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The best things about this full body workout routine are 1) it can be done in any gym (it just uses free weights), 2) it should only take about 30 minutes once you're warmed up, and 3) it can be adapted to any level--just choose your weights according to your ability!
As a personal trainer, I get to know many of my clients’ on a deeper level during our personal training sessions in my Carlsbad gym. Several of them have shared their struggles with weight gain while taking psychiatric medications like Abilify, lithium, risperidone, and even common antidepressants like Prozac. I’m not sharing this to scare you into refusing a prescription you may need in order to live a healthy, fulfilling life. In fact, I’m here to say that the weight gain on medications like Abilify and lithium is not inevitable. You can prevent it if you’re willing to do the work to live a healthy lifestyle!
Self-employed personal trainers like myself generally have more experience. This gives us the ability to tailor our personal training programs to fit your needs. We also have more flexibility when it comes to contact outside of our personal training sessions. That said, a self-employed personal trainer in Carlsbad will cost more per session due to this specialized expertise, ongoing education costs, and the overhead of running a small business.
This recipe for salmon burritos is very customizable. You can either use canned salmon or cook a thawed filet and flake it yourself. You can also vary the tortilla to fit your diet and macronutrient goals. I’ve been eating more Paleo lately, so lettuce is my go-to for a tortilla stand in. If you can handle grains, a sprouted tortilla is another good options. Some of my clients like those Paleo coconut tortillas you can find in natural food markets, while others swear by homemade cassava flour tortillas.
If you’re struggling to stick to your fitness goals, I highly recommend checking out any one of these health and wellness podcasts. You can listen to them while you’re on a cardio machine for extra motivation, or play them in the car when you have a boring drive ahead of you.
Salsa chimichurri is a condiment used in Argentina to flavor grilled meats. A healthy spoonful of this herb-based sauce will brighten up anything from meat to vegetables. I like to make mine with cilantro for added flavor. If you’re short for time during the week, one of the best ways to still get healthy food on the table is to prep some Paleo recipes like this salsa chimichurri over the weekend. I like to grill up enough lean meat for most of the week. Then I will whip up a few sauces like this one.
In this week’s video, I run you through a 20-minute quick shot that targets the glutes. “Quick shots” are workouts that last 20- to 30-minutes, enough time that you see results, but short enough that you can squeeze them in between picking up your kids, work, and all of the other commitments that make it so difficult to workout.
Most oatmeal recipes include a lot of sweeteners in the form of maple syrup or honey. I like this recipe for microwave sweet potato and pumpkin pie spice oatmeal because you can skip all that. The sweet potatoes provide plenty of natural sugars.
One of my favorites swaps is to substitute ground turkey for ground pork, like I do in this healthy turkey chorizo recipe. Six ounces of 93% lean ground turkey contains 252 calories and 13 grams of fat. 6 ounces of lean ground pork contains 280 calories and a whopping 44.5 grams of fat. (Data from the Lose It app.)
The truth is, you’re seriously short changing yourself if all you do is use the elliptical or treadmill. Cardio is critical to physical fitness, but it doesn’t give you the same benefits as strength training such as the kind you would do in my Carlsbad personal training gym. Here are just a few unique benefits of strength training: easier to perform activities of daily living like cleaning, caring for your children, etc.; faster metabolism; injury prevention; better posture; correct muscle imbalances.
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I’m Andrea Tagalog, a certified personal trainer with 20 years of experience. My get-it-done attitude is balanced by my love for life and personal commitment to the clients I am so honored to work with.
My gym in Carlsbad provides privacy, social support, and all the equipment you need to get a strong core and booty (and everything else). Membership included with personal training.