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Thursday, April 24, 2014

iPad Mini Giveaway!

Spring is here! Hopefully you're enjoying this beautiful, refreshing time of year like I am. Since you don't want to be bogged down at home, I thought you could use an iPad Mini for when you're on the go. I am excited to share more fabulous recipes, workouts, tips, ideas, and motivation with you, and I thought giving you an iPad Mini would make it a little easier to stay connected. 
 It's pretty simple… just enter below!





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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Best workout product for your home gym - Yoga and exercise mats

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We've all been there before – it's time to throw down some serious core work at the end of your workout. In the gym they just have a dirty, gross, rubber floor that who–knows–when was the last time it was really mopped/sanitized. At home – we're all about the hardwood floors... great to look at but not exactly the most functional for laying on your back, getting on your knees, planking, etc. The first thing we look for is the unsung hero of the fitness world. It's something so simple that it often goes unnoticed, however so vital that often times we will scratch and entire work out if there is not one available. Of course, I'm talking about yoga mats! Get off the dirty floor and add a little cushion to your hardwood with these amazingly versatile mats. Their essentiality to your gym and home workout success is what has landed them as this week's "Workout Product of the Week"!

Keep reading as below I am sharing my top three yoga mat choices. From relatively thin and rather inexpensive to "oh my gosh - this thing is more comfortable then my bed" you're sure to find something that is just right for you!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Beach Body Now Series - Week 4

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Things are really starting to heat up!

Welcome to week four of our "Beach Body Now" series! This workout series is dedicated to four things – the sun, the water, the sand, and looking amazing while doing the other three! Each week in the series contains two workouts – cardio to shed unwanted pounds and strength training to Tone and Tighten. Six weeks is all the time you need to get the body you've always wanted. Make it happen this summer!

Presented below are two workouts - one for cardio and another for strength. Get each of them in 2-3 times this week (4-6 days total) alternating days each time. You totally got this!

Weekly Workout Plan- At-Home Crossfit Workouts






Happy Monday! Welcome to another week of our "Weekly Workout Plan". This week is dedicated for CROSSFIT.

For those of you who haven't heard about cross fit training, let me break it down for you: it's basically a workout that is a high intensity and constantly varied, using functional movements. 

HIGH INTENSITY — Intensity is the act of creating power. Basically, power/intensity is how much weight you can move over the longest distance in the shortest amount of time. The goal of Crossfit is to create people who can run farther, move more weight, do more push-ups, flip a tire faster, all while  maintaining proper form and technique.

CONSTANTLY VARIED — Always changing the workouts and never letting your body adapt, which is why CrossFit is great for getting results. Your body never gets used to anything so you never reach those plateaus.

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS —Movements we use in everyday life such as squating, deadlifting, pulling yourself up, etc. By strengthening our bodies by doing these movements, we build actual body strength, actual core stability, agility, and flexibility.

With that being said, here are 5 CrossFit workouts you can try at home this week!
Click on the link below each picture to be taken to the workout.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

At Home Crossfit Workout with Weights





For those of you who haven't heard about cross fit training, let me break it down for you: it's basically a workout that is a high intensity and constantly varied, using functional movements. 

HIGH INTENSITY — Intensity is the act of creating power. Basically, power/intensity is how much weight you can move over the longest distance in the shortest amount of time. The goal of Crossfit is to create people who can run farther, move more weight, do more push-ups, flip a tire faster, all while  maintaining proper form and technique.

CONSTANTLY VARIED — Always changing the workouts and never letting your body adapt, which is why CrossFit is great for getting results. Your body never gets used to anything so you never reach those plateaus.

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENTS —Movements we use in everyday life such as squating, deadlifting, pulling yourself up, etc. By strengthening our bodies by doing these movements, we build actual body strength, actual core stability, agility, and flexibility.

With that being said, here is a great workout you can do in the comfort of your own home!

We will forever be Boston Strong

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It was one of those moments that I will never forget. 

One year later, I vividly remember exactly where I was and exactly what I was doing when I first heard the news about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. I remember first hearing the news report with its accompanying feelings of amazement, terror, and tragedy. I remember sitting intently in front of the television watching as more and more details unfolded. As the number of those deceased or injured continued to climb my thoughts turned to those of my friends who were participating in the race that year (I would find out later that they were all unhurt – I was one of the lucky ones). In the days and weeks that transpired I remember feeling many emotions – sadness, grief, anger, disbelief, and especially heartache. However as I reflect on one year ago and all the emotions I felt there is one that stands out preeminently above all others. The feeling of 
STRENGTH.
I saw strong runners courageously leave their dream of completing the Boston Marathon to help those who had been injured in the devastating blast. I saw strong paramedics and law enforcement officers attempting to organize chaos and help those in need. I saw strong spectators taking strangers in their arms and offering whatever assistance they were capable of. Right along with my feelings of despair, anger, and grief were overpowering feelings of unity, courage, and hope. The true test of the human spirit comes only in great trial; I'm at a literal loss for words when it comes to describing how the Boston Strong not only passed this test - they obliterated it. 


Saturday, April 19, 2014

25 Healthy Lunch Recipes on Tone-and-Tighten.com



Lunch seems to be a meal that many people struggle with, so I rounded up 25 of my favorite healthy recipes that would be perfect for lunch. Many of these can be prepared ahead of time, making your lunch a breeze!

With a little planning, healthy eating is easy and delicious.

To see the recipe, click on the link below each picture.




Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Dirty Dozen - At Home Total Body Workout from Tone and Tighten!





Are you strong enough for our newest WOD?

Well, the name is almost entirely appropriate - "The Dirty Dozen" is actually a classic WWII movie from the 60's that is one of my old man's favorites. I thought "what more appropriate title for this workout? Kind of feels like fighting a battle!" Today we're doing 12 sets of 12 reps of four of my favorite bodyweight exercises. That's right - 144 of each of the following exercises to increase strength, shred fat, and (of course) Tone and Tighten. Two days later and I'm still walking funny... Hope you enjoy it!

8 Minute Lower Abs Workout (Video Workout)

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After my wife has a baby, her biggest struggle is tightening her lower abs back up. Although this workout is only 8 minutes long, I promise that they will be ON FIRE by the time you are done. It's a great way to tone those hard-to-reach lower abs.

Combine this workout with a cardio workout for maximum results.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Best Grilled Chicken Recipe (only 4 ingredients!)

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Even though my wife does have a food blog, I am the grill master at our house. This recipe makes the most amazing grilled chicken and it is also one of the simplest recipes known to man. The longer you let it marinade, the better it will be!

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