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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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Facing your Fears

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 By Christine Ardigo MSRD

What is Fear?

It’s really just an obstacle that prevents us from achieving our dreams. An illusion we create to make excuses for not trying new things. Is it really fear or excitement?

I always had a fear of heights and falling. Not sure if it’s that stomach-dropping feeling, not being in control, fearing pain, death? I remember hating when someone threw me in the air, tossed me overhead into the ocean, or pretended to drop me from a high altitude. (Okay it was only a few feet but still).

I hate roller coasters. I can do most of the slides at the water parks but spinning things? Freefalls? Upside down rides? Ah, no.

I receive a note in my mailbox the other day that I had a surprise present waiting for me on Sunday. Reservations were made and were nonrefundable. P.S. It would be the best five minutes of my life. I knew right away what it was.

Listen, when I lift weights, I don’t sweat. Thinking about my upcoming Sunday plans, I needed an entire bottle of anti-perspirant for the palms of my hands alone.                                                  . Read More

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