Healthy Living

BodyTec – The 20 Minute Work-Out

January 29, 2016

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I was approached by BodyTec at the end of October 2015 to find out whether I would be interested in participating in their Ambassador programme which ran for 3 months from November to January 2016. I’d heard about this strange workout before & with a little bit of extra research, I replied that I was in.

Arriving on my first day, I had no idea what to expect. I was handed a towel & black 3/4 pants and a top to put on after which I was called over to put my ‘suit’ on. At first glance it appeared to be a form of electrocution torture, there were wires, straps and water being sprayed on the different body pieces to conduct the energy better. I was nervous & worried that I might not make it out alive.

This technique is called Electro-Muscular Stimulation or EMS, and has been around for some time. I have recently started noticing the different forms of EMS studios around Cape Town, they’re certainly growing in abundance & have become a bit of a trend as opposed to one’s traditional gym workout.

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Image by Dan Carter

I really dislike gym. The smell as you walk in, the machines buzzing, the men in stretched vests that barely cover their nipples, the women dressed in luminous Nike attire with their boobs bouncing flawlessly up & down. I would arrive with my old t-shirt, my black gym pants & my un-Nike shoes attempting the boob bounce on the step machine, however due to a lack thereof, it turned out that this was not a possible option for me.

My opinion is quite biased, gym isn’t so bad & it is great place to train when the weather is bad as well as having a wide range of equipment & classes however I still quit. The week after I quit, I got the invite from BodyTec, convenient really. I haven’t really thought about gym since but thinking about it now I probably should reconsider it, especially if my love for cheesecake continues to thrive.

I had recently come out of surgery as my right shoulder repeatedly dislocated as a result of an old surfing injury and I was given 3 months until I could gain a wide range of movements and 6 months until I could safely fully rotate it to the position that it would usually have dislocated. Within 3 months my shoulder could get to this position with ease & I was back in the water surfing a lot quicker than I thought I would be. When I went for a post-op check-up, my doctor remarked how I was ahead of other patients who have this surgery in terms of mobility & strength. I’m not going to directly pinpoint this fast progress to BodyTec, however it was the only shoulder work that i was doing apart from three physic sessions. I saw first-hand how the inward dent in my shoulder that once used to be a muscle, filled out again & started looking normal.

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So now you’re probably thinking, ‘What the hell is EMS?’ & ‘What does it do?’. For this purpose I have left an extract from the BodyTec website of what EMS is & how it works as they can explain the process behind a lot better than I can:

”Let’s start by talking about what Electro Muscle Stimulation (EMS) training is NOT. It is not a quick fix. EMS training is NOT a sweat-free experience. And, EMS training is NOT based on false promises or gimmicks. Our clients will tell you their 20-minute session a week is tougher than hitting a regular gym – and gets equal or better results.

EMS training from BODYTEC® is a full body workout that doesn’t only target one specific muscle group. During EMS training, up to 90% of muscles are activated simultaneously and the muscle contractions are of higher quality and more intense than a voluntary exertion can do alone. Compared to conventional weight training, EMS training activates deeper muscle groups which leads to better balance amongst the muscles in the body and increased core stability.

EMS training has been used for decades in the fields of sports medicine and rehabilitation. Over the last 10 years EMS training has widened its spectrum of application to include general fitness and sports performance. Therefore a wealth of research information exists on EMS training amongst its different areas of application and has proven its scientific effectiveness. Some of the most significant research findings have shown positive training effects on muscle-mass (Kemmler & Von Stengel, 2013).”

A fellow BodyTec ambassador, Chanel Hurlin, made a video about it so check it out below for a visual reference.

Thanks again BodyTec, it’s been great 🙂

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Summer Salad

November 8, 2015

Here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s drawing rapidly closer to my favourite season of all…summer 🙂 Fond memories of salty beach days spent surfing and tanning on the beach with friends, the hot gentle breeze blowing against your face while your body is cold beneath the surface of the blue Atlantic Ocean and best of all coming home to a cool shower, some after-sun and a yummy dinner to top off the magnificent day. Here is one of my summer salad suggestions, it’s quick, cheap and easy!

Ingredients:

  • Mixed Leaves
  • Avocado
  • Cucumber
  • Lentils
  • Pineapple
  • Red Pepper
  • Bok Choi
  • Diced Sweet Potato
  • Onion
  • Mixed Exotic Mushrooms
  • Tofu
  • Hoisin Sauce
  • Mixed Seeds

Method:

Put the sweet potato in the oven to roast and use that time to prepare the salad.

Prepare mixed leaves, avocado, cucumber, lentils & pineapple as the first layers of the salad.

Cook the sliced onion, red pepper and exotic mushrooms in a little bit of sesame oil and hoisin sauce.

Cook the tofu, and when it stated becoming more firm and golden. Add hoisin sauce to add extra flavour.

Last, steam the bok choi until the leaves are soft.

Add all your prepared toppings onto the salad and sprinkle mixed seeds on top.

Finally…pour a glass of wine & enjoy 🙂

 

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Wild Mushroom & Tofu Ramen

October 25, 2015

I’ve hardly ever come across it in South Africa but when I saw the most delicious ramen dish on The Plant Feed’s Instagram account the other day, I had to make it myself. I added a little too much water initially so it was more of a soup, however it still tasted delicious. Here’s how I did it:

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • Noodle (Your choice)
  • 3 Baby Bok Choi
  • Broccoli
  • 1 Block Tofu
  • Oyster & Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 4 slices lime
  • 4 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tablespoons Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Sachet Vegetable Stock
  • 1 Sachet Tom Kha Paste

Method:

Put water (roughly 2l) in a pot and add all the mushrooms until water comes to boil. Whilst waiting for the water to boil, cut tofu into squares and cook in a pan until it’s firm. Add Hoisin sauce & sesame seeds towards the end for extra flavour.

When water has come to a boil, add broccoli. Towards the end put the noodle, chopped bok choi and tofu into the pot. Before serving, squeeze the freshly cut lime and serve 🙂

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Post-Workout Smoothie

May 26, 2015

I have just completed my first Kayla Itsines Workout. Let me tell you folks, the burn is real. Very real. Half the reason that I did the heart-pumping, boob shaking workout was so that I would feel guilt-free about rewarding myself with a yummy smoothie afterwards! It seems to be the current Instagram trend amongst the foodies to be taking pictures of their smoothie bowl with half of it cut off the picture. As these posts seemed to infiltrate my social media news feeds, so too did it infiltrate my brain.

Because I didn’t have many of the ingredients lying around at home to make a smoothie bowl, I mean I could have if I wanted to except I’m fairly confident that it would have resembled dog sick, so instead I made the world’s simplest, fastest as well as yummy post-workout smoothie. Here’s how:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Frozen Banana
  • Coconut Milk (or Almond Milk)
  • 6 Raw Almonds
  • 1 TBS Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 TSP Chia Seeds

Instructions:

Pop it all in the blender.

If you have other yummy recipes, please feel free to share them with me or add any suggestions 🙂

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