Monthly archive for June 2015

Benefits of a Resistance Band Workout

Resistance bands are one of the most versatile pieces of exercise equipment around and they’re increasing in popularity due to their portability and low cost. You can create a workout for your entire body, and customize it based on your goals, with an entire system that fits right in a portable bag.

Ideal for people who want a quick workout while traveling, don’t have room for a home gym, or are just looking for convenience and versatility, resistance bands fit the bill. 

Ideal For All Fitness Levels
Resistance bands typically come in multiple levels of resistance ranging from light to heavy, so you can start wherever you’re comfortable, then adjust the level of resistance by placing more or less slack on the band, or by combining multiple bands at once. 

Full Body Workout
Because the number of exercises you can do with the bands is endless, they are ideal for working on your back, abs, triceps, legs, biceps, chest, and shoulders. Most kits come with suggested exercises, and the Bodylastics website shows a wide variety of ways to work each muscle set.

Cost Effective
Imagine getting a complete home gym for around $25. Sounds impossible, right? Its not, get yours here.

Use In Place of Larger Equipment
Resistance bands can often take the place of larger, bulkier equipment, making them easier for the home gym. One common exercise involves standing on one end of the band while curling your bicep. In this case the band takes the place of a set of dumbbells.

Safety
Because resistance bands are so light you can easily and safely exercise on your own, without the need for a spotter. And you don’t have to worry about dropping a heavy weight on yourself.

A More Effective Workout
Free weights rely on gravity and they feel the heaviest at the beginning of the motion. Resistance bands offer the most tension at the end of the motion, which some argue is a more effective workout.

If you have any questions on resistance band workouts, or want to check out the Bodylastic system, give us a call at 616-997-6172 and one of our personal trainers would be happy to assist you.

All images courtesy of Bodylastics

Sweet Potato Soup

This sweet potato soup with cinnamon, brown sugar and chickpeas is vegan, vegetarian, paleo, and gluten free!

Ingredients
1 medium sweet onion chopped into 1/4th chunks
4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
3 large sweet potatoes, washed and cubed
2.5 tbsp yellow curry powder
1 tsp salt
3 cups coconut milk
1 cup vegetable stock

Chickpeas
1 28 oz can chickpeas or garbonzo beans
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp brown sugar or coconut sugar
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp olive oil or melted coconut oil

Directions
Place all soup ingredients into a crock pot on high for 4 hours
Meanwhile, pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
Drain and rinse beans and place into a large plastic bag
Drizzle oil and seasonings into bag and shake well
Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with cooking spray
Place chickpeas onto baking sheet and sprinkle a little more cinnamon and salt over top
Bake for 30 minutes
When crock pot is done, place soup into a blender and blend until smooth
Garnish with chickpeas and basil

This recipe was brought to us by our friend Jennifer Smits of The Seasoned Chef. Jennifer is a fitness trainer and personal chef who runs the blog The Seasoned Chef.