Group X at St. Cloud State University recently unveiled a new group class called Tabata. But what is it?? Tabata is a type of training that focuses on high intensity interval training. Workouts last about 4 minutes but it’ll be the hardest 4 minutes you’ll experience. The structure is 20 seconds of intense training with 10 seconds of rest. There’s 8 rounds of this! You can do pretty much anything for the 20 second intervals but exercises that work the big muscle groups are great! Don’t be afraid to use small weights and kettle bells.
Check out this Tabata routine
Smoothies… bad for you, right? Wrong! Smoothies get a bad rap for being high in calories and sugar (which can be true) but if you’re making them with the right ingredients and for the right reasons, they can be very good for you. There are key ingredients that can be used in smoothies to boost your metabolism, aid in weight loss, give you a boost before a workout, and help restore you after a workout. The key is knowing which ingredients to use.
Yogurt: good for protein, calcium and probiotics
Bananas: rich in potassium, vitamin B, and other nutrients. Bananas add a sweet element to smoothies!
Milk: A great source for calcium and other nutrients
Berries: add a sweet element and pack a ton of healthy benefits
Whey protein: gives you a boost of protein
Teas: different types of teas offer all different kinds of health benefits and a different flavor to your smoothie
HEALTHY fats: like flaxseed oil and avocado help keep you full
Check out this infographic for smoothie recipes for all kinds of situations!
Posted: February 20, 2015 in Uncategorized
At St. Cloud State University, we’re not afraid to play in the water during winter. We helped host an event for our Celebrate! St. Cloud State week (A week dedicated to all things Husky Pride and Spirit!) We like to call this event, “Human Battleship”. It sounds exactly like what you’re thinking. Teams get together in a canoe and try to sink other teams by throwing water on them. We like to think we’re starting a new revolution. Check it out!
Posted: February 13, 2015 in Uncategorized
Well we’re half-way through February. Who’s already abandoned their New Year’s Resolution from last month? It’s okay to admit that you have. The percentage of people who successfully achieve their resolution is only 8%. This video from the Vice President of Rejuv Medical in St. Cloud can give you tips about how to get over the fitness plateau many people are probably experiencing at this point. Check it out and learn about the 3 types of plateaus.
Here in Minnesota, the weather hit 40 degrees ABOVE ZERO today. This means a seeing a startling number of people wearing shorts or t-shirts. The first taste of warmer weather always raises spirits until it snows the next day and people remember how cruel winter can be. But this warm weather reminds us of spring and that doesn’t just mean flowers and sunshine… it means lots of 5k races. It’s okay if you hit a bump during winter, it happens to best of us. But this infographic can help get you back into the 5k groove or at least get you thinking about it. There’s also tons of apps and websites out there that can help you train for a 5k like Couch to 5K.
Posted: December 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
It’s the holiday season and that means holiday drinks from your favorite coffee shops. Gingerbread lattes, peppermint mochas, and eggnog lattes sound so whimsical but these delicious concoctions pack a lot of unnecessary sugar and calories in them. This article from Pop Sugar details what to sip and what to skip this holiday season. Happy sipping! Holiday Beverage Lowdown
Did you know treadmills aren’t just for running? Amp up your workout routine with these strength training workouts using your… arms? Check out this video with workouts from Equinox. From planks to mountain climbers, you’ll get new muscles in no time and you’ll never look at your treadmill the same way again!