Month: December 2017

Weekend Workout – The Best Total Body Exercise Out There

I know I’ve mentioned it multiple times on this blog and on the Addicted to Fitness Podcast, but I’ll proudly say it again:

Proper boxing & kickboxing techniques and drills provide the best total body workouts

That’s why I’m happy to share a weekend workout that contains several boxing & kickboxing techniques. I combined a couple hand combinations with a pair of lower body techniques to ensure that you stay active this weekend.

Head to the ETT YouTube channel (link) if you need further instruction on the techniques listed below. I recommend performing the workout in interval format (30 sec work/30 sec rest) for 12-20 minutes. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

If you complete this or any weekend workout, please let us know in the comment section below OR you can send us a pic/video of you doing the workout on social media (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). ENJOY!

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Addicted to Fitness Show Notes – Addicted to Fitness 2017: A Year in Review

Another year in the books!

For our final episode of 2017, we’re recapping some of our favorite episodes. It was harder than you might think, with more than 40 episodes logged over the year, including taste tests, interviews, reviews and personal updates. But, no worries! We are sharing our top six episodes with ya!

Before we get into the recap though, we give a quick reminder that Nick and Tampa Strength are launching Tampa Fit Moms in January. If you’re a local, you can sign up to get your year of fitness on the right track.

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Check out what current FIT MOM @juicybjules thinks about training at Tampa Strength. Head to tampafitmoms.com to enroll in our upcoming FIT MOMS program. ⠀ ⠀ “Training at Tampa Strength has an outstanding, energetic vibe! The facility is immaculate & the staff is friendly & professional. They put together a custom work out tailored for me where I can progress at my own pace, they're flexible with the schedule, it's always challenging & they keep me accountable! I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for an ideal place to train! .”⠀ ⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #personaltraining #semiprivatetraining #health #fitness #fitnesscommunity #fitmoms #momfitness #fitfam #grouptraining #womenfitness #abs #active #core #weightloss #motivation #workout #Tampa #tampabay #tampafl #tampafitness #southtampa #healthytampabay #igerstampa #ETTampa #tampastrength

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Now, let’s get on with the show!

Whether you’re new to the podcast or a seasoned listener, these are some episodes worth going back and giving a/another listen to.

  1. Cryotherapy (1/9) – One of the coolest experiences! It seems intimidating at first, but we took a group of people to try a cryotherapy experience with fun results. Then we dive into the benefits of this increasingly popular therapy.
  2. The Hemp Coffee Interview (2/20) – Nick and I interview the founders of The Hemp Exchange, do a taste test, and learn all about the incredible health benefits of hemp coffee.
  3. Crutch Foods (3/27) – We continue to reference this episode due to the importance of knowing our crutch foods so that we don’t get stuck in a dietary rut.

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4. Fat & Coffee Taste Test (4/10) – Because we’re such coffee lovers, we had to explore the various fats that can be added to coffee and find out which were our favorites.

5. Mothers Know Best & We’re having a baby! (5/27) – Our largest personal unveiling on the podcast, when we announced our pregnancy.

6. 1776 Marcos Game (7/3) – We test each others’ nutritional knowledge of foods, but with a fun twist, by looking at foods from 1776 (the year of our country’s independence).

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These are our favorites from the year, but let us know what yours are! Head over to our Facebook page for some exclusive content and to share your 2017 highlights.

Hope you had a great year and we look forward to spending 2018 with you!

Links to this week’s episode

iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/addicted-to-fitness-2017-a-year-in-review/id1121420986?i=1000398314746&mt=2

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/nick-burch-702220833/addicted-to-fitness-2017-a

Website – http://addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/addicted-to-fitness-2017-a-year-in-review

Weekend Workout – Nothing like a little Holiday Spirit to Fuel your Fitness

I made this very festive workout video almost 3 years ago when I discovered that a very common holiday activity actually burns calories. According to calorielab.com, one hour or “light” present wrapping can burn approximately 40 calories. Not a ton, but what if you combined it with one of the most effective compound bodyweight exercises, the squat?

The interval workout featured in the video below combines several minutes of body weight squats with several minutes of present wrapping. This workout will allow you to simultaneously finish your necessary wrapping and provide you with the ever important holiday season workout. If you’re as busy as I am during this holiday season, this may be just want St. Nick ordered.

Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level. Connect with us on social media and share pics/videos of you performing this or any weekend workout (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Addicted to Fitness Show Notes – Twelve Healthy Habits We’re Dropping in 2018

Make sure you listen to this week’s entire episode to hear the “healthy habits” that we’re going to give up in 2018 and why!

We begin this week’s episode with a call to share and engage – common themes during the holiday season – by visiting our ATF Podcast Facebook page and engaging with us.

Also, we’re sharing the awesome 20% off promo code (“ATF”) from our sponsors, The Hemp Coffee Exchange so you can stock up on some tasty, and nutritious, coffee – just the ticket for gifting or making it through all your holiday parties!

Now, we know our training recaps have become a bit lagging lately, but it’s life! We report on the ebbs and flows of our training and we’re currently in a… well, lull. Life is providing more than enough activity in general and taking care of our baby girl continues to challenge us physically.

Nick did have a particularly exciting update related to his training and business though – he was on the radio this week! Specifically, he made an appearance on his client’s show on 102.5 The Bone, talking about his own fitness story (people always find it hard to believe Nick used to be much heavier and NOT that into fitness), and to promote the Tampa Strenght Fit Moms program.

If you listened to last week’s episode, you’ll have heard about the importance of exercise for moms. The upcoming Fit Moms program, which starts in January, works to help make fitness a priority for moms with an accessible kick-off to a training program. Learn more about it on tampafitmoms.com and if you’re a Tampa Bay resident, enroll today!

I, on the other hand, have absolutely no training recap to share this week. That’s right. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Instead, I talk about why I don’t feel bad about not having anything new to report (seriously).

Also, I am working on on a Mommy & Me/Baby workout based on yoga. I’ve been trying out various moves with Ella in the past couple weeks and will hopefully be sharing the workout I create with you in the future – blog post, live stream, video, who knows! Stay tuned and let us know if it’s something you’d like to see.

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Today’s main topic is a bit of a reverse on a traditional year-end topic. That’s right, we’re talking resolutions or rather anti-resolutions.

Instead of taking on a load of new goals or habits, Nick and I review the 12 “Healthy Habits” that we’ll be dropping in 2018.

Listen to the podcast for the full list, but here are some of Shannon & Nick’s “healthy habits” we’re going to give up in 2018:

SHANNON’S HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drink More Water – Nope! Dropping it. Instead, I’ll be focusing on incorporating more probiotic-rich kombucha and green juices (low in sugar).
  • Drink Almond Milk as Go-To Dairy Replacement – See ya! Turns out almond milk is a very nutrient poor diary milk substitute so I’ll be working to try other non-dairy drinks.
  • Measure Fitness by How Your Clothes Fit – Not anymore! Especially coming off a pregnancy this previously go-to rating has proven very inaccurate. Strength, endurance, and energy levels are a much better measurement of fitness.

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NICK’S HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drink More Juice – Not anymore! Whether it’s 100% fruit juice, fresh squeezed or cold-pressed, juices made primarily from fruit are high in fructose (sugar) which negates the beneficial vitamins & minerals it contains.
  • Lift More – Nope! Though it’s important to lift heavy on a regular basis, Nick is going to focus on incorporating more functional movements into his training instead. Isolation exercises (eg. bicep curl, back squat, military press, etc.) with heavy loads will be more beneficial and are less likely to cause injury.
  • Meditate When You Can – Heck no! Finding a spare minute (or 10) whenever he can isn’t enough, so he’ll be using his favorite mediation app – Headspace – to be sure he makes time and meditates at least 3 minutes every day.

We have six more habits we’re saying farewell to that we go into in the episode.

Finally, a couple more quick reminders to like and follow the Addicted to Fitness Podcast Facebook page for exclusive content including an upcoming mommy-daughter workout and protein bar taste test!

Visit hempcoffeeexchange.com to get some delicious sustainable super coffee and make sure you use the code “ATF” at checkout to get 20% off.

Links to this week’s episode:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/twelve-healthy-habits-were-dropping-in-2018/id1121420986?i=1000397630992&mt=2

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nick-burch-702220833/twelve-healthy-habits-were

Website: http://addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/twelve-healthy-habits-were-dropping-in-2018

Weekend Workout – You have to get up to get down

Standing, kneeling, tabletop and supine. Those are the positions you’ll be in during this weekend workout. Changing the position of an exercise can increase or decrease the number of muscle groups necessary to complete one rep correctly.

This bodyweight workout will start you off jumping and end with you laying flat on your back, hopefully after you complete the recommended four to six circuits of 30 sec work/30 sec rest. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

Connect with us on social media and share pics/videos of you performing this or any weekend workout (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). ENJOY!

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Addicted to Fitness Show Notes – Exercise Benefits for Mothers

This week we’re talking about the benefits of exercise for a specific segment of people – mothers.

But first, let’s kick it off with a quick training recap.

For the both us os, the majority of our exercise revolves around caring for the baby (holding, soothing, carrying, etc.).

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However, Nick continues leading Title Boxing classes which have allowed him to not only develop and lead classes but also participate, serving as an outlet for his own training. His additional training comes from what he’s been doing at Tampa Strength, which most recently has been learning in-depth training with sandbags, an innovative training modality that is full of a variety of exercises for people of all fitness levels.

While I have been trying to get some kind of activity (even just some stretching) in every day, the result is more just a handful of actually workouts each week – usually a mix of cycling rides and some yoga. The best thing I have been doing for myself is a 10 min morning yoga routine that provides the morning energy I need to tackle childcare and work.

Now we get into our primary topic today – Mom Fitness!

As we all know, moms have a limited amount of time to dedicate to fitness, but carving out time for it is being proven to have benefits beyond just the health of the mom!

Here are the top points and resource links we discussed:

  • 11 Benefits of cardio training from this fitwirr.com article include losing weight, easing depression, improving heart health and boosting sex life
  • Exercise can help moms battle postpartum depression according to this research
  • Benefits of strength training for women, especially moms, from this healthline.com article include a short list include preserve muscle mass, control weight and decrease injury risk
  • According to an article in Science Daily article, 30 min long 2x per week of high-intensity training will improve the function density of your bone structure, especially for post-menopausal women
  • Moms who exercise are more likely to inspire their kids to exercise according to this Parents magazine article
  • In addition to keeping themselves healthy, moms who exercise also promote a more positive body image for their kids, especially their daughters

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There are only a limited number of spots available in our FIT MOMS program so head to tsfitmoms.com and enroll TODAY! – – – Repost from @tampastrength – Current Tampa Strength Fit Mom @juicybjules working with on our TRX. If you join our FIT MOMS program you’ll definitely be using this piece of exercise equipment. Head to tampafitmoms.com to learn more about this affordable personal training program. ⠀ ⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #personaltraining #semiprivatetraining #health #fitness #fitnesscommunity #fitmoms #momfitness #fitfam #grouptraining #womenfitness #abs #active #core #weightloss #motivation #workout #Tampa #tampabay #tampafl #tampafitness #southtampa #healthytampabay #igerstampa #ETTampa #tampastrength

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Introducing the Tampa Strength FIT MOMS program…

Nick and the other trainers at Tampa Strength are proud to announce that a new training program, designed specifically for moms will be starting in the first week of January. This program is a 21-day jump-start fitness program that will include:

  • INITIAL GOAL SETTING SESSION AND CONSULTATION
  • UNLIMITED SEMI-PRIVATE PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS (SUBJECT TO TRAINER AVAILABILITY)
  • BIWEEKLY FIT MOMS GROUP TRAINING CLASSES
  • IN-HOME WORKOUTS FOR THOSE DAYS YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO TAMPA STRENGTH
  • NUTRITION INFORMATION AND COUNSELING

If you’re a mom that lives in the Tampa Bay area, head to tampafitmoms.com to enroll in this program. All you need to do is provide your contact information and a Tampa Strength trainer will contact you as soon as possible to setup your initial consultation.

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Links to this week’s episodez;

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/exercise-benefits-for-mothers/id1121420986?i=1000397017439&mt=2

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nick-burch-702220833/exercise-benefits-for-mothers

Website: http://addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/exercise-benefits-for-mothers

Weekend Workout – If one is good, two has to be better

This weekend workout is packed with “2-4-1” exercises. That means you get the benefit of 8 exercises instead of 4. As you can see many of these exercises are compound exercises, which means they are multi-joint movements that require the use of various muscle groups.

Between the squat, push-up and lunge, you’ll be working essentially every muscle group in your body with this workout. I recommend performing 10 reps of exercise followed by at least 30 seconds of rest for three to five circuits. Don’t forget to warmup and modify the workout to match your fitness level.

Connect with us on social media and share pics/videos of you performing this or any weekend workout (FacebookInstagram or Twitter). ENJOY!

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Addicted to Fitness Show Notes – A Review of Food4Thought_F4T Meal Prep Service

This week’s episode includes a recap and a review.

First, let’s talk about Nick and my training.

To be honest, it’s been a bit light on my side. Taking care of our little one and traveling for the holiday took over most of my week. However, I was able to squeeze in some short yoga and spinning sessions at home. As much as I love spending time with our little girl, I do confess how much I’m looking forward to getting back in the yoga studio for a full hour-long yoga session.

Nick meanwhile, has been truly enjoying his training sessions as they also serve as workouts. His fellow trainers at Tampa Strength have been passing along some new exercises that Nick has been busy learning, as they all prepare to launch a new training program targeted at moms. More details to come soon!

I made a comment about a hypothesis that more people are trying to be health conscious around the holidays nowadays, rather than waiting until after. This has actually been our approach in recent years – balancing the big holiday feasts with activity and more wholesome, light meals.  In fact, we actually discussed ways to survive holiday eating in a past podcast (listen to the episode here).

Nick suggest another great idea to stay health conscious around the holiday. The members of Tampa Strength are taking part in a challenge called Project Zero, which involves focusing on maintaining your weight through the holidays instead of obsessing about losing weight. It acts as a great accountability tool to help participants be more mindful about holiday eating. It also has financial incentives, which always prove to be a great motivator as well.

As for our holiday, we followed our usual Thanksgiving tradition, driving to see family. This year’s biggest difference was that we had the baby to introduce to everyone, which proved to be a lot more work than we anticipated. If you have any interesting holiday stories you’d like to share, please feel free to share them with us on the Addicted to Fitness Podcast Facebook page.

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Our review this week features a meal service from right here in Tampa Bay.

It’s not the first meal service that we’ve tried given the number of companies in this particular industry. We’ve used larger meal services like Blue Apron previously, who have grown to the point of going public this year and apparently been slipping in their rating as well as their stock price, and also tried some other local meal prep companies (which we’ve previously reviewed in an earlier podcast episode).

This time around, we are sampling Food4ThoughtF4T, who reached out to us on Instagram and asked if we’d be interested in trying their meals. Owner, cook and delivery person, Adrienne Padron, dropped off several meals and asked us to review them. Being fans of food in general, we researched the company and decided to give it a go!

Food4ThoughtF4T has easy online ordering available and even delivers to local customers. You can enjoy multiple meal quantity packages (whose menus change each week) with the average cost per meal being $7.50. The meal options range from vegetarian, seafood, poultry and red meat.

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I reviewed a couple of meals – “Caramelized Onion Turkey Burger” and “Chicken Fried Rice” – that Nick chose for me. Nick tackled the “Protein Packed Prosciutto Quinoa Salad” and “Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps.”

Pros:

  • Compact packaging that even separates out some of the ingredients to prevent items like lettuce from going bad
  • Use of cheese to add flavor
  • Ingredients are fresh
  • Ingredients and macros are included on the packaging

Cons:

  • Some of the dishes can be a bit on the bland side
  • No real heating instructions on the package
  • Nutrition info not included on the website

Be sure to reach out to them for more info – email – help@food4thoughtf4t.com; number – (813) 586-1348 – or visit their website to pick out your meals and get started today!

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If you haven’t done so already, please head to iTunes (link) give us a rating and review. We’d also appreciate it if you’d support our sponsors. Stop on by their website, hempcoffeeexchange.com, and research their products. When you’re ready to buy their sustainable super coffee, use the promo code “ATF” will get 20% off your order.

As always thanks for listening & sharing the podcast and stay healthy this week peeps!

Links to this week’s episode:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/a-review-of-food4thought-f4t-meal-prep-service/id1121420986?i=1000395585338&mt=2

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/nick-burch-702220833/a-review-of-food4thought_f4t

Website: http://addictedtofitness.libsyn.com/review-of-meals-from-food4thoughtf4t-meal-prep-service