We are already half way through January and many of us have set fitness or nutrition goals for 2013. Hopefully it's going well for everyone so far, but just in case, there are some apps that might help keep you in check. Most of them are free on iTunes, so why not use them?
My Fitness Pal. Enter in your exercise and create a food diary with this app. It has a complete list of foods while counting calories for you. Chart your progress every month and see your results. Added bonus: forums on various health and nutrition topics.
Fooducate. Feeling clueless when you're at the grocery store? This app has given health grades to a very extensive list of foods. All you do is scan the product and voila! Your nutrition grade will appear with a full description of what's good or bad about the product.
Everest. Want to climb it? This goal setting app will help you get there. Whether it's getting in shape or learning a new language, Everest will keep you focused on setting the smaller goals to achieve the big ones!
Run Keeper. This app has over 14 million users, so there must be something to it, right? Track any physical activity with your GPS, chart your stats and reach your goals. If that's not enough, try training programs that have voice coaching!
When some of my clients hear the two words "combo move" come out of my mouth, they cringe. But then I remind them that it's the best way to get the most out of your workout. Why take the time to do 2 separate exercises when they can be done together? Combine these 5 moves for a full body workout. All you will need is a mat and dumbbells!
1. Plank Single Arm Row: Starting in a normal plank position with one dumbbell, you will alternate sides with a row. This is a challenging core exercise, so I recommend that you begin with a lower weight until you feel like you have full control. Do 3 sets of 14 reps.
2. Cross Back Lunge Shoulder Press: Using one weight, step back into the lunge, balance as you return to standing extending the arm above your head. Do 3 sets of 12-15 reps each side.
3. Single Leg Squat Front Raise: Begin on one leg with dumbbells in both hands by your side, squat down and then return to standing position raising your arms to shoulder height. Do 3 sets of 12 reps on each side.
4. Dumbbell Triceps with Lower Ab Tilt: Bend and extend your elbows while tucking your pelvis towards with a small movement. Be sure to keep your elbows in and even with your shoulders. Do 3 sets of 15 reps.
5. Lateral Lunge Bicep Curl: Step out to the side with one leg straight, dumbbells will stay to the side, return to starting position with a bicep curl on your way up. Add a balance in for a more advanced move. Do 3 sets of 12 reps on each side.
One of the top fitness trainers in Chicago for ten-plus years. With eight years of personal training and management experience at one of the Gold Coast’s most exclusive clubs, Stephanie started her own business in 2004. She moved to the city in 1993 to attend DePaul University on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1997 with degrees in Fitness Management and Athletic Training. During her years at DePaul, she was on the Great Midwest All Conference Team, DePaul Athletic Board, Conference USA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Captain of the Women’s Tennis Team for two years.
Starting at a young age playing competitive tennis, health and fitness have always played a significant role in Stephanie’s life. Her goal with each client is to provide guidance to a healthy and active lifestyle... and when they are committed to feeling fit and staying fit, she knows she's acheived success.
Stephanie has worked with both professional athletes and the general public, focusing on such things as: sports-specific training, sports rehabilitation, Muscle Activation Techniques, bridal fitness, pre/post partum training, weight loss, marathon training, scoliosis and arthritis.
Ski Slide (or side shuffles) for 45 sec. to 1 min. Plank Ups on slide board or climbers (10-20 reps) Front Raise with yellow or green band (12-15 reps) Reverse Fly prone on stability ball (12-15 reps)
Forward Walking Lunge with 1 Arm Shoulder Press (30 reps total/15 each side) Low to Hi Cable Rotation (12 reps each side) Lower Abdominal Twists (15-20 reps each side) Overhead Rope Tricep Extensions on Stability Ball (12-15 reps) Tricep Pushdowns w/ Bar (12-15 reps)
Push Ups on Bosu (10-15 reps) Reverse Crunches on Ground (15-25 reps) Medicine Ball Stretch Back Crunches on Stability Ball (15-25 reps) Side Plank Holds (20-45 sec. each side)
Repeat each circuit 3 times
Alternating Arm Cable Chest Press (30 reps total) Oblique Crunches on Bosu (20-30 reps) Reverse Lunge/One Arm Shoulder Press Balance (12-15 reps each side) Jump Rope (1 min) Reverse Grip Lat Pulldown (12-15 reps) Seated Leg Curl (12-15 reps) Single Arm Bent Over Row on 1 leg (12 reps each side) Seated Adductor Machine (12-15 reps) Bicycle Abs with Upper Body Twist (20-30 reps) Prone Glute Extensions on Ball or floor (15 reps each side)
Repeat 3 times
Single Leg Squat Shoulder Press (12-15 reps each side) V-ups (15-20 reps) Side Walks w/ Circle Band (15 walks each side) Rope or Wide Grip Cable Row (12-15 reps) Step Ups (45-60 secs.) Side Planks w/ Hip Lift (12-15 each side) Incline Dumbell Chest Press (12-15 reps) Alternating Forward/Side Lunges (8-10 reps each side) Lower Abs Scissors (20-30 reps) Single Arm Rope Tricep Extension (12-15 reps each side) Cable Bicep Curls with Bar (12-15 reps) Squat or Box Jumps (12 reps)
Repeat 3 times
Alternating Cable Chest Press (12-15 reps) Bent Over Dumbell Row (12-15 reps) Plie Squats (15 reps) Decline Crunches on the Bosu (20-25 reps) One Arm Lateral Raise on One Leg (or balance on 1/2 foam, 12 reps) Lunge Jumps (16 reps) Side Bends on Ball or machine (15 reps each side) Lat Pulldown on Ball (12-15 reps) Dumbell Tricep Kickbacks (12-15 reps) Lateral Jumps touching cones or ground (20 reps) Bicep Curl with One Arm Hold (12 reps each side)
Repeat 3 times
Single Arm Chest Press on the Ball (10-15 reps) Alternating Oblique Crunches on Ball (20-30 reps) Single Leg Squats touching ground (10-15 reps each side) Pull-ups (10-15 reps) Cable Low Row (10-15 reps) Jump Rope (1 minute) Alternating Reverse Lunges w/ Bicep Curl (20-30 reps) Push-ups (12-15 reps) Prone Leg Curl (10-15 reps) Single Leg Press (10-15 reps)