Monday, June 30, 2014

Check Me Out on Ada's Workout Video!

I love when Africans work out. It shows that we are beginning to think about our health, and trying to live longer. One personal trainer I admire, Ada Agbim, makes workout videos on Youtube to mostly Nigerian and Ghanaian music. When she invited me to be part of one of her videos, I was so excited!

Here is the video to Fuse ODG's Antenna. This is one of my favorite Azonto songs too :) This cardio workout really burns out your legs, and though it looks easy, it is such a great workout. Check out the full video on her Youtube page.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Try this HIIT Workout

Looking for a HIIT workout to try? Here's one. Do 30 seconds of each at your highest intensity and rest for 10. Repeat 4 times. 
  1. Jumping jacks 
  2. Jump squats 
  3. Mountain climbers 
  4. Burpees
  5. High knees 

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Victoria's Secret Sports Bra Review

I love sports bras. I have them in various colors and feels. I am not a big girl up there so finding a sports bra that holds the girls down is not so difficult. However, what I have trouble with is finding one that looks good, actually fits (not fits one boob and feels loose on the other), stays in place during high impact workouts, and makes me feel great. I have a few that I honestly just reserve for when my cute ones are in the wash.

So Influenster, in partnership with Victoria's Secret, sent me the "Victoria's Secret Incredible" sports bra  for testing purposes to write this review for you folks. I didn't expect to, but I quite liked it. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Medplus Health and Fitness Twitter Campaign

Have you heard of the new Nigerian Twitter fitness campaign? I think it's really cool. #Medplushealthandfitness is a campaign to promote and encourage people to live healthier lifestyles. In an environment where everyone is so busy we tend to forget the importance of our health and wellness.
There will be discussions, question and answer sessions by influencers of different backgrounds every week from health professionals to beauty experts to your favourite celebrities sharing their tips and secrets on how to live a healthier lifestyle. These sessions will be held on Fridays from 6-7pm West African Time (1-2pm EST).
Medplus knows how busy life can be so they decided to make this easy for participants by making this interaction via Twitter. Follow @MedplusPharmacy and use the hashtag #medplushealthandfitness to join the conversation.

I will be a guest participant on June 27th so tune in! Follow me on Twitter @eightsnweights.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Squat Burpees

Work your entire body, especially your quads and hamstrings with this variation of the burpee. Rather than jump up when you come out, go low into a squat. Want to try these? Cardio and strength training in one!

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jump Lunges

Looking to incorporate some HIIT in your routine? Jump lunges are awesome. Tons of cardio and you still really work those legs. I usually jump for 30 seconds and rest for 10.

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Maintenance Exercise: Bosu Ball Standing Donkey

If you are a runner or do high intensity exercises, you know how much they can impact your joints, especially your knees and ankles, if you do not work to strengthen the surrounding muscles. So I thought I'd show you a video of an exercise I like to do.

This really strengthens your butt, thighs, and core, and helps you put pressure on the right muscles when you land. Hold a wall if you have to (initially) but keep your core tight and your upper body straight as you do this. You can do this without a bosu ball, but try to use something squishy and uneven to get the most out of this exercise.

Check out the video below:

Cheers Eights & Weights!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Work your Obliques with Side Planks

Everyone wants those abs and it's no wonder why. However, the best abs require work on all the ab muscles (front, side, lower back). And so today, I am taking some time out to make sure you are incorporating oblique workouts (side abs) in your routine.

One great obliques exercise is the side plank. How does this work? 
  • Lie on your right side with your left leg stacked over your right. 
  • Lift your waist off of the floor balancing on your right elbow. Keep that elbow under your shoulder.
  • Lift your left arm up so your left palm is directly above your left shoulder. 
  • You can stack your legs like I'm doing or put one leg in front of the other to make it easier. 
  • Keep your waist lifted (not sagging). Abs tight.
  • Try to hold for 30 secs to 1 min on each side.
  • Smile!
Cheers Eights & Weights!

Monday, June 2, 2014

June Abs Challenge

Who wants to join in this abs challenge this month? You should have a stronger core by the end of the month. However, remember that to get abs, you need a combination of strength training, cardio, and healthy eating. This is just a little part of that.

Cheers Eights & Weights!
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