead to weight loss.
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2️⃣ Check in with your emotions – Your emotions and hormones go hand in hand. When you balance out your hormones, you also balance your emotions and vice versa. Too much stress, feeling uptight, upset or whatever emotion it may be directly affects hormone levels.
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3️⃣ Consider which medications you are taking – Although some people MUST take medication, you need to consider the pros and cons. Many medications can help in one area but have negative consequences towards your hormones. Birth control and antibiotics are some examples.
Birth control for an example can cause acne issues. This is something that I have dealt with. I began getting acne on my jaw line and my neck, which is ALL hormonal. I did not make the connection until I stopped the pill and my acne cleared.
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4️⃣ Get more sleep – Your appetite is affected by how much sleep you get. Not getting adequate sleep can cause your appetite to increase due to your hunger hormones being irregular. Getting enough sleep also allows your cortisol levels to be stable so you are more energized and your body can recover & repair properly.
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75% Of Your Body Is Water And Not Fat.

Our bodies are not mostly composed of fat, they’re mostly composed of water. Therefore, most of the weight changes we see from day to day are water changes, not fat change.
A few reasons you see fluctuations on the scale:
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▪️Recent increase in cardio (increases blood volume). This is a biggie, can add up to 5 lbs in some people, just plasma + new red blood cells, & can cause a month-long stall in scale weight.
▪️Recent increase in weight-lifting (sore muscles retain water); eventually there will also be muscle gain, though that is a slower process (weeks)
▪️Any soreness, injury or bruising (causes inflammation = local water retention)
▪️Illness (ditto)
▪️Change in timing of dinner to a later time than usual, and/or addition of a late night snack even if you ate the same total # of daily calories. The timing alone has an effect. Later eating means that the gut will still be holding “gut water” used in the digestive process during the next morning’s weigh-in. Even a 1 hr later dinner time can affect scale weight the next morning
▪️Single unusually large meal within past 5 days – large meals take multiple days to digest, during which not only the meal itself, but also a mass of water equivalent to ~2x the meal’s weight, will all be parked in your gut for digestion.
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▪️Eating more carbs after a period of not having had many carbs (causes liver & muscles to increase glycogen stores; each 1g of glycogen is structurally packaged with 4g water so you end up with water weight)
▪️change in dietary fiber (affects “poop weight”)
▪️change in pooping frequency (obvious reasons)
▪️Recent exposure to heat (hot yoga, exercising in heat)
▪️ Menstrual cycle / birth control – about 1/3 of women have noticeable swings in weight during the week before menstruation / week of menstruation.
▪️increase in sodium intake
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In short, trust your calorie deficit. If you are tracking your food accurately and are really eating at a caloric deficit, there is no way NOT to be losing fat. The fat loss is just hidden on the scale by the myriad causes of fluctuations in water & digestive waste.

Spot Fat Reductions.

SPOT REDUCTION!
pot reduction is the idea that we are able to choose where we want to lose weight or lose fat. Although this has pretty much been deemed a myth, there are still ways to target these specific areas.
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If you are looking to change the shape of your body, adding muscle should be your priority. Yes, loosing overall body fat will be beneficial but by simply adding muscle to your frame, you will be able to shape your body to give your body a different look. Adding more muscle is different than adding more fat.
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Instead of trying to diet down in order to lose fat in those stubborn areas, start focusing on WHAT you are eating. Limit processed foods, stick to lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It’s important to make sure you are eating enough so you can fuel your workouts, build up new muscle and torch the fat!
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So although there is no such thing as spotting reduce, you are able to target your trouble areas by working them directly! There is no doubt if you perform tricep extensions, you will target that area. The importance of resistance training is so that when you lose body fat overall, your muscles will be able to show!
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All in all, don’t just focus on weight loss to try to assist these stubborn areas, focus on lifting weights and building lean muscle in these areas!
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Exercise & The Menstrual Cycle!

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Exercise & The Menstrual Cycle!
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It is very common for females who train intensely and diet to lose their period or have it become irregular. Every month ovulation occurs and with this, hormonal changes arise. Having a very strict diet especially missing meals or working out for multiple hours in the day leads your body to identify this negative energy balance as a risk. When this happens, the body turns off the body process known as reproduction.
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A hormone known as leptin gets produced when there is body fat. Not having enough body fat decreases the amount of leptin in the body, which reduces the action of the hypothalamus (which starts off your menstrual cycle). Stress is also a major factor that may lead our sympathetic nervous system (SNS) to be overworked. When our stress hormones are constantly at high levels, our body believes it’s not safe to reproduce.
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Losing your period means that something must be “off” hormonally. Here are some tips as to what you can do:
-Reduce the amount of exercise that you’re doing and increase your calories
-Ensure you’re getting in enough good quality sleep
-Try adding in slow-digesting carbs at most meals (everyone is different but this may be helpful to reduce stress and deprivation in our bodies as most females believe that carbs are “bad” for them).
-See your doctor to tune in to the exact cause.” )