Why Varied Workouts Are So Important

Why Varied Workouts Are So Important

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They say that variety is the spice of life — and when it comes to workouts, that saying rings very true. Your body simply cannot change by doing the same thing over and over. Sometimes people will come to me complaining about a plateau they are stuck in, despite very intense and regular workouts. When I ask them to walk me through their training program, I often find out it’s a lot of repetitive routines with very little (if any) variance. They do the same five moves in their back/biceps workout on Tuesdays, the same five chest/triceps moves during their workout on Thursdays, and the same five leg exercises every Saturday, and so on.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteAnother example is my father. Growing up, my dad would always run and never…
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Is the Fountain of Youth Just a Simple Vitamin?

Is the Fountain of Youth Just a Simple Vitamin?

Nutrition for Women, Supplements for Women, Truniagen2019
Most of us have never heard of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD+. But that doesn’t stop it from being an active champion for your cellular health.NAD+ is a coenzyme that plays a major role in metabolism. The problem? Levels tend to decrease with age — and in reaction to the stressors of everyday life. But there’s a nature-identical supplement that might help get your levels back on track. We talked with biochemist and NAD+ expert Charles Brenner, PhD, to get the scoop on how it all works.Thanks for watching!Visit WebsiteOxygen: Our bodies make less NAD+ as we age. Why?Charles Brenner: Over time, we experience more metabolic stressors, like exposure to free radicals in the environment and even alcohol consumption or overeating. These things cause NAD+ levels to decline. Oxygen: How…
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Think Outside the Box – Oxygen Magazine

Think Outside the Box – Oxygen Magazine

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Over the last year, you’ve been building your squats, deadlifts and snatches and are now strong AF with all things barbell. Your PRs have never been better, and you’re killing it in your daily WODs. Then the Opens roll around and Dave Castro, in typical malevolent form, chooses dumbbells as a primary resistance modality for several of the Open workouts, and suddenly it’s as if you’ve never touched a weight and your scores are lame AF.  Whether you’ve got a shot at the CrossFit Games or are simply trying to better your ranking within your box or age group, it might behoove you to sideline the barbell for a few months in favor of alternative programming to gear up for round two of the Opens in October and have a…
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Row, Row, Row Yourself to Health

Row, Row, Row Yourself to Health

Cardio for Women, Total-Body Workouts for Women, Training Tips for Women, Workouts For Women
Before you hop on the treadmill or elliptical machine for another tedious cardio session, scan the gym for a rowing machine and hop on — after 20 or 30 minutes, you’ll be left wondering why you have neglected this incredible piece of equipment for so long.Rowing: The Calorie Crusher “The health benefits from rowing include a unique combination of cardiovascular endurance and muscular toning and strengthening,” says Nick Karwoski, a nationally ranked triathlete, rowing enthusiast and trainer for Hydrow, the live outdoor reality rower that brings the on-river experience of rowing straight to the home. “Rowing engages 86 percent of your body’s muscles, compared to 44 percent with biking or running, as well as your heart and your lungs. It targets major muscle groups — including your glutes, hamstrings, hips,…
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3 Exercises You Need No Matter What

3 Exercises You Need No Matter What

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Whether you live in a studio apartment, are constantly on the road, spend a ton of time in your cubicle or your kids have no concept of personal space, it can be hard enough finding the time — let alone the space — to workout. That’s why I’ve created this circuit with a small footprint. Regardless of how hectic life gets, make sure you do these three moves no matter what! But before you begin, let’s dive into each movement individually so you understand why I grouped them together.   The push-up. As women, we've all heard that certain upper body moves might make us look “manly.” Trust me, ladies: the push-up is not to be feared. In fact, it’s one of my all-time favorites. Not only is a beautiful, strong…
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Recipe: Amberita – Oxygen Magazine

Recipe: Amberita – Oxygen Magazine

Healthy Recipes for Women, Nutrition for Women, The Oxygen Challenge
Who doesn’t like to unwind after a long week with a margarita? The problem is, they are loaded with sugar and could clock in around 600 calories each. I knew there had to be a way to have my cake and eat it too, so I created the cocktail I lovingly refer to as the “Amberita.” Enjoy the recipe below guilt-free — you deserve it!Amberita 1.5 limes, squeezed half lemon, squeezed .5 oz. Triple Sec 1 oz. Silver Tequila 1 packet of Truvia Salt rim with Tajin Seasoning Yield: one servingCalories: 129 Carbs: 9 Fat: 0 Protein: 0Now in its fifth year, The Oxygen Challenge has helped thousands of participants all over the world transform their bodies and their lives. This summer, we are bringing you two of the most…
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3 Key Principals to Keep You Balanced and Badass

3 Key Principals to Keep You Balanced and Badass

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Eating right seems to be this elusive formula that we can never fully figure out. Are we supposed to do intermittent fasting? Carb cycling? Eat clean? Ketogenic? Paleo? Gluten-free? Should we be plant-based? Try the carnivore diet? The list is endless.It seems that around every corner, another health professional is saying something different. But all that does is leave everyone confused and jumping around between meal plans, which can be stressful and frustrating. So what are you supposed to do?You might not like my answer, which is that all of these things can be right, depending on who you are. The only wrong approach is a single-minded one that refuses to acknowledge that there are multiple ways to achieve optimal health. You see, one thing is for sure: no two…
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Protein and Veggie Rice Bowl

Protein and Veggie Rice Bowl

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I’m a creature of habit and like having a quick and healthy meal I can rely on after a long day. While some may find eating the same dinner every evening boring, I take comfort in knowing I can count on this to keep me going — it eliminates all the guesswork out of my meal plan and it’s ready in minutes, so I’m tempted to make bad choices when I’m feeling hangry! Try adding this dinner to your routine a few nights a week (there are several variations if your taste buds prefer options):Pick a protein: I love bison steak because of how lean it is — which means, I can still add my favorite food to the meal (guacamole, but more on that in a minute). Each night,…
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3 Ways to Prep for Increased Intensity

3 Ways to Prep for Increased Intensity

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Intensity is a badge of honor in the sports and fitness community — we all have goals to run faster, get stronger, amp up a specific body part, etc. And its’ for good reason, as doing your workouts with intensity is one of the quickest ways to achieve the results you crave. Gone are the days where people show up at the gym and mosey around from machine to machine — nowadays, people are combining functional movements (such as balancing on Bosu ball while doing squats) and focusing more on HIIT-style workouts. There’s a dangerous mentality prevalent in many gyms that you should try to keep pace with, or even one-up, the person next to you. While a healthy dose of competition is good, too much intensity can actually backfire.Not…
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