Teaching HIIT/Ab Blast classes keeps me honest and accountable. If I can't do the workout at a high intensity, how can I expect class participants to do it?
Individuals attend my class to work outside their comfort zone and it's my job to deliver.
Sure, there are days were I am dragging and feel far from inspirational, but it is my RESPONSIBILITY to provide a challenging and engaging setting.
2. PROTEIN WITH SNACKS & MEALS
Whether it's a quick smoothie for breakfast...
Or, adding beans, low-fat cottage cheese and chia seeds to salads, find a way to incorporate protein into meals and snacks.
I also throw a scoop of protein powder in my cereal stay full longer.
If I'm dragging, I know I need to incorporate more protein into my diet. Especially, as I am looking to build lean, muscle.
3. TRACK IT
I get a lot of questions about my cute watch when I post #PROOF on instagram or twitter . It's a Polar HR monitor, model FT 40 , and I wear it for everything!
During workouts or class, I monitor my heart rate constantly to make sure I am pushing myself and participants. Plus, I love seeing the stats at the end of a workout like calories burned, max HR and average HR.
I also input all my workouts into my DailyMile account.
4. MOVE ANYWHERE
There are days I don't want to go to the gym or run in +20 mph Palouse winds. It's okay to have rest days or lower intensity days.
With minimal equipment, I can create a challenging workout at home. But, if my legs are shot, I usually opt for core work.
Planks are one of THE most effective ab exercises you can do. You engage your entire core and work upper body strength as well.
5. MAKE IT ROUTINE
As a creature of habit, I like routine. I pack a gym bag to take to work on most days. That way I have no excuses not to get my RUNch in.
I also am routine about my eats.
I drink ProSculpt first thing in the morning and usually pack a breakfast of protein oatmeal or a smoothie and have plenty of snacks at work like no bake protein bars , almonds, and larabars especially on days I teach.
Prepare to succeed with healthy eats and exercises!
Come back for Fitness Friday . I have a BEAST of a workout to share with you!
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