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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|2 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

Why You Should Learn to Do Pistol Squats

Do you press the “Next” button on your 12 Minute Athlete workouts app every time the workout calls for pistol squats? If so, it’s time to change that and learn to do pistols! If you’ve been reading 12 Minute Athlete for a while now, you know that in addition to super quick and sweaty HIIT workouts we also love more advanced bodyweight and skill exercises. For example, last September, we did a 30-day pistol squat challenge and earlier this year, a 6-week handstand challenge. But today, let’s talk about pistols. Anyone Can Do Pistols–But It Takes Work Pretty much anyone can do a quick 12 minute workout, which is why we absolutely love HIIT training. But tougher strength and skill exercises like pistol squats are not super easy to do right away. I remember when I first got interested in pistols and tried to do a few—they were so terrible that I was absolutely sure I would never be able to do them. I wasn’t even close. I have long limbs and it’s there’s no question that pistols are harder for tall people. But although I made being tall my excuse for a while, I soon realized that there are tons of tall people out there who can do pistol squats. Since I don’t like excuses, I quickly became determined and decided that I would be able to do them one day. The bigger the challenge, the greater the reward.  […]

September 9th, 2016|8 Comments

From Running to HIIT and Strength Training: Kersten’s Story

Hey athletes, I asked 12MA team member Kersten if she would share a little about her fitness background with you guys today because I found it super inspiring and thought it would resonate with a lot of you. If you haven’t seen her around, she’s been writing some awesome and super helpful posts around here and she’s also the super awesome and supportive moderator in the 12MA Facebook group. You can find more of her on her site Urbanjane.co. Let’s hear her story: Five years ago, I would’ve never thought that there will ever be a week when I run less than 10 miles. In my eyes, running was the only form of exercise and the only way to stay in shape.  But things have changed and now my workouts last about 20-30 minutes. About a half of my workouts are done with bodyweight and half with weights, like kettlebells, sandbags etc. Running is still part of my HIIT workouts, but I no longer spend hours on the pavement. Today I want to share how that happened and how my life has changed because of that. But first, I want it to be clear that the goal of this post is not to say that nobody should ever run because it sucks so bad. In fact, I really don’t like how beating up running seems to be some strength coaches’ main goal. I think that we should all do what we like best and what makes us happy, and if that’s running for you, then go for it. But know that running is not the only form of exercise and you don’t have to do it if you don’t like it. You may also re-think your running if you’re doing it for wrong reasons, like I did for several years. […]

August 30th, 2016|12 Comments

Why You Should Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

We often compare ourselves to people we admire and want to be like. But instead of making us better athletes, comparing ourselves to others may slow our progress down. “What’s holding you back from getting into the best shape of your life?” We ask this question from all the people who join the 12 Minute Athlete community. We want to help you to truly unlock your potential, so knowing what your biggest obstacles are is important. Unsurprisingly, the most common answer we get is time. But that problem should be easy to fix now that you know that 12 minutes a day is all you need to get into awesome shape. But there’s another, very important thing that keeps many people from getting fit, strong, and healthy. It’s comparing themselves to others. […]

August 9th, 2016|9 Comments

Get Bendy 6-Week Flexibility Challenge – Week 1: Hamstrings & Calves

The brand new 12 Minute Athlete Get Bendy 6-Week Flexibility Challenge is here! If you missed the introduction post where we talked about the importance of flexibility and how to incorporate stretching exercises into your workout routine, make sure to check it out here.  Throughout the flexibility challenge, we’ll be focusing on one or two muscle groups each week. We’ll talk about why these areas of your body get tight in the first place, why you should be working on loosening them up, and also show you some of the best stretches that help you to increase your flexibility and get bendy. Do these stretches any time after your workout. To warm up before your workout, use dynamic movements like the ones here and here. For Week One of the challenge, our focus will be working on our hamstrings and calves.  […]

July 1st, 2016|Comments Off on Get Bendy 6-Week Flexibility Challenge – Week 1: Hamstrings & Calves
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