Help to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life

 bodybuilding.comHelp to Get in the Best Shape of Your Life

Nearly two-thirds of us make New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape, but 75 percent will throw in the towel on their fitness goals, according to a new online survey.

If you’ve resolved to tone up this year, to help you reach your goals, Bodybuilding.com and Dymatize Nutrition are kicking off registration for their 2013 $100,000 Transformation Challenge.

The Transformation Challenge is designed to help people overcome these common challenges to achieving their New Year’s fitness resolutions, the Bodybuilding.com $100,000 Transformation Challenge, sponsored by Dymatize Nutrition, encourages people to get fit and to positively transform their bodies. People age 18 and older can register for free for the Challenge through January 31 at www.bodybuilding.com/100k.

After signing up, registrants can choose any one of Bodybuilding.com’s easy-to-follow 12-week training programs from fitness experts such as Jamie Eason, and you’ll get workouts, diet reccos and tips for success.

If you think that a bodybuilding.com site is for muscle heads, think again. I use Bodybuilding.com all the time to find great strength training routines that I can do at the gym or home. You’ll find moves on this site that you never knew existed. My favorite way to use the site is to look at the workouts-muscle groups section and you can see ways to target all the major muscle groups in your body.  I have found new moves for areas I work on like my abs and glutes.

There are great nutrition articles and recipes too. My dietitian colleagues write many. We had a chance to interview the super fit and healthy Jamie Eason about what she recommends for busy women to get in the best shape of your life.  Here’s what Jamie had to say:

Jamie EasonWhich Exercises Are Must-Haves to Get In Great Shape ?

I’d say that push-ups, sit-ups and squats are staples for any great routine.  If incorporating weights, compound movements like a squat press and push-up rows are also excellent.

If you’re time-pressed what’s one or two moves to keep you in great shape?

I’d recommend burpees for the greatest muscle activation and lunge kicks because they really work your entire lower body as well as your core.

 Which exercise do you think is the most effective for strengthening your abs?

For strengthening abs, I really recommend a few great exercises: hanging leg raises, swiss ball crunches, Turkish get-ups and tornado or medicine ball slams. If I had to choose one, I’d go with hanging leg raises because of the ability to add weighted resistance and vary the position of your torso.

What do you eat on a typical day? 

I follow a whole foods diet approach, avoiding processed foods and emphasizing pre- and post-workout nutrition to support my fitness goals. Though my diet tends to focus more on lean protein and healthy fats throughout the day, in the morning I like to include a complex carb after fasingt through the night as well as after a workout to restore glycogen and give my muscle the much needed energy to grow and repair.  My favorite sources of complex carbohydrates are yams, brown rice and oatmeal.

 

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