A Tennis Haul!

Yoooooo! Guys!

I’m back to playing tennis again.  Like yall don’t understand I’m back for real for real. I’m getting coached and everything. My next blog post will highlight changes to my workout, but now I want to show off what I bought. (Today is a rest day.)

See this joy?

See this joy?

I have used and LOVE the Wilson Pro neon colored over grips, but everywhere I have checked in Columbia they don’t have them so I’m trying 2 Gamma overgrips.  One is the “Neon Tac” which comes in 3 super bright colors they feel okay.

The package says 4/5 for Tacky and 3/5 for absorbent. The other Gamma over grips are called “Supreme”- 3/5 for Tacky and 4/5 for moisture. absorbency. I’ll have to see which grips work best for me.

So last night I’m in Academy Sports + Outdoors to get the grips, right? I take a stroll back to the footwear department to see if they had any tennis sneaks and any that weren’t OD expensive. They had quite a few & then I saw that the Asics were on sale! I had a little debate with myself in the

Looking Nice

Looking Nice

aisle….alone, before deciding that I’d buy them. I purchased the Gel Solution Slam tennis shoe. Online has great reviews, and I can finally let my running sneaks be running sneaks & my cross training sneaks be for cross training! Yes! (I also LOVE Ascis)

Tomorrow I’ll be out with my coach hitting again, but in the mean time I just re-gripped my rackets. I have 2 Head LiquidMetal Radical

Any other tennis equipment I should be on the lookout for?? Anybody play tennis? I love love LOVE tennis. If you take away anything from this post, know that!

#GetThere #NewLevels

PS I’m beasty on the courts. You’ve been warned

What’s your story?

Hey yall!

There’s a bunch of stories out here regarding the journey to leading a healthy life. I want to start showcasing them here, on my blog.  Usually (in magazines, news stories, talk shows etc) you’ll see the beginning and the end- the transformation. But there’s so much that happens in between- how many times did you fall off and stay off for a few months? Did you not have a support system for a while? Did you reach out to someone like an accountability buddy? What’s your favorite “junk” food that you haven’t lost your taste for..even right in this moment (for me it’s water ice, candy and pizza and hoagies and.. everything. judge me if ya want.)  So yes, I want to hear your story. I want to know where you are in this moment and how you planning to get where you wanna go…what is the journey looking like for you?

But wait, there’s more! If you have succeeded and you have improved your health, tell me about that, too.

Basically, I want to interview people. I’ve already created the questions and have several people in mind. I have skype, g-chat and emails. Guys let’s make this happen! :)

If you are interested let me know, or share with your friends/family/social media family so we can connect.

Everybody has a different journey, and your story may be the one that motivates or connects with someone else you don’t even know. Let’s do it!

#GetThere #NewLevels

Welcome to the Grind

I have this awesome post coming up about health challenges that I wanted to put out today, but I have been traveling and it’s not quite done yet. SO, plan B is giving you all one of my favorite motivational videos. I found out about this video back in early February, and recently a friend shared it on my Facebook page which is perfect because I had been needing a push these last few days.

First, this video isn’t just for athletes, you know the videos that pertain mainly for aspiring athletes, nah this isn’t that. Second, it’s truly motivational- you listen to it and you’re ready Ready get moving. Ready to revisit that project that was pissing you off. Ready to start tackling something new you’ve been postponing.

Let me start by saying this- I don’t mind spiritual encouragement, trust me, my morning routines includes a devotional that helps gets my day started. BUT sometimes I need a little more, and this video hit that little more aspect.

The music, the narrator, the message… this is a win in all aspects. Power up & start your day.

“… For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way.”

#GetThere #NewLevels

TechFitness Fusion

Maaaaan, it can be so hard sticking to goals that you set for yourself, especially health and fitness goals. BUT, yes, there is a but– technology helps to alleviate some of those struggles. Now me, personally, I tend to read about the new tech devices as opposed to using them. However, I have a couple that I’d like to highlight and a few that I have suggested to clients.

Run The Map App

Run The Map App

I have a windows phone, so options are limited on apps that can track my running mileage and speed, but I use “Run the Map” & when I do use it…ah-mazing. It links with social media sites, gives you a multitude of stats and has been super accurate! The attached picture is an email detailing the stats of that run.  The other app I use is an interval timer which is key when I do my HIIT workouts on my own.

This is a look: Polar Watch

When it comes to clients, almost everything I suggest is dependent on their goals, commitment and affordability. My Fitness Pal is a top recommendation, especially for beginners. It’s  easy to use, eye opening (you really see what you put in your body), great for reaching goals and freeeee. I plan to get a Polar watch- I really like the FT7 which is for cross-training. Now these watches come with a multitude of features and personal training through Polar…so fricking cool! I wish it came in green, but you know, that’s a personal problem.  FitBit is really popular with my friends, I definitely like the concept, especially because it tracks your sleeping, AND when several friends/colleagues have FitBit, you can get a friendly competition going. I probably won’t buy this, but I can’t predict the future ;) Continue reading

National Physical Activity Plan Congress 2015- Recap

NPAP Congress 2015 Booklet!

NPAP Congress 2015 Booklet!

I recently returned home from Washington DC. It was brisk, but so beautiful. It’s a city I love and I was happy to leave the south and enjoy city life for a few days.

I attended a conference in DC entitled “National Physical Activity Plan Congress.” The National Physical Activity Plan, or NPAP, is ”

a comprehensive set of policies, programs, and initiatives that aim to increase physical activity in all segments of the American population. The Plan is the product of a private-public sector collaborative. Hundreds of organizations are working together to change our communities in ways that will enable every American to be sufficiently physically active.

Shavon Arline-Bradley speaks to us.

I was part of the University of South Carolina team that went because of my current involvement with the NPAP. In all of my schoolin’ I haven’t actually attended a conference like this.  Public health experts & professionals who work toward promoting physical activity in some form (planning / evaluating/implementing/researching/etc) throughout the US attended.

The sessions provided over the course of 2 days were dynamic. I learned entirely too much and by the closing remarks my head hurt. It hurt because I was re-energized.  Re-energized about what is being done to promote physical activity in the US, re-energized about my project with the NPAP, and re-energized about the ways that I can contribute to the public health field.  When you go to these conferences, you see experts that you read about and it’s like Wow. Wow, I can’t believe I’m here with Dr. So-n-So. I had to read about your work in class! Now you’re here!!

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Omega!

No, not Omega Psi Phi- Hi bruhs. No, not the Alpha & Omega- Hi God. I’m talking about Omega-3 and Omega-6. Both of these are polyunsaturated fatty acids (good fats) and have many health benefits! So let’s begin.

Omega-3 have anti-inflammatory properties, while Omega-6 are pro-inflammatory.  Inflammation happens when your body is responding to injury and usually you’ll see swelling, a red color etc, itching too. You need to have both anti and pro-inflammatory responses.

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3 Exercises You Need to Add in Your Workout

Hi all :)

I’m giving you three exercises that you could add into your workout to mix it up. I do all these exercises, & you know I wouldn’t guide you to a garden without the goods! I chose these 3 for several reasons

  1. They work for me.
  2. They have worked for people I train.
  3. They target more than 1 muscle, these are compound movements.
  4. You will feel it

Picture from BodyBuilding.com. I highly recommend you check out that website.

The first is a Single Arm Shoulder Press with Dumbbells. I really like this one because it makes you use your core more than if you were using a bar or both arms. Primary muscles worked are you Deltoids aka Shoulders. The front part of your shoulders are worked the most, but the other parts of your shoulders are activated also. To a lesser extent, your triceps muscles activated. To stabilize and help the motion, other back muscles are needed too + your core! Do not forget to tighten your core. Check out more info here.

 

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