Swimsuit: Winter 2018 Edition

Now’s the time to buy that swimsuit! You may have been counting the calories since the New Year rolled in, but did you know that you should be trying on and buying that swimsuit for summer 2018 right now? Winter is the best time to purchase a swimsuit since they are all on sale. Put…

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Now’s the time to buy that swimsuit!

You may have been counting the calories since the New Year rolled in, but did you know that you should be trying on and buying that swimsuit for summer 2018 right now? Winter is the best time to purchase a swimsuit since they are all on sale. Put your calorie counter down, and run on over to the store or go online to get the cutest suit before they’re all gone.

Trending swimsuits for 2018

swimsuitNow’s the time when bathing suit trends start. This time of the year is when the Resort collections drop and supermodels and stars jet-set off to extravagant beach locales, showing us what to wear for the new year. These swimsuits will be the trend through the entire year, from now until December 2018. It’s safe to wear these when on vacation in March or September. PopSugar did the research for us, feel free to read up on every design or go straight to the one you’ve been eyeing.

Prepare for that killer swimsuit

Do this workout to get ready for the beach this summer!

Complete the following circuit four times, resting 1 minute after jumping rope in each round.

Mountain Climbers

Reps: 45

Pushups

Reps: 20-30

Front Plank

Duration: 1 min.

Jump Rope:

Duration: 1 min.

 What’s your favorite swimsuit for 2018?

 

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Peloton bikes: changing the way we workout

Have you heard of the Peloton bikes? You know, those bikes that you can live-stream spin classes from the comfort of your own home? With a small payment of $1995 plus the monthly subscription service ($39/mo), you can have unlimited spin classes in your living room! With 0% financing, all of this can be an…

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Have you heard of the Peloton bikes?

You know, those bikes that you can live-stream spin classes from the comfort of your own home? With a small payment of $1995 plus the monthly subscription service ($39/mo), you can have unlimited spin classes in your living room! With 0% financing, all of this can be an easy payment of around $120/month for 39 months. In addition to the catchy commercial (thanks to Sia), these Peloton bikes pack a big punch. Mostly popular in urban environments, these bikes are taking over condos and apartments everywhere.

Benefits of in home training

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First of all, you don’t have to go anywhere. In cities such as Chicago, New York, and Boston there are many winter days where the temperature is low or the snow is high and the last thing you want to do is go outside. Thankfully, with the Peloton bike, you can avoid ever having to go outside again. No excuses for getting a great cardio workout in!

Also, you may feel intimidated at the gym or a spin class studio, so training in the comfort of your own home is ideal. You can sweat and make as many weird noises as you want. No one can judge you for farting, either.

You save time. Think about how long it takes you to get to the gym. On average, people spend at least ten to twenty minutes travelling to their local gym. Instead of wasting time driving or taking the train, you can spend that extra time in any way you’d like after you get your spin on. The Peloton bikes open up a whole new world of opportunity.

You save money. The average spin class in Chicago or New York city costs $20 to $30 each. With the Peloton bike, you only spend $39 a month for unlimited classes.

Local Adventures

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After visiting my local Peloton store (Oak Brook Center), I had the pleasure of speaking with Nick Rife (chicago@onepeloton.com), a sales pro. He showed me the many features of the Peloton bike and all that it offers. They record every live class, and you can find a class you love out of the thousands of classes they have by filtering based on: class length, instructor, music type, and level of expertise. There are also scenic rides where you can just pedal for fun and not focus so much on the higher intensity stats. In addition to spinning, there are many off-bike exercise classes. You can cast the video to your TV to be able to have more space to workout.

Have you considered investing in a Peloton bike?

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Slowing Parkinson’s: Pedaling for Parkinson’s

In a recent study done on patients with Parkinson’s disease, a huge discovery was found. Patients who partook in exercise three times a week for 45 minutes at a time at 80 to 85% maximum heart rate saw their symptoms slow down. Parkinson’s symptoms include tremor, rigid muscles and problems with movement. While early treatment…

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In a recent study done on patients with Parkinson’s disease, a huge discovery was found. Patients who partook in exercise three times a week for 45 minutes at a time at 80 to 85% maximum heart rate saw their symptoms slow down. Parkinson’s symptoms include tremor, rigid muscles and problems with movement. While early treatment can delay the worst symptoms, people almost always get worse. About 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year and about a million Americans have Parkinson’s currently.

There is no cure for Parkinson’s

Unfortunately, there’s no medical cure for Parkinson’s. Exercise has always been regarded as a way to help you feel better, but it wasn’t seen as true therapy until recently. It’s not a treatment, but it’s a way to manage the symptoms and help patients feel closer to normal.

In the study, they worked with 128 patients with early stage Parkinson’s. They randomly assigned them to either moderate exercise four days a week, intense exercise four days a week, or no additional exercise. The results showed that for the intense exercise group, their disease wasn’t getting worse. The symptoms remained the same over the 6 months of the study. For the moderate exercise group, their disease worsened slightly. For the non-exercisers, their disease worsened to the point that was noticeable.

Slowing the progression is huge

With only 2 and a half hours a week of high intensity exercise, Parkinson’s patients can slow their disease. It may not cure it, but it’s significant to even slow down the symptoms and to have them feeling better.

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About 60 YMCA’s offer a Pedaling for Parkinson’s class to help those with Parkinson’s out by offering spin classes with the proper intensity needed. Check out your local YMCA today!

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Forearm workout: The forgotten body part

What are you working on today? When talking to my gym members, I often hear them list off the muscle groups they work on. Biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, back, and legs. Many never mention their forearms, and I notice that most people don’t focus on this smaller, more forgotten about muscle group. Working on your…

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forearm workout

What are you working on today?

When talking to my gym members, I often hear them list off the muscle groups they work on. Biceps, triceps, shoulders, chest, back, and legs. Many never mention their forearms, and I notice that most people don’t focus on this smaller, more forgotten about muscle group. Working on your forearms will increase your strength capacity in exercises such as the dead-lift. Failing to work on your forearms leads to weak grip strength and skinny-looking arms. I’m here to give you a great forearm workout so that you strengthen your muscle groups evenly and allow your upper body to function symmetrically.

Avoid “skinny arms”

Do the following exercises when focusing on forearms.

  1. Reverse curl. Grasp the bar overhand at whatever width is comfortable. Keeping your upper arms at your sides, curl the bar.
  2. Wide grip curl. Grasp the bar with hands wider than shoulder-width and perform curls.
  3. Hammer cheat curl. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and cheat the weights, as if doing a clean, to the top position of a curl. Slowly lower the weights back down for five counts.
  4. Wrist curl. Hold a dumbbell in each hand and sit on a bench, box, or chair. Rest your forearms on your thighs and allow your wrists to bend back over your knees so the weights hang down. Curl the dumbbells up by flexing your wrists.
  5. Reverse wrist curl. Perform the opposite motion of the wrist curl. Palms face down and extend your wrists to raise the back of your hands closer to your forearms.
  6. Chin-up. Grasp the bar with both hands shoulder width and palms facing you. Pull yourself up until your chin is over the bar. If this is too hard, perform negative chin-ups.
  7. Crab walk. Sit on the ground and bridge up with your hips so you look like a tabletop. Walk forward on your hands and feet as fast as you can.

What forearm workout do you do?

Share your forearm workout exercises below. And let me know which exercise you think is the most effective!

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What to do with your broken Fitbit: Fitness Trackers

Do you track your steps with a Fitbit? If so, you may be aware of the sad reality that Fitbits break. Whether it’s the strap or the software slowing down, eventually your Fitbit may bite the dust. As long as you’re within the one-year warranty period, you can either get your Fitbit repaired or replaced…

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Do you track your steps with a Fitbit?

If so, you may be aware of the sad reality that Fitbits break. Whether it’s the strap or the software slowing down, eventually your Fitbit may bite the dust. As long as you’re within the one-year warranty period, you can either get your Fitbit repaired or replaced by the company. But what should you do with your broken Fitbit if it’s beyond the warranty? First of all, you can prevent breaking it in the first place!

How to prevent a broken Fitbit

Your best bet is to prevent a broken Fitbit in the first place. Here are a few ways to protect your device.

  • Buy a screen protector. This is a great way to prevent screen damage.
  • Buy a protective device cover. These things are great for when you get dirty (i.e. tough mudder) and want to protect your Fitbit.
  • Be careful when wearing the device. Keep it clean and dry. Even if it’s waterproof, be sure to dry it thoroughly after swimming.

Broken Fitbit

If it’s too late to prevent breaking your Fitbit, you have a few options on what to do with that broken Fitbit other than throwing it in the trash.

  • You can fix it! There are many resources online, like this one, that have guides on how to fix your particular fitness tracker. There’s even a store where you can buy tools and parts.
  • You can take it to a repair shop! You know those local phone repair shops? Or you could go online and send it in for repair.
  • Unfortunately, if your Fitbit has water damage as in water inside the device, it’s beyond repairable. I would reach out to the company to see if they could swing you a discount on a new device. Check out this article to read up on the best Fitbit out there.

Has your Fitbit broken? If so, what did you do with it?

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Proper gym etiquette: what not to do at the gym

Stay classy, my friend The gym can be intimidating, especially for beginners. Outside of the normal gym rules, there are several unspoken rules that you should follow at every gym. Following these rules will help you have proper gym etiquette. Gym Rules 101 Shower and wear clean clothes to the gym. Don’t be stinky, no…

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Stay classy, my friend

The gym can be intimidating, especially for beginners. Outside of the normal gym rules, there are several unspoken rules that you should follow at every gym. Following these rules will help you have proper gym etiquette.

Gym Rules 101

  • Shower and wear clean clothes to the gym. Don’t be stinky, no one likes to work out next to B.O. gym etiquette
  • Wipe down equipment. I wipe before and after using equipment, mostly because I don’t want to sit in someone else’s sweat.
  • Put equipment away! Put away those weights! If you’re using a bar, please put away the weights in some sort of order. Don’t make it hard for the next person.
  • Step away from the dumbbells. Let other people use the dumbbell rack, take a few seconds and move over after grabbing your weights.
  • Give people space. Don’t be creepy, don’t stare, and don’t get in people’s way. They might accidentally hit you with a weight if you get too close.
  • Don’t drop weights. Don’t drop dumbbells after a set, and don’t let the weight machines slam the weight down. If the weight is too heavy, go lighter.
  • Make sure others aren’t using a piece of equipment before using it. Especially if there’s a towel, water bottle, or other piece of training equipment nearby.
  • “Working in” with someone. If you see someone using the same equipment you need, you can see if you can work in with them. Keep in mind that if your weight is way different than what they’re using it may be best to wait until their done with the equipment first.
  • Getting advice from randos: smile and nod, say something like ‘I appreciate your input, but I’ve got to finish my workout now. I’m on a tight schedule.’ and move on.
  • Giving advice to randos: Don’t do it unless they are putting themselves or someone else in immediate danger.
  • Hitting on fellow gym goers. You know that cute girl who usually works out with the same guy all the time? Then she shows up alone one day and you’re all over her? Don’t be that guy. This happens to me all the time, please stop!

Proper Gym Etiquette

Overall, just keep in mind the following three rules and you should be fine: be aware of your surroundings, be cool, and act like it’s your equipment. For the guys and gals out there looking for their swolemate, keep in mind that confidence and independence are some of the sexiest traits you can have. 

What drives you nuts at the gym?

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8 exercise habits that are holding you back

There’s nothing more satisfying than conquering a great workout. The feeling of pride after smashing a challenging new exercise or activity is pretty incomparable. In addition to the emotional benefits of working out, there are also a ton of physical benefits to fitness. Many people incorporate workouts into their daily routines, but what they may…

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There’s nothing more satisfying than conquering a great workout. The feeling of pride after smashing a challenging new exercise or activity is pretty incomparable. In addition to the emotional benefits of working out, there are also a ton of physical benefits to fitness. Many people incorporate workouts into their daily routines, but what they may not know is how seemingly harmless habits can affect their health. These eight exercise habits could be doing more harm than good when hitting the gym.

Eight Exercise Habits

  1. Doing way too much cardio. While it may seem like the key exercise habitsto getting in shape and maintaining weight loss, cardio should be done in moderation in order to see overall changes.
  2. Watching the calorie counter. One of the most harmful things you can do is focus on burning tons of calories and not on developing your individual sense of physical health. Instead of watching numbers and playing the calorie guessing game, focus on doing activities that help you feel your best.
  3. Setting unrealistic goals. Ok, so you want to lose five pounds and/or attempt shredding your abs into that six-pack you’ve always wanted. That’s great. Do you want to do it in a week? Not so much. Instead of focusing on a big resolution, focus on small daily steps that help you get towards your overall goal.
  4. Hitting the gym every single day. There’s such a thing as too much working out. Rest and recovery days are just as important as those workout days. There are many bad side effects to training everyday, such as trouble sleeping, weight loss plateaus, and exhaustion.
  5. Skipping stretches. Stretching improves posture, increases flexibility, and even preps the body for later in life when the hips and legs tend to become a bit sorer. Stretching can help avoid cramps, muscle imbalances, and muscle spasms.
  6. Saying “no” to cooling down. The American Heart Association warns that cooling down is nearly almost as important as the workout itself. Incorporating a walk, stretch, and deep breathing into the end of a routine will allow the body to gradually decrease its heightened blood pressure, temperature and heart rate.
  7. Not drinking enough water. Water keeps your body moving and adequately fueled during workouts, so you need a ton of it to keep going, before, during, and after your workouts. It’s smart to bring your own reusable water bottle in order to fill up and keep moving.
  8. Sticking to the same routine. Once you find something you love, it’s easy to make it into a habit. But if you do the same thing day-in and day-out your body will hit a plateau. Switching up workouts every few weeks is ideal, it’s best to keep your body guessing.

Do you do any of these exercise habits?

Next time you’re in the gym, keep these in mind. At the end of the day, it’s all about you feeling your best. Keep it fun and don’t focus so much on the numbers.

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