Happy New Year, everybody! The past year was pretty good. I learned my lessons, overcame some of my struggles and fears and now I feel stronger to move on and keep living a better life, full of purpose! That’s why I decided to sum up some of the best articles on InspiredFitStrong(click it) for the past year! I divided them in 4 categories:” Motivation”, “Women, Strength Training and Nutrition”; Healthy eating, High-Fat- Low Carb Diets and Grains” and “Strength Training”!Go through the posts and read the once you’ve missed! I promise that I will provide you with a quality content during the new year! Thanks to everybody who is following my blog, reading and sharing my posts and just making my life more complete! I appreciate every one of you!
And now let’s move on… READ MORE
I went to the gym this morning and as usual I had a pretty tough workout. I am often asked why do I do all this crazy stuff. I am often asked “ What are you preparing for? In what sport do you compete?”. I always say “Oh,nothing. I workout for fun.”When I tell them I workout just for fun,they never say it but I can tell by their perplexed look that they consider me crazy! I am always challenged to persuade the average person why working out isn’t just for professional athletes. I can’t always find the right words to explain how sports develop your mind, personality, character and how the lessons learned in the gym can be applied in a difficult situation in our daily life.The principle is to learn to compete against yourself…and when the going gets tough to push a little more! Below I will try to give vivid examples. Hope more people will get my point of view!
I do overhead squats, so when life is giving me a hard time, I can hold on to the pressure for one more day, a week or a month.
I do burpees, so no matter how many times I fall, I will make sure that I will stand up one more.
I bench press, so when an earthquake happens, and I find myself under an object, I can push it up and save my life.
I drag tires, so when something in my life is holding me back, I can make sure I will still give my best to move forward.
I do double unders, so I can get used to stumbling over…and later on when I stumble over in life, I will get up, dust myself off and try again!
I do plated push ups, so when somebody is trying to knock me down,I can fight the resistance and get back.
I do pull-ups so when I get used to my life and keep hanging in the same place, I will have the strength to put myself together and rise above mediocrity.
I do deadlifts, so when I want something, I will know how to concentrate, give my best and get it.
I lift weights, because the stronger I am, the more I can take from life.
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You know that I am not really keen on fruits, but if I eat them, I love indulging in bananas and strawberries ( cherries as well). And because it is already the season of strawberries, I decided to suggest you this quick and easy blend for a raw smoothie.
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How was your week? Mine was great, but I am really tired, so I think to take a break and take long walks in the park, as well as find time to read! Meanwhile, I hope that you will find time to go for a walk. Don’t forget that the weekend is not an excuse to eat crappy food. Don’t forget to go through the list of my favorite reads and read as much as you can!
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Ines Subashka: Introduce yourself.
Yoanna Hristova: My name is Yoanna Hristova. I am 25 years old and I live in Sofia, Bulgaria. I graduated aviation technologies in Technical University of Sofia.
IS: How long have you been participating in the stunting workouts? Have you been involved in other sports before that?
YoH: I’ve been going to stunting workouts for the past 4 years. Before that I did aikido, brake dance, climbing and taekwondo.
IS: How did you decide to start going to stunting workouts?
YoH: I was interested in that sport and in extreme activities as a whole, since I was in high school. I’ve always wanted to pursue this. When I found out that there is stunting workouts , I didn’t hesitate to get a membership.
IS: Everybody who has seen you, has probably noticed the graceful way in which you move in the gym and the way you perform the stunts. You make the audience think, that what you are doing is a piece of cake, when in reality the movements are really complicated. What is the movement that challenged you the most?
YoH: READ MORE
How is your week? Mine has been great! One of my exams passed, and I am really happy. Thanks to all of you who wrote me this week and sorry if you haven’t gotten your answer yet. But I am really busy so it will take me some time to read the messages and answer you back. This week I picked up two questions for the Q&A. One of them is about muscle soreness and workouts. And if muscle soreness is supposed to be the measure of an effective workout. The other one has to do with eating and boredom. How to avoid food indulgence and feelings of guilt. READ MORE
Today I will share with something about “the favorite movements”. Or to be more accurate about the importance of not structuring your workout, around your favorite exercises, but to have an approach that will guarantee you that you are constantly stimulating your whole body, by using different methods, different grips and different ways of holding the weight.
And because I am not quite sure, that even I understood what I wrote above, I will let you know what I mean.
I will take lunges as an example.
How do you perform lunges? Probably you are always doing them with dumbbells or you are always doing them with the bar.
Where is the problem with this approach? READ MORE
As you’ve probably noticed, I really love kettlebell swings. This is one of my favorite movements. Kettlebell swings have a lot of different applications and could be used as part of the so called “finishers”, as well as the first part of a work out, where the accent is more on strength and power itself.
During the last year, I changed my opinion about swings. Initially, when I started implementing them in my workouts ( probably because back in the days I was keen on Crossfit), I always used the so called American swings, or in other words the swings where the kettlebell is lifted above your head.
But with time and a lot of workouts and observations, I found out that russion swings, the once where you lift the kettlebell to just eye level, are the better option.
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„No matter what I write, the true meaning is left somewhere beyond the ink, beyond the limitations of the paper.”- Yana Kremenska
She was walking on the dark alleys in the park. She was alone and somebody on her place would be afraid of the silence, the fears that were stalking behind the bushes, of the bareness, which “inhabit” the surroundings. But what could be darker than the worries, which occupied her mind? What could be more terrifying than the thoughts that were screaming in her head?
She was walking without noticing anybody or anything. She was carried in another world. A world full of shades, pain and disappointment.
And who is she? READ MORE
Don’t ask me why the salad is called “Pepperana”. I have no idea, and even if it sounds like something strange that I would name it, it is not a product of my imagination. But it turned out to be delicious, so I decided to share the recipe with you, so you could try it and express your own opinion.
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How was your week? Mine has gone by so quick. I have so many things to do, plus it is finals time and I have to study. The literature about working out and nutrition is so much more appealing to me, than my Finance’s classes. But, it is better to be good at both!
I am getting stronger and leaner and I absolutely love it how easy it is to get in shape, once you win over your mind and take control over your body! So my advice for you is to first focus on your personal growth and take control over your mind, and then everything will fall back into place!
Don’t forget to eat clean during the weekend! Take long walks in the park and find some time for my favorite reads of the week. The list below has some really worthy posts, so don’t miss them!
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As some of you know, even if I feel healthy and fit today, back in the days I went through a lot of bad shoulder injuries, which gave me the “opportunity” to spend months going to physical therapy, recovering and the inability to cope with simple things as getting dressed by yourself or tying your hair in a pony tail. I remember one of the days, when I was in physical therapy and I decided to calculate how many months of my life I have spend there ( for all the shoulder injuries)… well they turned out to be 3 years, not just months!
I remember the advices that other people gave me, how I was supposed to be more careful and probably stop working out, plus some other “competent” opinions from that sort. And the worst part was that some of these “competent” advices were not just from people in my community, but from doctors as well.
Why am I saying this? READ MORE