This was a very challenging post for me to write, because I have a confession to make: I, Juliet Burgh, loooooove protein powder! I love it so much that I use it in the morning for breakfast, after my workouts and sometimes even for dessert. It’s been a staple in my diet since my weight-lifting career started back when I was 18 years old.
Over the years I have switched to many different kinds of protein, shifting to more natural supplements coming from plants or grass-fed animals, and I truly believed that I was consuming what was good for my health. That is, until my recent rude awakening.
Here’s a way to have your Thanksgiving turkey and burn it off, too: Inner Drive Fitness’s post-Thanksgiving Turkey Buster workout on Friday morning. The Newtown Square studio will host a free 90-minute indoor cycling/strength training combo class for anyone who brings a canned food donation for the emergency food center at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Broomall. This is an especially great deal for anyone who’s already taken advantage of the first-class-is-free promo at Inner Drive.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah! We are entering the ever-challenging holiday season, people, so it’s time to kick your workouts into high gear to burn off all of that delicious food. In addition to our weekly BeWOW workout, here are a few tips to boost your exercise routine and make it through the holiday season.
I’m sure you’re well acquainted with my obsession with cheap workouts by now. So listen to this: Starting tomorrow morning, RISE Gym in King of Prussia will offer a $5 boot camp class every Saturday at noon. That’s right—you don’t even have to wake up extra early to do it. Cool, right?
Expect to tackle a strength circuit using kettlebells, bodyweight and sandbags. The workout will feature high-intensity intervals for maximum efficiency and calorie burn.
Yoga can be relaxing, invigorating, exciting, exhausting and so much more. And then there are those times when it’s just dreadful. Because we at Be Well Philly have our own least favorite yoga poses (Curse you, Camel Pose!), we thought it would be interesting to hear about asana angst from an instructor—or in this case, five instructors.
Below, we convinced five of Philly’s top yoga instructors to cop to their least favorite yoga poses. You know, the ones that make them go, “Uuuugh!” Here’s what they had to say. Read more »
Notorious celebrity trainer Jillian Michaels found herself in hot water last week for giving her team on The Biggest Loser caffeine pills without a doctor’s permission. While some pegged it as cheating, to me it’s not that big of a deal. Caffeine is a well-researched and reasonably harmless supplement that actually can enhance the effects of exercise.
What’s strange to me that this incident would cause such alarm, when other practices of the show are much more problematic. Allow me to explain.
As a personal trainer, my relationship with The Biggest Loser is of the love-hate variety. The popular weight-loss competition show puts contestants through hours of grueling workouts every day to ostensibly “cure” their obesity. To me, this approach is like watering an herb garden with a fire hose: Even if it gets the job done, is it worth the damage?
There are important lessons to be learned from Loser’s mistakes. Here are the top three ways the show misses the mark on weight loss.
• I’m not saying you shouldn’t go all out at the gym, but if you’re working out to the point that your muscles are sore for days on end afterwards, you might want to rethink your training plan. Here’s why sore muscles aren’t necessarily a good thing, and how to avoid getting them that way in the first place. [Women's Health]
• In a time crunch? Don’t nix your workout just because you don’t have time to work out. Try this total-body burn you can do anywhere, any time in just 16 minutes. Check out the video above, then click through to see the smart strategy behind this effective workout. [Q by Equinox]