Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Cardio-Cable Core Workout

If you're like a lot of gym enthusiasts, you may have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill that turns to hate after ten minutes. And the long, slow upward climb on the stepmill feels like a trek to reach the top of Mount Everest. As a result, I created this core-inspired cardio cable workout. It's a great way to get your heart rate up while focusing on full body, particularly the abs and back, movements. Complete three rounds of the following with minimal rest. Treadmill work should be done around a 7/8 on a scale of 10 (modify by walking briskly, jogging, sprinting, and/or using the incline!). For the cable movements, use a weight that is challenging but allows you to complete the reps with good form. Overall, the routine should take close to 30 minutes to complete. 

Treadmill: 5 minutes

Mountain climbers: 30 seconds
Cable low to high woodchops: 15x

Burpees: 30 seconds
Standing cable rotations: 15x/side

Jump squats: 30 seconds
Lunge with knee and cable row: 15x/side

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Italian Crunch Salad

This salad is infused with a lot of flavor and a ton of nutrients! Stimulate your tastebuds with Amore, feed your muscles with all of the protein provided by the tofu, and stay full by indulging in healthy fats.

Baked Tofu
1 package of drained tofu
3 T olive oil 
3 small squeezes of Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Paste

2 c Spinach
1 T sunflower seeds
2 T walnuts 
1/3 c shredded cheese

2 T olive oil
2 t apple cider vinegar
1/2 t onion powder
1 t Italian seasoning
1 t minced garlic
3 small squeezes of Amore Sun-Dried Tomato Paste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tofu into small cubes. Mix olive oil and Amore then pour over tofu to coat. Bake 20 minutes, flip tofu, bake 20 more minutes. 

Prepare spinach and salad ingredients.  Top with desired amount of baked tofu.  Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad.