Your Personal Trainer: Tighten Core Like an Olympic Athlete

Taylor Ryan is CafeMom's personal trainer, here each week to help us get in shape. Today, she shows us the Lemon Squeeze and the V-Sit Up—two exercises to help us tighten our core just like the Olympic athletes do during their workouts. And to make sure our diet is on track, she also shares a healthy eating tip to focus on for the week.


Taylor is the head trainer for The Art of Weight Lifting, as well as Fat Blasting Boot Camps for Moms in her hometown, Charleston. Each week, she shares with us a new exercise and healthy eating tip.

Here is this week's tip:

Get the energy of an Olympian and get the most out of your workout by eating a snack rich in complete carbohydrates and proteins within two hours before you start your sweat session. This will ensure that you have the needed fuel to make it through, and you can really push yourself to get the most of it! Great pre-workout snacks include:

  • Wheat toast with all natural peanut butter.
  • Tuna fish on corn cake.
  • Protein shake with strawberries and other fruit.
  • 1/2 banana with 1 tablespoon almond butter.

What do you like to eat before your workout?


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