Celebrity Buzz: Ryan Grant, Green Bay Packer talks fitness

Ladies check it outtt — I’ve been fortunate enough to steal a few minutes of the featured Running Back for the historic Green Bay Packers, Ryan Grant #25 – and we’re talking fitness, naturally!

Your boy Ryan stays opinionated so who better to throw some questions at and reap the benefits of a pro.

I ask Ryan about his workouts, his take on our most common health mistakes, what we should be doing in the gym and he also lets us know what he finds most attractive about a woman! Ah-huh! So read on ladies…readddd onnnn >>>

1.       Describe your workout schedule and diet during the season?

During the season I workout 3-4 times a week, we also have practice and longer days…during the off season I do more [workouts]. My diet in season is basically about protein and carbohydrates. Because my days are so long and I burn off so much energy I need things that will replenish and keep my muscles rebuilding, hence the need for a relatively heavy protein and carb diet. I’m also fortunate enough to be able to take advantage of my metabolism 🙂

2.       What do you think women of today lack the most of health wise?

I think women are no different from men in the sense that majority of people lack the discipline with their diet. They have no idea how much a change in your diet will drastically affect your body, sometimes more than the actual workout. But I also believe a lot of women have the false notion that if they start using weights they will become muscular and look man-ish..FALSE LOL

3. What do you think women’s biggest & most common mistake is diet wise?

Most common mistake is CHEATING [on their diets] it also goes back to what I was saying about lacking discipline. Also, for anyone looking to manage/lose weight eating at 8 or 9pm is a NO GO! Don’t do it, lol, especially women.

4.       Name one exercise that should always make a woman’s workout regime?

Lunges or Squats (even if it’s just bodyweight with slow reps). Lunges & squats are IMPERATIVE  for any woman wanting to tone their legs.

5.       For those looking to cut belly fat and tone their abdominal muscles what 2 top core exercises would you recommend?

I think that Static Abs (A) and Toe Touches – arms straight (B) are always solid exercises for core development.

(A) > STATIC AB WORKOUTS, Examples: Abdominal Bridges & Planks.

Ladies see article: http://www.active.com/fitness/Articles/Powerful_abdominals__Demand_more_of_your_core_.htm

Static abdominal exercises are more effective than crunches for strengthening the deeper ab muscles for more powerful core.

(B) > TOE TOUCHES, Example: lay on back, raise straight legs in air, touch with finger tips, lower and repeat.

Ladies see video:

6.       What is the sexiest part of a woman’s body?

Every part lol, but for me LEGS LEGS LEGS

7.       Motivating words of advice for any woman looking to change their body type would be…

Love who you are inside first, then worrying about the outside is easy!

Big thanks to Ryan for taking the time to answer a few questions for the FollowTheLita readers. Much appreciated xo

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LOVE NIKE for keeping it 100!

You’ve probably at some point seen these Nike ads before (below) but I had to shine a little light on these genius campaigns once again simply because I love them! …haha, I am ‘Miss Nike’ at my local gym, with the much appreciated hook up I stay wearing the swoosh. Love it.

I give credit to the marketing efforts put behind this series of advertisements. Similar to the  “Real Beauty” Dove campaigns that came out a few summers back. Dove represented real women with real curves. Nike, as seen below pays homage to real athletic women with real athletic curves …and you know what I’m talking about …the thighs, the butt, the shoulders and so on…! Sadly enough I know naturally athletic women that are a little self conscious of their thighs or think their rounded shoulders are too much (whatever that means) but truth is – woman, you are hot & health so hushhh up!

Ladies; LOVE your unique form, your athletic structure, your strong foundation and presence!

I’ve got to quote some of the text taken from these ads…can you dig it?!

THUNDER THIGHS…

> i have thunder thighs > and that’s a compliment

BUFFALO BUTT …(lol)…

> is big > and round like the letter C

TOMBOY KNEES…

> they get bruised and cut > I wear my dresses short

HIPPO HIPS…

> when I’m in dance class > music affects them like hormones

Go to http://www.nike.com/nikeos/p/nikewomen/en_US/?sitesrc=uslp and check out where I’m getting my work out gear!

Love Your Legs, Love Your Hamstrings:

Work your legs in a fresh new way, time to get ready for the summer dress season! Killa hamstrings, yes please…

 If you’re anything like me you’re probably tired of the same leg exercises. Many of us will dedicated a good portion of our workouts fixated on everything below the waist just so we can strut confidently in our minis but these regular leg routines are providing minimal return – wack!

I’ve discovered a fantastic alternative targeting your hamstrings that I think is a real winner. An added bonus to this exercise is that it also targets the abdominal muscles so you get a nice core workout as well as build strength in those hamstrings. Yup, that’s a win, win!

Say hello to the Hamstring Curl – Grab your ball!

Lie on the floor with your legs extended in front of you and your heels resting on ball and your hips raised off the ground. Keep your hands resting flat at your sides (A).

Motion is (B). Roll the ball on your heels and try to get it as close to your glutes as possible without letting your hips and but drop down.

I’m doing four sets of 15 reps.

If you’re wanting to step it up a notch try isolating each leg and begin curling as you would above (refer to images below). Remember to keep your core muscles tight and keep those hips raised in the air (common mistake is that our hips tend to sink – no, wrong, push them up towards the sky!).

This move will bring more emphasis to your core because you’ll work harder to maintain balance as well as strengthening your hamstrings.

OK smarty pants …for an even more added intensity, try crossing your arms over your chest – you are left no choice but to balance with your upper body again targeting your core.  It is said that this exercise helps strengthen the muscles around your knees which ultimately helps prevent knee injuries.

SEXY LEG SEASON, HERE WE COME!