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Don’t Fear Fats! Your Best Dietary Fat Sources

Despite the low fat diet trend of the 90’s, including fat in your diet is extremely important to keep your body strong, healthy, and kicking serious ass. To stay healthy, we should never try to leave fat completely out of our diets. All three macronutrients, protein, carbohydrates and fat are important for us and should all be present in a well rounded diet. Depending on a person’s individual needs and goals, the ratios of those macronutrients may vary, but in general, it’s never a good idea to leave out or extremely limit any of them. And fat is no different. […]

May 9th, 2017|2 Comments

9 Ways to Substitute Dumbbells in Your Favorite Exercises

We’re big fans of functional pieces of equipment like medicine balls, kettlebells, and sandbags here at 12 Minute Athlete, but we know that not all of you have these at home. And even if you work out at a conventional gym, they don’t always have kettlebells or medicine balls, and chances are that you won’t find a sandbag there. In that case, a simple set of dumbbells can successfully replace a medicine ball, kettlebell or even a sandbag in many of the exercises we do. Dumbbells are a great investment for any home gym, and we’ve never been to a gym that didn’t have at least a few sets of dumbbells laying around. Even most hotel gyms these days tend to have a few. Here are nine exercises that we typically do with other workout equipment, but that you can easily do with dumbbells as well: […]

April 27th, 2017|1 Comment

April Smoothie Challenge Week 4: Dessert Smoothies

We’re about to start Week 4 of the April Smoothie Challenge and round the challenge up with… dessert smoothies! If you missed our first post where introduced our April Smoothie Challenge, check it out here. Then, go ahead and join our Facebook group where we’ll be sharing all our recipes and fun ideas to make tasty and healthy smoothies throughout the month of April. We have a special theme for each week of the April Smoothie Challenge. The theme for the Week 1 was Perfect Recovery Smoothies. The theme for the Week 2 of the April Smoothie Challenge was Veggie-Based Smoothies, and in Week 3 we made some delicious Breakfast Smoothies. The theme for Week 4 of the April Smoothie Challenge is Dessert Smoothies. […]

April 24th, 2017|Comments Off on April Smoothie Challenge Week 4: Dessert Smoothies

April Smoothie Challenge Week 3: Breakfast Smoothies

We’re ready to start the Week 3 of the April Smoothie Challenge! This time, we’ll make breakfast smoothies that should hold you over until lunchtime or your mid-morning snack.  If you missed our first post where introduced our April Smoothie Challenge, check it out here. Then, go ahead and join our Facebook group where we’ll be sharing all our recipes and fun ideas to make tasty and healthy smoothies throughout the month of April. We have a special theme for each week of the April Smoothie Challenge. The theme for the Week 1 was Perfect Recovery Smoothies. The theme for the Week 2 of the April Smoothie Challenge was Veggie-Based Smoothies. The theme for the Week 3 of the April Smoothie Challenge is Breakfast Smoothies. […]

April 17th, 2017|Comments Off on April Smoothie Challenge Week 3: Breakfast Smoothies

April Smoothie Challenge Week 2: Veggie-Based Smoothies

The second week of the April Smoothie Challenge is here! This week, we’ll be making veggie-packed smoothies.  If you missed our first post where introduced our April Smoothie Challenge, check it out here. Then, go ahead and join our Facebook group where we’ll be sharing all our recipes and fun ideas to make tasty and healthy smoothies throughout the month of April. We have a special theme for each week of the April Smoothie Challenge. The theme for the Week 1 was Perfect Recovery Smoothies. The theme for the Week 2 of the April Smoothie Challenge is Veggie Based Smoothies. Here’s why putting vegetables in your smoothies is an awesome idea: […]

April 10th, 2017|Comments Off on April Smoothie Challenge Week 2: Veggie-Based Smoothies

Are You Eating Enough To Make Progress?

Most people tend to think that eating less is the key to a stronger and healthier body. But that’s not necessarily true.  Because what you might not realize is that when you have fitness and skill goals, eating too little can actually hurt your performance. In fact, here’s what can happen when you try to significantly restrict calories when being active: […]

March 21st, 2017|4 Comments

Why I Finally Started Using the 12 Minute Athlete App: Kersten’s Story

Hey athletes! This post is by 12MA team member Kersten and her own perspective on the 12MA app. As always, I hope you find it helpful. You probably know that 12 Minute Athlete has a fitness app. But do you have it—and do you use it? If not, I’d like to give you a few good reasons why you should consider getting it and actually start using the app. At 12 Minute Athlete, we’ve always wanted to make working out accessible to everyone, which is why we have hundreds of free workouts available on our workouts page. We post three to four new workouts on the blog every week, so there should always be enough options to choose from and keep boredom at bay. At the same time, we also recommend people get the app, because it makes working out even easier. […]

March 14th, 2017|6 Comments

Tutorial Roundup: Advanced Bodyweight Exercises

This post is part two of our Tutorial Roundup series. We’re bringing you a collection of exercise tutorials that we do a lot in our 12 Minute Athlete workouts to help you challenge yourself and unlock your potential.  In part one, we talked about why it’s important to build a solid base with the basic bodyweight exercises and went over the proper technique of some of the most important exercises and ones we do a lot here on the site. We covered squats, side lunges, push ups, V ups, burpees, dips, jump rope exercises, and box jumps. If you’re a beginner, haven’t worked out in a while, or if you just want to double-check your form, check out the last post before reading this one. […]

February 21st, 2017|2 Comments

Tutorial Roundup: Basic Bodyweight Exercises

We always encourage you to work as hard and as fast as you can in your workouts, because that’s what HIIT training is about. But it’s important to also keep in mind that these reps should also be performed with proper technique. In this post, we’re teaching you how to do the most basic bodyweight exercises. In part two of this series, you’ll find tutorials for advanced bodyweight exercises. If you have the 12 Minute Athlete app or you’ve done any workouts from the website, you probably know that a majority of the exercises are actually basic bodyweight exercises. That’s why we want to be sure you have the right technique down for doing them. If you haven’t done any of our workouts yet, just take our word for it—you’re going to find the following tips useful. […]

February 7th, 2017|Comments Off on Tutorial Roundup: Basic Bodyweight Exercises

Four Things Fitness Can Give Us

We all know that working out regularly can give us a strong body and fit physique. Yet there are so many other awesome reasons why we should move our bodies on a regular basis. When I was in my early 20’s, to me, fitness was all about being thin and skinny (side note: I’m using the word fitness in its general meaning, a.k.a. being in good physical condition. I’m not talking about body building or bikini fitness). To achieve that thin physique, I used to run a lot, and for sure, I became skinny. Fast forward from my early 20’s and intense running days to now. In my early 30’s, I see fitness and all it has to offer quite a bit differently. I think we all should learn to appreciate these other benefits more. Moving our bodies definitely changes the way we look, but it can also add value to our lives on a non-physical level. Here are four things that fitness can give us: […]

January 19th, 2017|4 Comments
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