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Rosehip Seed Oil

Rosehip seed oil

 What is rosehip oil
Is used because it contains vitamin C, rosehip oil is very good for  treatment of various skin affections. This is by far one of the best sources of essential fatty acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. Also, is a natural source of Retinol - Vitamin A, which helps rebuild tissue. It is recommended in treating scars of any kind: from the surgical, to those caused by sun exposure, scrapes, etc. for skin with open pores, oily skin or with problems. This is considered a "dry" oil because it absorbs quickly into the skin and leaves no greasy traces.  Rosehip oil is widely recognized because of capacity from amelioration and  repair scars from various sources, from acne to the  surgical operations. If you continue to apply the oil, it will stimulate the natural regeneration process of the skin.

What treat rosehip oil and what properties it has:
-        exceptional cicatrisant
-        regenerant
-        penetrating, not without traces fat
-        prevent skin devitalization
-        stimulant to production of collagen and elastin
-        reduces pigmentation spots
-        stimulates  restoring epidermis
-        maintain elasticity of the skin
-        promotes the regeneration
Despite the interest held by ancient civilizations, this oil is a relatively new ingredient used in cosmetics today and gain in importance because of its scientifically proven benefits. Referring to nutrilife cosmetic industry, skin care products which you can now chooses are many and varied. It became very difficult to find the right cosmetic product for skin type of each person.

Why You Should Wash Your Face With Oil

Why You Should Wash Your Face With Oil

Are you fed up with expensive face care products, layering chemical after chemical on your delicate skin? What if I told you that the secret to perfect skin has been sitting in your house all along?

As a former acne sufferer, I’ve been through tons of prescriptions, ranging from pills to harsh creams. When my skin was finally clear, it was so sensitive from the benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid that I could barely go outside without feeling like my face was on fire. 

I live in Arizona, where it’s pretty much swimming weather nine months out of the year, and due to my high activity level, I knew I needed to find a better solution. I then stumbled upon this magical concoction that not only cleared up my skin, but is inexpensive, easy-to-use and makes your skin glow.

It’s called the "Oil Cleansing Method," and it will replace your current face wash and moisturizer.

Wait a minute. 

Did I just suggest slathering your face in oil? 

Why, yes I did!

It may sound like I’m setting you up for disaster, but hear me out. This solution is simply made up of olive oil and castor oil. Odds are, most you have olive oil in your pantries and I reckon some of you have castor oil in your medicine cabinet. If you don’t have the latter, you can find it in the laxative aisle at the grocery store.

When you think of oil, you think of gunky grease that is difficult to clean off without a ton of soap and water – and castor oil is just that. In fact, it plops out of the bottle when you try to pour it, but don’t let that fool you. 

Castor oil actually seeps into your pores and pulls all the dirt and bad oil out and gets rid of blackheads. Despite how greasy most oils make your skin feel, castor oil will actually dry out your skin if you don’t balance it with a rich, moisturizing oil like olive oil.

The olive oil hydrates your skin and gives it a youthful, dewy glow. I’ve even heard people swear that it softens wrinkles and makes their skin less sensitive and irritated. I can’t tell you how many compliments I've received on my skin since using this solution – even without makeup. 

Here is what you’ll need to make up to four solutions:
  • 16-ounce bottle of olive oil ($6.99)
  • 16-ounce bottle of castor oil ($6.50)
  • Empty bottle with a push-cap or pump ($1 in travel-sized section. I actually recycled an old face wash bottle with a pump and it works great)
  • Wash cloth
  • Essential oils (optional)
You’ll be spending a whopping $3.37 for each bottle of oil solution that will replace your face wash and moisturizer. (I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I’ve ever spent that little on those products separately.) 

The Method:
  • To make the solution, fill half of the empty bottle with olive oil. Now, top off the bottle with the castor oil, screw on dispenser and shake for 1 minute.  If you want to add essential oils such as lavender or tea tree, add those in before you shake.
  • Now that the solution is ready, let’s use it! Dispense a quarter-sized dollop on your hand and rub it all over your dry face for 1 minute. And ladies, do not take your makeup off before you do this, it’s the best makeup remover I’ve ever used.
  • After your face is completely saturated in oil, dunk the wash cloth in hot water, wring it out and place over you face for 30 seconds. This allows the steam aids the castor oil in pulling dirt out.
  • Now rub the wash cloth all over your face to remove the oil. No moisturizer needed, but if you plan on going outside, please remember your SPF if your makeup doesn’t have any.
  • Do this twice a day and you will see results within a week.

Lower Body Superset Workout

Lower Body Superset Workout

This intermediate/advanced workout targets the glutes, hips and thighs with tough exercises.  In this lower body workout, you'll perform supersets, alternating two exercises that target the same muscles for an efficient, yet challenging, workout.
  • Warm up with a few minutes of light cardio
  • Beginners:  Start with this Beginner Workout or do one set of each exercise using light/medium weight.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: Complete one set of the exercises in each superset, one after the other, and repeat the set 2-3 more times. 
  • Check with your doctor if you have any injuries

Superset 1:  Squat and One-Legged Squat

1.  Dumbbell Squat
 Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding a heavy dumbbell in both hands.  Bend knees and lower into a squat keeping the knees behind toes.  Push through the heels and butt to stand and repeat for 10-16 reps.
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2.  One-Legged Squat
With a ball supporting the back, lean against it and lift one foot off the floor (keep the toe resting lightly on the floor) and lower into a one-legged squat, just a few inches down.  Push through the heel and repeat for 10-16 reps and switch legs.  Hold light-medium weights if desired.
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Superset 2:  Deadlifts and Reverse Lunges

1.  Deadlift
Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, holding heavy weights.  Keeping knees slightly bent (or straight) tip from the hips with back straight lower the torso towards the floor, keeping weight close to legs.  Squeeze through the butt and hamstrings to come back up and repeat for 10-16 reps.
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2.  Reverse Lunge
Stand with feet together, weights in hand.  Step back about 3 feet with the right foot and bend knees into a lunge, keeping both knees at 90 degree angles and the front knee behind the toe.  Push through the heels to lift back up, bringing foot back to start.  Repeat for number of reps and switch legs.
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Superset 3:  Plie Squat and Inner Thigh Leg Lift

Plie Squat
Stand with feet wide, toes out at an angle, medium-heavy weights on the upper thighs.  Keeping knees in line with your toes, lower into a squat, focusing on the inner thighs.  Keep knees in line with toes.  Repeat for 10-16 reps.
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Inner Thigh Leg Lift
Lie on your right side, body supported on arm, right leg straight out and left leg bent for support.  Hold a light weight on inner thigh and, flexing the foot, lift the right leg up, leading with the heel.  Lower and repeat for 16 reps before switching sides.
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Superset 4:  Squat Steps and Outer Thigh Leg Lift

Squat Steps Stand on a resistance band and hold handles, keeping tension on the band.  Take a wide step to the right, squeezing the glute as the tube tightens. Lower into a squat, stand up and step feet together. Continue stepping to the right for 8-16 reps before switching sides.
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Outer Thigh: 
Lie on left side and, if you have a ball, place the ball under your waist and bend the left knee on the floor for stability.  Hold a dumbbell (or use ankle weights) on the right thigh, flex the foot and lift right leg up a few inches.  Keep the hips stacked and facing forward and the knees and ankles in alignment. Lower back down and repeat for all reps before switching sides.  For these exercises, use light weight.
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Superset 5:  Calf Raises and Seated Calves

Standing Calf Raise:  Stand on the floor (or with your heels hanging off a bench or step) and hold onto a bar or wall for balance.  Lift up onto your toes as high as you can, squeezing the calves.  Lower and repeat for 16 reps.
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Seated Calf Raise:  Sit on a chair or ball and place a weighted bar over your thighs (don't put it directly on your knees).  Squeeze the calves and lift feet onto toes.  Lower and repeat for 16 reps.
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Superset 6:  Standing Butt Lift and Lying Butt Lift

Standing Butt Lift
Stand in split stand, right leg forward, left leg back.  Bend front knee until it's at 90 degrees, hands behind back and torso parallel to the floor.   Keeping torso in place, slowly straighten the right knee, squeezing through the hamstring and glute.  Lower and repeat for 12-16 reps.
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Glute Lift
On elbows and knees, place a light weight behind right knee and bend leg to hold it in place, foot flexed.  Squeeze the butt to lift right leg until it's level with hips.  Repeat for 16 reps and switch sides.
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7 Natural Treatments for Hypothyroidism

Naturally Boost Thyroid Function – 7 Natural Treatments for Hypothyroidism

thyroid 265x165 Naturally Boost Thyroid Function   7 Natural Treatments for HypothyroidismThere is nothing worse than not knowing why you suffer from various health issues. There are so many potential answers as to why you lack energy or can’t sleep, etc, but here is just one you must consider: you have thyroid problems. The good news is, you’ll soon learn how to boost thyroid function and should discover at least one hypothyroidism natural treatment that will work for you. Hypothyroidism is a condition where the thyroid gland lacks in producing the thyroid hormone. Don’t skip this, as it just could be the solution you’ve been searching for.
Your thyroid is a major part of your endocrine system. It and the hormones it produces are responsible for everything from a healthy weight to sexual function. When something is out of whack with your thyroid, you can experience a whole host of problems.
When the thyroid is in overdrive, functioning on high and producing too many of its crucial hormones, the result is hyperthyroidism. But when it’s not doing its job, and not producing enough thyroid hormones, you are said to have hypothyroidism. Fortunately, there are natural solutions for balancing your thyroid function.

Some Signs of Hypothyroidism

As with any other health problem, it’s possible that you show only a few signs of having thyroid issues and hypothyroidism. Further, the signs could be tied to another health ailment. Nevertheless, here are some signs of hypothyroidism.
  • Weakness
  • Sleeplessness, slow to rise
  • Low sex drive
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Low energy levels
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Aches and pains in your joints
  • Poor hair and nail quality
  • Premature graying or balding
  • Constipation or hard stools
  • Feelings of sadness
  • Heart palpitations


Hypothyroidism Natural Treatment – 7 Natural Solutions

1. Adopt a Healthful Diet, Avoid Processed Wheat

As with the health of any body part, thyroid health is dependent on good overall health. So stick with whole, natural, and organic foods. Steer clear of processed foods, especially highly processed wheat (as in traditional breads and baked goods). This is because gluten can have undesirable effects on the thyroid, and this is especially true if you suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – a primary cause of hypothyroidism. About 30% of the people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis have an unrecognized autoimmune reaction to gluten.
If you can’t go without bread, there are numerous good recipes out there that use things like rice and coconut flour instead of wheat.

2. Avoid Soy

Also, forgo soy. Soy products, particularly when eaten in large amounts, may have hormone disrupting effects. Soy is also high in isoflavones (or goitrogens), which can damage your thyroid gland. Because the thyroid is such a major part of hormonal balance and production, staying away from soy can help your thyroid production normalize.

3. Iodine

Iodine is a very popular hypothyroidism natural treatment, with many traditional and natural health experts alike recommending a good source of iodine. While nascent iodine is most often recommended, Lugol’s brand is a fine alternative. Dr. Group’s iodine supplement, Detoxadine, is also a viable option. Vitamins C and E, D3, selenium and zinc, and omega-3s should be supplemented with your choice of iodine as well.
Some food sources of iodine include:
  • Seaweed and sea vegetables
  • Some yogurts (organic yogurt, Greek)
  • Cranberries
  • Strawberries
  • Dairy products
Note: Many hypothyroidism cases are actually caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. It was found in some research that increasing iodine intake could actually cause your thyroid issues to worsen if you have Hashimoto’s. Instead, reducing iodine intake may be the solution.

4. Consume More Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Antioxidants are also important in keeping your thyroid healthy. But rather than getting them from traditional multivitamins, that simply exit the body just as easily as they entered, obtain them from natural food sources. Load up on vitamin C from dark green vegetables and citrus fruits, Omega 3 fats from walnuts and flax seeds, and zinc from pumpkin seeds.
Here are 5 antioxidant-rich foods to get you started.

5. Reduce Exposure to the Chemical PFOA (Found in Non-Stick Cookware)

Finally, reduce your exposure to PFOA, found in common household products including nonstick cookware and waterproof fabrics. Researchers have found that people with higher levels of PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) have a higher incidence of thyroid disease.

6. Natural Hormone Balancing

One approach to fixing thyroid issues and hypothyroidism is the use of hormone therapy. Most often, synthetic hormones like Synthroid, Levoxyl, or Levothroid are used, which contain only the T4 hormone and no T3 – two hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Instead of turning to these synthetic hormones, it is recommended to try a ‘natural’ hormone balancing treatment. Armour Thyroid is one treatment that some recommend if you’re going to go the hormone therapy route.
According to Dr. Mercola:
A 1999 study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that the natural hormone product, such as Armour, was far better [than synthetic products] at controlling the brain problems commonly found in hypothyroidism. Nearly all natural medicine doctors tend to use Armour thyroid which is a mixture of mono and di-iodothryonine and T3 and T4, the entire range of thyroid hormones.
Be sure to read up on Armour, and do further research before making any decisions.

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has been used as just one natural treatment for hypothyroidism passed on from person to person, and is one of the best foods you can eat for your thyroid. In addition to being made up of medium chain fatty acids known as medium chain triglicerides (MCTs), which help with metabolism and weight loss, coconut oil can also raid basal body temperatures – all good news for people suffering from low thyroid function.
Here is just one experience someone had on EarthClinic:
If you are feeling exhausted…. Coconut Oil & Iodine is AMAZING! I am 39 and mom of two. I have been feeling mildly flu-like for months not to mention beyond lethargic… I went to a naturalpath who did some kinseology tests and said it was my thyroid. He gave me some liquid iodine derived from dulse(seaweed). I then started taking coconut oil topically and internally. … In ONE WEEK, and I am not exagerating, I feel 85 to 90% better. My brain fog is gone. Even when i am not able to get a lot of sleep I don’t feel that heavy tired anymore!!!!
Thyroid conditions can be serious. You may need to see a doctor for some additional insight, but be very wary of the medications they suggest. Let them know you prefer natural solutions, or see a naturopath first whenever possible. Be sure to pass on which hypothyroidism natural treatment works for you.
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Cabbage & Apple Slaw w/ Tahini Dressing

Cabbage & Apple Slaw with Tahini Dressing

Using Tahini

I’ve been enjoying tahini most often in salad dressings, like the one in this cabbage slaw. I find that pairing it with something sweet like maple syrup or apples creates an irresistible combo that grabs hold of my appetite and keeps me wanting more.
Of course, a little tahini in hummus is a must, too. But it also can add a mysterious and mouthwatering depth to smoothies. (Just know that a little goes a long way.)
This experiment in training my taste buds to enjoy something new has me wondering what else I might learn to love. Sardines? Seaweed? Hot peppers?

Cabbage & Apple Slaw with Tahini Dressing
Serves 4
For the slaw:
4 heaping cups thinly sliced green cabbage
1/2 medium onion, thinly sliced
2 medium carrots, peeled and shredded
1 medium Gala apple, cored and cut into matchsticks
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

For the dressing:
3 tablespoons tahini (sesame seed butter)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon dark maple syrup
1 tablespoon water
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the slaw. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing. Pour the dressing over the slaw and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes before serving, or up to 2 hours.

Upper Body Superset Workout

Upper Body Superset Workout

This intermediate/advanced workout targets the chest, back, shoulders biceps and triceps.  In this upper body workout, you'll perform supersets, alternating two exercises that target the same muscles for an efficient, yet challenging, workout.
  • Warm up with a few minutes of light cardio
  • Beginners:  Start with this Beginner Workout or do one set of each exercise using light/medium weight.
  • Intermediate/Advanced: Complete one set of the exercises in each superset, one after the other, and repeat the set 2-3 more times. 
  • Check with your doctor if you have any injuries

Chest:  Pushups and Chest Flies

1.  Pushups: Get in pushup position (on knees or toes) and keep the abs in as you perform 12-16 pushups using good form.
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2.  Chest Flies
:  Move to a bench or ball and choose a medium-heavy weight.  Put your weights down and pick up a lighter weight for flies.  Begin with arms straight up over chest, palms facing each other but not touching.  Slowly lower arms down to the sides, no lower than shoulder lever, keeping the elbows slightly bent.  Contract the chest to pull arms back to start and repeat for 16 reps, 2 counts down, 2 counts up
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Back:  Dumbbell Row and Pullover

1.  Dumbbell Row:  Stand with feet hip-width apart and bend at the waist until torso is parallel to the floor.  Bend arms, pulling elbows up to the rib cage while contracting the back.  Lower and repeat for 10-16 reps.
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2.  Pullover:  Lie faceup on a step or bench, holding a heavy dumbbell straight up overhead.  Lower the weight behind your head, arms slightly bent, until you're level with the bench.  Squeeze your back to pull the weight back up and repeat for 10-16 reps.
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Shoulders:  Overhead Press and Lateral Raise

1.  Overhead Press:  Stand with feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent, abs in, weights in hand.  Begin by bringing the weights up next to ears, palms face out.  Contract the shoulders to lift the weights straight up and slightly forward (you should see them out of the corner of your eye).  Lower back down to shoulder level and repeat.
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2.  Lateral Raise:
Stand or sit, holding weights with arms bent, elbows at 90 degree angles, palms facing each other.  Keeping elbows bent, contract shoulders to lift arms straight out to the sides to shoulder level.   Lower and repeat. (You can also do this with straight arms, which is more difficult)
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Biceps:  Barbell Bicep Curls and Hammer Curls 

1. Barbell Bicep Curls: Hold weights  in hands, palms facing out, elbow slightly bent.  Keeping abs tight, bend the elbows and bring the weights towards the shoulders (don't touch the shoulders), keeping elbows from moving back and forth.  Slowly lower back down, but don't straighten the arm entirely--keep tension on the muscle throughout the movement.  If you find you're swinging the weights to get them up, lower the weight and slow down.
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2.  Hammer Curls
:  Stand with feet planted, torso straight and abs in and hold weights at sides, palms facing thighs.  Bend elbow, bringing weights towards the shoulders in a curl and lower back down.  Keep your elbows next to your torso but don't prop them on your waist to help you lift the weights.  That's called cheating.
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Triceps:  Dips and Kickbacks

1. Dips:  Find a chair or solid object and sit on it with hands next to hips.  Move hips in front of chair and, keeping butt close to the chair, bend the elbows and lower a few inches.  Don't sink into the shoulder or lower past 90 degrees.  Do a whole bunch and get ready for your last exercise.
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2. Kickbacks:  Stand with fit hip-width apart and tip forward from the hips, back flat and abs in until your torso is parallel to the floor (or higher if it hurts your back or your hamstrings are tight).  Begin with elbows bent and pulled up to ribcage.  Tighten the triceps and straighten the elbow, bringing weights up behind you.  Lower back down and repeat.
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Upper Body Challenge-Tri Sets

Upper Body Challenge - Tri-Sets

This upper body challenge is an intense mix of exercises designed to target the muscles of your chest, back, shoulders and arms in new ways. For each muscle group, you'll do a tri-set - three different exercises performed one after the other. You'll then rest that muscle group by doing a tri-set for a different muscle group, making this a fast-paced, intense workout.
See your doctor before trying this workout if you have any injuries, illnesses or other conditions.
Equipment Needed
Various weighted dumbbells, a barbell, an exercise ball and a step or bench.
How To
  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes with light cardio or lighter versions of the exercises below
  • Perform the exercises in each tri-set one after the other with little or no rest in between.  
  • Use enough weight or resistance so that you can ONLY complete the suggested number of reps
  • To view detailed instructions and tips click on pictures/hyperlinks below
Tri-Set 1 - Chest

On knees or toes, perform 12 pushups.

Y-Chest Press

Lie on a bench and hold medium-heavy weights with elbows bent.  Straighten the arms and press the weights up and out at an angle into a y-shape.  Bring the weights together over the chest, lower  and repeat for 12 reps.

Low and High Flies

Chest Fly Chest Fly
Lie on a bench and hold medium-heavy weights over the chest.  A)  Lower the arms out to shoulder level, elbows slightly bent.  B)  Bring the weights back up, but at a lower angle so that the weights are over the hips.  C) Lower the weights back down in a fly.  D) Then lift them back over the chest.  Continue alternating a regular fly with a low-angle fly for 12 reps.
Tri-Set 2 - Biceps
Hammer Curl with Power Squat
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Hold weights in both hands and swing them back slightly, powering the weights forward into a hammer curl while squatting as low as you can.  Stand up as you lower the weights and repeat for 12 reps.

Barbell Curls

Hold a heavy barbell with hands shoulder-width apart.  Contract the biceps to curl the weight towards the shoulder, keeping the wrists straight.  Lower and repeat for 12 reps.

Concentration Curls

Sit on a step or bench and hold a heavy weight in the left arm, elbow propped on the inside of the left thigh.  Contract the bicep to pull weight towards the shoulder.  Lower and repeat for 12 reps before switching sides.
Rest for 30-60 seconds and Repeat Tri-Set 1 and Tri-Set 2
Tri-Set 3 - Back
Barbell Row

Hold a barbell in front of the thighs, tip forward to about 45 degrees (back flat) and squeeze the back to pull the barbell towards the belly button.  Release and repeat for 12 reps.

One-Armed Row

Place left foot on a step or the knee on a weight bench. With the weight in the right hand, squeeze the back to pull the elbow up in a row.  Lower and repeat for 12 reps before switching sides.

Reverse Flies

 Hold medium-heavy dumbbells and begin seated, bent over with arms hanging down and weights under the knees. Lift the arms out to the sides, up to shoulder level, squeezing shoulder blades together.  Lower and repeat for 12 reps.
Tri-Set 4 - Shoulders
Overhead Barbell Press
Hold a barbell straight overhead with hands wider than shoulders.  Bend the elbows, lowering the bar to about eye-level.  Press up and repeat for 12 reps.

Upright Row

Hold weights or a barbell in front of the thighs.  Draw the elbows up, bring the weights to about chest level.  Lower and repeat for 12 reps.

Incline Lateral Raise

Lie with your left side resting on the ball, left knee on the floor for support and the right leg straight. Holding a medium weight in the left hand, lift the arm up to shoulder level, keeping the elbow slightly bent and the wrist straight. Lower and repeat for 12 reps before switching sides.
Rest for 30-60 seconds and Repeat Tri-Set 3 and Tri-Set 4
Tri-Set 5 - Triceps
Skull Crushers

Lie down, holding a barbell straight up, hands shoulder-width apart.  Bend the elbows, lowering the weight towards the forehead.  Press up and repeat for 12 reps.

Tricep Press
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Sit on a ball or chair and hold a dumbbell in both hands with arms extended overhead.  Bend the elbows and lower the weight behind the head.  Lift and repeat for 12 reps.

Sit on a chair or bench and balance on your arms, moving backside in front of the step with legs straight. Bend the elbows and lower, keeping the shoulders down until elbows are at 90 degrees. Repeat for 12 reps.
Tri-Set 6 - Core
Ball Exchange

Lie on the mat and place the ball between the feet.  Lower the arms and legs as low as you can without arching the back, then bring them back to the middle, taking the ball in the hands.  Lower the arms and legs down towards the floor again and continue, exchanging the ball between the hands and feet for 12 reps.

Ball Crunch

Lie with the ball resting under the mid/lower back and place hands behind the head or across the chest.  Contract your abs to lift your the torso off the ball, pulling the bottom of your ribcage down toward your hips. Lower and repeat for 12 reps.


Get into a plank position, on the forearms and knees or toes and hold for 30 seconds.
Rest for 30-60 seconds and Repeat Tri-Set 5 and Tri-Set 6
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