There are many variations of bicep curls from dumb bells, barbells, resistance bands and of course cables! I like to change up my machines to target the muscles in a slightly different way. Today’s move is done on cable machine with the rope attachment. Now there are even more ways to change up a standard bicep curl on a cable machine by altering the grip and/or the attachment. The rope adds some isolation that I like because it’s not stable and when you get the the top of the move you can get an extra squeeze as you separate the two ends. Try doing this move for 10-15 reps with 4 sets. Don’t let the weights just drop out at the end, go slow and controlled throughout the move!
Move of the Day – Bent Over T-Bar Row
I love working my back in different ways. There is the T-Bar machine so it’s really preference because that will get a great workout as well. I like using this set up because I can easily change grips. In the picture I’m using a rope attachment from the cable machines but there are many other ways to do similar moves. You could use a triangle grip attachment or a wide bar attachment or you could place your hands close together and make a more narrow row – the possibilities are endless. I like using the rope attachment because it really engaging not only my back and glutes to keep my back straight and supported but also by biceps are flexed during the move. Be smart when lifting up weight for back exercise – you need to use your legs to get into the proper form – improper form can lead to injury and you won’t be lifting anything for a while!
Try doing this at a weight you can get 10-12 reps for 4 sets!
Get Better Daily
It’s Monday – dreaded Monday. How about changing the way you look at Monday? Yes, the weekend is over and you have to back to work but hey at least you have a job – simple things we take for granted someone is wishing for. So take this a little reminder that everyday is a opportunity for growth! Embrace each day as a opportunity to get better, big or little just improve something. It can be as little as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, reading a few chapters of a book or getting to work early to get ahead on a project. There are going to be bumps in the road but take this a little reminder that no one is perfect and it’s through our failures that we grow! Take advantage of each day a push yourself to grow physically, emotionally, spiritually or mentally. Days will come and go so today try be the best version of you!
Make a grocery list!
Often times you hear, eating healthy is so expensive, organic foods are just too much. Well I’m not going to sit here and tell you that’s not all true but I am going to say there are ways to be a smart shopper! Eating in general is going to cost you, whether you buy food at a grocery store, a restaurant or a fast food place, you are going to spend money. It may take a little longer on the front end but taking a few minutes to look at the ads you get in your weekly paper for discounts can really add up!
I live less than 2 miles from three grocery stores and no I don’t go to different stores for different things every week, but I check just to see what the prices are to make sure I’m aware of the going rate of tomatoes, zucchini or chicken. Grocery stores compete and you are the winner because get the best deal, so my advice is to just take advantage of it! Honestly 15 minutes and your list will be complete! Plus you can plan ahead of what you will make for lunch and dinners which will keep you on track and eating healthy with minimal effort!
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Often times we are over do it, whether it’s putting in too many hours at work, spending to much time on facebook (pinterest, twitter, instagram), watching an entire series on Netflicks and even fitness.
It’s natural to over do it – we are human but when your hobbies are begin to run your life there is a problem.
Exercise should enhance your life not run it. Don’t punish yourself for a missed workout or if you eat something you probably shouldnt have – it’s about moderation. Make healthy decisions most of the time but don’t forget you are human not a machine! One missed workout won’t hurt you just like one workout doesn’t give you the end results your working towards.
Finding the Middle Ground
If you want your life and fitness habits to work in synergy, then you need to find the middle ground.
The middle ground is where you can enjoy a piece of birthday cake without worrying about how it will make you look. It’s where you can miss a workout and not sweat it. It’s where you can go a day without weighing yourself.
But of course, finding the middle ground is no easy task.
Finding the middle ground isn’t so much about finding the perfect workout or diet as it is about forging the right mindset.
We all make mistakes. We all fail.
The most important thing to remember is how you failed. You must learn from your mistakes as cliché as that sounds.
Find out what triggered you to overeat. Was it stress? If so, what’s causing that stress and what can you do to fix it?
Locate the root cause of your slip-ups and do your best to correct them.
Find what works for you and live a life that promotes health and fitness but remember you run your life!
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FIVE tips to get you to the gym
If I don’t go to the gym in the morning it’s hard for me to get the energy to go after work. But getting up in the morning isn’t always easy. Here are some tips that I use that will help you get out of bed and into the gym in the morning!
1. No snooze button
Get out of bed when your alarm goes off the first time. When you hit snooze you may delay just enough to talk yourself into skipping the gym.
2. Lay out gym clothes
The less thinking you have to do in the morning the better! Set out your clothes the night before so you can get up and get dressed!
3. Pack your gym bag the night before
Looking around for your makeup bag or curling iron wastes precious time in the morning. Pick out your outfit [and shoes don’t forget your shoes] and everything you need so come morning, you just need to grab your bag and go.
4. Have a plan
Write a workout plan before you get to the gym. Walking in the gym without a plan can make for a slow start not know which machine to use or what you want to work on that day. Having a plan guides you with directions right when you walk in so you can maximize your time there.
5. Don’t talk yourself out of it!
Things can and will go wrong, that’s just life but remember your goals. Remember your why and talk yourself INTO the gym not out of it.
Good luck! Happy lifting!
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At home shoulders and abs
Moves to try! Here are some great moves you can do at home!
Bird Dog: Keep your core tight and chin up on the dog plank with alternating opposite leg and hand extensions. You’ll feel this full body move works great for targeting those shoulders and core and even those glutes! 👍👍👍👌
The forearm plank to down dog is a great core move and gets your shoulders burning. Remember to squeeze your core as you press up hold for 3 counts then back down. 👊👊
Them legs though!
Hi there! Have a special event coming up? Wanna have legs to show off in the summer time?? No matter what the reason – if you want the lean out your legs – here are three of my favorite moves to do just that! Try these in a circuit 12x each (each leg on RDLs and lunges) and followed by 50 jumping jacks. Try to that 3-5 rounds!
**Maketimeforfit assuming no responsibility for injury prior, during or after workout moves. Only exercise if you are in good physical shape and approved by a doctor.
Invest in your health
Many of us wake up and think “today I’ll be healthy, no junk food, I’ll get a salad for lunch, and I’ll get a workout in.” But as you go about your day, things change up a little. It’s a co workers birthday and lots of (delicious) cake flowing around the office. Or you get slammed and have to order pizza because you don’t have time to get lunch. Then you decide to just pick up Chinese food on the way home because you don’t feel like cooking and the gym? Ha no way, not today!
Once you realize that everything you put into your body will effect not only the way you look but the way you feel, you will be more careful or your food choices. “It’s too hard to plan ahead and really expensive to eat healthy.” Not really – when you think of how much you spend on fast food each week and not to mention the money you’ll be spending on medical bills as you get older.
There is no price for a healthy life and you are in complete control of it! Not to say you have to make every meal and go to the gym every day – just be aware of what you are ingesting and how much you’re exercising. Take pride in yourself and fuel your body with the right stuff!
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Good Habits are Contagious
Great news–good habits are contagious and once you have gotten into a healthy routine with regular exercise and healthy eating, it can have a positive effect on your friends, family and co-workers.
HOWEVER – bad habits are JUST as contagious!
You must surround yourself with like minded people in order to succeed. It’s so easy to get tempted and to have people that aren’t trying to live a lifestyle like you are – it makes it difficult to stay on track!
Find a support group, a workout class, siblings, whoever – as long as they will help keep you accountable!