Select Page

Kettlebells For Beginners

I’m newer to kettlebells than Lindsay Lohan is to underwear.

So, when I decided I wanted some awesome KB’s and guidance on how to start, I went straight to The Kettlebell Kings. I had seen them all over Instagram and could tell from photos that these KB’s were solid. (I didn’t want to invest in low quality KB’s just to have them die out early.)

The KB’s from Kettlebell Kings were just what I was looking for. There’s no random coating on the outside to scratch off, they look badass, and they feel great when using them.

Kettlebell Kings KB's

The even cooler upside to these nifty bells? They come with a 3 move beginner program, complete with awesome tips and video demonstrations from a real KB badass.  

I started with the first move, kettlebell deadlifts. I’m a huge fan of deadlifting and different variations, so this was right up my alley. I caught on quickly after reading the first blog post and watching the video.

Take home points from move one: keep your back straight, don’t lift too heavy and BREATHE.

You can watch my video here. 

The second move, the kettlebell swing, was way harder for me. Having only done swings with dumbbells before, it was a whole new world for me. Cue Aladdin & Jasmine. 

Take home points from move one: back straight, deadlift position on the bottom of the move, breathe and (the most challenging part for me) let the KB weight come into your hips before you start to hinge at the hips.

I needed a TON of practice on weight placement during this move. Since I had never really been shown proper form before, I just thought you swung with the weight. I was totally wrong.

It’s really important to hinge when the weight comes into your hips because if you start to bend too early, you place a ton of emphasis on the lower back. You want to avoid doing that. Retraining my muscle memory has been tough.

After numerous videos and corrections, I am better, but still need work.

You can watch my video here.

The third and final beginner move is the kettlebell squat press. I watched the videos, got all of my points mentally checked off and headed straight for the bell.

Instantly, I knew I was doing it wrong. Why? Because my forearm hurt like hell from racking the KB. Such a novice.

So on to YouTube I went. There had to be a way to rack the KB without hurting and bruising yourself. Then I found this video on keeping your hand open and using it as more of a hook to rack your weight. Game changer. 

My form got so much better and I wasn’t hurting myself any longer. AWESOME.

Take home points from move one: rack your kettlebell correctly, keep core activated and keep your elbow high to help maintain good form during your squat.

I loved this move! It was so much fun once I was able to do it correctly. Watch my video here.

Overall, I was super happy with my education and progress while completing the Kettlebell Kings beginner program!

Interested in grabbing some kettlebells for yourself? Check out The Kettlebell Kings!!

 

 

Share now! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

SomaSole – 30 Days of Moves + Giveaway!

If you aren’t excited after watching that FAB intro, something must be wrong with you! It’s ONE piece of equipment with a MILLION possibilities! 😀  Still not excited?! Then check out all of these cool moves: CLICK HERE.

FullSizeRender (12)

Ok, so now that you’re all jazzed up (as you SHOULD BE)…. let me tell you why I really love this thing:

  1. You can take it ANYWHERE
  2. It’s very user friendly (even the non-fitness person could figure it out)
  3. SomaSole is self contained (you don’t need any add-ons to make it work)
  4. Resistance levels can be changed very easily
  5. There is a ton of different variations to hit all muscle groups
  6. Essentially any exercise can be done with more intensity thanks to the links
  7. Little to no space is required (perfect for an apartment or hotel room!)
  8. It’s super affordable!
  9. You can get 10% OFF your order with code “Kelly10” – can’t beat a discount right?!

I love to workout at the gym, but sometimes it is nice to get out and breath the fresh air! And other days, having a baby makes it hard to leave.

Having my SomaSole increases my chances for a nap time workout while also letting me take it to the gym!

So, now that you know why I really love this piece of equipment, how about a full body workout designed using your own SomaSole??? Keep reading…..

FullSizeRender (13)

FULL BODY SomaSole WORKOUT

(Be sure to check my YouTube channel for demos of the moves you are unsure of!)

Warm-up: 20 seconds of each move x 3 rounds

  • Jump Rope
  • Ski Jumps
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Squat Jacks

Circuit I – Perform 3 sets before moving on to the next circuit

  • Bicep Curls – 10 reps
  • Arm Circles – 10 reps in each direction
  • Arm Pulses – 15 reps
  • Squat Front Raise to Punch – 8 reps

Circuit II – Perform 4 sets before moving on to the next circuit

  • Mountain Climbers – 10 reps (one jump on each leg = 1 rep)
  • Push Ups – 7 reps
  • Plank Forward Raises – 10 reps (one raise on each arm = 1 rep)

Circuit III – Perform 3 sets before moving on to the next circuit

  • Back Squat – 12 reps
  • Alternating Lunges – 20 reps (10 reps on each leg)
  • Frog Jumps – 10 reps

Finsher

  • Burpees – 15 reps

HAPPY TRAINING!!!

(PS – Don’t forget to grab yourself a SomaSole of your own using code “Kelly10” for 10% off!)

 

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

1 Entry – Like SomaSole & My Fitting Life on Facebook
1 Entry – Follow SomaSole & My Fitting Life on Instagram
1 Entry – Comment below what you favorite SomaSole move is OR how you would use your SomaSole
1 Entry – Comment on the Giveaway announcement post on Facebook and/or Instagram (I entry for each comment)

***ENDS 9/4***

 

 

Share now! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Favorite On-The-Go Protein Sources

I feel like I am constantly on the go; doctors appointments, personal training sessions, froyo… I am one busy mama 😉

Trying to keep up a fairly decent protein intake can sometimes get tricky. More often than not, I try to stick with lean protein choices (think chicken, ground turkey, etc.) but some days, I just need a quick-grab kind of item! So, for those days… these are the products you can usually find me noshing on:

Detour Protein Bars

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.22.22 AM

Why do I love these bars over all of the rest? Because they taste like candy bars – and my inner fat girl loves that aspect.

Detour Bars are full of taste but easy on the calories clocking in at just 230 calories for the full size Simple bar (they also offer snack sizes which are fab for mid day snacks!).

With 20g of protein, 6g of fiber and only 4g of sugar, these little protein beasts will satisfy a sweet tooth while keeping you fuller for longer.

(Get 20% your first order with code “myfittinglife” at checkout!)

 

FlapJacked Mighty Muffins

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.31.26 AM

Gluten free, high fiber AND they have probiotics?! YES PLEASE!

Mighty Muffins are amazing for quick grabs in the morning. I personally start EVERY morning with a mighty muffin. I know, I know… do I really do that? YES I DO. Why? Because they get me through training clients and my own workout. Also, because they are freakin delicious and I love eating chocolate cake for breakfast.

 

Siggis Yogurt Cups

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.36.06 AM

For my dairy loving friends… YOU NEED TO TRY THIS.

Every flavor is amazing and only has about 100 calories per serving. High protein, sweet without being obnoxious, and good for your gut… sign me up!

You can also get drinkable Siggis yogurt as well as to go tubes!

 

 

Powerful Yogurt Drink

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.41.34 AM

I’m usually not a protein shake kind of girl… in fact, I RARELY like to drink my nutrients… it just makes me hungry. And hungry Kelly is never good (ask my sisters!)…

This protein drink is AWESOME and totally changed my mind! Its only about 160 calories with 20g of protein! BOOM.

Perfect for post workout, mid day snacks, or even for the kids. If you like coffee, make sure to check out their mocha double espresso flavor – it’s got a kick!

 

Body Nutrition Sample Protein Packs

Screen Shot 2016-08-10 at 9.45.56 AM

Traveling? Need something to keep at the office or in your purse? Then try stocking up on some sample protein packs!

I LOVE Body Nutrition’s Trutein and Gardenia (vegan option) products. I find the flavors to be on point with no weird after taste – we’ve all had the one weird flavor that sticks around in the back of your throat – EW.

The best thing about these packs? You can one of EVERY flavor they offer for only $1.99 each!

Gotta love a company that stands behind a product and let’s you see for yourself before ordering an outrageously huge container 😉

 

 

So, the next time you’re on-the-go, try some of these options! 🙂 What are some of your favorite on-the-go treats? Share below!!

 

 

Share now! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Custom Protein Blends – True Nutrition

Have you ever tried looking for a specific protein powder – something that fits in line with your ideology (paleo, vegan, etc.) and also is able to provide you with the correct and quality nutrients you want & need? I am ALWAYS on the look out for a quality powder to supplement my diet. 

True Nutrition is a company who allows you to do just that. Do you like a heavier mix of casein to whey powder? Got it. How about a vegan or paleo blend? Got it. You can even adjust & mix different powders together?! YEP.

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 11.56.02 AM

On True Nutrition’s website, you can start with a base formula that is pretty standard (under the tab protein formulas) OR you can start from scratch and create your own blend! I tried both ways. I used the standard formulas for women’s overnight and meal replacement and then tweaked them to fit my needs. I love a good mix of casein to whey ratio. For my needs, I like my protein to be a little thicker and last longer in my system (which is why I love a higher casein to whey ratio). I also decided to try out their paleo formula.

What all do you get to customize aside from the type of protein source you use? The flavor, sweetener, flavor intensity, and you can even add a boost. The different boosts include an electrolyte boost, protein-enzyme boost, multi-vitamin boost, and a carb enzyme boost. I decided to go with a few different flavors and added an electrolyte boost to a couple of my blends.

To save some dough, you can also have your protein packaged in a bag instead of the tub (which is what I did). And get this, all of my scoops were on top when I received my order!

True Nutrition Protein

Here were my custom protein blends:

protein

I love being able to try different whey/casein ratios and figure out my perfect mix! And, at only around 115 calories a scoop (consisting of mostly protein), I can feel confident that I am getting just what I need. The best part? It is reasonably priced!

I was able to get 4 different pounds of protein for around $60 – which is a steal! I’d highly recommend trying out your own custom blend from True Nutrition.

 

Share now! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

REM-Fit Activity Tracker & Pillow Review

IMG_4572I am constantly on the lookout for new gear & fun gadgets that help me reach a better overall level of health. There are so many options out there when it comes to fitness watches and activity trackers; ranging from $30 all the way into the hundreds. So, when REM-Fit contacted me about reviewing their REM-Fit Active 200 Sleep & Activity Tracker I jumped on board! For only $99, I thought it would be awesome to see how this watch matched up to my other favorite trackers.

IMG_4581Here is an up close and personal view on what you get for $99. Included with your purchase is: “REM-Fit Active” Fitness Tracker, 2 wristbands (one purple & one black), a belt clip (if you don’t want to wear the wristband), and finally, the USB charging dock.

The watch charges very quickly and tracks your daily calories burned, steps, distance, sleep and even gives you an active score based on activities you log during the day through their app (available on iOS & Android). I found the calories burned throughout the day (without exercise) to be accurate. I also liked that I could input what goals I wanted to reach and the watch would buzz to remind me to get active throughout the day. It helped me to get up and move when I was way too comfy on the couch! 🙂 The tracker also has a WIDE variety of band colors to choose from which makes me happy!

More pros to this tracker:

Price – at $99, you get a lot for your money.
Durability – the band feels very durable, thick and was easy to clean.
Charge – the REM-Fit battery charges quickly & stays charged with constant use
App – the app is easy to navigate and shows you everything you want to see from your sleep pattern, to your active points, and also lets you connect with friends.
Belt Clip – I really like that you could wear the tracker on your belt and not have to constantly wear it as a watch.

And a few cons:

The touch screen – I had a hard time getting my tracker screen to move to show me all of the data at times. You have to tap it on the left to get the stats to turn over and sometimes it would not detect my taps.
Distance – this varied on certain days but, some days I know I walked further than my watch detected. Having said this, my calories burned were still accurate. It was just the total distance that was way under at times.

Screen Shot 2015-12-06 at 10.07.01 AMIn conjunction with the REM-Fit Active 200, I also received the REM-Fit Rest Collection 400 Series Pillow. My pregnant self was SUPER excited to try this pillow that promises to help regulate body temperature and protect against dust mites and allergens to provide a better quality sleep (which is SO important to overall health!!). After some good use of this pillow, I can say that I really like it! My husband even loves to steal it from me 😉

Pillow Pros:

Contour – the pillow fits your body and delivers a very comfortable feel.
Cooling Gel Top – I tend to wake up sweating during the nights (thank you increased pregnancy hormones!) and I never once woke up during the night when using this pillow. “The gel pad disperses heat, offering a cooling sensation keeping you comfortable all night long.”
Comfort – Overall, just a really comfortable pillow that did help me sleep better!

Pillow Cons:

Weight – the pillow, for me, is heavy. So, it was hard to move it easily during the night. I like to wrap my arms around my pillows at times so this was slightly more difficult to do.

Overall, the pillow did help me to sleep better. I know this because I saw it on my app (woo!) =)

So, would I recommend the REM-Fit Active 200 Tracker? The price is right and it does what you need it to – so YES! Would I recommend the REM-Fit Rest Collection Pillow? If you are having any sort of sleep problems and need a solution for better quality sleep OR you just want a really comfortable & good for you pillow – then, YES!

See more from REM-Fit:
REM-Fit.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube

Share now! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail

Pregnant & Fit: Must Haves

As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I immediately wanted the latest and greatest maternity gear – super cute matching outfits, exercise modifying gear, and everything in between. Im here to tell you, SAVE YOUR MONEY for what matters most! After shopping online, abandoning many baskets, and looking into a ton of different options; I finally decided – WHY THE HECK am I going to spend so much money on things I will only use for a short while??!

PregFaves

When you’re pregnant, it’s hard to find the right fitting gear that doesn’t ride up, fall down, and leave you looking like a hot mess – or an even hotter mess than usual – without spending a lot.

Here’s my list of pregnancy favorites and what I would recommend spending your hard earned cash on:

1. BeMaternity by Ingrid & Isabel Active Black Capri or Long Pant – I’ve worn my fair share of workout tights – from higher end, expensive brands to the cheap of the cheap. I gotta say, the expensive ones ALWAYS rip. I always have those random vagina threads or holes in the waist bands. The BEST tights I have ever worn are from Old Navy and (now) Target. These pants are magic – they stay in place, don’t give my growing belly a muffin top and have really lasted with every day wear. I live in these!

2. A REALLY Good Pair of Workout Shoes – Swollen feet, aching backs, and overall body pain are some of the usual downsides to pregnancy. I HIGHLY suggest getting fitted for a good pair of trainers if you haven’t already. My favorite pair are from Asics.

3. Tanks For the Gym & the Streets – Old Navy has the best tanks – they are comfy, stay in place, and can be dressed up or down. I take a lot of selfies in my grey Old Navy tank – it’s my favorite!! I would wear it every day if people wouldn’t start thinking I never bathed.

4. A HUGE Water Bottle – Staying hydrated is very important when you’re not pregnant; and even more so when you are. I always have a Blender Bottle with me and hit at least a gallon of water a day. Keeping a bottle near you (when you’re at home or on the road) is an easy way to stay on track throughout the day.

5. Post Workout NOMS – I seriously could not make it through this pregnancy without my weekly workout date with my pregnant BFF. We always go for a fab walk/hike and then smash a bagel sandwich from Tastee’s Donuts in La Verne. Pass me the turkey sandwich on a jalapeno cheese bagel with a side of crispy pickles and an ice cold diet coke. That, my friends, is excuse enough to get active!

6. Wireless Headphones – It’s hard enough modifying your workout to accommodate a growing belly – why add in the cable to your headphones too? I have tried a few pairs of wireless headphones and have found the LG Tone Ultra to be some of the best. I like them because they have a far range (meaning you can leave your phone and walk around the gym), the buds don’t fall out of my ears and the sound is great.

7. Shirts that Go Below the Belly – I really tried to stay in my shirts as long as possible…. and some women can do it their whole pregnancy. My belly is now to a size wear my non-maternity shirts and jackets hit just below my belly button. This leaves a very awkward strip of skin that hangs out and calls out to strangers to touch me. Do yourself a favor and buy these awesome shirts (short sleeve, long sleeve, and all the others) from Target. Liz Lange makes some of the BEST shirts for an amazing price! I like to watch the clearance racks and get them for an even better deal =)

8. A FAB Pair of Jeans – I have tried what seems like EVERY brand of maternity jean. Seriously, the woman at Destination Maternity remembers me as the girl who made her bring me every pair and then left without any. The ONLY brand that has fit me correctly has been H&M’s MAMA Skinny Jeans & MAMA Treggings. I had to buy them online, but it was a risk worth taking…. and one that paid off!

9. Protein Supplements – Protein doesn’t seem to sit well with any pregnant woman…. carbs on the other hand…. BRING IT ON! So, it’s really nice to have a high quality protein to supplement with. Some of my favorites are FlapJacked Mighty Muffins (which are packed with probiotics too!), Detour Simple Bars (just like candy), Dannon Light & Fit 80 calorie yogurt cups, and egg whites.

10. A Pregnant BFF or Online Support Group – I don’t know what I would do without my pregnant BFF. We talk almost every day, all day…. about baby stuff, shopping, our online mommy group (which is where we met), exercising, and (most importantly) FOOD. It’s amazing to have a support system outside of family (and my amazing followers!) who I can vent and share in the excitement with. Our online mommy group is also awesome when it comes to new products and getting advice from veteran moms! It’s fab when you meet someone online who quickly becomes a real life friend.

So there you have it! What are some of your favorite pregnancy must haves? Comment below! =)

Share now! Facebooktwittergoogle_plusmailFacebooktwittergoogle_plusmail