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#RISEANDSWEAT December is HERE!

Hey you guys!

Well here we are, another several months gone buy without a post… ! MAN I SUCK!! However, what better post to get back into things than a new #RISEANDSWEAT! So excited about this one you guys! We start tomorrow (December 3rd) and we’ll have our last day and I’ll draw the winner on December 23rd!

      

I figured it’s pretty much the PERFECT time for a little workout challenge because it’s just getting into the heat of the holiday season with drinks and food, late nights, sweet treats, repeat x a million different parties and events. So… I figured I would do my best to motivate you guys to try and get some sweatin in amongst all the eating, drinking and late nights! At least try and offset some of those potentially poor decisions haha. 

Alright guys … here are your instructions for the December #riseandsweat. The concept couldn’t be simpler. The point of the challenge is to be more active than you are right now! This doesn’t mean crazy intense workouts every day (unless that is what you’re into, and if you are, I can totally point you in the right direction where to find some!). But if that’s not your jam, then just get up and MOVE. Go for a walk, do a little yoga or just a nice 5-10 minute stretch, try out a new class at your local gym, or challenge your kids (or pet) to a race around the couch. I really don’t care what you do, just do SOMETHING to get the blood circulating and ideally get your heart rate up! Just get your booty up a little earlier each morning and do something active!!!! Your future self will thank you.

I’ve done these in the past, and they’re always so much fun! One thing I hear is ‘what if I can’t do it in the morning’? Yes, this challenge is called ‘riseandsweat’, and I would LOVE for you to TRY getting up a little earlier and starting your day with some movement… but if you absolutely can not, just get it in when you can! After all, this challenge is just about getting people moving and more active! So any time of day is great!

However… Here are a few reasons why I’m promoting AM sweat sesh’s vs evening.
* Boost your metabolism and gets your digestion started
* Boosts your mood! Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy — why wouldn’t you want to be in a great mood to start the day
* You’ll ACTUALLY workout – If you wait til later in the day, the chances of something ‘getting in the way’ are pretty good
* You’ll sleep better! – If you workout later in the day, those same endorphins that are putting you in a good mood in the morning can disrupt your sleep at night (if you save your workout until too close to bedtime!)

OK, so hopefully I’ve convinced you to try sweating first thing in the AM… 
Now, how does this challenge work? … Easy.

> Get up and start your day with some form of activity. (Anything from a walk, to yoga, to stretching, to a full on workout)
> Take a pic or video of what you’re doing for your #riseandsweat. *Note: This can be a pic of your workout equipment, your    space, your recovery drink… anything you want! It doesn’t have to be your face! haha
> Tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag #riseandsweat

Every time you post, you get an entry to win one of the prizes from the challenge! (I’m giving away a couple #muttmalas , as well as everyones fave, a head to toe Under Armour Canada prize pack (your choice of shirt, pants, shoes, sports bra/boxers for the boys, and a bag!)

**FOR EXTRA ENTRIES
>> Share challenge (repost it on your facebook or insta)
>>Tag friends that you want to do the challenge with you!!
>> You get an entry for every post… so if you’re feeling extra ambitious, do a double header! Yes I want you to workout in the AM, but if you’re wanting to do something else in the evening, you’ll totally get credit for it! 

I am going to be posting 1 exercise each day. I will post it the night before (IE: tonight, Dec 2 I am posting the workout for tomorrow, Dec 3rd…) 

OTHER IMPORTANT INFO:
👉you DO NOT have to do the exercise that I post – this is just a ‘move of the day’ I’ve chosen… these are simply guides or ideas for those of you that aren’t really sure what to do and want some inspiration
👉You DO NOT have to do something every day of the 21 days to win – each time you post you get an entry. Of course – the more you do, the more likely you are to win!

I will be drawing a winner on December 23rd for the Under Armour prize pack. There will be some random prizes throughout the 21 days, so be sure to be as consistent as you can, and always tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag #riseandsweat!! 

Can’t wait to sweat with you guys for the next 21 days ! You know… 21 days form a habit, so get on it!!!!

Any questions – let me know! 
xxx
Andrea

PS. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with workouts, I’ve got a couple options for you! 
👉Beachbody On Demand – my fave option! I’ve been doing CoreDeForce for a month and I’m ADDICTED. But there’s tons of options and there’s a ridiculous deal going on right now – for 100 bucks you have access to every Beachbody workout out there
👉Tone it Up – these gals are wicked. And a lot of the workouts on here are free!
👉Kayla Itsines – Haven’t done these myself but I’ve heard amazing things.
👉And then of course, there are some options right here, on andreagnys.com! 🙂 

THREADBORNE by Under Armour (AND The Rock’s new UA line!)

Hey guys! 

Holy smokes I can not believe it’s already mid April and more importantly… we leave for vacay tomorrow!!!!!! AHHHH!!!! I can not wait for some serious sunshine and sand! And perhaps a margarita or two! 😉 

Before we head out though, I need to share some new items from Under Armour. You guys… you know I love this company… but they just keep getting better and better. They sent Greg and I (yes, he even got spoiled this time!) a huge box of goodies from their brand new Threadborne line! Honestly… I’m so stoked about this new line. The stuff is AMAZING!  It’s honestly SO SO SO comfy and light weight… The special threadborne technology is made to be light, dry really fast, and not cling! Winning!

Check this stuff out…

Tights       

Seamless heathered tank /Tshirt streaker   

Seamless heathered long sleeve Train hoodie   Seamless heathered long sleeve Train hoodie

Strappy tank 

 

And then… there’s all the mens stuff!
Muscle Tank / Muscle Tank / Threadborne Streaker Singlet / Threadborne Streaker 1/4 zip 

Seamless T / Threadbone Seamless Threadborne Siro

Threadborne Tour PANT

 

Honestly, there is just too much to say about these clothes guys. Give them a try… any of them. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed!

AND… As if that wasn’t enough to be released at one time… there’s also more great stuff coming from The Rock. He was picked up by Under Armour I think just over a year ago but I could be wrong on that. But he’s different than many of the athletes UA sponsors in that he’s SUPER involved in creating his own line. He released shoes last week, and they were totally sold out in under 24 hours. They’re now on back order and will be shipping again in AUGUST! That’s 4 months from now!!! So cool that people are so into what he’s up to! I mean, he’s the Rock after all.

Project Rock

I just want to send a quick shout out to my UA peeps for being so awesome to me all the time.  You sure know how to treat a girl right! 🙂

Thanks for reading, and Happy Long weekend!!! Let me know if you have any questions on any of these you guys and I’ll do my best to help. Anything threadborne…. ya can’t go wrong! 

xxx
Andrea 

Core de Force… is it worth it??

Hey guys!

So I wanted to do a quick post on the current ‘Beachbody All Access‘ pass, and more specifically, the Core de Force workout.

  

I know I’ve spoken briefly about the Beach body programs… why I like them (or maybe what about them I didn’t like) and which ones are my faves.

Greg and I did Insanity back 5 years ago (omg, where did that time even go!?) before our wedding to help us to get into great shape. This was back when we were living in BC and before we started teaching at Golds Gym. So we did have some equipment in our super modest home gym… but we wanted a program that was going to kick our butts and that we could do anywhere. Enter, Shaun T.

This program (Insanity) was just that… Insane! Really amazing workouts that you could really do anywhere. You didn’t need any equipment, and you really didn’t need much space at all. We got through them, we saw great results too.

Following Insanity, we started teaching at Golds Gym… so we were doing a mix of some home workouts and gym workouts. We did some of Shaun T’s next program, T25 (only 25 minutes a day)… but I am not too sure we completed it. We didn’t like it as much as Insanity. We DID however, do the NEXT workout from Shaun T as well, called Insanity Max 30… and OMG. Once we did this one, we looked back to the originally Insanity workouts and thought.. yea, those weren’t that bad after all!

Insanity Max 30 was my favourite of all the programs (Until Core de Force came out!). It is honestly SO hard… such a great challenge, and it’s only 30 mins a day. But let me tell you.. if you do these workouts all out like you’re supposed to and really push yourself… 30 minutes is MORE than enough.

SO, December of this year, my Beachbody coach Lauren Francois told me about the All Access promo she had going. It was $100 (Canadian) for the year.. and that included any of the Beach Body workouts that were already out, PLUS any new ones that are released in 2017. I was going to purchase the Core de Force workout anyway, which I believe was $75 dollars… so for an extra $25 I have access to literally hundreds more workouts? No brainer.

Just to be clear… This is a totally non biased review because I don’t have any affiliation at all with Beach body… but seriously guys… best $100 you can spend. I mean, maybe for people that have a gym membership and go to the gym daily and just do their own thing… fine. Not for you. But a LOT of people even if they DO have a membership often don’t have time/don’t make the time to go. So this is a really great option. You can do these workouts in the comfort of your own home/hotel room/yard/office… whatever you want! And many of them you don’t need a single piece of equipment.. better still, the ones that DO use equipment always show modifications so you can do the exercises with nothing but a resistance band. I mean seriously… you just don’t have any possible excuses to NOT do these workouts. 

My sister, brother and I all did a month of Core de Force together! It was honestly SO awesome.

I am a huge fan as I mentioned above of the Shaun T style… high intensity, jump squats and push ups like they’re goin outta style kind of training… but it’s really nice to switch it up every now and again. Not to mention SO good for your body… to always keep it guessing!

 

These Core de Force workouts are all MMA style workouts. Sure they have some that focus a little more on strength (hello 20 different types of push up and lunge jumps), and some that are super heavy on the cardio (ground to fighter stance will be your nemesis)… but all in all, they are all inspired by MMA training and there is a crapload of punching and core work in these videos.

Honestly, who knew punching at nothing for 30 minutes could leave you so exhausted. The first work we did these.. I was so sore ALL week. Especially through my back and shoulders.

So in a nutshell… why do I recommend the Beach body all access pass?

✔️ Very reasonably priced for all the workouts you’re getting

✔️ TONS of variety so you never get bored

✔️ Easy to follow programs

✔️ Something for EVERY fitness level

✔️ NO excuses. You can do these ANYWHERE

And secondly, is Core de Force really worth it? … ABSOLUTELY without a doubt!
In this case, it obviously was included in the whole package I purchased ($100 all access) but I would have paid $75 for the program along and been totally pleased with it! Why?

✔️ COMPLETELY different than any training I’ve ever done before

✔️ The videos are easy to follow and actually really fun

✔️ There is a lot of variety in the workouts – not all the same stuff every day

✔️ Once you complete the first month, there are 2 alternate calendars you can follow to challenge yourself and do something a little different in months 2 and 3 (if you want)

✔️ Joel and Jericho are HOT. Seriously! They have an awesome dynamic between them and they’re great at keeping you going!

And remember… ALWAYS STRETCH when you’re done!! 🙂 haha

If you guys have any questions at all about any of the beach body workouts, shoot me a message… I’ve done a lot of them.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

xxx
Andrea 

#riseandsweat February is here!

Hey you guys!
IT’S ALMOST FEBRUARY. Holy crap!

    

I figured it’s pretty much the PERFECT time for a little workout challenge because it’s a month after the New Years resolutions have started, and that’s usually when people are thinking about falling off the wagon (if you haven’t already!). So… I thought I would blow up your facebook/insta feeds with some motivation and a chance to win some cool prizes while increasing your energy and feeling great!

Alright guys … here are your instructions for the February #riseandsweat. The concept couldn’t be simpler. The point of the challenge is to be more active than you are right now! This doesn’t mean crazy intense workouts every day (unless that is what you’re into, and if you are, I can totally point you in the right direction where to find some!). But if that’s not your jam, then just get up and MOVE. Go for a walk, do a little yoga or just a nice 5-10 minute stretch, try out a new class at your local gym, or challenge your kids (or pet) to a race around the couch. I really don’t care what you do, just do SOMETHING to get the blood circulating and ideally get your heart rate up! Just get your booty up a little earlier each morning and do something active!!!! Your future self will thank you.

Here are a few reasons why I’m promoting AM sweat sesh’s vs evening.
* Boost your metabolism and gets your digestion started
* Boosts your mood! Exercise gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy — why wouldn’t you want to be in a great mood to start the day
* You’ll ACTUALLY workout – If you wait til later in the day, the chances of something ‘getting in the way’ are pretty good
* You’ll sleep better! – If you workout later in the day, those same endorphins that are putting you in a good mood in the morning can disrupt your sleep at night (if you save your workout until too close to bedtime!)

OK, so hopefully I’ve convinced you to try sweating first thing in the AM… 
Now, how does this challenge work? … Easy.
>Get up and start your day with some form of activity. (Anything from a walk, to yoga, to stretching, to a full on workout)
>Take a pic or video of what you’re doing for your #riseandsweat. *Note: This can be a pic of your workout equipment, your    space, your recovery drink… anything you want! It doesn’t have to be your face! haha
>Tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag#riseandsweat



Every time you post, you get an entry to win any of the awesome prizes we have going throughout this challenge!

**FOR EXTRA ENTRIES
>> Share challenge (repost it on your facebook or insta)
>>Tag friends that you want to do the challenge with you!!
>> You get an entry for every post… so if you’re feeling extra ambitious, do a double header! Yes I want you to workout in the AM, but if you’re wanting to do something else in the evening, you’ll totally get credit for it! 

I am going to be posting 1 exercise each day. I will post it the night before (Eg: Tomorrow night, Jan 31st I will post the exercise for Feb 1st)

IMPORTANT info:
👉you DO NOT have to do the exercise that I post – this is just a ‘move of the day’ I’ve chosen… these are simply guides or ideas for those of you that aren’t really sure what to do and want some inspiration
👉You DO NOT have to do something every day of the 21 days to win – each time you post you get an entry. Of course – the more you do, the more likely you are to win!

I will be drawing a winner on Feb 21st for the Under Armour prize pack. There will be some random prizes throughout the 21 days, so be sure to be as consistent as you can, and always tag me (@andreagnys) and hashtag #riseandsweat!! 

Can’t wait to sweat with you guys for the next 21 days ! You know… 21 days form a habit, so get on it!!!!

Any questions – let me know! 
xxx
Andrea

PS. If you’re looking for somewhere to start with workouts, I’ve got a couple options for you! 
👉Beachbody On Demand – my fave option! I’ve been doing CoreDeForce for a month and I’m ADDICTED. But there’s tons of options and there’s a ridiculous deal going on right now – for 100 bucks you have access to every Beachbody workout out there
👉Tone it Up – these gals are wicked. And a lot of the workouts on here are free!
👉Kayla Itsines – Haven’t done these myself but I’ve heard amazing things.
👉And then of course, there are some options right here, on andreagnys.com! 🙂 

EMBRACE CHANGE … Hello Ontario!

Hello everyone, and Happy New Year!

January of 2017, where did you come from?
This is a HUGE year for Greg and I filled with LOTS and lots of change. New year – so it’s a great time for it!

In the last month, we’ve made some big decisions and have some exciting things happening!! 
I accepted a new job, we purchased a new car (used, but new to me!), we have a new home, AND… of course, with all this change I obviously am starting a new workout program too! #winninggggg!!!!

It’s always been our plan to move back to Ontario at some point. Originally when we moved out to BC (almost 6 years ago), we planned on being there for 2 years. And here we are, close to 6 years later and we’re finally transitioning to coming home!

On Monday, I’m starting a new job with a Natural Pharmaceuticals company that I could not be more stoked about. The beer industry was a ton of fun, but I am ready to get back to the natural health side of things!

The car… well, we purchased a nice shiny white Nissan Rogue.  I LOVE it!!! All the fixins… bluetooth, heated seats, back up cam, ANDDDD my fave… sunroof! When you spend as much time as I do in the car, these things are such a perk! I haven’t taken a pic yet, since it’s been bloody cold outside and she’s a little dirty.. but this is basically what it looks like 🙂

New home? Well.. I’m a little bit of a Gypsy for the next few weeks! I’m staying with my parents for the time being, back in the room I grew up in which is kind of fun! Obviously it would be more fun if my better half and my puppies were with me… but they’ll be here soon! Because my training for work is on the other side of Toronto, I’m also going to be crashing on my sisters couch for the next little bit to cut down on my commute time.

Once Greg and the pups get home, we’re all going to be moving in to my in-laws basement. They’ve got a beautiful home, and some extra space down there and are graciously letting us turn it into somewhat of a basement suite. We are so blessed to have families that are supporting us and giving us places to stay over this time of transition! My in-laws place will be our home for the next while anyway… until we can get the brewery up and running (more on that in another post!)

LASTLY – new workout!


OMG you guys… I need to do a whole post on this but for now I will tell you… CoreDeForce (Beachbody program) is amazing!!!! I’m only 3 days in and I am OBSESSED. I definitely had been slacking the last month with my workouts. I was only getting a few good ones in a week (if that!) and when I’m used to doing 5-6 good ones a week, that’s a huge drop off. I have done 3 of these workouts so far and I am SO sore, and I am loving the challenge. They’re completely different than the style of workouts we usually do, and they’re great for me to do while I wait for Greggie to get home to do more workouts with me!!

Anyway – that’s a small update for you of what’s been going on in our world! 

Hope everyone is having a wonderful New Year so far and crushing your goals!!!!
Remember: 21 days to form a habit, 90 days to make it a lifestyle !

 

Thanks for reading!
xxx – Andrea 

 

Bodyweight legs workout

Hey guys! 

HOLY CRAP, can you believe it’s already DECEMBER???? OMG.

I seriously have no idea where the time has gone… but it’s my fave time of year. I just love it! One thing I will say though, is if there’s ANY time of year where workouts are SO important (in my opinion) — it’s NOW. Most people spend a LOT of time during the month of December eating (and not always healthy stuff), and drinking… LOTS of drinking. Mulled wines, eggnog, fancy cocktails, hot cider… ALL delicious… all not so great for the bod after a full month. 

SO… that said… it’s super important to try and keep up with your workouts. I am a huge advocate of enjoying the holidays to the fullest. I LOVE sweet treats, I LOVE all the fun cocktails and I love all the delicious holiday meals.

Anyway… I have a leg workout for you. It’s one I’ve posted on my instagram several times… and I’ve also included it in many of my challenges, but I’ve never done a blog post of it where I’ve broken it down for you. So – here goes.

This workout is awesome because you can do it with some weight if you want to, but it an absolutely be done bodyweight style, which means you can do it anywhere! (~NO EXCUSES~)

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Under Armour EXPLOSION. New items!!!

Happy Mondayyyy you guys. Holy smokes. It’s the last week of August/First week of September.
How did this happen?!

Okay, so I’ve got a BUNCH of stuff to share with you. It’s almost September, and that means, change of season! SO, UA has a bunch of new fall stuff out to keep you training hard AND looking good.

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#riseandsweat July

Alright guys … here are your instructions for the July #riseandsweat. Pretty straight forward. It’s simple. Get your booty’s up a little earlier each morning and do something active!!!! Your future self will thank you.

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