I’m a firm believer that your mightiest tool is your mind, by setting your mind right, you can achieve greatness & reach anything you put yourself up to. However, there are a few things that come in handy in the process of reaching my fitness goals and these are my absolute favorite things when it comes to assisting me and keeping me strong and motivated during my workouts, my recovery and workout prep, I’ve got you all covered!
1. Gymboss Interval Timer
If there is one piece of equipment I can’t live without or simply chose not to, it’s definitely this cute & super practical gadget! Weather I’m working up a sweat with some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), going for a brisk walk or timing my circuit sessions, my pink Gymboss is always by my side to keep me on track and worry-free.
This clever device is not only a stop-watch & regular timer, it’s a great tool for any interval training type, whether you are into Tabata, HIIT, CrossFit training or split training, it will serve its purpose to perfection. The Gymboss allows you to set 2 intervals of different lengths (from 0-99 minutes) so that you can focus on what matter: your training, instead of watching the clock. And there is now, a new rockin’ design available online; I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these babies!!
2. Vega Protein Powder
First off, I’ve got to say that I am not big on supplementation; I believe that folks should put more emphasis on providing the body with real food & a diversity of super fresh organic whole foods. That being said, if you are looking for products to help you perform and recover at your best, you should definitely opt for something that is closest to nature as possible. I’m a huge fan of the Vega sports performance system, which is 100% plant-based, free from dairy, gluten and soy, and contains no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners.
It’s jam-packed with superfoods and tastes absolutely delicious in smoothies and other recipes (such as my Oh-so-good protein pancakes). And if you’re worried about whether you will getting a sufficient amount of protein from this source, don’t be, the Vega sport performance protein powder contains 25gr. of protein per serving and it has recently made a new innovative addition by adding another protein source to its top-notch ingredients: SaviSeed protein, which is a rich, plant-based source of amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan is a key component of serotonin production, “the feel good hormone”! So while your body is recovering, your mind is keeping up, providing you with an extra boost of drive and motivation!
3. Betty Rocker’s Body Fuel System
When I stumbled upon Betty Rocker’s website last year, I knew that I was on to something exciting! It’s not every day that you come by some insanely inspiring and useful content like Bree provides on her blog. What can I say; I simply love & admire her approach to health, fitness & life in general and when I started going through her Body Fuel System: 30-day Eating Guide, I instantly thought to myself:
“This is it, this is what people should be reading if they truly want to succeed, not only in their weight-loss journey but in creating a healthy & empowering mind-set & lifestyle”!
The reason why most diet plans don’t work is because they don’t cover the whole spectrum, they don’t take your “mental fitness” into consideration which is key to building new habits that stick over time. The fuel system is a must read if you are serious about getting outstanding results and finally reaching those fitness goals!
4. Matcha Source
This premium Japanese green tea powder is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, fiber & chlorophyll which provide a great deal of health benefits. One glass of this powerful drink is equivalent to drinking 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value & antioxidant content, WOW!
If you’re looking for some all-natural pre-workout fuel which also contains fat-burning properties, you might want to include this super-ingredient in your diet! You can grab a Matcha shot before you head to the gym for a quick & lasting energy boost, or use it in your smoothies, lattes and many other nutritious recipes for longevity, detox, calm & focus as well as weightloss.
5. The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises
by Adam Campbell
If you’ve been browsing through my previous workouts, you might have noticed that many of them come straight from The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises. Why do I love this book? Because it never gets old & it’s simply a great bodyweight & weighed exercise database that provides clear images & demonstrations, multiple variations & progressions as well as practical trainer tips and a multitude of kick-ass workouts that will get you results in no time.
Even though I’ve purchased this book years back, I regularly reach out for it to get some new workout ideas, cool variations of my favorite exercises, learn how to perform a certain exercise with proper form, etc. It’s always good to mix things up, not only to avoid boredom in your routines but also to prevent hitting a plateau by shocking your muscles and keeping things exciting mentally as well!