Tuesday Challenge

Tuesday challenge coming your way!
Kinda like this idea so let’s keep it rolling all year!

Comment your time in the comments or tag me in IG and then tag someone to challenge! 2021 we are getting better together! #accountability

5 rounds of 5 reps each
5 hand pushups
5 sit ups
5 squat jumps
5 burpee (pop tart no chest to ground)
5 jacks

5 Stretches to do every day

Stretching is CRUCIAL to keep your body moving and active. Let’s be honest you don’t to move or exercise if you are achy and stiff. Here are my top 5 stretches to do EVERY DAY. While it important to incorporate different stretches, if I had to narrow it down – these 5 would be the winners!

  1. Towel Stretch – Focus: Hamstrings 
    • Using a towel make a U shape and place your foot in the middle of towel. Lay on your back bring leg up and pull on either side of towel pulling toes towards your face.
      • Hold this for about 10 seconds, release for 10, then 20, release for 10, then 30 and release for 10. Repeat on other leg.
      • Bonus stretch – You can also you go to a glute figure 4 stretch here too!
  2. Frog stretch – Focus: Hips
    • Start on all fours then widen your legs so the floor is pressing them open. Sink back into your hips and fold head toward arms.
      • Hold this for 30 seconds, release for 10, then 45 seconds, release for 10, then 60 seconds and release for 10.
  3. Glute Bridges
    • Lay on your back and keep feet close to glutes. Drive hips up high squeezing your glutes the whole way especially at the top to of the move. 
      • Do 8-10 reps and then hold for 5 seconds – repeat 3x 
  4. Super[Wo]mans
    • Lay on you stomach extend arms over head, with thumbs up lift legs and upper body off floor. Squeeze back, glute and hamstrings to lift limbs as high as you can. Hold for a second then back down. 
      • To get a little add a lat pulldown at the top of the stretch
  5. Hip Flexor Stretch
    • Keeping a 90 degree ankle push the leg on the ground forward by tucking the hips forward. Don’t lean forward creating a larger than 90 degree angle that can put pressure on low back. What you may do during yoga a yoga flow is different this stretch. Take 3 full breaths in through nose and out your mouth trying to empty lungs completely! 

Why stretch?? Stretching helps with so many things and mainly flexibility. Stretching allows you maintain full range of motion. You to keep your muscles long and loose and ready to react for any load you put on your body. Stretching can also improve posture, pain, soreness and improve performance. 

Want more? Shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to get you started!

Hi again!

Hey everyone! It’s been a little while since I’ve updated this page but I have big plans to bring it back to life!

First let me reintroduce myself! My is Jessica Armstrong. I’m 33 years old with 2 kids, Apollo and Theo, who are 3 and 1 years old respectively. My husband, Anthony, and the boys live about 40 miles north of Dallas, Texas in McKinney. Anthony and I are both personal trainers and love to help others.

Everyone is busy and we certainly are in that same category. In addition to our personal training schedule we have others jobs. I work for Fox Sports Southwest as a producer covering the Dallas Mavericks and Anthony is a Real Estate Agent.

The reason behind MAKETIMEFORFIT is just as simple as it sounds. Make time for IT. We believe your health is your wealth. In this current state of Covid19, it’s certainly ringing true even louder than before!

Workouts don’t have to take 2 hours at a gym. Or be something you don’t like to do. You don’t like running, even dread it? Then don’t do it. Fitness is fun and should be enjoyable! Yes it can be uncomfortable at times pushing yourself to get stronger or faster but big picture, WE ALL NEED IT.

So thanks for following along. Hopefully we can be a resource for you in the fitness world and inspire you to make your health a priority and a part of your everyday life.

It’s summertime, remember to stretch!

With summer time around the corner, many people will begin a new workout regime or take their current one up a notch.

With the increased work load on your body it is important to stretch. Your body is only going to perform if you take care of it. And let’s face it, if running, lifting, moving hurts you aren’t going to do it.

Fitness isn’t a once in a while thing it’s a continue processed full of ebbs and flows. Take your victories in stride and your struggles with grace. Just stick with it.

Here are some hip stretches that will help keep your body healthy and ready to go, no matter what you throw at it!

HIP STRETCHES

 

Shoulder Boulders – 5 mistakes when training shoulders

Shoulders can be tough to train because people feel limited with exercise moves. Ok Military press, then what else is there? Lots of people make up moves but shoulders are tricky and many train them wrong!

Here are 5 mistakes many people make and how to correct them!

1. Over working anterior delts – Since they typically carry the heaviest loads, your front delts are not only primary movers during overhead presses, they’re also secondary movers during chest and triceps workouts, helping during presses and dips. If you’re doing front raises in addition to a lot of shoulder, chest and tri compound lifts, you’re likely overworking your front delts.

Solution – workout chest and delts on different days and be mindful of the secondary muscles you are working out when training larger muscle groups

2. Under working Posterior delts – In the same breath as #1 since anterior delts tend to get too much emphasis, posterior delts tend to get too little. Rear delts assist during lat exercises, such as rows and pulldowns; but if you’re targeting your lats correctly, it’s unlikely that your rear delts are receiving enough work on back or shoulder day to reach their full potential.

Solution – Add rear delt training into your back day or if you train them on shoulder day don’t wait to the end of your workout, mix in moves to target all the heads of your delts.

3. Speed Racer – You lift too fast to make any growth to the muscle fibers.

Solution – Try sitting during shoulder moves to prevent any momentum from legs and isolate shoulders. Or try to add counts to your lifts – 1 count up, 1 count pause and 2 counts down, this will ensure you are properly firing off your muscles.

4. Poor form – Along with speeding through the moves, improper form can not only stall any progress and muscle growth but also can cause injury. Plus, correct form is especially important on shoulder day, because of the ball-and-socket joints’ vulnerability to injury.

Solution – Throughout each set, focus on the deltoid heads you’re targeting, not on the resistance. Work the muscle, not the weight. After reaching failure in a shoulder exercise, don’t cheat to eke out extra reps. Instead, do a drop set, have a partner help with forced, reps or use the rest-pause technique. Quality over quantity, especially with shoulders. Shoulders are smaller muscles so don’t worry if you are using lower weights. Proper form with appropriate/challenging weight will result in muscles growth!

5. Mix it up – You do the same should moves over and over.

Solution  – Try including a different pressing exercise each shoulder workout. Here are three free-weight presses you likely aren’t doing: underhand presses (press a barbell over-head with a shoulder-width underhand grip); Arnold presses (press dumbbells from underhand at the bottom to overhand at the top); and rack military presses (press each rep from a dead stop off of power-rack supports set at chin level). Or you can perform many shoulder moves with cables or machines and go unilateral. You can also do wide-grip bent-over rows to focus more on your posterior delts. A Smith machine is an effective tool for wide-grip rows; hold each contraction and flex your rear delts. Don’t be afraid to change your grip or tool (dumbbells, barbells, or cables).

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If you want to get a new shoulder routine or a full body monthly program email maketimeforfit@gmail.com. I can help you fit workouts into your busy schedule! Start today!

You don’t know who’s watching

Updated: August 2nd 2020

Working out is apart of my daily routine. I’ll go train clients at my boot camp (click here for info on that) and pre-covid I’d slide into the office at least Tuesday and Thursdays  and work at my other job at Fox Sports Southwest. I’d always get up and workout in my garage those days. My life was set up where my workout is a part of the day. It’s built in. It does help I have equipment in my garage but honestly you don’t need much to get a good workout! Through two pregnancies my schedule and workouts didn’t change much. Of course the intensity changed but I was consistent.

One minute of exercise is more than zero.

I want my kids to see how much I value my health, physical fitness and mental fitness. They will grow up seeing my work ethic and my lifestyle.  I want to live as long as I can to see them have kids and their kids have kids! So I take care of myself, eat well, sleep enough and have fun.

Here is a simple workout format you can use and incorporate ANY body weight exercise in.

Exercise 1 & 2 10 reps of both then-8 reps of both-6-4-2 (run, jump rope, high knees)2-4-6-8-10

Example exercises:

Squats & Pushups – run .25 miles

Lunges & Tricep Dips – 100 jump ropes

Superman pulls & Straight leg situps – 100 High knee

If you have dumbbells you can add different moves and modify as you wish! It doesn’t have to be complicated!

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Physical Fitness is Priority #1

I’ve always been the person to make sure I get a workout in. No. Matter. What. Whether it’s a run, a lift, yoga, whatever, each day I do something to better my physical fitness. Sometimes it’s tough. Sometimes people may think it’s selfish. To me, it’s a necessity. To perform at optimum level you need to take care of yourself first and foremost. I need the endorphin rush I get from my workouts. If I workout later in the day, my body and mind thrive for that rush. I’ve learned over the years that to wake up at 5, 4 or even 3 am to get some type of workout in, is not only worth it for me, but worth for my family and work life.

I read this article and it hits the nail on the head.

Enjoy!

 

Homemade Protein Bars

I’m on the move a lot and pack food wherever I go to make sure I don’t find myself in line at a drive-through because I’m starving. These bars are great before or after workout or if you know it’s going be be a little while until your next meal!

I love making things myself, that way I know what’s in them. No preservatives, I can control the sugar and salt. Best part you can add whatever you like – make them to your taste!

I modified this recipe off a friend’s shout out to Pam Carroll!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups – oat flour (Just blend oats in ninja or use food processor, both work)
  • 4 scoops – vanilla protein (your favorite! mine is IDLife)
  • 4 tbs – ground flax seed
  • 1.5 cup – dried fruit (anything works; apples, cherries, cranberries, apricots)
  • 2 cups – mixed nuts (anything works; plain no salt; I use almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts and few pecans)
  • Sprinkle of chia seeds
  • Splash of vanilla
  • 1 cup – peanut butter (any nut butter works)
  • 4 oz – dark chocolate (chips, bars)
  • 1 3/4 cup – natural maple syrup & honey (half and half –  could use all on one or the other or agave)

How:

Chop up all the dried fruit and nuts. Do your best with the fruit, it’s kinda hard to chop. For the nuts I either pulse them together in food processor or place in a baggie and smash them! Both ways have their benefits. In a BIG bowl mix all dry ingredients, oat flour, protein, nuts, dried fruit, flax, chia seeds. Set aside.

Next place chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla, maple syrup and honey in a bowl. Microwave it for about 20 seconds and stir, repeat until all melted and stir together.

Make a little well in the dry ingredients and pour in half of the peanut butter mixture. Stir! This is actually a workout in itself, try to scoop from the bottom to top to mix everything. Then add the remaining peanut butter mixture. Again stirring from bottom to top, the batter will look clumpy.

Next pour mixture in 13×9 pan and press it down. If you see some of the dry ingredients not fully mixed you can mix in the pan.

Using spoon or spatula press mixture into pan in a even layer.

THAT’S ALL!

Cut in to bars and enjoy! No baking necessary! Store them in the fridge!

These definitely took me a few times to get them perfect but they always tasted great. Here are pictures of the whole process!

 

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MakeTimeForFit – January Fitness

Here’s a great way to keep track of your health and fitness goals to kick off the New Year!

Each day add the challenge to whatever you were planning to do for the day. These challenges, either a workout or nutrition challenge, will keep you accountable throughout the month. Soon you’ll form healthy habits that align with your goals which will lead to results!

Once you complete each challenge post a picture on instagram, twitter or Facebook and tag me @maketimeforfit with #maketimeforfit. I’ll add your name to pot each time and raffle off a MakeTimeForFit T-Shirt at the end of the month. The more you stick with it and post the more chances you have to win!

Happy New Year!

DOWNLOADABLE LINK: JANUARYFITNESS

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Get in shape with a deck of cards!

 

Assign an exercise to each suit and go through the deck and do the number on the card…Jack, Queen, King =10 and Ace = 12 – this will get you through 96 of EACH.

Here are some exercise ideas:
lat jacks
jumping jacks
squats
tuck jumps
burpees
push ups
crunches
lunges
bicep curls
tricep dips
front raises
lateral raises
–really anything you want

It’s fun to do with someone and you can while you’re watch tv or a movie or if you don’t feel like going into the gym. You an easily do at the house, apartment or hotel!

Have fun!