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How to Build Sexy Muscles in Less than 30 Minutes a Day

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 Yes, I’m dressed as a pirate. It was my daughters 3rd birthday party!

By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Build Muscles and Burn Calories at the Same Time

No, this is not an Ad for the Thigh-Master or the Shake Weight. But my post last week, How to Drop your Body Fat by 8% in 8 Months, sparked the next question in the series. Exactly what exercises did I do to build all that muscle in only a few months. Did I have to perform 250 lb squats? Did I have to lift weights for 3 hours a day, seven days a week? Today I am going to share with you what I did. It wasn’t hard at all. In fact, everything I do, whether it be exercise or eating, I make simple, because I have to do it every day.

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What’s it Really Like to Run a Spartan Race? And can CrossFit Help Me?

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By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Think you have what it takes?

I’m fortunate enough to have a group of friends that hate sitting around. And they’re lucky enough to have someone like me that’s always up for a challenge. Just ask, and I’m in. When they asked me to run a Spartan race, I was a little leery, but then, hey why the hell not.

Instantly I went into full Spartan mode. I ran up and down the stairs multiple times a day in the hospital I work in, jumped on the StairMaster at the gym, and did High Intensity Interval Training on the treadmill. I was ready!

Then I watched a video of what it actually entailed. Eek! Running was the least of my problems.
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Climbing Out of Your Comfort Zone

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Comfort11By Christine Ardigo MSRD

Remember back in elementary school, nothing scared you? Climbing tall trees. Back flips on trampolines. Racing down a steep hill on a Big Wheels knowing full well it had no brakes. Ahh, good times. Okay, maybe that last one wasn’t such an intelligent move and it scared the hell out of me but guess, what? I still remember it today.

The initial excitement, hair flying up then wrapping around my face, wheels spinning faster and faster, then too fast. Excitement replaced by fear. Knowing you’ll wipe out before you reach the bottom, no way to stop. Heart smashing against your ribcage, eyes wide, mouth wider. Then when the high pitched screams convert to muted breath, you reach the level ground, with white knuckles and clenched teeth, but uninjured. Let’s do it again!                                                                                                                     . Read More

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