Here is my newest video. After I had my baby girl I had to work very hard on getting back in shape – I still work on it :) I have a new approach towards fitness, rebuilding my body and regaining strength. The most challenging thing is finding time! Really. I can not afford one hour a day to exercise. Some day I will shoot a video and brag about this issue. Now, about this workout. It is not easy. However, it will deliver results if you work hard, challenge yourself and of course eat clean. Every time you perform this workout, it should be very challenging and the only way to accomplish that is by adjusting your weights by selecting heavy weights. Moreover, do not cheat yourself on plyometrics :) If you never worked with weights, start slow and build your way up. If you want great results, expect to a sweat a lot!
I apologize for the quality of this video. I am working on organizing a new space or a better light… Anyway, here is a video about controlling cravings! If you are one of those people who can not resist cravings – this video is for you. I hope you will find at least one tip that will work for you. I personally like waiting 15 minutes. Often I tell myself I will wait before I have another piece of chocolate, or a cookie. 15 minutes later I don’t want it anymore :) It works for me.
Here is my Monday challenge: Set a clock for 30 minutes and preform this circuit. Rest for 30-60 seconds and do it again. Do as many rounds as possible within 30 minutes. If you complete total of 8 sets before time is up – you beat the clock and you are done! If this is you, please share your time with us so we will be motivated for the next time or the next workout. Good luck and have fun!
10 Squats (preferably with weights)
10 Push ups
20 Bicycle crunches (each leg)
25 Mt climbers (each leg)
I read an interesting article yesterday and decided to share great news! According to another European research, chocolate does not make us fat. Moreover, it was associated with a lower body fat in teens, who consumed a lot of it. Apparently, chocolate is high in catechins, plant compound that may increase insulin sensitivity, which helps to keep weight down. Still, before you stuff your face, it’s best to limit yourself to one ounce a day. I personally have a different take on it. Although the article said it’s OK to have a small piece daily, it may also trigger sugar craving. Decide for yourself, especially if you are not a teenager :)
It’s very important to exercise during your pregnancy. Healthy Body = Healthy Baby :) In addition, regular workouts will help you not only stay fit during your pregnancy, but also can help you stay strong in a delivery room. Also, physically active women get back in shape postpartum much faster than less active mothers. Talk to your doctor and choose activities right for you.
Hope all of your dreams come true in 2014.
Just keep wishing and stay fit!!
Got 10 minutes? Or you’re going to use same old, lousy excuses… again!! I know, summer is over but you still want to look good, right? Get off this chair and do yourself a favor. It’s only 10 minutes! You won’t regret it, and I promise you- you will feel better :)
Many people have been asking me about videos, in which I will teach karate. Although, one can learn some kicking or punching techniques from videos, I don’t believe you can learn karate. First of all, it’s a form of art – that’s why it’s called martial arts. It has to be cultivated by passion, not by desire to learn fighting. Karate should be not only in your strong body, but also in your mind and your heart- and that takes time and personal development. Now, from a different angle, karate is a perfect example of how one can achieve a big goal in small steps. When I first started my training, I never thought of becoming a black belt. However, every class I attended and every drop of sweat on my body brought me closer towards my next test, and the next promotion and another belt. There are 10 levels and 5 different color belts. I encourage you, and ever single one of you reading this post, to set a big goal for yourself. However, instead of saying: I will never get there, set a series of smaller goals – more realistic. Believe me, it works and it will get you there faster than you think.
Here is a picture of my dojo, other students and instructors.
10 min. Abs SuperShaper ★ Abdominal Training on Ball with Weights- Great exercises for toned stomach
Tone up, sculpt and get your abs in shape fast on a stability ball! All you need is a weight, a ball and 10 minutes of your time.This workout will help you shape up your muscles and make them more pronounced. If you are not comfortable using weights or the workout will be too hard to perform with resistance, just drop the weights and continue without them- follow easier version described in the beginning of the video. Remember to eat healthy and do your cardio workouts regularly for better results. Abs, just like other muscles, need time to recover so don’t do this everyday. Twice to three times a week should be enough.