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Sweat Bands & Caffeine

Hey guys!

I’ve gotten a few questions lately regarding sweat bands and caffeinated serums so I’m going to share how it works and why it works.

Sweat bands.

I did a fair amount of research before buying one. It seemed like another weight loss scam and I was really skeptical. Sweat bands range in materials but are synthetic, usually neoprene or something a little fancier. They are usually used around the waist but you can also get leg ones like I have!

The best way to explain how they work is to first explain the ‘whoosh effect’. With proper diet and exercise, your body’s fat cells are emptied of triglyceride as your body breaks it down for energy. As the fat decreases, water is temporarily absorbed into the cell making it full again. Eventually your body flushes the water from the cell creating the fat cell to shrink. This is why weight loss can sometimes take time.

I never totally believed in this theory of weight loss but I do notice this effect in my own body. I find that using a sweat belt helps this process.

Many people say you are sweating water weight so you will just ‘gain’ it back, which isn’t wrong either. However if you think long term, I do find it effective!

Caffeine.

Topical caffeine use is nothing new. We use it in facial serums to reduce the look of dark circles and large veins.

It is also used in body scrubs etc. for cellulite. Caffeine helps dehydrate the fat cells in cellulite thus reducing the appearance or shrinking the area!

You can shop it here!

Put the two together and you have an amazing combo!

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How to Stay on Track Through Summer

Ok ok ok….summer is FINALLY here. Waaa-hooo! It’s easy to sub the gym for sunshine, patios and drinks but like always, there’s a happy balance. You have busted your ass all winter and spring to be healthy, please don’t throw your hard work down the drain. We still need to love and care for our bodies during summer.

I am happy to share some of my tricks for staying on track through summer.

1. Plan plan plan. If you haven’t noticed, I am a planner. I plan everything. On Sunday night, I sit down and look at the weather. If the forecast calls for rain or over 30 degrees, I am more than happy to head indoors for a workout. SO I make sure my classes/workouts happen on those days.

2. If you don’t care so much about the weather, plan around your schedule and tendencies. If you know you do not workout at night…don’t bank on a PM workout. Wake up 30 minutes earlier and get it done in the morning. In all honesty, even 15 minute HIIT will serve you through the day giving you a metabolism boost.

3. Find some classes! If you get stuck with a pain in the ass like me….I won’t let you be lazy. I am here for accountability and the odd guilt trip of I know you are cheating yourself πŸ˜‰

4. Pick active hobbies/activities. Summer is a great time to swim, hike, paddle, or hang in the park playing frisbee or ball. Make your lifestyle active and it will become a habit. It’s easy enough to sneak a couple drinks at the park if you are after some social drinking.

5. Remind yourself why you started. Remind yourself WHY it’s important to eat and drink properly and why you began exercising. If your why doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know…haha.

6. Be happy with where you are, how you look and who you are. Chances are you have come a long way in the last little while. Embrace how much easier it is to hike, workout, drink your water etc. If you know you will be preoccupied, be content maintaining through the summer. This means keeping your consistency and a maintenance fitness plan and maybe allowing a little more balance than normal πŸ˜‰

7. Set a goal! Whether you sign up for a run, fitness competition or set strength/cardio goals to help keep you moving. Make sure it’s something you’re interested in and is doable on your timeline.

8. Pay in advance for your gym membership, classes, that 5km you’ve always wanted to run and let your potential loss fuel your fire.

I hope some of these ideas help you through the summer. Don’t make it to September feeling guilty and uncomfortable. It sucks and it doesn’t serve anyone. The best you can do is learn to love your body, what it can do and make sure you still give it 100% in all the seasons.

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6 Reasons Why You Should become a regular Yogi

So if you’ve known me a while you’ll know the ebb and flow between yoga and I. I love love love love it, I love how I feel during, after and down the road. In the past I’ve been pretty balls to the walls about my fitness. I would dive into yoga, or dive into Bikram or fitness. It’s like when you find your new favourite song and only want to listen to that one song. I’m working on my perfect balance. 😊 So, I’ll stay non-bias and factual. Here are 6 different reasons why YOU should practice weekly.

1. It’s a whole body workout! No you can’t add resistance or weight, but yoga uses body weight to build strength. It uses large and small muscles to hold, flow, twist, balance and press.

2. Muscle recovery. Hello…its stretching. YES, it is so many other things, but yoga is designed to strengthen and ‘lengthen’ the muscles using various stretching techniques during your practice. This improves circulation and blood flow through the body. This also increases the oxygen level through the body supporting muscle recovery. When you don’t properly stretch, the muscle fibers can heal closer together, making your muscles appear more compact and bulgier overall.

3. Increased ROM. Having a good range of motion not only improves your capacity for weight lifting, sports etc. but can also positively effect the day to day and prevent injury.

4. Spinal support and pelvic control. So many of us have limited body awareness. Sure we know how far we have to reach for something or not to walk into someone but in my experience, most of us don’t have much control over our body. A lack of pelvic control and poor posture are common issues I see. Not only does yoga strengthen the supporting muscles, it also teaches us proper pelvic tilts and control. This can improve posture for weight training and every day.

5. Calm your mind. I am a non-stop busy body. It’s in my nature and I’ve learned to lean into it. I have learned all of my quieting, meditative and relaxation techniques from my past yoga instructors. Not only is my body getting a treat, so is my mind. Even if it’s just for an hour, this practice gives you a space to be mindful of your body or to just be.

6. Happy Happy Happy! Some studies have shown a regular yoga practice can boost serotonin levels in the body. Plus, being active and treating your body makes you feel GOOD!

In conclusion yoga is the best and everyone should do it. I know it sounds like I’m joking but I’m not πŸ˜› I try to encorporate it in my daily life and I try to make classes. I also try to throw some into active warm ups for my clients.

If 6 reasons is not enough, here are 38 health benefits from Yoga Journal.

If you’re in the Chilliwack area, definitely come check out a class with Amanda, Tuesdays at 7pm. πŸ’• All levels are welcome so don’t be scared.

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New Year, New Gym!

If you missed my announcement on social media, I will be opening a public facility for the new year! This idea has been on my mind for a while and I’m so excited to make it a reality! Being a new mom this change is a bit scary, but I’m so ready for the challenge and I am so excited to grow my business.

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My goal has always been to offer quality services and to make sure fitness is accessible to everyone. This growth supports my goals by allowing me to host more classes with great membership prices AND it allows me to host waaaay more karma classes. In 2017 I hosted 3 karma classes raising 400$ cash and a Jeep load of donated goods and supplies to local charity. I am so excited to be offering monthly karma classes so we can give back to our community way way more ❀️

Now, I’m sure you’re wondering what is going to change with this growth and move. My goals are the same. All of my personal training packages will remain the same price  with the addition of GST. (Blame the government πŸ˜‚). Group classes will be close to the same as at the school, with W A Y more options….which I am SO excited for. I will be offering monthly memberships for all commitment levels. If you don’t see what you need, let me know  πŸ˜Š

I will be located at 5625 Promontory Rd. I know I know, its up the hill. Being close to home is best for my family 😊❀ This being said I will be 4 minutes (2.3km) to Vedder Rd. and 6 minutes (6.3km) from HWY 1…not so bad πŸ˜‰

What to watch for…Over the next couple weeks I will posting pre-sale memberships, MINDBODY info, exact start up date for classes (tentative start is January 8th). For personal training clients, we will be in the studio before January, I’ll make sure sessions are uninterrupted 😊

 

 

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Breaking through a plateau

If you’re regular with exercising there’s a good chance you’ve hit a plateau before. It can be anything from a stop in strength increase, weight loss, fat loss or CV measures. Plateaus can be SO FRUSTRATING! You’re doing everything right and seeing no change.  If that’s happening to you it may be time to change things up or spank the muscle πŸ˜‰πŸ‘‹

Studies suggest the body can adapt to a workout program anywhere from 1 to 6 weeks.

Why have I hit a plateau?

Theres a good chance you have been doing the right things, but its time to change it up. Your muscles/body has adapted to the current stresses you have been applying and it’s time for change and time to step things up a little. 

If you are training harder and exercising more than ever but have made no modifications to your diet, you may hit a plateau. In order for your muscles to properly recover and to grow, your body requires the right type and amount of calories to feed your body to promote changes.

Over training can also result in a plateau. Give different muscle groups a break now and then (between 48-72 hours depending on your goals) to encourage repair and growth. 

Don’t let a plateau get you down! There is a lot we can do to change the pattern.

How do I break through a plateau?

There are a few different ways to change your fitness routine. The most important part is change…something needs to change 😊

1. Add intensity. If your cardio is stale, add speed intervals or elevation (hiking is great). If your strength gains are slow/stopped, add supersets, pyramid sets or plyometric exercises to your routine.

2. Change your sets/reps. If you lift heavy with low reps and higher sets, try lower weight at higher reps for a couple worrkouts.

3. Cross train. If you’re used to only one style of training, throw some plyometric exercises into your run routine, or weight session etc. 

4. Change amount of rest during exercise. Incorporating a circuit or supersets into your routine can kick it up a notch.

5. Eat enough! If you’re unsure how many calories you should be eating for your activity level etc. ask me πŸ™‚ If you are working on losing your last 5-15 lbs (your vanity pounds), make sure your calorie deficit is no more than 500 calories. If your deficit is too high it triggers the body to release fat storing hormones and slows down your metabolism. Drink lots of water too 😊

6. Take days off. As a general rule, muscles need 48-72 hours to recover between workouts (depending on intensity/duration/type etc). Overtraining can lead to fatigue, reduced performance, disturbed sleep and more. 

7. Don’t lose your fire πŸ”₯ don’t let a plateau knock you down and effect your motivation. Let this plateau be a reminder of how far you’ve come and help you push further and harder. πŸ’ͺ

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Pregnancy weight gain

Ok ok ok, I am 3 weeks behind on posting this πŸ™ˆ it’s shameful I know and I have zero excuses for you. I found this topic really interesting as I went through my prenatal fitness course and wanted to talk a little about it. There is often a lot of misconception on pregnancy and how we treat the body. There are SO many common ‘myths’ about eating for two, craving/eating what ‘the baby wants’ and they’re all lies! 

The SOGC/CSEP (society of obstetricians and gynecologists/Canadian society for exercise physiology) use BMI categories to determine the approximate weight gain based on your current weight/height/gender. Now I’m not a huge fan of the BMI but I do appreciate the guidelines they offer in this case. 

If you are unfamiliar with the BMI it follows these 4 categories. I have added the pregnancy weight gain for comparison 😊

BMI <18 -weight gain: 15-25lbs

BMI 18.5-24.9 -weight gain: 25-35lbs

BMI 25-29.9 -weight gain: 15-25lbs

BMI >\=30 -weight gain: 11-20 lbs

Now these numbers aren’t exact science. Everybody’s body is different and let’s be honest, when you move through the different stages of pregnancy it can be hard to maintain a lean clean diet all the time. That being said it does offer an aspirational guideline if you move through this from the first trimester. If you’re nearing the end and have exceeded this recommendation, don’t worry about it now and definitely don’t try to undo 😊 Pregnancy needs fitness maintenance and healthy eating. 

To break it down further, 

The average newborn baby is 8lbs. 

Placenta: 2-3lb

Increased blood supply: 4lbs

Large uterus: 2-5lbs

Amniotic fluid: 2-3lb

Increased breast tissue: 2-3lb 

Stored fat: 5-9lbs 

This totals at around 25-30lbs of baby required weight at full term. 

If you’re like me and typically eat a lean and low calorie diet, watching calories can also be more important. In the first trimester baby is so tiny calories don’t matter. As you move into the second and third trimester, baby’s needs become a little higher and they may require more calories for healthy growth and function. It is recommended women increase their calories by 300 in the second trimester and around 500 in the third trimester. This is an easy extra snack or two. Keep in mind these need to be healthy calories to ensure your growing baby gets all the nutrients they need for proper development. 😊 

I am a firm believer that we are in control of our bodies and there are a lot of things we can do to improve our pregnancy experience. Some call it luck that I’ve made it 34 weeks with no cravings, sickness and only healthy weight gain, but it’s not luck. I stacked the cards in my deck to try and create the best outcome. I don’t cave to ‘cravings’, I worked out through the bit of sickness I had and I eat well! I treat my body as if I am as capable as I was before pregnancy. I think a strong mind contributes to a strong body and I don’t let people do things for me (within reason). I am not a delicate flower, I am strong and capable and I treat myself that way πŸ’• always know your strength! You will need it soon 😊

Following these guidelines not only ensure personal health, but encourage the development of a happy, healthy baby. 😊 if you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!