The Latest and Greatest Fitness Trends.

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REVIEWS ON TWO OF THE TOP NEW FITNESS AND HEALTH TRENDS

If anyone knows me well, they know that I am just as passionate about health and fitness as I am about almost anything else. I am always game to read the latest diet book, try the latest workout, go to my natural-path and get prescribed different supplements to try to improve my body and well-being, as well as try acupuncture, energy healing, meditation, etc etc…  the list goes on…. and on!

Here are two of the latest trends I gave a shot.

1. Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Program

Coming into January I of course like most of us all wanted to get back “on track.”
Unless you have been living under a rock or have no interest in fitness it would be hard not to hear of Kayla Itsines. She has over 2.6 million followers on Instagram (which when I started following her in January she had 1 million) and has quickly become a household name with her target demographic.

She is personal trainer out of Australia that has a hot bod, girlish charm and has capitalized on what she calls “The Bikini Body Program.”

It is two parts 1. Workout 2. Diet.
You can buy the program individually in the parts or together as a whole.

The workout portion is a circuit where you focus on one or two body parts and do intervals of 7 mins with 1-2mins rests in-between. You do the first circuit twice through (14 mins) then move onto circuit #2 for another 14 mins total. You are done with your whole workout in 28mins. Seems simple enough right !? Well….LET ME TELL YOU… those 28 mins are the most strenuous 28 mins you will go through.
I like to think of myself in pretty good shape and the first time I did this circuit – my face was BEET red, I was sweating buckets and I could not catch my breath.

Here is an example of one of the days.

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The program is 12 weeks and there are circuits for 3 days out of the week and the other 3 days you do cardio (LISS) “Low Intensity Steady State” cardio for 35-45mins.

When I first started the program I loved it ~ I was always challenged with new exercises: (Some examples below) and was loving having a guide to tell me what I should be doing in the gym, as some times I lose focus… not because I don’t know what to do, but because I feel like I have too many options and I don’t what to do to get the best results.
Kayla’s transformation stories are what COMPELLED me to try this exercise program out. If you go to her website the progress photos of her followers are AMAZING. Which in looking at the “AFTER” photos ~ I thought ” How can I not give this a try!? ”

Case in Point:

http://www.kaylaitsines.com.au/transformations/

So After 6 weeks I started to see some changes…. my stomach started tone up and my butt start to lift, which made me VERY HAPPY!! However…… along with that… my legs started to get more muscular (which did not make me happy… because my legs are already muscular!)… and then after about 9 weeks my pants started to get a little tight. It quickly became very evident that I was getting in killer shape, but along with that came more muscle. So then it became hard to tell if my body started to change because I was just adding muscle or if I was actually leaning out somewhat.

At that point I had to have a conversation with myself if I wanted to continue…
i.e. Would I prefer to be more cut and muscular? Or would I prefer to be not as “cut” and maybe a little softer, but in exchange a little slimmer…??… I decided on the ladder.
What I also did realize as well ~ which is clearly common sense…(but we can very easily forget) is everyone’s body reacts differently to different types of activity. I am on the petite side, but put on muscle quickly. After reading Kayla’s bio when you buy her program, she explains how she had always had an issue of being too skinny growing up. Now she appears very tall and thin, but muscular at the same time. So I could understand why a workout program like this would work excellent for her body type. It would add some lean muscle on her, filling her out in the all the right places.

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SKIPPING

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COMMANDOS

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Would I recommend this program… ?? I definitely would if you are looking to be extremely fit and or add some muscular definition. If you already have a good amount of muscle on your body and are looking to slim down or lose weight… I think they are better way to go about it.

Note: I did not do the meal plan with the exercise routine. I looked it over and it was pretty basic clean eating, which I already do, so I didn’t feel it was necessary for myself.

If you are interested in buying the program here is the link:

https://www.kaylaitsines.com.au/guides/

One of the big take-aways I had from following this program was that comparing yourself to others results is not helpful. Everyone has different body types as well as different histories and genetics. What may work for some, may have an opposite effect for others. Also, consider your goals… again different sorts of exercises affect us all differently. Finding what works for your body to get the results you are looking for is what the focus should be.

 

2. Bullet-Proof Coffee

When my natural-path told me I needed to stop eating eggs for breakfast and instead suggested I drink bullet-proof coffee. My first thought was :

“WHAT!? No Eggs!???? “(I have been eating eggs for breakfast for probably the last 10 years…every single morning)

My second that was:

“YOU Want me to put what ? in my coffee.?… BUTTER..? and OIL!???? “

Third thought:

“That is so not happening”

 

That was until I tried it.

Essentially it is a seen to be a “meal replacement/Coffee” that does wonders for your energy, focus and satiety. The loose recipe is as follows:

How-To-Make-Bulletproof-Coffee

Bullet-Proof Coffee is best explained here:

https://www.bulletproofexec.com/how-to-make-your-coffee-bulletproof-and-your-morning-too/

Recipe – 8-10z Coffee, 1tsp organic butter, and a tsp of either MCT oil or coconut oil and blend together in a blender. The coffee results in looking like a latte with a nice foam brim on top. You can add stevia to  your taste buds liking. IT IS DELICIOUS. Try it just once and you will be a believer.

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Having said that I did not like having it for breakfast… I like eating too much and I really missed eating real food for my first meal of the day. I do feel it comes in handy for my 3pm mid-day slump though. Not everyday, but once in a while instead of treating myself to a latte (which contains 20 grams of sugar ) OR A small snack and with a coffee ~ a bullet-proof coffee seems to be just if not more satisfying! It is worth giving a shot!

Here are a couple more great articles on it.

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/nutrition/bulletproof-coffee

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/10/bulletproof-coffee_n_6424258.html

Outfit Links:

Outfit #1

T-shirt – http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/track-and-field-gradient-t-shirt/pid-10323425/pgid-10341988

Pants – http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/legend-2-london-diamond-tight-training-capris/pid-10267028/pgid-10266943

Shoes – http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/free-tr-5-training-shoe/pid-10200655/pgid-10071221

Outfit #2

Tank-Top – http://shop.lululemon.com/products/clothes-accessories/tanks-medium-support/Crossback-Tank?cc=17456&skuId=3602785&catId=tanks-medium-support

Pants – http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/legendary-freeze-frame-tight-training-pants/pid-10201691/pgid-10347672

Shoes – http://store.nike.com/us/en_us/pd/free-tr-5-training-shoe/pid-10200655/pgid-10071221

 

 

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