Archive for February, 2011

Answering YOUR questions…

Question 1: What’s your advice on obtaining the smallest waist possible for my body?

  • Diet, Diet, Diet!

Question 2: Can I build muscle and lose fat at the same time?

  • Yes and No. I say no because in order to lose fat you have to cut back on how many calories you consume and in order to build muscle you have to increase how many calories you consume on a daily basis. But studies have shown that with the proper weight training and nutrition you can build muscle while you burn fat. This has been proven true with a lot of track athletes because of high intensity interval training along with a high intensity resistance program.

Question 3: Just how much protein do I need?

  • Protein needs are usually based on what your goal is. But the usual formula is 1g of protein times your body weight ex: 1g x 128 = 128g of protein per day.

Question 5: What are some examples of good HIT workouts?

Here are a few HIT workouts that I do myself:

HIT #1

  • Shoulder Press
  • Crunches
  • Standing Calf Raises
  • Barbell Curls
  • Bench Press
  • Lying Leg Curls
  • Bent Over Row
  • Seated Calf Raises
  • Squats
  • Reverse Crunches
  • Straight Arm Pullovers
  • French Presses
  • Deadlifts
  • Upright Rows
  • Crunches
  • Wrist curls


HIT #2

  • Deadlift 1 x 10-12
  • Leg Press 1 x 10-12
  • Shrug 1 x 8-10
  • Close Grip Lat Pulldown 1 x 8-10
  • Standing Calf Raise 1 x 10-15
  • Reverse Curls 1 x 10-15
  • Overhead Press 1 x 8-10
  • Abs 1 x 30-50

Question 6: How much rest do we need between workouts?

  • Rest between workouts is all dependent upon the person. I personally take 2 days off after I do 4 days straight. After I take those 2 days off I cycle my workouts and start again. To answer your question: Just listen to your body.

Product Review: Better Oats

Ok so I know you’re all like what’s Better Oats…WELL it’s the best tasting oatmeal on the market. I love oatmeal and I have never tasted anything this good. They have: Oat Revolution, Abundance, Good n Hearty, Lavish (Chocolate), Muffins, Oat Fit, Oat Heads, RAW: Pure and Simple, and Naturals Instant Oatmeal.

The ones I have tried are Abundance and Muffins.

Abundance I buy Maple and Brown Sugar and Muffins I get Maple Streusel

You’re wondering what is SSSOOO GREAT about Oatmeal I will tell you.

Abundance has:

  • 6 whole grains, 30g per serving
  • Real fruit pieces
  • Omega-3 from flaxseed
  • Good source of protein and fiber

As you can tell Abundance has: Whole grain oats, flaxseed, barley, quinoa, etc. NOTHING BUT FIBER!! YUMMY!!

Now when it comes to Muffins

  • Thick and hearty texture
  • 30 grams of whole grains per serving
  • 220 mg of ALA Omega-3 per serving
  • Excellent source of antioxidant vitamins A & E
  • Good source of Fiber

mmm….Muffins has whole grain rolled oats and flaxseed.

THIS OATMEAL IS AMAZING!!! What makes it so cool is that they come in little packets that allow you to measure your water into the packet and pour it into the oatmeal and stick it in the microwave. Honestly this is the coolest thing since sliced bread.

Go to or your nearest grocery store and try it out for yourself.

  • OATS

I know I’m probably missing out on stuff but this is mainly what’s in my diet. I’ve been clean eating for about 3 months and I recently ate a burger and my stomach wasn’t happy with me at all. Back to clean eating.

Are Supplements a True Substitute for Real Food?
While some may have predicted that the day would come when we no longer needed to eat food and could derive the nutrients our bodies needed from taking a pill, that day is not yet here. And the more we learn about food and nutrients, their roles and interactions, the more scientists realize that this day may never come. Through decades of research, we have learned that foods provide far more than just calories, vitamins and minerals. Food provides other important nutrients like antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber which reduce the risk of a number of chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes
and age-related macular degeneration (1,6). Supplements have yet to offer these “ingredients” or even this
same protection (3).

In light of the possible limitations of supplements, does anyone really need to take one? While it is hard to make
a blanket statement such as “all children” or “all pregnant women” require a supplement, there are certain categories and instances where we can make certain generalizations.

Supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry with people under the false impression that taking supplements is improving their health and/or performance (4). Can we rely on supplements to provide us with additional vitamins and minerals not found in a well balanced diet? Perhaps. But supplements are not regulated as drugs; they are regulated as food, in accordance with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) passed by Congress in 1994. The result is that the FDA has very little regulation over the supplements sold in this country— they do not analyze the content of dietary supplements nor do they approve the labels on the bottle. Additionally, the FDA can only remove a product from the market after it has been proven unsafe. Usually a supplement is proven unsafe and removed from the market after people taking it get sick or even die.

So what can athletes and individuals who are interested in taking a supplement do to protect themselves? Fortunately, there are two tools available to help consumers choose a safe supplement. One is to look for the U.S. Pharmacopeia or “USP” seal. The “USP” seal means that the product has been independently tested and reviewed by USP to verify ingredient and product integrity, purity, and potency for the manufacturers who choose to participate (7). However, it does not mean that this supplement has been tested for safety or effectiveness. Another option is to search the supplement reviews available on, which is an independent, non-profit testing agency. This organization selects products and tests for accuracy of content (e.g., a supplement that says it contains 400 IU of vitamin D actually contains that amount) and also for contaminants in the supplement. For example, supplements may be found to contain unacceptable amounts of lead, which is a health hazard, especially to children.

Bottom Line

Choose food first and, supplement, only as needed.

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Nutrition For Recovery

Athletes are always seeking ways to enhance performance and delay fatigue. Muscle glycogen is the major fuel source during prolonged, moderate to high-intensity exercise, and there is a direct relationship between depleted muscle glycogen and fatigue. Therefore, muscle glycogen repletion is vital to recovery time and maintaining top performance for athletes at all levels (1). Glycogen repletion is important to ensure an athlete’s quick muscle recovery for subsequent practices, especially those who train, or must compete, multiple times in a single day (1). Timing, composition and the quantity of a post-exercise meal or snack is dependent upon the length and intensity of exercises, timing of the next exercise session, as well as an individual’s needs (1).

Carbohydrates For Recovery—

How Much?

The current recommendation for daily carbohydrates (CHO) consumption is 5 – 7g CHO/kg/day for the general athlete and 7 – 10g/kg/day for the endurance athlete (1). Consuming CHO immediately after exercise accelerates glycogen repletion (10) because there is increased blood flow to the muscles, which results in heightened sensitivity to insulin (9). Sufficient CHO ingestion over the next 24 hours is also important. Current recommendations are to consume 1 – 1.5g of CHO/kg of body weight within 30 minutes after exercise and then again at 2-hour intervals for the next six hours (1). See Table 1 for some ideas on what to consume within 30 minutes post-exercise.

Carbohydrates For Recovery—

What Type?

The type of carbohydrate (CHO) an athlete consumes after exercise can affect how much and how quickly he or she resynthesizes glycogen. Foods and/or beverages containing glucose/ sucrose, and those having a high glycemic index are preferred. Glucose and sucrose are preferred over fructose (1), as fructose promotes a lower level of glycogen resynthesis as compared to glucose (3) and larger amounts of fructose may promote gastrointestinal distress due to its slower absorption rate(3). High glycemic index foods induce higher muscle glycogen levels as compared to low glycemic index foods (1). Readily available foods, such as whole grain cereal and skim milk, have been found to be an effective post-exercise fuel (2). In fact, one study found that the carbohydrate to protein combination found in a bowl of whole grain cereal and skim milk had a similar effect on muscle glycogen repletion as did sports drinks (2). The combination was also found to positively affect protein synthesis. From this research, it seems that whole foods can be a good alternative to commercial sports drinks, if preferred by the athlete.

Endurance exercise

Endurance athletes may benefit from consuming protein along with carbohydrates after exercise as this combination has been shown to reduce markers of muscle damage and improve post-exercise recovery. This could also have a positive effect on subsequent performances (8). Some studies have demonstrated a benefit of Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) on muscle recovery (6). BCAA’s appear to affect muscle protein metabolism during and after exercise and prevent muscle damage induced by exercise (6). The release of amino acids from muscles is decreased when BCAA’s are ingested (6).

Resistance Exercise

The goal for athletes in resistance-type exercise is to increase muscle mass and strength. The nutrition intervention for this type of activity involves stimulating net muscle protein gains during recovery. PRO ingestion increases the rate of muscle protein synthesis and inhibits protein breakdown after training (10). One study found that during prolonged resistance training, post-exercise consumption of CHO and PRO, 1 – 3 hours after resistance training stimulated improvements in strength and body composition better than a placebo (3). Essential amino acids in a dose of 40g have regularly shown to have an effect in promoting muscle protein synthesis and CHO may enhance this effect (3). The findings suggest ingesting 50 – 75g CHO with 20 – 75g PRO after heavy resistance training (3). Furthermore, adding 10g of creatine has shown to produce a significant increase in body mass as compared to just CHO and PRO (3). See Table 2 for possible CHO and PRO combinations.

Bottom Line

Nutrition post-exercise has been proven to promote recovery for athletes. Post-exercise nutrition has been shown to increase strength and muscle mass in athletes who participate in resistance-type exercises. Timing, composition and amount of post-exercise food is dependent upon the individual, timing of the next exercise session and the activity performed. 


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Taken from: NSCA’s Performance Training Journal Volume 9, Issue 2

I chose these exercises because they put more focus onto the quads.












  1. Stand with your torso upright holding two dumbbells in your hands by your sides. This will be your starting position.
  2. Step forward with your right leg around 2 feet or so from the foot being left stationary behind and lower your upper body down, while keeping the torso upright and maintaining balance. Inhale as you go down. Note: As in the other exercises, do not allow your knee to go forward beyond your toes as you come down, as this will put undue stress on the knee joint. Make sure that you keep your front shin perpendicular to the ground.
  3. Using mainly the heel of your foot, push up and go back to the starting position as you exhale.
  4. Repeat the movement for the recommended amount of repetitions and then perform with the left leg.

Caution: This is a movement that requires a great deal of balance so if you suffer from balance problems you may wish to either avoid it or just use your own bodyweight while holding on to a fixed object. Definitely never perform with a barbell on your back if you suffer from balance issues.


  • you can perform these walking
  • alternating legs
  • use a barbell across the back if you don’t want to use dumbbells













  1. Wearing either a harness or a loose weight belt, attach the chain to the back so that you will be facing away from the sled. Bend down so that your hands are on the ground. Your back should be flat and knees bent. This is your starting position.
  2. Begin by driving with legs, alternating left and right. Use your hands to maintain balance and to help pull. Try to keep your back flat as you move over a given distance.


I say RECIPES because Valentine’s Day is around the corner so you may want to cook yourself or you and your significant other something great. I have tried out these recipes from Clean Eating Magazine and they’re amazing. Hope you all Enjoy!!


French Toast with Dark Cherry-Citrus Topping



  • 4 oz. dark sweet cherries, thawed and quartered
  • 4 dried apricot halves, diced
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 packets of stevia (splenda is fine)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain greek-style yogurt


  • 1 tbsp safflower oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 4 1-oz slices reduced-calorie whole grain bread


  1. Prepare topping: In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup water, cherries, and apricots and bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Boil for 20 to 30 seconds to reduce mixture slightly. Remove from heat and stir in orange zest, vanilla, and stevia: cover and set aside.
  2. Prepare toast: Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. In a shallow pan whisk eggs, egg whites and orange zest. Working quickly, dip each slice of bread into egg mixture and place on a plate until all slices have been coated. Slide bread slices (instead of lifting off the plate) into skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side or until golden.
  3. To serve, divide cherry mixture evenly among bread slices, then top with yogurt.

CALORIES PER SERVING ( 1 toast, 2 tbsp topping, 2 tbsp yogurt): 210 | Total fat: 8g | Carbs: 23g | Fiber: 4g | Protein: 12g


Orange Chipotle Chicken over cilantro rice


  • 1 tsp chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 lb), rinsed and patted dry, pounded 1/2 inch thick
  • Juice 1 medium navel orange (1/3 cup orange juice)
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp chopped chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 packed cup chopped cilantro leaves


  1. In a small bowl, combine chile powder, cumin, and 1/4 tsp salt. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high. Tilt skillet to coat bottom lightly. Season both sides of chicken with chile-cumin mixture and cook for 3 minutes per side or until no longer pink in center. Remove from skillet and set aside.
  2. Add orange juice and maple syrup to juice and bits left in skillet and cook for 1 minute to thicken slightly (until it measures 1/4 cup liquid), stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in chipotle chiles in adobo sauce and orange zest. Add chicken back to skillet, return to heat and cook for 1 minute on medium-high, turning constantly.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine rice, cilantro and remaining 1/4 tsp salt. Serve chicken over rice and spoon any excess glaze over top of chicken pieces.

CALORIES PER SERVING (3 oz. chicken and 1/2 cup rice): 283 | Total fat: 4g | Carbs: 32g | Fiber: 2g | Protein: 29g


February is Here!!

February is National Heart Month. Not because it’s Valentines day but because we need to become more aware of Heart Disease.

Here are some facts:

  • About every 25 seconds, an American will have a coronary event
  • Most common heart disease is coronary heart disease
  • In 2010, an estimated 785,000 Americans had a new coronary attack, and about 470,000 had a recurrent attack
  • These conditions put your health at risk of death or disability: arrhythmia, heart failure, peripheral artery disease (PAD), high cholesterol, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and secondhand smoke

It’s time you start helping the people you care about make healthier choices and try to start putting them on a path to a healthier lifestyle. Diet and exercise play a major part.

If you want more information regarding Heart Disease and more about National Heart Month check out:

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I’m not happy with my posing but it will only get better with time. I’m embarrassed about my back posing!!! 5 months til the West Coast Classic!!!