This recipe is extremely popular with our members and we thought you’d enjoy it too!
Honey-Peanut Butter Protein Energy Bites
2 c old fashioned oats
2 scoop whey protein powder
1/2 c honey
2TBS peanut butter
In medium bowl, toss together ingredients and stir well. Put bowl in refrigerator for 20-30 minutes. Roll into balls. Place 2-3 balls in sandwich baggies and store in fridge to use as a snack or to satisfy sweet tooth. They will last for 5 days.
130 calories, 3g fat, 10g carbs, 10g protein.
Super charge your workout by combining an upper body preacher curl with a lower body isometric wall sit.
Begin by sitting against a wall with your knees bent at 90 degrees and your torso tilted forward at the hips. Then holding a dumbbell in each, extend the arms so that the elbows are touching the thighs just before the knees.
Now super charge your workout by alternating between a supine curl, a hammer curl and a pronated grip curl to cross train the heads of the bicep while working the low body simultaneously.
The triceps brachii is Latin for “three-headed arm muscle”. It’s an extensor muscle that joins together at the elbow and is an antagonist of the biceps and brachialis muscles. The triceps cover about 2/3rd of our arm and are primarily used for pushing.
One of our favorite strength exercises to isolate the triceps is the 2 arm Skull Crusher.
1. Lie prone (on your back) holding 2 dumbbells in a neutral grip with palms facing each other, above your chest.
2. Keeping the arms parallel, hinge at the elbows, as you lower the forearms and bring the dumbbells even with your ears. Then return to your starting position and repeat.
The tricep kickback strengthens the triceps brachii, which is a three-headed arm muscle that joins together at the elbow. The triceps brachii is both an extensor and an antagonist of the biceps.
To strengthen the L. tricep, step forward with the R. foot and hinge forward slightly at the hips. Keep your back straight and weight supported either with forearm to thigh, or hand to thigh.
Begin with the dumbbell at the L. hip with the L. upper arm parallel to the floor. There should be a triangle of space created by the angle of the left elbow.
Next, extend the arm parallel to the floor, contracting the triceps, then return to your starting position.
To ensure you’re getting the most out of this move, avoid dropping your elbow or gaining momentum by swinging the dumbbell.
Planks are an awesome exercise for core, hip and shoulder strength and stability and a plank on the TRX will be even more challenging and effective for the core as it works to stabilize the body.
Begin by adjusting your TRX to mid calf length.
Then put your toes in the straps and roll sideways onto one forearm. Be sure to keep the elbow directly under the shoulder to protect the shoulder and the top foot should be in the forward position.
Begin the hip dip by dropping the hip to the floor and back up. Then thread the top arm under the body to twist the body and work the obliques. Alternate between the hip dip and the oblique twist for maximum core stability and strength.
Be sure to repeat an equal number of reps on the opposite side to keep the body balanced in both strength and stability.
Many sports such require overhead action such as throwing a ball, however many athletes struggle with the overhead postural stability that’s required to excel in their sport.
One of the most effective ways to train overhead postural stability is with an unstable overhead load such as the Kettlebell in the Bottoms Up Reverse Lunge.
1. Begin standing with feet hip width apart, holding the kettlebell by the horns in the bottoms up position.
2. Next straighten the elbows extending the arms overhead.
3. Once your arms and trunk are stabilized, alternate stepping back into a reverse lunge, pausing at the bottom before returning to your upright position.
To modify this move:
1. move to a stationary lunge
2. decrease the load
To intensify this move:
1. increase the pause time at the bottom of the lunge
2. simultaneously lunge while you overhead press the kettlebell
3. increase the load
4. move to a single arm position with the kettlebell
Planks are a wonderful exercise for trunk, hip and shoulder stability and moving planks are far more effective and burn more calories than isometric planks. So once you’ve mastered the plank it’s time to start moving in that plank, to start challenging the core and to start burning more calories.
Plank with Walk In:
From the full plank position with hands under shoulders and back straight, walk into a tuck by taking small steps forward and keeping the knees close to the floor and hips down. Then take small steps backwards and return to starting position.
Plank with Walk Around:
From the full plank position, take small steps with both feet to one side then rotate hand and finish in a side plank. Next, walk feet back and around to the other side and rotate into a side plank.
If your wrists bother you in a full plank then drop down onto the forearm and walk forward and back or side to side on your forearms and toes. To modify the plank, drop to your knees but continue to shift your body weight from side to side.