- 1 lb of raw shrimp, peeled & cleaned
- 5 tbsp of softened butter
- 3-4 large cloves of garlic, crushed
- salt and pepper
- fresh or dried parsley to use as a garnish
- lemon wedges (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees
- Spread butter evenly on the bottom of the baking dish
- sprinkle crushed garlic over the butter
- add the shrimp
- bake for 7 minutes, then stir/turn shrimp, then bake for another 7-10 minutes
- squeeze a lemon wedge if desired and garnish with parsley
This dish would probably go great as part of a pasta dish, or as a side to a steak, even possibly adding it to a salad might be okay.
How many of you are shrimp fans? let me know in the comment section!
This was last week’s video with my fitness collaboration partner – nofilternina, as we discuss our results since the beginning of the program.
Last Saturday I missed the opportunity to share a recipe with all of you, but was able to do one on my podcast last Thursday. This particular recipe, is for anyone who enjoys sweet potatoes, personally, I do not, so I most likely will not give this a try, but my family loves it so I know they make something with similar ingredients during the holiday months. Hopefully this quick recipe will be one you share with the folks.
- 2 sweet potatoes
- maple syrup (preferably pure) 2 tbsp
- cinnamon 1/4 tsp
- nutmeg 1/4 tsp
- pepper 1/4 tsp
- salt 1/2 tsp
- olive oil 1 1/2 tbsp
- Heat oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet with parchment paper or tin foil and spray it. (or without use of parchment paper and spray it with cooking spray)
- Cut the sweet potatoes in cubed shaped, and place them inside a mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and maple syrup on top of them, then sprinkle the spices, mix together until the sweet potatoes are well covered
- Dump onto the cookie sheet and bake them for 15-20 minutes (should be tender and slightly crispy) and you will want to stir the sweet potatoes half way through cooking time.
The above video is me demonstrating how to properly do box jumps. Now as simple as they may come, there is a technique to them that can prevent injury. In this blog post, I will go over some key notes to take away from this workout and like all workouts, give you some informative information about the particular exercise.
I personally enjoy doing box jumps, and for more advanced athletes, they are usually using boxes higher than myself (but I had to use what resources I had) – and for the beginners, I would highly recommend a much lower height to get the hang of things. I started box jumps years ago as an athlete in high school, so this was nothing new to me, but it wasn’t until I started CrossFit that I was doing them more often & now I implement them in my regular workouts too. For those of you who do box jumps, feel free to add your own insight in the comment section and/or achievements of what heights you use for your box jumps, and for those of you who haven’t yet tried this, give it a go and let me know what you think afterwards in the comment section.
How to perform box jumps:
- Choose a box of an appropriate height (beginners lower heights, more advanced athletes, higher ones) 1-2 feet in front of you, feet should be shoulder width apart and this will be the starting position.
- perform a short squat in preparing for the jump, making sure to swing your arms behind you.
- “Rebound” out of this position, extending through the hips, knees and ankles. Make sure to jump as high as possible while swinging your arms forward and up.
- You will land on the box with the knees bent, the impact will be absorbed through the legs, the step down and start again.
Some key points I want you to keep in mind:
- You want to land as quietly as possible. There is no need to be obnoxious and loud when landing on the platform.
- make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear
- use a safe platform to jump on
- Jump high
- Do not land with the knees caved in – land with them out
- jump at a height that both feet can make it on the platform
- landing on the platform in a deep squat position usually means the height of the platform might be too high for you; you should be landing at half a squat
Now personally I land on my toes while doing box jumps and make sure my heel touches last, but I have heard of athletes saying their coaches tell them to land on their heels and toes touch last and my opinion of that is .. it is awkward and I feel as though I will injure myself doing so and I was always taught toes first then heels. I would suggest my way but if you are being taught a different way then.. I won’t argue with you.
Many athletes will have their heels half off the box when jumping because it is semi quicker than having the whole foot on the box, in my demonstration my whole foot is on the platform, not just half of it. Depending on who is coaching you and their tactics, it could be interchangeable. Some coaches care and others do not.
What muscles are effected by the BOX JUMP?
- Hip Flexors
Now this isn’t an exercise you need to implement daily, but it is always good to implement some form of plyos in your workouts, even when training as a runner. The box jump will focus on increasing your strength and muscle tone, builds upper body and lower body and when used as a form of cardio, it is beneficial to burning calories. Hopefully all of you will share your love for box jumps and be sure to leave comments, like, follow and share. Thanks for reading.
Warm up: 2-3 minute of jump rope
- Incline DB flyes: 3 x 21-30. 20 lb. (1 minute jump rope)
- DB flyes: 3 x 21-30. 20 lb. (1 minute bench step up)
- Cable crossover: 3 x 21-30, 40 lb. (1 minute squat jumps)
- Triceps Pushdown: 3 x 21-30, 70 lb. (1 minute side to side shuffle)
- Standing DB triceps extension: 3 x 21-30, 20 lb. (1 minute kettlebell swings – 8kg)
- Cable lying triceps extension: 3 x 21-30, 30 lb. (1 minute goblet squats – 30 lb)
- Crunches: 3 x 21-30. (1 minute running in place)
- Standing oblique cable crunch: 3 x 21-30, 20 lb. (1 minute jump lunges)
Okay so today was different, as you can tell, I went up in reps during this workout plan and this meant I used lighter weights (not by too much) but enough where I could lift for that many reps comfortably. Also, I did NOT do the squat jumps or jump lunges because my left knee was in a lot of pain and I didn’t want to put too much pressure on it during the workouts if I didn’t have to. Hopefully it will get better within the next couple of days.
Secondly, I plan on having a video up soon on YouTube either tonight or tomorrow at some point to update all of you on what has been going on nutritional wise and exercise wise .. along with the person I am collabing with – her own updates will be in the video as well. Below will be the links to my social media, feel free to follow each of them 😀
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