All posts tagged: #IWillWhatIWant

Squatting – STRONG LIKE MOMMY

As a Fitness Trainer/Coach, the Squat is a fundamental movement that is incorporated in some way shape or form into every Fitness/Strength program. The term squat is “to sit or crouch with knees bent, heels close to or touching the buttocks or back of the thighs” and when it comes to Strength Training, the Squat is a compound exercise that targets the entire lower body focusing primarily on the 4 heads of the quadriceps but also develops the hamstrings, glutes, and hips. With heavier weights, the squat also promotes an environment of body wide strength development and also additional fat burning! Because this movement is so fundamental to our day-to-day activities, the squat also serves to improve on our over all functionality meaning everything we do (i.e. real life activities) will be easier. As a soon-to-be Mom (who also trains other soon-to-be Moms), the squat is critical to help with labour during childbirth for a number of reasons: i) a stronger lower body means less back pain ii) in a addition to back pain relief, …

Ab exercises is not the key to preventing lower back issues

Way too often I work with clients that train abdominals over and over again for the purpose of abs (that won’t work by the way…diet first) or to strengthen their lower back area while completely neglecting the actual cause of their ailments. Coincidentally my clients that practice this ritual of excessive ab work have more back issues than most. Training the actual back muscles and glute area is the best way to protect our spine and avoid lower back issues altogether rather than just training the abdominals. An over abundance of ab training puts our abdominals in a shortened position (think flexed abs) pulling the front of our pelvis upwards (i.e. posterior pelvic tilt) which in turn will cause our lower back muscles to unnaturally lengthen and round out putting unnecessary strain in the lumbar area of our spine…which is why I’m a stickler for Posterior Chain exercises such as Hip Thrusts, Deadlifts, and my trusty GHD machine for a variety of movements. If you want sexy abs, focus on diet first. For lower back …

#BeTheHardestWorkerInTheRoom

Motherhood. This is the greatest gift ever bestowed to me and my eagerness to meet my Baby Bean is beyond anything I have ever felt. Of course the changes in my body are something that I’m still getting used to and every time I seem to adjust, my body (or this Little Guy inside of me) ignites newer feelings of uncomfortably. That being said the temptation to temporarily live a more sedentary sounds appealing. More so than it has ever been in my life. People in my life told me to i) relax more, ii) rest more, iii) don’t exercise, iv) exercise less, v) eat more junk food to fatten up, vi) stop watching what I eat, vii) take more downtime, and viii) even go on early maternity leave. No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no. I trained harder, I trained smarter, I ate according to my means with a focus on keeping my Baby Bean healthy and growing never losing sight of my goals, I’ve expanded my business, I also wrote an e-book …

Dieting and being honest with yourself

A lesson that will always stand the test of time is – honesty is the best policy. Interestingly enough, this also rings true as it pertains to one’s fitness goals. If you haven’t achieved what you set out to accomplish ask yourself – have I really given it my all (as in 100%)? While it’s human nature to put blame on hectic schedules, weekend commitments, family, friends, holidays, your job, or make excuses that you’re too tired or it’s your genes (I hear that one a lot), it’s easy to blame something (or anything) and make excuses but when it comes down to it YOU’RE the one that knows the WHOLE TRUTH and the HARD FACTS. Even though we start a diet with the best intentions it’s more than likely the time will never right for dieting – there will always be birthdays, holidays, meetings and other commitments…that’s life and life will always get in the way. Success is dependent on how bad you really want something and what you are willing to sacrifice to …

We’re moving

Hi everyone! We are so eager and excited to share the launch of our new website (www.jvbstronggirls.com) over the next few weeks which will be chalk full of STRONG GIRLS information on training, nutrition, recipes, motivation, and (of course) our Success Stories of REAL WOMEN achieving REAL RESULTS. In the meantime can I kindly ask you to head over to the new JVB STRONG GIRLS Facebook page and click “LIKE” as we slowly move all of our Facebook content over? Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/JVBStrongGirls

Goal setting with my Baby Bean…Like Mommy.

Since it’s Social Media’s famous Throwback Thursday, I decided to go through some older photos and stumbled upon an image captured during a photo shoot I did with the incredible Paul Buceta (which actually wasn’t even that long ago but now feels like a lifetime ago with my growing belly). As I’m deep into the 2nd Trimester of my pregnancy, one of the most harrowing thoughts that can go through an expecting Mommy’s mind is “how do I get back into pre-baby shape?”. These thoughts are echoing through my mind more frequently but what’s keeping me grounded is the fact that I haven’t deviated from consistent exercise and keeping on top of the training program I designed for myself. Knowing that I’m going to meet the new love-of-my-life in a few more months gives me butterflies as my excitement grows by leaps and bounds almost hourly. I’m also starting to feel his little kicks and movements so my imagination of giving him kisses and snuggles is happening constantly. With fitness being such a major component …