Shoulder-to-Shoulder Press

Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, holding the bell portion of a kettlebell with both hands. Bend elbows to position the kettlebell in front of right shoulder. Press the kettlebell overhead, and then lower it to front of left shoulder. Continue, alternating shoulders each rep. 

Shoulder-to-Shoulder Press

Stand with feet slightly wider than hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, holding the bell portion of a kettlebell with both hands. Bend elbows to position the kettlebell in front of right shoulder. Press the kettlebell overhead, and then lower it to front of left shoulder. Continue, alternating shoulders each rep. 

(Source: shape.com)

Posted on September 21 with 15 notes at 7:00 pm
fitblrholics:

(x)

1. Getting your picture stolen online and repeatedly posted to schoolgirl porn sites so that anonymous users can comment on how much they want to bang you?
2. Being reduced down to a body that’s treated like it exists solely for the consumption of an audience, while having your many accomplishments in athletics, scholarship and your entire identity ignored?
Nah, if this is what squatting garners, I’m not interested. I’d much rather call out the people who think it’s acceptable (and even complimentary!) to treat women like this. 

fitblrholics:

(x)

1. Getting your picture stolen online and repeatedly posted to schoolgirl porn sites so that anonymous users can comment on how much they want to bang you?

2. Being reduced down to a body that’s treated like it exists solely for the consumption of an audience, while having your many accomplishments in athletics, scholarship and your entire identity ignored?

Nah, if this is what squatting garners, I’m not interested. I’d much rather call out the people who think it’s acceptable (and even complimentary!) to treat women like this. 

Honey Bourbon Apple Cider Cocktail from Hello Natural:

  • 4 oz apple cider
  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 lady apple, cut in think slices
  • 2 teaspoon organic, raw honey
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions:
  1. Place cider, apple slices, honey and cinnamon in a sauce pot, bring to boil and let simmer for 5 minutes, just to release the flavors.
  2. Strain the mixture (saving the apple slices for garnishing) and add bourbon.
  3. Pour into serving glasses and sip warm.
Low Crawl

Get in a pushup position, hands slightly wider than your shoulders and your body forming a straight line from head to heels. Reach your left hand forward and your right foot to the side, trying to touch your knee to your elbow. Repeat on the opposite side; continue alternating.

Low Crawl

Get in a pushup position, hands slightly wider than your shoulders and your body forming a straight line from head to heels. Reach your left hand forward and your right foot to the side, trying to touch your knee to your elbow. Repeat on the opposite side; continue alternating.

(Source: womenshealthmag.com)

Posted on September 21 with 38 notes at 5:00 pm
jamiestroud69:

Day 21 of #balancebasics #gymnastics #circus #contortion #breakdance #yoga #handbalancing #equilibre @beachyogagirl @kinoyoga @laurasykora @athleta (at Pine Hills Lodge)

jamiestroud69:

Day 21 of #balancebasics #gymnastics #circus #contortion #breakdance #yoga #handbalancing #equilibre
@beachyogagirl @kinoyoga @laurasykora @athleta (at Pine Hills Lodge)

Posted on September 21 with 30 notes at 4:24 pm
bapgeek2geekbap
Re: Lengthening Muscles post. Do you think when they say "lengthen" they mean "make them leaner"? I guess I've heard the phrase "lengthen" so often, i'm finding it hard to believe it's not possible to slim down bulky muscles.

That’s entirely possible, but it presents a whole new problem: You can’t make muscle leaner, either

“Lean” is a phrase that fitness marketing often uses to target women. It’s placed in comparison to “bulky,” something that women are not supposed to ever gain. To be “lean” is feminine and attractive, while to be “bulky” is masculine. It’s a way of pitting thinness against strength, while still appealing to women’s desire to workout and gain muscle definition. To phrase this another way: It’s a buzz word.

You cannot change your muscle tone. You cannot lengthen your muscles. These things are largely determined by your genetics and body type. You can gain muscle mass and lose muscle mass, but you cannot control the shape that your muscle takes on. You can only gain or lose fat in order to make the muscle more visible as you gain and lose muscle mass. In the end: You control size and visibility, not shape or tone.

Lean muscle exists in the sense that all muscle is lean. It is lean tissue. This is in comparison to body fat, which is not categorized as lean. Therefore, if you want to gain “lean” muscles, what you’re actually trying to do is have a body that contains a relatively low fat percentage while increasing your muscle mass. Larger muscles + low body fat = the appearance of being lean. If you take this to a further extreme, with even larger muscles and lower body fat, that’s when you start to become bulky.  

So if you’re trying to “slim down bulky muscles,” then what you’re actually doing is losing muscle mass. You’re trying to get rid of your muscles and (possibly) cover them up with some fat in order to soften their appearance. Making those same muscles “lean” through strength training really isn’t possible without losing mass. 

It’s a little ridiculous to frame a strength training workout in terms of “Hey, this will help you get weaker!” but that’s what so many women’s magazines do. 

Posted on September 21 with 33 notes at 2:31 pm
The Worst Strength Training Tips: “This Exercise Will Lengthen Your Muscles!”

Whether you’re an avid yogi or enjoy lifting weights, the length of your muscles will never change, says Albert Matheny, an exercise physiologist and trainer at Soho Strength Lab in New York City. He says that your muscles have an origin and an insertion point on your bones, so there’s no exercise you can do to make them “longer.” What strength training can do for your muscles? Make them more defined and stronger, he says.

The Worst Strength Training Tips: “This Exercise Will Lengthen Your Muscles!”

Whether you’re an avid yogi or enjoy lifting weights, the length of your muscles will never change, says Albert Matheny, an exercise physiologist and trainer at Soho Strength Lab in New York City. He says that your muscles have an origin and an insertion point on your bones, so there’s no exercise you can do to make them “longer.” What strength training can do for your muscles? Make them more defined and stronger, he says.

Posted on September 21 with 20 notes at 2:08 pm

themidwifeisin:

Buy these posters and find more from the amazing Repeal Hyde Art Project!

They are so amazing and speak so many truths - when I have my own clinic I’m going to put all of them up on the walls.  So beautiful!

wakeuphealthy:

fitnesstreats:

Simple things you can do with a jump rope even if you feel like you always mess up (calmly step over the rope and start again! And again and again and again :) The gifs make it look like I don’t mess up, but this is certainly NOT the case…

When you’re stretched for time or on vacation or something you can literally just jump rope for 10 min!

what-about-some-fitness:

More @ http://what-about-some-fitness.tumblr.com

Good excuses for quitting:
You realize that you don’t want to do the thing anymore
You realize that it’s hurting you or causing too much pain
You realize that your time and effort would be better spent elsewhere
You realize that the reasons why you started are no longer relevant or appealing
Circumstances changed and you’re no longer in the same situation as before, so you have to change your plan
You realize that your efforts were misplaced and this thing isn’t really helping you at all
You’ve grown as a person and are no longer interested in this thing
You’ve found something new and better to work towards
This thing used to be fun but now fills you with anxiety or dread, making it completely unenjoyable
Working towards this thing has damaged your relationships/career/self-image/health, so you’d rather rebuild those than continue this effort
You need a break and will likely come back to this thing later on, when circumstances are better
You no longer have the time to dedicate a full effort towards this thing, so you need to reevaluate your plan
I can think of a lot of wonderful reasons why you may want to quit something that isn’t working out for you - You’re not obligated to continue every single commitment that you make throughout your lifetime. If something is hurting you, or is no longer interesting, or if you need to focus your energy elsewhere, don’t feel ashamed of admitting that!
You’re allowed to change your direction sometimes. Quitting one thing really just means that you’re starting another. 
And yes - I fully believe this in regards to fitness. You’re allowed to stop working out. You’re allowed to stop eating organic. If these things aren’t right for you, if they’re causing you problems or if they don’t fit into your lifestyle, you can “quit” them. That option is absolutely available.

what-about-some-fitness:

More @ http://what-about-some-fitness.tumblr.com

Good excuses for quitting:

I can think of a lot of wonderful reasons why you may want to quit something that isn’t working out for you - You’re not obligated to continue every single commitment that you make throughout your lifetime. If something is hurting you, or is no longer interesting, or if you need to focus your energy elsewhere, don’t feel ashamed of admitting that!

You’re allowed to change your direction sometimes. Quitting one thing really just means that you’re starting another. 

And yes - I fully believe this in regards to fitness. You’re allowed to stop working out. You’re allowed to stop eating organic. If these things aren’t right for you, if they’re causing you problems or if they don’t fit into your lifestyle, you can “quit” them. That option is absolutely available.

Bent-Over Row


Set Up: Hold the plate with your hands at nine and three o’clock. Hinge from the hips and lower your torso until it is almost parallel to the ground and extend your arms in front of you.Action: Contract your back muscles to raise the plate towards your chest, driving your elbows towards the back of the room. Squeeze at the top of the movement, then slowly lower back down.

Bent-Over Row

Set Up: Hold the plate with your hands at nine and three o’clock. Hinge from the hips and lower your torso until it is almost parallel to the ground and extend your arms in front of you.
Action: Contract your back muscles to raise the plate towards your chest, driving your elbows towards the back of the room. Squeeze at the top of the movement, then slowly lower back down.

(Source: strongfitnessmag.com)

Posted on September 20 with 26 notes at 5:01 pm

the-legion-of-fandoms:

Why are we not talking about Derrick Coleman????

  • He’s been legally Deaf since he was 3 years old
  • That’s 20 years
  • He received a letter from a fan who’s also Deaf and he wrote back an inspirational reply
  • He’s the first ever Deaf offensive player in the league.
  • He’s also the first to score a touchdown
  • In order to play football, he has to watch everyone else and move when they move, wear hearing aids, and he has to read Quarterback Russell Wilson’s lips in order to know what the play is, and he still manages to do it and do it well.
  • He’s just an inspiration to me and a lot of others.

Hearty Chicken and White Bean Soup by Maria Ushakova:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, grated
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 L/ 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1can diced tomatoes
  • 4 skinless boneless chicken thighs, cooked and cut into small pieces, See notes
  • 1 can white kidney beans
  • 1/2 Tbsp red paprika
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups frozen green peas

Instructions:

  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent for about 2 to 4 minutes. Add the carrot and cook until the vegetables start to caramelize, for about 4 more minutes.
  2. Add the zucchini and red and yellow bell pepper. Stir and saute the vegetables until they start to soften for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Add the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, chicken, beans, red paprika, garlic powder, cayenne pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook for 8 more minutes.
  4. Add the green peas. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 more minute.

If you don’t have ready cooked chicken, cook raw chicken meat in water or chicken broth. It takes about 15 minutes. You can cook it while prepping the veggies.

leelancett:

Not surprised at all. It was a debate, and I was fully aware not everyone would agree. And to be fair I totally accept that. But to be called a busy body for having an opinion? You don’t agree with it? That’s fine! We’re both adults and the world would be a boring place if we all agreed.

Ps, thanks for making my day too, it’s not often a 32 year old man gets called kid, so thank you 😘

Don’t worry, my #busybody tag is filled with tumblr users who feel the need to make unnecessary comments about other people’s workouts, clothing and general appearance. If you’d ever like to defend your opinion or just feel like you’re not alone in being a judgmental gym-goer, I’m sure that they won’t mind if you contact them.

And I’m sorry about the “kid” comment - Here in NY, students learn about the first amendment in the fifth grade. Since you don’t seem to understand the rights that it guarantees, I just assumed that you were younger than that. 

My bad. 

leelancett:

the-exercist:

leelancett:

Last night in the gym I overheard 2 guys talking and one of them said something that really bugged me. So picture the scene, they are stood around the free weights area chatting and pissing about on their phones etc, doing the occasional bicep curl or the odd bench press. One of the guys then looks at the clock and says (and I shit you not) “we’ve been here nearly an hour, we can go soon”.

Now to me that is wrong on so many levels. I would much rather spend 20 mins in the gym going all out with minimal rest periods between high intensity heavy sets than spend an hour in the gym for the sake of being able to say “I went to the gym for an hour tonight” and spending the time doing the odd lift here and there. To me that is not working out, and it surely hinders any goals they may be trying to achieve.

ALL THE GEAR, NO IDEA!

Am I right or wrong? I can’t see how anyone can disagree with me on this, but as this is social media you never know! Thoughts please….

Everyone goes to the gym for different reasons. Just because you personally prefer high intensity and give no thought to the time doesn’t mean that everyone will operate that way.

Maybe these guys needed to leave the house for at least an hour. There could be any number of reasons for this - Their wives/roommates wanted some quiet time and asked them to stay out for a while. They were trying to avoid something at their house, like a family member visiting. They were waiting until their wife/roommate left so that they could get some quiet time at home. They were trying to get out of some chore, like washing the dishes, and knew it would be finished if they just waited long enough before going home. There are lots of reasons why they might want to stay out for a prolonged period. 

Or maybe these guys don’t specifically go to the gym for a hardcore workout. Maybe they just enjoy hanging out with each other and like the atmosphere. There’s nothing wrong with spending time with your friend and shooting the breeze for a while. Hanging around the gym lets you be more active than you otherwise would be, you have plenty of time to chat, you can blow off some steam and you feel good about yourself afterward. Win-win.

In the end - You don’t know their goals. And even if you did, it’s their goals, not your’s. As long as they pay their dues and don’t disrupt anyone else’s workout, they’re perfectly allowed to use the gym for their own purposes. If they want to hang around for a light 1 hour workout, there’s really no harm in that.

I’m honestly not sure why you’d criticize this. Unless they were hogging equipment and outright refused to let people work in, this doesn’t sound like any kind of problem. No one else is obligated to workout hard just because you choose to. 

My apologies. I forgot that “busy bodies” like me are not allowed an opinion. What a stupid mistake of me to make. I mean really, lots of people fought in wars so we could have freedom of speech and I’ve clearly abused that right. Wow.

Did you really just pull out the “soldiers fought for our freedom of speech” card on this? AHHHHH!

Come on man, you outright asked “Am I right or wrong? Thoughts please….” Are you really that surprised that people posted about how we think you’re wrong? 

This made my day. Thanks kid. <3