Love gingerbread around the holidays, but don’t like what it does to your waistline?
Yeah, me too.
I’ve always had a thing for gingerbread molasses cookies, cakes and everything else. But since most gingerbread treats are packed with butter and sugar, I do my best to avoid it (most of the time).
So that’s why, after going grocery shopping one day and avoiding the temptation to buy everything gingerbread in the entire store, I decided it was time to make a healthified version of my favorite holiday treat. I put together these protein truffles, and… whoa! I think these may just satisfy every gingerbread craving I’ve ever had.
Spicy and sweet, chewy but still soft, with a layer of dark chocolate on the outside, these gingerbread truffles are all the gingerbread you could ever desire.
And, since they’re packed with protein and contain no added sugar, you don’t even have to feel guilty about eating them.
Here’s how to make these extremely decadent holiday gingerbread protein truffles: (more…)
If you’re looking for some fitness-related gifts for your favorite people this holiday season, I’ve got you covered.
Below are 12 of my favorite fitness items ever, perfect for anyone wanting to ditch their gym membership or just be able to work out at home whenever they want. Every single item listed below (in no particular order) is something I personally use and love. And they’re also all an awesome value for the cost!
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Here are 12 awesome gift ideas for fitness junkies this holiday season: (more…)
I hope you’re spending the day surrounded by good food, loved ones, and lots and lots of gratitude.
I’m doing something a little different than normal this Thanksgiving—instead of flying north to my rainy hometown, my husband and I decided to seek out sunshine and spend the holiday in Mexico—hence the photo above.
So, as much as I miss my family today, I’m also grateful for sunshine, guacamole, and cold buckets of beer.
But however you’re spending your Thanksgiving, make sure and take the time to work out before all the fun starts today. Not only will a tough workout help negate some of the calories you’ll no doubt be eating later in the day, it’ll also help rev up your metabolism early so you’ll burn more throughout the day—even if you’re just sitting around watching football all day long.
Be thankful you can work out, and go work up a good sweat. Then go enjoy yourself—you deserve it.
Here’s your pre-feast Thanksgiving workout: (more…)
Even just a few years ago, if you’d asked me about the bridge exercise, I would have told you it was some lame exercise reserved mainly for beginners, the injured, or people suffering from lower back pain.
And although as a personal trainer I would include a form of bridging in many of my clients’ programs, it was something I only rarely did myself, and when I did do a bridge or two, it was more as a remembrance of when I did gymnastics as a kid than for any other reason.
I never thought of it as a “serious” exercise and never deliberately included it as a main part of my own or my clients’ training.
But boy, was I wrong. As I’ve gotten more and more into bodyweight and calisthenics training over the years, I’ve realized what an incredible exercise bridges really are.
Common misconceptions about bridges
When most people think of bridges, they think of a short bridge, which is the most common form of the bridge and the one that you’ll most likely see at any basic gym.
But while this form of the bridge is great for those with a weak or injured lower back, it’s fairly non-taxing for anyone who has been working out intensely for a while, so they quickly skip over any other forms of the exercise, thinking it’s too easy for them.
But here’s the thing: half bridges are by no means the most difficult form of the exercise. And if almost anyone, including those who consider themselves to be pretty strong, did try the ultimate bridge—the stand to stand bridge—they’d almost be guaranteed to fall due to lack of strength of flexibility.
It’s time for people to realize that bridges rock. Here’s why: (more…)