This year, I paired up with DICK'S Sporting Goods for their self-promoted Dick’s Sporting Goods national runners month #seeyououtthere campaign. In an effort to promote a healthier lifestyle and community, they have teamed up with dozens of other online athletes such as myself to create brand and health awareness. And I applaud them.
The challenge is simple and fun: I was gifted a very generous box of gear including a pair of Flyknit Nike shoes, clothing, a Theragun, a cash payment and more goodies to promote. Each week there is a parameter to meet with social media postings and promotions via our personal pages to encourage others to participate and, of course, shop this cool gear from DICK'S.
Week one of the campaign is “Start strong”. I’m the first to admit that I’m not an avid runner per se but the past two months, I’ve been incorporating into my routine more and I’ve actually been enjoying it... or at least the way I feel AFTER the run.
I welcome the challenge over the next 4 weeks to see how much running will come and stay into my routine... more to come!
Reset Logic is my new monthly program to deliver all of my essential vitamins and nutrients to make my immune system run at its finest. I can attest that after 30 days of using this program, I felt such a boost in my energy and feel that my body is ready for my long days. The system is divided into a 4 week rotation which each week focusing on a certain element - cleanse, greens, probiotics, and immune max. Take it for one month then repeat - all for about a dollar a day! My favorite part is that each week is separated into daily sachet packs that takes the guess work out of what I need in the morning!
Reset Logic is my new go-to and I will continue to chat about and promote this incredible system so we can all feel ready to power through our days. Take advantage of fifteen percent off of your pack at www.resetlogic.com using code FITNUT15
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One of my favorite parts of spring in the Northeast is the change of temperature and the almost palpable taste of renewal. For me, its an energy boost in most aspects of my life; I tend to eat cleaner, workout harder, smile more, meditate more mindfully, and achieve personal goals faster. When I think of my workouts during Springtime, I like to get outside and move my body about in planes of motion that are undisturbed without space restrictions and confinement as in an indoor gym situation may be. We all know I love the FITNUT Kettle Bell Flow workouts, but I also thrive on my cardio coming from HIIT with plyometric training.
Plyometric training, formally known as jump training, is easily described as explosive movements of maximum force in short intervals of time. Think jumping rope, plyo box jumps, lateral bound shuffles, squat jumps, and clapping push ups. Plyometric exercises have three distinct components: an eccentric, an amortization, and a concentric phase that releases the explosive force.
The benefits of plyo training are increasing jump height, distance, speed, agility, quickness, and strength to name a few. Not for the beginner, and not for a daily routine as your legs will need a rest from all of the power exerted, plyos should be incorporated If you are really looking to put some literal spring into your step…
Here is a fantastic routine that will get your body full-on schooled of the benefit of this killer training: Perform each of the following exercises for 30 seconds at maximum power with 10 seconds of rest in between and a full minute of rest after the last exercise then repeat 5x for a total of 6 sets. This is roughly 21 minutes of “work” that will leave your body on FIRE!
Kettlebells are exceptional in that they deliver a full-body workout with increased range of motion as compared to a dumbbell or barbell and are consistently engaging to the core. This results in more intensified workouts with a greater caloric burn, increased strength, greater mobility, and generally help to achieve a more toned physique.
My use of kettlebells began three years ago starting with basic fundamental movements to get accustomed to the shape of the bell, syncing my body with the weight distribution, learning it’s effect on my stability, and getting comfortable with the grip and how it rests on my wrists and forearms. After dev a more trusting relationship of man vs machine, I began the fun process of learning exactly what type of impact kettlebell workouts could have on my training and development.
Swings, snatches, cleans, and squats are among the 4 fundamental movements used in kettlebell training and none of these should be taken lightly as precision and form are key to producing the best results and avoiding injury. I urge everyone to consult a coach to master these kettlebell movements.
When I felt that I had begun to control and dominate these movements is where the real fun began. I noticed an incredible change in how my body was looking and, most importantly to me, how it was feeling. I felt stronger as I approached my 40’s than I did in my early 30’s so there was no going back on my kettlebell journey.
When the pandemic hit hard in March of 2020 and the gyms in New York City shut the doors, I, like many of us, took my training outdoors. This is where my new found love for kettlebell flow work emerged. My 16KG bell would accompany me to my workouts in the parks. I flipped that sucker around until I could start to catch it with precision and grace, paired some fundamental kettlebell movements with anything that felt organic to me in form and then created a beautiful, almost choreographed, flow routine. It became meditation and fuel for my psyche. It was a gorgeous thing.
Today, my work with kettlebells is going strong and I am fully excited to get back outdoors this spring to improve my technique and perfect the ever so fun kettlebell FITNUT FLOW work. It’s one of the best relationships I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. Love your kettlebells and as always...
Be brave. Be a warrior. Be a FITNUT.
Welcome to the new FITNUT thought page!
My intention is to deliver interesting facts and tips on fitness, lifestyle, travel, living mindfully, and what it means to me to be a warrior.
In sharing my thoughts, it is my hope to provide an insider view on what makes me the man I am today, what my beliefs are, and what FITNUT represents.
That being written, thank you for joining me on this journey and I look forward to the road ahead!
Be brave, be a warrior, be a FITNUT.