Must Have Fall Fitness Essentials (fashion pieces you’ll want and gear you need)

Must Have Fall Fitness Essentials (fashion pieces you’ll want and gear you need)

Welcome to the first blog of the Fall!  As we jump into the new season, I want to share some of the great finds I've been syping and essential gear I highly recommend. When you have some new fitness clothes you look good in, it does a little something to our self-esteem.  When we look good, we feel good.  Even if it's superficial, I say so what?!  If you buy some clothes that make you want to go to the gym for an extra workout or stay a little longer doing  planks or foam rolling... well, that's kinda the point!  What I don't completely get is why people wear their crummiest clothes to workout in.  Like what they'd wear to change the oil in the car or clean their dogs right after they jumped into a muddy swamp.  Can you really do your best workout when you wear that stuff?  I don't know.  I understand not always loving what you see physically.  But hiding or making yourself feel worse by wearing unflattering, grungy stuff doesn't make sense either.  So below I'm sharing some discount codes and cool fitness wear you can get pumped to wear as well as a few absolutely essential pieces of equipment I think everyone should have. Fashion Essentials:  1. Metallic Leggings!  I just got these from Carbon38 and I am looking for more places to wear them.  To the gym with sneakers?  check.  Night out on the town with stilettos?  check.  To the movies with booties?   yep.  They're stretchy so you can get them down to your ankles ever if you're tall.  The high waist band...
How to do the Kettlebell Windmill Squat Press [Tutorial]

How to do the Kettlebell Windmill Squat Press [Tutorial]

I love kettlebells.  My love affair started around 7 or 8 years ago.  I'd watch power lifters doing swings and I thought to myself, "wow, that looks like fun to do, but because of my spinal stenosis, it's probably off limits."  Wow, I can't believe I ever even thought that.  When the gym I teach at got some racks of kbells, I couldn't resist wanting to use them.  So I started researching.  Reading whatever articles that had science backed studies linked in them and watching the masters on YouTube to study their form.  Turns out they are great for your back along with everything else.  Then I was asked to start teaching kettlebells at Equinox and the rest is history. That's a snippet of my back story if you haven't heard it before.  I have bad spinal stenosis with herniated discs and kettlebells make me feel great! This exercise is more advanced.  It has a lot of moving parts.  If you don't feel confident giving it a go, start with a very light kettlebell or dumbbell and ust walk thru the motions.  Be sure to thoroughly warm up your hips, front and back and your shoulder girdle.  Then test drive this exercise. It works all the muscles you squat with, plus obliques and shoulders.  It's great for maintaining hip and shoulder mobility as you'll soon find out. Let me know how you like it!  And feel feel to share with your...
4 Exercises For Healthy Shoulders [Tutorial]

4 Exercises For Healthy Shoulders [Tutorial]

Did you know one of the most common injuries almost everybody gets is a tear in the external rotator cuff?  Whether you play a lot of ball sports, surf, lift weights or just live life doing things, it's pretty easy to strain or tear this area of the shoulder. There are 4 muscles in the rotator cuff.  The one that externally rotates the arm bone gets injured the most.  Often times, this comes from repetitive movements, although it can happen from a sudden, accidental one.  Keeping those muscles strong and stable are the only thing you can do.  And if you are recovering from an injury there, or simply have recurring pain there, same thing. The rotator cuff muscles sit deep inside the joint, so you can't see them... but if one gets a little strain or tear, you will definitely know it's there!  Get your healthy shoulders with these 4 exercises. All you need is a flat band (the kind used in physical therapy) or resistance tube (this is my favorite brand), a loop band and a light to medium weight kettlebell.  I recommend starting with a 10 lb. bell unless you need to go lighter.  As you will see in the video, a dumbbell can't really work for the last exercise. I'll be doing a follow up to this video with a few more exercises, stretches and variations, so check back for those and subscribe to my newsletter list where I often send out short exercises...
Learn to do the Kettlebell Turkish Get Up in 2 Minutes

Learn to do the Kettlebell Turkish Get Up in 2 Minutes

The Kettlebell Turkish Get Up is arguably the world's best exercise for all the benefits it offers. It trains: Overall strength (if you go heavy enough) Core Stability Flexibility Shoulder strength and mobility and Balance It takes time to master, but here's a quick primer so you can learn all the components quickly and start practicing. Be sure to start with a light bell so you can learn the moves without risk of dropping the bell.  I suggest starting with a 10 or 15 lb kettlebell then progress up once you've gotten the moves down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1wlUOqYIQk  ...