Need to add some spice to your fall workouts! We've got you covered! Grab yourself a pumpkin, get up on your feet and do this circuit of six exercises four to five times through WITHOUT smashing the pumpkin!
But first, if you want to know what you're getting into, check out our teaser trailer:
Ready now? Let's do this.
Pumpkin Squat to Shoulder and Triceps Press
Tips: Make sure you don't arch your back when you do the presses!
Pumpkin Plank Reaches
5x on each side in the pushup plank position
5x on each side in the low plank position
Tip: Keep your legs wide for minimal hip movement side to side.
Pumpkin Step Up to Press
10x on each leg
Tip: Kick your extended leg out 45 degrees for added booty burn.
Pumpkin Chop and Lift
6-8x on each side
Tip: Think about keeping the front of your rib cage laced up like a corset to work your anterior core.
Pumpkin Squat Jumps
Tip: As Brian would say, it should sound like a chipmunk peeing on a cotton ball when you land. In other words, land softly.
Pumpkin Partner Toss
10x each person
Tip: Don't have a partner? Feel free to toss the pumpkin in the air as long as you can catch it!
Have a spooktacular Halloween, friends! And thanks to Maureen, Izzy, Symphony, Matt, Iida and Marco for their help!
October is National Cookbook Month (yes, I know, there's a month for every occasion, isn't there?). We LOVE talking about food at TruFit so what better time than now to share with you some of the TruFit trainers' favorite cookbooks to recommend to clients who just don't know what to make for dinner (or lunch or breakfast)?
Everyday Food: Great Food Fast: 250 Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals All Year Long
Izzy has loved this gem for YEARS thanks to its recipes being broken up by season, the simplicity of the instructions and the yumminess of the taste.
Izzy's favorite recipe: A mega tasty, VERY easy broccoli soup she blogged about here!
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
Trainer Mary Cox likes this cookbook because it allows her to make dishes for guests that not only taste good but prove that you can have company over for dinner AND feed them healthy food!
Mary's go-to: Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup.
CookingLight Magazines and Cookbooks
Ok, so this isn't technically ONE cookbook (and we're including the magazines in here, too). Trainer Megan Davies likes the whole shebang for its nutrient-dense, lower-calorie food. (Another cool feature: If you don't love buying magazines monthly, CookingLight puts all of their recipes together at the end of the year!
The Seitanic Spellbook
Resident vegan trainer Matt Nelson loves the punnily-named Seitanic Spellbook for its easy recipes and sense of humor. Created and written by self-named Vegan Black Metal Chef, there's also a really popular YouTube channel if videos are more your speed! You can check that out here!
The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share
Another go-to cookbook for Mary is this one, thanks to its use of veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and lots of flavor in ONE bowl. Who doesn't love the simplicity of having everything you need in one place?
Mary's favorite: The California Quinoa bowl.
Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo
Another Izzy fav is this popular blog Nom Nom Paleo's official cookbook. Izzy doesn't subscribe to the Paleo diet so why this book? Because of its focus on lots of veggies and protein along with a variety of punchy flavors from Italy to China and back again. Plus, it's step-by-step directions each have pictures so you feel like you're cooking out of a comic book!
Izzy's favorite recipe from the book: Pot Sticker Stir Fry.
The Mini Minimalist: Simple Recipes for Satisfying Meals
Mark Bittman is the master of minimalism and good food. Funny enough, for a minimalist, he has a LOT of cookbook options! Trainer Anthony Monley recommends any of his cookbooks to clients who want to know how to make healthy meals because they are simple, approachable and teach you the fundamentals!
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Trainer Nicole Dessoye has really been into this "metacookbook" because, "It teaches how to healthily create flavors," she explains. Why is that cool? Because regardless what foods you are or aren't eating, being able to create bold flavors will always leave you satisfied. In order to create these flavors, you have to know some basics and this book teaches you those!