As a first time dad, I can attest that the only thing more rewarding than watching your child grow up... is getting a workout while watching your child grow up. Family time doesn’t need to come at expense of ‘hit the pump shop and get jacked time’. [For all you non-meatheads I’m referring to gym workouts].
There are plenty of options that allow you maintain your physique and your loving-parent status. Did you know that bodyweight workouts are the number 1 fitness trend of 2015 according to the [scholarly] ACSM journal
Additionally, Mia and I would like to formally introduce the emergence of ‘babyweight training’...
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Perhaps it’s just because I live in LA, but it seems like everyone and their dog is going gluten free. Even though I took nutrition classes in college, I admittedly don’t know much about gluten other than everything comes gluten free nowadays. Turns out I’m not alone. If you skim through the video, you’ll get a good laugh at the many people who are devout to their gluten free lifestyles and don’t even know what they’re avoiding. But hey, this is LA and we’re a little nuttier than the rest of America.
So what is Gluten?
Depending on who you ask gluten is synonymous with death, but it’s actually a protein. Or rather it’s a combination of two different proteins: gliadin and glutenin. Gluten acts as a glue, and helps food hold their shape.
Where is Gluten found?
Gluten is found in the plant’s endosperm. The endosperm is a tissue produced by plants that surrounds the embryo and provides nutrition. We grind wheat endosperm into flour to create yummy breads and pastas. Gluten is not only found in wheat, however, its also found in rye, barley, and triticale.
Since you’re probably not looking for the gluten right off of the plant, you’re more likely to run into at the grocery store in items including:
Or you know… just all the good stuff.
So is gluten bad for you?
While most of those items aren’t exactly the healthiest, gluten itself isn’t the worst for you. Gluten is a serious problem for those with celiac disease or those who suffer from a gluten sensitivity. For those who suffer from these conditions, even in taking a small amount of gluten can be severe.
For those of us who are lucky enough to be free from these conditions, however, going gluten free might not magically solve all of our health problems.
“People who are sensitive to gluten may feel better, but a larger portion will derive no significant benefit from the practice. They’ll simply waste their money, because these products are expensive,” claims Dr. Leffler an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
When you should go gluten free:
Perhaps you really are one of the unlucky ones who experience a gluten intolerance, but before you start up a gluten free diet, you should go get yourself checked out by the doc. As great as web MD is you’ll want the real doc to help you plan out a healthy gluten free diet. If you think you’re experiencing these symptoms, you might want to get yourself checked out.
Common symptoms found in adults:
unexplained iron-deficiency anemia
bone or joint pain
bone loss or osteoporosis
depression or anxiety
tingling numbness in the hands and feet
seizures or migraines
missed menstrual periods
infertility or recurrent miscarriage
canker sores inside the mouth
an itchy skin rash called dermatitis herpetiformis
And if you’re worried about a little one, common symptoms found in children:
abdominal bloating and pain
pale, foul-smelling, or fatty stool
irritability and behavioral issues
dental enamel defects of the permanent teeth
delayed growth and puberty
failure to thrive
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
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When I think of romance I easily picture myself getting hot, sweaty, and out of breath ;) It’s not always, however, in the dirty ways you might be thinking. Exercising with your significant other is a great way to keep fit and improve your relationship. Still not sold on the idea of potentially sweating it out in front of your partner? Check out our 7 reasons why you should start exercising as a couple.
1) You’ll both be looking hot AF
Hopefully you love your partner for what’s on the inside, but a sexy exterior is always an added benefit. Working out together means you’ll both be in tip top shape, which only helps keep the passion alive.
2) Prevent the Inevitable Weight Gain
Love is great, but the inevitable extra pounds most people add on when getting into a new a relationship sucks. Its easy to replace to gym time with cuddling and dinner dates. Not to mention there is less incentive to look good when you have someone who loves you unconditionally. Working out together, however, means you don’t need to choose between fitness and couple time.
3) Endorphins <3 <3 <3
In the wise words of the Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.” You might not be plotting your partner's murder, but it will help you keep your cool next time they do something annoying.
4) You have a easy access workout buddy
The best part of being in a relationship is you always have a companion. Therefore no need to look hard for a workout buddy when you have the perfect one already there.
5) Cheap Activity you can do together
Dating can get expensive. You have to come up with and pay for activities to do together as a couple (no, watching Netflix every time does not count as a date). Going for a hike, bike ride, or busting out your resistance bands on the beach can be a great way to do something without spending tons of $$$
6) Better Sex
If this doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will. Regular workouts means better sex. And with both partners revving it up in the gym, you’ll both be bringing your A game to the bedroom ;)
7) Stronger muscles -> stronger relationship
Exercising together can be great way to strengthen the intimacy in your relationship. “Both partners come away with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and shared passion. Then you throw in some spicy endorphins and it can be a real power trip for the relationship,” says marriage and relationship psychotherapist Dr. Jane Greer.
Did I convince you? Try out these Rubberbanditz resistance band exercises to kickstart your workout date!
1) Position you and your partner so the band is circling both of you at the waist 2) Lunge out in opposite directions
Warrior Lunge 1) Face back to back with about a foot in between with the band around both of you 2) Lunge forward alternating legs
Backwards Lunges 1) Face each other 2) Lunge backwards alternating legs, going against the band’s resistance
Personal training is a hard industry to break into. If you don’t have a distinct competitive advantage identified from the beginning, it’s going to be quite a journey. Luckily, with the rapid advancement of technology, you have a wide array of new tools and resources to help you turn your passions into a way of life (and a paycheck!). I was watching the Hunger Games the other night (I know I know, I’m really late on the Hunger Games bandwagon), and I started to notice some interesting themes that can apply to developing your career as a personal trainer.
3 Ways To Utilise Resistance Bands In Your Sandbag Training Workouts
Sandbag training has long been utilized as a means of athletic conditioning but, like all training tools, it’s easy to get into bad habits and that means your results can plateau. This can lead to diminished returns in your performance or any other results you’re aiming for, and also take some of the fun out of your training. While the Sandbag Fitness workouts often contain a range of body weight exercises, like Push Ups and Pull Ups, one training tool that can also be used alongside your sandbag is the resistance band. In this article I’ll explore 3 tried and tested ways to get the best out of pairing these 2 tools.
When I think of active people, I imagine bodybuilders and yoga addicts who spend their entire life in lululemon workout gear and obsess over protein supplements. But just because you might not be a gym rat, doesn’t excuse you from living an active lifestyle. Make a few tweaks and you’ve gone from sedentary to burning an extra few thousand calories a day. Try these quick tips to get yourself into a fit lifestyle without ever setting foot in the gym!
I know what you’re thinking, “why RubberBanditz, why oh why do you want to give me more reasons not to exercise this morning?” The answer is: we DO want you to exercise! We just don’t think the gym is the right place for everybody. There’s a world to explore out there and a slew of functional body weight exercises you can do with zero gym equipment. You don’t need an expensive membership, or even a personal trainer (although it helps!) to get in shape, stay in shape, or improve your athletic performance. We’re not saying that there’s no benefit to going to the gym. But, we at Rubberbanditz genuinely believe that the best way to help as many people as possible improve their health and their physical condition is by removing any possible excuses for not exercising. Reason #1 often being, “I don’t have a gym membership”, or, “Gym memberships are too expensive”.
Working out should be fun! If its not your doing it wrong or maybe you need to make a few minor adjustments. I hear a lot of people say they hate exercise, which baffles me because I don’t even think about it anymore. II’m not going to promise you’ll look forward to it everyday, but it shouldn’t be the absolute worst. If you’re unhappy with your workouts here are some tips to improve itWork out with a friendRead More
While the summer has been heating up, so has the calisthenics movement. With amazing athletes, like Barstarzz, it’s become something that everyone from your average joe to top fitness buffs are enjoying.
We’re only one week from the only holiday of the summer: 4th of July! July 4th is mostly synonymous with barbeques and depending on your job, the day off. But of course the real reason we get a glorious day of drinking beers and flipping burgers in the backyard (or if you work in a service job, a way more busy day than usual) is because we’re celebrating the birth of our country. So to get in the patriotic spirit, we’ve got a super awesome contest to get you feeling Amurican.