The weather is warm! Let us all rejoice and wear short sleeves! Since tank top season is on it’s way, I’ve been concentrating on my biceps a little more than usual.
Here are three quick tips for those of you who are looking to get some backstage passes for the gun show:
1. Try different grips. In the picture above, I have my hand in the supinated position. At the start of the exercise, my hands are at my sides, but as I lift, I rotate my arm so that the palm then faces up. Another option is the traditional hammer curl. Or you could get really crazy and do a reverse curl. For this you’ll just keep your hand in the pronated position, which means your palms face down.
2. Change up your arm position.
Here I just rotated my arms so that my palms face away from me.
3. Use different weight and rep ranges. One day, go light and try for 15 reps per set. Another day, pick up heavier weights and try 6-8 reps per set.
Coconut Oil Recipes!
Coconut oil is everywhere these days, and it’s a good thing because I love it. I keep two jars in my house at all times: one in my kitchen for cooking and baking, and one in my bathroom for my daily beautification ritual (wash my face, apply coconut oil, sacrifice a virgin…)
Paleo peeps love putting it their coffee so I thought I’d give it a try.
It’s so good! Creamy, foamy and slightly coconut-y, this is a big time upgrade from my usual coffee with almond milk.
Coconut oil supposedly speeds up metabolism, increases your energy and immunity to diseases, and aids in the reduction of belly fat. Yeah, I know, too good to be true, right? I don’t know if all these things are true, but I love the taste, and my skin looks great so I’m going to keep on using it- in moderation, of course, since it has 120 calories per tablespoon–if you eat it. Feel free to smear as much as you want on your face.
This got me thinking, what if I added some of this magical oil to my protein shake instead of almond butter?
And the Banana “Daiquiri” Protein Shake was born!
I mean…c’mon. I could go on about how good this shake is, but really, you just have to try it yourself.
Drink this shake as a snack as opposed to a post workout recovery meal, since the fat provided by the coconut oil may impede your body’s ability to absorb the protein quickly.
“Paleo” Coconut Coffee (Blitz Your Body style)
*True Paleo coffee also includes butter, which I omitted because it requires melting a high quality butter. Too many steps at 6 am!
1 cup of coffee
2-3 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 TB coconut oil
Combine in a blender and blend until it looks creamy and foamy. Done!
Banana “Daiquiri “Protein Shake
No rum required. But if you add it, I won’t judge you!
8 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk or any milk of your choice
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1/2 banana (frozen is best)
splash of vanilla extra
1 TB organic virgin coconut oil
1-2 ice cubes, or more as needed
Let me know if you try these coconut oil concoctions. I want to know what you think!