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Hey Whats Good People,

How is everybody doing? Hope everyone is good and well and enjoying what looks like the start of summer. The clocks have officially gone forward, so we are starting to see longer days.

In the gym where I work, women have already started asking me for their summer plans. You know that time of year where we all start getting ready for our summer holidays.

Legs, Bums, and Tums I hear on a daily

Recent events have inspired me to write this blog post and share the below abs chart/poster with y’all – (Men, I’ll have you covered in a future post)

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Remember, training alone won’t get you the results you need. You also need to follow a disciplined nutritional plan that will not only help you to see quicker results, but will also help you to live a healthier life style.

Not all of us can get to the gym due to our work schedules and hectic lifestyles. So utilise the space around you and make the best of your time.

Share this with the women you love!

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post. Don’t forget to follow and like me on Facebook on the link below:

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It’s been real people – Love, Bless Up and Vibes!

David N Richards

DEES FITNESS

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Stay in Shape This Winter With Dee

Hey Guys,

How’s it going out there 🙂

Coming up to the Christmas period is a time where the pounds start piling on and all the guys in the gym start “Bulking” –  A term used within the Bodybuilding/Fitness community, whereby dudes eat an over excessive amount of food for the love of the muscle LOL. I did at one time take part in such extreme eating.

But healthy eating is always the way forward and should be adopted as apart of your lifestyle.

Let’s face it, getting in shape and staying toned can be tricky, especially during the festive period. If you feel like your exercise regime has hit a wall, or you just want to give your efforts a boost, you might be interested in the various bodybuilding supplements now available.

For example, bodybuilding experts such as Monster Supplements offer creatine. This is a compound that’s involved in energy production within the body, so it plays an important role in health and fitness. If you’re interested in the sciencey stuff, it’s a nitrogenous organic acid that is produced in the liver. It helps to supply energy to cells around the body, especially those in the muscles. Creatine is made naturally in the body, but you can also get it from certain foods and supplements.

Because of its ability to supply energy where it’s most needed, many athletes and fitness enthusiasts take creatine supplements to help raise their performance levels. It can help them to train harder and compete more effectively. If you’re wondering whether this product could assist you, take a look at the following benefits of creatine.

Improving strength

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One of the main reasons people take this supplement is to bolster their strength levels. Because it helps the body to generate more energy, it can make lifting that extra weight or completing a few more reps that little bit easier.

Research conducted by a team at Charles Sturt University in Australia found that creatine can increase maximum performance and power in high-intensity anaerobic repetitive work. The scientists, who published their research in the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, suggested that it could raise performance levels by as much as 15 per cent.

Increasing muscle mass

Creatine also boosts water retention, and this can have the effect of making muscles appear larger. When the substance is inside muscle cells, it attracts surrounding water and this can cause muscles to look bigger and more toned. If you’re trying to build up rippling abs and bulging biceps, this is something to bear in mind.

Improving muscle recovery

The compound is also thought to boost muscle recovery after exercise. If you’re hitting the gym hard, you’ll know how difficult it can be to keep up an intense fitness regime. Trying to start a workout when your muscles are aching and tender can be a real chore.

Experts believe that creatine supplements can help to reduce protein breakdown following intense exercise. This may mean the products make it easier to stick to gruelling exercise plans.

Other potential health benefits

It’s not only in the world of bodybuilding and fitness that creatine is causing a stir. It’s now believed that the substance could help to promote health in range of circumstances. For example, a study published in the Journal of Neurochemistry found that the substance might be useful in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s.

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Meanwhile, a team from Ruhr University Bochum in Germany discovered that creatine could help to improve the strength of people who suffer from muscular dystrophy. The experts conducted short and medium-term experiments and revealed that treatment with the supplement improved muscle strength and was well-tolerated.

Creatine may even prove useful in treating depression. Researchers from three South Korean universities discovered that women with depression who added five grams of the compound to their daily antidepressant responded twice as quickly to the medication and experienced remission of the condition at twice the rate compared with women who only took the antidepressant.

See for yourself

If you think creatine could benefit your health regime, you can purchase the supplements online. Of course, it’s important to bear in mind that supplements of any kind shouldn’t be seen as a substitute for a healthy diet. Instead, they should be taken alongside balanced and nutritious meals.

Look out for the next winter special where I’ll be bringing you my secret dietary tips that’ll be sure to help you keep trim throughout the up n coming festive period.

Until next time – Eat well and Stay Motivated

Dee’s Fitness

Hey Guys,

I linked up with my brother from another mother on Thursday for a Leg session and captured some footage for you guys 🙂

This is the first of many videos to come from us. We have plans of getting a professional camera man to take things to the

next level, but for now enjoy.

After the brutal Leg session, watch us as we discuss our philosophies on Bodybuilding & how it relates to other areas of life.

Although we only captured the end of our session, it’s enough to show you why we get the results we do…

Pushing ourselves to the ultimate limit and then pushing some more, until we have NOTHING left!

Enjoy guys and I’ll be back soon…

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Hello Peeps,

I hope everyone’s blessed.

I’m here to bring you another quick tip of the week. Today I’ll be discussing two simple things you can do to work your core and abs. Whether you are at work, lying in your bed, or just walking down the high street, these 2 things will help you see quicker results.

Since my 90 day body transformation, I get asked a lot of questions about what exercises I do for my abs. Truth be told, I don’t have a complicated routine… I stick to the basics and keep things simple.

However, while not in the gym, there are ways you can still work your core and abdominal muscles. I do these two movements everyday on top of my ab routine and I believe they have helped me with my ab development.

Do these two exercise I’m about to share with you for 30 days straight and watch your mid section tighten up.

1) Vacuums – Vacuums are a simple yet effective exercise. Some even call it a forgotten movement as it isn’t performed as much as it used to be. It was utilized a lot more back in the old school bodybuilding days and works by engaging the deep muscles beneath your abdominals (the Transverse Abdominis)

There are several layers of muscle in the stomach. You must learn to control the deeper layers to achieve the smaller waist look. 

How to perform the exercise

  1. Get comfortable and lie on your back
  2. Reach your arms over your head and keep your legs flat and straight
  3. Begin by exhaling as much air as you can
  4. Lift your chest and arch your back
  5. Draw in your stomach and hold for as long as possible

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The above can also be applied whilst sitting up straight. Convenient for if you’re at work, school, college or any where you find yourself sitting up.

The exercise can be performed both easily and discreetly without anyone knowing your “squeezing in” a quick workout 😉

2) Abdominal holds (Tense and Release) – When you tense the abs, they are under contraction (just like any other muscle group). Muscles that are being contracted without any joint movement is known as a “Isometric” movement.

It is a type of training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during the contraction.

You’ll be surprised at how effective abdominal holds are!

How to perform the exercise

1) Inhale deeply through your nose

2) As you exhale, squeeze your abs as tightly as possible for as long as you can before releasing the contraction.

Be careful if you have high blood pressure as Isometric exercises can be dangerous due to the amount of pressure that’s built up.

(O yer, please note, I wouldn’t advice this exercise if you need to do a number two LOL – Seriously not a good idea)

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When you first start performing this exercise, you may not be able to contract (hold) your abs for that long –  But that’s OK, we all have to start from somewhere. Use this as motivation for increasing the amount of time you can hold the squeeze, same goes for the Vacuums.

Once you reach day 30, there’s nothing stopping you from continuing and making it a daily routine.

Remember, a strong core helps with your posture, stability, balance and will avoid lower back problems later on in life.

Think of your core as a precious chain that links your upper and lower body together.

Just like your legs, it’s also apart of your foundation and should never be neglected when it comes to training.

And really……who wouldn’t mind having an attractive set of abs come beach time……….whatever age you are 🙂

Squeeze and hold until next time…

Stay Blessed Folks

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Hey folks,

You trying to build up them legs, but having a hard time? Guys, has the lack of leg training given you the nickname “Johnny Bravo”?

Ladies, do you want to thicken up those legs and add some lean meat to them…Look no further!

I’ll start with this…It’s seems like when it comes to Leg day, no one wants to participate. It’s either a Chest or Bicep day…You ever come across this? I wouldn’t be suprised if the Squat rack started to gather dust in some gyms LOL.

It’s a painful muscle group to train and involes a whole lot of effort, so it’s understandable why leg day is skipped out on, HOWEVER, that is no excuse…

Let’s look at the body like a house for a moment…For a house to be built strong and solid, it needs a foundation right…Without the foundation, the house is somewhat…let’s say incomplete.

Now your Leg’s are you foundation…Think about it. They carry you around all day and allow you to get from point A to point B. Without your Leg’s, how you gonna move?

Treat them with the respect they deserve and start training them. It makes no sense to have a big upper body and some skimpy wimpy baby chicken legs (This applies mostly to the guys with excuses)

Many of my clients when we first started training weren’t even interested in training their legs. Their excuse was “I wear jeans all the time so theres no point”…

I found that there was excuses left, right and centre from people both in and out of the gym.

Some other classic excuses I’ve come across are “I go on the cross trainer 3 x a week, my legs get enough work done then” Hmmmm, is it really. It get’s better though, check this one out…

“Because I work in the office, I stand up a lot to get bits and pieces, so squats won’t really make a difference to my legs”.  Wait, it get’s even better. The best one of them all has to be this one though:

“I walk to work 2 days a week, so they obviously get trained hard…you’re just silly for training them even more than you have to… is that not over training”. WOW, REALLY…

I dunno whether to laugh and hope people are joking when they say this kinda stuff.

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I could understand if these guys really believed this to be the case, but most of them have later admitted that it’s just too painful to walk the next day and this I can understand. The pain we feel aka D.O.M.S (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) can be pretty bad the next day (or even last a good few days), especially if you are new to training – But I promise you, the more you train them babies, the more resistance they build up to the pain and discomfort (same applies to other muscle groups)

Incorporate stretching into your program and this pain will lessen even further…WHY?

Because as you are stretching out the muscle fibres, you are releasing the build up of lactic acid (the tight sore feeling)

You ever had a deep tissue massage while experiencing D.O.M.S and felt so much better after…not as tight? The masseuse was strategically ridding the lactic acid from the muscle tissue which then gave you a better range of movement.

Males, I’ve also heard that Squats can boost testosterone and GH (Growth Hormone) but I’m still researching this area.

Anyway, here’s a program I put together using the above exercises – Feel free to adapt it for your level of training:

Dee’s Leg Buster (This program also hit’s the glutes)

Squats – 10 reps x 4 sets

Lunges – 20 reps (10 each leg) x 3 sets

Leg Curl – 12 reps (holding the contraction at the top for 2 seconds) x 3 sets

Seated Toe Raise – 20 reps (again, holding the squeeze for 2 seconds at the top) x 2 sets

I find that the calve muscle responds better to higher reps and lighter weight, rather than a heavier weight and less reps.

If you have any questions, just send me an email or hit up the contact page. If you would like for me to check your form while performing any of the above exercises, send me video of you performing them and I will be more than happy to check you’re not going to hurt yourself (good form is everything)

All my ladies wanting that J-Lo booty, get to squatting. And for my guys with the skinny chicken wimpy legs, the same applies to you 🙂 And remember, it doesn’t happen over night!

P.S – Normal blogging will be back to schedule as of next week. Thanks for your patience while I sort my life out, incredibly busy this week.

Much Love as always