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Everything you need to know about Deadlifts!

deadlifts how to tutorials Apr 27, 2021

Everything you need to know about Deadlifts

 

I personally wish I found deadlifts sooner...for the longest time I was always ONLY squatting...which lead to my body being SUPER Quad dominate, later this turned into an imbalance that would lead to me tearing my ACL… 

But anyways!

Let’s talk about FORM

(Reminder I am going over the classic deadlift there are other types of deadlifts you can do)

  • Feet hip widths apart toes are parallel 
  • Hands shoulder width apart if on barbell or broom 
  • Lock out your lats…yes your arms are NOT just hanging out there! Some people refer to this as putting your “seat belt” on to protect the low back (Watch video I specifically go over what this means)
  • Booty Pop your butt back meaning hips back first
  • Slide barbell down the fronts of your thighs...like literally..you should feel it against your thighs as you slide down
  • You will have a slight bend when you get past your knees remember its NOT a squat
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Everything you need to know about Push-ups!

Uncategorized Apr 26, 2021

All you need to know about PUSH-UPS  &

a 7 day Follow Along plan you can use to get stronger with them! 

 

I personally LOVE push-ups! You don’t need any equipment to do them and it’s a great way to test your strength! NOT to mention by just changing your arm positioning in a slight way you can work different muscle groups! 

 

But push-ups aren’t as easy as they look! So in this article & video we will go through EVERYTHING that you need to do/know in order to perfect them! 

 

The Form 

 

    • Plank Position: Making sure that your shoulders are directly over those wrist and hands are shoulder width apart (please note we are reviewing the classic push-up, other push-up variations you can change arm positioning). Your body should be completely level, so no sagging of the belly to the floor or butt way high in the air. A great way to help you stay in this position is to literally SQUEEZE the glutes and pretend that...
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WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Robin

warrior of the week Apr 23, 2021
 

Robin is from Rhode Island, and pre-pandemic worked as a stage manager, but with theater being shut down, her side-job of coaching gymnastics is now her full time job. When the quarantine started, Robin wasn’t in the best place: she had put on some weight from stress and wasn’t feeling comfortable with her body. She started with my free STRONG FEELS GOOD Challenge and segued into many of my other programs before finally settling on the SFG Membership.

Being able to see her progress throughout the many strength tests she has done has been one of her favorite parts because it has helped her truly see her progress and analyze her numbers. Robin’s had a couple nagging injuries but she’s really learned how to listen to her body, perfect her form even if it means doing an exercise modification, and know when it’s time to rest for her injuries to recover. Robin also loves the community and the support, connections, and friendships she has been able to create...

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WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Chelsea

warrior of the week Apr 16, 2021
 

“A year ago, I don’t even think I knew what a plank was. That just shows you how bad I was with working out. If you had said I would be where I am today, I would say no effing way!”

 

Our Warrior of the Week is Chelsea! Chelsea hails from Washington DC and works for an environmental non-profit.

Chelsea had NEVER worked out before joining my program. Between her long work days and her struggles with anxiety, she never had the time or the confidence to work out. Covid created the perfect situation for her to start working out in the comfort of her own living room, but even then, it took her a long time to find the confidence to turn on her camera on the Zoom workouts.

Going to a gym can be super intimidating, especially if you’re a beginner. Chelsea is competitive by nature, but realizing that the only person she’s competing with is herself, and in the Strong Feels Good program, nobody is competing against her, but rather, supporting her and...

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WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Betsy

warrior of the week Apr 09, 2021
 

Today’s WARRIOR OF THE WEEK is the AMAZING Betsy! Betsy is originally from Minnesota but has lived in EGYPT for nearly 20 years, working as a foreign correspondent and writing her very first novel (how COOL is that!?). STRONG FEELS GOOD is a worldwide movement, people!

Betsy lived an active lifestyle (as a marathon runner and mountain climbing in the Himalayas… talk about incredible!) but as her activity decreased while she started writing her book. She saw Angela on American Ninja Warrior and was inspired to get healthy and get back in shape, so she signed up for the Core Revolution program, and when that was over she found herself saying YES, YES, YES to each of Angela’s programs until the creation of the SFG membership.

Betsy’s favorite part of SFG is the variety of the programming, and that once everything comes together and it starts working and her body is working the way she wants it to, she feels accomplished and like she’s leveled up. The...

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WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Einat

 

Einat is 43 years old and though originally from Israel, she and her world-traveling family have lived in Guatemala for the last 6 years. She’s a mother of 3 girls, aged 16, 13, and 8, and they are all homeschooled (and multilingual)!

Einat used to work out in the gym and do Zumba 3-4 times a week until Covid arrived, and she and her husband had to work out from home. She discovered Angela through the Women’s Health Magazine instagram workouts and fell in love with the energy and workouts. She signed up for Full-Body Revolution and it gave her the structure and the consistency she needed. She and her daughters then signed up for Core Revolution and did the program together as a family. 

Eventually after working her way through the DIY programs, Einat signed up for the Strong Feels Good VIP program which has given the accountability and motivation she needed to stay on track. 

With the app, Angela is there with her every step of the way so that Einat...

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WARRIOR OF THE WEEK: Kimba

 

Hey Crew! Welcome to our very FIRST Warrior of the Week.

This week, we are featuring the AMAZING Kimba!

Kimba is 61 years old and is originally from Cape Cod, MA. She lived in NYC for 21 years working as an actress and model, but now she lives in Naples, FL and works as a personal trainer and pilates instructor.

Yes, sometimes personal trainers need personal trainers too.

When Kimba joined my Full Body Revolution program in June, she realized just how deconditioned she was. She started lifting 10lb dumbbells, and has worked her way up to 15 and 17.5lbs. Kimba was also able to get her first pull-up at the age of 61!

She's learned how to make time for her workouts, and listen to her body. The SFG community has helped keep her accountable and always feel support, both from the other members and from Angela! Kimba truly started seeing her biggest changes, strength-wise, after joining the VIP program.

Kimba's goals are to add cardio, and to keep going with her program.

How has Kimba...

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How to Tighten & Tone your Arms up!

Uncategorized May 28, 2020

 

My arms are “flabby”… is one of the comments I hear from women. They then grab their skin on their arm and pull it.. 

 

I’ve literally had my personal arms grabbed in public with people asking me.. how did you get your arms to look like that? Which is funny because I used to hide my arms and be made fun of for them…. but thats another story.

 

So let’s talk about how to tone up these arms! 

 

Few things to think about before we get to the exercises: 

 

1- Are you ACTUALLY engaging your arm muscles when you are working them?! Seriously, especially for things like bicep curls, tricep dips I tend to see a lot of bad form that leads you to not actually engage the right muscles and instead your back or your shoulders.

 

2- YOU NEED TO BE CONSISTENT.. seriously you can’t just do a few dips or a few bicep curls and think that over night you are going to see a difference, you need to stick to a...

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How to get rid of Stubborn Low Belly Fat!

Uncategorized May 26, 2020

 

 

 

How do you get rid of stubborn low belly fat?!

I’ve been asked this questions SO many times within the past few weeks so I wanted to do ALL I could to help you out with this one

So many factors are to be taken into account when we talk about “stubborn lower belly fat” & it doesn’t JUST have to do with working out.

Here are a few:

Nutrition: Are you giving your body the nutritions it needs? Are you eating enough… ?

Stress: If you are stressed about life OR not giving yourself enough rest and over training this could cause your body to hold onto water, hold fat and bloat you in that area. Stress does A LOT to our bodies

Exercise: Are you on a structure program and making sure you are ACTUALLY activating your core when you are working out? Are you being consistent?

Water Consumption: Are you drinking enough water? This helps digestion of food, removes toxins and helps burn fat.

Hormones: decreased estrogen levels...

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Why assisted Pull-ups WONT Help you achieve your pull-up Goals….

Uncategorized May 15, 2020

 

 

Yeah you read that right …before you say anything let me explain… 

 

So you are CRUSHING your assisted pull-ups but as soon as you take the band away… nothing.. can’t do it..you feel like you are strong enough but it’s NOT HAPPENING..wtf… why is that? 

 

Ready for this… Doing assisted pull-ups gets you better at one thing… doing more assisted pull-ups… ‍

 

And what most people don’t know that that bands and machine give you the MOST assistance at the BOTTOM of the pull-up. 

 

Since we are constantly getting help at the bottom your body never learns how to engage your lat’s from a dead hang..

 

And guess where most people are stuck.. you guested it.. the bottom. 

 

So what can we do to help this and finally make it happen. 

 

Learn to how to recruit and effectively engage your lats. 

 

Which means doing Drills for the...

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