4 Key Workout Tips for Beginners
Jan14

4 Key Workout Tips for Beginners

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I Just Don’t Have TIME To Workout!
Nov30

I Just Don’t Have TIME To Workout!

How many times have you said this to yourself? C’mon. Admit it. You’ve done it. Maybe not today, now that you’ve started on your path to a healthier you, but some time long long ago. Or maybe this is still you? Let’s face it, LIFE happens. We get busy with “stuff”. Work, kids, school, pets, hobbies, paying bills, taking out the garbage…watching television, Facebook…whatever. Well, this isn’t a typical “make time” post. Nope. Not gonna do that to you today! But did you realize that in the time it took you to get on your computer, iPhone, iPad, or whatever to find this article and read it, you could have spent 10 minutes MOVING? I workout every day. Exercise has just become a part of my lifestyle. Some days are definitely easier than others, but I make time early in the morning when the rest of my family is still sleeping. And that works MOST days, but not all. I run into an issue with time when I have to travel for business. The alarm buzzes at 5:00am, but instead of heading out to the garage for some exercise, I need to throw on a suit and head to the airport for an early flight to wherever. On days like that, it’s just impossible to find 60 or 90 minutes for a good workout. On those days I do my own version of a 10 minute workout…and the beautiful thing is that I can do it anywhere in my house, so it’s easy to clean up and get dressed and out the door immediately afterward. What I do on super time crunched days is 10 or 15 minutes of non-stop UMAL (upper, middle, aerobic, lower). No equipment…just ME. Think some kind of push-up, Ab/core movement, jumping jack or run in place, and then a squat or split lunge movement… Then simply repeat until you run out of time. Find time for some kind of movement every day…even if it’s only for a short while. Embrace working out the way you embrace eating and brushing your teeth and it will quickly become a part of your routine. And on those days where you’re super tight on time, just do SOMETHING. You’ll feel better for it. Good luck! And if you think you can find 25 minutes a day, 5 days a week, I highly recommend ShaunT’s FOCUS T25. Yep…in just 25 minutes a day and eating right the other 23½ hours, you CAN get in the best shape of your life. Check it out!! To your good health! Coach...

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Coach Britt’s Nike+ FuelBand Review
Aug22

Coach Britt’s Nike+ FuelBand Review

So you’re asking ‘what is the Nike+ Fuel Band?’ Well, it’s actually pretty awesome. To be more specific, here’s a short clip from Nike that will give you the gist: The Nike+ FuelBand measures your daily activity and turns it into Nike Fuel. It also tracks each step and calorie burned through activity. As they say, if THAT doesn’t impress you, it’s also a really cool watch. How It Works Nike+ FuelBand tracks your activity through a sport-tested accelerometer. Then translates every move into NikeFuel. Nike+ FuelBand tracks running, walking, dancing, basketball – and dozens of everyday actions. It also syncs up with a motivational web and mobile experience. So put it on and get moving. It starts with a goal How active do you want to be? Set your Daily Goal and Nike+ FuelBand tracks your progress, lighting up from red to green throughout the day. Get to green and you’ve hit your goal.             Make life a sport Turn every day into a game. Challenge yourself to capture records, reach new milestones, and unlock special achievements. Go on a streak by seeing how many days in a row you can hit your daily goal. Track your progress Sync your Nike+ FuelBand every day to visualize your results. See your peaks, your valleys, and your progress.     Go mobile Get the free Nike+ FuelBand mobile app to sync wirelessly, track your progress, and get extra motivation on the go. With the app you can compete with yourself, or share results with your friends to compare, compete and celebrate.         Get the Software If you already have a Nike+ FuelBand, get started by downloading the Nike+ Connect software. This software allows your Nike+ FuelBand and computer to communicate with each other. It also lets you customize your Nike+ FuelBand settings.       Coach’s Review I have to admit that I’m a fan of electronic gizmos that do this and that. I’m what you’d call an “early adopter” LOL. I first spotted one on the wrist of a neighbor checking the time and I thought it was the coolest watch I’d seen in a long time…having NO IDEA what a Nike+ FuelBand actually was. I did a little research with Google and figured it out. I purchased mine about 10 days ago and I have to say it’s been fun setting goals and tracking my activity (“Nike fuel”) each day. What it isn’t: The Nike+ FuelBand isn’t a replacement for a workout heart rate monitor. If you want an accurate measurement of your heart rate and caloric burn during exercise,...

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Protected: Coach’s Essential “Diet” Rules

Please click here to access this document: Coach Essential Diet Rules. If you need the password, please contact Coach Britt at coach@teamtriumphnation.com

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Muscle Soreness
Sep09

Muscle Soreness

If you’re a new exerciser or simply beginning a new exercise program that your body is unfamiliar, muscle soreness can be a real pain ;). The soreness you feel is called DOMS, or Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness, and it’s perfectly normal. In fact, that pain you’re feeling is actual CHANGE occurring in your body…which, of course, is the point right? Your muscles will feel swollen, stiff, and less flexible for a day or two after the activity. Depending on which muscle groups you exercised, you might find it difficult to walk up stairs, stand-up from a seated position, lift your arms, sit up, etc. What has happened is that microscopic tearing and swelling has occurred in your muscles, and this is a perfectly normal part of how your muscles gain strength and grow. Stretching before and after exercise, and incorporating a warm-up and cool-down period before and after exercise can definitely help a lot. Also, new exercisers should increase their level of activity and intensity gradually and not in big boot-camp like leaps. Remember, Tony Horton says, “Do your best and forget the rest”. You’re not in competition with anyone on screen when you’re just starting out. Do your best, and modify the movements and your intensity to suit your current level of fitness. If you do experience DOMS, stretch and massage the affected areas. Non-steroidal, anti-inflamatory drugs can be used for pain, but I recommend using pain relievers sparingly if at all. Drink lots of water, and remember, DOMS will pass…just give it a little...

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Beast Up and Build Lean Muscle with Trans-D Tropin
Jul29

Beast Up and Build Lean Muscle with Trans-D Tropin

For anyone that’s ever tried to build muscle at the gym or at home doing workout programs like P90X, Les Mills PUMP, and now Body BEAST, you know it takes a lot of hard work, a systematic approach, including periodization to avoid plateaus, dialed-in nutrition with a calorie surplus, and the right supplementation. When I did my first round of P90X way back in 2010 I definitely got stronger, but I still prescribed to the incorrect belief that as long as I was burning a ton of calories working out, I could eat whatever I wanted. Needless to say my first round P90X results were less than “Success Story” material LOL! When I went on to do a second round, I decided to take my nutrition VERY seriously. I was still in need of cutting a good amount of fat (I was over 15%), but my main goal was to build muscle. (This was long before I learned that you FIRST need to achieve your desired body fat percentage…or at least be within a percentage or two of it…before trying to build mass. Want to look ripped? Lose the body fat covering up the muscles!) I was eating clean and with a calorie surplus, and added a daily chocolate Shakeology shake. Out of curiosity, I’d also read a lot about human growth hormone (HGH) as a way of building muscle and burning fat. Who hasn’t seen that picture of the old guy in the magazine ad for something-genics who looks huge and ripped? But the more I read about HGH, the less I had any interest in taking it. For me it’s about health and not just “getting ripped”, so something like HGH that had to be injected (ouch!), carried high risks, and frankly, was super expensive was definitely OFF my supplement shopping list! I mentioned to my nutritionist at the time that I was trying to build muscle, and he suggested I look in to something called Trans-D Tropin (https://www.transd.com/7370) In my research I learned that, essentially, Trans-D stimulates the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone. Sounded good, right? I wouldn’t have to inject artificial hormones into my body… I could use something that would trigger my own body to produce more of its own growth hormone. Cool! I read that Trans-D had all kinds of crazy benefits, from more restful sleep due to increased REM sleep (good for muscle recovery), to decreased body fat with improved body contour, increases in lean body (muscle) mass, physical strength and performance, decreased recovery time, and improved stamina and endurance. The list went on and on. I was a little...

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