Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Spring Break Challenge Breakdown

So who’s excited about the Rec Center’s 19 day Spring Break Challenge!?! I sure am! The point of this challenge isn’t just to get a quick-fix spring break body, the point is all about overall wellness and just keeping active!

A lot of people (me included) need a structured formatted workout plan to use each day. If you’re one of those people the Spring Break Challenge is definitely for you! It’s progressive, meaning each day as you grow stronger the workouts get either longer or a little bit harder. By the end of the challenge you’ll be surprising yourself on all that you have achieved within the 19-day period.

A lot of the workouts we’ve incorporated into the challenge are pretty basic; you know pushups, sit ups, lunges, etc. But some of the workouts are a little harder to envision off the top of your head. Thankfully we’ve got Meg (one of our graphic designers) to demo a bunch of the exercises so there’s absolutely no confusion! 

Let's start with lying leg lifts:

In the first picture Meg is demonstrating the starting position

In this picture Meg is demonstrating the ending position. Simply lift your leg up and down for the allotted amount of reps.

Next we'll go over outer thigh lifts. Starting position is below.

Here's the move, just move your leg (still in the bent position) out to the side

Third we have diamond pushups, nothing too crazy here the only difference between a regular push and diamond pushups are you just need to angle your hands in a diamond position as Meg is demo-ing below. 

In this picture Meg is showing an example of proper wall sit form

Both regular squats and sumo squats are incorporated into the challenge. There is a difference as Meg will show you in both of these pictures: 

For regular squats position your feet straight to the front of the room and proceed to do your squat. 

For sumo squats angel your feet just a bit like Meg is doing in this picture, then proceed to squat.

Last we have Meg demonstrating single leg triceps dips. These are great arm exercises! Remember guys, you'll need a chair or bench for this one!

So here the starting position

And heres the ending position. Bend your arms and depending on which leg your working on stick it out for each rep. 

We hope these picture will help you guys out!! Good luck with the challenge and don't forget to tag us in any pictures you take participating!! Stay motivated!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Turkey Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I love to cook! One of my specialties (I think) are stuffed peppers. One day while browsing my cabinets and realized I had a ton of quinoa that I never use. I started looking at recipes online and I came across this awesome one from Ground turkey quinoa stuffed peppers! SOOOO so soon good!! I'm in a good mood today so I decided I'll share my secret recipe with you guys!

  • 1.5 cups COOKED quinoa
  • 4 large bell peppers, sliced in half, lengthwise, seeds removed (any color!)
  • 1 tsp olive oil (+ more later)
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 1 lb extra lean ground turkey meat
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • sea salt to taste
  • 2.5 tbs tomato paste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium tomato, diced 
  • bread crumb (optional... I don't use them though!)
  • shredded mexi blend cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In a large skillet, heat the 1 tsp olive oil on medium high.  Add to it the garlic, celery and onion sautee for a few minutes.
  3. Next, add the the turkey and season with the garlic powder, cumin and salt.  Using a wooden spoon, break up the meat and keep stirring until no longer pink, cooked through and completely minced - about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Then, stir in the tomato, 1/2 cup of chicken broth and tomato paste.  Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 more minutes.  Lastly, add the quinoa and combine all together.
  5. Drizzle your baking dish with olive oil.  Then pour the remainder of the chicken broth into the dish.
  6. Fill each pepper halve with the meat mixture and place in your baking dish.  Sprinkle each pepper top liberally with bread crumb (if desired). 
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and place back in oven on broil, for 1 minute or until cheese is melted.
Here's what mine came out like!

Here's another secret too! I love when my stuffed peppers are extra soft. So before adding the turkey-quinoa mixture to the peppers and baking them put your peppers in the oven alone and bake them for an extra 15 minutes!

**Also a side of sweet potato fries goes great with these peppers!!!**