What is EBP? Why is it important?

Let’s talk about Evidence Based Practice (EBP). What is it? EBP “is the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of the individual client. It means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.”⠀

How does this pertain to fitness? Somewhere a long the line genetically gifted people who have no issues putting aside their moral beliefs for a nice pay check decided to say fuck EBP and go with whatever is going to make larger sums of money despite the harm it could potentially cause the people who fall for the gimmicks. I get it, business is business, but there really ought to be a line people are willing to not cross, ESPECIALLY when it comes to the human body. Whether you realize it or not exercise greatly affects our body, not just in our external physical appearance, but internally as well. You go to a doctor because they have a medical degree, you see a physical therapist because they have their DPT, so why do you go to a “personal trainer” who just has genetics going for them and doesn’t even have a CPT. Just because something works for that person does NOT mean it’s going to work for you. We are all DIFFERENT in our own ways, those differences should be tackled in a way that REAL science (fuck bro science) supports, in a way that’s not going to have you pulling muscles left and right, constantly feeling beat up, creating hormonal imbalances, and the list goes on. Next time you seek fitness advice, I challenge you to find out about their level of education about the human body and how it responds to exercise.⠀

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Get LetlerFit in 75- 30, 45, or 60 Minute Workouts

I am so excited to finally announce the release of my newest guide!  15 Months in the making (7 months of testing workouts, 3 months for editing and shooting, and 2 months to put together), but it is finally done and I could not be any more excited about my biggest guide to date!

Get LetlerFit in 75-30, 45, and 60 Minute Fat Loss workouts is designed for the people who have an inconsistent schedule and cannot commit to a full blown product. This person may also have time commitment inconsistencies, which is why I put together this guide. This guide in clouds 75 different exercises that can be done at home (depending on your equipment access) or at the gym. You can choose from 25 different 30 minute workouts, 25 different 45 minute workouts, and 25 different 60 minute workouts. Every workout is designed with fat loss in mind and can have you burning calories for up to 24 hours post workout! Each workout costs you $.66!!!

Equipment used: Dumbbells, Your Body, Barbell, Resistance Bands, Kettlebells, Boss Ball, Medicine Ball, Stepper, and Stability Ball

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Is there really such a thing as bad food?

In a world where so many people think healthy means protein and veggies only because carbs (including fruit) are bad for you, I decided to dedicate this post for everyone who suffers from labeling foods as good or bad and those who follow restrictive diets.

Did you know that eating a diet that only consists of protein and vegetables can lead to health issues in a different, yet equally dangerous way as a diet consisting of processed foods, salt, and sugar?  Crazy, right?

For this post I wanted to tackle some of the foods most labeled as bad:

  1. Foods high in sodium always get labeled as bad because high salt intake has been linked to high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.  But did you know if you eat a few foods a week high in salt and the rest of your diet has adequate salt intake and you stay hydrated…those small spikes of ingested sodium WILL NOT MAKE YOU HAVE A HEART ATTACK
  2. Another food labeled as a diet “no no” for many is sugar.  But did you know that processed sugar (whole fruit is not processed sugar) once a week is NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU DIABETES.  Did you know that you can do “damage control” on that sugary cheat that is high in carbs and very low in fat by consuming is within 1 hour of an intense workout?  Not saying to eat it first and then punish yourself with exercise after, I’m saying if you want to go out for ice cream, donuts, or cookies and not see as much short term weight fluctuations enjoy them after you’ve worked out (again, don’t abuse this).
  3. Fried foods are oh so delicious but oh so restricted when people go on diets, but did you know that consuming 1 fried meal a week with multiple healthy whole meals, that bad food IS NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU HIGH CHOLESTEROL.
  4. Fiber is one of those diet worshipped foods.  But did you know that if you consume high fiber vegetables/foods post workout it can become a bad food?  You want fiber before or during the day not after a killer workout (messes with recovery-i’ll do a whole post on that some other time).

Moral of this blog: BALANCE and food timing is key!

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2018 Goal Tracking

Have you walked into a gym lately?  Remember what it looked like on January 1st? I haven’t had to wait for a platform, a piece of equipment, or a machine to open in weeks!  It’s a bittersweet feeling.  Sweet because I’m human and i’m selfish.  I hate waiting for what i want to use to be open and i hate fighting for machines.  Bitter because the fitness professional in me knows it’s because most people have given upon their fitness resolution.

This blog is for the ones who are about to throw in the towel.  If you are almost at your goal, snap out of the lazy funk you are ALMOST there!  If your goal seems a bit farther away.  Re-do the goal!  Break it down.  If you are 10 pounds away, 15, 20 etc.  break it in half.  Set a time goal.  Healthy, sustainable weightless occurs at .5-2lbs per week. Knowing this, set a date for when you want to hit that goal.  Most importantly, remember WHY you made that goal.

Sometimes we struggle, lose motivation, but knowing we are in the rut and making the conscious decision to get out of the rut makes all of the difference.

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Beauty But Beast Product Review

As a personal trainer and avid fitness enthusiast I go through Mini loop bands like crazy. Sometimes the bands lose their stretch after a few uses, they snap from over use, etc.  So recently I found these bands and they caught my attention  Not only because they’re pink and pink is my favorite color, but because they carry the breast cancer symbol.

Being curious, I wandered if it was just for show, or if they actually donate a percentage of proceeds to the cause.  They actually do!  10% of proceeds are donated to the breast cancer  foundation.

So not only are the beauty but beast bands a woman owned company, not only are the bands pink, not only are they very durable, but they support a beautiful cause!

PS this was not a paid advertisement and I make no money if you purchase these bands, but if you too want to get a booty pump for a cause: Click Here

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Meatless Lunch Recipe

I know meatless January was a big trend in efforts of trying to get people to add more vegetables to their diet.  I personally am I vegetarian, I eat fish once a week, I eat cheese  (hate milk-don’t like the taste) a few times a month, and I eat eggs whenever I eat a cookie or cake.  The rest of the time my diet is actually plant based.  I chose to change my diet 5 years ago for moral reasons, not because one diet is healthier than the other because I believe a well balanced meat eater (aka one who eats their veggies and doesn’t consume processed meats at every meal) can be just as healthy as a well balanced vegan.

However because I am all about helping people add vegetables to their diet (believe it or not I hate veggies and I eat them because they’re good for me), I wanted to share this quick lunch recipe:

  • trader joe’s wild rice medley
  • peas
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • cilantro
  • oregano
  • celery salt
  • red bell pepper

I don’t track anything, so I can’t tell you the exact portions I used, but if you track your food you can definitely re-create this to your own portions

  1. boil rice, cilantro, and garlic- cook until ready
  2. in a separate pan add tomatoes, peas, and red bell peppers.  Saute with oregano and celery salt
  3. mix veggies into rice once the rice is ready
  4. serve & enjoy!

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Treat Yo’Self 2018

One of the goals that I set for this year was to give priority to ME.  I have the tendency to fill my plate up with soooo many different responsibilities that I end up losing myself to the parts of my work that i dislike, to school, my pets (aka my children) and even my husband.  I put myself last, or at least I used to.

One of the ways I have given myself a little bit of me time every single day this year was by looking up pinterest “self care challenges” and writing one self care item on my “to do” list every day!  But every single week I have my non negotiables:

Every Sunday I unwind and mentally clear my mind before the week begins with a bubble bath and praise music.

On Mondays I do my nails, a facial, and a hair mask.

On Tuesdays, I exfoliate.

On Wednesdays, I go for a 30 min walk with my dog.  He’s a small/medium size dog who gets his exercise by running around outside and in my house so I don’t typically walk him everyday.  On this walk I go around my neighborhood and turn my phone on silent and put it in my pocket (I don’t leave it at my house for safety).

On Thursdays I stretch for an hour.

On Fridays I treat my taste buds to whatever was on my mind all week, whether it  be pizza, ice cream, donuts, etc.

and on Saturdays I enjoy time with my husband.  We both work full time and are full time graduate students, so finding quality time during the week is tricky.  So we make each other a priority on Saturdays.

By keeping with this schedule I have been able to reduce my levels of stress eating, anxiety, and over all positive mental health.  Exercise has been scientifically proven to help with mental health so of course, I make sure to not skip out on my exercise.

If you’re like me and have the tendency to put yourself last, I urge you to flip the switch.  It is NOT selfish to put yourself first.  How can you help others when you can’t even help yourself?

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