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How To Smoothie

Into smoothies and protein shakes? So am I! When I started to do my first couple smoothies, I wasn’t exactly sure how to start. I have always been one to do a traditional protein shake consisting of a scoop of protein and milk. So when I tried to wrap my head around putting spinach in that, the thought wasn’t making me jump with joy at first.

My mom and dad got me a ninja blender for smoothies a couple Christmas’ ago and that’s where I started to learn more about it. I tried a bunch of fruit and handful of greens in the first smoothie. I was so excited that I forgot to add any milk or water. Rookie mistake, I know. As I took my 1st sip and spit it all back out, I decided at that moment to learn more about the art of making a smoothie.

I tried a lot of different recipes and tried my own. Be ready for a bunch of failures if you try it yourself. Nothing wrong with it, don’t get discouraged at first. Just takes some time to learn how to properly mix up a solid smoothie.

As you start to get it all down, you can really spice it up with different ingredients.

I was looking through my social media feed today and saw a post from Precision Nutrition and loved it enough to want to share with you today! It was perfect for this article and really adds a visual to help you out!

One of my favorite ones to do is almond milk, chocolate protein powder, spinach, banana and peanut butter.

This post is from @precisionnutrition I love their content for nutrition 🥦

What’s a shake recipe you are thinking of trying out?

Like this content? Follow my gym page @Ironstrengthandconditioning for more health related tips! I post a lot of exercises, breakdowns, fitness/nutrition content as well as mental health content and plenty of helpful stuff for the athletes!

Have an amazing day!

-Alex Costa-

Healthy Recovery Bowl Recipe

Healthy Recovery Bowl Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a little bit of a busier weekend with it being more of a birthday weekend, woot woot. I finished an ab workout on Sunday and wanted something with a little carbs but not too many, I opened up Instagram and saw a recipe on my guy Dustin Myers page (go follow him @coachmyers_gutcheck). Great guy and amazing strength and conditioning coach. Anyway, it was a little different than this but not by much so I threw my own thing together and it turned out amazing! Full of nutrients and nothing that was going to leave me “too full” whatever that means.

Here’s a quick throw together recipe you can do within 5 minutes! All you need is:

These are the ingredients I used here above in the picture
  • Oats (half cup)
  • Almond milk (about a half cup or full cup depending on preference)
  • Almond butter (1 tablespoon)
  • Chia seeds (1 teaspoon)
  • Blueberries (I did a mini handful)

First you can take care of the oats and milk by mixing them and throwing them in the microwave for about 1-2 minutes. After you take them out, let it cool for just a moment then place a tablespoon of almond butter on top. Afterwards, I threw the blueberries in on one side, then came the chia seeds to top it off.

This snack is full of vitamins, minerals and many other nutrients to kickstart your day and give you some energy! This was delicious and only took a few minutes to put together. Try it out and let me know how you like it!! Also feel free to throw in different fruits and toppings to match what you are craving!

Have a great Monday!

-Alex Costa-

Strength Topic Q&A

I took some questions I got about strengtha dn put them into a Q&A video so you can learn from them! We talk about bench, vertical jumps and more! Hope you like the video and hopefully it helps you out!!


4 ADVANCED Speed Ladder Drills

I am releasing the 3rd and final video to this mini series for speed ladder drills! I hope you are getting the beginning and intermediate ones down so you can move to these. Try them out and let me know what you think! See you tomorrow for another video!

Throw all of these drills into a full workout with the beginning speed ladder drills and intermediate as well. You will have a speed ladder workout you can do through the week! Run through each drill down and back twice then move to the next one.

 

Have a great day!
    -Alex Costa-

10 MINUTE ABS

🔥10 MINUTE ABS🔥

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Warm up first – jumping jacks 3 x 30 seconds. Mountain climbers 3 x 30 seconds.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and get as many rounds as possible in! ⏱ 

🔸Full Body Pillow Pass

-10 reps 

🔸Alternating Cross Body Toe Touch 

-10 each side

🔸Russian Twist (elbows touch) 

-20 touches each side

🔸 Globetrotters 

-20 passes each side

📺 if you had to leave a show on in the background, what tv show would it be?? I’ve been leaving on Shark Tank 🦈 if I would have unmuted this all you would have heard was “we’ll do $100k for 10% equity” 😂

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ARM PUMP (workout)

NEW WORKOUT💥ARMS

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Warm up first – at least 10 minutes of slow steady cardio or pre activation work
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Barbell Curls
⚡️4 x 15/10/6/4
Superset with

Bodyweight Skull Crushers
⚡️4 x 10-15
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Close Grip Bench Press
⚡️4 x 10-12
Superset with
Dumbbell Hammer Curls
⚡️4 x 10-12
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Giant Set (6 – 8rounds)
⚡️Dumbbell Kick Backs – 10
⚡️Band Tricep Extensions- 15
⚡️Seated Dumbbell Curls – 15
⚡️Dumbbell Reverse Curls – 15


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ARM WORKOUT!

NEW WORKOUT💥ARMS

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Warm up first – at least 10 minutes of slow steady cardio or pre activation work

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Cable curls 

🔹8 x 10 reps (start light for the first 1-2 sets then have a buddy switch weights every set) change weight and get back to work in these.

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Cable tricep extensions 

🔹8 x 10 reps (start light for the first 1-2 sets then have a buddy switch weights every set) change weight and get back to work in these.

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Giant Set (6 – 8rounds)

🔹Preacher Curls (wide grip) – 15

🔹Overhead Dumbbell Tricep Extensions- 15

🔹 Preacher Curls (hammer grip) – 15

🔹Rope Extensions – 15

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Reverse Curls 

🔹2 x 50

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Bench Dips

🔹2 x 50

Be ready for one of the craziest arm pumps you’ll ever have 💪

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Chest Workout



💥CHEST WORKOUT💥


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Warm up first – Jump rope 5 minutes off and on and pre activation work
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Incline Dumbbell Bench Press
🔹4 x 10  (1 half rep , 1 full rep = 1 rep)
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Dips
🔹4 x till failure (weighted if you can)
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Incline Dumbbell Flys
🔹5 x 10 (Rotate through motion, get a good stretch for maximum growth)
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Wide Grip Bench Press
🔹4 x 15
Superset with
Wide Push Ups
🔹4 x till failure (at least 10 reps)

Time to work, let’s go🔥
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At Home Leg Workout

AT HOME LEG WORKOUT💥

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With being snowed in, I wanted to share some different workouts today to give you things to do. So follow the page and turn the post notifications on cause I’ll be posting the ab workout later today!
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Warm up first – 3 minute of lunges, 20 air squats
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Goblet Squat
🔹5 x 20 reps
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Full Range Glute Extensions
🔹4 x 15
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Single Leg Stiff Leg Deadlift
🔹6 x 10 each leg
Superset with
Single Leg Glute Extensions
🔹6 x 10 each leg
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Lunges In Place
🔹4 x 8 each leg (Pause 1inch from ground)

Time to work!!
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Become More Explosive With This!

💥BECOME MORE EXPLOSIVE🧨 

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This circuit is designed to help create more explosive power by accelerating the triple extension phase

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This means this circuit will help you with sprint power, jumping, becoming more explosive in your squats and deadlifts,etc.

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💥Hang cleans with a pause – 3 reps 

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💥Sled power pushes – 4 reps (2 each leg)

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💥Hurdle jump with a pause – 3 jumps

I like to do 2-4 working sets of this on extra days with @masonliberti in this current training phase. 

Tag a teammate and hit the gym 👊

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Get FASTER At Home With This 1 Drill

GET FASTER 🏃💨

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Get faster with this 1 drill that can be done at home! Takes less then 5 minutes and can be done just about everyday

1️⃣Find a stair or stack up some books to about a 4-10 inch elevated surface

2️⃣go down to one knee and take the other foot to the top of the stair

3️⃣set a stop watch and hold on to something lightly for balance. Lift up the foot on the stair about an inch and hold it there

4️⃣ do 4 sets of 10 second holds each leg the first couple days. Then go 15 seconds. Work up to 30 second holds every set for each leg. 

⭐️ keep the core engaged and don’t lean back or forward too much. That is why I’d prefer you to use a nearby wall if you can to keep balance.

🔥 this drill will add strength to the hip flexors with the help of isometric training. You won’t typically get too sore so you can do this 3-6 days a week. Start lower at first and add more days as your body gets used to this movement!

Tag one of your homies that needs this exercise to beat you in a race 🏃‍♀️🏃

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How Do I Increase My Vertical Jump?

Siri, help us out!

Today I want to give you a few main tips to implement immediately to start seeing more progress on your vertical jump. Scroll down, watch these videos and read the short excerpts on what you can start throwing in!





“Hey Siri, how do I increase my vertical jump?”

When it comes to increasing your vertical jump, it can get tricky and need very personalized programming depending on the individual, goals, sports, previous injuries, muscle imbalances, etc. 

When I have athletes come in for vertical jump training, just like speed training, I will test them and run assessments on a variety of things. In order to see the most results, I base MOST (but not all) programs around a few main things. 

They would be:

🏋️Strength training (heavy)

🧘‍♂️ Warm up and pre activation

🐰 Plyometrics 

I will spend time going over many more things depending on the individual but these are some main key starting points you can implement immediately to start seeing better results!

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-Alex Costa-

🎉Client Appreciation Week🎉

🎉Client appreciation week🎉

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I am setting up the very 1st Iron Strength and Conditioning Client Appreciation Week at the gym! Your business and support has meant the world to me so I want to celebrate by giving thanks to you!

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For all active clients, I will have a few things you can check out when you come in this week. Each client will be able to pick out 1 protein bar/snack this week completely free at the sign in area. There will also be a huge discount on all Iron Strength and Conditioning apparel which will be set out for you to view when entering the gym.

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I recently filled up all spots for training but I have a few clients that are leaving to return to college so I am opening a few spots. This is the perfect time to sign up and start working with me! I specialize in working with athletes wanting to increase strength, speed, jumping ability, etc. I can also help you if you are looking to add muscle, lose body fat or lose weight and care about your general health.

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I am truly thankful for all of the support of my clients and anyone who takes the time to read my post and articles, like, share, comment or just show any love at all. I love you all and hope you have a great week! Thank you for helping me turn my dream into a reality 🙏🏼

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4 Tips to Starting and Keeping Your Weight Loss Resolution

So here we are. We made it out of 2020, and you’ve made a new year resolution to get healthy and shed that extra weight. You’re extremely motivated and excited. You go sign up for a gym membership that you’ve now committed yourself to for the next year. You rush to your local sporting goods store and invest in half of a wardrobe worth of workout gear, and of course, don’t forget the new shoes. You’re getting ready to demolish your pantry, clear out your fridge, and head to the grocery store to get your new spread of healthy food options. This is where I want to stop you, and hopefully, you haven’t gotten to this point yet. Honestly, I would prefer it if I’ve got you before you even pick up that gym membership. 

Now, before I go into this any further I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Clark, and I have lost nearly 100lbs in the last three years, and I’m continuing to lose more. This will be the first article I have ever written, but about this 100th time I’ve given this advice. I must preface by saying I am not a medical professional, certified trainer, or registered dietician. I am not here to give you professional advice. I am just an everyday average guy, who let myself get insanely out of shape, who’s somehow managed to lose a lot of weight, keep it off and continue to lose, and learn a lot over the past 3 years. 

I am not here to offer a workout plan, debunk any “fad diets”, or sell you the magic supplement that’s going to do all of the work for you. (Unfortunately, that doesn’t exist… yet) I am going to give you my own personal do’s and don’ts of beginning a weight loss journey and more importantly, a healthier life in general. So here we go, here are my top 4 tips on starting, and more importantly, sticking to, a weight loss journey.

Tip 1: See it for what it is 

As corny as it may sound: Accept that this is a lifestyle change and not a diet that you’re going to start and one day end. If you are simply looking to lose that pesky 10lbs for your friend’s wedding, or drop a pant size, then of course a short term diet could be your ticket, but we are talking about serious weight loss here. You are going to want to have a serious mental intervention with yourself, and understand that your primary goal is not to lose weight, it’s to become healthier and feel better about yourself, and in order to do that, you must change the way you live, it’s all or nothing here.
 

Tip 2: Make it unique to you 

Find what works for you, and don’t be afraid to experiment: I am not here to push the way I diet on you, or tell you that any one is better than the other. Quite frankly I have tried multiple different diet’s and eating patterns over the last few years, and no one in particular worked best for me. I tend to bounce around a few different one’s depending on how they fit into my constantly changing day to day work schedule. So what do I recommend? Do some research! Read about different plans online, request an appointment with a dietitian, or even look into meal prep services that check into your goals, and ship the meals strait to you. The same goes for workout plans. Check around at your local gym’s, most gym’s offer one day passes, don’t be afraid to try out a few. At this point for me, I’ve worked out at nearly every gym in my hometown. You can also look into home gym/workout options, or even consult with a personal trainer near you. All of the things I have listed above require time, money, and sacrifice. So before doing any of these things, I recommend you read step 3 first.

Tip 3: Don’t be in a hurry

Run the Marathon, not the sprint: This is not a race, it never will be. In my years of doing this I’ve realized very quickly that overwhelming yourself with high expectations and harsh deadlines can put a dagger in your progress quicker than anything else. If you take away anything from this article I want it to be this: START SLOW. Doing anything cold turkey is one of the most difficult pressure’s you could put on yourself. Although it does happen in diet, quitting nicotine, alcohol, or other vices, typically those who succeed were presented with a fairly significant health scare in some way or another that put them in that position. Given that you’re reading this article right now I’m going to say it’s safe to assume you haven’t had devastating news from a doctor that has you ready to change everything right now, and that’s okay! For the rest of us a slow process of elimination will work just as good. Your goal is to make this as easy on yourself as you possibly can, because we are shooting for the long term here. This is a process that will hopefully last for the remainder of your life, there is no sense in rushing it. I did not lose all of my weight by only eating lean meats and veggies while weighing out all of my meals. It took me 3 years to get to that point. I lost my first 20lbs by deciding to walk every day and cook more of my food instead of living in the drive thru. For some, obtaining noticeable weight loss may not take that long, for some it may take longer, at the end of the day this is YOUR work, and nobody else’s. My most reliable piece of weight loss advice is to start by taking a 15 minute walk every day, that may not provide the instant gratification that 90 minute workouts coupled with a restrictive diet will, but you have to remember that you are setting yourself up for the long term. Creating a habit first, is much more important than 6 weeks of great results that ultimately end in a crash and burn scenario. There are no secrets here. We all know that eating less and exorcising more will help us lose weight, but if it was that easy we would all do it right now, wouldn’t we? Trust me on this, take your time. Start with a walk, and then when you’re walking every, day maybe go ahead and cut out something from your every day diet. For nearly every person I have met so far, that one thing they first cut out was soda. For me, having never been a big soda drinker, it was Arizona Tea and Sour Patch Kids. Regardless, of what it is, just pick one to start. Don’t feel the need to do everything at once. As time goes on, find more exorcises, build that routine, cut some more things out every week or two, no matter what you do, pace yourself. 

Tip 4: Consistency

Consistency; Through all of the articles, all of the videos, all of the books I have explored through all of the varying opinions and advice all across the fitness industry, the one constant is consistency. Now when I say consistency I’m not referring to sticking to a consistent routine and never shying away from it. That is a completely unreasonable ask. What I mean is that when you fall short of your plan. When you slip up on your diet, when you miss a workout, you forget to walk, or your friend’s decided on a place to eat and you didn’t want to be the only one sitting there without a plate, or failed to meet a short term weight goal: don’t get discouraged! I have yet to meet a single person out of the hundreds of people I’ve talked to throughout the industry who haven’t fallen short of their goals at least a few times. The difference between those who are, and aren’t successful is simple: those who succeed are those who get back to the process after failure. As a compulsive binge/emotional eater I still to this day will slip up and eat my way through an entire large pizza and an order of taco’s within an hour and then spend the rest of the night asking myself “what have I done?” but the most important part of making those occurrences fewer and fewer is getting right back to work the next day. I wake up, avoid the scale, head strait to the gym and give myself a workout to be proud of. Staying consistent is the key factor in making this a long term, enjoyable journey that has potential to bring you many friend’s and great memories along the way.  

In conclusion

When it come’s to diet and exorcise, there is a plethora of recourses out there, go find them! Your journey is unique to you and I am not here to push my ways onto anyone. My goal is to give you a few bits of my favorite advice, a bit of understanding, and hopefully relieve some of the stress that come’s with beginning this process. I also would like to add that this may not all apply to you, and that’s absolutely okay as well, there is an abundance of ways to go about this and this is just one of many that I wanted to throw out there.
I would like to thank you for reading this, and wish you the best of luck on your journey! Feel free to explore this awesome website for an abundance of information fitness and training.

-Clark Morgan-


This article was a piece created by a great friend of mine, Clark Morgan. He has had amazing success with his weight loss journey and is now contributing an exceptional piece of content to help you with yours!