It's Fit Live Win time and with Thanksgiving coming up next week its inevitable that a lot of us will pack on an extra pound or two. Kettlebell fitness expert Ana Browne joined guest host Michelle Bernard during Monday's edition of NewsOne Now to walk us through a few exercises that will help you shed and keep those holiday pounds off
Ana Browne, Owner of Anabells Fitness LLC, joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to share how adding kettlebells to your workout can take your exercise routine to the next level.
Browne explained kettlebells are primarily used for functional fitness training and combining both strength and cardio at the same time. Use of kettlebells incorporates your grip strength, as well as your hand/eye coordination and focuses on endurance and stamina training.
Featured Fitness Instructor:
Ana Browne of Anabell's Fitness
About Ana: Ana has the privilege of working along side Jeff Martone, a well-known leader in the Kettlebell industry. Ana works as Jeff's assistant when he is conducting his Kettlebell certifications. Through years of working with Jeff, Ana has gained an extensive knowledge of perfecting ones Kettlebell technique and form as well as being able to work around injuries. Through years of experience training herself and others to meet various fitness goals, Ana has become a diverse trainer with a complete understanding of the word DISCIPLINE.
Ana was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in the latest installment of our Featured Fitness Instructor series.
Here’s something scary to think about: Bathing suit season is just a bit more than two months away. We turned to local personal trainer Ana Browne to get our abs into tip-top shape by demonstrating four one-of-a-kind core exercises to incorporate into our workouts. And you can trust they’ll work—Browne competes in national bikini-body competitions.
Windshield Wipers x 3 sets of 1 minute
Lie down on a yoga mat holding two dumbbells over your chest. Raise and extend legs so your body forms an L-shape. Slowly shift your legs from left to right, mimicking windshield wipers. Perform for 1 minute.
Beginner: Perform without dumbbells and place hands off to side with palms down.
Intermediate: Hold two medium-weight dumbbells for 1 minute.
Advanced: Aim for feet to touch the floor when tapping side to side for 2 minutes.
Ana Browne of Anabells Fitness is a former college basketball player who turned her years of athletic experience into a full-time job. These days, she’s running around the Washington region as a personal trainer certified in kettlebell training, TRX Suspension trainers, battling ropes, and flexibility training, to name a few. Read on to see how the busy bee stays on track with multiple small meals.
“I’m always on the run for work with clients, so here’s something quick with a lot of flavor.” One cup of Greek yogurt, three strawberries, and half a cup of granola.
“Taking advantage of foods that are in season is a fun and healthy way to add some color to your meals.” Two hardboiled eggs with baked sweet potato, asparagus, and butternut squash.
8 Instant Energy Boosters
A healthy, energized lifestyle typically requires a good night’s rest, exercise, and a balanced diet. But sometimes you just need a little extra something to fight off those drooping eyes or improve an emotional funk. While getting more sleep and consuming caffeine and foods that give us a natural energy boost are common solutions, bright colors, certain scents, and even just a break from your laptop can also zap away lethargic moments.
Here are eight ways to recharge and keep your mind fresh and attentive throughout the day.
1) Re-energize with peppermint and citrus scents.
Peppermint and citrus fragrances are known to stimulate the brain’s limbic system, which controls emotion, long-term memory, and behavior, says aromatherapist Izabella Tabarovsky. When mice were injected with peppermint oil in a study conducted by Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies, the animals became more active than mice injected with olive oil. Smelling citrus scents also proved to be more effective in treating patients with depression, according to a study conducted by the Mie University School of Medicine in Japan.
2) Listen to music to concentrate.
If you find yourself dozing off at your desk, turn on some tunes. A Stanford University study suggests that music improves our ability to concentrate. Using an MRI to scan brain activity, researchers found that harmonious sounds help the mind organize incoming information from chaotic surroundings.
3) Rehydrate with coconut water.
Dehydration is a sure sign of exhaustion, so drinking water throughout the day can defeat fatigue. But if you’ve lost a lot of water through sweating, especially as the days get warmer, you need to replenish your electrolytes. Instead of reaching for a sugary energy drink, consume a more natural alternative: coconut water. It’s packed with electrolytes that revive energy.
How do people who put in long days and sometimes uncertain hours manage to stay fit? Local movers and shakers share their routines.
Sue Palka, 55, Fox 5 weather forecaster, Gaithersburg
Work schedule: Palka starts looking at various meteorological websites and weather models as soon as she wakes up at about 9 a.m. She’s at the office from 3:30 to 11:30 p.m., with longer hours during major weather events, and often doesn’t get to bed until 1:30 a.m.
Workout of choice: “Anything I can do in a 10-by-10 foot space” in her neighborhood’s small fitness center between noon and 1 p.m. three or four times a week. That includes exercises Palka learned from Germantown trainer Ana Browne, who introduced her to kettlebells, cast-iron weights that look like cannonballs with handles, during their weekly sessions. Palka also uses the elliptical trainer and the treadmill, and sometimes runs or bikes around her neighborhood. Last August she ran in the Charlottesville Women’s Four Miler.
Challenge: “Managing my own limited free time,” Palka says. “For a long time, I put everything and everyone ahead of myself, and that had to change.”