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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|3 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.  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

12MA Reader Story: Nick and Breanna Caldwell on Building Strength and Confidence With HIIT

We’re totally thrilled to get more and more emails from you guys letting us know how the 12 Minute Athlete workouts or articles have helped you to achieve something awesome and kick butt in life.  Maybe they taught you how to do handstands, made it incredibly easy for you to stay accountable even when traveling in difficult conditions, or even helped you to conquer the highest peak in the world. We get serious chills every time we read those emails. Which is why we were so stoked to hear from Nick and Breanna Caldwell. Here’s what Nick had to say when he first contacted us: “Both mine and my wive’s lives have dramatically changed since we started working out with your app. She looks sensational! I love your workout so much that I wrote a whole chapter about it in my book! It has really changed our lives forever. Just wanted to say thanks for creating something so awesome. […]

January 5th, 2017|1 Comment

12MA Reader Story: How Miranda Went From Zero to Five Pull Ups

If you’re convinced you’ll never be able to do a pull up, you’re not alone. Miranda Hamilton, a 41-year-old lawyer, mom, and former college athlete living in Edinburgh, Scotland, felt the exact same way. Recently, she wrote us an email about her experience with pull ups: “Until about a year ago I assumed I couldn’t, and would never be able to, do a pull-up. I wouldn’t even try one as I was too convinced I’d look like an idiot.” Yet she took a chance, and these days, with the help of Pull Up Mastery, hard work, and consistent training, Miranda can now regularly rock four to five pull ups in a row. Now that’s what I call progress! […]

December 6th, 2016|6 Comments

12 Minute Athlete No Excuses December Accountability Challenge

The next 12 Minute Athlete Mini Challenge is here!  The goal of this No Excuses December Accountability Challenge is to help keep you accountable and get your workouts done during what for most people is the busiest time of the year. The holiday season is already here, and we’re surrounded by delicious cookies and other yummy treats pretty much 24/7. As much as we try to follow the 80/20 rule, the reality is often that during this time of the year, we end up eating a bit more than 20% worth of treats and other fun holiday foods. That’s why it’s so important to keep a consistent workout routine throughout the month of December. To help you do that, we’ve put together a mini challenge for you, and we hope you’re up for it! […]

December 1st, 2016|2 Comments

How to Make Healthy Living Easier

Too many people see working out and eating well as just some things they have to do in order to be healthy and fit. It’s sad because living a healthy life and exercising can–and should be–much more than that. It really should be fun and enjoyable! For someone fairly new to a healthier lifestyle, being active and eating better food on a regular basis may sound like a terrible punishment. When you’re first starting out, it may seem like there’s no way it could ever be something you actually enjoy. And it’s actually not hard to see where people with this point of view are coming from. Here are a few misconceptions that make us think that healthy living is so difficult: […]

November 15th, 2016|8 Comments

Why It’s Important to Lead By Example

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Have you heard this quote before? We’ve gotten a lot of emails from you guys asking how to get your friend, partner, or a family member to adopt a healthier lifestyle. And we get it that it might be hard, because just telling them to start eating vegetables and move every day may not make any difference. But there’s a better way. […]

October 11th, 2016|16 Comments
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