Monday, April 9, 2012

~How to make a 'Green Smoothie' smooth~

       Today's smoothie was, in my opinion, super tasty!  It was definitely a healthy boost. I made this smoothie in attempt to make my wife drink it down with the same excited enthusiasm that I have when I drink the smoothies. When preparing the smoothies if you have a 'texture' problem here are a few hints to make your smoothies much more smooth-ie:)
       The first thing you want to do is set aside the ingredients that are hardest to blend or puree. The usual ingredients that are a bit harder are; spinach, kale, carrots, etc. The best way to get these nice and smooth is to put them in first with just the water. Let these blend on a very high setting for about a full minute. You may need to stop it for a bit and scrape the sides. Don't be afraid to add more water if the ingredients aren't becoming pureed. Other ingredients such as berries, bananas, the ice cubes, peanut butter, yogurt, and other veggies won't be as big of a problem. As soon you get the tough ingredients all blended together and smooth throw in the rest of your ingredients, blend them for a good 30 second, and you'll be set. There are a lot of recipes on the blog so check them out and lemme know what you think.

Go get em! Yeah Buddy!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

~The Situation Ab Workout~

     So recently I had the opportunity to meet Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. I was at the Golds Gym and had heard he was in Utah. One morning I was feeling ambitious on a rest day and decided to have my wifey take me to the gym then run home. Because it was an off day I was doing everything focused on my abdominal (don't usually ever focus on just abs). Just so happened that the "Sitch" (thats his nickname) had the same thing in mind. I started on the other side of the gym by doing leg lifts on the decline bench, head up of course then bringing my feet straight up in the air. Then I went over to the other side where I saw Mike "The Situation" doing his workouts. I couldn't help but want to talk to him and maybe even join in. So that is the precursor to how I got this workout.
  • When I got there he had already done Roman Chair leg lifts: 4 sets of 15-20
  • Then went on to doing side plank crunches bringing the knee to elbow (these aren't easy:) 3 sets of 15
  • Next was the leg raise with twist. Lay on your back and grab onto something stable above your head. (like a bench or machine) Then lift you feet all the way up until the bottoms face the ceiling. Then raise your butt off the ground and twist right or left (alternate) then come back down and repeat but twist the opposite direction. Your legs should never bend at the knees. Do 2 sets of 20 with these.
  • Last thing we did were tornadoes/ or twisters I've also heard them be called. Sitting on the ground lift your feet up and bend at the knees to make a V with your body. Then clasp your hands together and as if you were praying. Keep your core tight as you touch the ground to your right then back to the left with your clasped hands. Repeat this motion 40 times,counting each time you touch the right side. This way you'll trick your brain into thinking you're doing 40 but you'll really do 80! :)
  • Last hang from a pull-up bar and peddle in the air as if you were riding a bike, but bring your knees as high as you can! Try to get at least 25 rotations before letting go.
There you have the Sitch ab workout, it kicked my butt!  It will get you sore for a few days:)
give it a try and lemme know what you think! Yeah Buddy!