Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday is a worldwide trend of having a  meatless dinner on Monday night. Since it’s already chilly and cold here in New Hampshire, I’ve decided to share a veggie soup recipe with ya’ll. I’ve also been feeling a bit ill myself, so I figured this would spark me right up.

Veggie Soup

  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 6 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 1 handful baby carrots
  • 3 stalks celery roughly chopped
  • 2 potatoes cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 bag mixed frozen veggies
  • herbs of choice
  • 4 cups of water
  • salt, pepper & red pepper flakes – to taste
  • 1 C whole grain pasta, brown rice or quinoa, cooked
– In a large stock pot over medium heat saute the onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil until translucent
– Add the garlic, carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes
– Add everything else (except pasta) and bring to a boil
– Simmer for however long you have 20 minutes – an hour
– Add in pasta/rice and boil until warmed.
-All Done!
This is a great and healthy meal, especially for those trying to lose weight. Vegetable soup can be as low as 80 calories per cup and it leaves you full, warm, and satisfied.
**Remember to forget that diet, and just eat healthy.**
Best Health,
Nicole

Why Interval Strength Training is Right For You

What is Interval Strength Training?

High intensity exercises for set periods of time and rests. For example, a 1-minute interval of squat jumps with a rest period of 15-seconds and then a 45-second set of  shoulder press-bicep curls and another 15-second rest. The intervals keep your heart rate up and the exercises increase your muscle mass.

In this day and age there is a machine and gadget for every type of muscle movement.

You may have seen these crazy late-night fitness gadgets and thought, “Well that looks like an easy way to get fit.”

You don’t need a gimmick that comes for 5 easy payments of 29.95. It will gather dust in your broom closet after you realize it does absolutely nothing for your body. You need a better body and healthier lifestyle, and I’m here to help you get it.

Is my program right for you?  If you want to burn fat, raise your metabolism, burn more calories at rest, build muscle, build strength, and lose weight, then YES, this is right for YOU. My method is scientifically proven. I didn’t just pull it out of my magic trainer’s hat, it is backed by years of research.

When you get into a workout, your mind does not like counting reps, but when I say, “Ten more seconds,” you quickly realize you’re almost done and push it up a notch. This benefits you, your body, and me as a trainer. I’m able to push you harder so you get what you want faster.

Another great thing about Interval Strength Training is that it is fool proof against adaptation. Adaptation means your body becomes efficient at one activity and it takes less energy to do that one exercise, making you burn less calories. For example, if your workout consists of going to the gym, running 20 minutes on the treadmill and doing the circuit of machines, you will adapt very quickly; within 14 days to be exact.

When you do something new that challenges your mind and muscles, you burn max calories and gain strength. This is why having an educated trainer is so vital. There aren’t posters in the gym that tell you these facts, or show you how to avoid your pitfalls. There aren’t flyers telling you why you’ve stopped losing weight, or why you’ve even gained a few pounds back after working out for 2 months. I’m here for that, and I’m here for YOU.

BootCamp: Why We Work Harder In Groups

Do you wonder why you sweat more, push harder, and are sore longer after a group-fitness class? Zumba with the ladies, Kickboxing with the cute instructor, and spinning with that super energetic woman up front are your secret to a better bod. But why?  This phenomenon isn’t just by chance and it’s not just the cute instructor you’re trying to impress; it’s called Social Facilitation. 

Wikipedia defines Social Facilitation as “the tendency for people to do better on simple tasks when in the presence of other people.” It’s actually simple to kick high and spin faster, but when alone you see no reason to push it. It’s all the energy around you, the people watching, or at least the thought of them all watching you, that makes you push it. Wait…what? I’m being duped by just the thought that I’m being watched? Are you telling me that super hot instructor isn’t eyeing me because I’m doing the best in the class? Darnit!

Most people need to be pushed. It takes an immense amount of discipline and dedication to push yourself to your limits when no one is watching. You think to yourself, “Why am I doing this? No one is seeing it.” But they are seeing the results.

Why is my bootcamp the best? Because I care. Because I pay attention to things like above, and want to help you no matter what your reason is for being there. Got a hot date next week? A wedding to tone up for? Or maybe you just want to make friends, have fun, and get fit at the same time…while extracting your inner athlete for all to see. I’m here for you.

What do we do in class? I use bodyweight exercises so that You Are Your Own Gym. In my class, you use the body you have to build the body you want. Forget trying to lift a heavy weight, crank your thighs on that weird machine that makes you do the splits in public, and boring yourself to sleep on that treadmill. My classes are fun and engaging. I mix all sorts of cardio and strength moves, making working out a game, so that you are laughing and having so much fun pushing it that you forget where you are and what you’re doing. Before you know it the workout is over, you’ve burned over 500 calories, and you want more. Believe it or not, every time I say, “That’s it,” people ask for more! They don’t want to go back to life after having so much fun with the hour to themselves – away from their daily stressors and tensors.

So take a chance, realize your limits, and challenge yourself with one of my bootcamp classes.

Sign up today or learn more by emailing me at:

NicoleDavidsohn@Gmail.com

Best Health,

Nicole

PS: I’m here for YOU!