Many websites that are high on consumer rating will be with the BBB or Better Business Bureau. This is a great sign if you find this on the website.
Finally, make sure that the transaction is secure by looking in the top corner where you type in a URL address and it should either have a lock symbol on it or an “https” which indicates that the line is “secure”.
If you like the idea of what a protein bar brings to the table, you know—nutrition, pick-me-up, post-workout recovery—I suggest you try making your own. The protein bar pictured above is one I’ve been making lately. Okay, bit of a fib in that last line; it’s one my wife’s been making lately. The only thing I do is shove it in my mouth. You store them in the fridge because they don’t have fractionated palm kernel oil and butylated hydroxytoluene to make them shelf stable. I pack them in my lunch, and sometimes I’ll warm it in the microwave for ten seconds and have it with my breakfast.
To chastise her for putting the rest of us commuters in a precarious situation would make me a hypocrite, which I’m okay with. But it would also mean I’d have to find somewhere to place my yogurt, and there’s just too much shit already in my center console and on the passenger seat. So for now I’ll just have to settle for clutching my spoon a little tighter as I fantasize about the retribution she would’ve received if I wasn’t so preoccupied with my healthy diet.
Now, instead of moving from calibrated machine to calibrated machine with the aid of a timer prodding you along to the next station, you combine things like sprints, Olympic lifting, plyometrics, and aggression towards large tires. Faced with the choice of whacking something that used to be attached to a tractor axle with a sledgehammer or working my hip flexors on a supersized ThighMaster, I think I’d choose the former, how about you? But what if you’re a solo artist like me and don’t really care for the fraternal aspect of group exercise? Good news: you don’t have to join a CrossFit to get an effective circuit workout.
These are just a couple examples. I like to stick to no more than four or five exercises; otherwise, you could find yourself standing in too many lines waiting to use equipment. Another reason I choose just a few exercises is because any more than four or five is overkill. You don’t want your body to be taxed to the point that your form becomes compromised. In terms of how many reps you do—pick a number, I don’t really care. Your level of effort is what really counts.
One thing I recommend doing to add to your repertoire of bodyweight exercises is to go out and buy one of those pull-up doohickeys you insert in your doorjamb. Or, if you’ve got a tree with a sturdy branch in your backyard, that’ll save you thirty bucks and a trip to Dick’s or Sports Authority.
But for the sake of this post, we’re going to focus on HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts that will leave you sucking air and feeling badass. I also like to call this the “oh shit” workout, because that’s what I utter between sets when I feel like I’m about to collapse. All you need is your body, a little space, and twenty minutes or less to complete these circuits.