Wreck It Weekend WOD 9/30/16

Here is a little chest and legs crush session that will leave you quivering in your sneakers.  Perform every round before moving to the other body part.  Brought to you by the always amazing WOD-RX.  Also, check out the new netflix series Luke Cage, full season out today!

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The Cotton Mouth:

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3 Rounds:

20 Wide Squats

20 Narrow Squats

20 Regular Squats

20 Reverse Lunges

3 Rounds:

10 Wide Push Ups

10 Narrow Push Ups

10 Regular Push Ups

8 Burpees

 

The Jessica Jones:

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3 Rounds:

25 Wide Squats

25 Narrow Squats

25 Regular Squats

25 Reverse Lunges

3 Rounds:

15 Wide Push Ups

15 Narrow Push Ups

15 Regular Push Ups

10 Burpees

 

The Luke Cage:

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3 Rounds:

30 Wide Squats

30 Narrow Squats

30 Regular Squats

30 Reverse Lunges

3 Rounds:

20 Wide Push Ups

20 Narrow Push Ups

20 Regular Push Ups

12 Burpees

Wreck It Weekend WOD 9/16/2016

Happy Weekend Wreck It FAM!  We figured we would hit you with a cardio crush session.  Take a break when you need it and work your way through this heavy breather.  Pepper this into any weekly routine to aid your fat blasting potential.  We Make Monsters!  Brought to you by the awesome WOD-RX.

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The Randy Otorn:

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3 Sets:

8 Burpees

10 Squat Jumps

20 Jumping Jacks

20 Scissor Squats

8 Clap Push ups

 

The Undertaker:

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3 Sets:

10 Burpees

10 Squat Jumps

25 Jumping Jacks

20 Scissor Squats

10 Clap Push ups

 

The John Cena:

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4 Sets:

10 Burpees

15 Squat Jumps

30 Jumping Jacks

30 Scissor Squats

10 Clap Push ups

Wreck It Weekend WOD 9/2/16

I always love engaging the inner nerd as well as getting people pumped up to crush some fitness.  This weeks Challenge is brought to you by WOD-RX and inspired by the MMO Juggernaught, World of Warcraft.  You have to admire a game like that.  It’s lasted over a decade and it has brought millions of people together.  Last weekend was a leg lashing.  This weekend will be a chest destroyer.  Go Wild, Get Goofy, Stay Awesome!  Good luck FAM!

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The Warrior:

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3 sets:

10 Push Ups

10 Wide Push Ups

10 Narrow Push Ups

10 Incline Push Ups

10 Decline Push Ups

10 Dips

30 Second Planks

 

The Death Knight:

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3 sets:

15 Push Ups

15 Wide Push Ups

15 Narrow Push Ups

15 Incline Push Ups

15 Decline Push Ups

15 Dips

40 Second Planks

 

The Demon Hunter:

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3 sets:

20 Push Ups

20 Wide Push Ups

20 Narrow Push Ups

20 Incline Push Ups

20 Decline Push Ups

20 Dips

50 Second Planks

Wreck It Weekend WOD 8/12/16

Happy Friday! It’s time to test our limits and see what we can do.  These workouts are designed to be a test for you to see where you are in your fitness.  They can help you see where your strengths and weaknesses are and provide some insight towards tailoring your workout regimen to address this information.  You can always revisit an old workout to see how and where you have improved!  This week is inspired by the awesomeness of the Olympics and brought to you by WOD-RX!

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The Ryan Lochte:

United States' Ryan Lochte reacts after finishing first in the men's 400-meter individual medley swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)

50 Kettle Bell Swings

25 Burpees

100 Jumping Jacks

50 Squats

60 Lunges

100 Side to Side Jumps

8 – 10 second sprints

 

Simone Biles:

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75 Kettle Bell Swings

40 Burpees

200 Jumping Jacks

75 Squats

80 Lunges

150 Side to Side Jumps

10 – 10 second sprints

 

Michael Phelps:

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100 Kettle Bell Swings

60 Burpees

300 Jumping Jacks

100 Squats

100 Lunges

200 Side to Side Jumps

12 – 10 second sprints

Wreck It WOD Weekend 8/5/16

Time to get your fitness game strong before you head out to see Suicide Squad!  Make the Joker Proud and test yourself with this Bonkers Workout.  Brought to you by WOD-RX!

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This weekend is a bit different.  Your challenge is to finish.  The faster your time, the more insanely fit you must be.  If you don’t complete all the reps, take note of what you accomplished and set a course to tackle your weaknesses.  You can crush this test anywhere.  Just get your mind right, focus, and grit through the burn.  Welcome to the Suicide Squad performance exam!

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100 Chest to Floor Pushups

100 Ass to Grass Squats

100 Lunges

100 Outside Knee Mountain Climbers

100 Leap Frogs

100 Bench Step Ups

300 Jump Rope

50 Burpees

100 Crunches

50 Leg Lifts

2:00 Plank

 

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Getting High on Fruits and Vegetables: Real Juice & Food

You want the juice? We GOT the juice!

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What’s REAL Juice & Food?

 REAL Juice & Food emerged, because people in the community asked for it, and are continuing to support it. I, Taylor Norris, REAL Juice & Food Co-Creator, am committed to making healthy food and drinks more accessible and enjoyable in the Monroe area. I am very open to y’all’s feedback, preferences, wants, and needs in developing this brand.

Who am I?

I’m Taylor Norris, born and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. I am a holistic health coach, cleanse specialist, juice creator, raw foods chef, educator, writer, yogi, and light worker. I am currently studying at the largest nutrition school in the world, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, to obtain certification as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach.  You can view their Facebook page here:  Institute for Integrative Nutrition if you would like more information!

As a health coach, I guide and support clients along their health journeys by assisting them in balancing their primary foods – spirituality, career, relationships, and exercise – with their secondary food, the food that we eat. It’s wonderful, transformative, healing work. Interested in a consultation? Check out my website tayloranorris.com

How did I get into all this healthy stuff?

I grew up in Monroe, LA eating all the normal stuff. I was blessed with a momma who loves to cook, so many of my meals were prepared with fresh ingredients. That being said, I ate my fair share of pizza, ice cream, fried chicken, burgers, and French fries.

I initially got into juicing after transitioning to a vegan diet at age 22 while I was living in Johns Island, South Carolina. I was at an emotional and spiritual rock bottom, feeling depressed, hopeless, stuck, confused, and very pessimistic about life. I didn’t feel good in my body, and I had no idea how to care for it.

In 2012, I transitioned to a fully plant-based diet. I committed myself to living clean and sober, running and yoga, and began talking about my emotional problems with a wonderful therapist. At first, the results were fantastic. I lost all my excess weight, my skin cleared up, my mood improved, I was super energetic, and I felt more like myself than I had in over a decade.

But then, my life turned. At a higher level of consciousness and health, I could no longer tolerate my dysfunctional relationship and nonexistent career. A traumatic break-up and a rocky reunion with my family of origin compelled me to stuff my painful feelings. I had given up alcohol and drugs earlier in the year, so I refused to use those to cope. I turned to heavy vegan foods and was prescribed psychotropic meditation to medicate my pain.

Fortunately, I was able to step out of my misery enough to volunteer at a therapeutic horsemanship facility in Scottsdale, AZ. A man there made me a glass of fresh carrot and apple juice with his Jack LaLanne juicer. I was immediately hooked. The next day I went to Costco to buy a juicer, and began making juice just about every day.

I took my daily juicing habit to the next level after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. It’s a highly inspirational documentary on Netflix about Joe Cross, an Australian man who was obese, lethargic, and suffering from a handful of chronic illnesses. Joe only consumed fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 30 days, while touring the West to learn about the public’s eating habits. He experienced a number of health miracles and disease reversals, and I wanted a piece of that too!

I had gained a ton of weight while emotional eating and wallowing in my own psych med coma, and I knew the juice cleanse would help me reset my unhealthy habits and detox all the drugs I had been on.

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I did a 30-day juice cleanse in the summer of 2013 while working full-time as a lifeguard and camp counselor in Colorado. I was working out and running every day. I felt AMAZING and UNSTOPPABLE!

During the cleanse, I took it upon myself to learn how to eat properly once I finished the cleanse, because I wanted to retain all the amazing health benefits I had worked so hard for. I studied the work of Dr. Joel Fuhrman and other leading nutritional experts. I watched every health and food documentary I could get my eyes on.

The information I learned on my first cleanse helped set the foundation for learning to feed myself properly. I am constantly studying nutrition, holistic health, and experimenting on myself to find what works best for me. That means eating in a way that has been scientifically shown to prevent chronic illnesses and reverse the top killers of humankind, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

I’ve learned how to cleanse, and transform my habits so that the results stick and launch me into a whole new level of health and radiance!

I tweak my whole foods plant-based diet from time to time to adjust to changes in my body and my larger energetic context. I now eat a lowfat raw food diet, composed of fresh fruits and vegetables. I have never been more satisfied with a way of eating in my life! My cravings are pretty much nonexistent. I do crave okra and dark leafy greens sometimes, but there are no late night trips to the store to buy vegan ice cream, French fries, or chocolate. I have more energy than ever in my life!

I love juicing for y’all because that means there will be juice for me too, and it helps me stay on track in order to look and feel my very best so that I can be of service to the community.

I am committed to cultivating health, inspiration, and vitality in this town! Let’s transform together!

What’s in REAL Juice?

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Exclusively awesome ingredients, love, and high vibes! REAL Juice is made with fresh fruits and vegetables that are sourced from local, organic farmers as much as possible.

What do you mean by REAL?

REAL Juice is real in the sense that it’s only nature’s goodness packaged in such a way as to deliver you with the highest quality, real, living foods that the human body thrives on. This stands in contrast to the processed, engineered food-like substances that line the shelves of most grocery retailers and are served in many restaurants.

On a deeper level, this brand is about remembering who you are. Remembering and realizing your full, limitless, and infinite potential!

It’s about recognizing our inherent nature as spiritual beings. Embodying our innate capacity for empathy, that is, compassion for oneself, others, animals, and all beings. Accepting oneself, others, the world, and what is. And, loving God/the Universe/the Cosmos/one’s Higher Power, oneself, life, and all beings. Yeah, it’s pretty deep, but that’s how I roll.

Why organic?

I choose organic whenever possible to ensure the highest quality drink. Organic fruits and vegetables have been shown to be more nutritious and have greater enzyme activity, compared to conventional produce.

When a plant is grown organically, it must defend itself from bugs and other harsh conditions (e.g. dryness, too much rain, etc.). The defense mechanisms the plant uses to survive are the very same mechanisms that fight cancer and other diseases in our bodies. We call these compounds antioxidants.

Organic produce is also free from insecticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, and other chemicals. The herbicide Roundup is one of the most toxic substances you can put in your body. Concentrating a chemical like Roundup in a juice is extremely harmful.

Environmentally, organic farming is more natural and sustainable for planetary balance, harmony, and cooperation.\

As you all probably know, organic costs more at the store. It is unfortunate that organic farmers have to go to great lengths to obtain certification and are in no way assisted by subsidies and government bodies to provide their produce at a competitive cost.

From a long-term perspective, spending extra money to buy organic is worth it, when you consider the likelihood of spending thousands of dollars on health expenses later.

Why local?

 We’ve got an awesome Monroe Farmers Market with some awesome farmers! The majority of the produce is purchased from Ken and Kathryn Huff who grow all their food organically in Oak Grove. Additional melons have been coming from Charles Holley and Ms. White. Herbs are grown organically by Cindy Kennedy in the Garden District, and by other loving friends who donate or trade with me.

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It is extremely important to support local farmers. They are working their tails off to provide an amazing service to the community. They are kind people who are doing things the natural way, largely unsupported by corporate interests and government subsidies. We have the chance every time we buy food to vote with our dollars for what we would like to be available and affordable. I want local, fresh, organic produce at a low cost!! How about you?

Speaking of cost, the price is a lot better when buying seasonally and locally. I can get bags and bags of food and a car full of melons at the market. Spending the same amount of money at the grocery store on organic translates to a couple bags of food.

There are health benefits too! When we buy local produce we are also consuming local microorganisms that will help us thrive in our environment. Eating food from the Monroe area while living in the Monroe area will help protect us from pathogens, allergens, and other influences specific to this area. It will align our bodies with the natural rhythms of the environment and help shape our gut flora and microorganisms that are responsible for our immunity, digestion, and many other processes. These little guys and gals outnumber human cells 10 to 1. Are we human or are we bacteria? That’s another article entirely!

Eating food from California while in Monroe might help us out if we were to take a trip to California. This is essential for parts of the year, but right now we have more options. Go befriend local farmers, and you will receive more than you can imagine!

What about REAL Food?

Prepare for blast off! This party just got started. More yummy delicious creations are on the way. Be sure to check out my page on Facebook, REAL Food & Juice, to learn how to get your fix the healthy, happy way!

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Wreck It Weekend WOD 7/29/16

In honor of Jason Bourne out in theaters, here is your assassin inspired weekend smash fest!  Brought to you by WOD-RX.

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The Bourne Identity:

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3 Rounds

30 Second High Knees

30 Jumping Jacks

25 Push ups

3 Rounds

1:00 Mountain Climbers

10 Burpees

25 Squats

3 Rounds

45 Second Wall Sits

30 Side to Side Jumps

1:00 Elbow Planks

 

The Bourne Supremacy:

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3 Rounds

45 Second High Knees

45 Jumping Jacks

30 Push ups

3 Rounds

1:20 Mountain Climbers

12 Burpees

30 Squats

3 Rounds

1:00 Wall Sits

45 Side to Side Jumps

1:20 Elbow Planks

 

The Bourne Ultimatum:

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3 Rounds

60 Second High Knees

60 Jumping Jacks

35 Push ups

3 Rounds

1:40 Mountain Climbers

15 Burpees

35 Squats

3 Rounds

1:15 Second Wall Sits

60 Side to Side Jumps

1:30 Elbow Planks

Weekend Workout 7/22/16

Welcome to Cardio Blitz weekend that’s inspired by the new Star Trek: Beyond!  Get a good sweat, torch some fat, and feel good about yourself.  Brought to you by WOD-RX!

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The Uhura:

Zoë Saldana plays Uhura in Star Trek Beyond from Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark and Perfect Storm Entertainment

3 Rounds

50 Jumping Jacks

20 Jump Squats

10 Half Burpees

3 Rounds

10 Second Sprint

20 Lunges

20 Leap Frogs

3 Rounds

40 Side to Side Jumps

20 Bench Step Ups

50 Jump Ropes

 

The Spock: (This is Illogical) 

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3 Rounds

60 Jumping Jacks

25 Jump Squats

12 Half Burpees

3 Rounds

11 Second Sprint

25 Lunges

25 Leap Frogs

3 Rounds

60 Side to Side Jumps

30 Bench Step Ups

75 Jump Ropes

 

The Captain Kirk: (Pure Will)

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3 Rounds

100 Jumping Jacks

30 Jump Squats

15 Half Burpees

3 Rounds

12 Second Sprint

30 Lunges

30 Leap Frogs

3 Rounds

80 Side to Side Jumps

40 Bench Step Ups

100 Jump Ropes

Weekend Workout 7/8/2016

Whether you are just starting out on your fitness journey or you have been traveling this path for some time, there will always be an opportunity for growth!  I believe in being able to maneuver your body in a functional capacity in order to tackle whatever life throws your way.  These workouts are made to challenge your mind and your body.  Have fun and get your sweat on!  This week’s training levels are brought to you by WOD-RX.  Also, check out the WOD-RX new and improved website HERE!

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The Assassin:

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30 Body Squats

30 Wide Body Squats

30 Narrow Body Squats

30 Lunge Squats (Each Leg Forward)

30 Squat Jumps

30 Reverse Lunges

30 Side Lunges

30 Donkey Kicks (Each Leg)

30 Burpees

 

The Samurai:

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40 Body Squats

40 Wide Body Squats

40 Narrow Body Squats

40 Lunge Squats (Each Leg Forward)

40 Squat Jumps

40 Reverse Lunges

40 Side Lunges

40 Donkey Kicks (Each Leg)

40 Burpees

 

The Warrior:

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50 Body Squats

50 Wide Body Squats

50 Narrow Body Squats

50 Lunge Squats (Each Leg Forward)

50 Squat Jumps

50 Reverse Lunges

50 Side Lunges

50 Donkey Kicks (Each Leg)

50 Burpees

Weekend Workout 6/23/16

Check out this weekend’s workout, inspired by the new Kevin Hart/The Rock comedy, Central Intelligence!  Brought to you by WOD-RX.

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The Kevin Hart:

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1 Mile Run

50 Kettlebell Swings

50 Body Squats

50 Jump Lunges

40 Wide Pushups

2:00 Planks

 

The Dwayne Johnson:

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1 Mile Run

50 One Arm Kettle Bell Swings (Each Arm)

75 Wide Set Body Squats

50 Reverse Lunges

25 Regular Push Ups

25 Wide Push Ups

25 Diamond Push Ups

3:00 Planks

 

The “Rock”:

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50 Body Squats

50 Narrow Set Body Squats

50 Wide Set Body Squats

75 Clap Push Ups

40 Burpees

75 Kettlebell Swings

4:00 Planks

1.5 Mile Run