Going Nuts Before Working Out

During a recent interview, Chalene Johnson was asked if she ate anything before working out. She said that she usually just had some almonds because she found that if she ate, for example a protein bar (300 cal.), it was like a meal and she wanted to eat more.

I thought I’d post her suggestion here and ask if any of our readers had found any other pre-workout foods/drinks that worked for them? I’ve also read that drinking coffee can prior to working out can also give you the energy boost you need to get through it. Does anyone do this? How about one of the many pre-workout energy drinks available?

Beachbody has just put out a new nutritional product called, “Reset.” You can watch a short video about it here.



Fierce Force

I just got an email from Ann Maris about a new workout video she’s released. I love the way that she’s incorporated a lot of compound movements and even added dumbbells to plyometric moves to the routine! Here’s a video clip:

Here’s one review:

Excellent Circuit Training Workout!I was always a fan of Anni’s workout concept but never a fan of her workouts, mostly because they involved light weights, which I dislike. “Fierce Force” workout changed all that. I’m now an Anni fan! Truly, “Fierce Force” is as hard as you want it to be. Don’t blame Anni if you’re not getting an intense workout here. I only do advanced workouts, so I used 8 lb. to 30 lb. dumbbells throughout this workout, and was soaked by the end … Often, circuit workouts are more cardio in intent, with only mildly residual toning benefits. With “Fierce Force,” however, I could go heavy, so I think this is a well-designed circuit workout where you reap both cardio and toning benefits. I baby my knees, so I found it easy to occasionally modify when it came to the high impact, too …. FF is space friendly, easy to modify to match your fitness needs and objectives, has no dread factor, and goes by quickly. I look forward to doing it again. If you’re a circuit fan, don’t overlook this. This is a classic. One of my favorite 2012 purchases! I look forward to Fierce Force 2! (Anni, are you listening? – ha!)


If you like plyometrics and athletic drills, you might also be interested in Insanity. You can watch a short video clip here.

Rev Abs: Calories Burned

I tried but was unable to get a definitive answer about how many calories are burned during a typical Rev Ab workout. Does anyone know?

You can watch a short video about Brett “El Capitan”  Hoebell’s Rev Abs program here.

Here is the opening paragraph to Brett Hoebel’s Wikipedia entry:

Brett Hoebel is a fitness expert and was a trainer on the U.S. television show the Biggest Loser season 11. He coached the majority of the contestants on the Red Team that season and was touted as one of the “Unknown Trainers” with a Mixed Martial Arts background. After his role on Biggest Loser, he was subsequently chosen to be one of the health experts on the Food Network TV show Fat Chef, which follows overweight chefs in their struggles to lose weight over a four-month period.

The full Wikipedia entry is here.

Shaun T with the Military- Veterans Day Work Out- Insanity

Power Girl Fitness – TIME CRUNCH – 10 minute ABS Workout



http://powergirlfitness.com Fun and effective, Doctor-Designed Fitness taught by girls for girls, featuring 11 year old, National Level competitive dancer Jessy Lipke. Recommended for girls 8 years of age and older, at all levels of fitness. Designed to target your abdominals, this 10 minute high-intensity ABS workout features Sprint Training – metabolic conditioning – designed to build muscle and burn fat, for hours AFTER the workout. Exercise in your own home. No experience or equipment required. Progress through 3 levels of difficulty (beginner, advanced, elite) as you get stronger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2zi0vx7kKg

Reduce Tummy

Dorm Room Workout Workout from Exercise TV

From Exercise TV:

10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme – Total Body Circuit

Walking Cardio Shape Up

Make Me Over 40 Minute Workout Workout by Exercise TV

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