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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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10 Handstand Drills that Rock!

Uncategorized Dec 29, 2019

Ten Drills to Help you Conquer a Handstand 

 

 

 

First thing is FIRST make sure you are warming up the wrists and shoulders I like the good old spaghetti, meatballs, sauce sha-bang…effective and sounds delicious..if you don't know what I am talking about be sure to watch the full video ;) 

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Drills 

  • Plank Hold:
    • It's important that you are able to support your body in this plank position before going upside down. Be sure to keep your core nice and tight. You should be able to hold this position comfortably for about 30seconds before progressing up 
  • Plate Shoulder Shrugs: 
    • This is basically doing a handstand without being upside down. Keep your head neutral but gaze your eyes up towards the plate. Keep your arms straight and PUSH as if you were going to do a handstand on the floor. Core needs to be tight and do not lean back 
  • Windmill Plate Pushes: 
    • To me...this looks like you are serving a pizza...not...
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6 Basics Moves to know if you are new to the gym

Uncategorized Dec 27, 2019

6 Basic Moves to know if you are NEW to the gym

The gym can be an intimidating place, especially if you are new to it. Not only do you get anxiety from being surrounded by so many people but you feel insecure that you are doing the moves wrong and that everyone is looking at you.

That's why I put this together. If you can master and understand these 6 moves it will help you understand so many other aspects of fitness. You will then feel more confident when entering a gym setting and ready to attack your goals! 

 

 

Elbow Plank:

This is a great core exercise that is used in SO many other aspects of fitness. So important for you to master and understand it! 

Form:

  • Your should be directly over those elbow 
  • Back FLAT (your butt should not be in the air or super low to the ground)
  • You should NEVER have back pain during this exercise if you do, you need to re-adjust 

Tips for modifications:

  • Drop down to your knees, maintain that tight core position...
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7 Exercises to improve your Grip Strength

Uncategorized Dec 18, 2019

8 Exercises to Improve your Grip Strength! 

So you are so pumped to get your first pull-up BUT….your hands literally slide right off the bar! 

This is extremely common which is why it's super important to work on grip strength drills. There are a TON of different ways to do this! But I put together some of my favorites below! 

 

  1. Plate Pinches 
  2. Towel Farmers Carries 
    1. Wrap towel  around a Kettlebell or Barbell & Walk! Increase weight to make it more challenging! 
  3. Plate Tosses
    1. Great burn in the shoulders and its just FUN! Keep your shoulders NICE and relaxed while doing this and you can have some fun and toss the plate to your friends 
  4. MB Half Get-Ups 
    1. Make sure to look AT the ball while you are doing this really hold on tight with your finger & grasp the ball. 
  5. Rope Walk Downs 
    1. This is a great exercise also to progress you to a rope climb! Go down as far as YOU feel comfortable making sure to go...
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