Who Inspires You?

Harriette Thompson, 91, from Charlotte, N.C.

Harriette Thompson, 91, from Charlotte, N.C.

There are people you meet in life that prove everyone wrong and defeat “the odds”. They take their situation and decide not to listen to what everyone has to say, but instead decide for themselves what they are going to do. In turn they become an inspiration, a walking example of how we should all strive to live our lives. Harriette Thompson is someone we look up to here at Body Bar.

At 91, Thompson finished a marathon (26.2 miles!) with a pace of about 16 minute miles. All while raising almost 6 figures for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training. Yes – it’s just as amazing as it sounds!

Don’t believe it? Watch a clip on Harriette here.

Who inspires you? How do you use that inspiration in your daily life?

A Classic Twist Recipe

Don't they look delicious!?

Don’t they look delicious!?

Looking for a new twist on a classic recipe? Check out this one for twice baked broccoli and kale stuffed potatoes from Katie at the Kitchen Door! Potatoes are a great source of starchy carbohydrates after a workout, and you could even substitute them for sweet potatoes or yams in this recipe.

The addition of broccoli and kale offer many nutrients not found in the classic recipe. Kale is packed with Vitamin K, bringing benefits of diminished inflammation, strengthening bones, and reducing the risk cardiovascular disease and strokes. If you are looking for a dairy free option, just substitute the milk for a dairy free version of your choice (almond, coconut, soy, etc. – just make sure it’s unsweetened!) and omit the cheese or try goat cheese instead if you aren’t sensitive to it.

This makes a great post work-out snack to go along with your favorite protein shake.

Get the recipe here!

7 Tips for Outdoor Summer Workouts

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With summer just around the corner, everyone is getting antsy to do as many activities as possible outside.  Before you step outside, be sure to read these tips that will ensure you have a safe & fun outdoor workout.

1.  Wear Clothes

We know it can be tempting to show off that six-pack you worked all winter on but wearing clothing can actually keep you cooler than stripping down.  Wearing moisture-wicking sport clothes will draw the sweat away from your body to keep you cool.  Plus if the fabric is tightly knit or made of UV material, you are less likely to get burned.

2.  Slap on Some Sunscreen

Be sure to put on sunscreen 30 minutes before heading out the door.  If you don’t wait for the sunscreen to soak in, you’ll end up getting it in your eyes and you’ll also end up with burned skin.  Choose 15 SPF – 30 SPF, anything over 30 is unnecessary and has been proven to work just the same as the 30 SPF.  Be sure to purchase sunscreen that does not have Vitamin A, oxybenzone or added insect repellent as these chemicals have been known to cause cancer.  Click here for a list of sunscreens that are safe.

3.  Bring Water

This is a no brainer, hydrate, hydrate then hydrate some more.  If you’re going to be out for a long workout, bring a snack to keep up your energy.  We don’t suggest using energy drinks as the sugar in them can have adverse effects like further dehydration and a spike in blood sugar which will later lead to a sugar crash.  Post workout, be sure to keep hydrating.  If you’re really feeling like you just can’t take in enough water, coconut water is the way to go!

4.  Wear Sunglasses

Protect those eyes!  Make sure your sunglasses protect you from the UV rays that can cause cataracts and glaucoma.

5.  Train Early Morning or Late Afternoon

Make sure you are working out when the weather is not as hot.  Working out in the early morning or late afternoon means no direct sun.  If you do decide to workout mid-day, be sure you have a shaded area to workout in or a great mid-day summer workout would be in a pool.

6.  Beware of Allergies

No one likes to be stuffed up while trying to workout.  But did you know that if those symptoms go untreated you could develop asthma?  So be sure to check the pollen levels before stepping outside.  Plan your workouts later in the day when the pollen is typically not as high and avoid areas where you know there will be dense pollen.  Be sure to shower after your workouts as well.  A great natural remedy for allergies is a spoonful of local honey a day.  This helps to build your immunity against the pollen in your area.  To find local honey in your area, click here.

7.  Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion/Stroke

Sometimes no matter how determined you are to workout, you have to be aware of how your body is reacting to the heat.  Be sure to look for these signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in the picture above.  If you or your workout buddy start experiencing these symptoms, move to a cool area quickly, apply a cold compress or immerse your body in cold water to lower the body temperature and seek medical attention if you are experiencing a heat stroke.

 

Enjoy the summer and have a safe & fun workout!

 

What precautions do you take before heading out for your summer workouts?  Comment below to share!

Earth Day Series – The Life of the Body Bar

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Happy Earth Day!  Body Bar is not only an advocate for health but for our environment as well.  To help do our part for the environment we make an effort to recycle as much material as possible.  The life of a Body Bar can last forever since the core of the Bar is made of steel.  With the help from our customers around the United States, we help keep the life of the Body Bar going.

The life of the Body Bar starts at our warehouse where we pack and ship all customer orders.

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Body Bars packed and ready to go!

For individual customers, the life of the Body Bar can last forever.  For clubs though, the Body Bar gets a lot of love and normal wear and tear can occur.

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Wear and tear from a club that uses Body Bars for multiple classes a day

Of course clubs aren’t happy when this happens, just look how worn out those Body Bars look!  But do not fear, we like taking back overly loved Bars.  All clubs have to do is buy the replacement bars for about 60% off MSRP whenever they feel their Body Bars (or any other brand of weighted exercise bar) is getting too much love.  For more details on the Exchange Program click here.

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When a club decides to go through with an Exchange, we ship them the new Body Bars first.  We include return shipping labels as well since we want the old Bars back to our warehouse.  Once the club unpacks their brand new Body Bars, they just have to throw the old Bars in the boxes, slap on the labels and we’ll schedule a FedEx pick up.  Then we wait to receive back the old Bars.

Body Bars we received back during an Exchange. These are one of the first Body Bars we made!

Now that we have the old bars, we strip it all the way down to the steel! We put on new rubber tubing, end caps and labels.  Then we re-sell these bars as refurbished Body Bars.  They look & feel brand new but we add a discount to encourage everyone to buy recycled material!

And in honor of Earth Day, we’ll be giving everyone FREE shipping on all refurbished bars this week!  We love being green and we hope you’ll help our efforts to recycle!

Rebuilt 18lb Body Bars

Rebuilt 18lb Body Bars

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE A REFURBISHED BAR!

Use code bbed14 for Free Shipping!

Do you have fitness equipment you’re not using anymore?  Help recycle and donate your items to your local school, YMCA or sporting organization!  

 

 

 

 

Earth Day Series – 6 Easy Ways to have a Greener Office

Body Bar doesn’t only recycle our building materials, we also try to do our part in the office to minimize our carbon footprint.  Here are 6 ways we keep our office green that we think is easy for any office to implement.

1.  Have a Recycle Bin/Compost Bin

Encourage your co-workers or employees to use the recycle bin for their plastics, glass and other recycleble materials.  If you have the same, a compost bin outside the office is a great way to put bad leftovers to use.

2.  Take out your own Trash

A lot of plastic bags can be wasted by having someone take out the trash every single day when the bag may not even be full.  If your office facility allows it, ask that you take out your own trash to save some plastic bags.  Better yet, if you have extra paper bags, use those instead as they’ll break down quicker in the dump.

3.  Stock Reusable Bags

How many times have you gone out to buy a quick lunch from the nearest store?  More than likely, the store you purchased your meals and maybe even meals for other co-workers, use plastic bags to help you carry your meal(s).  Save the plastic and bring your own reusable bag to keep in the office.  This will be helpful for any other errands that you need to run during your lunch break.

4.  Get a Water Cooler / Water Bottle

Plastic water bottles are a waste of our natural resources, not to mention that what companies put in them is STOLEN from public waterways for their own personal profit.

Ditch the bottled water.  Not only will filtered water from the cooler be healthier for you but you will help reduce your carbon footprint by refilling your water bottle or cup rather than going through all the plastic of bottled water.  Be sure to no reuse plastic bottles as the chemicals break down and you’ll end up drinking plastic particles.  For environmentally friendly water bottles, click here.

5.  Recycle or Reuse Dishes

It may take an extra minute out of your day, but washing your dishes is far better for the environment than throwing away a plastic fork or spoon everyday.  If you can’t bring yourself to bring your own dishes to work, look for utensils that can be composted or recycled.  Being able to recycle your dishes can also help save water used when washing dishes.  Click here to find out more on why using plastic utensils should be replaced.

6.  Power Down

Turning off the lights when you leave can help significantly.  It is also important to power down your computer.  If you work on a lap top, unplug once in awhile and use the battery instead of the power cord.  Use your own lamp with an energy efficient bulb rather than the high florescent lights that most offices use.  Offices can use up a lot of power, click here to find out other ways to conserve power in your office.

 

Comment below to tell us how you help to make your office green.  

Don’t forget about our Refurbished Body Bars!  Get in shape and environment.  To find out more click here.

5 Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

It’s finally warming up here in the Rocky Mountains which mean flip flops, shorts and tank top season ( at least until we get another spring snow storm).  Spring also welcomes the fresh crops to replace the winter protein and carb filled foods that keep us warm all day.  So now that we’re done hibernating, its time to clean out the kitchen and start focusing on foods to get us all ready to sport that “teeny weenie yellow polka dot bikini.”  Below is a list of ways to get ready to welcome spring into your diet.

1.  Shop Fresh

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Not all grocery stores carry vegetables and fruits that are in season so often the ones in major stores are going to be modified or contain chemicals that won’t help your digestion.  Find out which fruits and veggies are in season or visit your local farmers market to buy the freshest produce. Click here for a list of produce and when they are in season.

2.  Plant Your Produce 

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Now is the time to start your own mini green house!  Nothing is better than being able to pick your own produce fresh from the ground!  Be sure to find produce and herbs that can handle the amount of sun you have available.  Some do better in full sun while others need shade to grow.  Click here for a list of easy herbs to grow & here for a lot of ideas on easy to grow produce.

3.  Check Your Expiration Dates

Winter makes us all hoarders since we never know if we’re going to get snowed in for days on end.  Some of the foods we buy can go bad though especially if you’re buying organic or all-natural that don’t have those preservatives for a long shelf-life (which isn’t a bad thing really).  Just be sure you’re not digesting anything that has gone bad.  Visit www.StillTasty.com to find out how long your food lasts.

4.  Replace Your Soups for Salads

Soups are perfect for winter and so easy to make when all we want to do is hide under the covers until the storms pass.  Now its time to switch it out.  The best salads for meal preps are those with spinach and protein.  Cook your meat beforehand and the morning of work simply add a cup of spinach, a few tomatoes and you’re ready to go!  For more salad ideas click here!

5.  Prepare the Grill & Store the Crockpot

Another meal prep swap!  Who doesn’t love grilling on a spring day?  We love grilling because we can get outside, throw around the pig skin or do some Body Bar workouts while we cook.  Instead of cooking for one meal, throw on a few pounds of chicken to have meals throughout the week.  You can even include veggies!  Just be sure to clean your grill after each use to avoid chemical build up from the charcoal or gas.  Here are some healthy tips on grilling.

How do you get your body ready for spring?  Comment below and share your tips or if you have any questions.

How to Pick out the Right Body Bar for You

A common question we get asked is “Which Body Bar weight should I go with?” and the answer is not a simple one because everyone is different.  Here are some questions to ask yourself that we typically ask our customers so that you can find out which Body Bar weight is best for you.

1.  Do you have any injuries?

Of course, always consult with your doctor before you start exercising again.  If you’re doing any rehab, we suggest sticking with lower weights like our 3lb, 4lb or even 6lb Body Bars.

2.  How long have you been strength training?  

 

 

 

 

 

If you don’t have a lot of experience lifting weights, starting out with a 6lb Body Bar will be the way to go. The weight is evenly distributed with the Body Bar which makes lifting a little more difficult than using dumbbells or machines. If you are a beginner, the Body Bar is a great tool for alignment, so don’t be discouraged to start with a lower weight to ensure your form is correct. If you have done some strength training before, a 9lb or 12lb will be a great fit.  For those seasoned lifters, we recommend anything from 15lbs and up.

3.  What do you plan on doing with the Body Bar?

If you plan on using one of our many DVDs to workout to, we suggest sticking with a 9lb Body Bar.  Believe us, by the time you’re done, that 9lb Body Bar will feel like a ton of bricks!  If you’re planning on doing less cardio and more traditional exercises, you can go with a heavier weight for isolated movements like bicep curls so something around 18lbs.  However, if you’re planning on adding compound movements, the 12 or 15lb Body Bars will work really well.

 

If you ever have any questions on which weight is right for you, just give us a call (303.938.6865) or shoot us an email (info@bodybar.com) and we’d be happy to help.  Or simply comment below with any questions or comments!