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5 Tips to Get Swimsuit-Ready FAST!



Dr. Phoenyx AustinBikini season is here! Excited? I sure am!

As much as I do love wintertime (and all the celebration it brings), I still have to admit that I sure did let out a “Hallelujah!” when the last bit of chilly weather finally left the east coast. That said, I know there are some of you feeling a bit apprehensive about swimsuit season because you’ve put on a few pounds during winter hibernation. But don’t freak out and let your insecurity get the best of you! I’ve got some good news: You still have enough time to get things right and tight before the end of summer. And trust me, you’d be amazed how quickly you can transform your body when you have a great coach (ME!) and the right game plan.

Hate feeling self-conscious when you’re poolside? Ready to strip down to your swimwear and feel totally confident? If you answered YES, then I’m here to help you reach your goal! Get committed, follow my advice below (To. The. Letter!), and I promise you’ll be well on your way to looking, and most importantly, feeling HOT in your fly swimwear. Now let’s get down to business and review my 5 tips to get yourself swimsuit ready:

1.     Strength train

If you want to get swimsuit ready in the fastest time possible, this is a must. You’ll want to perform full-body strength training at least three times a week, and as far as specific exercises, skip isolation exercises (like dumbbell curls), and instead perform compound exercises that use many muscle groups at once− such as squats, pushups,  pull-ups, rows, and lunges. Overall, compound exercises will be more efficient at maximizing calorie burn during your workout, will help boost metabolism up to 48 hours after your workout, and will help you develop lean, toned muscles that look sexy in your swimwear.

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2.     Streamline your cardio sessions

People oftentimes complain that they don’t have enough time to exercise. At the same time, however, when they finally do make it to gym, instead of getting in a good sweat, these same people will jump on a cardio machine like the treadmill or elliptical, put it on the lowest intensity and cruise along while reading a magazine and talking on their cell phones. Guys, this is not the way you want to go about things during Swimsuit Season Crunch Time. So first and foremost, you want to start limiting your cardio sessions to 60 minutes or less. Next, you want to maximize those 60 minutes by choosing workouts that provide the most calorie burn for your buck. And hands down, one of the best workouts for this is High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) because it’ll really blast your heart rate and burn more calories in less time than your traditional steady-state cardio session.

Fit Tip:Fasted cardio is a very efficient way to tap into fat stores and rev your metabolism. To learn more about fasted cardio, check out my video.

3.     Drink ample water

Skimping on water can reduce the effectiveness of your workouts because even mild dehydration can negatively affect exercise performance and fat-burning potential. And here’s another reason to drink ample water: Dehydration can lead to bloating due to the body’s natural compensatory mechanism of holding onto water when you don’t drink enough of it. So in essence, the best way to rid yourself of excess water weight is to drink more water. As far as how much, The Institute of Medicine recommends a fluid intake of 91 ounces for women, and 125 ounces (or approximately 1 gallon) for men.

4.     Cut back on processed carbohydrates

Processed carbs like breads, pastas, bagels, cookies, and crackers are typically loaded with sugar, as well as sodium and other preservatives that can contribute to blood sugar spikes, weight gain and bloating. So cut back on processed carbs, and up your intake of fresh veggies, lean protein, and consider healthy meal replacements like protein shakes and protein bars. Also, for those of you curious about fruit, yes fruit is obviously healthier than processed carbs, but you still want to be mindful of your fruit intake because fruit does contain natural sugar that can make you gain weight.

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5.     Put alcohol on ice

Point black, alcohol is filled with empty calories that can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Alcohol releases estrogen into your bloodstream, promotes fat storage, and decreases muscle growth. Moreover, alcohol is processed differently than most other beverages, and as soon as you have a drink, your body eats up all the glycogen (stored glucose) in your liver, makes you hungry, and reduces your inhibitions, so you’ll be more likely to dive into that huge stack of nachos or basket of fried chicken wings at Happy Hour. Bottom line: If you’re serious about getting swimsuit ready, it’s best to put alcohol aside until you’re in maintenance mode. And if you absolutely can’t fathom giving up alcohol for the next couple months, try cutting back to two or three drinks a week max. Also, when you do have a drink, just say no to sugary mixed concoctions and instead choose wine or stick with clear alcohol like vodka or tequila.

Any GET FIT Swimsuit tips you’d like to share?  Tweet me and share in the Comments! – Doc

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Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, fitness expert, creator of advanced nutritional supplements BeautyElite & BodyElite and the #1 bestselling author of If You Love It, It Will Grow, And That’s Why You’re Fat: Health & Fitness Mistakes to Stop Making. Dr. Phoenyx’s passion is fitness and her goal is to help others achieve their best bodies. For tons more fitness tips and inspiration, check out her website.


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Michael B. Jordan Gained 15 Pounds of Muscle for Killmonger Role

Wallace Has Come A Mighty Long Way!



Killmonger, Black Panther, Michael B. Jordan

Erik Killmonger is a very powerful character in Marvel’s Black Panther. The supervillain, played by Michael B. Jordan, along with his dominating spirit and his pain, was just as important to the story line as the evolution of T’Challa. While there’s generally an antagonist in films (spoiler alert coming if you haven’t seen the film) – we didn’t find Killmonger to be so much of a villain after all.

Corey Calliet is the man behind Michael B. Jordan’s gains, and arguably another person who contributed the overwhelming success of the movie. The celebrity trainer, seen now on Revenge Body on E! helped Jordan bulk up, as well as help other stars like Angela Bassett, be at peak physical condition for Black Panther. Calliet has worked with Jordan in the past, most notably for Creed and the Fantastic Four reboot.

Michael B. Jordan, Killmonger, Black Panther

Photo: Men’s Fitness

“When you see him, you need to be scared, you need to be intimidated. We don’t want the nice, young-looking Michael,” Calliet said in an interview with Men’s Health Mag. He also describes his training style to that of an artist taking a chisel to a block of marble. “I’m talking about sculpting a body, not just conditioning it to be fast…I wanted to make his shoulders look better. I needed his upper chest to pop. I needed his back to tell a story. I wanted his back to look like a globe, like a map.”

So how did Jordan get his gains? Calliet trained the actor two to three times a daily and Jordan ate six meals per day. Get more details on Calliet’s training with details with Jordan here .



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5 Reasons People Quit Going To The Gym



1)  I don’t have time to workout

It takes 21 days to develop a habit. Diligently plan out the next 3 weeks, incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise into your daily regimen for 3-4 times a week. Make having an active life intentional. Put it on the same level as having lunch or getting sleep. As you work-out, it will soon become a non-negotiable, similar to eating and sleeping.

2)  It’s Too Crowded And People Watch Me

The gym isn’t the only option that will help you reach your body goals. There are various in-home regimens that you can following YouTube or your favorite social media fitness professionals. Fitness is doing more movement than you did the day before. Lunch break walks, morning workout routines, and bike rides all support your desire to have an active (and private) lifestyle.

3)  I’m Not Losing Any Weight

Getting the body you desire requires a lifestyle change. Oftentimes we believe workouts are enough, but eating and sleeping are also main components for weight-loss. Fat is burned during your body’s recovery stage and muscle building process. As you work out, obtain 6-8 hours of sleep to maximize gains. Clean eating cannot be overlooked, a high protein-low carb diet is key. We have to break our traditional mindsets of consuming 3 meals a day and get accustomed to eating 6 times a day. Eating 6 times includes 3 meals along with 3 snacks, which can also include smoothies and shakes.

4)  No One Will Know If I Quit 

Accountability is vital to starting a new workout routine. Identify a workout partner. If you can’t find one, write a contract with yourself. Sign your contract and hang it somewhere so you can see it everyday. Knowing you have a commitment to yourself or your partner will help you form healthy, weight-loss habits.

5)  I Just Hate Working Out!!!

You may hate the gym, but everyone loves a good reflection in the mirror. Everyone wants to add years to their life and working out does just that. You have to ask yourself every day, “does my lifestyle add years to my life or subtract them?”Medications and hospital bills can become very expensive so prevention has to be the focus. Remember: the healthier we are, the better the reflection we have in the mirror.

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