Monthly Archives: August 2015

Outdoor workout

I want to show everyone that you don’t necessarily need a gym or any high tech equipment in order to be able to complete a successful workout. 

Today the gym was closed so myself and my partner headed to our local park. Here they have put up equipment that the public can use, which I think they do at a lot of local parks in the UK. 

  
There was no one on it when we got there and we agreed to complete a partner workout of 150 pull ups, 150 press ups and 400 air squats. If you’re just getting started then these are quite big numbers, I would start out with the aim to do much smaller sets of 20 and see how you feel after each set. If you haven’t got pull ups then there will be probably be a bar low enough to have a go at jumping pull ups. 

  
Air squats are a brilliant exercise as they really work the large muscle groups in your legs and ladies they’re brilliant for the bum! 

If you struggle with press ups then again break it down try as many as you can, then have a go at going on to your knees. Try to keep your hips inline when doing this though to ensure your arms get a work out. 

If you go to your local park and there isn’t any equipment at all then try to incorporate some sprints. In addition if there are benches then try some steps ups, or jump ups if your feeling brave. Tricep dips can also be done using a bench.

Other exercise you can include are lunges, jumping jacks, sit ups, skipping etc. There are loads and I hope to post some videos soon. 

   
 

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Sock gainz! 

Now recently you may have noticed the explosion of socks onto the crossfit arena! They have become a vital item in the crossfit wardrobe for both men and women.

The crazier the better, with colours being splashed all over socks as well as pictures such as these Dollar or Gorrilla ones below which are available from my sponsors Ares at the bargain price of £8.99.

   
 
And something for the girls…

  
I was hesitant to join in the sock game but I actually love them and love how they can finish off an outfit, I don’t wear them fully pulled up but just enough to see the pattern or colour.

Available at :Ares socks free delivery too

Another brand that is rocking the sock work is Stance socks who stock a massive range. 

   
 
They look awesome and are perfect length for working out, these are stocked by the London based shop Whatever it takes and available online

Whatever it takes
Check out the socks, every time I’ve worn my Ares ones I’ve hit a pb…. Just saying 🙂 


Foundation, High end or high street? 

  
Hello my name is Megan and I am Hannah’s younger sister. I am 16 years old and unlike Hannah I am not into fitness and cross fit however I do enjoy makeup and beauty. Follow me on Instagram @meganlowe20I will be comparing a highend foundation compared to a drugstore foundation

Like Hannah I am mixed race which makes finding foundations which match my skin tricky ,whenever I do find a match thy’re out of stock or they just don’t provide a colour as dark as my skin. This is when high end places such as MAC, where my first foundation is from, they make life easier as they can perfectly match a foundation to your skin colour. They go from snow white pale, to chocolate brown with professionals helping and advising you. 

£25.50 Max studio sculpt SPF 15 foundation, colour NC42.

   
 I like this foundation as when I go to the beach or outdoors it provides protection from the sun.

This foundation is very thick and high coverage, this means that it can cover spots and blemishes well. It’s quite matt so if you like a dewy finish you will not like this foundation. I would apply this foundation with a sponge not a brush as a brush usually leaves marks like little streaks on your face. Furthermore, I would apply a moisturiser before using this foundation as it can cling to dry patches of skin. I would recommend this for dry skin but I feel it would be too thick on oily skin.

I would say it lasts around 5 hours and after this it seem to separate and leave in patches and it can look shiny, so I would bring a powder to blot your face throughout the day. I would wear this product as a ‘going out, or party foundation as it is pretty flawless and high coverage.

One thing about the packaging is that you have to squirt out the product which means somethings you’re left with massive puddle of foundation that you can no longer use, which is also a pain as the product is so expensive.

Furthermore this foundation smells a bit strong, almost like children’s face paint, and if you apply to much it can feel like face paint on your skin.

Rimmel match perfection-light perfecting radiance foundation.colour-402.SPF 20

  
£7.99
I like this foundation as it is dewy and makes me look radiant as the name would suggest. Unlike many drugstore foundation it is radiant without having chunky glitter and sparkles. However it only takes 1-2 hours without oxidising –this means the colour changes over time and this happens to look orange on me. Furthermore it isn’t as much coverage as the MAC foundation which can be annoying when you’re trying to cover spots etc. Unlike the MAC foundation this applies well with both sponge and brush. Additionally I prefer this foundation bottle as it comes with a pump which makes things easier and cleaner.

As I mentioned before it’s hard to find a colour which matches you perfectly and there isn’t someone there to help, so this makes things tricky.

  
If you don’t like foundations which smell this isn’t one for you this is a highly perfumed foundation which I don’t mind because it’s quite nice and not like the face paint smell of MAC. 

 

Mac vs rimmel

Cost: rimmel

Lasting power: mac

Colour range: mac

Coverage; mac

Thanks for reading I hope you’ve enjoyed the post. 


Muscle ups; progressions and transitions

I did my first muscle up in Thailand last year, I spent 20 minutes everyday on the rings for a month before I got my first one! It was such an awesome feeling, afeing of accomplishment. 

However, since that day I hadn’t done anymore. Muscle ups rarely come up in workouts, they are somewhat of a party trick that only really come up in competitions or Hero wods. 

Since last summer I had gotten a lot stronger but had also gained muscle mass so knew I wouldn’t just fly up on the rings. With this in my mind I spent my summer doing various progressions that would lead to more efficient muscle ups. 

  
If you want to muscle up you need to be able to do a pull up! Sorry to say but I believe you need to have that basic, raw strength to be able to pull your body weight up. In order to help you get your first pull ups, use a band to put your feet in and start practising them before every session.   

Dips are another exercise that you need to be competent with, I am not good at these but I keep practising. I practise these using a band and put one knee in the band and complete 5 x 5 at least twice a week. 

Ring rows are another brilliant exercise that can be used to practise pulling your body up to the rings, remember to keep your body and core right. 

A great exercise I have done this summer is a muscle up transition using a box. I placed the rings at just above hip height and stand on a box approximately 30cms high. On my toes I then go through the transition of a muscle up, dip, go beneath the rings, pull up to rings, head through and push up to extend arms. These were really tough when I started and made even harder by wearing a 14lbs weighted vest. 

 So then I came to have a go at a muscle up, a year later than my first one and to my surprise I did it and it was much easier than I thought. The time and effort I had put in to working both transitions and progressions had paid off. 

Both my transitions and my muscle up videos are on Instagram, check it out hannah_j_lewis 

 


My love for all things avocado 

Yes I love avocado! I love to add them to lots of different dishes or to just simply snack on throughout the day. 

  
One of my favourite breakfasts is scrambled eggs mixed with half an avocado, it’s a really delicious way to kick start the day. 

Additionally I like to add avocado to my main meals, including adding to a basic chicken salad, stir fry and most recently to fajitas. Normally everyone adds guacamole but adding a chopped avocado adds to both the taste and the texture, it works brilliantly with chicken.

Obviously avocado is fairy high in fat, but it’s good fat, I need fats in my diet and would happily eat avocados all day long. 

Benefits of Avocado

  1. It’s high in potassium, it can be said that a diet high in potassium can lead to reduce risk of heart disease and blood pressure.
  2. It’s full of good fats
  3. They’re full of fibre
  4. They are full of antioxidants
  5. It’s yummy!

  


Blend blend blend

One of the best thing I have discovered this year is the good old fashioned blender! I had heard about the nutribullet but at roughly £84.99 thought it was a little pricey, I then found one that was very similar made by Breville and was only £29.50.

  
These blenders are brilliant because you add all of your ingredients straight into the bottle, therefore it minimises mess and washing up also! 

This blender has been a massive hit in my house with both my parents and my sister making themselves healthy shakes. I also like it for mixing my protein shake as it eliminates the yukky lumps you get from a shaker. The Breville comes with two bottles as well which is really hands, they have clip lids so are great for on the move. Simply plug the blender in, pour your ingredients in and then press go and it’s done. 

There are so many great shake recipes out there and so easy to make. I’ve included a couple of my favourite below. 

Chocolate protein & peanut butter

  • 2 scoops chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana 
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 3-5 ice cubes

  
Blueberry smoothie

  • 2 scoops strawberry/ vanilla protein
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 3-5 ice cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

  
For more great recipes check out this website they have hundreds.

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/proteinshakes.htm


Protein wafers

I’m trying to increase both my food and my protein intake and thank heavens for MyProtein and their wonderful protein goodies.

I’ve recently become slightly addicted to My Proteins Protein wafers. They’re absolutely delicious and contain 15g of protein per serving which is great. They come in a range of flavours including vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. I’ve tried both the vanilla and the chocolate and love them both. 

They provide a brilliant snack, they contain 197 calories and 5.5g of sugar. I have a sweet tooth so these are perfect for helping to curb that crave and to give me that extra boost of protein.

These come in boxes of 10 and are £14.99 but My Protein always have deals on and at the moment they have 25% of use code flavours25. 

My Protein wafers
  
Check out their other goodies too, they do awesome muffins and cookies too!