How many carbs should I eat?

“I want to lose weight so I’m cutting out carbs.”

We’ve all heard this before, and many of us have probably even said it ourselves. I know I used to.

But is cutting carbs really a good idea?

While we definitely want to be aware of how many carbs we eat, we shouldn’t completely exclude them from our diets, even if the end goal is fat loss.

Let me explain why by  starting with a question…How many carbs should we REALLY be eating every day?

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Upper Body Workout [Dumbbells]

You can #WorkOutAnywhere with this upper body workout. All you need is a set of dumbbells!

You’ll need your dumbbells for the first two rounds, and I want you to choose a lighter set of weights than you normally would for upper body moves– maybe 8 or 10 pounds (5lbs if you’re new to strength training).

The reason for the lighter weights is so that you can focus on SPEED. Don’t sacrifice form for this speed, but try to pick up the pace enough to get your heart rate climbing.

Round 3 can  be done at a normal pace.


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My (Brutally Honest) Review of SoulCycle

A little note before I start:  It was really hard for me to write this post. I would always rather people be exercising than sitting at home on the couch (even if it’s in a non-conventional way), and I never want to bash something that has made people happy or helped them create a healthy lifestyle. That being said, as a certified personal trainer and spinning instructor with a lot of classes under my belt, it’s my goal and responsibility to share the FACTS and hopefully help you all avoid unnecessary injuries or issues.

So, what do you think of when you think of SoulCycle?

Intense, sweaty, colorful, fun dancing on bikes? This description is all true, even the “dancing on bikes” part, which is a hard stop for me.

As a Maddogg certified Spinning instructor, I was taught that SoulCycle and other similar pop-up cycling studios are “the devil” because they basically turn indoor cycling into dancing on a bike. The way that a lot of these studios run their classes is dangerous, can cause serious injuries, and in the end it’s really not even a good workout. I burned half the calories in SoulCycle than I usually do in my cycling class.

Although I knew what I was getting myself into, I truly believe that I can’t share an opinion about something with you all until I actually try it myself. So I did.

SoulCycle surprised me in many ways, both good and bad. 

Here’s my full review of the 45-minute class that I took on Saturday:

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