Hey guys! I hope you’re having a beautiful Wednesday so far. Eating clean? Squeezing your workouts in? I’ve been doing okay with the clean eating – not as clean as I’d like but the truth is, I’ll only eat well if I really want to see those changes in my body. How well do I want to fuel? Depends how worth it the effort is to me to get in the best shape possible and to treat my body well. I love the idea of pushing myself to eat well because it gives my body the best chance at life!
On the movement front, I love pushing myself hard in the gym and on the road. I still have this urge to run far and get lots of miles under my belt, but I also love short, high intensity workouts that get me out of breath QUICK and don’t require lots of equipment. I guess you could say I’m drawn to the more “organic” type of workouts (it goes with the dreads). 😉
Today I wanted to share a few fitness fanatics with you who also share my love for clean eating and shorter, high intensity, functional workouts as the way to a lean, fit, and able body. First up?
Shin Ohtake (and his wife Susan) from Max Workouts.
Shin was probably the first person I found online who opened my mind up to the shorter, high intensity style of workouts that I now know and love (and train others with!). A very qualified fitness professional (former competitive athlete, coach, chiropractic soft tissue therapist, and personal trainer), Shin’s training methods focus on three elements:
- short in duration (to prevent overuse injuries)
- optimize the body’s energy systems to maximize calorie burning
- stimulate the nervous system to increase overall strength and fitness (from his “About Me“).
If you like a trainer who is real, down to earth, and believes in burpees, then Max Workouts is for you! I also think I’d be friends with his wife, and I think she’s a great example of a real, fit woman and I love that!
While I haven’t ordered his book, I do have an account as a member. This is the best way to receive updates and access to his workouts, but Shin is still a great resource even with the limited amount of information you get as a non-member by browsing around on his site.
Next up, Susan from YouTube Trainer fame “Strong Like Susan!“
Susan is a new-to-me YouTube find who I think is a great example of clean eating and hard workouts. She is incredibly strong, not intimidating in her personality or the way she presents herself, and always has a unique move I’ve never seen before. I use her workouts to challenge my core in new ways and get new ideas for clients looking for an extra boost.
I just did Susan’s Tough Mudder workout and LOVED it (and even tried it on a few clients who were dripping in sweat!). Click here to see the workout and give a shot too.
Lastly, I’d like to introduce you to Zuzana (Zuzuka) Light, who many might know of (former) BodyRock fame.
While I love the BodyRock-style workouts (fast-paced, short, give-it-your-all), I like Zuzana’s new YouTube channel and more clothes. I know many have turned away from BodyRock with the changes in hosts and more revealing nature/sexualization of the website; I still like the intricate moves they add into their workouts there but simply prefer to get right to the workout without as much of an eyeful, and I’ve found Zuzuka’s moves to fit the bill. I like her workouts because they are easily adaptable and can be modified for different levels of fitness. She also films the entire workout so you can push right along with her for the full 10, 15, 20, or 30 minutes, which is a unique feature to what she offers.
There are many more people I could highlight, including many of my FitFluential friends and weekly segments on their blogs! But these are a few people, some well-known, some perhaps not, that I thought I would highlight because I appreciate their fitness philosophies, workouts, and lifestyles-fitness angles. (I am in no way affiliated with them, but just wanted to share some great resources with you guys!)
Have you heard of Shin, Susan, or Zuzuka? What do you think of their programs/philosophies?
Got any of your own go-to Fitness Fanatics to share? I’d love to add more to my (long!) repertoire!
Have a great rest of your Wednesday and tune in tomorrow for the second installment of my “Day in the Life…” series! Live well, eat clean, work hard, and be well friends,