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Beginner Nutrition Tips to Look, Feel and Be Better

When it comes to eating, maybe you often get bored of what you’re eating and than revert to more palatable yet not-so-healthy foods. On occasion this is ok if you have hit that mark on your journey, but too often and that is just a recipe for disaster. If you’re always on the lookout for new recipes or ways to change up some of your faves, or for easy shortcuts to prevent boredom, here are some tips to get you started:

1. Add Art to Your Meals – Colorful fruits and vegetables (just like a beautiful painting yes) quickly decorate your favourite recipes and make your food appear much more appetizing. Look for deep greens in spinach, vibrant reds in tomatoes and a rainbow of colors in peppers to add to your favourite home-cooked dishes.

2. Swap Schtuff  – It may surprise you to learn serving meals on smaller plates (or in smaller bowls) encourages people to eat less food. So downsize what you serve your meals on, and you might find your family eating the proper portions.  Eating with smaller utensils can help too as you will be forced to slow down your eating and thus will likely trigger your “I’m full” hormones sooner.

3. Change Your Take-Out and Delivery Menus- If you have a stack of take-out/delivery menus in your home, replace them with meal planner services. Having a planner will help you arrange a weekly grocery shopping list and save you time and money by limiting the number of nights you eat out. There are so many options as far as being able to get these delivered, daily, weekly or monthly as well as the option of buying pre-cooked healthy portioned meals to pick up. The number of healthy “fast-food” joint nowadays too removes major barriers as well.

4. Flip Off the TV and Couch – No I am not advising you to take gymnastics, or wait, maybe I AM! Instead of plopping on the couch in front of the tv after dinner, go for a walk and help shuttle the nutrients from the foods you just ate into the right places 😉

5. Vary the Ingredients – If you already have family-favorite recipes, look them over to see if there are ways to swap healthier ingredients in place of others. Varying your foods, ingredients and so forth is actually a great way to prevent food aversions, ensure you get a wide spectrum of micronutrients that are essential for health, fat loss, muscle building, performance, mental health….are you getting the picture 😉 Variety also helps to prevent certain intolerances and allergies too.

If you are a newbie, and even if you’re not, these little changes can make a big difference and when they do, please share them! You can, and totally SHOULD, keep adding to your toolbox. Start with small habits and changes each week. Add more nutrient dense foods, and a whole buttload of variety of them, instead of always “taking away” and you will no doubt look, feel and perform better in all aspects of life.

The Not-So-Sexy Side of Sexy Results

Stop lying to yourself if you keep saying, “Pfft I don’t train to look good that’s for narcissistic shallow people. I train for performance. I train movements not muscles”, and on it goes. You lie and we all do sometimes. GET OVER IT! WE ALL WANT TO LOOK SEXY. When did that become a bad thing anyways?

Sexy is subjective and goes hella far beyond the exterior physical crap but don’t deny yourself that you do want to look a certain way or you will never get the results you actually do want. Looking, feeling and “being good” is ideal absolutely, but the first step in recognizing what your true heart desires most will help you to stop wasting precious time, money and energy on things not serving you.

It is an unfortunate truth that first impressions, ahem, how you look, will get you farther faster (faster being the key word because I promise you that part does not sustain anything!) so instead of poo-pooing things that might not be trendy right now, embrace what truly needs to be done to get the results you want. You want to feel better, look better, have more and better sex, feel energized, succeed faster in getting your foot in the door? I thought so.download (1)

The not-so-sexy side of sexy results means that a. you need to train with your real goal in mind or the one that best serves your entire life, b. you need to train with intensity, c. oh yes you need to body build (see below as to why this is deemed the not-so-sexy side).

Did I freak you out there ladies thinking that you are going to get manly and huge (ha! good luck with that!) and guys did I make you think you will get immobile with a distended belly and more veins on your forearms than on your ummm you know 😉 No that is not what body building is. What you are thinking of is the sport of UNNATURAL bodybuilding and that, at least to me and many like me, is not so sexy. Do not get me wrong there is nothing wrong with what you like as that person or as the likee of that person, it is just not for me physically just as I am not for everyone either lol.

By the way ladies, for over a decade I have been trying to put on and more importantly hold onto muscle (I did a lot of activity and feeding for refuel and recovery sufficiently is tough with that) and believe me it is not as easy as you believe it to be. Read that again…I actually try to gain size in certain areas so you who doesn’t want size, don’t worry about it!

So you want the sexy side now right? Well that is going to mean a few things. You will need to drop your endless cardio, bootcamp training and huff-puff, sweat it all out, ouch my joints hurt type of workouts and you will need to eat. There is a place for those types of workouts and temporarily “not eating”  aka the kids call it intermittent fasting these days :p but right now no.

If you have been slaving away for months doing those types of things and you are only softer and more miserable, let it go, change your mindset to gaining vs losing and tax your muscles other than your heart muscle. Lifting weights in the 6-12 rep range is a great range to play in while also gaining some strength. Rest a little between sets.  Oh and p.s. most of those people you see who only do those types of activities did not build themselves that way. Truestory that there is more to those stories.

Focus on the rep range above, compound movements like deadlifts, squats, rows and presses until your muscles burn, eat a lot of food with protein being a big factor and some level of rest is required. Women tend to be able to take and get better results with more volume (closer to the higher end of the rep range) and men with more intensity less volume although this varies on body types, genetics etc.

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Every body is different but those are some pretty solid guidelines to go with for results. Is this post a sexy post? No, but sometimes truth is not so sexy and fancy “add ons” and crazy ish is not what will get you sexy sustainable results. You still need to train hard no matter what you do, but choose wisely on what you do and keep the add-ons as add-ons.

Nutrition, Body Composition and Health Demo Recap

This past Saturday I was a guest at Southside Muay Thai. Not only was EVERYONE there so helpful in getting me set up (yeah they even jumped to help me bring my stuff in from the car without my even asking…thank you so much!) and beyond encouraging, but the fact that I over went by almost 2 hours there says a lot about their interest and dedication to their goals.

I didn’t realize they had a pad class followed by an instructional type of class back to back on Saturday so I will definitely be coming out for that when time permits (that was a hard lesson to learn lol)! Pad work (and sparring) are 2 of my faves 🙂 . It was nice to meet many new people as well as some that I have only met through social media. It was even more of a blessing to have such a good turn out and reception by all.

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Aside from the giveaway and goodie bags, I also set up their own “packages” with their anthropometrics (body composition, height, weight, measurements etc) to help them see and get started on where they are. Information sheets and site links were also given as well as my dropping as many knowledge bombs as were inquired upon lol. That is one of my favourite things too. Doing what I can to educate and empower people, in many ways, excites the bejeez outta me and I look forward to the opportunities to come, which I will post about when completely solidified.

Again I wanted to thank Lebert Fitness, Supplement Source and Southside Muay Thai members and guests, for an exceptional experience.

 

p.s. re-branding and other things are coming so stay tuned 🙂

 

I’m unleashing my inner superhero at Habitat for Humanity GTA’s 2014 Women Build!

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This was a last minute AKA surprise that fell upon my lap so why not! I have very little time to raise funds and every nickel, dime and dollar counts. I will be there to help build so feel free to come down and yell at me to work more too lol Thank you!

If you have any trouble with the link below, please just search my name 🙂 It is totally legit and you will get a tax receipt for your awesomeness!

I’m unleashing my inner superhero at Habitat for Humanity GTA’s 2014 Women Build!.

Melisscious Delicious Discography #44 maybe !??

Hello and welcome back to my monthly playlist and “fitness can I get a witness” post. I aim to deliver you with some hellish workouts to add some yeah to your day and the tune-age to help you bust a nut…wait, I mean…no that IS what I mean (I kid I kid and btw that is Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and feel free to Google him lol)

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Don’t worry, I will still be interspersing my easier to comprehend posts on health, fitness and everything in between, but this Melisscious’ Delicious Discography will allow for my inner teeny-bopper (lol who says that:P) to come through….wooh, and she gets hangry (hungry and angry) if she is not kept nourished.

Alright so let’s get started with the playlist and be sure to check the time saving, no excuses, unleash your awesome workout below 🙂

1. (Warm it up to…) Drake –  0 to100

2. Shihad – Think You’re So Free

3. Royal Blood – Figure It Out

4. Bif Naked – Love Myself Today

and your cool down jam to roll out and stretch out to…

5. Outkast – The Whole World

My apologies that it the playlists have been cut in half but it takes far too much time to always be doing 10. Warmup with some jump rope and mobility/movement patters. This workout is something you can add to make you stronger and faster and leaner. Little to no rest between supersets. Repeat this sequence 3-5 times depending on your fitness level.

1a. Deadlifts 4-6 reps

1b. Concept 2 Rows Power Pulls for 40 seconds

Rest 30-60 seconds

2a. Reverse Lunge to Punch Press 8-10 each side

2b. Inchworm to Diverbomber Pushups for 40 seconds

Rest 30-60 seconds

3a. Hip Bridge Alternating DB Presses 6-8 reps

3b. 180 Point Pivots for 40 seconds

Rest 30-60 seconds

4a. Bent-Over Row to Stand 10-12 reps

4b. Tight Body DB Uppercuts for 40 seconds

Butts and Guts Workout

Sometimes in order to get comfortable in your own skin, you have to first get really uncomfortable in your own skin! This is a (ahem) fun workout that you can do with a partner, no gym required. Things are always more fun with a buddy and you are doing each other a huge favour by helping one another to be healthy, fit and achieve your goals.

This workout can either be done on its own or as, what I like to call, a post lifting FUN-ISH TO FINISH (finishers schminishers lol) yeaaah these are the ish ;D

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This workout is designed to help shape your booty as well as your mind. Tap into that aggressor within and be gutsy in pushing yourself, each other. The first 2 rounds will serve as your warmup as you grease your grooves and get your muscles, nervous system and cardio warmed up. After that though, start bringing that A game 😉 45 seconds each exercise with 15 seconds to catch your breath or transition. 4-6 rounds with 60 seconds rest in between rounds.

Partner High-Five Power Squat Hops – facing each other, squat down and touch the ground than pop up into a jump squat and high five your partner. Squat and touch you right hand to your left foot, pop up and high five your right hand to your partners opposite hand. Switch sides and repeat for time.

Partner Pushup Punches – face each other in a pushup position. You both do a push up than as you come up, reach out to the opposite side and lightly punch your partner in the face (lol just kidding!) tap your partners hand.

Lateral Lunge to Crossover Smack – face each other with feet shoulder-width apart. You will both step to the side (lateral lunge) but in opposite directions. As you push off, come back to stand and high five (smack) your partners hand like tag teaming in wrestling lol and you immediately switch to lunge the other way. Repeat for time.

Jab-Cross Sprawl – face each other in a strong athletic stance. Partner 1 will hold their hands out front while partner 2 hits their hands with a 1-2 jab-cross combo than sprawls our (like a burpee without the pushup). As soon as partner 2 gets back to their feet, partner 2 holds out their hands while partner 1 hits the hands than the ground.

Leap Frogs to Inchworm to Pushup – just like when you were a kid, one person is curled on the ground while the other will (with wide legs) leap over. When the frog lands, he/she will inchworm walkout, perform a pushup, than be the ball on the ground for their partner.

Partner One-Legged Squats –I actually found a picture similar to what I want so here you go. Don’t try to go too deep or you may find too much strain on your knees. untitled

Boom and a Woooooh! There you go. A fun yet challenging addition to your days to bring you a sweet butt and test your guts.

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 (if you want to know exactly how to do these, a program or if you are are in the GTA and need that partner to push you, hit me up!)

Rooftop Fitness Party in Downtown Toronto

This morning brought out an exciting array of fellow fitness instructors, yogis, studio/gym owners and fitness enthusiasts to a party atop the Big Carrot . This fun filled, health promoting event was for the media launch of Tryfit.ca . Before I continue I would like to thank Jake for having me out. It was an exceptional way to start my day. I had to leave early to teach a class but the time I was there was awesome.

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Aside from the banging beats from the DJ, the snacks and spa water quenching my thirst for some awe-inspiring oh yeah-ness, every one there was so friendly. It is always great to see a community of like-minded positive people in one place.

The day was gorgeous (aka sunny and hot wooooh) and the rooftop venue made the mini-workout sessions that were a part of the event much more enjoyable. The ability to network and to share stories was also a highlight. While there was fun to be had, it was all very professional and well organized by all.

I love what Tryfit.ca is doing. There are so many great spots in Toronto and so many different styles, modalities and venues that it is a shame NOT to experience as many of them as you can. The fact that they are also helping to grow and promote good people trying to make a difference, makes me love this concept even more. By offering what they are, they are not only helping to grow the smaller businesses in the community, but they are also helping others to find their fit when it comes to fitness.

Thank you for what you do!

 

P.S. I am totally for hire for teaching classes, events, consulting, event coverage, writing…;) athletictraynor@gmail.com