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Nutrition

Diet and Training or is it Training and Diet?

Which one is more important?

Age old question asked and answered by many different fitness and nutrition professionals. So, I figured I would take a crack at it. There are a few different people:

Some tend to want to “just” go go go and not focus on diet or use food as a reward for all the hard work they’ve put in. Sometimes they feel that working out gives them a license to eat whatever they want. However, chances are you won’t find them on the cover of a fitness magazine anytime soon. As the great Strength Coach Mike Boyle says “You can’t out train a bad diet”.  

Some “diet” yet don’t want to “sweat” or lift any weights or only see exercise needed for athletes. These people will probably lose muscle mass (and trust me you want to keep and make as much of it as you humanely can!) by not taxing the muscles to at least stay strong and big. As we all know, “Muscle burns more than fat!”

Coach Joey has a pecking order for overall health. It is as follows:

1)     Strength Train 2-4 times a week. This will tell your body that you “need” the muscle you already have and encourage some new muscle hypertrophy (growth) to be able to keep moving the way you want and stay active for years to come

2)     Keep your protein high for 2 main reasons…. Higher protein will help you keep muscle and aid muscle hypertrophy. It also serves as a satiety trigger which is super important because if you don’t feel full or satisfied you WILL overeat and probably gain lots of fat. Having trouble getting in the right amount of protein? Consider an Amino drink or chewable pills. It provides you with all the amino acids. You can find my favorite, and the best cleanest ones are here: Amino Pills + Amino Powder

3)     Get your phytos in! Vitamins and Minerals from food first then supplement when needed. Fruits, veggies make up your phyto nutrients. For now don’t worry about how much (although 5 servings of fruit at a time might be a little too much for most). Veggies as much as possible as long as each vegetable isn’t covered in cheese sauce (toppings add lots of unnecessary calories). This will help ensure your body functions properly and overall health is optimized. Not getting all your phytos in? Consider an organic greens powder to drink to fill in gaps.

4)     Make sure you move each and every day (and no getting in and out of the car doesn’t count as movement haha). Should be Yoga, walking, light stretching, basketball game or similar, cardio strength circuit, etc) This will not only burn a few extra calories but will also keep you mobile and encourage your body to keep joints mobile and strong.

5)     Calories NEED to match your activity level and your level of fitness. It also has to match your body composition currently. Example a super muscular person probably needs more calories than the person with the same height and weight that thinks playing video games is a strenuous form of activity.

To answer the question, like most things in life is a good balance of exercise and “diet”. Just don’t be all one sided if you want a balanced healthy body.

Training

Part 1 of 3: Why Semi-Private Training May be Right For You

Don’t we all like “best of both world’s” scenarios?  Committing to a solid workout routine is difficult enough, and when you have to compromise on that routine, it can make it difficult to to stick to. Well here at Jtab we have a few “best of both world’s” situations.  I learned early on in my training career that I was going to focus on a style called semi-private.  Today I am going to focus on one of the benefits of this style of training.  

Nowadays everyone is trying to find the cheapest prices for their favorite products, right?  Go to a store and see what the want and immediately take out their phones to see if they can get it cheaper on Amazon, etc.  I admit I do that also sometimes.  When it comes to training and fitness there is no difference.  Planet fitness’s popping up all over the place and offering $10/month memberships for whole gym access.  What could be better than that, right?

Most people have come to realize that private one-on-one training is pretty expensive.  I mean go to your boutique personal fitness center, or the local big box fitness center and you are looking at a price of at least $60-100/hour.  On top of that, they want you to buy a “package” or 5-15 sessions and before you even know it, you’ve spent a month’s mortgage on “personal” training.  Those sessions will last you a month or two and then you’re left to re-up.  This leads to a quick exit of training when people realize they can no longer afford the steep prices.  No one is faulting the trainers here, they need to make a decent hourly rate so they can live, right? But for most of the middle class, this expense is out of reach. 

Enter semi-private training.  This is the game changer, the “best of both world’s, the win/win/win scenario.  Most semi-private is typically more than a half the cost of private training.  This is due to having more than one person in at the same time.  The trainer can spend great quality coaching time on you and the others in the gym, yet you pay way less that the private option.  This allows the client to keep up with training month after month, without blowing their budget.  On the flip side, it allows the trainer a better income while charging their clients a fraction of what personal training costs.  I feel this is the ultimate win/win.  If the trainer is skilled, you will not notice any drop off from one on one to semi-private in terms of coaching, cueing and spotting.  While the client usually is responsible for their own sheets and setting up and breaking down their equipment, that is the small price to pay for paying a fraction of the cost of training.  

Training

Guest Blog: Java Ladies Getting Healthy with Jtab

Today we borrowed a blog written by 2 of our favorite new members, Stephanie and Emily of Java skin care. They talked about how they joined Jtab in an effort to make healthier choices, and incorporate more exercise in their life. Check it out below to learn more about their experience and their skincare line, JAVA.

At JAVA we’re always trying to make healthier lifestyle choices – and we made a REALLY good life choice when we started working out at Jtab Training with our friend Joey. We’ll admit, it had been quite a while since we’d had a regular exercise routine and the thought of getting back into the swing of things was more then a little intimidating. Lucky for us, we found a fantastic guide back into the world of fitness and now we’re not only feeling stronger and healthier, but we actually look forward to working out!

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Joey Taraborelli is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength & Conditioning Association. At Joey’s gym, JTab Training, he offers a variety of programs available to fit every need, schedule and comfort level. From private to group classes, high school and college sport training, the awesome trainers at Jtab will work with you no matter your fitness level. With customized nutrition plans and open gym time available, you will build muscle, decrease body fat and live healthier as you tone your body in a safe and encouraging environment.

“I wish could I teach all of RI how to properly strength train, our state would be more fit and healthy if I could!”

We sat down with Joey to find out more about training, opening a gym and of course coffee:

What inspired you to open your own gym? “I wasinspired to open a gym ’cause I really wanted to help people get strong, and gain confidence in themselves.  I was also sick (still am! haha) of the myths in the Fitness Industry that people believe in. (Need “cardio”, don’t lift heavy (for females mostly), you can’t get “cardio” from lifting, lifting is dangerous…. Reality is it’s WAY more dangerous to be weak!)”

What is your Training? “My philosophy is lift heavy weights, get strong, get healthy and don’t eat like an idiot (eat like an adult).  What that really means is I want people to be strong, fit, and to eat the way they “should” be eating, LOTS of protein, as much greens as they can get in and limit carbs and alcohol.” 

What is your passion outside of the gym? “Passion outside the gym is easy, hanging out with friends. Also enjoy watching my athletes’s games, playing volleyball when I can, and of course watching my Superhero movies and shows!  HULK SMASH!”

Your favorite JAVA Product? “Favorite JAVA Product is the scrub, I have lots of dark scar spots and it helps smooth out my skin organically and without chemicals.”

How do you take your coffee? “Coffee black with stevia (cold brew when I can)” 

Learn more about JAVA, view their products, and how organic raw coffee can transform your skin care routine.

Training

Band Zercher Good Mornings

We’re back with another at home exercise this week. These Band Zercher Good Mornings are easy to do at home with minimal equipment (all you need is a band). Not only does the “zercher” part strengthen your core, but this movement also promotes lower back health and strength, glute and hamstring development, and upper back strength. Check it out!

Training

Don't Got Glutes? Glute Camp Will Help!

Struggling to get a set of glutes or wish to naturally “enhance” what you have already? Enter
Jtab’s Glute Camp! 3 Days a week on top of your normal workouts will get your glutes to
where you want them! Best part of it is they can all can be done at home with just a few simple
pieces of equipment!

After purchasing this program everything will be laid out for you and includes:

  • Complete weekly workouts included a different one for each day of the week,
  • An online tracking sheet to keep track of your progress and what day you're on,
  • Videos showing proper form so you can maximize your workouts, 
  • And a private FB group with Joey answering any questions glute related.
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3 extra days a week of dedicated glutes will really help focus on developing the glutes to not only look great but perform more optimally. This will make your squats, deadlifts and lunges better and you they will look better in jeans, bathing suites, dresses, khakis, yoga pants, and sweatpants even! Done right, training your glutes more often will ALSO ease or prevent back pain, knee pain and keep your hips more healthy. It is a WIN/WIN situation. Look better, perform better and feel better! Let’s do this glute thing!

The cost of the program is $25 per month. There is no long term commitment and each month a new workout will be created! Those that are local can save their spot by bringing payment direct to Joey at the gym. To register via PayPal Click Here!

Nutrition

Guest Blog: Common-Sense Fine Dining

Today we've got guest blogger and fellow J-tab Trainer, Matt Prez, breaking down how you still stick to your diet while going out to eat.

Picture this scenario: you’ve started getting more active, and are making an attempt at better nutrition.

But now you’re in a situation where you’ve gone out to eat at a restaurant, and are at the mercy of what’s on the menu.

How do you handle this?  Well with a few simple steps you can have a meal you enjoy and fits your own goals. 

1. Know you allergies/limitations

Aka: The most obvious one.  Do you have a legitimate food allergy?  Are you following a certain diet that has certain restrictions, like keto/vegan/vegetarian/etc.?  You may have to go by what’s on the menu, but there should generally be no problems with informing your waiter about these.  

2. What’s your weight goal? 

Are you trying to gain, lose, or maintain your current weight?  From strictly a caloric standpoint, your answer should dictate what you consume (wanting to gain weight = more food.  Weight loss = less).  

3. Know the breakdown of the macronutrients in food

Fats, Carbs, and Protein are what we consider the “macronutrients” of ie what our body can turn into energy to use.  

The foods highest in fat are usually nuts, oils, and avocados.

Foods highest in carbs are mostly all breads, pasta, most baked goods, fruits, vegetables, etc.

The most protein-dense foods are your animal products (meat, eggs, dairy), but also things like quinoa, legumes, beans, and tofu are higher in protein.  

4. Eat more protein!

If I were a gambling man (which I am), I would bet most people reading this are not consuming enough protein.   The typical American is consuming way too many more carbs and too little protein.  Instead of going for the pasta dish, give the chicken, fish, or steak a try.  Want a burger, but want less carbs?  Choose another side than French fries, see if there’s a lettuce wrap option for the burger, or even consume just the patty.  Remember you can take this as far as you want.  And also don’t forget that protein-rich foods are incredibly satiating, meaning they will make you feel fuller a lot quicker than anything else! 

5. Watch the alcohol!

Beer and wine are carb-dominant sources, but even more important are the mixed drinks, as they (depending on the drink) may be loaded up with sugar.  Not keeping tabs on how much you’re drinking will add up in calories by the end of the day.  

6. Plan ahead

If Friday night is the night you’re going out to eat/drink the not-best food choices, plan ahead and pick the appropriate foods during the day.  For example: I went to Margaritaville a couple of Friday ago and got this

 
How to eat healthy while you're out.
 

Just from looking at this image we can deduce this is a carb-heavy meal (buns/fries/maragarita) with moderate protein (the two patties) and a little amount of fat (the cheese, and the patties). 

I knew I was going to get this, so I made the steps during the day to consume less sources of carbs to compensate for this meal.  If I wanted to eat something later I made sure it was mostly protein and very little carb.

Training

Single Leg Squat AKA Skater Squat

Today on the blog we're featuring an amazing workout that is especially geared towards runners and athletes. The Single Leg Squat, also known as the Skater Squat, is an amazing exercise to work your hips, glutes, quads and ankles. Not only does it focus on stability and balance, but strength as well.

Stack pads on the ground and increase or decrease pads as needed to progress. You can also add weight by holding it out in front of you (like you were holding a steering wheel), just make sure your back foot stays elevated and doesn't touch the ground!

Training

Zercher Squats

Today we're showcasing the Zercher Squat. This powerhouse move works multiple areas of your body. This move has the benefits of a regular squat (legs, quads and glutes), but combines super core activation to work your abs at the same time. It also helps safeguard your lower back as there is less of a potential of pulling or injuring it, and helps take the pressure off your spine by putting the weight at your mid torso. As if all that isn't enough, you'll even get a bonus shoulder workout.

A big thank you to our Jtab squat model Aaron Binek.

Training

High Step Ups

While I was injured I had to get creative with exercises.  I couldn't do heavy traditional lifts so I increased intensity with range of motion with a high step up. This is a great exercise to stretch out the hips, increase range of motion and work your quads, glutes, hamstrings and calves. Make sure your knee starts above hips to create that deep squat feel.  You don't need heavy weights with this particular exercise, as the intensity is the range of motion.   

Nutrition

Game Day: Are you prepared?  

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High School athletes usually fly by their seat when it comes to nutrition.  And yes, while most of them are getting enough nutrition here in the USA to avoid being malnourished, a better nutrition “plan” will take their game to the next level. Want to perform even better on game day?  Want to have "good nutrition" instead of just "good enough nutrition"? Don’t worry, Sports Nutrition Coach Joey, CSNC, CSCS has your back!  Let’s dig into a better nutrition strategy for a game day.

That big game day starts first thing in the morning, before you leave for school!  Athletes need good carbohydrates and good protein sources first thing in the morning.  Carbs and protein in the morning give your body glucose to fuel your brain for school and performance on the field later in the day.  With steady levels of “fuel”, your body will maintain homeostasis, which means that all systems of your body will be working together correctly.  Just some examples of this combination are: PB&J Sandwich, a protein smoothie with some fruit in it, overnight oats (made the night before and put in fridge from simple ingredients oats, fruit, “milk”, protein powder, nuts), hardboiled eggs and fruit, or low sugar and high protein yogurt with fruit on the side.  And don't forget a large glass of water! Hydration in the morning is very important!

Lunch is more of the same, with some with good quality sources of carbohydrates and protein (and some good fats also).  This can be; a bigger sandwich with a piece of fruit, or a salad with chicken or eggs on it with a piece of fruit.  If you are lucky to have a hot school lunch, try to grab chicken, potatoes, and some fruit!  Again, keep glucose running through your body so it can use it for fuel, your body’s most preferred fuel source!  

Before the big game or practice we usually need another feeding or “snack”.  This can be (depending on how much time before your game or practice) dried fruit and nuts, protein bar (get the ok by Coach Joey on these as most are just candy bars in disguise), beef/turkey jerky with some fruit, packed peanut butter sandwich with some fruit.  Again, lots of liquid in the form of water, or milk.  For some of the older athletes that already drink coffee, and since many go to the local coffee shops in between school and games, bring a scoop of protein powder and mix it into your coffee with a piece or two of fruit on the side. This is a great way to get your caffeine fix with some quality protein and carbs (not just carbs and sugar!).  

With these nutritional strategies you'll know you (or your athlete) will perform at your best!  Don’t forget after the game or practice you need nutrition to help recover for the next day’s practice or game also!  

Joey Taraborelli, CSCS, CSNC   

Training

My Humble Beginnings Story

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I was prompted to write my “story” after a phone call from a mother of 2 High School/College aged kids that might start training with me.  She was explaining to me that one of her sons was intimidated by the weight room because he was naturally really thin.  This of course has kept him thin and self-conscious (whether you are small or larger, body issues can effect everyone and their motivation to get into the gym). As someone who struggled with the same feelings when I was younger, I thought about telling my story many other times throughout the years I've been in business.  Sometimes it helps for people to know where you come from to know where you are going and why you are doing what you are.

So here's my story, and it's the same story many, many, really skinny kids/teenagers have.  

Ever since I could remember I was the “skinny, scrawny, weak” one on my sports team, and in my grade.  This was amplified even more because I was one of the older kids in my grade due to my late birthday.  I played all the major sports back when I was growing up (except football, for obvious reasons).  I always had good athletic potential on all my teams, but one thing was holding back from being a better athlete was my size and lack of natural strength.  I wasn’t gifted with the best genes for size and strength (thanks to my parents haha). 

Not one day would go by without one of my teammates making fun of me for being really weak and scrawny.  At times it got to me, yet I often brushed it off as “what can I do about it”.  Many times I was down, mad and angry about it.  I remember before going to baseball practice during Middle School days, I would go on the small portable rowing machine we had at the house to try to get my muscles bigger and “working”.  Looking back, I think I was trying to pump up my muscles so I didn’t feel so scrawny.  During that same time, I often went down and used some of my Dad’s plastic weight set to do some lifting because I was fed up being made fun of. 

It was here that I really began my weight lifting journey. My Dad showed me some basics and then I was hooked.  I can remember being angry while lifting and trying not to give up at my tiny muscles.  Just like a heavier person not seeing the results they think they should be, it is easy to give up and “accept” the fact your body is just not going to be how you want it.  Although I did not get “jacked” down in the basement, it started a lifelong love for lifting weights.  While it started more as a reaction to being made fun of, it eventually grew into a consistent practice and lifestyle.  

Even with the little lifting now and then down in the basement, and all the sports I played throughout my middle school and HS days, I still left HS about 135lbs soaking wet.  With little self confidence, I entered college and took my lifting a little more seriously each and every year.  I learned from some of the older guys I lifted with (baseball and basketball team players and 1 jacked volleyball teammate haha) and also through research of whatever I could get my hands on.  Through hard work and consistency, I left college feeling pretty comfortable lifting, training people (that’s another story for another blog soon), and really cementing my passion of working out and also helping people to workout.  It all started in my basement with my Dad’s old York weight set and turned into my calling.  Another reason to eternally be thankful for my Dad and all he gave to me and taught me.  

Though I’m usually a steady 178-186 lbs of decently muscular frame, I tend to revert back to my old lack of self confidence days once in a while.  Sometimes we forget to see where we’ve come from and all the progress we have made along the way.  Don’t look back too long, but revel in your small and large accomplishments with your health and nutrition (better choices as you age hopefully)!  I am currently rehabbing from a nasty injury to my arm setting me back months, but I know that just like I did all those years ago, I will once again overcome life’s struggles and HULK SMASH roadblocks!  

Nutrition

Pecking Order of Nutritional Aids - Pt. 2

nutritional aids from Jtab Training in East Greenwich, RI.

Last week we went over the top dogs? (or as Coach Joey would say the Hulk Smash ones), Tier 1.  Today we're bringing you the next set, Tier 2. These are to further your health and longevity (it is cold and flu season after all) and some help with recovery from training.  Tier 3 will be mostly all about training help (people that train hard need more quality nutrition than people that sit on a couch all day) so keep an eye out!

Tier 2:  The Next Big Ones

  1. Ashwagandha: Hormonal and anti-stress help.  This works bifold as a hormone optimizer (this will be a big theme for Tier 2) and also it’s man function as an anti-stress relief(it’s a adaptogen herb, gives you a calming sensation).  https://examine.com/supplements/ashwagandha/
  2. Tumeric (Curcumin):  A spice that has tons of health benefits besides giving Indian food a great taste.  The main benefits reportedly are for anti-inflammation and works well with people with arthritis (that’s a large portion of the population nowadays).   https://examine.com/supplements/curcumin/
  3. Zinc and Magnesium: You may have heard about taking zinc at onset of your cold, but it has many other benefits, including optimizing hormones (especially if deficient and you lose zinc through sweating).  I usually take this as a combo with Magnesium at night to help get into a deep sleep and for better Testosterone levels(ZMA).  Magnesium helps with blood pressure, reduces glucose tolerance and causes neural excitation.  https://examine.com/supplements/magnesium/ https://examine.com/supplements/zinc/
  4. Vitamin C: Vitamin C is capable of being both an antioxidant and pro-oxidant, depending on what the body needs.  Yes it also helps with colds when you load it up (multi-vitamins don't traditionally supply enough Vitamin C so look for it on it's own).  https://examine.com/supplements/vitamin-c/

Nutrition

Pecking order of Nutritional Aids - Pt. 1

Nutritional supplements that are most important include Vitamin D, Fish oil, greens and probiotics.

Being in the health and fitness area for more than 15 years I’ve come to research and study many different nutritional needs of a healthy body.  There’s always going to be different people and different companies telling you that their supplement is the most important. Well I’m here to help you sort through the mess and have come up with my list of the most important and the best bang for your bucks aids to help keep you healthy.  Tier 1 is what I consider my most important for general well being.  Tier 2 will be ones I believe are still very important but not as important as Tier 1.  Tier 3 list will be mostly sports supplements to further your fitness gains.  Today we’re starting with Tier 1 nutritional aids and will be giving more information on Tier 2 and 3 in future blogs.

Tier 1:  For Overall Better Health

  1. Fish Oil- anti-inflammatory, pro-joint help.  Do I have to tell you how inflamed most of our bodies are nowadays with high stress/toxins everywhere/bad diets?  I know we all can agree we need some help in the inflammation department, and Fish Oil(Algal Oil if vegan/Krill Oil if super sensitive to mercury) seems to fit the bill.  Systemic inflammation feeds other pathologies such as psoriasis, fatigue, joint point and many other negative symptoms. One of the major contributors to inflammation is omega-6 to omega-3 ratio intake and Fish Oil will help you regulate that..
  2. Greens Powder- Those few of you that truly eats 5 servings of greens a day can ignore this, but for the other 99.99% of the population this should be a staple also.  It isn’t rocket science that adding greens to your diet will help with a plethora of ailments, health issues, and just make you healthier in general. Problem is most of us do not get the required amount to make a difference.  Organic greens powder will step in and fulfill the requirement and keep you running on premium gasoline.  Get your greens in!   https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-blog/americans-come-up-short-on-fruit-and-vegetables/bgp-20147073
  3. Vitamin D- “Just go in the sun” they say.  It’s been proven that anything more that SPF 8 will block out the important Vitamin D from the sun’s UV rays (and we all know how important sunscreen is, especially for those with light skin).  In addition, most foods high in Vitamin D are foods that are not eaten in a normal diet (Fatty Fish, Beef Liver as examples). As you can see, many people are getting way below their recommended daily allowance of Vitamin D, especially us in the Northern Hemisphere away from good sun most of the year.  Few reasons why you need Vitamin D? It is great in assisting with sleep help, hormonal help and bone help.  https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/guide/calcium-vitamin-d-foods
  4. Probiotic- Gut health is a hot topic and deserves to be.  Many leading Dr’s know, and believe, that your health starts and ends in your gut.  If your gut health and flora are not happy and balanced, then we are not healthy.  And with the advent of “take antibiotics for EVERYTHING” this makes it even more important now than ever before as antibiotics kill the good bacteria in your gut, along with the bad.  Few reasons they are good for you and needed: eczema and skin conditions, urinary/vaginal health, allergy/cold help, help after/during taking antibiotics(when needed).  https://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/what-are-probiotics#1

Training

The Ultimate At-Home Leg Workout

I’m all for a crazy heavy weight training workout but sometimes you just can’t get to the gym but want to get a great workout in.  You will be hard pressed to find a better home based leg exercise than the split squat. 

Here my client Charlotte demonstrates a slightly advanced version for people that have the mobility and strength.  It is called the Front Foot Elevated Split Squat.  This exercise fries your quads and glutes and gives you a great stretch in your hips.  If you can not do this variation you can simply omit the box(step) in front and have your front foot on the ground.  Give it a try and get those legs cranking!  Start out with low reps but once you mastered your form pump those reps upwards to 15-20 each leg!  Do a few sets of high rep split squats once or twice a week and you will notice your legs becoming stronger and leaner!    

Nutrition

10 Day Transformation starts today!

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Day NOW!  So I started my Purium 10 Day Transformation a day early (today) because I could not wait to get going!  As I write this I have already had 10 Super Aminos (vegan legume based aminos) which is about the same protein as a big steak and 12 ounces of water.  I noted in my Instagram post I hate drinking lots of water in the morning.  Isn’t that the epitomy of health, Coach?  Maybe yes, maybe no, but I’m on board now (yes, even Joey sometimes struggles with doing what is healthy).  This starts my week with tons of greens and superfoods, which means I'm kicking off the week feeling healthy and energized.  No catch phrases with Purium, just good old organic holistic nutrition.  

Why am I doing this again?  To recap, over the winter plethora of skin issues (I've always had skin issues actually but they flared up much worse over the winter).  I am also doing this because it is time to get ripped. I just finished a strength block where my only goal was to lift more weight and I accomplished that.  And finally, I am turning 40 this October and going in full charge with a healthy and in shape body to crush my 40’s!  Now it’s time to look better, clear up those skin issues and rock this next decade.  I currently weigh between 185-186ish and hoping to get under 180 with some more definition.  Is it vain?  Maybe, but don't we all want to look better while getting healthier?  

I'm telling you all this so you can follow my journey on this EASY path with Purium and me.  Who knows, you might want to start your own path real soon!  

Remember Purium is all natural and organic superfoods that help you live a healthier life.  Purium makes it real easy to get all your nutrients in during your busy day(s).  Contact me at jtabtraining@gmail.com or message me on my Instagram or Facebook for more details.  Stay tuned over the next 10 days as I update you on my progress and you walk with me on this journey.  

Training

Mini Band Upper Body Workout pt. 2 of 2

The mini band is back and welcome to pt. 2, upper body. Today we're using the mini band to work not only your arms, but your core and midsection as well. 

All 3 of these exercises can be done at home, without the use of extra weights, while still getting an excellent strength workout. These exercises will help you strengthen your shoulders,back and arms, tighten your core and burn calories. Combine these with the lower body workout in pt. 1 and you'll have a great, full body workout.

 

 

Training

Mini Band Lower Body Working pt. 1 of 2

Today we're featuring one of the favorite tools at Jtab Training, the mini band! At about $2 per band, this is something you can easily pick up at any gym supply store or online. So grab yours (or ask me to order one for you) and start using it at home for some great resistance training.

Today is part 1 of a 2 part series featuring the mini band and we're starting with the lower body. This series of 3 exercises features glute walks, squats and glute bridges which can all be done without extra weights at home. Not only will these moves help shape your legs and glutes, but offer you better balance and stability, relieve pressure from your lower back, AND burn calories.

Training

Move of the Week: Full Body Exercise Ball Workout

Even though it's after Labor Day, summer is not over! With temperatures in the 80's this week, chances are you're still going to be wearing those shorts, tank tops and dresses, which means you have to keep all those parts looking good! Today we're featuring 2 exercises you can do on a ball that will work your entire body.

The first is called a Reverse Hyper and focuses on your glutes and hamstrings. Remember to keep your core tight and squeeze your glutes at the top for maximum impact.

The second is called "Stir The Pot" and is not only excellent for your entire core but will get your shoulders firing and looking great in those tank tops.

Nutrition

Amy Does Purium: Day 2

Ahh Day 2. Still feeling the motivation that you have at the beginning of any diet, but definitely beginning to feel overwhelmed. I'm hungry, and the idea of 3 more days of this is a little much for me right now.

Like any other day, the morning/early afternoon were easy for me. I tend to not really eat a lot in the morning (except for a protein shake and a piece of fruit), so this isn't really a challenge for me. I even felt good and energized during my workout this morning.  Then 2pm hit....

I was hungry and exhausted. The tired part I know is coming from the fact that I've cut out my normal daily IV of caffeine. My regular 3-4 cups of coffee has been stipped to one morning cup only. And yes, I know I'm not supposed to be having any but unless you want me to turn into a violent, rage monster, you'll let me have my one cup of coffee.

The hungry part was a little tougher to deal with. Late afternoon into the evening is the time that I normally eat. And when I mean eat I mean I snack, eat dinner, and then snack again. And today was no exception. After my afternoon shake I found myself wandering around the kitchen, opening up the fridge and pantry and just staring at all the food I couldn't eat.

But, all that said, I think (I hope) I'm going to be ok. I think I'm going to be able to make it through another day. Instead of looking at the 3 days I have left (really? 3 whole days?) I'm trying to look at it each day, and meal, at a time. If I look at it as a whole it's too overwhelming. If I look at it as just getting through the next 2 hours before I can have a shake or piece of fruit again, it really makes the entire situation much more bearable. 

Being hungry isn't going to kill me. I'm getting all the nutrients my body needs and I'm fueling it property, even if that comes with a serious reduction in calories. Now, can someone just tell my stomach that?

 

Amy Does Purium: Prologue

So tomorrow I begin my 5 day Purium cleanse and to be honest, I'm freaking out a little. Let me break it down for you.

Is Purium healthy? The healthiest. Does it help you detox and cleanse your system of all those nasty things you eat (or in my case, drink) in any given week? You bet. Does it include all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein you need to fuel your body and run at top performance? Sure thing. Is it all natural and organic so you're not putting harmful chemicals in your body? Mmmhmmm. Are any of these the reason why I'm doing it? Absolutely not.

Let's get real. I'm doing this because I want to be skinny. Since I was old enough to start comparing my body to those in magazines, I've wanted to be skinny. Whether I was at my heaviest (middle school is the worst) or my lightest (getting married is a good motivator), I've always wanted to be skinnier. 

I think I have the working out part down. I know that lifting heavy objects twice a week (thanks Joey) helps raise my metabolism and create fat burning muscle. In between that I'm pretty consistent in making sure I move throughout the day, go on walks and always take the stairs. I've figured that out. It's the diet part that I have a problem with. And here's why:

Things I enjoy eating:

  • Donuts
  • Ice cream
  • Crunchy things
  • Salty things
  • Fried things
  • Did I mention donuts?

Things I don't enjoy eating:

  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Basically anything that's not on the list above

So now that you know the backstory, let's go back to the beginning. Here's why I'm freaking out. Clearly, I don't like healthy things and I want to be skinny. I tried the Purium cleanse before and failed miserably halfway through day 2. Am I painting a clear picture for you?

Let me get a little clearer for you. This is what I'm supposed to sustain on for 5 days. FIVE WHOLE DAYS worth of food is sitting right there. Are you kidding me!?

But I know something must be done. With the nice weather comes BBQ's, winery tours and nights out with friends. All of that over indulgence means those skinny jeans are feeling really tight. The breaking point came a few weekends ago when my super stretchy legging-like jeans felt so tight that I had to sit with them unbuttoned at the dinner table. Ugh.

So maybe my true motivator behind this cleanse makes me seem vain and shallow. But who cares? At least I'm going about this in a way that's healthy for my body and not detrimental. And if you're really honest with yourself, seeing the inches and pounds shed off is the best part of any diet. Looking in the mirror and liking what you see is what really gets you excited and pushes you through the hard parts.

Below are my starting stats. And yes, I am publishing this for everyone to see (kill me now...) because I know it will help me stay accountable, and honest, and really see the results (if any). So, here we go!

Current Stats:
Weight: 140.6 - UGH!
Waist - 28.5 inches
Hips - 35 inches
Arms - 11.5 inches
Legs - 21 inches