By Brenda Forsyth My eyes really are bigger than my stomach…sort of I always had a love for food. I remember my dad would say, “Your eye’s are bigger than your stomach” as I loaded up my dinner plate with heaping servings of my mom’s home cooked food. 11 ½ years ago I chose to have the Roux-en-y gastric bypass surgery …
LESS THAN 5 MINUTES TO MAKE By Tammy Patnode If you have a craving for cheesecake these little tasty treats will have your craving satisfied for sure! The delicious taste of cheesecake and the addition of your favorite summer fruits and protein powder combined with NOW Foods Better Stevia is the perfect summer combo.
WHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TURNS ON YOU By Tammy Patnode I’ve heard it all too often, people that are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and are never told that their dietary habits can be adding to the problem. We are in a pill popping society. So much can be avoided simply by changing your lifestyle.
MEASURING UP YOUR INNER CIRCLE By Desiree Hendrickson I’ve been told you are the “average” level of success measured by the 5 people you spend the most time with. If you sat down right now and wrote out the names of those 5 people, where do you stand in that inner circle? How is your time spent with each individual? …
5 NON-FOOD REWARDS By Faith Ellis Nailing your workout and sticking to your healthy meal plan is a major success and a sure way to hit your health and fitness goals. When you meet your goals, you probably have a reward in mind that keeps you motivated to keep going for the goal and treat yourself when you get there. …
TRUST YOUR GUT By Christine Anne Schmieden Poor digestion affects 70 million people every day. Think about it. Our digestive system manages a number of important processes from the breakdown of our food to nutrient absorption to running a two lane highway for communication to and from the brain. If our digestive system is in order, we feel great. If …
CRAZY EASY PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES By Tammy Patnode These are by far the easiest, fastest peanut butter cookie recipe you will ever find! In most peanut butter cookie recipes you will find tons of butter, tons of sugar and tons of carbohydrates. The not-so-secret ingredient that binds all that peanuty protein goodness is an… apple!
OMG WHY ALREADY??? By Tammy Patnode As a weight loss and contest prep coach, I see every shape and size coming to me trying to improve their health and physiques. I hear so often, “I eat healthy! Why am I not losing weight?!” Here’s why…
NO TIME FOR THAT By Tammy Patnode As a personal trainer and life long gym rat, I have seem my share of many so-called exercises that are simply a waste of time. Here’s the list and why:
WORKOUT WITH YOUTUBE By Faith Ellis There are so many workout channels to subscribe to on YouTube! And we know our FitGirls out there would love to subscribe to every single one, but all you need are a few really great ones. We have helped you narrow down that list to help you get started. Here are 5 of the …
STRAWBERRY PROTEIN COOKIES Recipe courtesy of Ladies, Lattes and Lifting It’s getting closer to the time of when strawberries are at their best, so why not make a new recipe that incorporates these delicious berries? Especially now that my husband and I are growing our own strawberries. Bonus points: These have protein, are low in calories and carbs, and I mean – …
WHAT IS YOUR GOAL WEIGHT? By Desiree Hendrickson If you’re like a majority of the population, you’ve probably tried some kind of diet or cleanse at one point or another that you believed would help you achieve your goal weight. You have also possibly gone through extreme highs and lows in search to find that perfect goal weight. That target …
SWEET INSPIRATION By Heathyr Marie Stanics “How did you get started in yoga?” “I’m not flexible at all. I can’t even touch my toes. Can I still do yoga?” “Can you give me instructional advice? I want to do what you’re doing, but don’t know where to start.”
EASY, DELICIOUS & HEALTHY Meal prep makes staying on track and making healthier choices quite simpler. You have food already prepared, you just have to heat it up and enjoy! However, I know that eventually we run out of ideas and the things we eat seem to become monotonous. That is why I have compiled a few of my favorite …
BUILDING TAKES TIME By Tammy Patnode I have been in the gym since I was 15. I picked up my first Muscle & Fitness magazine at age 20 and knew I wanted to look like the athletes they featured. Mind you, there was not many women in the sport then. Cory Everson and Lenda Murray were 2 women I aspired …
EASY & HEALTHY PEANUT BUTTER EASTER EGGS By Tammy Patnode Easter is just around the corner and with all those wonderful traditional Easter eggs and sweet treats around the house it would be easy to hop on that chocolate bunny trail of calories! We have an egg-cellent alternative to those peanut butter eggs filling all those Easter baskets and grocery …
WEIGHT LOSS ADVICE YOU WILL WANT TO RECONSIDER By Faith Ellis The unfortunate part about the fitness community is that with all of the studies, data, and myths, it’s hard to determine what is truly fact or fiction. Especially when you are first starting out, it can be overwhelming with all of the contradicting information, for instance, how one day …
HAVE YOU GIVEN UP ON YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION YET? By Desiree Hendrickson If you are one of the 80% struggling to keep your infamous New Year’s Resolutions, don’t worry. We are only a quarter of the way through 2018. It is totally okay to take some time to refresh those resolutions! So let’s see how you can get in …
THE NEW FITNESS TREND IN NEW YORK By Faith Engen Ellis If you workout at a gym, you probably have a routine that consists of carrying a gym bag with you, packed with extra clothes to change into after your routine and a shower. With the latest fitness trend taking over New York, you can skip a step…sort of. Instead …
INSPIRING TRANSFORMATION By Brenda Forsyth Growing up I was always a heavy kid, and as I hit my teenage years I managed to gain even more. Everyone would always tell me “oh you are just big boned” or “you are so pretty and wear it well”. Inside I was like, yeah right. I didn’t show it, but it really bothered …
SALT101 By Tammy Patnode We are always told to avoid sodium for the negative effects it has on the body. But what about the positive effects?
TRAINING WHILE INJURED By Felicia Williams Whether you’re just starting to find your groove in the gym or you’re a competitive bodybuilder, injuries can happen to us all. When you push your body, sometimes you can go too hard and have an injury – like cranking it out on that extra mile run or simply have a minor accident like …
NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS…fun! One of the biggest things you learn when becoming a personal trainer, is how to properly set goals. If you set goals that are not well defined, you may often times end up failing and not meeting these goals. The New Year brings New Year’s resolutions. So let’s set goals the SMART way so you can be …
CALORIE COUNTING First off, this is not meant to discourage you, instead I am hoping it makes you aware. I have always had body images issues and I want to help other people who battle the same demons. When I first began my fitness journey, I wish I would have had someone to support me. It would have been so helpful …
INSANITY EXPLAINED “Women will get bulky” “You will look like a man” “You shouldn’t lift, just stick to cardio”. Their are tons of ridiculous myths that society and uneducated individuals with no experience will believe. But I am here to tell you… THEY ARE WRONG.
CRANK IT UP! Many women feel like they can’t lose weight or burn fat because of a “slow” metabolism. There are a lot of factors that influence metabolism like your age, body composition and activity levels. But, there’s hope! You don’t have to stay where you are. So can you really speed up your metabolism?
Tammy Patnode is an IFBB pro physique competitor and when she is not competing she is judging the competitions. Her passion includes assisting others in contest prep, general training and weight loss programs for both men and women.
Podcasts are becoming a big thing, especially with Sirius radio options now. You can also listen to them on your phones and download a whole podcast segment. A podcast is an episodic series of audio or video segments. They can be short or long, and the subject ranges from politics to absolutely random content.
When I set the goal of competing in a bodybuilding show my initial thoughts were only surrounded by the end result. I was confident I knew what I was getting myself into. The idea of finding the right coach was not on my short list of things to add to this already overwhelming sport.
There are so many new options in wearable fitness trackers, it can be hard to know where to start. Depending on your goals and your personal style, each tracker has something good to offer.
HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador Felicia Williams shares with you the top choices and which ones are best for you and your lifestyle!
Whether you are a competitive athlete, a stage competitor or simply ‘dieting.’
HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador Tammy Patnode shares her 2 super simple steps that can make a huge difference on how to control binges.
What you do post workout can be just as important as what you were doing during your workout.
HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador Tammy lists the 5 key things that you can do now…
Desiree is a HerSUPPZ Exclusive Brand Ambassador. She thrives on balance between her impressive personal goals and her empowering professional life. She is strong and smart and loves to learn new ways of challenging herself. We see Desiree’s greatness and know you will quickly see why we chose her to inspire and motivate YOU also.
HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador Faith Engen Ellis shares with us her 5 favorite exercises to strengthen your abs, legs and upper body!
These exercises are perfect to do at home or if you are not able to get to a gym.
Give them a try and let us know what you think!
A workout playlist can make or break your workout whether you are huffing it on a dreaded cardio machine, pressing ‘play’ on a workout video or pounding the weights at the gym.
We asked our exclusive HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassadors to share with you their must-have music that keeps them motivated for any and EVERY workout!
She may be small in stature but she is strong and powerful and has a huge drive that will motivate YOU to Find Your Strength too! Felicia Williams is one of HerSUPPZ Exclusive Brand Ambassadors. To say she is a powerlifter is an understatement. She is that and so much more.
Get to know Felicia Williams and find out why she is a HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador!
Investing in gym clothes can add up quickly between good shoes to run or lift in, leggings that are “squat proof” or a tank that will hold its seams for more than a few washes.
Don’t be a slave to the scale. Sure weighing yourself is a fast and easy way of determining weight loss, but their are so many other ways!!
If you are not seeing that number budge on the scale try out these 5 other ways to determine if you are going in the right direction!
Reverse Dieting. You have heard of it, but the thought of having to go on yet another diet after your competition or special event makes you want to throw down a greasy burger and say, “the he!! with it!”
Find out exactly what reverse dieting is and if it is something YOU can realistically do …
Physical activity doesn’t need to be complicated. Something as simple as a daily brisk walk can help you live a healthier life.
The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits!
What are you waiting for? Walk on!
Competing shouldn’t be something one just jumps into without doing some major research and planning, so make sure you take that same mind set to plan your off-season as well. It is just as important!!
Whether you’re a new mom trying to get your pre-baby bod back or a seasoned veteran balancing busy schedules of middle schoolers, staying fit is hard. It requires time …that we don’t have and discipline …that is usually spent elsewhere.
But it’s important.
With so many demands, it crucial that we take care of ourselves and make our health and fitness a priority and Felicia knows how to get it all done!
As a busy mom Felicia does her best for her family by putting in some extra veggies where she can!
You are going to love these delicious breakfast muffins and your kiddos are going to be grabbing these for an after school snack, a “little something” before ball practice or a treat when you just need something a little sweet!
First of all, mindset is everything. If you spend your time worrying about what you can’t eat or limiting yourself to plain tilapia and asparagus, of course you’re going to be bored. However, it can be hard to strike a balance between eating clean and not getting stuck in a food rut.
Shopping healthy doesn’t mean having to spend a lot of money at the grocery store. Money can be tight and some people think that eating healthy is too expensive. Libby put together the essential grocery list for the college student!
Staying motivated and being consistent in a healthy lifestyle isn’t always easy. Add the pressures of college life and you have yourself trying to squeeze a 48-hour day into 24 hours. We asked Libby Menz how she juggles nursing school, the gym and good eating skills all at once…
Our very own HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador Christine Anne shares her tips to staying on track even when you are injured. These are practical and easy so you can heal faster and get after your goal or goals! Keep an eye out for Part duex…
Add one or all of these booty builders to your next glute day and you will be seeing some major improvements on your back side!
February is Healthy Heart Awareness Month and working out is beneficial physically, mentally, and emotionally. Here are some of our very own Brand Ambassador Libby Menz’s top exercises for a healthy heart!
Eating for a healthy heart does not have to be boring!
You have many options for amazing food and flavor while keeping your health in check.
Check out some of these tips and suggestions to get you started on the right path.
February is heart health month! That’s right, an entire month dedicated to your ticker!
Your heart is THE hardest working muscle in the body and our very own HerSUPPZ Brand Ambassador Christine (aka Xtine Anne) is sharing just a few of her very own exercises to keep your ticker tick’n!
February is Heart Health Month!! We have 10 simple ways to keep your ticker ticking!! Don’t forget to check out our heart pumping workouts too!
Take a virtual tour of a competitor’s kitchen and learn the top tricks of the trade that will set you up for success during your next meal prep session.
Are you tired of making the same goals year after year? There is one key thing that you need to keep your resolutions. Find out what that is and be ready to make 2017 your year…
When we allow ourselves to recover and reflect from how crazy life can get, it also helps remind us that keeping the balance in our lives is the most difficult task with the greatest reward!! Find out how…
Goal setting is a way to prioritize your life. What is important to you? What do you want to achieve? You have to be able to answer these questions first. Read on to learn how to set actionable and measurable goals to prioritize your life.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays are in full swing but your scale doesn’t have to be with this delicious Christmas Protein Fudge recipe!!
You don’t have to give up on all the holiday treats when you make this delicious recipe using natural peanut butter, coconut oil and protein powder.
‘Tis the season for cookies at the office party, your mother-in-law’s killer pumpkin pie, and cupcakes at 8pm for your kid’s class. With the holiday season right around the corner, you may be worried about the dreaded holiday weight gain, but it’s possible to enjoy November through New Year’s without completely getting off track.
GREAT SUPERBOWL FIXINS’ Fall is here and that means leaves changing into their beautiful fall colors, pumpkin everything, brisk mornings and FOOTBALL. Game day usually brings those penalty-popping appetizers that quickly leave your diet goals feeling sacked. We want to help you intercept those food fumbles so you don’t sacrifice the Top Ten Plays of the Game! Here are some great …
As a coach and a long time competitor, one of the biggest struggles I hear is dealing with off season. So many people feel as though there is no goal in sight, so they get lazy and sloppy with their diet. If you choose the bodybuilding lifestyle, there really isn’t an off season. It’s just a different phase in your prep. To find out how to make off season easier…
Don’t be intimidated heading towards the free weight section… go ahead and dive into the pit of grunting, slamming and sweating. Lifting heavy weights is what is going to get you the curves, weight loss and defined muscles that you want! Find out what else lifting heavy will do for you…
Be your own Barista! Besides all the money you will save by making this wonderful pumpkin spice protein latte drink at home you will actually be drinking REAL pumpkin instead of all those fake flavors they use at the coffee shop.
“I finished up my squats and moved on to deadlifts. The moment I started making any noise such as, tapping the plates on the ground to come back up, I could feel their dirty looks. I was not dropping weights or going out of my way to slam anything.”
If you have been fortunate enough to never be ridiculed or judged or criticized…you are lucky.
Find out how Felicia fights the negative in her life and how you can too.
“Growing up I dreamed of being a gymnast. Learning how to tumble, leap, flip across the beam, and swing on the bars was all that I wanted to do. That all changed when the opportunity came to try out for the Junior High Cheerleading Squad…” Think cheerleading is not a sport…think again.
“Zoodles” are a great substitute for regular pasta and when you pair it with lean ground turkey it will lower your fat and calories significantly!!
Low carb and high protein is always a winner!
Winter, Spring, Summer…PUMPKIN! Pumpkin is so good for you and with this super easy, protein-packed smoothie recipe you will be stocking up all year round!
When I started to become more interested in fitness training about two-years ago I had this preconceived theory that it was almost impossible to be successful in one’s personal AND professional life. Find out if Desiree still believes this theory and how you can Find Your Strength in her story…
It doesn’t matter how old you are there is just nothing better than a good ol’ PB & J sammie!
The comfort food that all other comfort foods
wish they could be!
They are easy, they fill you up and they are now packed with protein and even easier to grab and go in muffin form!
They can help with your mood and sleep patterns. They purify your home, enhance your spiritual awareness and physical wellness and can even help your beauty routine. …ok …but really, what are they and do they really work?
You’ve probably been watching the Olympics and Paralympics? You’ve probably seen some of the athletes all taped up. For instance legs, shoulders, knees, chest etc? That tape isn’t just for show or to look fancy.
Enjoy this protein-packed decadent treat just as it is, or spoon pudding into a pre-made graham cracker crust!
Either way this easy dessert will leave you satisfied while still keeping that waist line slim!
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BREAKUP By Heathyr Stanics It all started with a breakup. Now I know that’s not a positive way to start a bio, but I swear it gets good. In 2011 I split from my then fiancé, and as it neared it’s ugly end, I turned to food and alcohol for comfort, as many women do. …
Whether you get your fruits and veggies from your own backyard, the supermarket or your Saturday morning Farmer’s Market fresh zucchini can be found easily and can be shredded to keep in the freezer for months to use all year round!
DEDICATION & COMMITTMENT By Tammy Patnode As a coach, a judge and long time competitor myself, I see people come and go rather quickly in the competition arena. People don’t often realize how hard it is to mentally prepare to compete. Here’s my list of things you must be willing to do in order to have a successful prep.
Whether you pick them yourself, grab them up at the farmer’s market or buy them from the grocery store, this is the time for all sorts of delicious fresh berries!
This Berry Protein Cookie recipe adds extra protein and will soon become your favorite cookie any time of year!!
This tastes just like a no-bake cookie! These are perfect to satisfy that chocolate craving!
This recipe will be your summer go to and with all the different flavors APS ISOMORPH 28 has available you could have a different flavor EVERY night that won’t kill your macros!
If you find yourself frustrated with your fat loss efforts, you may want to take a closer look at exactly what your diet consists of. It may be a few little things that are adding up quickly that you aren’t even realizing.
Need more reasons to exercise outdoors? Here you go! The benefits of the great outdoors that you can only get… just by walking out the door!
A quick protein-packed cookie that you can take anywhere…with only 3 ingredients!
Think you have to do endless squats for a FIRM TIGHT butt? No way! Get the glutes you have always wanted in 3 easy moves!
So many people have knee problems. You can use these exercises as pre-hab or re-hab. That means you can use them to prevent injuries in addition with your current training program or to rehabilitate an already existing problem. Always make sure to consult your physician before you begin an exercise program.
The addition of the SAN Raw Fusion protein and the great taste of PB2 Powder makes this smoothie recipe extra special while still keeping it simple to make ANY time of day!
FUNCTIONAL WEIGHT LOSS By Alicia Bell As a personal trainer and track coach to many types of clients, my job is to create a fitness program that helps athletes and actors successfully perform their jobs and look aesthetically pleasing. While your profession may not involve scoring goals, dunking baskets or hitting a ball you need to train for life as …
Nobody can refuse the yummy taste of cookies and cheesecake! This delicious, protein-packed alternative to the fattier version will have you begging for more without the guilt!
Another snack healthified! Kettle Corn made with protein powder! Now you can feel good about refilling that bucket of kettle corn again and again!
Some women get intimidated heading towards the free weight section… afraid to dive into the pit of grunting, sweating and good looking men Don’t be! Lifting heavy weights is what is going to get you the curves, weight loss and the toned muscles that you want!
…other than the obvious …let’s cover a few mistakes that are easy for competitors to correct for their next competition.
Competition meal prep doesn’t have to take an enormous amount of time, if you do it efficiently. The following tips are essential to doing it effortlessly!
Get your BAND out and start rockin’ those GLUTES with these awesome moves!!
HerSUPPZ has The Best recipes using protein powder check out Tammy Patnodes latest Brownie Cake
Ever wonder if you could do a Spartan Race? Read all about Heathyr’s journey and get inspired and motivated to answer YES
Think there is no possible way to make “Puppy Chow” healthy? Think again…
Tammy Patnode teaches how to make delicious Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Cookies!
An item that’s been on my bucket list was to compete in a bodybuilding show. It was the fall of my junior year in college and I had just moved into a small apartment with three friends of mine. I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage all my time but I was determined that I was …
You train hard with a strict diet for 16 weeks leading up to a show. During that time you scour Pinterest and pin all the delicious food recipes you can’t have, but promise yourself that you WILL have once the show is over. Let’s talk about that, the post contest binge. I know after a show the first thing I …
Fall is here and with Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner we know how calories can creep up on us! Fall is the best time to take advantage of all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness. From beets to zucchini and everything in between it is the best time of year to …
Fall food loves comfort and nothing is more comfortable than curling up
with your favorite dessert -healthified!
This healthy apple cobbler recipe can easily be doubled using a pie dish.
And trust us when we say, you will want to make more after just one bite of this delicious fall favorite!
The delicious flavor of peanut butter is even better when you throw in a banana to make these light and fluffy pancakes perfect! Of course, we wouldn’t make pancakes without the wonderful addition of a muscle-building protein! We added a scoop of GAT Supertein to make these Superfit-friendly!