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Clean Summer Cocktails and Mocktails!

Hey guys!

The weather is warming up, we’re spending more time outside, at the beach and on patios. We’re all adults, we know the negatives of drinking alcohol but I get it…I don’t need to tell you. However, if you like to enjoy a drink or two, here are a few low calorie, low sugar solutions using your BCAAs or fresh fruits.

Hard Iced Tea.

  • Ice
  • Water
  • 1 scoop Mutant Sweet Tea BCAA
  • 1 fl oz. vodka
  • Option: add muttled raspberries, lemon or lime.

Combine ingredients and shake!

Hard Lemonade

  • Ice
  • Water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 soda water)
  • 1 fl oz. Vodka
  • 1 scoop Mutant Roadside Lemonade
  • Add lemons or strawberries.

Combine Ingredients and shake!

Margarita

  • 1 part Cazadores Tequila
  • Β½ part triple sec liqueur
  • 1 scoop Allmax key lime BCAAs
  • Soda or water
  • Lime wedge

Combine ingredients and shake! Rim your glass with lime πŸ™‚

Vodka Refresher

  • 1 orange
  • 1 shot vodka
  • Soda

Cut orange in half. Squeeze 1/2 of the juice into a glass. Cut the other half into slices and set aside. Add vodka and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge.

Grapefruit Gin

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 shot of gin
  • Soda
  • Rosemary (optional)

Cut Grapefruit in half. Squeeze 1/2 of the juice into a glass. Add rosemary and muttle. Cut other half of fruit into wedges. Add Gin and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge and rosemary.

Mojito

  • Fresh Mint leaves
  • White rum
  • Line cordial/lime juice
  • Soda

Muttle leaves in a glass with lime juice. Add soda and rum. Garnish with lime wedge and/or mint.

As I sample more flavors Ill be adding more through summer 🌞🌞 Enjoy and let me know how they go!

If you are adding alcohol please be mindful of your consumption and drink responsibly ❀

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Post Partum Positivity

Carrying babies is seriously amazing right? It comes with a whirlwind of highs, lows and changes. Some changes are controllable and some, not so much. This means as women and as moms, we need to be able to acknowledge the changes in our lives and bodies and find the best way to be happy about it.

It means not comparing yourself to Sally. Sally has different priorities. A different body. Different kids. A different home. It means learning to love where YOU are at. It means loving the process and appreciating what your body has created.

For most of us, finding post partum happiness, means deciding what bring you the most joy and prioritizing that. What makes you feel like your best self and sacrificing A because B brings us more joy. You might be a superhero and have it figured out with no sacrifice and that is AMAZING. I am SO proud of you. With one baby, I felt like I had everything 100% how I needed it without sacrifice. With 2 kids, I had some bad days and decided I needed to let shit go. I needed to make some sacrifices. So I did and I’m happy. Not every day goes well…honestly most are still a sleepless shit show while we all adjust to the change. But I choose happy. I choose what serves us best in that moment, for that day.

For me….that’s letting go of a spotless house for me time and workouts. I don’t nap when my kids nap. I workout. I shower. I sit in silence with a glass of wine and yes, sometimes…I clean. It also meant letting go of being the ‘perfect’ mom. I’ve now been caught with a screaming toddler dangling from my hand and a newborn in my arms….in public. I’ve now said fuck it and left events after meltdowns because seriously….fuck it, it’s not serving anyone in that moment πŸ˜‚ We’ve stayed in PJs all day because it just wasn’t happening. I’ve cried on the floor in the middle of the day because everything went to shit that morning and it wasn’t even 1030am. It allowed me to laugh at my self that evening. I’ve opened a bottle of wine before noon. I’ve used YouTube to entertain my little monster because I couldn’t do another 5 minutes in the car being yelled at. At the end of the day….I ‘caved’ and did so many things I never planned because in that moment…it helped my day and prevented me from feeling depressed, angry, frustrated etc. In that moment I chose to go for happy, not even for myself but for all of us. It helps me be patient with my kids. It helps me laugh off the bullshit.

So…how do you choose happy?

Prioritize what’s important to you. Stick with those points. Let go of the rest.

For me… (really in no specific order but my personal priorities first, mom second)

  • Fitness/feeling strong and good in my skin/self care
  • Alone time
  • Caring for/loving on my hubby
  • Getting outside
  • Being organized

Mom priorities:

  • My kids are hugged/kissed/feeling loved the shit out of
  • Healthy meals
  • Routine
  • Socializing/activities/exercise
  • Fun fun fun and development

Wife priorities:

  • My husband feels loved and cared for
  • When he’s home/working his lunches are made, his dinner is hot when he gets home
  • His needs are met πŸ˜‰
  • We have fun together

I seriously think those are all my priorities. Nothing outside of that matters on a bad/hard day. Having this list allows me to focus on what I CAN do…even when I’m having a hard, shit day…this list is always attainable and is always met.

On good days, which happen pretty often, everything gets done. The house is clean, laundry is done, yard is cared for etc.. Having a plan for shit days makes all the difference to me. It helps make my shit days good, even though it felt like everything went wrong, I still cared for everyone, including myself and that is something to be proud of and happy for. Don’t neglect yourself. You deserve to feel good. Your family will feel it when your cup is empty. Fill that cup right up every day.

I get rid of things that don’t motivate me, encourage me or elevate me. It’s not worth it. It leaves you prone to wasting time and feeling bad because it didn’t happen today, or yesterday.

This also means you need to hold yourself accountable to your priorities. Hold yourself to what is important to you and make sure it happens when it is supposed to. You CAN do it and you’ll feel like shit if you don’t so set yourself up for success and JUST DOOO IT. Don’t blame your hormones or being ‘too busy’ because you can choose happy and you are in control of your to do list and priorities. You can override your hormones (I do it often right now) and you are in control of your body and mind. 🌹❀

Life is a marathon and you cannot win a marathon without putting some bandaids on your nipples. Bandaid up you beautiful babes πŸ‘ŠπŸΌβ€πŸ˜‚πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦

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I can’t do it…

I can’t do it.

How often do you catch yourself saying you can’t do something? We’re all guilty of it at one point or another. Whether we’re tired, feeling lazy, uninspired or disconnected, we often use ‘I can’t’ statements as a crutch.

To reach the goals many of us have, we need to shift our language and our habits. Social psychologists have learned over the years that even seemingly subtle differences in language can have powerful affects on our thoughts, feelings and behavior. As much as I believe in will power, we can’t always will ourselves through every struggle. We need to change our language. By replacing phrases like ‘I can’t ‘ with choice phrases like ‘I don’t’ we are empowering ourselves as apposed to limiting ourselves. Researchers conducted a study comparing I can’t and I don’t. On the way out of the lab, participants were offered a granola bar or chocolate bar as a thank you. Who chose the granola bar? Sixty-four percent of those who said I don’t, compared to only thirty-nine percent of those who said I can’t.

Another study was conducted using female participants working towards health and fitness goals. They were encouraged to use I can’t and I don’t phrasing when they were tempted to lapse. By the study’s end, 8 of the 10 women using the I don’t strategy were still using it successfully, while only 1 of the 10 who used I can’t lasted that long.

The nice thing about shifting your language is it’s an easy choice. When you catch yourself thinking or saying I can’t replace it with I don’t. Oh I can’t eat that cake…. now sounds like, I don’t eat cake. You have the power of choice. You have the power to harness your inner badass, take control and make the choice πŸ™‚ Another way to shift your language is by removing phrases like ‘I will’ or ‘I’ll try’ or ‘Id like to’. Just fucking do it. making a claim for right now. Not tomorrow. Not in the new year, now. Albert Ellis explains that the language we use to describe our experiences or circumstance impact the way you embrace them. If you look at past situations and can see how this may be true, wouldnt you want to smother yourself with positivity?

The next time you notice you’re limiting yourself, think of adjusting your language and take control of the outcome. πŸ’•πŸ’•

“the harmony between thought and reality can be found in the grammar of the language.”

– Ludwig Wittgenstein

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How Online Training Works!

Hey guys!

I get asked a lot how exactly we online train. I figured I would write about it to hopefully answer your questions!

Who is it for?

Anyone, with any goals. Anyone can train online. This is perfect if you need to get set up at the gym or home. This is perfect if you’re training for an event. Starting running. Needing accountability. Needing a push. Just super duper lost.

If you’re brand new to working out , it can be a little trickier but I make sure to emphasize proper form and simplicity.

What do you get?

Right now, I have 2 options. 1 fitness program or a 3/4 day split. Each program is written for you and your needs/goals. If you’re hoping for a quick trial or some new inspiration, 1 workout works perfect. If you’re ready to crush some serious goals, splits are nice for those wanting to exercise around 5 days a week. It gives your muscles a chance to recover properly so you don’t burn out.

Not sure on your goals? I can coach you through that also πŸ™‚

Do I need to go to the gym to work online with you?

Nope! You can workout at home or not workout at all πŸ˜‰ What I mean by that is you don’t need to have gym goals to get support. I have worked with a lot of runners and other athletes. I have also worked with some pretty abstract goals.

What if I need help with an exercise?

The software I use has both visual written aid. If you’re still uncertain, I’m always happy to hop on a video chat or video tutorial to go over form or any other questions you have πŸ™‚

What does it look like?

I’ve attached a small leg workout I wrote for myself. The size of each workout is based on your time! Variations depend on your available equipment. That being said, I’m pretty creative when it comes to body weight workouts!

If you have any more questions please please send them my way! I’m more than happy to answer them for you ❀❀

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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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Clean Summer BCAA Cocktails or Mocktails 2.0

Hey guys!

The weather is warming up, we’re spending more time outside, at the beach and on patios. We’re all adults, we know the negatives of drinking alcohol blah blah blah…I don’t need to tell you. However, if you like to enjoy a drink or two, here are a few low calorie, low sugar solutions using your BCAAs.

Hard Iced Tea.

  • Ice
  • Water
  • 1 scoop Mutant Sweet Tea BCAA
  • 1 fl oz. vodka
  • Option: add muttled raspberries, lemon or lime.

Combine ingredients and shake!

Hard Lemonade

  • Ice
  • Water (or 1/2 water and 1/2 soda water)
  • 1 fl oz. Vodka
  • 1 scoop Mutant Roadside Lemonade
  • Add lemons or strawberries.

Combine Ingredients and shake!

Margarita

  • 1 part Cazadores Tequila
  • Β½ part triple sec liqueur
  • 1 scoop Allmax key lime BCAAs
  • Soda or water
  • Lime wedge

Combine ingredients and shake! Rim your glass with lime πŸ™‚

Vodka Refresher

  • 1 orange
  • 1 shot vodka
  • Soda

Cut orange in half. Squeeze 1/2 of the juice into a glass. Cut the other half into slices and set aside. Add vodka and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge.

Grapefruit Gin

  • 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 shot of gin
  • Soda
  • Rosemary (optional)

Cut Grapefruit in half. Squeeze 1/2 of the juice into a glass. Add rosemary and muttle. Cut other half of fruit into wedges. Add Gin and top with soda. Garnish with a wedge and rosemary.

Mojito

  • Fresh Mint leaves
  • White rum
  • Line cordial/lime juice
  • Soda

Muttle leaves in a glass with lime juice. Add soda and rum. Garnish with lime wedge and/or mint.

As I sample more flavors Ill be adding more through summer 🌞🌞 Enjoy and let me know how they go!

If you are adding alcohol please be mindful of your consumption and drink responsibly ❀

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Staying Motivated During the Dark Days of Winter.

I come from a science background and have to say I love facts. Unfortunately, this topic comes with a lot of opinion and few facts so, I’ll share my opinion.

If you could pick one month to be ‘the worst,’ what would it be? In my opinion, we are sitting at the hardest time of year and I’ll explain why.

1. New Years inspiration is dwindling. I read somewhere that 80% of resolutioners have failed by March. We’re already 2 months in, if you haven’t settled into your fit flow now, you’ll have to try again next year right? (Obviously no, but I’ll cover the fix in a sec). Failed expectations usually result in quitting all together.

2. The never ending short cloudy, rainy, snowy days. I have learned to plan my life around sunshine and am grateful I have the flexibility in my schedule to do so. I cannot count on my fingers how many days I’ve seen clients with low to no energy…and groups of them. We feel like hibernating under a pile of blankets until we get 3 sunny days in a row πŸ˜‚ S.A.D. is real and so many of us feel it. It dampens our mood (literally πŸ˜‚) and affects how we feel.

3. The sickness! It seems to be getting worse each year but it is HARD to do much when you’re feeling under the weather…we don’t want your germs anyway πŸ˜‰ It’s hard to avoid it and unfortunately often after being sick we use it as an excuse to do nothing instead. Then we get stuck in a loop.

4. You were fulfilling your resolutions but hit a plateau and got frustrated and lost momentum and now you’re just annoyed with yourself.

So, after observing a lot of feelings and energy levels over the past year, I really believe these things are true (I’m sure I’m missing a lot) and am happy to share some ways to kick this slump in the ass.

Make it a priority to get outside on nicer days, even if its only for 15 minutes.

Exercise = happy endorphins, improved self image, improved abilities.

Set little goals that create your big goals. Celebrate the little victories. I always recommend to take photos and measurements and to focus on feel more than numbers on a scale.

Spend your time around people that make you smile. Smiling makes you happier.

Go on daycations. If you look, you can find sun on a rainy day. I’ve driven to Lilooet, Yale, Pemberton, Merrit, Whistler, Washington etc. for sunny weather. It makes a fun trip and SUNSHINE.

Get outside into nature. Waterfalls are wet anyway. On rainy days around town I’ll try to do a quick waterfall hike or something similar where we are close to dry clothes and warm cuddles. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF SUNSETS. The sun sets so early in the winter, take advantage and get to the river or up a mountain. It’s so beautiful to watch 😍

If you have kids, look through their eyes. My son loves to be in his hiking backpack, loves to eat snow and loves car rides. Its a no brainer for me.

Indoor home improvements. Once the weather improves I spend my time in my yard. So spend these wet, dark days indoors prepping your house for those summer parties. For me that’s decluttering, painting and deep cleaning. These things feel SO good!

Crank up the heat and turn on all your lights. BC hydro will love you for this one πŸ˜‚ but on days where it’s extra gloomy, I turn on all the lights and the heat goes up so I can wear no pants, comfortably. Pair that with some music and indoor tasks, you have a fun night. πŸ˜‰

So, those are all my best winter practices. I can honestly say I don’t think I’ve been affected by S.A.D. this year and I think this is why! There are a lot of uncontrollables in our lives (like the weather) and the best we can do is control our response πŸ’•πŸ’• I know a lot of people tell me they’re more active in the summer, but don’t wait until then. Stay in the habit of moving and being active in the winter. It makes the transition easier come summer. I know, for me, a part of the winter slump is feeling under stimulated so staying busy helps big time.

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Let’s Talk About Sex Baby!

There’s no delicate way to ease into this blog post so I’m just going to cut to the chase. One of the most popular questions I get asked is how to boost the femal sex drive…most specifically after kids.

There are numerous factors that affect our libido such as stress, medication, breast feeding, level of activity, age, mental health and hormones. Im not going to explain all these as that would make a LONG post but I will go over some less obvious/black and white reasons.

Hormones:

To understand this question it’s important to understand our bodies a little. Our ovaries and adrenal glands release estrogen and testosterone (amongst other hormones) in our bodies (that’s right ladies, we have testosterone and it is SO important). These hormones are released in short bursts or pulses varying by hours or minutes. Of course, our levels of testosterone are much lower than men but it serves as our lusty hormone in both men and women. I’ve researched and researched to answer WHY testosterone plays this role but honestly haven’t found much. Hopefully someone can explain the WHY to me ❀ Typically around ovulation our bodies give us an extra surge of T which is often why some women feel a little sexier some days πŸ˜‰ Some studies suggest that an increase in testosterone improves muscle and bone density, elevates moods (lowers depression) and boosts energy.

Hormomes After kids:

During pregnancy and post partum our bodies go through huge hormonal changes. We produce increased estrogen which creates an imbalance to testosterone. For nursing moms, the hormone prolactin can suppress ovulation, as well as the production of estrogen and progesterone. As we learned above, a T surge often comes around ovulation..no O, no T surge. All of that combines to make the thought of sex unappealing. Please note, supplementing estrogen (birth control) can decrease your drive by altering your hormones.

Stress!

High levels of stress produce higher than normal levels of cortisol. This hormone is a libido suppressant. Having a preoccupied mind can also negatively affect your sex drive.

Activity level.

If you’re always tired, uninterested in things, don’t feel good about yourself you’re probably not going to want to…(in an attempt to be polite) you know πŸ˜‰ Most (maybe all) research suggests that improved fitness improves bed room enjoyment. Improved conditioning (strength, flexibility, endurance etc.) from exercise can enhance the experience. This can also improve self image and make us feel a little sexier. Some studies have shown that testosterone levels increase after 8 weeks of weight training in women and 6 weeks in men. Endorphins ‘released’ with exercise are also a mood booster. I focus on strength in the gym which empowers my ass off day to day.

Self Image.

This is such a hard one for so many women. Our bodies change as we age, have kids etc. They change soooo effing much, all the time. I get it. If you’ve had kids ‘naturally’..we all think the same thing about down there. That shits not the same haha. BUT remember, your partner loves you, and you both appreciate everything your body has gone through to have children. If you haven’t had kids… remember your partner loves the shit out of you and your body. Embrace it. If you’re not ready to strip down in the day light, light some candles or turn on some background lighting (we have two salt lamps πŸ‘Œ) and pick out some pjs that make you feel good! While I was pregnant I picked out post partum pj sets with some lace and loose fabric so I could feel good! (I knew my regular sweats and sports bra wouldn’t help me feel my best). Do what YOU need to do to feel a little sexy and HONOUR your body. You’re so strong and your body has done amazing things. Love it and appreciate the journey ❀

What can we do?

So! There’s no black and white reason to explain where your drive went, but thankfully there are so many ways to give you a boost ❀

Take a page out of Nike’s book and just do it. Sex is like fitness. You might not love it at first, but the more you do it, the more you want to do it and the more fun you have πŸ˜‰

Tell your partner how you feel. Communication is so important.

Make sure they still feel like a priority. Your partner went from all your attention (or a fraction) to a smaller fraction. Prioritize one on one time with them and share something you mutually enjoy 😊

Be spontaneous. The mood will never strike if you wait until bedtime, once everyone is tired and has no energy. Mornings are nice….showers are nice….MAKE TIME NOT EXCUSES. We all get changed at least twice a day.

If you think your hormones are off, ask your health care provider for advice. You can also adjust your lifestyle to ensure you’re getting plenty of sleep, activity and healthy food to balance things out.

Workout with your partner. I really don’t know what could be better than getting sweaty with your best friend….and the endorphins…and the squats… πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

Find a hobby or activity that empowers you. You should feel like the badass you are πŸ’ͺ❀ Make sure you spend time being YOU. Loving yourself is still #1.

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Time for a Q&A

With growth comes change. Hopefully you thrive on change because as much as I would like to keep everything the same, I can’t. Change doesn’t have to be bad…in this case I think its all good! Not only because my stoke level is 100%, but because this growth and change is designed with YOU in mind, so I can service you best. ❀❀ That’s the goal.
First I want to share some of my current business goals with you guys. I am SO grateful for your love and support, seriously so grateful.

1. Expand my group fitness schedule while maintaining the demand for one on one.

2. Offer something for every budget, interest and goalset….at least once.

3. Offer the best services and events.

4. Host some great events.

5. Give back to the community WAY more than last year.

6. Train up some killer instructors to help meee find balance for my family.

Those are some of my top goals for HF this year.

I plan on achieving these and more, to be the best little studio I can be ❀ #yearone

SO now that we’re aligned on my business goals…in order to make a, b, c, d, e happen, things will change a little. In order to achieve these goals…I need and WANT your feedback. This is the only way I can be the best for you guys! So share away!

  • (Feedback:Β the transmission of evaluative or corrective information about an action, event, or process to the original or controlling source.) Don’t be an asshole ❀

So…if you’ve made it this far…it’s Q&A time!

1. Is there room in _______ class?

YES, YES and YES! The beauty of memberships and daily classes is there will almost always be room. This isn’t a shot at a lacking of successΒ  (lol) but I designed the schedule to facilitate as many of you as possible. As demand increases, my class schedule will increase also! Supply and demand baby!

2. Are there morning classes?

For now, parent and tot classes run during the day. If you would like more….TELL ME! the only way I can cater to your needs is to know them. Be specific and candid. If there is demand, I’ll make it work πŸ™‚

3. Do you refund memberships?

Honestly…no. If you’re unsure if I’m the fit for you, thats ok! I don’t take it personally. I know I’m not everyones cup of tea. If you’re unsure, come do a drop in, I’ll be happy to deduct the drop in from your membership when you decide to join us 😜 on the off chance it doesn’t work, at least you had a good sweat πŸ˜‰ Do remember, you get out what you put in. If it needs to be harder, tell me…if it needs to be easier…tell me. If you think I’m too loud….I do what I want πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ but I respect your opinion.

4. Do you offer options for low income?

Technically no, but I get hard times….more than you would expect. From day 1, one of my goals was to make fitness accessible to EVERYONE. I don’t think taking care of your body should be a luxury option. Maybe some of it, but chat with me. I’m sure we can work something out 😊

5. I’m new to exercising, are your classes for me?

YES! I try really hard to make sure every class is a fit for everyone. This means lots of modifications and sometimes a little creativity. I can make it harder or modify for low impact. I got you πŸ˜‰

6. “Im nervous”

I get that. By nature and definition, I am an introvert. Groups and one on one can be scary. It’s easier said than done but don’t be nervous! Yes, I/we are a little loud…maybe a little overwhelming but i promise you don’t need to feel nervous. Everyone is so welcome/loved/accepted. If you are nervous, TELL ME! I love candor and vulnerability. ❀❀ My kind of people.

7. When? where? what?

I love you all but please check the link, show me how committed you are by searching for this info ❀ I can’t count how many times I’m asked these questions. You can find all the answers on myΒ facebook pageΒ orΒ WebsiteΒ . I love initiative ❀

What equipment do I have?

I have 300lb of cable weight, up to 60lb dumbells, over 200lb at the bar, squat rack, kettlebells, all the bands, balls etc. If you’re looking for machines you won’t find that here (excluding a leg extension/curl which will soon be mine). I believe in safe, functional training.Β  I also like bodybuilding. I like other stuff too…and this is the equipment I need to train you effectively for it. If you’re looking for specific equipment, Im happy to grab it for our sessions ❀ within reason πŸ˜‰ it wouldn’t be the first.

That’s all I got for now! I hope that helps πŸ‘Œ Brownie points if you made it to the end πŸ˜‚

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Cellucation: cellulite education.

Ohhhhh Cellulite….according to studies 90% of women and 10% of men will get this at some point in their lives. Regardless of its frequency, we hate when it shows up. Cellulite appears when the layer of fat under the skin presses against the connective tissue and bulges. There are numerous causes of cellulite, some we can control and some we can’t. I get asked about the causes and ‘cures’ of cellulite all the time which is why I decided to write about it. It’s SO important to remember it’s normal, natural and nothing to be ashamed of or embarrassed by…it’s life 😊 That being said, a little education never hurts.

There are sooo many different ‘types’ and classifications of cellulite…I am going to explain two predominant ‘types’, hard and soft. Soft cellulite is soft, saggy and covers a larger area. It does not attach to the muscle making it move around more. It can be the result of lymphatic problems and can often be cold or clammy to touch. It is also usually with looser skin. On the plus side, it sits closer to the surface making it easier to treat. Hard cellulite is more concentrated and lives closer to the muscle. Hard cellulite is haaarder to see and treat as it sits deeper. Most of us have soft cellulite.

For me, hormonal changes during pregnancy gave me cellulite. Hormonal changes (especially a decline in estrogen) may contribute to changes in circulation and a reduction in collagen production. A thinner collagen layer, an increase in fat cells and change in blow flood can all create the appearance of cellulite.  This means that cellulite is also common around menopause as estrogen levels decrease Prolactin can also make cellulite more visible as it increases water retention in fat cells making them lumpier and larger. 

Prolonged sitting or inactivity can also cause cellulite. Decreased activity can change circulatory patterns in the body.

High levels of insulin increase the amount of fat your body produces in the form of triglycerides. Insulin sends the carbs to fat cells to be turned into these fatty acids and stored. So a high intake of carbs results in higher insulin levels and may create the appearance of cellulite.

Unfortunately ladies, some of it is in our make up. We have a higher risk of developing cellulite because our connective tissue and fat cells are arranged slightly different to men. I’ve attached a couple photos to demonstrate soft cellulite. It covers a large area around my hips. After pregnancy I noticed it in the front a little as well. I think this was largely due to water retention as it disappeared faster and easier than the rest. It’s mostly gone now but is still visible in the fatty area below my butt #2018goals. Right now I’m working on cleaning my diet after Christmas and bumping my total body water a little.

So we all want to know…how do I get rid of it?? Thankfully, there are tons of ways to reduce the appearance of cellulite. πŸ˜‰

Massage. A low, gentle pressure applied slowly over the area helps elongate the fascia and connective tissue. It can also improve circulation in the area. Get someone to massage the area, do it yourself or grab your foam roller. Dry brushing is another method to exfoliate and improve circulation.

Coffee scrub or wrap. I personally didn’t find this worked for me, but it definitely might for you! Caffeine stimulates blood and lymphatic flow to the area. It also exfoliates the skin. Coffee is rich in antioxidants which some think can penetrate the skin and boost collagen and elastin.

Balance your hormones. Paying attention to your diet, exercise, sleep and carbohydrates. These things may affect your hormone balance thus affecting the appearance of cellulite in your body. If you’re unsure of these things, see a health care professional.

Essential oils. The correct use of EOs can improve the activity of your lymph glands and improve circulation thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Change your diet. Monitor the amount of carbs you consume. By balancing your diet you can reduce the amount of fat that goes into storage. Drinking lots of water will also metabolize toxin buildup and hydrate connective tissue.

That’s the quick and dirty edition to cellulite education and helpful tools to reduce it’s appearance. πŸ’•πŸ’•