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Current Favorite Ab Circuit

November 13, 2014

So lately I’ve been eating a lot of fruit ^_^. It just makes me feel so satisfied. In my previous post, I talk about what fruits I am currently obsessing over and why they’re so amazing for us!

With only 14 days left before Thanksgiving and 42 days left before Christmas, I feel indulging on fruit is a great way keep our tummies slim before the big feasts ^_^ But what else?

Ab training!!!IMG_1927Lately, I’ve been doing an ab circuit after my weight training or cardio session. I feel that my abs aren’t as strong as I’d like them to be so in order to improve them, I train them just as hard as I would with any other muscle. What are your favorite ab workouts? Here are mine ^_^

Hanging Leg Raises

Hanging from a secure bar, I lift my legs to crunch middle, left and right side making sure I engage my obliques and my abs.

3 sets of 15-20 reps

Russian Twists

Using an 8 pound medicine ball, I face forward at all times twisting only my torso to the left and right maintaining control and make sure my ab muscles are engaged. (Tip: Don’t hold your breath!)

3 sets of 20 reps (10 twists on each side)

Medicine Ball Leg Raises 

While laying down on an exercise mat, securely hold a medicine ball over your head and stretch out your arms and legs. Crunch upwards keeping your arms straight and raise your feet to the medicine ball. Lower your legs and upper body to the starting position.

3 sets of 20 reps

sandy and fiona

I spy a poodle hehe ^_^. Happy training!!!

XO,

Sandy

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My Breakfast + Training

July 13, 2014

Who doesn’t love breakfast?! Growing up… I never ate eggs, sausage, ham, pancakes, etc. Crazy right?! My parents were born into a family of farmers in Vietnam, so when they migrated to the states, they grew their own crops. We typically had a traditional Asian cuisine for breakfast that consisted of white jasmine rice, some type of protein (normally chicken or fish), and lots of fresh picked vegetables for breakfast. So what do I eat now?!

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EGGS

I cannot imagine my breakfasts without eggs now. I eat at least 5 eggs a day (4 egg whites and 1 whole egg). That’s at least 3 dozen a week o_o. I love pairing it with rice cakes ^_^. Kind of reminds me of bagels and lox without the cheese and bread lol. I eat this up until 3 days out from my fitness competition only because eggs contain sodium and I want to make sure I don’t bloat. Speaking of fitness competition… time to do my cardio!!! I am about 2 weeks out from my next national show (USAs) and to stay lean, I do about 45 minutes of cardio 6x a week, followed by weight training. I love doing 15.0 incline walking at 3.0-3.6 speed for about 25 minutes, then immediately jump on the stairmaster for the remaining 20 minutes. Gets me sweating like crazy! Happy training!

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