New Fitness Reviews - Dolph Lundgren's Fitness Autobiography & Theraband CLX Loops

Train Like An Action Hero - Be Fit Forever

Dolph Lundgren: Train Like an Action Hero - Be Fit Forever—his autobiographical training guide—is out in a brand new edition, featuring weekly training programs with photos of each exercise, menu planners, guides to equipment and gear, stories from his life, and fantastic photos from behind the scenes of Hollywood action movies.

I have always liked Dolph Lundgren, from his debut as Rocky's opponent, his dating Grace Slick, and his current projects as writer and director. He is an academic (always close to my heart), a Fulbright scholar with a Master's in Chemical Engineering, served in the military as an officer, and is an internationally renowned black belt karate champion. Now, at 60, Lundgren has revamped his book for his peers, the older generation.

"[Y]ou are the star of your own life. Play it well and enjoy the movie."

1. Briefing: The reasons you need to get fit
2. Mission: Personal training and health philosophy
3. Weaponry: How to best combine strength exercises, cardiovascular, and flexibility training
4. Special Ops: Stick to your goals even while away traveling
5. Fuel and supplies: The best foods and supplements to build your body
6. Fit forever: Stay in shape for the rest of your life!

Like Joseph Pilates, Lundgren was a sick child, with croup, asthma, and allergies. He also was bullied, and part of his fitness journey was simply being able to breathe. His father was bipolar (like my mom) and abusive. Lundgren was sent to live with his grandparents in the country, and that is probably what saved his life.

Lundgren promotes a holistic approach that includes strength training, cardio, stretching, and relaxation. He suggests meditation, breath work, and even legs up the wall! The workouts are pretty basic - a back body day (pull), front body day (push), and arm/shoulder day, and then a full body circuit workout for when you don't have time to separate parts.

Most of the exercises are gym and equipment-based, so if you want bodyweight-only exercises, this is not the book for you. My biggest issue with his approach to fitness is the classic, No Pain, No Gain mentality. He even asks readers to compare their measurements to the classic body builder Steve Reeves!

All in all, Train Like An Action Hero is worth it for the photos, the basic information, and Dolph Lundgren's stories. And the information he gives is sound and useful.

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Theraband CLX Consecutive Loop Bands

I LOVE the new Theraband CLX Consecutive Loops! My Black loop is arranged around Dolph Lundgren's book in the above photo. These bands are so useful, and are the first resistance bands I have tried that I believe really could replace weights.

Yes, you heard me, the CLX bands can actually replace weights for FASTer Way To Fat Loss or even Dolph Lundgren's workouts!

They come in 6 levels, ranging from Beginner to Elite, and are created with unique reinforced loops that give the user greater control and freedom when using the bands. The resistance levels pretty much match the standard Therabands.

But it is the loops that make the difference! The 5' band has loops built into it every few inches, and each loop can fit a hand, foot, arm, or leg. You can work many things at once! If you have a door anchor, you can literally do any resistance cable exercise. Want a longer band? They sell a 25' roll!

I used my black one for a strength training session a few days ago, and was able to do resistance squats, lunges, chest and shoulders, and all arm work, And then I was able to lay down and use it for hip and glute work. The bands are strong and it just really works!

The best part is TheraBand’s free CLX Exercise App, which guides you through a ton of different exercises, showing exactly where to place your hands and feet. With the CLX being as small and light as any resistance band, now there’s no excuse for skipping a workout! You can carry a few for different exercises.

I Tried the New Sunwarrior Sol Good Protein Bars


I Tried the New Sunwarrior Sol Good Protein Bars

Back in August I received a press release from Sunwarrior announcing their entry into the bar market with Sunwarrior Sol Good protein bars. I requested and received samples of all four new flavors - Cinnamon Roll, Salted Caramel, Blueberry Blast, and Coconut Cashew.

Sol Good Nutrition

Sōl Good Protein Bars are USDA Certified Organic, soy free, gluten free, non GMO, dairy free, and vegan. Each bar has 12-18 grams of fiber, 17-19 grams of protein, and 3-7 grams of sugars  and is under 255 calories per bar.

The bars do leave you feeling replenished and full, especially after a good workout or a full morning of training clients.

Sol Good Flavor

I tried all four flavors - Cinnamon Roll, Salted Caramel, Blueberry Blast, and Coconut Cashew. Some are iced and some are not.

sunwarrior sol goodWhile these bars are mostly sugar-free, they are extremely sweet. Sunwarrior uses erythritol (a sugar alcohol) and stevia as sweeteners, and both of these are intensely sweet with a slightly bitter edge. I would prefer less sweetener.

The flavors were pretty spot-on, but again way too intense. The cinnamon in the Cinnamon Roll flavor left my mouth burning, and combined the intense sweetness, all I wanted to do was drink something to get the taste out of my mouth.

Sol Good Texture

The texture is also very odd. The bars look and feel very formed and processed, with a texture that I almost cannot describe. Think smooth, yet grainy. Solid, yet chewy and gummy. The mouth feel and texture, for me, were a bit off-putting.

The Upshot

Sunwarrior Sol Good Protein bars contain a large amount of protein and fiber, and to get that much packed into a small bar will mean some funky texture issues. To make them sweet enough to get past the texture, but keep them sugar-free, means a whole lot of low-glycemic sweetener, which leads to some bitterness and a drying mouth-feel.

That said, very few vegan bars will give you this much nutrition in one serving. And the cost is only around $3.00 per bar.

I prefer a less sweet, more natural bar with lots of seeds and nuts and very little sweetener. But, as I mentioned above, these bars did replenish me after working out and contained enough fiber with the protein to keep me full. And, you will drink plenty of water since they are so sweet!


My Favorite Body Care Products


My Favorite Body Care Products are all natural and smell great!

When you have been married as long as hubby and I (23 years), you start to share body care products. After a while, you agree on common favorites based on fragrance and what your skin needs.

We are both very scent sensitive, preferring natural fragrances or unscented products. And we each have skin disorders, eczema for me and psoriasis for him, so need body care products that moisturize and calm.

Seaweed Bath Company

I received samples from Seaweed Bath Co. and both of us loved the shampoo and body wash enough to order. Since then we have used their bar soaps, body creams, and bath salts. I am actually trying their not-yet-released facial product line right now, and the products are super hydrating, smell great, and my skin looks and feels fabulous.

While on a personal journey to find a better skin solution for Adam's severe bodywash_eucalyptus_front_copy_largepsoriasis, we discovered the soothing and detoxifying powers of seaweed. We were delighted to discover that seaweed not only calmed Adam’s troubled skin, but also provided important benefits for all skin and hair types.

The Peppermint and Citrus scents are light and natural, and the unscented products still smell ok, not weird like many unscented products do.

The shampoo and body wash lather well and rinse clean, without drying. The body cream sinks right in and feels light, but is extremely effective. The baths all contain seaweed and salt, and detox while treating your skin.

Serenity Acres Farm

The folks at Serenity Acres Farms raise goats for milk, and their goats milk soaps and body creams are rich and creamy. Their tagline is Happy Soaps by Happy Goats, and the soaps I tried are all different and all wonderful. Even hubby likes them!

At Serenity Farms we strive to create a place where we work with nature instead of against nature to create a healthy, sustainable, bio-dynamic home for us and our animals and make the planet a better place, one hoof print and one soap at a time! Serenity Skin Care and Soaps are toxin free, all natural, and are good for you, good for your body and good for the planet.

I love the goat stories and the cute folded boxes. But I love the soaps more. And the body cream is light and fluffy, yet rich and deeply moisturizing at the same time. Note that the products smell more in the box than they do when in use, so don't be put off.

Como Shambhalatravel-kit-s

Having spent time as both a guest and staff at Como Shambhala at Parrot Cay, I grew very attached to the Como Shambhala Invigorate products. They smell wonderful, are full of botanicals, and are very hydrating

The Invigorate body wash, shampoo, and body lotion all take me back to that gorgeous beach, even in my NYC bathroom. And the salt scrub works wonders on my dry skin as the fragrance transports my soul.