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Are Your Workouts Wearing You Out?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: attainable, cardio, diet, energy, exercise, fitness plateau, frequency, goals, intensity, lose-weight, measurable, Melissa Hurst, nutrition, realistic, Reasonable, SMART method, specific, strength training, the firm, time frame, timely, tired, weight training, weight-loss, work out, workout rut, worn down

By The FIRM Master Instructor Melissa Hurst

You’ve made it through the holidays! Your weekly schedule, while still hectic, is becoming more routine and you have even found time to fit in your workouts (hopefully). There’s only one problem: Instead of your workouts re-energizing you, they are wearing you down.

If you are facing this dilemma, you are not alone. There are many reasons why you may feel as though your workouts are not giving you the results (emotionally or physically) you expect.

4 Tips to Break Mindless Eating Habits

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | September 27th, 2012 | 6 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: calories, diet, eating habits, eating healthy, healthy-eating, junk food, lose-weight, mindless eating, Mindy Fenske, nutrition, snacking, the firm, weight-loss, working from home

Mindless Eating

By The FIRM Master Instructor Mindy Fenske

A while back, I took a teaching sabbatical and worked out of my house for a few months. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved having the flexibility of working from home, but I had a small problem.

I would be working diligently at my computer, tap-tap-tapping the keyboard, when, all of a sudden, my fingers would stop. Then my legs would stand me up and walk me into the kitchen and, before I even realized what was happening, my hand would be force-feeding chips into my open mouth. It was as if my body was possessed by aliens!

My Sculpting Workout Playlist

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | August 20th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: band, exercise, Fitness, good mood, inspiration, music, music mix, nancy butts, new tunes, old tunes, play list, playlist, push muscles, sculpting, songs, the firm, tone muscles, weights, workout playlist

Sculpt Playlist

By The FIRM Master Instructor Nancy Butts

I love music and have a TON of it from all genres. I adore every song listed below and hope that you do, too. If you haven’t heard them, look them up on You Tube! I stumbled upon N.E.R.D. out of a freebie bin from an auction we had at the office. You just never know when, where or how you will find a new band you love!

The playlist below is a great mix, in my opinion, of newer and older tunes. Each song puts me in a super great mood, builds up my energy and helps me push my muscles to the absolute max. That’s what a great sculpting playlist is for, right? I’ve also included a few sample exercises for each tune for fit-spiration. Enjoy!

S-U-M-M-E-R: That’s How I Spell Fun, Fresh and Fit!

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 23rd, 2012 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: clothes, Clothing, diet, exercise, fashion, Fitness, food, fruits, health, healthy, hydrate, hydration, nutrition, relax, relaxation, SPF, stress, summer, summer produce, summer wardrobe, sun, swim, swimming, the firm, vacation, vegetables, veggies, warm weather, water, work out, workout

SummerBy The FIRM Master Instructor Robyn Smarr

I love summer! If you were listening to this post rather than reading it, you would surely hear me shouting this sentence as loudly as I possibly can.

Maybe it’s because I was born in the crazy heat of August. (I have a theory that people tend to favor the season in which they were born.) Or maybe it’s because I practically lived at the pool and the beach as a child. Or maybe it’s because I can wear flip-flops every day during the warm summer months (the best “shoe” ever invented)! Regardless of the reason, I find so much joy and rejuvenation during the summer.

Here are my favorite tricks for making the most out of your S-U-M-M-E-R:

Balancing It All: Fitness, Nutrition and Life

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: balance, body log, diet, exercise, exercise journal, Fitness, food journal, healthy-eating, Kelly Branning, Libra, meditation, nutrition, parenting, self care, Stephen Covey, the firm, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, tree-pose, weight-loss, workouts, Yoga

Balanced Nutrition

By The FIRM Master Instructor Kelly Branning

I am a Libra. Although I don’t read my horoscope, I do identify with those scales that represent my sign. Balance, balance and more balance. It is a daily challenge to keep those scales from tipping over. One side seems overloaded with the things we do for others and the outside world, like family, career, social life and housework. The other side of the scale, including exercise and nutrition, usually threatens to let go at any time.

I think the absolute foundation of a balanced life is good self-care, coupled with good self-awareness. That said … how are you doing? How is your eating? Do you get everything you need from the foods you eat? Hopefully you are eating healthy, life-affirming foods every 3-4 hours. How about exercise? Are you finding a little time to work out and get stronger? If you don’t know how you are doing, let’s take some time to figure it out.

The Young & the Healthless: How My Fitness Focus Matured As I Did

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: 20s, 30s, diet, Emily Welsh, energy, exercise, fitness goals, Healthy Aging, healthy-eating, mind-body fitness, motivation, nutrition 20s, plyometrics, strength training, stress-relief, the firm, workout, Yoga

Mother and Daughter Workout

Okay, so Emily Welsh, a Master Instructor for The FIRM, was actually far from “healthless” in her 20s. But one look at her answers to health and fitness questions will tell you Emily — now in her 30s — is now in an even healthier, happier place.

Create a Fitness “Play” List

Girlfriend@Gaiam by Girlfriend@Gaiam | February 28th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Weight Loss, Yoga | tags: Debbie Rocker, exercise, Fitness, gaiam tv, GaiamTV, GaiamTV.com, Gwen Lawrence, Jillian Michaels, lose-weight, play list, playlist, resolution, rodney yee, the firm, weight-loss, work out, workout, workout videos, Yoga

Workout PlaylistMaybe it’s cabin fever, or perhaps it’s just all those Girl Scout cookies, but I’m ready for something new in my fitness routine. Aren’t you?

Like many people, I made a resolution to lose weight, and I’ve been keeping up my end of the bargain I made with myself to work out for at least 30 minutes, five days a week. Now I’m ready for something new: a new challenge, a different routine, a never-tried-that-before workout.

10 No-More-Excuses Exercise Tips

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | December 8th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: dancing, excuses, exercise tips, Fitness, jumping jacks, lunges, no time to exercise, push-ups, squats, stairs, the firm, walking, weight-loss, working out, workout tips

The FIRM Workout Tips

by The FIRM Master Instructor Jennifer Ray

I think we can all agree on one thing: Life is busy. With that said, who has time to exercise?

I’m not here to scold, because we are all guilty of making excuses as to why we don’t have time to exercise. And I’m not saying these excuses aren’t often legitimate either — sometimes there really aren’t enough hours in the day! What I am here to do is offer easy solutions to a problem that faces us all.

Weight Loss vs Fat Loss: Why You Don’t Want to Be the Skinniest Fat Person Around

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | November 7th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: body fat percentage, Body Mass Index, cardio, exercise, Fitness, lean muscle, lose-weight, resistance-training, strength training, the firm, weigh, weight-loss, work out, workout

Woman struggling with her weightby The FIRM Master Instructor Kelsie Daniels

I said in a past blog that I prefer to be a lean 145 pounds versus a plain ol’ 145 pounds. A lean 145 just looks better … tighter, smaller, stronger, FIRMer, and, well … leaner! I would take that one step further and say that most of us would also feel better if we were leaner instead of just smaller!

When your goal is “weight loss,” you want to lower the actual amount that you weigh; in other words, you want to see the number on the scale go down. A goal of “fat loss” involves the desire to lower your body fat — the actual amount of visible and invisible fat you carry on and inside your body. People who want to lose weight probably need to lose body fat as well, so I say why not just go for a “two for one” and make fat loss your goal and get some weight loss as an added benefit?

Green Monsters: 3 Nutrition Powerhouse Drinks

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | September 26th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: almond milk, apples, avocado, B-vitamins, berries, blender, blending, blueberries, calcium, cauliflower, celery, diet, digestion, drink recipes, fiber, flax seed, fruits, green drinks, green juices, green monsters, green smoothies, hair, healthy-eating, honey, juice, juicing, kale, leafy greens, lean mucles, mango, nails, nutirion, omega 3, omega-3 fatty acids, papaya, parsley, peas, pepper, protein, protein powder, skin, smoothie recipes, spinach, the firm, vegetables, vegetarian, veggies, vitamin B, wheat germ, yogurt

Green SmoothieA while back, a few members of The FIRM Believers Web Club started chatting about how they make “green monsters” in their blenders using spinach, kale, avocado and other green gems. These monsters were essentially the healthiest drinks that I’ve heard of!

The idea was somewhat novel to me. Because I really enjoy eating whole vegetables, I’ve never really considered juicing. And because I am not a fan of juicers that extract the fiber out of the fruits and vegetables, I never really considered making my own juices. But these FIRM Believers changed my mind, and my blender is now getting a workout!