ChristyFit How-To Series: How to Perform a Pushup

14 Sep

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In order to get the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

 This week, I show you how to correctly perform the pushup. This exercise helps to gain strength in our chest, triceps and shoulders while also engaging our core and glutes for stability.  Please perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps and you may modify with knees touching the ground as you work up to the full pushup.

Note: For a more customized training and nutrition program, please email me at: christysiebert@gmail.com or if you are in the Austin area, please stop by and take one of my Orange Theory Fitness classes!

 

 

 

ChristyFit How-To Series Part 3: How to Perform a Lunge

4 Sep

In order to get the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

This week, I show you how to correctly perform the lunge. This exercise helps with full lower body strength and definition and also cultivates great balance to the body. Please perform 3 sets of 10-12 reps on each leg and adjust accordingly.

Note: For a more customized training and nutrition program, please email me at: christysiebert@gmail.com or if you are in the Austin area, please stop by and take one of my Orange Theory Fitness classes!

 

 

 

 

Travel Food Prep

25 Aug

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With TSA restrictions on common foods and high-cost and usually high-calorie food at the airport, ever wonder what you CAN bring through security to save on money and potential weight gain?

You can enjoy yummy meals and drinks out on your vacation or work trip guilt-free if you plan ahead the rest of the time.

Check out my video below for healthy and tasty options to satisfy those long waits at the gate and throughout your trip without breaking your waistline or bank account. Video below!

Top Tips: 

1. Package food in plastic bags or foil to prevent spoilage.

2. Bring ice packs as TSA does not allow melted ice cubes through security.

3. Remember your macros: combine a high quality protein with a carbohdrate or fat to ensure a complete meal. For example, baked chicken with a side of baked tortilla chips and fresh green peppers.

4. Sauce it up!: You can add avocado mayo, peanut oil, mustard, ketchup, etc to your meals prior to packaging so TSA accepts it.

5. Purchase water once through security. Staying hydrated is super important to prevent unnecessary cravings and fatigue.

Click HERE for Travel Food Prep Video

 

 

 

 

ChristyFit 5-Part Exercise How-To Series: Part 2 – How to Perform a Deadlift

22 Aug

In order to get the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

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This week, I am showing you how to correctly perform a deadlift, common mistakes made and how to fix them to achieve maximum benefit. If you missed last week’s post on How to Perform a Squat, please Click HERE

The deadlift is an incredible exercise to achieve a strong and lean back, hamstrings and glutes. Check out my video in the link below for how to safely and effectively ensure the results you want.

NOTE: For a free consultation for a customized nutrition and workout program anywhere in the USA or to attend your first free Orange Theory Fitness class for all local Austin residents, please fill out the info form on my About Christy page and I’ll respond promptly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ChristyFit 5-Part Exercise How-to Video Series: Part 1 – The Squat

16 Aug

In order to get the most benefit out of compound muscular movements, we must perform them correctly so we can engage the right muscle groups and not stress our joints and bones. I created this 5-Part weekly how-to video series to show you how to perform correctly 5 of the top exercises for full-body shape and strength.

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Part 1- The Squat. One of the best exercises for the entire lower body is the squat. In this video, I demo the exercise using a barbell and then break down the exercise and its components and also what not to do. Weight and rep ranges vary but start out with 3 sets of 10-12 reps and find a weight that is challenging by the last two reps of each set.

Note: For a more detailed and customized plan, please email me at christysiebert@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Myofascial Release – When Stretching isn’t Enough

15 Aug

All that hard work in the gym and stretching is not enough? Then, myofascial release may be the answer your muscles have been waiting for.

Myofascial release techniques provide a sustained pressure along the connective tissue, which provides a gentle release of the muscle fibers and fascia.

How to do it: You may hold gentle pressure on a certain area for at least 10 seconds or roll along the area until you feel the pain or pressure lessen. Think of these techniques similar to self-massage.

Stretching and myofascial release are both important tools to lessen pain, increase joint mobility and improve the lengthening of connective tissue. An example is utilizing myofascial release for tight calves. Myofascial release using a tennis ball or foam roller along the calf muscles (gastrocnemius and soleus) will help to lessen the tightness you may feel, improve your stride on the treadmill and allow you to sit more into your heels during squats.

Below are some examples of exercises and the muscles most needing this type of work. Try these out 3-4 times per week post-exercise in addition to your usual stretching routine:

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Low Carb Dinner Swap

11 Aug

I love carbs. I also know how important they are for energy and full, defined muscles. However, sometimes tossing our grain go-tos for higher fat options will help us regulate our blood sugar levels, increase our satiety and overall, change our body composition.

Below is a quick and delicious low-carb friendly meal:

Avocado Cheeseburger with Sweetened Cucumbers

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ounces 90% lean beef patty
  • 1 slice organic Havarti cheese
  • 1 ounce fresh avocado
  • 1 cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1 tbsp avocado oil mayo
  • 1 packet Stevia (for cucumber)

Macronutrients:

  • 471 calories
  • 5 grams carbohydrates
  • 30 grams fat
  • 36 grams protein
  • 3 grams fiber
  • 2 grams sugar

 

 

 

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