3 ARM TONING EXERCISES WITH KETTLEBELLS

Want sleek toned arms? Do these 3 moves! Each of these arm toning exercises are key for an effective upper body workout routine. Proper form and technique are critical, to maximize your results. Learn what they are & how to perform each arm toning exercise, in this video. What are your favorite kettlebell exercises?

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1. KB Around The World
2. KB Clean and Press
3. KB Renegade Rows

Perform each exercise for 30-60 seconds, 3-5 sets.

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Want to see more like this, or have ideas for future posts?  Let us know in the comments...your feedback is important!

If you're in the Danbury CT area, come join us for your complimentary bootcamp session. We will create a custom fitness & nutrition plan that will get you results fast.

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day,

~ Max

TOP 5 KETTLEBELL DEADLIFT VARIATIONS (PLUS BONUS GLUTE WORKOUT)

These are the top 5 kettlebell deadlift variations. Each one of them has it's own unique benefits! Proper form and technique are key, to maximizing your results...

  1. 1. Conventional Kettlebell Deadlift
  2. Sumo Kettlebell Deadlift
  3. Suitcase Kettlebell Deadlifts
  4. B-Stance Kettlebell Deadlifts
  5. Single Leg Romanian Deadlift

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: CHOCOLATE, BEVERAGES & SWEETENERS | HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS PART 5

Healthy Chocolate, Diet Drinks & Sweeteners - Whole Foods Market tour (PART 5) where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 5 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market.

This episode focuses on healthy chocolate bars, the best diet drinks & sweetener options, in the Danbury CT store. Healthy chocolate, diet drinks & sweeteners can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to specific ones over others. We break it down for you!

Nutrition Made Easy

Want to take your health & weight loss results to the next level? Check out our custom nutrition plans! Combining an easy to follow nutrition with a proper exercise plan will get you to your goals & crush them. Try some of our fat burning YouTube workouts, of come try a complimentary bootcamp session with us.

So are you a chocolate fan, or more of a savory treat person? Feel free to ask any questions that you have in the comments below. We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful & thanks for stopping by!

~ Max

ONE KETTLEBELL EXERCISE THAT WORKS YOUR TOTAL BODY

This one kettlebell exercise will strengthen your total body & light up your core. There are 3 clean and press variations demonstrated here in detail. Double kettlebells, double dumbbell, and 1-arm KB clean & press, of which each have their own benefits.

SINGLE OR DOUBLE?

They're both great options. Mix them both into your kettlebell workouts.

Watch the video above, to learn exactly how to perform clean and presses & incorporate them into your next total body or kettlebell workout! Perform them for 10-20 reps 3-5 sets, or into your total-body circuits for 30-60 seconds 3-5 rounds. 

Even better...come join us for your complimentary 1st session, where we'll coach you through this awesome kettlebell exercise & so many more.💪

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TRY IT WITH US!

As you're practicing your technique, it's always a good idea to go lighter & get your form down first. Train hard, but train smart too! This is a Facebook Live video rebroadcast by the way. Myself, master personal trainer Max Barry, along with one of our awesome trainers Amanda, break down one of the most effective total body exercises for you. Totally unedited, raw, real & we hope you learned a few tips along the way!

If you have any questions about the kettlebell clean and press exercise, fitness, or fat loss...feel free to ask here, call or email me today. Happy to help 😅

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

~ Max

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: BEST OIL, VINEGAR & SALAD BAR OPTIONS | HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS PART 4

Best Oil, Vinegar & Salad Bar Options - Whole Foods Market tour (PART 4) where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 4 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on the best oil, vinegars & salad bar options, in the Danbury CT store. Healthy fats, vinegars & salads can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to specific ones over others. We break it down for you!

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CUSTOM NUTRITION

Want to take your health & weight loss results to the next level? Check out our custom meal plans.

You know that eating salads is key for healthy weight loss, but are you doing it right? Many times, our clients say that they're eating pretty well, mostly salads. Truth is, that salad may taste great, but it's loaded up with so many additional goodies, that it's probably 2-3x the amount of calories it should be! Base it on tons of leafy greens, add 1 serving (4-6 ounces) of roasted or grilled protein (meat, chicken, fish) and top with 1 tbsp oil & vinegar of choice.

Which oil is best for you salad? Rule of thumb: use extra virgin olive oil for raw applications (like salads, dips, etc) and coconut oil everywhere else. You see, coconut oil has a higher smoking point, because it's a saturated fat. But Max. isn't that a "bad" fat? Nope, that's been totally debunked. Some of the latest studies from the AHA have folks asking "is coconut oil healthy?" They must really be desparate for press, because that new finding was based on old research, that only showed a discrepancy in cholesterol. While in some cases, LDL went up, in most all cases, HDL went up - the good kind! Especially when combined with a proper fitness program 💪

Make sure your apple cider vinegar label says these 4 things! Raw, organic, unfiltered, unrefined.

Make sure your apple cider vinegar label says these 4 things! Raw, organic, unfiltered, unrefined.

As far as vinegars go, apple cider vinegar is a great food for weight loss & gut health. It doesn't taste too great though, so consider consuming it on its own, diluted with water 1-4x per day. Otherwise, for salads opt for 1-3 tbsp of red wine or balsamic vinegar. Looks for lower calorie, no-added sugar on the label. If you're a balsamic vinegar freak like me, that could mean saving 50-100 calories per salad. Freshly squeezed lemon juice also has some great health benefits & works well here too.

We hope this helped you discover new insight & knowledge into what's available at Whole Foods Market, or wherever it is that you do your shopping. Have any other questions? Post them below & have an awesome day!

~ Max

 

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: BEST DAIRY & DAIRY-FREE ALTERNATIVES | HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS part 3

Whole Foods Market tour (PART 3) where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 3 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on dairy and dairy-free yogurt, milk, cheeses & products, in the Danbury CT store. Milk, yogurt & cheese can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some dairy and dairy free alternatives over others. We break it down for you!

GOT MILK, OR NAH?

Some tolerate dairy, others don't. 

Nut milk galore

There's never been a better time, as technology & innovation has provided us with new non-dairy products.

Coffee lover?

Opt for unsweetened coconut or almond milk options.

Watch the full video (top of this post) which goes into great detail, about which options are best, when shopping for weight loss. I personally don't digest dairy well at all, so many of these new dairy-free products are a big help, to staying on track with my diet regimen. Does this resonate with you, or someone you love?

A take home point for you, regardless of dairy or not, is that if a food works well with your body, then it's a great choice. On the flip side, if it's supposed to be "healthy" but it doesn't sit/digest well with you, then regardless, it's probably not a good choice for you.

custom meal plans

Nutrition made simple

Stop wondering what to eat, or how many calories you need to reach your goals. Let us create a custom meal plan for you today!

Are you eating dairy-free alternatives & products because you're lactose intolerant? Do you find them more healthy? The truth is, some people do well with dairy, while others don't. We hope this helped you discover new insight & knowledge into what's available at Whole Foods Market, or wherever it is that you do your shopping!

Let me know how else we can help you, anytime.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

~ Max

10 MINUTE INNER THIGH SCULPTING WORKOUT WITH KETTLEBELLS

Get ready to sculpt & tone your inner thighs. 5 moves, 2 rounds, 1 kettlebell, 10 minutes of thigh burning bliss! This full length routine combines bodyweight & kettlebell exercises for thighs. Follow along with master personal trainer Max Barry & Jess, as we burn thigh fat for good! Modifications & progressions shown, so that all fitness levels can benefit from this kettlebell circuit workout. Here's a list of the thigh exercises in this video:

  1. KB Sumo Deadlifts
  2. Plank Jacks (hands on KB)
  3. KB Touch Jacks
  4. KB Glute Bridge + Squeeze
  5. 1-Leg Burpees (R/L)

We recommend using a heavier kettlebell for the deadlifts if you have it. A lighter KB for the other exercises. We have over 80 different kettlebells & growing at Max's Best Bootcamp...come join us for your complimentary session today!

We hope you enjoyed this thigh burner! If you have any questions about it, or ideas for future posts, let us know in the comments section below.

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day,

~ Max

LULULEMON BOOTCAMP WORKOUT TO INSPIRE LOCALS - MAX'S BEST BOOTCAMP X LULULEMON DANBURY

To get the nation into better shape, it's got to start at a local level. That's why we partnered up with Lululemon Athletica, to give a free workout to our community. Danbury Connecticut residents were in for a treat, when Max's Best Bootcamp and Lululemon hosted this free boot camp workout series called Summer Sweat Saturday together at Kenosia Park. The workout was lead by yours truly, master personal trainer Max Barry. Everyone got sweaty, toned up, tanned up, and summer body ready! 

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It was a 60 minute boot camp workout by the water at Kenosia Park, in Danbury CT. Get a glimpse of what it was like to be there in this highlights video! It started with partner exercises, then the main routine included bodyweight, cardio, abs, and resistance bands to work those glutes & total body...what a fun day!

HIIT and circuit training are the most effective routines for fat loss and conditioning. Try some of these boot-camp workout ideas at your gym or outside with your workout buddy! Better yet, if you live in the area, come try them with us at our clean & spacious facility. Which ones have you tried? Which exercises do you think will burn the most?

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS | PART 2 - BEST PROTEIN SOURCES

Whole Foods Market tour, where you will learn how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Understand which foods and grocery products are best, when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 2 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on the best protein sources, in the Danbury CT store. Sources of protein like meat, chicken & fish can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some proteins over others. We break it down for you!

HERE FISHY FISHY

When you start with a high quality piece of fish (or any other whole food) you don't need to do much to it, for it to taste amazing. While some fish, like salmon, is higher in calories that tilapia, they're both great protein sources for weight loss & optimum health. One serving per meal is ideal, which is about the size of your smart phone. Before you plan which one you buy, be sure to ask your fish monger what's fresh that day! He or she will be proud to tell you what's freshest & also share with you exact tips on how to cook them, too.

LET THEm EAT...GRASS?

If you haven't had a nice steak in a while, you may want to reconsider. Many of our new clients say that they've stopped eating red meat, because "it's bad." Well, that's been debunked. If the animal is healthy, then they're healthy to consume. Conventional meat (of all varieties) is an unhealthy animal, so we don't recommend supporting it. Instead, look for local, pasture raised & grass-fed beef. They're beautifully healthy animals, that eat only grass their whole life & are never pumped with antibiotics or hormones. Local is always best, too!

But isn't red meat high in calories? Relative to chicken breast, yes. In general, beef is about 50-60 calories per ounce VS. chicken breast which is about 40 calories per ounce. So, as long as you potion your servings properly, it's all good! Plus, there's a thermogenic effect when you consume protein...meaning your body will rev up to burn calories, just to consume it. This is less true with carbohydrates & fats. I usually get the grass-fed ground beef here. Would you want me to make a post on how I meal prep protein?

365 DAYS OF CHICKEN

If you're like most people when dieting, you eat nothing but chicken breast. Venture out people, haha! Don't get me wrong, it's a great protein source, but it's pretty bland & not that much different calorically from thighs or legs. Barring skin, it's about 5-10 calories per ounce. Either way, when buying chicken, be sure to look out for local & free-range/pasture raised sources. Here's a great recipe that my friend Alicia & I came up with that's absolutely delicious...

We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful! What other questions do you have about protein sources? 

If you're serious about finally losing weight & getting your health back, check out our customized meal plans today. Many people think they can out train a bad diet. That won't work. We will create a meal plan that super simple, will get you instant results, and will allow you to keep the weight off for good! Used best in conjunction with a proper fitness program. Come try a complimentary workout with us, if you're in the Danbury CT area.

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max

WHOLE FOODS MARKET TOUR: HOW TO SHOP FOR WEIGHT LOSS | EPISODE 1 - CARBOHYDRATES

Whole Foods Market tour, discussing how to shop for weight loss & optimum health. Learn exactly which foods and grocery products are best when on a weight loss diet. This is episode 1 in a 5 part video series, created by Max's Best Bootcamp & Whole Foods Market. This episode focuses on healthy carbohydrates, in the Danbury CT store. Grains, fruit, and vegetables can all work well for losing weight, but there are advantages & disadvantages to some over others. We break it down for you!

BANANAS VS. CHIPS

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People often ask if bananas make you fat. Let's be real...no one ever got fat from eating fruit! Too many calories make us fat, especially when they're highly processed foods. Eating clean will allow your body to feel great & perform at it's best. Not only that, your will increase your body's ability to burn fat! So opt for the banana over the chips any day of the week, ok?! 1-2 servings of fruit per meal or snack is ideal. So 10 bananas is not a great idea...but still better than the whole bag of chips/fries/oreos (insert favorite sweet/salty treat here). Berries are best for weight loss & fat loss, because they're higher & lower in sugar than most other fruits. Apples & pears are also a solid pick.

 

Are Grains Bad?

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Are grains bad? Are some "better" than others? They're more or less the same, when it comes to their carbohydrate load on the body. It's dose dependent. Meaning, how much you eat at one time, determines how they will affect your blood sugars. When we eat any carbs, it will cause an insulin response. That means sugar, brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, honey. That's why we always recommend a no added sugar, low starch diet. It's naturally anti-inflammatory & will allow your body to burn fat as fuel, vs having to burn the sugar out of the system first. Also, consuming too many carbohydrates leads to insulin spikes, fat storage, diabetes, increases cardiovascular risks as well. If you really want to have grains, then you may have a serving at a time. But, you don't need them & you'd be better off getting your healthy carbohydrates from fruits, yogurt, and veggies.

focus on leafy greens

non starchy veggies

Non starchy veggies, like leafy green, cucumbers, green/yellow squash, celery, bok choy, asparagus, broccoli & cauliflower are amazing for weight loss AND health! You see, they're made up of mostly water & fiber, so they will fill you up & equate to a nearly zero calorie food. That means that you can load up on these veggies in unlimited amounts, to keep you full, nourished & add volume to your meals, without adding calories. Other veggies are great too, however these non-starch veggies are net zero calories, and so they will help keep your nutrition up, while keeping your calorie consumption low. Below is a list of carbs in vegetables:

healthy carbs in veggies list

what to eat instead of grains?

If you do some more research, you will find that grains are not necessary to consume at all. That doesn't mean you don't have to forgo them completely. We just challenge you to swap them out with wholesome starchy veggies instead. They are much easier on the digestive system, won't spike your blood sugars as much & have many of the touted benefits that you would find in grains...but they're a much cleaner carb source & will aid in fat loss! Focus on sweet potatoes, winter squashes, carrots, peas, and beets for your starchy veggies, but still be sure to limit them to one serving per meal. The rest of your plate should be filled with non starchy veggies, protein & a healthy fat source. Stay tuned for the next episode in this 5 part series...

We hope you found these weight loss tips helpful! What other questions do you have about carbohydrates? 

If you're serious about finally losing weight & getting your health back, check out our custom meal plans today! Many people think they can out train a bad diet. That won't work. We will create a meal plan that super simple, will get you instant results, and will allow you to keep the weight off for good! Used best in conjunction with a proper fitness program. Come try a complimentary workout with us, if you're in the Danbury CT area.

Thanks for stopping by & have an awesome day!

~ Max