Let’s put a twist on all of those “quarantine workouts” you’ve been doing: Try this full-body, structural balance circuit workout.
After six months of coronavirus-induced quarantine (will it ever end?!), lots of people are still without a gym or workout equipment.
We realize endless amounts of air squats, burpees, and push-ups may have you feeling bored with your quarantine workouts. On top of that, you may have stopped seeing the results you’re after (because you haven’t been progressively overloading your muscles, but that’s another story for another day).
Let’s put a twist on your at-home workouts to keep them fun, interesting, and results-driven. We’ll do that with today’s workout by adding some variety to the basics, implementing some killer tempo, and doing some feel-good mobility work. It’s totally possible to have fun and get results even with no equipment.
Feel it for yourself with today’s free Smarter Sweat workout!
No pain, no gain? More like no pain, most gains.
If there were a book of fitness myths, it would be longer than the Encyclopedia Britannica. As a personal trainer and health coach, I’ve heard them all. Clients want to know why they can’t get six-pack abs or why they aren’t seeing results despite crushing workouts left and right.
I tell them it’s probably because they read, heard, or saw something that stipulated they must do this or that to reach their goal. I tell them they took bad advice — they believed a lie created by a marketing think tank somewhere.
With that, I’ll leave you with five (more) fitness myths that need to be cleared up right now, since our first post on fitness myths was evidently eye-opening for many.
It’s all a marketing sham.
Women lifting weights: We realize there is a stigma around this topic. Although it’s becoming more common to see women weight training, many still shy away for the fear of “bulking up.” So let’s address the elephant in the room.
The age-old fitness goal of most women tends to be: “I just want to build lean muscle and tone up”. Let us let you in on a few secrets. First, we already busted the “lean muscle” myth. All muscle is lean. Second, lifting weights will not make women bulky, manly, or big — lifting weights will make women lean, strong, and fit, though.
Here’s our take on why everyone should stop believing that lifting weights makes women bulky, and why all women should lift weights.
Yes, it’s better than its predecessor, but no, not everyone needs it.
Introducing product reviews on Smarter Sweat: Once a month, Ashley or Amanda will post an in-depth product review. These may be products we use in our everyday lives, they may be gifted products, or they may be products from a partner. In any case, our opinions are truthful and our own.
TL;DR: Theragun Prime Review
What I love: The Theragun Prime utilizes Therabody’s new QuietForce technology, so it doesn’t make your brains rattle. It’s powerful, efficient, and makes an immediate improvement in soreness and mobility.
What I don’t: It’s still not as quiet as other massage guns on the market. There’s not much else I don’t like.
Smarter Sweat Takeaway: The Theragun Prime is a trillion times better than its predecessor, the Theragun Liv. It’s still expensive, but worth it for people who are serious about workouts and workout recovery.
Implementing these basic lifestyle habits can lead to a happier life with less stress and more meaning.
At Smarter Sweat, we believe there is so much more to fitness than how it makes you look or the amount of weight you can lift. Although we aren’t opposed to looking good or lifting heavy, it’s too easy to get caught up in these superficial gains. Today, we’d like to shift your focus to how basic lifestyle habits can change your life for the better — mentally, physically, and spiritually (and it won’t even matter how heavy you can squat).
About Smarter Sweat
Smarter Sweat is a fitness company built from the ground up by fitness experts Amanda Capritto and Ashley Phantz. Amanda and Ashley are both dead-set on cutting through the clutter of the fitness industry and providing raw, real, utterly honest information about fitness and wellness.