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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-

Hydration 101

I was at a football game this past week and noticed a lot of athletes cramping. The game stopped every couple minutes because of it. It made me want to make some content on it to help the student athletes during the hot / humid days of summer. 

Benefits of Hydration:

– Reduces fatigue

-Reduces the chances of cramps 

-Helps you to think more clearly during games

-Increases performance 

-Lubricates joints for high impact activities 

-so much more

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—How much water should I drink?—

I always went with the rule of half your bodyweight in ounces. So if you weigh 200 pounds, I like to shoot for an estimated 100 ounces on average.

If you are losing water weight, or a bunch of weight after a workout/practice on a hot day then you need to ensure you are replacing that lost fluid to keep from being dehydrated. You should get about 16-24 ounces per pound that is lost from exercise.

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Here is some of my favorite tips on keeping hydrated:

Carry water with you everywhere. 

It’s simple and typically when we get bored, we will sip on the water.

Drink a glass of water after every meal. If you want to lose weight, try drinking the water before to help fill the belly so you consume less calories. If you want to gain weight, eat first and only sip then finish the water after your meal.

Eat foods higher in water.

Eat watermelon/ strawberries/cantaloupe. These are a high percentage of water so it will aid in hydration.

Mark your bottles with times and try to be at the mark by that time.
This can be a huge help to keep you on pace through the day to ensure you are meeting your hydration goals.

Take frequent water breaks during workouts and training sessions. 

I always would give my team a lot of water breaks during practice and I give all of my clients time to sip on water through the workout.

Supplement to help.

Pedialyte and liquid IV are my go to hydration supplement on extremely hot days or if I know I am going to struggle with water intake. If I don’t have those, I like getting something with carbs, sodium, magnesium, and potassium if possible. This will help increase your electrolyte levels.

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At the end of the day, make sure you are getting enough water and good things will come from it. Increase in performance, your body and mind will feel better and operate at a higher level. Joints and muscle aches will decrease. It’s a crucial part of everyday life.

Have an awesome day!

-Alex Costa

Healthy Trail Mix Recipe

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This is super easy and fast to put together! Here’s all you need! You can use as much as desired for any of these but I try to even it out!

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💪Almonds 

💪Walnuts

💪String Cheese

💪Cranberries 

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I like to use one of the containers that my almonds came in to put all my ingredients in then just shake up and take on the go!

I put the almonds and walnuts in then just used kitchen scissors to cut the string cheese into smaller pieces then threw my cranberries in! BOOM 💥 You’re done already! This can fuel you up through the day and is great to take on the go if you’re in a hurry. 

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🏈Great snack for my football guys in two-a-days. It’s packed with protein, healthy fats for healthier hearts, joints and brain. Then also has calcium with the string cheese for stronger bones. The cranberries are great for blood flow which help with a lot of things but PLEASE watch if you are on any medications like BLOOD THINNERS, STATINS, ETC. please check with the doctor before if you are unsure. Also check for food allergies before eating.

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If you can eat this then I’m sure you will love it! Sweet and salty will really help satisfy your cravings if you want this as a weight loss snack, just use smaller portions. If you want to add some weight, add more ingredients especially the nuts due to the higher caloric count in almonds and walnuts. 

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Enjoy and let me know what you think!

-Alex Costa-

CHEST TRAINING TIP (FLYS W/ TWIST)

As you come to the top of the fly, try rotating the dumbbells towards you for a better contraction! I love throwing this variation in!

Try hitting these on incline fly, 3-4 sets of 12 reps! If you experience any shoulder pain or discomfort, stop the movement.

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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