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Sunday, July 27, 2014

10 Minute Workout Blitz - 5 workouts of 10 minutes or less!! - Weekly Workout Plan

I am strapped for time this week.

Ever have one of those weeks? Like the kind where you sit down on Sunday night, look at the calendar, and think to yourself "if I can just make it to Saturday"? Well, dear friends, tonight is one of those nights and this is shaping up to be one of those weeks!! With so much going on how can there possible be time to workout?! Well - it's to you, my time-strapped-yet-dedicated-to-the-pump friend, that I'm dedicating this week's "Weekly Workout Plan"! I'm calling it a week of "Workout Blitz" because it's coming at you hard and fast - a whole week of killer workouts that will take you LESS THAN 10 MINUTES to complete! Don't let "I don't have the time" keep you from some awesome workouts this week! Get all of them right here and together we've totally got this! Ready or not!! All in!!

The chance of a lifetime - The giveaway to change your life!!

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Ready to change your life forever?!

I am totally, completely, and utterly STOKED OUT OF MY MIND for the next two weeks! I was recently selected to be one of six bloggers to come down and stay for a week on the beautiful Fitness Ridge resort in Saint George, Utah. This amazing resort is formerly a Biggest Loser ranch - the exact same setting where the contestants on the show go for weeks on end and get everything from multiple daily workouts to healthy meals prepared for them. My absolute favorite part of this whole thing... YOU GET TO COME WITH ME!!!!!!!! Interested? Good... keep reading...

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Zumba Inspired Latin Dance Workout (Full FREE workout!)

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Anyone else feel like shakin' it today?

One of my wife's favorite ways to workout is Zumba, but with three kids it can be hard to find the time to make it to a class. She's become somewhat of a workout video master and has a whole library saved of her favorite workouts. This one is the most recent addition to the list! Here is a FREE full Zumba workout that you can do in the comfort of your own home! Let's do this!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Feel Better Now Series - How to treat neck pain - Best exercises to treat neck pain

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"Deskjobitis"- (desk - job - eye -tis) a condition of neck and upper shoulder pain often seen as the direct result of working long hours hunched over a computer. (It's actually a word I'm pushing to have added to the dictionary! We'll see how successful I am!)

As a doctor of physical therapy, spine pain is the most common condition that I see in my clinic. In fact in a recent study it was shown that the incidence for neck pain in the United States ranges right around 25%. That means that one in every four of us in the good ol' USA are going to suffer from neck pain at some time in our lives. If you don't have it personally chances are that you know someone who does. I point my finger at one culprit - unfortunately I'm currently typing on it so I can't point at it for very long. Aside from car accidents, sitting with poor posture for long hours at work/a computer is the number two reason people come to see me with neck pain. 

It's for these reasons that I'm dedicating this "Feel Better Now" series post to the discussion and treatment of mechanical neck pain (meaning it came on slowly/gradually without a specific injury). Below we'll discuss what it is, why you get it, and share some stretches and exercises that you can do to "Feel Better Now"!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Arm Pyramid Workout - The best exercises to tone and tighten your arms!

Are you strong enough to climb the pyramid?

I'm a huge fan of pyramid workouts! I think they're a great way to mix up your normal "3 sets of 10" exercises and push yourself outside of your comfort zone to take your results to the next level. Recently I had a reader ask me on Facebook "Do you have any arm pyramid workouts? I see you've got them for the booty, thighs, and abs... just wondering if I can find one for the arms." Yes you can, my friend... TODAY! Prepare to shred your upper extremities with this awesome "Arm Pyramid Workout"!! Here we go...

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fitness Motivation - Stop waiting and start doing - Gym Inspiration

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I've learned there are two great truths when it comes to working out...
1) You're going to be sore after a good workout.
2) It's easier not to.

There will always be excuses that get in the way. "I'll start next week" or "after _(your excuse here)_ I'll pick it up" are a few of the most constant that I hear. The truth is there will ALWAYS be something that keeps you from starting. If you have ever wanted to start working out, run a 5K, complete a triathlon, squat 100 pounds, play with your kids/grandkids outside, get a gym membership, cook healthy recipes for a week, or any other possible goal that you can possibly think of but you haven't because you're waiting for some kind of sign... I've got news for you...


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Amazing hips workout to strengthen, sculpt, Tone and Tighten!

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The hips are one of the most important yet often over-looked muscle group in the body. They're a vital part of your core and play an integral role in movement. Function aside - they also make your new pair of jeans look amazing! This new workout on Tone and Tighten is dedicated to those of you looking to strengthen and tone your hips and add a little shape/definition as well. Here we go!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Whole Wheat English Muffin Vegetable Pizza

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Eating healthy when you are short on time can sometimes be a challenge- but this recipe will take care of that issue! English muffin pizzas could not be easier and you can substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand to top it off. The more veggies, the better!
So without an excuse, what's holding you back from not eating healthier?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Weekly Workout Plan - Best way to add variety to your workouts

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"My workouts always seem the same. How can I add some variety?"

Hey everyone! And welcome to another week! Every Monday here on Tone-and-Tighten.com we kick things off with a new "Weekly Workout Plan" - 5 days of workouts to get you through your week a sweatier and a lot healthier!
This week's workout plan comes from a reader email I got last week - a young mom of two who didn't have a lot of time who was looking to mix things up and add variety to her workouts. "I do pretty much the same thing every week and am looking to add some variety, I just don't know where to start." Anyone ever felt that way? I know I have. Luckily we've got the answer! Mixing your workouts with different styles / varieties is a great way to keep you motivated, active, and stretch your fitness style. With so many options available, this was a fun plan to develop. This week we're taking 5 great styles of workouts and turning them into your week's fitness activities.
So come on! Dare to try something new this week! You (and your results) will thank me!