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08.08.17 - CALLING ALL FITBLRS 🏋🏃🍎

I’m ready to devote my blog 50/50 to study and fitness. I’m starting right now, I’ve indulged for a month in Italy and don’t feel happy with myself. Time to improve myself in this second month.

FOLLOWING BACK FITBLRS

vegantine-deactivated20170422  asked:

Opinion on planet fitness? It's closest to my house but I've heard lots of iffy stuff

Planet Fitness knows their market. Their policies have ensured that they appeal to a wide consumer base that’s willing to pay upfront, will visit the gym less than regularly, use equipment lightly (making it less likely that equipment will be broken or need to be replaced often), and will primarily focus on exercises that don’t require significant education and experience on the part of their personal trainers. They’re also incredibly accepting of a balanced diet, encouraging members to eat pizza and bagels on their property. This is an awesome “screw you” to diet culture that helps their facilities feel less intimidating to the average person, someone who won’t be participating in hardcore gym culture. Planet Fitness knows exactly what it’s doing. 

I’d really like all of this if their policies simply discouraged serious lifters from signing up. Catering to a more casual clientele is fine: Some people do just want accessible cardio equipment and a low monthly rate without dealing with more serious patrons, and those people deserve to have a gym too. The problem comes when Planet Fitness moved away from “We’re not really a lifting gym” to “No lunks allowed.”   

See, Planet Fitness doesn’t need any of their “lunk” propaganda in order to discourage lifters from joining. People who are into heavy weights already know that they need to look into other gyms. One tour around the facility is enough to show that loud and clear. Planet Fitness simply doesn’t have extensive lifting resources, therefore lifters will go elsewhere. If it stopped there, no one would get hurt and we wouldn’t have a problem. But that wasn’t good enough for Planet Fitness - They needed to demonize and insult lifters (specifically, women lifters) in order to seem more appealing to the people they wanted to sell to.

Their commercials and in-gym advertisements frequently paint weight lifters as dumb, egotistical, obnoxious and barbaric. This plays into the stereotype that all lifters are Bros and not like the “normal people” that go to Planet Fitness. It’s a completely unnecessary attack. Not only is it body shaming and offensive to people who value certain body types, but it’s hypocritical when placed next to this concept of a Judgment-Free Zone. It enforces this idea that a person’s worth, personality, values and ability to respect other patrons can be judged solely on appearance. It’s pretty ridiculous.

But again: This may be a problem, but it wouldn’t be such a huge issue if Planet Fitness just stopped there. But they kept going and just had to hurt more people: They’ve aired multiple transphobic commercials that mock and body-shame female bodybuilders. Their commercials accuse female lifters of being too masculine to actually be women, while women cardio-buffs are apparently air headed and arrogant super models. This is misogyny and transmisogyny at its finest: Women literally can’t win. No matter what their goal is at the gym, they’re going to be condemned for it and painted as an Other. And it’s trans women who end up being hurt the most.

Planet Fitness has also had a lot of trouble with body shaming women within their actual facilities. This past year, there was a report that the company asked a patron to cover her stomach up, while another facility forced a Muslim woman to either remove her headscarf or leave. It’s still women who are being hurt by their strange brand of Judgement Free ethics. 

I honestly don’t care if Planet Fitness caters to serious lifters - On average, there are enough other gyms out there to keep “lunks” engaged and active. Lunks are going to be just fine. But Planet Fitness does not have the right to demean or devalue people based on their bodies. To my knowledge, they’ve stopped their worst advertising campaigns and don’t have any misogynistic or transphobic commercials being aired anymore, but the damage is done. 

If you can vote with your wallet, then choose a different gym. If not, then hopefully your local gym is run by better people than the company at large. There’s a lot of both good and bad stuff going on here, so it mostly depends on what you value most. 

anonymous asked:

I have a stress fracture of the foot. What can I do for cardio/HIIT that can replace running but still burn a good amount of calories? I can't run for 8 weeks, but I've been following your lean plan for women and I'd like to stay on track -wk 6.

I hope you foot will properly recover.

Honestly find something that works for you as long as you have a good sweat: stationary bike, elliptical, rowing machine … I recommend you to still do HIIT on these machines. If you can’t, make sure to spend more time on the machine since HIIT burns calories faster than a traditional cardio session.

Keep up the had work!

For those who haven’t checked our intense 3 day women’s workout routine:

https://www.gymaholic.co/articles/intense-women-workout-routine

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Preheat oven to 350*

Slice potato into 1/2”-3/4” rounds and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle generously with extra Virgin olive oil, a dash of salt & pepper and your favorite dried herbs (shown with thyme and parsley). Bake for a total of 60 minutes, flipping the rounds half way through cooking, at 30 minutes. Let cool a bit and enjoy. This also makes a great snack, baby food and workout food!

5 tips to lose weight!

Tip 1: drink water! I would recommend 8-12 glasses of water a day. But since all our body’s are different: check your pee. No I’m not joking! If your pee is like the color of apple juice you should drink more water. But if your pee is like a light yellow color you’re fine. Like lemon juice. This means you’re hydrated. So not like the color of apple juice, not like bright lemon lemonade and not colorless. Sometimes when you feel you’re hungry you’re not actually hungry. Maybe you’re just thirsty. Drink one or two glasses of water, wait a few minutes and see if you still feel hungry.

Tip 2: eat veggies! And with eat veggies I mean cut out the refined carbs and replace them with veggies. Refined carbs are simple carbs that get easily stored as Body fat. A few examples are white rice, white bread, sugar, honey and milk. Complex carbs on the other hand still gives you the energy you need and the fibers makes you feel full for a longer time! So yay for veggies!

Tip 3: eat your fruit before 2pm. This may sound a little weird because a lot of people tell you to eat more fruit. But fruit actually contains a lot of sugar and carbs. If you eat your fruit in the morning your body has all day to burn all of that energy. I promise you this will give you results! Butttt, don’t start eating things like cupcakes or cookies in the afternoon. Because we all know that those are just a loooot worse.

Tip 4: lift those dang weights! You know when you’re at the gym and you see all those women doing cardio for like 3 hours. Dooon’t dooo thaaaat! Yes those women look slim but where are the muscles?! If the body of your dreams is a toned and lean body you need to lift weights!! Your body will continue to burn calories after you’re done lifting weights. When you’re done with cardio, you stop burning calories.

Tip 5: write it down! Write down what you’re eating, how you’re feeling and what workout you’ve done to get a little closer to the body you’ve always wanted. Write down exactly what you had for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the snacks you’ve had. But also the things you won’t think about right away like the number of protein powder scoops or how much water you’ve drank. Write down how it made you feel, like maybe sleepy or energetic and happy and how you slept that night. And don’t you cheat! Don’t you dare. You’ll only be cheating on yourself.

Let’s all stick to these tips and get hot, because you’re already beautiful.

Love you guys!

sambulance-0817  asked:

Does cardio actually limit your gains from lifting? Should I do days of strict cardio vs days of strict lifting?

You can combine both in one workout.

But if you run a marathon just before or after your weight lifting workout, don’t expect to make gainz.

It all depends on the intensity of your trainings and if you fueled your body the right way.

More info on cardio before or after weights:

http://www.gymaholic.co/articles/fitness/wrKnTf6h/cardio-before-after-weights

discodaisies-deactivated2016033  asked:

A sign in my gym says "real women lift real weights." I hate it for one because... all women are real. Even "cardio barbies." I hate that term, too. I also hate it because I'm sick of women tearing other women down in order to bring themselves up. So I'm going to ask my gym to take it down. I just want to hear your thoughts about the whole "real women" do this or do that campaign.

Real women are comfortable enough with their identity that they don’t feel the need to police the gender of others.

Honestly, that’s all it comes down to. Who are they to define who’s “real” and who isn’t? Please ask them to take it down, you and all the other women in that gym can do better. 

Recently, I’ve started weight lifting on the daily, again. Which I’m really happy about. I’ve been weight training and boxing since I was a kid, because my parents always thought I was too fat.

At the gym, a girl came up to me and openly admired my strength. I thanked her, and started to chat a little bit. She asked why I was lifting, since I was a girl. Which peeved me a bit, but I am usually one of the few women on the non-cardio side.

I thought for a bit, and then answered “I want to be strong.”

Much to my father’s disapproval - I go out late. I’m a young NYer. It’s almost a crime, not to take advantage of our clubs with late hours.

I drink, wear short skirts, and often commute home by myself & late at night. I get catcalls, everyday. Which I actually don’t mind. It’s the men that attempt to touch me and follow me, that piss me off.

I’ve been followed so many times in my life. I’ve had people comment that I was “asking for it” because I wear skirts everyday, or because I show off too much leg. (One person commented that I  shouldn’t be wearing skirts and dresses because my shape was too revealing!) Was I asking for it when I was followed home from school when I was nine years old? How about the time, I was ten and a stranger almost followed me into my own garage? Should I have not thanked my neighbour shouting and saving my life? Was I asking for it when white vans pulled up next to my friends and I walking home at the age of eleven?  

By the end of my childhood, I was an expert at detecting kidnappers, pedophiles, and rapist.  I remember walking home towards the end of 6th grade, when a creepy white guy in a tan sudan pulled up slowly and asked my friend and I if we wanted a ride.  My first thought was “This guy is so fucking bold.” We got so angry and fed up, we started to shout “No!” and chased after his car screaming pedophile. I pulled out my (Nokia! Hahaha holy shit!) phone and called the police, reported his license plate and got a ride home.

I walk home paranoid, virtually fifteen years later- Extremely paranoid. I walk with my cat knuckles in position every night, I watch who is behind me carefully, and stay poised for attacks.

I remember being in high school commuting home thinking “Fuck with me, I dare you.”

I thought about my answer, how my gym quest are tied into my need for strength. And I stand by that. Being able to stand my ground with my own two fist is incredibly important to me. Especially in a situation where I  can’t run or need to protect my friends. Each push up, each row, each pull up is one step closer to a safer me.

And of course, banging arms Michelle Obama arms

andosinpantalones-deactivated20  asked:

How do you feel about Planet's Fitness' "safe environment" policies? Apparently, you're encouraged to ring a bell or something if someone grunts too loudly to publicly shame them, and certain kinds of lifts are prohibited entirely, like the deadlift.

Hey, they know their market. Planet Fitness’ policies have ensured that they appeal to a wide consumer base that is willing to pay upfront, will visit the gym less than regularly, use equipment lightly (making it less likely that equipment will be broken or need to be replaced often), and will primarily focus on exercises that don’t require significant education and experience on the part of their personal trainers. Planet Fitness knows exactly what it’s doing. 

I’d be completely cool with this if their policies simply discouraged serious lifters from signing up. Catering to a more casual clientele is fine: Some people do just want accessible cardio equipment and a low monthly rate without dealing with more serious patrons, and those people deserve to have a gym too. The problem comes when Planet Fitness moved away from “We’re not really a lifting gym” to “No lunks allowed.”   

See, Planet Fitness doesn’t need any of their “lunk” propaganda in order to discourage lifters from joining. People who are into heavy weights already know that they need to look into other gyms. One tour around the facility is enough to show that loud and clear. Planet Fitness simply doesn’t have extensive lifting resources, therefore lifters will go elsewhere. If it stopped there, no one would get hurt and we wouldn’t have a problem. But that wasn’t good enough for Planet Fitness - They needed to demonize and insult lifters (specifically, women lifters) in order to seem more appealing to the people they wanted to sell to.

Their commercials and in-gym advertisements frequently paint weight lifters as dumb, egotistical, obnoxious and barbaric. This plays into the stereotype that all lifters are Bros and not like the “normal people” that go to Planet Fitness. It’s a completely unnecessary attack. Not only is it body shaming and offensive to people who value certain body types, but it’s hypocritical when placed next to this concept of a Judgment-Free Zone. It enforces this idea that a person’s worth, personality, values and ability to respect other patrons can be judged solely on appearance. It’s pretty ridiculous.

But again: This may be a problem, but it wouldn’t be such a huge issue if Planet Fitness just stopped there. But they kept going and just had to hurt more people: They’ve aired multiple transphobic commercials that mock and body-shame female bodybuilders. Their commercials accuse female lifters of being too masculine to actually be women, while women cardio-buffs are apparently air headed and arrogant super models. This is misogyny and transmisogyny at its finest: Women literally can’t win. No matter what their goal is at the gym, they’re going to be condemned for it and painted as an Other. And it’s transwomen who end up being hurt the most.

I honestly don’t care if Planet Fitness caters to serious lifters - On average, there are enough other gyms out there to keep “lunks” engaged and active. Lunks are going to be just fine. But Planet Fitness does not have the right to demean or devalue people based on their bodies. If all members have to adhere to a strict gender binary in order to feel comfortable in their facilities? If I’m going to routinely see certain body shapes insulted and shamed on their premises? Screw it, Planet Fitness isn’t getting any of my money. 

No Pain...No Gain!!!

I'm  on my second week of my intensive 10 week cardio Kickboxing Program!!! And I WANNA DIE!!! I’m not in excruciating pain…(yet) but I’m really swore!!!  I WILL HOWEVER NOT GIVE UP ON THIS I PAID MONEY FOR THIS!!! and I really love it!! :D

I feel amazing after every workout!!! and my Trainers are awesome!!!

Reasons to take kickboxing!!!

1. Kick-Boxing Helps You Lose Weight:

2. It Is A Great Form Of Self-Defense

3. It Tones Your Body

4. Kick-Boxing Beats STRESS:

5. It Does Not Require Much


So what are you waiting for?