You guys know that I was sent a week’s worth of Muscle Milk and a few exercises to try. If you need a recap, read that post here. I was reluctant to even try this stuff because all protein drinks taste horrible to me. But this is the new determined and healthy me and I am in the business of trying things at least once.
As I stated in addition to the Muscle Milk I tried an 8 week boot camp from trainer Jennifer Cohen. The set of exercises were easy to do. A bunch of planks, burpees, jumping rope and such. I tried to get someone to record me but I had no volunteers in this 100 degree weather we are getting on the East Coast.
I drank the protein shakes directly after my workout and I will say they weren’t as bad as my mind thought they would be. I did prefer the Chocolate over the Vanilla. Unfortunately both leave a chalky taste in your mouth. But I hear that is from the whey protein. And since it’s not really Milk, LOL, I didn’t have that burping effect that I normally get from milkshakes and smoothies. The taste of the Muscle Milk is definitely not as bad as some others I’ve had and I can actually tolerate the taste.
BUT I was wired. Like I felt like I could run a marathon. I normally workout after work around 8pm so I was done around 9pm and laying in the bed with my thoughts of the sandman. You know those little guys that jump on your eyelids to aid you in the sleeping process. Well they never showed up until about 3am. Sheesh, right. So since I cannot workout in the AM, the protein shake proved to be more beneficial to me as a meal supplement.
The second week of my boot camp I drank the protein shake for breakfast. It gave an amazing source of energy for the remaining of my morning ‘to dos’, and errands. So depending on your lifestyle I would recommend them as a meal supplement. If you are an early am workout gal, like my besties, drinking them right after your workout is the option for you.
NOW … Since we are talking healthy, check out the boot camp below. I am still doing them. I was hoping you would try too, LOL.
Complete each of these exercises and rest 30 seconds before moving onto the next. You will complete this sequence a total of four times!
Jump Rope (60 seconds)
· Jump Rope for one minute. Remember to jump on the balls of your feet, don’t jump too high, and keep your arms & shoulders as still as you can. Great cardio for your entire body.
Forward Lunges (60 seconds)
· Forward Lunges for one minute. Stand straight with your legs hip width apart. Step forward and downward until your lead leg is at a 90 degree angle, and your back knee almost touches the ground. Return to standing position and repeat. Works quads and glutes.
Walkout planks (60 seconds)
· Walkout planks for one minute. Get in the push-up position, in a straight line from your head to your ankles. Contract your abs and walk your hands forward, keeping straight. When you’re out as far as you can go, walk your feet in until you’re back in the push-up position. Works core, shoulders and arms.
Jump squats (60 seconds)
· Jump squats for one minute. Start in a regular squat position, with your arms out in front of you and your knees bent as if you were sitting on an imaginary chair. Jump up as high as you can, arms reaching towards the ceiling, and after landing lower yourself back into the squat position. Works quads and calves.
Push-ups into T stabilization (60 seconds)
· Push-ups into T stabilization for one minute. Get into the push-up position. Keeping your core tight, push up and out with one arm, lifting one arm towards the sky and opening your chest as big as possible, using your core to stabilize yourself. Return to push-up position and repeat. Works core, legs, arms and back.
Seated rotation (60 seconds)
· Seated rotation for one minute. Sit on the floor with your legs in front of you, knees bent, and heels lifted a few inches into the air; lean back at a 45-degree angle and extend your arms straight in front of your chest, palms together. Slowly rotate your torso to the right, pause, then rotate to the left. Continue alternating.
Half Burpee (60 seconds)
· With your arms at your sides, stand with your feet hip-width apart. In one motion, bend your knees and place your hands on the floor on either side of your legs, then jump both feet back so you’re in a pushup position with your back straight. Quickly reverse the motion to return to start. That’s one rep.
Leg drops (30 seconds)
· Leg drops for 30 seconds. Lay out on the floor with your fingers laced behind your head and elbows out to the sides, chin off your chest. With your legs in the air as straight as possible. Slowly lower your legs as low as you can go while keeping your lower back on the ground. Go as far as you can before slowly returning to start position. Works the core and lower back.
Bicycle crunches (40 seconds)
· Bicycle crunches for 30 seconds. Get into crunch position, keeping your elbows in line with your ears and your neck straight (imagine a tennis ball under your chin). Keeping your abs tight and your shoulders off of the ground, raise your knee up to your opposite elbow, twisting your core and extending your other leg for balance before returning to start position. Repeat on the opposite side.
Do this routine 4 days a week and on off days, do 45 minutes of cardio of your choice.
–The secret to scoring a great summer body is to use and engage as many muscles as possible while quickly moving from one exercise do another. This makes sure your heart rate remains high, so you burn the maximum amount of calories in the shortest amount of time possible.
–First thing when you wake up drink a glass of water with lemon. This help detoxify your system and hydrate you starting as soon as you wake up. It’s a great habit to get into.
–Always eat breakfast. This jump starts your metabolism and causes you to eat less calories throughout the day rather than skipping the meal. A great choice is having a Muscle Milk Light because it’s easy, has no sugar, a great source of protein and all your essential vitamins and minerals.
–Eat every four hours to make sure your blood sugar doesn’t drop. In between lunch and dinner would be a great time to include another Muscle Milk as an easy, on-the-go snack.
–Add lots of water-based veggies like celery, cucumbers and lettuce to your diet to stay hydrated, especially in the summer.
-Replace sugary snacks with healthier options. Instead of a sugary, high-calorie latte in the afternoon, grab a chocolate Muscle Milk Light to satisfy your craving.
Got any exercise tips? I am trying to get this extra stuff off before the Holidays!
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