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Summer Workout Playlist

06/25/2016

A new playlist can motivate you to bring your workout to the next level. Try out these songs to keep your workout fresh and increase your momentum!

 

  1. “Cheap Thrills” -Sia
  2. “Don’t” -Ed Shearan
  3. “Blame” -Calvin Harris feat. John Newman
  4. “Do it Again” -Royksopp & Robyn
  5. “Pompeii” -Chandelier
  6. “Baby Don’t Lie” -Gwen Stefani
  7. “Breathe, Stretch, Shake” -Mase feat. P. Diddy
  8. “Ayo” -Lolawolf
  9. “Lose Yourself” -Eminem
  10. “Never” -Moving Pictures
  11. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” -Justin Timberlake
  12. “Break Free” -Arianna Grande feat. Zedd
  13. “On My Mind” -Ellie Goulding
  14. “One Dance” -Drake
  15.  “Runaway (U & I)” -Galantis
  16. “This is What You Came For” -Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
  17. “Me Too” -Meghan Trainor
  18. “Like I Would” -Zayn
  19. “Don’t Let Me Down” -The Chainsmokers
  20. “Downtown” -Macklemore

 

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Tank Top Arm Workout

06/23/2016

Tank top season is in full swing, which is a great motivator to focus on strengthening your arms. Your biceps, triceps, and chest will feel the burn after this one. For this circuit, start with a heavier set of free weights. If you're completely gassed after the first set, swap your weights for a lighter set. Remember this: if it's burning, it's working!

 

Warm-up: 60 seconds of jumping jacks, 15 seconds rest. Repeat twice.

 

Workout:

10 push-ups

20 standing shoulder presses

10 tricep kickbacks (each arm)

5 lateral raises

15 one-arm rows (each arm)

5 front raises

10 reverse flies

10 upright rows

10 hammer curls

10 dumbbell pullovers

 

Repeat circuit twice.

 

Cool-down: Stretch your arms for 30-60 seconds. 

 

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4 Ways to Cool-down After a Workout

06/09/2016

Whether you just finished a five mile run on the treadmill or a rigorous lifting session, a cool-down should always follow your workout. An effective cool-down will gradually reduce your heart rate and help prevent muscle stiffness and soreness. Here are four ways to recover after a workout – bonus points if you implement all of them!

 

1. Cool-down cardio

After your cardio workout, slow your speed to a light pace/walk for 5-10 minutes. This will help flush out lactic acid from your muscles, preventing soreness and assist with muscle repair and recovery.

 

2. Stretch

Stretch each major muscle for about 30 seconds. If a particular muscle group is sore, spend more time on that area.

a. Quadriceps

b. Hamstrings

c. Glutes

d. Chest

e. Arms/Shoulders

f. Core/Back

 

3. Hydrate

After a workout, it is a crucial part og recovery to replenish the water supply you lost during your workout. We recommend that you hydrate with 16 ounces per hour of exercise.

 

4. Refuel

Eat foods that include a combination of protein and carbohydrates. The protein helps rebuild and repair muscle tissue, while the carbohydrate insures a fast delivery of protein into the cells. Refuel within 30 minutes after you workout which is when your muscles are ready to absorb the nutrients.

 


 

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Essential Core Workout

06/01/2016

Consistently training your core is a crucial component of a well-balanced fitness routine. A strong core helps you to utilize other parts of your body to make the most out of your workouts. Often times people will throw in a set of abdominal crunches at the end of their workout and call it good. Don't stop there! To get the best results, include a variety of exercises that target your entire core, not just your abs. This exercise routine below is designed to work your transverse and rectus abdominis, as well as your internal and external obliques.

 

30 Russian twists

20 Side plank dips

10 Double leg lifts on back

Repeat 2X

 

20 Dumbbell side bends

30 Oblique crunches

20 Hip twists in plank

Repeat 2X

 

10 V-ups

20 Double leg lifts lying on side

40 Bicycle crunches

Repeat 2X

 

What are your favorite core exercises? Leave a comment below!

 

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May Plyometric and Abdominal Challenge

04/29/2016

Rev up your metabolism with this high-intensity workout that pairs simple movements together for major results. Our monthly challenge will help burn your lower body and abs – the perfect type of strength training before swimsuit season.

 

The movements below are featured in our monthly calendar that you can download here.

 

BURPEE

The burpee – a crazy intense workout on its own. Master it by starting in a standing position. Drop into a squat position with your hands on the ground. Kick your feet back, while keeping your arms extended. Immediately return your feet to the squat position and vertically jump into the air.

 

V SIT-UP WITH WEIGHTED BALL

Lie flat on on your back with your arms fully extended over your head holding a weighted medicine ball. Your legs will be fully extended together roughly six inches off the floor. As you exhale, bend at the waist while simultaneously raising your legs and arms to meet in a “V” position. The legs should be extended and lifted at a 45-degree angle from the ground and the arms should be extended and parallel to your legs. You upper torso should be off the ground as well. Lower your arms and legs back to the starting position.

 

ATOMIC PUSH UP

We’ll take push-ups to the next level with this move. Start in a push-up position with your arms extended and hands about shoulder-width apart. You should be on your toes with legs fully extended and feet together. Bend your elbows and move your body down to the ground. Make sure your abs and glutes are tight and keep your body in a straight-line. Once your chest is one inch from the ground, extend your arms and drive your hands into the ground as hard as possible. Done properly, you should generate enough force and power to allow your hand to come off the ground by about three inches. Land flat on your hands with a little flex in your elbows to absorb some of the shock.

 

SIDE PLANK

Lie on your side with your legs extended straight. Place your forearm on the ground at a 90-degree angle then elevate your body off the ground, forming a diagonal line. Rest your other hand on your hip. Once you are in position, lower your hip straight down to the ground and pause for one second about one inch from the ground. Bring your hip back to the starting position and make sure to tighten your glutes and abs at the top.

 

STAR JUMPS

To start, stand tall in a vertical position with your arms by your side and knees slightly bent. Driving your feet into the ground to create power, jump up into the air extending your arms and legs out from your body. You’ll look like a star, hence the name of this exercise. Land softly with your knees together and hands by your side. Make sure to keep your abs tight and back straight.

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5 Ways Exercise Boosts Your Brain Power

04/22/2016

Let’s start with the obvious: exercise does wonders for your body. As little as 30 minutes a day can make a huge difference in your health. From losing weight to building muscle, fitness is a key part in helping people become the best versions of themselves. The positive effects from working out aren’t limited to your body, either. 

 

Regular exercise brings big-time mental benefits. No matter what how old you are or what your fitness level is, exercise improves your brain function. Who can say “no” to that? Think of what amazing things you can accomplished with a well-functioning and positive mind! So, what specifically does exercise do for your mental state? Below are the top five ways working out boosts your brain power.

 

Reduces Stress

Ah, stress. It happens to everyone. It could be a tough day at work, home, or out and about. Exercise builds levels of norepinephrine, a chemical that can moderate how your brain responds to stress. If stress is weighing you down, a solid sweat session at Snap Fitness is what you need!

Reduces Anxiety

Working out also helps with anxiety. The endorphins that are released with you exercise not only make you feel happy, they can calm you down. We recommend a nice jog or run to clear your mind if you’re feeling anxious. That energy will be replaced with a much more relaxing one!

Increase Your Confidence

Regular exercise will have you looking and feeling great. It boosts your self-esteem, which is so important. Next time you’re in the gym, check yourself out in the mirror. Look at how strong you are! Strength comes in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but we love them all in Snap Nation.

Sharpen Memory

Do you have a big presentation or exam coming up? Don’t skip your workouts! Exercise boosts your memory and ability to learn new things. Review your notes or materials before and after your workouts. The added focus will help you prepare.

Spread The Feel-Good Vibes!

A positive attitude is contagious. Extend your fitness routine to include group classes or activities. Running around the lake before coffee? Yes! A pick-up game of softball after work with friends? You bet! You can inspire your crew to work harder and have more fun. We call that a win-win.

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