Live the Blast Life!

 

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BLAST is not your everyday, steady state cardio only class. Every BLAST is designed around intervals, and embodies the basics of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) balancing strength training with variable intervals of aerobic/anaerobic cardio.

Why HIIT?

HIIT is time efficient- ideal for a busy schedule. You can increase cardiovascular health AND improve your muscular strength & definition in one 60min BLAST session.

HIIT preserves lean muscle mass- lose fat, not muscle.
HIIT increases your metabolism and stimulates the production of Human Growth Hormone which is thought to slow the aging process!
HIIT is a great way to exercise your most important body part- your brain! You will never be bored in a BLAST class, and are constantly given opportunities for immediate satisfaction and success.

“25 Reasons Why Couples Who Work Out Together, Stay Together”

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By: Ashley Fern from Elite Daily

“There are two types of people in this world: the ones who make exercising an integral part of their lives and the ones who do not.

When you’re single, you can be either of these types of people without it really impacting your mindset, but when you get into a relationship, it becomes very apparent.

If you are an extremely active person, you know very well how demotivating and detrimental a lazy partner can be.

Your willpower deteriorates when faced with his or her lazy ways and, the next thing you know, it’s been almost a week since you last hit the gym.

It’s much easier to get out of a routine than into it, so wouldn’t you want someone by your side who’s encouraging you to push yourself? Well, this is just one of the many reasons couples who exercise together, stay together.”

 

1. You know neither of you is lying when you say you’re at the gym for two hours

“Oh you’re going to do cardio and lift today?! Good for you.”

Instead of getting pissed off that your boyfriend or girlfriend will essentially be unreachable for two hours, you encourage it. You know exactly what kind of day your partner is having and support it wholeheartedly.

2. You always have someone to spot you

Maybe you want to up that weight and need someone by your side to assist you. Well, look no further because you basically have that person on speed dial.

3. The guilt trip you experience is way worse when it comes from someone else

You can beat yourself all you want, but you will never feel guiltier for skipping a workout than when your partner calls you out on it.

You can rationalize letting yourself down all you want, but it’s a completely different story when it comes from someone else.

4. Between the two of you, you have access to unlimited free guest passes

You can try your hardest to recruit your friends over to your athletic lifestyle! And when it comes to free things, it’s really not that difficult to convince anyone of anything.

5. Sweat definitely does not disgust either of you

In fact, you’ve grown to kind of like it…

6. You’re on the same diet

Cooking and going out to eat is easy because you both want the healthiest, yet most fulfilling option possible.

7. Cheat days are twice as fun

You may have thought you were in all your glory at the gym, but when the two of you get in front of a plate of mac and cheese there is no stopping either of you.

You indulge as much as you want because you know exactly where you will be the next day —  back at the gym.

8. Your sex life is definitely benefiting

Need we elaborate any further?

9. You push each other in different ways

Whether it’s through positive or negative words of encouragement, the result is still the same. Sometimes you need that extra push to get your butt moving.

10. You don’t feel uncomfortable meeting up after a workout

Neither of you is self-conscious about your physical appearance after a sweaty session at the gym. You don’t care what you look like because it’s about what’s underneath your clothes that matter.

 

Read the other 15 reasons why couples who workout together stay together at EliteDaily.com

Athleisure: Promoting Laziness or Promoting Wellness?

So, there’s been an ever growing trend and it’s really about to go mainstream in 2k15, it’s called Athleisure (ath-leesure). Most of you already know what this is, and if you think you don’t, you will realize that a large majority of people (men and women) alike have been following the “new” trend for quite some time already. Athleisure is simply wearing athletic clothes in and outside of the gym. I, for one, love this. As a girl who feels super comfortable in flattering, tight black yoga pants and top long enough to cover the parts that matter, I obviously vote yes for the Athleisure movement. Not to mention, the simple act of just wearing “gym clothes” is a great motivator (I think) to be active and get a workout in. The trick to Athleisure, however, is to keep it fashionable, aka no butt cheeks peeking through those Lulu’s. What I’m saying is, you can’t just throw on your old (somewhat high water) circa 2005 Express yoga pants and call it a day. You’re still trying to coordinate, but there’s the option of wearing an elastic waistband instead of love handle confidence crushing matchstick skinny jeans.

 

Designers like Stella McCartney are jumping on the bandwagon. Check out her collab with Adidas (all day I dream about Stella?!)

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and celebrities are even coming out with their own fitness apparel lines. Kate Hudson’s Fabletics is pretty amazing:

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Guys aren’t left out either, H&M partnered with Alexander Wang for an ultra high-fashion athleisure look for both men and women in November of 2014 and have been amping up their sportswear game ever since.

In my opinion, anything that even hints at motivating me to hit the gym is okay in my book.

 

 

 

 

Four Standout Benefits of Interval Training

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If you’re currently wishing for a workout that’s quick, effective, and simple, you’ve come to the right place! High Intensity Interval Training, aka HIIT, is all the rage right now, and rightfully so. Here are 4 standout reasons why you should make interval training part of your workout routine!

1. Interval training is super efficient

While 40 minutes of running on the treadmill or outside can do wonders, HIIT training maintains all of the benefits of a long cardio workout but whittles it down to about 20 minutes (or less!).

2. It’s great for weight loss

By training in intervals, you’re getting your heart rate up faster and in quick short bursts which makes this technique your metabolism’s new BFF.

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3. It keeps working even after you do

The trick to keep your body working out long after you’ve finished your gym sesh is an optimized heart rate. The more exercise your ticker gets, the more blood flow throughout your body. 20 minutes of intense sprint work can keep your heart working (at least) 45 minutes after you’ve left the gym = more calories burned

 

4. It does wonders for your heart

If you haven’t noticed yet, there’s a recurring theme here and it’s all about the star of your cardiovascular system, your heart. The more exercise you get, the better your heart, the better your body functions overall! The best part is that all of this and more can be achieved in just 20 minutes a day, talk about zero excuses!

 

Here are some workout ideas for your next HIIT session:

7 High-Intensity Workouts that Take 20 Minutes or LESS

8 AMAZING FAT-BURNING INTERVALS

Interview with Red Bull Thre3 Style Atlanta Champion DJ EU! #KeEsLaKe

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We caught up with 2013′s Red Bull Thre3Style  Atlanta champion, DJ EU, to get a little insight on this year’s goals, what makes him stand out from the rest, and also a tiny look inside of some of the crazy things DJs do to get the crowd moving, check it out!

 

Q: Aside from winning, what was your favorite part from last year’s Thre3Style competition?
A: Meeting so many great DJs during and after the battle.

 

Q: Is there anything you plan on doing differently this year?
A: I plan on making it to the Finals.

 

Q: What advice would you give this year’s participating DJs?
A: Make sure your set reflects your style as a DJ & be unique.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite track that you like to keep in your back pocket to get the crowd going?
A: I have this routine that brings the latin element into my routine. Love doing it, it brings flavor into my set. Shhhh!

 

Q: Do you drink while you spin? If so, what is your beverage of choice?
A: I try not to drink while I’m DJ’ing, but if I do it’s usually Vodka RedBull or Beer. Also water, very important to hydrate.

 

Q: How do you feel about people in the DJ booth? Posse or no posse?
A: I don’t mind it as long as they don’t hit, spill, or push anything regarding the DJ’s set up or the light guy.

 

Q: What’s your craziest DJ booth story?
A: A girl bought a champagne bottle and sprayed it toward me. Got on the turntables and a little on my laptop. Music kept playing.

 

Q: What made you want to get back into the Red Bull 3Style?
A: I want to defend the title & also make it further into the competition this year. I also want to put Atlanta on the map. Not so much in the Hip-Hop aspect that it is already recognized for. I want to be that “Atlanta DJ” that has residencies in Vegas.

 

Q: Would you rather play YMCA or The Electric Slide? Your life depends on it, you have to choose.
A: YMCA but why not the Macarena?

 

Q: What is the most you’ve been paid to play a song? And do you remember what song it was?
A: Between $100 – $200. One was Justin Bieber’s – Baby & Nas – Hate Me Now.

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Stay tuned for news and updates on all things DJ EU and the 2014 Atlanta Red Bull Thre3Style competition on our social media!

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“Nothing will work unless you do.”

These famous words spoken by the late Maya Angelou are part of what inspired today’s post.  Recently, I’ve been noticing more and more people and news stories talking about the newest “quick fix” and “fat busters” to shed weight for summer. It started about 2 weeks ago when a Facebook ad caught my eye. It was an ad for a miracle, all natural ingredient proven to melt away fat. Typically, I don’t even entertain these ads but something else made me think this product could be different from the thousands of others promising the same results. It was being promoted by someone who I thought was a reputable source. The infamous Dr. OZ not only backed this ingredient, but featured a demonstration of how it works on his show. I thought, “this must be a new health break through if Dr. OZ is willing to back it up and give it his stamp of approval!” The secret ingredient to burning fat, according to Dr. OZ, is called Garcinia Cambogia. It toutes appetite-suppressant and fat-blocking abilities.   The active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia is called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), and researchers claim that HCA can double or triple one’s weight loss.

I can totally agree with everyone that this would be awesome; no more sweating profusely in the name of a tight tushie and flat stomach.  Now I can sweat as much or as little as I’d like AND eat all the things?! It’s a no brainer right? Here is the gut wrenching/inevitable bubble bursting moment: it’s currently unclear if these effects actually occur in humans. Which also leads me to believe that if there isn’t research to back-up it’s effects in humans, how the heck are we supposed to know if it’s even safe?!

Just this morning, Good Morning America covered a story on a new syrup that is being marketed as a new way to lose weight called Yacon Syrup. This product is also promoted by Dr. OZ (wth is this guy’s deal?!) as an all natural and easy way to drop pounds quickly. The story had an interview with a nutritionist expert who said while this syrup might actually have redeeming qualities, they come at a cost, one of them being gastrointestinal complications. YUCK.

 

 

These are just two examples of the scams out there trying to give people hope to achieve their dream bodies without actually having to put forth physical effort. It’s just not feasible. Not only is it unrealistic, but products that claim themselves all natural or fat busting just are not either of those. If they are at all effective, it doesn’t last and it at what cost does it take to put your body through it?

 

Well I have some good news, we here at FIT Radio have actually discovered something that does in fact work and can have long lasting results. It has been proven (yes, I said proven) to NATURALLY increase energy levels, serotonin (that feel good chemical your brain emits), improve your immune system and promotes more restful nights. What we’ve discovered also helps with your overall outlook on life which comes with a slew of benefits (professional, romance, and self empowerment). However, there is one downside. This nutritional breakthrough is only available to those who want it badly enough. If you haven’t already figured out what I’m describing through deductive reasoning then I’ll make it simple: it’s exercise. Like everything else in life, if you really want something, you have to pay for it. Whether it be with health risks, money, sweat, and or time, it’s ultimately a trading game this life we lead. Now, I’m not going to get all dark and deep on you, I’m going to tell you what you don’t want to hear but also provide you with a fun easy solution. “Nothing will work unless you do.” You can take all the supplements, all the expensive juice cleanses, and all the heart pounding, horse tranquilizer sized extracts you want. But the reality is this, nothing works better (best for the overall health of your body and well-being) than good old fashioned exercise and balanced diet. You heard me. And not because you just read it in this post a couple seconds ago but because you knew the answer all along. So, I’ll spare you the list of workouts and obvious tips on how to cut back on unhealthy food (put down the cheetos and go for a walk/jog/run). People already know the answer. What I think people lack is proper and consistent motivation. Zig Ziglar said it best: “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” The FIT Radio app provides just that, all you have to do is just turn the dang thing on. We even provide motivational quotes the play on top of the music to help push you further if you so choose to hear them. Like everything else in your life, it’s up to you. So if you’re ready to get what you want, we’re ready to help motivate you to reach and see passed your goals.

Who’s Ready For a Pool Party?!

It’s warming up outside (for some of you!) Which means:

warmer temperatures + less clothing = pool parties!

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Here’s what you do, go to the website: www.fitradio.com or open our app on your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry and head to the Stations tab. There, you will find the Pool Party station and you are all set! Now all you have left to do is  get those poolside bevs on ice, push play and party!