The Barbell Front Squat

When it comes to squat variations, my strong suit is the front squat due to having strong quad muscles — in the video I demonstrate the front squat from the back side view, doing 135 lbs on the barbell & making sure to hit the 90 degree angle on the way down and bringing the weight back up evenly against my traps.

Now this video might not show close up insight or a step by step direction — but you see the squat form and the depth I am doing in order to hit full ROM (range of motion). If you are new to this exercise or any form of exercise, be sure to start off with lighter loads to work on technique/form.

Muscles utilized:

Quadriceps
glutes
adductor magnus
soleus
hamstrings
gastrocnemius
erector spinane
anterior/lateral delts
suprapinatus
rhomboids
upper/middle/lower back
Benefits of the exercise
Improves core strength
glute activitation

Benefits of the exercise
  • Improves core strength 
  • glute activitation
  • huge quad development
  • possible decrease in lumbar and knee stress
  • increase my power clean
  • Total body mobility and stability
  • Total body strength gains 
  • Increased muscle mass

P.S I posted the video on my social media ShayFitnessWonderWoman

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Guest Post: Hemp Oil By Brittany Wolfe

Health Conditions that Can Be Treated with Hemp Oil: Healthy Life

 

 

Hemp seeds are from the same species of cannabis but have a different variety. However, when you buy hemp oil online, many retailers mention the little amount of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Seeds of hemp are highly nutritious and constitute a rich amount of healthy fats, minerals, and proteins.

 

Boosts Healthy Heart

 

Heart diseases have become the most common reason for death worldwide. There are many medicines which can keep your heart safe but there is not any assurance that does it actually works. However, intake hemp seeds may reduce your risk of heart disease. Nitric oxide is a gas molecule that makes your blood vessels dilate and relax by lowering blood pressure. The seeds of hemp oil contain rich amount of amino acid arginine, which produces nitric oxide in your body.

 

High Amount of Nutrition

 

Hemp seeds are very nutritious and they have a mild, and nutty flavor. They are also known as hemp hearts and contains over 30% of fat and gamma-linolenic acid. Meanwhile, hemp seeds are also rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, phosphorus, and potassium. The best thing about buying hemp seeds online is that they can be consumed raw, cooked or roasted.

 

Healthier and Plump Skin

 

The oil extracted from the hemp seeds has shown remarkable traces of relieving from dry skin, inflammation, alleviating itchiness and other skin disorders. The seeds also carry the rich constituents of polyunsaturated, essential fatty acids and a 3:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3. There have been positive studies when hemp oil was given to people with eczema for improving blood levels of essential fatty acids.

 

Hemp Seed Alleviates the Symptoms of PMS and Menopause

 

Studies say almost 80 of women suffer from painful periods while triggering emotional and physical pain. The pain caused by premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is due to the hormone prolactin. To reduce the effect of prolactin, hemp can be found effective as it has Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) that produces prostaglandin E1. In a study, women who were intaking 1 gram of essential fatty acid through hemp oil or seed have experienced a significant downfall in the pain. It is good news for the ladies who have not seen any visible benefits in reducing the PMS pain even after following a proper medication or other PMS therapies.

 

Proper Digestion

 

You will be stunned to hear that hemp seed is highly rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, containing 20% and 80 percent. Meanwhile, healthy digestion requires a sufficient amount of fiber. Therefore, adding the required amount of hemp oil or seed can help your body to boost the amount of fiber while regulating blood sugar level.

 

Conclusion: There are many countries where using hemp oil seems not to be easy. But, fortunately, there are countries that are undertaking its countless benefits by adding it into the staple food to provide excellent nutritional value. They are highly rich in healthy fats, high-quality protein and several minerals which makes them appreciated by the therapeutic industry. However, make sure the bottle of hemp seed which you are picking does not contain more than trace amounts of THC (< 0.3%), which is an active compound of marijuana.

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Hi, I am a content writer & blogger at Groheline CBD. And apart from blogging frequently at work, I am into reading, writing poems in the comfort space of my home. Hey, did I tell you that I also like to go trekking with friends when in the mood to explore nature and then post all those adorable pics from my adventure on my Instagram handle!
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Thank you Brittany for contributing to my blog. If this post interest you, check out her blog and find out more about Hemp oil and its other benefits and holistic health lifestyles. 

 

Have A Cup Of Tea Instead..

Hello Bloggers,

 

I hope you enjoy tea, because if so, I am going to share with you the different kind of teas that have various benefits to our health – some of which you may not have heard of or did not know could do some wonderful things to our systems.

Green Tea:

The first tea that comes to mind when someone mentions the word “healthy”, want to know why?

 
  • Antioxidants are said to interfere with growth of certain types of cancers
  • Improves cholesterol, and prevents clogging of the arteries
  • Reduces risk of stroke
  • Reduces the risk of neurological disorders
  • Contains fluoride, which is said to prevent tooth decay

Black Tea:

  • Said to possibly reduce the risk of stroke
  • Helps body maintain normal blood pressure/increases blood flow in the capillaries
  • Expands the airways (making it easier for those with asthma)

White Tea:

  • More potent anticancer properties than processed teas
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Can thin the blood, improving artery function
  • Protects the circulatory system
  • Contains fluoride; keeps the teeth strong and healthy & kills teeth bacteria (that causes plaque, tooth decay)
  • Helps to strength the immune system & prevents bacterial infection

Oolong Tea:

  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Has been used as a weight loss supplement
  • People with diabetes: it can help keep blood sugar levels in line

Chaga Tea:

  • Possibly helps to boost and strength immune system
  • Possibly helps to prevent and lower the risk of some cancers
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Boost energy levels and supports increased stamina
  • Can help aid in digestion and prevent stomach diseases

Pu-erh Tea:

  • Helps to lower cholesterol levels/boost blood flow/improve circulation
  • Aids in digestion of food
  • The antioxidants can help remove toxins from bloodstream 
  • Proven to show improved function of the spleen

Chamomile tea:

  • Antioxidants may help with complications from diabetes
  • known to stunt growth of cancer cells
  • Helps to stop gastrointestinal inflammation: prevents gas & reduces stomach cramps 
  • Has been used as treatment for irritable bowel syndrome
  • Can help people fall asleep

Hibiscus Tea:

  • Some studies have shown it to reduce blood pressure
  • Possibly helps in lowering cholesterol 

Rooibos Tea:

  • Has some cancer fighting properties
  • helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure
  • Aids in regeneration of liver tissue
  • Helps to relieve cramps and gastrointestinal distress

I have been drinking tons of this chamomile tea, for different reasons but mostly because it taste so good 😀 What kind of teas do you drink? any favorites, any that you don’t like? leave your answers in the comment section! 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet Potato, Red Purple, Pile Up, Fruit

That is right! I don’t like sweet potatoes, never have and probably never will. Why? because they are gross. I don’t see how people can enjoy them so much, even most of my family love it, except for my two siblings. Another thing is, I see everyone all over social media who is into “eating healthy” and fitness sharing pictures of sweet potato dishes – I am over here like.. seriously.. -_- 

Part of me is jealous, because I wish I could stand to eat them, but then part of me is like.. hahahahahahhahaahhaha have your sweet potatoes; I will continue to eat my russet (even if isn’t the “best” choice). Anyways after seeing so many pictures, dishes, recipes dealing with sweet potatoes, I decided I would make a blog post about it (in a good way) and share with you the benefits of adding sweet potatoes in your diet and then maybe you can decide why it is such a popular choice for health experts. 

 

Why, Oh why, The Sweet Potato?

 
  1. They are inexpensive
  2. available all year long in most places
  3. High in vitamin B6
  4. Vitamin C
  5. Vitamin D
  6. Have Iron and promote a healthy immune system
  7. Good source of magnesium
  8. Potassium
  9. Do not cause blood sugar spikes
  10. Anti-inflammatory nutrients
  11. Antioxidant nutrients
  12. promote healthy skin and hair
  13. good for stress because of the magnesium
  14. good source of dietary fiber
  15. Have said in studies to help prevent cancer – and protect against the effects of aging

Also, Yams and sweet potatoes are two different things that look a lot alike and many people do not know this, YAMS are rarely sold in most stores in the U.S and as said before sweet potatoes are widely available. 

So for these reasons, I wish I could eat sweet potatoes and enjoy it, hell I wish I liked YAMS too, but I don’t. Do any of you not like sweet potatoes? do any of you love them? share your thoughts on sweet potatoes in the common section and don’t forget to share this post on social media so people you know can be informed about this lovely food!

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxx

Spin Classes

spin-class

Just keep spinning, just keep spinning…..

 

The amount of sweat, the speed, the amount of hours people will go for spinning makes my legs weak thinking about it, because I know from watching the videos, people have to be tired by the end of the workout – I would be. I don’t know a whole lot of people who take part in spin classes, but I do know some, and they enjoy it because of the amount of calories they burn and the amount of sweat that pours out of them after the class. My take on spin class was riding a bike and enjoying some good music, but I was wrong, so much more goes into spinning depending on the class and fitness level of the individual, they even have youtube videos people can follow for spinning, which seem very helpful. How many of you have taken a spin class? good, bad, in between, what is your take? I haven’t yet participated in a spin class, and I don’t necessarily have it on my bucket list but I also don’t mind trying something new, so it may be something I look into down the road if my workouts start to get boring. This post isn’t one that will judge spin classes or people who take part in it, it will be a post with information about spinning for those who may be interested or don’t know anything about it. Feel free to share your spin stories with me in the comment section. 

 

Benefits:

 
  1. Helps to burn calories- I have had people say they burn through 800 or more calories sometimes doing spin classes (although standard is maybe 400-600) 
  2. Improved cardiovascular health- which is to be expected since it is a cardio exercise
  3. Low impact workout
  4. Most spin classes allow for you to progress at your own pace
  5. Uses large muscle groups in your legs- tones
  6. I have had people tell me it is a great abdominal workout overtime – nothing shows immediately but because they have to use proper technique and form when riding, you will feel it in your abdominal area too. 
  7. Builds mental strength 
  8. You have people around you during the class, so you aren’t alone.
  9. Builds stamina
  10. You get to listen to music the whole time while pedaling, music is good right? lol
  11. Some classes offer a hand-weight while spinning (this shouldn’t replace your resistance training)

Some Cons… 

  1. The instructor guides you, but it is up to the individual to be motivated enough to push themselves through the workout
  2. can be semi-expensive depending on the packages / classes. 
  3. The seat can be uncomfortable for some spinners, so they might have pelvic injuries/aches
  4. the music may not be your taste, if you are picky
  5. some people may not like being surrounded about others

So overall, spinning may be your cup of tea or it may not, but it something to do if you want to implement something new in your workout regimen, either way, I think the most important part is it keeps your moving! Give it a try or pass it by, your choice!

 

Your Fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xxxx

 
 
 

Wearing a Weight Vest

weight-vest

Okay so for beginners, this shouldn’t be too long of a blog post, I know how some of you yawn at all my post and yet still manage to come back for more, LOL, Only kidding. 

On a more serious note, have any of you considered wearing a weight vest while working out, or taking a run? Chances are a small number of people have actual done this and most of the time it isn’t something I would recommend in the first place unless you are a more advanced athlete or have a good fitness level where it will add to your skill and not hinder your progress. 

Some of you are probably thinking, “why is she writing about wearing a weight vest if the chances of people actually doing this is very minimal?” well to be honest with you, because I had the chance to wear one while running a 800m run, and I turned down my chance because I didn’t think I could possibly hold an extra 20 lb and run a 800m with a decent time. I don’t always feel the need to show off my skill level and when I do, I make sure to not look like a dumb ass in front of elite athletes, and/or everyday general population. Neither group needs to see me make a fool of myself in order to make myself seem “cool”. Nonetheless, I have been looking into getting myself one, not because I feel the need to make a valid point, but because it actually occur to me that I have gotten stronger since that time and have developed a much higher level of confidence than I had in the beginning. I like to challenge myself without going crazy over the top.

Back to my point, I wanted to do a brief post on how adding a weight vest to your workout has its positives, but like I said, don’t feel obligated in going out to buy one, there is more than one way to get a challenge from a workout; but for those of you who may be interested, this will be a fun post for you to read. 

  • Combined with resistance training, the potential for performance enhancement increases.
  • Good tool for variation
  • Takes cardio exercises to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL 
  • Weight vest should be used occasionally (not all the time) to prevent injury and overuse
  • You can choose how much weight is on your vest
  • Known to increase strength and endurance – previously said 
  • Said to have musculoskeletal benefits
  • Weight vest are not cheap items 
  • You need to be physically in shape before you consider going “rambo” LOL
  • Not something I would recommend for children (yes, people have asked) – seriously what child wants to add an extra 20 lb while running around with his/her friends… 
  • Some people have complained of back and shoulder problems after using a weight vest 
  • Joint pains are another popular injury while wearing a weight vest
I think it obvious that if you are wanting to purchase a weight vest to add to your workouts, you will want to know what exercises will benefit you using one, how often you should use it and what weight would be appropriate for you specifically until you are ready for something heavier. It is also recommended that you give considerations to the environment you plan on wearing it in and the length of time you plan to have it on. Would love to hear from those of you who wear weight vest during your exercises, what exercises you add it to? 
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo

The Burpee & Half Burpee

Half burpee video

The burpee video

Hello fitness Fanatics! 

 

Today I want to go over the Legendary burpee & half burpee.  I have participated in both exercises during my CrossFit class, and have to say I think the “half burpee” is harder, especially when you are reaching fatigue but both exercises are considered to be somewhat of an advanced workout. There are many ways to make burpees a bit more challenging but I want to keep it simple for our sake, I don’t want to confuse anyone.  I might decide to add some tips at the end to make it more challenging if I have time but honestly, just doing 5 burpees can be challenging enough for most people, let alone more than that. Personally, I don’t mind the burpees, but I have learned to hate them during CrossFit because of everything else that comes along with doing it.  This isn’t an exercise I would recommend to just anyone, especially if you have never done them, or have prior injuries or conditions/present injuries. I think this is an exercise that shouldn’t be taken lightly, people have been known to get injured doing burpees because they are hitting fatigue and mess up the form/technique or because they don’t know what they are doing. I have posted two videos at the top demonstrating both exercises, please adhere to them before jumping into this exercise and as always, consult with your doctor before starting any exercises. 

 

How many of you like doing burpees? which do you prefer, the burpee or half burpee? which is harder in your opinion? How many burpees can you do in 1 minute? 

 

I normally write down the how to portion on each of my exercises but decided for this particular exercise it was best to not do it, to keep people from being confused. Although if you are someone who wants the words, I don’t mind sending you the steps to perform a proper burpee without injury. 

 
 

Benefits of the burpee?

 
  • Full body strength training exercise
  • Functional exercise
  • Works the arms, chest, quads, glutes, hamstrings, core
  • Require no equipment
  • dynamic exercise
  • mentally stimulating
  • builds endurance
  • Improved anaerobic capacity
  • helps with weight loss

If any of you want to do this activity, and let me know your score that would be splendid:

 

time yourself for 1 minute and see how many burpees you can do in under a minute, then take your break and time your self for 1 minute and see how many half burpees you are capable of doing. I would love to see how well everyone did, and don’t worry about being judged, I am not here to judge you. My blog is a judgement free zone. I will give you my score if anyone is interested in knowing sometime this week possibly (Saturday maybe). Thanks for reading, please feel free to share, comment, like, and or reblog.

 

Your fitness blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo