Secrets to Successful Travels for Athletes

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Ok, so listen there are a few things we hear from new athletes when they are in prep/offseason.

“I don’t know what to do, I’m traveling”
“I can’t travel or do anything with my family while I’m in prep.”

Traveling is super overwhelming simply because most of our preps are 12-16 weeks long!  It’s nearly impossible to assume that nothing is going to come up during that  time.

Prep is not a social death sentence.

Strategies: If you are on IIFYM your life will be so much easier than our Bro-plan sisters.
There are so many options for travel and eating well on the road.

TSA:  OY.. that’s tricky. I put everything in my suitcase so I don’t even bother with frozen chicken breasts and a six pack cooler.  That’s so old school and unnecessary any more.
If you ‘must’ bring your chicken breasts with you, freeze them. I never found any of this valuable. I don’t like eating thawing food. I’d rather just buy deli chicken. But, feel free to exercise your beast mode mentality and take it with!!

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I get these at Walmart. I can put them in my carry on and I can eat them cold. I’m ok with that. Just add water. 20g P and 34 C.

How I do it:
1. Pack dry stuff in single serve packets in your suit case.  Example: Oatmeal packets
whey isolate in small zip lock bags. Label them with the macros!! Remember to bring a few blender bottles and your scale!
2. Keep Protein bars, like Quest bars in my carry on or purse for hunger emergencies.
3. When I get to my destination, head to Walmart for supplies. I buy deli turkey and cottage cheese for protein. I also pick up cutlery because I forgot to bring it. You can also get some from your hotel restaurant or the lady at the deli counter at Walmart will give you some. I know her. lol
4. Veggies. I always book my hotel room with a microwave so I get the veggies that steam in the bag or are in serving plates.

Restaurants: Our team does not eat in restaurants in prep.  I have brought my own food to many restaurants.  The reasoning is.. you don’t know what the chef is putting on your food.  They may not tell you that they spray that buttery spray on your chicken breast and that is lots of fat.

When I’m in prep, if I can’t see how it’s made, I don’t eat it.

Caveats: A bowl of lettuce or raw veggies. I’ve done that.  Fruit.. ok. I’m good there. I carry my scale.
Truth bomb:  12 weeks out vs 4 weeks out.. my macros are considerable different.
There is no room to have extra macros unaccounted for as I near the finish line.

Strategies for eating:
Fueling my workouts is my number one priority.  Getting my protein /fiber /veggies is next in line.  I might save back carbs and some of my fats for ‘unknowns’ . I’m going to hit my macros like a boss but I’m a huge fan of carb cycling for my life.  If I have more carbs on a day I’m walking around more.. so be it.
Also, I know that sometimes, it’s hard to get all your food in and no one wants to be back at the hotel after an all day meeting having 6 protein shakes to hit your numbers.
When you are at Walmart pick up Protein Water to drink during the day!!

Hotels:

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Extended Stay America


There are actually good hotel options for athletes!! Our Coach Ashley, recommends
Extended Stay America.
“Stay at Extended Stay America if there is one – you will have a full kitchen…and generally the cost is super cheap so companies usually don’t have an issue with reimbursement for them.”

I’ve also stayed at Marriot Courtyard which also has a full kitchen.

If you don’t need a full kitchen, I recommend Marriot suites! They always have a fridge and Microwave.

When I was in Las Vegas I booked through Fun Jet this lovely condo!
It’s the Hilton Grand Resorts on the strip. It had a grocery store in the lower level
and a Starbucks.  These hotels are all over the world. Just Google #Hilton Grand Resorts!!

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Workouts:
One recommendation is to join a chain gym that you can use while on the road.
Gold’s Gym or Lifetime are good choices.
I will tell you that if you try to buy a week pass you will pay massive fees.
We wanted few day pass to LVAC and it was 100 dollars.

Since we now can Uber around, it’s worth it if you need a gym that surpasses your hotel gym.

With Hotels like Marriot, we typically see a nice gym but in NYC.. NOPE!! It’s a tiny room with a mat.  Be sure to navigate your potential workout facility before you go.

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Hard Rock Las Vegas. Yep. I got this.

I always travel with bands just in case.

I also do my track on parking lots.
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What are your travel secrets?

Booty Builder: Single Leg Glute Bridge Foot Elevated

Glute bridges of all kinds are badazz for creating round booties. All competitors and fitgirl followers are deeply skilled at thrusting for a peachy booty.

This version takes it up a notch.  

We use this in my studio and do 50 per day each leg.  No one likes them. Not even me. You are wishing you were somewhere else, that’s for sure.  Ok ,so why do them? Because you get some extra activation by elevating that weight bearing leg.  The med ball is unstable so that makes it even more challenging.

Things to remember.
1.Press through the heel.
2. Squeeze as you come up.
3. The ball should be pretty close to your glute but you can experiment to see where YOU feel it best.
4. Your hamstring is engaged hard here. Good to know!

Modifications: Put your foot on a bosu, or a couch cushion, coffee table. If you are at the gym, you can use a bench but the ball is crazzzy.

I hope you incorporate this into your training for a perfectly peachy booty.
xoxo
t

 

 

Glute Builder: Single leg press


I’m competing Halloween weekend this year. I am determined to get my legs hard and my glutes are always my trouble spot.

I was looking at my training pics from 2012 and I have been able to get some  gains in that area but you know.. it’s a never ending pursuit.  Let’s just say, I’m hitting them harder than ever . I actually want them to be hard this year because I’m no longer bikini.

I like unilateral leg work, every other week or so. I try to mix it up. The single leg press is one I can really feel .  However, this sled is too heavy for me to get a full range of motion.
My legs are long so it’s already a struggle to get my knee close to my chest. Today, I was able to get my reps in by balancing the toes of my other leg on the sled. This allowed me to get a little assist at the bottom of the lift. It doesn’t look like I’m going very deep but on the push up, I’m feeling it like mad in my glute.

I did 90 minutes of legs today with focus on the glutes/hamies and 30 min of cardio.

So here was another version of single leg press if your machine would allow you to hit this angle. I have some interesting food angles on this one.

Good luck in your training!!

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Boss workouts:Booty builder

This workout is one of my favorites for competition training.
I do this on my big leg day.  I set the big leg press up with 4 plates. Yeah, I can lift a lot more than that but this one is a volume set so I keep it on the light side-you know.. like Luke Skywalker.

10 leg presses
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10 pop squats
10 rounds

Of course, you can use your regressions and cut the sets down and lower the weight.
If you don’t have a leg press, you can rock the power cord version which will burn like
Hades. Just saying.

I wish you well in your competiton! Keep pushing!

 

 

 

Boss workouts: Fat Shredding Plyo

Plyometrics: What kind of fresh hell is this!?

Plyo has great benefits. It’s good for your heart, it builds lean, sexy muscle.
I for sure use it for prep!
This series is pretty freaking tough.
Start with 30 seconds air squats then go right into 30 seconds jump squats. Follow that with 30 seconds of wide tuck jumps.
Tuck jumps are the hardest for me.
I also did a variation with a box jump instead of the tuck jumps. There is no other fire. You have to push.

So get to it and let’s see those glutes!

Boss Bootywork: Hip bridge burnout

These are body weight moves you can do often to keep working on your peachy booty.
They don’t look like much, but they really burn. Repeat with me.. “stay in your heels!”
See how I pull my toes up? 🙂

The secret weapon is marching with your feet up on the bosu or bench. You can also have
your back on the bosu and march too. The movement just burns like nothing else.

Any of these moves can be done with a band or HipCircle around your knees for super
glute activation.

Hey! I’m accepting applications for SleekBikniTeam for the 2016 season!
Check out my site and see if we are a good fit!
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Booty Blaster : Smith Machine Burn out

I’m 4 weeks from my show. I spend a lot of time fine tuning my glutes. Hopefully, once I get leaner I can see the work I put in last winter. On a cut, you aren’t building.. sorry.. but we have to push hard to maintain the muscle we have.

I work my glutes/lower 3 days a week. This one is a huge burn. I finished my leg workout with this today.

Key points.

1.The smith machine is weighted as  heavy as I could handle for this.
2. I’m pressing through the heel in the standing leg.
3. Hips are pushing to the back wall.

I can feel my glute as I pulse. It’s on fire.

Moving my other foot to different spots gives variations to where I feel the work.
When my foot goes back, I feel my quad in the standing leg more.
Try it.

Bikini Competitior Secret Arm blaster

This move is one of my favorite burnouts! It uses my red versa loop (amazon.com from Power System).
If you cannot get into the knee plank version I show here, you can press your hips to the back wall so you are more table-top.
The pattern you use is up to you but keep the band tight at all times.  It’s sloppy to let it get loosey goosey in the middle. You will receive the benefit of the time>under tension style of training.

Many clients use these bands but miss on the great benefits because they let the band slack.
My brides and competitors love this one. You know what? If your arms are tight… you look young! No droop allowed!!

See how you do!! Good luck

xoxo

Prep Updates 15 weeks

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I’m 15 weeks from my show!  UFE new federation for me but I’m excited to do this one!
I’ve been slowly ramping up with a longer, slower cut.  I know I will bring my best package to the stage!

In January 2015, I started  working with my coach, Lisa Nobels from Perfect Posing by Lisa.
I’ve spent a lot more time on posing this year and I’m feeling really good.
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Workouts
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Workouts are amped up. Typically, competitors might use the step mill and treadmill daily for cardio. This season, I was interested in seeing how my physique progressed by using other forms of metabolic work.
At 15 weeks, I have
1 plyo, agility day,
1 30 min kick boxing session,
1 cross training style workout and
1 track day.
Whew.. that’s a lot!  Plus I’m still lifting and doing pilates.

I’m walking the line of worry though. Too much cardio makes me squishy and I need to keep the muscle I have!
Treading lightly here. I’m hoping that keeping my food on point will help me cut without doing 2 a days.
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Milestones:
I have PR’d on my Box jumps. I’m notw doing the 20 inch box . I hit 22 inches on the Reebok step but I was more terrified of that actual plyo box. This was the first time I was able to do it. My confidence is up and I can really feel it so much differently in my glutes!  I can do about 60 box jumps a session now. Feeling strong.

I also completed 125 straight arm burpees and also 100 pushup burpees. That’s  not accumulative. I can do those in 1 workout. Once I got past the 125 straight arm burpees, I wanted to back up and practice the pushup ones. So that took another week. Those are hard. I need to tighten those up.
Those is a huge milestone for me. I really want to be strong. I’ll continue to push.

What are you working on now?

Booty blaster burnout

Here’s a little burn out for you. Remember, to make changes in the booty, we have to activate it and really squeeze. I know , we pulverize it with squats, and the like, but you can progress with a move like this. It’s intense. Remember to pull your core up and in unto itself!

Use just the glute!