This week’s inspiring true weight loss storycomes from Candice Ballof New York City who lost more than 40 pounds after deciding she’d put health on the back burner for long enough. Candice had struggled with her weight for the majority of her life, but in 2011 she came to the realization that she had to get healthy. “I’ve struggled with weight basically all my life,” she said. “I was not eating healthy…I was addicted to an unhealthy lifestyle.”
At her heaviest, Candice weighed 174 pounds. Her adorable puppy, Toshi, who is a professional pet actor and model, was one factor that triggered her weight loss journey. “I was embarrassed that I made sure my dog was well taken care of, but I wasn’t.”
Another factor that helped Candice finally decide to lose the weight was a run-in with an old flame. “I ran into someone I really cared for many years ago and I felt awkward, him seeing me the way I looked. I was always active when I was with that person,” she said. “Then I just let myself go.”
In December of last year, Candice started doing P90x2 and within two weeks, she dropped 17 pounds. After she finished the program she continued to follow a food plan and addedInsanity to her workout routine. Candice’s initial goal weight was 140 pounds, but she surpassed that mark and is currently thrilled to be 133 pounds.
Even though Candice met her weight goal, she still continues to workout and eat healthy. Her exercises consist of circuit training, P90x2, running, martial arts, and riding horses. “Anything to keep me moving and not in the same routine,” she said. Read Full Post >
Want to workout but don’t know where to begin? The Sworkit app has you covered. It’s an app that gives you randomized training workouts based on which parts of the body you want to focus on. The workouts are timed from five to 60 minute sessions, so you can’t use the excuse that you don’t have time to workout. It’s available for Androids, iPhones and iPads, and Web.
Sworkit’s creator, Ryan Hanna, told us, “The real purpose of Sworkit and what sets it apart is the attention to simplicity. When the majority of people set out to exercise, they don’t necessarily know where to start and then there are some people who will talk themselves out of ever starting in the first place.”
“Sworkit only asks two questions: How long do you have to workout? Where do you want to feel it?” said Hanna. Read Full Post >
Don’t let this quick little circuit routine fool you. You’ll be feeling the burn and blasting fat in no time. Doing these exercises with little rest in between will force your body to consume more oxygen during the workout and after. This means your body will have to use all that unwanted body fat for energy!
How to do: Perform each exercise in the amount of time given. Rest for 5-10 seconds before moving on to the next. You can repeat the entire series up to three times. The only equipment you’ll need are light weight dumb bells.
2 minute Warm Up– Slow jog around your living space, staying on the balls of your feet and swinging your arms.
2 minute Leg kicks-Standing with feet hip width apart, kick one leg up straight and extend your opposite hand to touch your toes. Lower that leg and quickly repeat with the other leg and arm.
1 minute Burpees– Start in a push up position with both hands below your chest. Keeping your hands in place, bring your feet towards your hands by making a jumping motion. (To make it easier, step with one foot towards the same side hand and than bring the other foot forward) Jump up. Immediately squat back down, touching the floor with your hands. Kick both feet back at the same time, bringing you back to the push up position. (To make it easier, step one foot back than the other. Repeat for 1 minute. Read Full Post >
Trainer Ramona Braganza‘s 3-2-1 workout has been the go-to method for may Hollywood stars and starlets including Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds and 2011’s Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper to get into fantastic shape fast for roles in big time movies and TV shows.
Ramona Braganza was a cheerleader for The Raiders in LA then began fitness training and modeling, but credits her mental focus to her childhood as a competitive gymnast in Canada. The 3-2-1 method, which Braganza says really came together with Jessica Alba while shooting Into The Blue, consists of three 10-minute intervals of cardio, two 10-minute intervals of strength training, and one 10-minute interval of abdominal training. All of the sequences are then repeated twice to complete one workout.
Want to get the body of your favorite celebrity? Try the 3-2-1 workout for yourself!