All posts by brittanyvs

NSCA-CSCS, Master of Sport in Kettlebell, Personal Trainer & Coach based in San Diego.

Kettlebell Sport – Life as a House

Today I’m bringing you a guest post from Master of Sport kettlebell lifter Renee Martynuik. If you’ve ever been to a competition with Renee, you definitely know who she is – she’s the person who was cheering for you even if you had no idea who she was.
Renee completely embodies the welcoming attitude and supportive environment that makes Kettlebell Sport so fun to compete in. Here are a few wise words from her four years of Kettlebell Sport lifting and coaching experience.

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West Coast Classic 2015 Recap

Let me start by saying that the Kettlebell Sport community is amazing – the support from the lifters and spectators at the West Coast Classic 2015 was unbelievable! This is truly a sport that opens its arms to new lifters, and this competition was a great first GS experience for all of my KOR Strength athletes.

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The Evils of TRANS FAT!

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In high school, I was known as the girl who deplored trans fat. I told anyone and everyone who would listen about the dangers of hydrogenated oils – that your body can’t process them, and thus they cause blockages and ultimately lead to heart disease (which happens to be the #1 killer in America). As valedictorian, I gave a speech at graduation where I ended with the following piece of advice: “Don’t eat trans fat. It clogs your arteries and causes heart disease.”

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Reach Your Weight Loss Goals with Eat Smart Restart

While my 14-day Eat Smart Restart nutrition program does not focus on weight loss, my clients have been finding it’s a nice side effect of eating smart. By eliminating processed foods and high levels of sugar intake, anywhere from 5-10 lbs of weight loss is possible over the two weeks of Eat Smart Restart.

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“After completing the Eat Smart Restart program and following the food guidelines exactly, my energy levels increased and I even felt more energized while working out. My sugar cravings diminished and I lost 8 lbs from start to finish! I’m continuing to eat with the same guidelines even after the two weeks are up.”

– Lauren S.

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Hidden Sugar in Common Grocery Items

“Everything in moderation” is my favorite motto when it comes to nutrition. If you have a sweet tooth like I do, you know following that motto is easier said than done when faced with the abundance of sugar-laden treats out there.

Let me clarify: There’s nothing wrong with eating sugar in moderation, but eating too much can lead to a toxic environment in your body that causes disease.

While I’m sure you are aware of the high amounts of sugar in desserts and treats, what you may not know is there are hidden sugars lurking where you wouldn’t expect them to–and even in foods considered healthy.

Here are some common grocery items that you may not know contain hidden sugars:

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The Best Fitness Hack: Hiring a Personal Trainer

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As a personal trainer who observes the inner workings of several gyms on a daily basis, it boggles my mind how reluctant people are to spend money on their fitness. People will spend exorbitant amounts of money on alcohol, fancy restaurants, giant TV’s, diet gimmicks, and Christmas gifts–but they can’t afford a couple hundred per month to optimize the most important thing they have: their health?
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Quick & Easy Meatless Options that Pack a Protein Punch

While I don’t label myself as vegetarian or vegan, I have become much more conscious about the type of meat and animal products I consume in the last year since reading books like Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. If the animal came from a factory farm, I will likely pass on eating it. I’d like to skip the side of antibiotics and hormones, thank you very much.
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