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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fitness Motivation - Greatness is for everyone - Exercise Inspiration

Dare to be great today.

How many of us fall into this category? Thinking that "greatness" is reserved only for the elitists, the superstars, and the champions. We see people in the gym, on TV, or even at work/school and we think to ourselves - "no matter how hard I try I will never be able to look like ____ ." These people have attained "greatness" - it was reserved for them and now that they have it I have no chance of getting there myself. These thoughts can be damaging, harmful, and completely derail an otherwise solid self-improvement plan.

So what do we do about it? How do we overcome this comparison and self-doubt?

The answer: Find Your Greatness

Click below to find out how.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to get rid of arm flab - At-home arm toning workout - Problem Areas Series

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Last week, I introduced you to my new "Problem Areas" series here on Tone and Tighten. The response to the "Muffin Top Workout" was pretty amazing! The idea for this series is a direct result of many of your emails and I thank you so much for your support of T&T!

And now onto week two! This week is dedicated to another common problem area: it's for those of you who want to go sleeveless without shame; who wish your arm stopped waving at the same time you did; and who desire your sleeves be filled with toned muscle rather than "other". Yes, today were talking about "Arm Flab" and how you can eliminate it from your life forever! This "Problem Areas" workout consists of 10 exercises designed to shred your arms, eliminate flab, and (of course) Tone and Tighten. Here we go!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Quick total-body at-home workout - 20 minute AMRAP - Cardio and strength training at home

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What can you do with 20 minutes?

Some common answers include - "Watch a sitcom", "Make a sandwich", and "Surf around on the internet". Why not take the next 20 minutes and do something to improve your health?! That's more than enough time to shred through an awesome at-home workout... just like this one! A quick, convenient, 20-minute workout that requires little equipment and yields amazing results! Try this one out!! Or sit on the couch... just remember... tomorrow's results come from today's actions. Here we go!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Healthy and active trick-or-treat items - Give more than candy with these amazing gift ideas! - Candy alternatives

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Little fact that you probably did not know about me – I love Halloween! It's probably one of my favorite holidays! I love the monsters, scaring, decorations, and as a child, of course I loved trick-or-treating! I remember filling half a pillow case with candy and then rationing it to last until December!

Of course, now that I am a father myself, my kids health is paramount to everything else that I do. Combine that with running a health and fitness blog, and all of the sudden trick-or-treating becomes a little bit more difficult! This year, however, we are totally knocking things out of the park! I found 13 trick-or-treating options to stimulate activity, play, and creativity. Be the house on the block this year that EVERYONE wants to come to - get your ideas below!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lower Body Cardio Barre Video Workout - Low Impact

Looking for a workout that will target your entire lower body (thighs, hips, legs, butt, and even abs)? Well, look no further. Even though you don't use any weights or jump around, this killer workout will shape your lower body in no time!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - The Best Quick Workouts - 30 minutes or less!

Hey everyone! And welcome to another week here on Tone and Tighten! Another Monday means another Weekly Workout Plan - 5 days of amazing workouts to get you through this week a little fitter and pushing your limits a little farther!

This week we're going to hit it hard and we're going to hit it fast! 5 amazing, at-home workouts that are 30 minutes or less. Designed for those of us who are hard on time but big on desire to get shredded! Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

20-Minute At-Home Cardio Strength Workout - My favorite strength moves in cardio mode!

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Cardio? Strength? How about "Cardio-Strength"?!!!

Full disclosure - I am not a huge fan of cardio. I get that it's necessary for peak performance and weight loss and I have definitely found ways that I like to keep it interesting (Running Intervals and Treadmill Workouts are a few of my favorites!), but give me strength training any day! Well - today I thought "Why not get the best of both??" Which brings me to my "Cardio-Strength" workout for today!! I'm calling it "Crength"... or "Stardio"... either way it's taking 5 of my favorite strength moves and putting them together in a way that's designed to get your heart rate up and keep it there! Hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 17, 2014

"Problem Areas" Series - How to get rid of your muffin top - Lose your muffin top with this at home workout!

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We've all got them. They are those small things about ourselves that we wish could just look a little bit better. "I wish my butt fit these jeans better." "I wish I could go sleeveless without worrying about how my arms look." "I have cankles." They often become our fixation as far as health and fitness goes – no matter how good everything else is looking the lack of progress in this one area becomes our obsession. Yes, my friends, these are our "problem areas"... and for the next 12 weeks we are taking them back!

I am stoked out of my mind to introduce you to the newest series here on T&T = the "Problem Areas" series! In response to your emails I've selected 12 of your most-asked about problem areas and turned them into a 3-month, melting, toning, shaping, get-rid-of-forever, holy-cow-I-didn't-know-I-could-look-so-good series!! From "cankles" and "thutt" to "arm jiggle" and "no-baby baby bump";  every week for the next 12 weeks I'll roll out another workout designed to eliminate your top problem areas!

We're kicking things off this series with one of the most-common problem areas I get asked about... "The Muffin Top". This is the little pooch (I can call it a pooch and not offend anyone cuz we're going to shred that bad boy away forever) that sits right above your jeans that makes your lower torso look like a delicious breakfast banana muffin. TODAY WE'RE TAKING IT BACK!!! Here's a workout designed to melt away the muffin top. Goodbye forever, favorite pair of spanks! You're not needed here anymore...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

How To Cook A Spaghetti Squash (Healthy Recipe)


The first time I heard about spaghetti squash, I was really hesitant to try it. Have you ever seen a spaghetti squash? It kind of looks like a pale pumpkin/gourd. I wasn't sure how that was going to turn into string-like strands that resembled pasta. However, cooking it is simple and it makes a delicious and easy side dish (or main dish!).

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fitness Motivation - If it doesn't scare you a little bit, it's probably not enough - Exercise Inspiration

Whether it's the weight,
the distance,
the sets, the reps,
the intensity,
or magnitude...
If it doesn't scare you, it's probably not enough.

This week's fitness motivation quote is brought to you by the comfort zone... and completely obliterating it! All too often in fitness (I would even argue in life, for that matter) we find ourselves getting comfortable. 

"I run X distance on the treadmill at X speed and that is that." 
"I lift X amount of weight X number of times and call it good."

The comfort zone is a dangerous place to find ourselves. It's a place where monotony starts to set in and progress goes to die. When you find yourself in the comfort zone, exercising is no longer new and exciting; it can become a tedious chore that has to be checked off your list just because it's on your list.

So how do we make things exciting again? How do you break out of your comfort zone and start seeing progression and results again? Easy - add a little fear....