Friday, July 24, 2015

Abs Work: Rotating Plank Twists


As I always say, when you work the abs, work as many of the abs muscles as possible. The muscles that help give you that definition in the sides of your waist are called the obliques. Several movements that involve rotation and twisting help work the obliques. I tried out this one where you incorporate the plank, but you twist out your waist as well. Want to try it?

All you need to do is to start in an elbow plank looking down. Keeping your upper body straight, slowly rotate your lower body into a twist (like you would do for a side plank) so your waist is kind of wrung out. i.e. the torso is facing downward and the legs are facing one side. Return to center, and then rotate to the other side. 

Confusing? Watch the video below for a demonstration.

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Try out 4 sets of 10 on each side to really feel it in your abs.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

RBXActive Digital Camo Leggings



To be honest, when it comes to fitness gear, I love trying out new things! I have had instances (especially with running shoes) where I thought my life was all good until I tried something amazing and realized I was not living...lol. So when I got these leggings from RBXActive to try on, I of course thought "Why not?". 

Having tried leggings from the $10 non-workout ones you get at department stores to the sleek yoga ones that I think are sometimes overprices for what you get, I have an open mind when it comes to fitness gear. Before I put these on, they felt like they would last (you know that sweat-wicking texture), and the package they sent me said they prevent chafing in runners (where the friction from your thighs rubbing together creates that uncomfortable feeling). So I tried them on for some yoga.

They were not tight and uncomfortable (yay!), they stayed on really well, and they meshed well with my movements. And you know in yoga, we move into all sorts of positions! I do have to say they did not make my butt look as great as my favorite pair of leggings, so there's that. But overall, I'm pretty impressed. However, I have not yet tried them out for running so I don't know about the chafing, but I'd say give them a go. You can get yours at department stores, sporting goods stores, or at rbxactive.com.

In fact, right now, they are selling these at a 25% discount if you use this code on rbxactive.com: "Active 25". So do it now!

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Fun at the ALOHA Healthy Snack Break


A few weeks ago, I was invited to be one of the first to try some new and soon-to-launch healthy products by a company called ALOHA. ALOHA is a health and wellness company dedicated to creating great tasting, real food products from the simplest, purest, and cleanest ingredients. But I must admit that I knew nothing about them before I was contacted! The company was having a 'Healthy Snack Break' on June 24th, 2015 where some of us were invited to come in and check the snacks and other products out. Verdict? I'm glad I went :)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Kushyfoot Yoga Socks



The kind people at KushyFoot sent me these yoga socks to try out and review. As my mat gets so slippery in the summer with all that sweat (my yoga sessions are intense), it is great to have yoga gloves and yoga socks to help with my grip. I have tried out these yoga socks and I love them so far. They are just as comfy as socks and are not too costly to be honest. A lot of yoga gear tends to cost so much that I feel like someone is ripping me off sometimes, but the price point here is pretty good.

If you have a minute, check out KushyFoot.com for more of their athletic socks and let me know how you like them!

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Get your Obliques Working


Anyone who consistently works his/her abs muscles knows that you have to hit multiple muscle groups within that region and this cannot be achieved by doing just sit-ups. The sides of the abs (the obliques) are very crucial to getting that shape right and getting the strength you need in your ab region. Here are a couple of exercises to really help build those oblique muscles:

This exercise works the biceps and obliques and even gets a bit of leg in there:

video

This exercise focuses a lot on the obliques and the upper body as well:

video

Try both for 3 sets of 10 on each side.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Are you HIITing?


Looking to lose weight, but you're hitting a plateau? Then HIIT may be what you need. What is HIIT, you ask? HIIT (or High Intensity Interval Training) is a form of exercise where you alternate between intervals of very high intensity and low intensity training. It has been shown to burn more fat than doing consistent moderate exercise for long periods of time. I'm not sure you really care about why, but let's just say it works...lol.

A lot of people use the term to refer to exercises like jumping jacks, jump tucks, and the like, but you could really make any cardio exercise HIIT by speeding up and slowing down. For example, running at high and slow speeds and inclines is HIIT. Spinning classes do usually incorporate HIIT, and so on.

You can find so many HIIT videos on the web, but here is one of my favorites:


It is a 30 minute session you can do on your own, so beginners, no excuses! You should be feeling breathless by the end. 

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yoga Progress Report



It is great being able to capture workout photos in the age of social media because you can actually see your progress years from now. I regularly go through my photos from the middle of my yoga journey (which is when I joined Instagram) to see how far I've come. And I'm always astonished. It is so easy to beat down on ourselves when our workouts don't go as planned, or when we don't reach one goal or the other. But we forget where we come from and how much work it took us to get there. 

Some of you know and follow my yoga journey so I wanted to share what I looked at today. The photo above I took 2 years ago when I was finally able to get into the wheel pose at all, and the photo below I took last weekend. Such a huge difference.

Hopefully, this inspires you to not be too hard on yourself and focus on putting in the work. The progress will come.

Cheers Eights & Weights!
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