Nutrition Confusion: Your Top 10 Diet Questions Answered

By Gigi Amurao Paleo eating, juice cleanses, detox diets, calorie counting, low-carb and how to get six-pack abs—as a personal trainer and coach, I get questions regarding nutrition from all sorts of people, from athletes to middle-aged men and women who want to better their health to physique competitors. Often, it’s tough to give a clear-cut answer, as no two … Read More

Rosie “Rascal” Harte Comes to with New Video Series!

Quite possibly one of the fitness industry’s most uniquely diverse personalities, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is the latest addition to the family of original content providers.  An IFBB Professional Physique athlete, Rosie is also known throughout the UK as a dancer, a singer and a multifaceted fitness celebrity.  Her most sincere passion is to inspire others, providing the tools to … Read More

Mind, Body and Soul: Pilates with Rosie the Rascal!

In the latest episode of her MIND, BODY & SOUL series, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is joined by Alison Farrell for a special Pilates class aimed at helping with posture and an array of transformational goals. Produced for by Giles Thomas. Quite possibly one of the fitness industry’s most uniquely diverse personalities, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is the latest addition to the … Read More

4 Steps to Trimming the Fat

By Evina Del Pizzo In my last post, I talked about being lazy and how we often blame laziness when, in fact, a goal was just not a priority. How do we make it a priority? It’s easy to say that someone has “raw determination” or “mental toughness.” These slogans are great in locker rooms for coaches or scouts to … Read More

Fit Recipe: Vegan Cheese Dip

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Welcome back to the Bambody Kitchen here at!!  Today we’re making an antioxidant packed, vitamin rich, cheese dip that is not only delicious but also VEGAN! The main ingredient we’re using… cashews!  Cashews are loaded with essential minerals such as copper, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.  Looking for lots of vitamins? … Read More

Beauty Laser Technology

By Nancy Noreman If we are lucky and blessed, it happens. We age. We look in the mirror, and the reflection is older. It is a bit saggy, and, yes, we need to squint to see it. Maybe that is a small blessing—we cannot see the minor imperfections. We pull the mirror closer and examine ourselves. We give a tug … Read More

Fit Recipe: Heart Healthy Potato Skins

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Have you ever gone out to a restaurant and saw potato skins on the appetizer menu? You think to yourself, “I really want to just throw in the towel on this whole healthy eating thing and shove my face into a plate of cheesy delicious greasy happiness!” Ok, maybe you’re not as dramatic as … Read More

Fit Recipe: Stuffed Cereal French Toast

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Who else is a believer that breakfast is life? I sure am; breakfast ALL day every day! If you’re part of the #breakfastlover movement, this is a recipe you don’t want to miss!  Today we are making Stuffed Cereal French Toast!  The best part is you can adjust the recipe and stuff them with … Read More

Fit Recipe: Lentil Barley Stew

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher  This hearty stew is low in fat and full of flavor—a great one-dish supper to warm your cold winter nights. And after you try out this recipe, be sure to check out some of my other favorite recipes here at my Fit Recipe Blog!   Lentil Barley Stew 8 ounces Angus chuck or … Read More

Fit Recipe: Overnight Pumpkin Oats

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!!!!!! We’re about to get our pumpkin on, again! So what’s the big fuss about all the pumpkin recipes? Well, besides the fact that it’s absolutely delicious, pumpkin is packed with nutritional benefits! Pumpkin is loaded with beta-carotene and Vitamin A: Essential for healthy, glowing skin Helps keep strong eyesight Support healthy immune system What … Read More

Fit Recipe: Easy Holiday Fudge

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha All you need is 5 min to put together this awesomeness I’m about divulge. Today, we are going to make an amazing fudge! And it’s packed with health benefits.  This fudge will: Provide anti-oxidants to fight illness and prevent disease Provide essential fats Improve metabolism Lower cholesterol Decrease blood pressure Fight inflammation There are … Read More

Fit Recipe: Make Your Own Almond Milk!

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Do you know anyone who drinks real milk anymore? I’m not really sure that I do; its seems to be all about the nut milk these days. Not only is nut milk lower in calories than cow’s milk, but it also contains many vitamins and minerals naturally without being fortified.  For example, almond milk … Read More

Fitness Tips and Fables

By Gigi Amurao As a fitness professional, I’m constantly being asked questions, many which are pretty crazy and that anyone with a little common sense can figure out. Other questions are more complex, and the answers can differ, depending on whom you ask. Here’s my take on a few that seem to come my way daily. 1) Why does the … Read More

Fit Recipe: Oatmeal Pumpkin Bread

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha PUMPKIN season is here!!! Who else is excited?! Not only is pumpkin the tell-tale sign of fall. But it’s also extremely nutritious! (I’m referring here to actual pumpkin, not all of the imitation “pumpkin” flavored treats.)  What can pumpkin do for you? Boost vision Lower blood pressure Improve heart health Help you Sleep better … Read More

In the Kitchen with Rosie Rascal Harte

In the latest episode of her new series MIND, BODY & SOUL, Rosie is in the kitchen…and she’s whipping up something delicious! Produced for by Giles Thomas. Quite possibly one of the fitness industry’s most uniquely diverse personalities, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is the latest addition to the family of original content providers. An IFBB Professional Physique athlete, Rosie … Read More

Fit Recipe: Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher This great seasonal spice cake is a favorite of my friends and clients. Try it, and enjoy! Pumpkin Apple Spice Cake 2/3 cup oat flour (grind oats in blender) 2/3 cup high-protein baking mix (like Quest Multi-Purpose Mix)* 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon, divided 1/4 teaspoon … Read More

Fit Recipe: Protein French Toast

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Here in my recipe blog we’ve made waffles, pancakes, and super delicious versions of each… but what about French toast??? Well, that day is here ya’ll!!!! Today, we are making Protein French toast! What you will need: 2 cups egg whites ½ scoop beautyfit vanilla vixen ( use code stef20 to save) 3 … Read More

Diets Suck! – Get Help With Your Weight Plan

By Evina Del Pizzo Did you eat away your diet last summer? The good news is, your diet sucked; the bad news is, you’re probably going to gain back all the weight you lost and then some. You probably eliminated a food group or a macronutrient, thinking that you would lose some weight quickly. Likely, you got so stressed out, … Read More

Fit Recipe: Matcha Latte’

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Welcome back ya’ll!!! Ok, so, today we’re making a super drink! We are whipping up a Matcha Latte that tastes like freaking dessert!!! Personally, I’m not really into the taste of tea; so this recipe, something I came up with on my IG live story, is a super delicious twist on your average green super food … Read More

The Rascal Stretch with Rosie Harte

In this new episode of her series MIND, BODY & SOUL, Rosie “Rascal” Harte focuses on stretching, taking you through a series of advanced stretches – produced for by Giles Thomas. Mind, Body & Soul – Episode 2 – The Rascal Stretch Quite possibly one of the fitness industry’s most uniquely diverse personalities, Rosie “Rascal” Harte is the latest addition to the family of … Read More

How Many Calories Do You Need?

By Gigi Amurao In my last post, I discussed the importance of portion control in losing weight. Portions mean nothing, however, if you don’t know how many calories you need. What’s the best way to figure out how much to eat? With so many tips and articles available via magazines and the Internet, it’s not easy to sort through the … Read More

Fit Recipe: Protein Pumpkin Pie

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha It’s almost that time again; well, not really… but kind of!!!! Pumpkin EVERYTHING time! I don’t know about you, but I’ve been singing holiday songs, wearing my Mrs. Clause apron, and filling the house with fall scents since, well, March! This week starts the official introduction of our fall fit recipes; and I, for … Read More

Ladies Night in Phoenix! (Event Report)

By Ruth Silverman, Managing Editor Oh, wow. I am so jazzed for the upcoming Olympia weekend after watching the IFBB Wings of Strength Rising Phoenix Women’s World Bodybuilding Championship and the IFBB Arizona Women’s Pro on the free Livestream on Saturday. For one thing, the Tim Gardner production, now in its third year, is a female-centric show, with a … Read More

Fitness Champ Oksana Grishina on Muscle Beach TV

On a new edition of’s Muscle Beach TV, Oksana Grishina, the greatest pro fitness athlete of all time, visits as she prepares for her final Fitness Olympia. Hosted by Dave Bourlet and brought to you this week by House of Pain Apparel and IronmagLabs. Have You Visited the Digital Muscle Video Vault? Muscle Beach TV SeriesMuscle Beach TV is a part … Read More

Fit Recipe: Protein Mac & Cheese

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha I’m glad so many of you enjoyed the Apple Peanut Butter Vegan Doughnut Recipe I posted here last week. I always love the feedback! My new blog here at is a great way for me to share some legendary recipes.  This week I’m gonna switch things up a bit. When you tell the family … Read More

Fit Recipe: Protein Popcorn

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Welcome back to the BamBody kitchen!!! Today I’m gonna show you how to make a SUPER easy snack that’s high protein and, did I mention, SO FREAKING EASY!!!!! I call it PROTEIN POPCORN.  This snack idea is perfect for the kids, or yourself, and can be an at-home go to, or an on-the-go treat! What … Read More

Top 8 “Equipment Free” Exercises!

By Evina Del Pizzo For thousands of years, the human race existed without fad diets and insane fitness machines, and people managed to maintain the physiques of the gods. Looking at the pictures in history books, you can see that typical human physiques have changed. Current body types are more overweight than at any previous time, but the crazy thing … Read More

Fit Recipes: Back to School Lunch Ideas

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha It’s that time again!!! The kids, and you, are off and back to school, work, and the regularly scheduled program! Personally, I feel the pressure to prepare a gourmet, healthy lunch for the kids that will impress not only the other kids, but the teachers as well! Running your own business, and taking care … Read More

Fit Recipe: Apple Peanut Butter Vegan Doughnuts

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Welcome to my new blog here at When our publisher Dan Solomon suggested I start things off with one of my favorite high protein treats, I knew exactly where to begin!  Who doesn’t want to have a delicious donut every once in a while… or every day? If you’ve got about 25 minutes you … Read More

Fit Recipe: High Protein Frozen Yogurt Treats

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey ya’ll and welcome back to the Antorcha kitchen at!! I don’t know about where you live, but it is so freaking hot here in South Florida!!!!! I mean, just walking from the front door to the car you end up in a bowl of sweat! Today I have a SUPER easy healthy … Read More

Beauty Series Part 1: Hair Extensions

By Nancy Noreman Things that make you go hmmm…and question your sanity just a little. We have all witnessed it and then rubbed our eyes, questioning if we were correct. Wasn’t her hair short yesterday? I would swear that it was. In this case, it’s likely your memory is just fine, and the new ’do you are looking at is … Read More

Technology Update: Fitness Apps to Keep You on Track

By: Matt Weik The Apple iWatch has been around for quite a while now and has several versions to choose from. Regardless of the version, there are some great apps out there that can help you with your health and fitness goals.  This article will showcase some of the top health and fitness apps for the iWatch and they won’t … Read More

Fit Recipe: High Protein Brownie Blizzard!

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha I don’t know about ya’ll, but here in Florida it is HOT!!! The summer heat is intense and what a better way to cool off then a delicious, cool, satisfying brownie blizzard.  “But wait Stefanie, what about my abs???”  I hear ya, but don’t worry. Just like all of my recipes, this is a … Read More

Portion Control and Serving Sizes: How Much Should You Eat?

By Gigi Amurao Over the past decade or so, portion sizes have tripled in the U.S., a key factor in the devastating increase in obesity among children and adults. Supersized portions at fast-food restaurants have distorted what Americans consider a normal meal, and that affects how we eat at home. Larger portions mean more calories, which in turn can aid … Read More

Plyometrics: Give Your Workouts a Boost!

By: Evina Del Pizzo Power development is not just for athletes. It has tremendous benefits for the general population as well. How is power developed? Plyometrics! The word plyometric is a combination of two Greek words—plio, which means “more,” and metric, or “measure.” Literally, then, it means a “greater measure,” but a practical definition of plyometric exercises would be, “quick, … Read More

Fit Recipe: Low Carb Nutella Crepes

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha In the Bambody kitchen today here at Digital Muscle we’re going to spend about 10 min whipping up a delicious high protein, low carb crepe. If your summer is anything like mine, between work, kids, and… well… life,  time is something we don’t have a lot of so every minute counts. Try carving out … Read More

Bikini Competitors: Do You Need a Custom Suit?

Ask the Bikini Coach By Gigi Amurao Hi Coach, Do I really have to get a custom-made suit to do a bikini competition? I can’t really afford one—I’m thinking I’ll get one off the rack, at least for my first show. Does it really matter? I get asked this question all the time, and to be honest, it really is … Read More

Fit Recipe: Cauliflower Mac n’ Cheese

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey ya’ll!!! Today in the Bambody Kitchen we’re going to add a little twist to our popular Protein Mac and Cheese (I shared that recipe here a few weeks back). This Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese is a SUPER low carb version that will have your taste buds screaming with excitement and your summer body … Read More

Pregnancy: It’s All About the Baby (Don’t Sweat the Baby Fat)

By Nancy Noreman The female body is amazing! Pregnancy is the most incredible thing your body can do. Think about it—you are creating a whole new life! At the recent IFBB New York Pro Bodybuilding, Figure, Bikini & Physique competition, I spoke with quite a few women who were pregnant. Some asked questions about what to eat during their pregnancies … Read More

Fit Recipe: Protein Cookies

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Who out there has the nickname cookie monster?  Well, I do! And now that I’ve given you some great recipes from my private collection, it’s time to top any meal off with some satisfyingly healthy cookies. But don’t be fooled by the word healthy.  These things are delicious! What you will need: ¼ cup … Read More

Fit Recipe: Let’s Make Brownies!

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha So who is a chocolate lover… MEEEEE!!!!! In the Bambody Kitchen today we are making a special healthy brownie…. YES! That’s right!!! There is such a thing as a healthy brownie! I have so many different variations of decadent, chocolatey treats to share with ya’ll… today though, we make a perfectly delicious brownie. What … Read More

Fit Recipe: Peanut Butter Blondies

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Hey guys! It’s been a while since I checked in here at with a new recipe. So with Summer fast approaching I thought I’d share one of my favorites!! These scrumptious bars are a protein-based, gluten-free take on a classic desert. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do. Peanut Butter … Read More

The 3 Bears: A Story of Muscle Fiber Activation

By Lindsay Kent BeautyFit Blog Having a plan in place is one of the most important weapons you can have in your training arsenal. Without one you end up with a cluttered mess of loads and principles, lacking a planned progression of exercises and repetition ranges built to suit your individual needs and goals. There is so much information out … Read More

Fit Recipes: Low Carb Pasta Alternatives

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Welcome back to the BamBody Kitchen!!! We have whipped up a lot of delicious meals and goodies, and today we are going to dive into some filling pasta ideas. I know, I know; I can hear you saying, “I can’t eat pasta, I’m on a diet!”  Well, today we are going to discover some … Read More

5 Foods That May Be Sabotaging Your Workouts

By Helen Sanders If you’re serious about your workouts, you already know how important the food you put into your body is for supporting your training goals. Food is fuel, and that’s especially true for those who participate in any form of exercise. Time and time again, newbies make the ultimate mistake by following a weight-loss ‘diet’ that allows them … Read More

Stop Comparing Yourself on Social Media!

By Gigi Amurao Is your fondness for social media killing your fitness goals and wrecking your self-esteem? Everywhere you look, people are on their phones, taking selfies, or scrolling through social media. If you want to get in touch with someone, you have at least six different ways to do it—Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, Snapchat, or Periscope. Gone are the days … Read More

Fit Recipe: Ice Cream (Low Carb/High Protein)

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Alrighty ya’ll, by now your kitchen should be on fire, not literally I hope, with some of the super healthy delicious goodies we’ve been creating every week. Today, I’m going to throw out to you some of my favorite zero and low carb recipes that are super simple and incredibly satisfying. Protein Ice Cream … Read More

Fit Recipe: Healthy Chicken Parm!

From the Kitchen of: Stefanie Antorcha Hey Ya’ll! If you can’t tell, I have a TOTAL sweet tooth; I love sharing all my healthy recipes and treats with you guys so those that are like me, and NEED your sweet fixes, can satisfy cravings and still maintain a healthy body. However, sometimes, we all want that hearty, homestyle, delicious meal.  … Read More

Fit & Single? By Nancy Noreman

By Nancy Noreman Scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, I see so many attractive “Single” people whose statuses advertise their lacking love life. I know many of them, especially some of the hottest women in the fitness industry, who are single and have so much to offer yet have the hardest time in the singles scene. Why are all these “great … Read More

Springing Into Summer Shape (A Procrastinator’s Guide)

By Evina Del Pizzo Bathing suit weather is coming! When it gets here, some people will be ready to show off the body they’ve been working hard for all year, while others will be hustling last minute to get ready for that special pool party they’ve been planning to attend for months. If you fall in to the pool-ready group, … Read More

How To Choose a Personal Trainer

By: Matt Weik The IML Blog Are you ready to kick things up a notch and hire a personal trainer to put you through the ringer? Or, maybe you’re just starting out and you want to make sure you have the proper form before you start conquering the gym alone? Either way, you’ll want to make an informed decision on … Read More

Ask the Bikini Coach!

By Gigi Amurao Got a question for the Bikini Coach? If you’re new around here – My name’s Gigi Amurao, and I’m a veteran trainer and coach and an active IFBB bikini pro. If you’re not familiar with me, check out my other articles where I write about pretty much anything I want. As a fitness professional and mentor, … Read More

Fit Recipe: Chocolate Chip Protein Pancakes

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey Ya’ll! Welcome back for another healthy, DELICIOUS recipe!  If you’ve been following, you know how much I freaking LOVE breakfast (any time of day).  If you’re new here, be sure to check out some of the other fit recipes that I’ve shared so far.  Today we’re making some delicious, fluffy pancakes! Heck yeah!!! If you’re like … Read More

Fit Recipe: Protein Fudge!

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey ya’ll! So… who’s been enjoying my low carb waffles for every meal of the day??? If you aren’t, and have no idea what I am talking about, make sure you take a look back at the “low carb waffle recipe” from last week! What do you do when you’ve been so good all … Read More

Understanding Sugar Alcohols

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog Planning meals, calculating macronutrients, and carefully reviewing food labels are part of the daily routine of most health-conscious people. To that end, you should be paying attention to sugar, especially if you are focused on carbohydrate control and losing weight. The three main macronutrients are protein, which is calculated at four calories per gram; … Read More

Fit Recipe: High Protein-Low Carb Waffles

From the Kitchen of Stefanie Antorcha Hey ya’ll!!! so, we’ve covered a healthy snack and a nutritious dinner (if you haven’t checked out my protein mac and cheese… WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!) Now, it’s time for my favorite meal of the day… breakfast! Breakfast foods are the MVP of life! In the Bambody house, we eat breakfast for lunch, … Read More

Are You Ready to Commit? (Take the Quiz)

By Gigi Amurao The year is still young, and I’m sure many of you are still on the fence about starting a diet or actually getting started on that new lifestyle you have always wanted. You will often hear people say, “Get started NOW,” but they don’t take into consideration what else may be going on in your life at … Read More

Understanding Periodization – The Training Blueprint

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog While most people think of their workout plan in terms of how it will look daily or even weekly, many fail to consider the bigger picture, meaning how the program’s structure will affect their results over a longer period, such as several months or a year. Periodization is a method of training, in which … Read More

Fit Tips: Walk Before You Run!

By: Matt Weik For those just starting their fitness journey, it’s going to be just that—a journey. Your path isn’t going to be a straight line, in fact, it’ll be like putting a crayon in the hands of a 2-year-old and asking them to draw a line from one side of the paper to the other—the line is everything but … Read More

Stop Making Excuses!

By Evina Del Pizzo Are you always running late? Do you lack motivation to go to the gym? Are you tired of having no time for things you love or even for yourself? Is it difficult for you to make a commitment and keep it? If those questions ring a bell or two, here’s another: Do you point blame at outside … Read More

Fit Recipe: Savory Crustless Quiche

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher It’s the end of winter, that time of year when we’re ready for spring and dreaming of tropical vacations but still craving comfort food. Now, though, we want it without all the calories.  This Savory Crustless Quiche is the perfect answer! It’s a breeze to make, and you can eat it anytime of the … Read More

Training: Understanding the Stretch-Shortening Cycle

By Lindsay Kent The BeautyBlog Looking for ways to improve your training is a necessary part of progressively overloading your body with various challenges and stimuli. The techniques usually involve primary components, such as varying the volume, load, complexity, time under tension, or exercise selection. Often, by taking it back to basics, we can focus on simple concepts that we … Read More

Goal Setting 101: The SMART System

By Gigi Amurao A new year is underway—a time to start fresh with all the things we want to accomplish. So many of us start out in January with the number-one goal of getting back in shape and becoming healthier versions of ourselves. The process is easy to start. It’s new, we’re excited and motivated, and everything seems so clear; … Read More

Fit Recipe: Luscious Coconut Brownies – High Protein!

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Continuing with our popular Fit Recipe Series here at, our resident “Fit Chef” Robyn Maher shares this delicious high-protein recipe for those who love the decadence of coconut and chocolate! The picture says it all with these decadent-looking protein confections. Coconut Protein Brownies Wet ingredients 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup coconut oil 4 … Read More

Is a Bikini Contest a Beauty Pageant?

By Nancy Noreman Anyone who attends a bodybuilding or fitness event knows that the audience will be made up of the usual characters.  Those who feel they should get a free ticket because they’re gonna get their pro card this year; who have a contract with a prestigious supplement company that hasn’t even launched yet; who are rising contest prep gurus, living with … Read More

Is Bikini Competition For You?

By Evina Del Pizzo How often have you seen a friend—or someone on your social feed—talking about competing in bikini and thought to yourself, “I could do that”? Let me tell you, it’s probably not true. I speak from experience. Back in 2010, the Hawaiian Tropic pageants, which I was incredibly proud to have participated in, were coming to an … Read More

Forget About Resolutions. Make a Plan!!!

By Nicole Cress The BeautyBlog A new year is upon us, and it’s that time again. I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, but I do believe in setting goals and intentions. Every year at this time I get out my new Passion Planner and mark all my important dates—and then I start to ask myself how I want to … Read More

Calorie Burning 101: Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog This post was suggested by a comment I received during a personal-training session on why we incorporate different movements, use different pieces of equipment, and often change the sequence of the exercises and circuits during our workouts. I always tell my clients that our workouts are structured a certain way to keep the metabolism … Read More

Holiday Reminder: 40 Reasons to Keep Exercising!

By Shandy Ortiz The Beauty Blog Presented by BeautyFit The holiday season is entering the home stretch, and sugar and butter are still the stars of every food platter. With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, some things do have to be put off for later, but your exercise routine shouldn’t be one of them. Here are 40 benefits … Read More

Fit Recipe: Rosemary Pork Tenderloin

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Crockpots are convenient and easy to use, not to mention great for meal preparation during these cold winter months! This slow-cooker version of rosemary pork tenderloin makes holiday entertaining a snap—it comes together quickly but it’s very flavorful. Pork tenderloin is loaded with protein yet has a very low fat content. Building your meal … Read More

Young Female Athletes: The Risks!

By: Matt Weik Many kids and young adults these days engage in athletics. For some its recreational and for others it’s organized competition.  One thing many don’t focus on is the nutritional aspect and what it could be doing to young athletes’ bodies without even realizing it. When a high demand is put on the body due to performance in … Read More

Tempo Training: Follow the Beat!

By Evina Del Pizzo As you may have noticed in my previous posts, I talk a lot about workout tempo. In most of my workouts, I make sure that I am contracting the muscle in a specific tempo that will give me the most for that muscle from the range of motion—for example, using a four-count on an eccentric move … Read More

The TEF Factor: Maximizing Metabolism & Energy

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog Getting clients to make important shifts in their nutritional habits and understand the impact it will have on their goals is often a trainer’s biggest challenge. One key change that seems to terrify our clients, especially women, is the notion of eating more to lose weight. Somewhere along the way, they have come to … Read More

Fit Recipe: Pumpkin Pie Dip

From the Kitchen of By Robyn Maher The holidays are here, and we are knee-deep in pumpkin spice season! Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, magnesium, and iron. There are endless ways to incorporate this versatile type of squash into holiday dishes, but some options are better for you than others. This unique Pumpkin Pie Dip is a … Read More

In Praise of the Pole: Nancy Noreman Loves Pole Fitness!

By Nancy Noreman Walking into my high school reunion after so many decades, I was bombarded with the big question: “Hey, Nance. What have you been doing?” My reply, “I’m a pole-dancing judge.”  “No, c’mon, seriously.…” All too often people pass judgment on things they know very little about, despite the old saying, ”Don’t judge a book by its cover.” … Read More

Avoiding The Post-Diet Rebound

By Nicole Cress The Beauty Blog My first competition was in March 2004, in the figure division. I was a personal trainer at the time; however, I didn’t have a coach or any real knowledge of what competition prep entailed. I did an Internet search and took advice from bodybuilders at my gym. I found a cookie-cutter diet and did … Read More

Hunger and Hormones: Mastering Your Body’s Cues

By Lindsay Kent The Beauty Blog While often it seems that the body’s hunger and satiety cues set off a totally emotional experience, rearing their uncooperative heads when you are trying to lose weight or gain lean muscle, we have learned in recent years that they are actually part of the body’s physiological processes. That indicates a distinct line between … Read More

Fit Recipe: High Protein Corn Bread

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher This cornbread variation is the perfect accompaniment to the recipe for Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Chili that I posted last week, but it will go well with any seasonal soup or holiday menu. It’s also wheat-gluten free, if that’s a concern.  Gluten-Free Pumpkin Cornbread 1 cup cornmeal 1/2 cup high-protein baking mix 1/3 cup almond flour … Read More

Ectomorphs: Growing Lower Body Curves

By Evina Del Pizzo What’s often the most stubborn, annoying, muscle group to train for hardgainers? That’s right—the lower body. While everyone else wants those skinny legs with a gap between them, the kind you’ll often see on fashion models, hardgainer trainees yearn for the thick thighs with high glutes.  For competitive bikini/physique athletes, it’s the look that will enable … Read More

Fit Recipe: Creamy Pumpkin Chicken Chili

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher  Halloween and Thanksgiving are right around the corner, and I’m having a great time creating new pumpkin recipes. This chili variation is amazing—different and so tasty! Serve it with a salad and some cornbread, like the Pumpkin Corn Bread shown in the accompanying photo (Look for that recipe in my next post). Creamy Pumpkin … Read More

Fit Recipes: Pumpkin Spice Protein Bread!

By Shandy Ortiz The Sin-O-Bun protein by BeautyFit has everyone talking…….because it’s heavenly! Here’s a couple of my favorite recipes to bring this amazing flavor to life in ways that you may have never thought of.  Try this quick-and-easy treat with oats and protein that will have you enjoying the essence of autumn with the very first bite! It’s my … Read More

It’s All About “Getting Started”

By Gigi Amurao So you woke up today, looked in the mirror, and said, “Ugh, I look horrible! I need to get in shape.” Congratulations! You have reached the point where you are sick and tired of being sick and tired, and you are ready to do something about it. There’s just one problem—you don’t know how. We’ve all been … Read More

Sports Drinks: A Sugar Trap for Kids?

By: Matt Weik We’ve all seen those commercials. The ones where our favorite athletes are drinking sports drinks and performing at a high level.  Kids envision themselves as these athletes thinking that they too can achieve greatness if they drink those same beverages.  Little do they know that, in most cases, what they’re drinking is mostly just a bottle full … Read More

Macros, Food Choices & Long-Term Success!

By Nicole Cress The Beauty Blog Have you ever wondered how many times a day you make choices about food? For some people, the way they eat reflects their way of life. Most people struggle when it comes to dieting because they correlate the word diet with deprivation. Often, they eliminate certain foods because they associate them with being “bad,” … Read More

Anger, Disbelief & Friendship: Lessons From a Major Injury

By Shandy Ortiz The Beauty Blog Initially, the feeling was similar to what a racehorse must feel after it’s been retired and put out to pasture. I remember thinking, “That was it?” Everything I was working so hard for, and just like that, it was over?  The grind that I had pushed through—hour by hour, day by day—to reach goals … Read More

Jessica’s Contest Prep: Saying Goodbye to Cheat Meals! (7 Weeks Out)

By Jessica Gilmartin The BeautyBlog by BeautyFit  By the time you read this, I’ll be in the last seven weeks of my contest prep before I hit the stage at the “Iron Man Naturally” on October 1. I am doing everything I absolutely should be doing at this point and starting to feel more fatigued because I am cutting macros … Read More

Fit Recipe: Herbal Dynamite (Salad Dressing)

By Ruth Silverman, Managing Editor Who doesn’t love a big, crisp salad? Whatever your pleasure when it comes to dressings, nothing’s better than a bowl of crunchy lettuce and salad veggies to balance out a savory meal. And if you’re on a diet, filling up on salad with lower-calorie dressings is a great tip. When I was growing up, my … Read More

Maintaining Weight loss: Keeping it Off!!!

By Gigi Amurao After weeks or months of dieting and putting in the work at the gym every day, you finally hit your goal weight.  Congratulations, you did it! You stayed committed, worked hard, sacrificed a lot, and here you are—a slimmer, sexier, lighter best version of yourself. Losing weight for a competition, an event, or for health reasons is … Read More

Iso-holds: A Secret Weapon for Building Upper-Body Bikini Curves

By Evina Del Pizzo What’s the best workout for building nice, full but chiseled arms? My mentors usually gives me a quick look and giggle when I ask that question. Mostly the answer has been, “Time and consistency.” Looking back on what I’ve learned about training for my ectomorph body, it was partly the right response—not just time, but time … Read More

My Road to the Stage!!! (10 Weeks to Go)

By Jessica Gilmartin I’m almost 10 weeks out from my show in October and I feel like a sculptor slowly chiseling away the fat. The process of getting to the stage isn’t brand new to me; however, this time my approach is very different and much more intentional. I am feeling high energy, but I’m extremely nervous, I feel as … Read More

My Journey to Fitness & Health

By Jessica Gilmartin The BeautyBlog For the majority of my life I struggled with being overweight and being the “bigger girlfriend” of other, slimmer women, but when I found myself staring at 268 pounds on the scale, I knew things had to change. I needed not only to become healthy mentally, in terms of the way I saw and treated … Read More

Soy Story: Dr. Kalman Reveals What You Need To Know!

By Douglas Kalman PhD, RD, FACN Nutrition Editor “Soy”, just saying that word, the shortened descriptor for a healthy legume in some circles, can get you in trouble. Can you imagine that? For the past twenty or so years, soy has been thought predominately as a “female” protein. A protein source that was to solely be used by women or … Read More

Fit Recipe: Crispy Peanut Butter Swirl Bars!

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher I know they look sinful, but these Peanut Butter Swirl Bars are actually very healthful. Unlike traditional recipes for crispy rice bars, mine gets its fats from beneficial sources, such as natural peanut butter and coconut oil. Peanut butter is made up of mostly monounsaturated fat, and coconut oil is a medium-chain triglyceride, or … Read More

Stop Playing Games With Your Kids!

By: Matt Weik Obesity rates are on the climb and we need to get things under control. Even worse, more and more kids are becoming overweight and obese due to inactivity.  With the advent of game systems and computers (technology), kids are spending hours each day in front of the television or have tablets glued to their palms playing video … Read More

A Gun Show…For Girls!

By Nicole Cress “Welcome to the gun show!” – Yeah, we’ve all heard that expression. Summertime is here, and that means tank-top season – time to show off those shapely arms you’ve worked so hard for! I have to say that I am proud of my baby biceps! How did I get them? For one thing, whenever I train them, … Read More

Thinking of Competing? Nancy Noreman Talks Budget!

By Nancy Noreman How much does it cost to compete in your first amateur physique show? In the beginning, ignorance is bliss, but it can cost you!  Spending big bucks won’t guarantee you the winning trophy, and there are ways to cut expenses, especially when you are beginning your competition journey. You can spend as little as $500 or as … Read More

The “Hit the Road” Workout!

By Gigi Amurao Everybody travels. We jet-set here and there for leisure, for work, to see friends and family, or just to explore the world. It can be anything from a short getaway to weeks or even months away from home. No matter the length of time or the reason for our travel, one thing is certain—our normal routines almost … Read More

Fit Recipe: Skinnier Guacamole

From the Kitchen of Robyn Maher Guacamole!!! A delicious dip that enhances any meal or summer barbecue. If you enjoy it too much, though, the calories from fat can add up quickly. Mixing garbanzo beans with the avocado in this recipe solves that problem. You can’t taste them, and the texture is great because you process the guacamole until smooth. … Read More

Can You Keep Up With Karina? (Video)

Digital Muscle’s Karina Nascimento provides a look at one of her workouts in this new video. Produced by Kevin Ostajewski Visit the Digital Muscle Training Blog for More Great Content! Originally posted 2016-06-13 13:01:42. Karina NascimentoA highly decorated Brazilian born physique champion, Karina Nascimento lights up stages around the world with her trademark swagger and world class physique. A popular … Read More

Hardgainer Myth: No, You Can’t Eat Everything!!

By Evina Del Pizzo One of the biggest struggles I’ve had my whole life has been with food. With sports requiring me to eat more, and fashion modeling requiring me to eat less, I couldn’t help noticing that food was the common denominator affecting my weight. There’s a big misconception about the way ectomorphs eat. People think that we have … Read More