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On today's episode of #TRIBEGOALS I sit down with Fitness Icon Denise Austin! We talk about how she came into the fitness industry, her success with her VHS, DVD and daily TV Show on ESPN - Get Fit with Denise Austin. We talk about her impact in the fitness industry and serving 2 terms of the President's Council of Phyiscal Fitness and Sports and working alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger. We also talk about her fitness focuses as well as her work with her daughter, Katie Austin! 

#TRIBEGOALS is hosted by Kimmie Smith and is Executive Produced by Paul Farkas and Kimmie Smith. Our theme music Rough and Deep is performed by JGRLNG. 

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PHOTO COURTESY |   Clem Onojeghuo

PHOTO COURTESY | Clem Onojeghuo

Let's face the truth; women prefer cardio workouts over weightlifting. Most still think that they should not train like men. But one thing to know is that cardio exercises alone will not be very effective for any woman who is looking forward to losing fat.

There are many articles that show how this can sabotage your fitness goals. We will also give you the main reasons why you should consider using a variety of workouts rather than cardio alone if you are a woman and want to lose fat. But first, let us look at what cardio workouts are.

What Are Cardio Exercises?

These are all the exercises that primarily target raising the heart rate. Although they play a role in burning calories, they are relatively slow at doing this. They involve a lot of muscle and body movement. Some of the best cardio workouts that are loved by women include but are not limited to the following exercises.

·         Swimming

·         Jumping rope

·         Running on the treadmill or jogging outside

·         Use of an elliptical trainer or cycling

·         Rowing

Reasons Why Cardio Workouts Slow Down Fat Loss

Studies have shown that women who rely on cardio workouts alone for fat loss may be in for a big disappointment. First of all, cardio workouts like the ones we have mentioned above will not burn many calories. Although the person will sweat and spend some time on a treadmill, the rate of utilizing the fat in the body is very slow. And this is why trainers recommend weightlifting especially if you have been using enhancement gear from sellers like musclesfax.com. This is the only time you will start to see a difference.

The second big reason why it will sabotage your efforts is the fact that women tend to eat more after a cardio workout. Some reports claim that this is just a mental issue of feeling like you can reward yourself for having burned calories. But others claim that cardio workouts make women very hungry immediately after the session. Either way, this will make it hard to achieve your dream.

The other reason why women should think about mixing cardio workouts with lifting and other exercises now is that cardio exercises are very addictive. After skipping rope or jogging in the morning for a long time, you will understand how hard it is to stop. Therefore, it is better to start engaging in weightlifting and other exercises as soon as possible.

The Best Solution for Women

As a woman who would like to lose fat, it is important to develop a workout schedule that includes other types of workouts. If you research thoroughly, you will find other articles that advise women to train like men. But what is it that men do to lose fat? Those who are dedicated to fitness usually combine cardio with lifting and other body workouts. In fact, cardio is considered to be the best activity to rest and cool off the body.


As this article concludes, it is worth mentioning that stretching the body before workouts and cooling it off are necessary for those who want to achieve their fitness goals. If you always remember these tips consistently, burning fat will be very easy.

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With Memorial Day fast approaching, many are even more focused than usual on their bodies and getting them into tip-top shape at the gym. While exercise has multiple benefits, very often workouts and great looking skin don't go together.  We turned to Dr. Manish Shah, a Board-Certified Denver plastic surgeon and anti-aging expert, to give tips on how you can get the six-pack and still have glowing, acne free skin. 

Sweat Itself Does Not Cause Acne 

First, "It is important to know that sweat itself does not cause acne," says Dr. Shah. He explains, "Professional sportsmen are predisposed to accumulating dirt and bacteria in their pores during and after workout periods. If left without proper cleansing this can cause worsening in skin conditions like acne and dermatitis."

Avoid Makeup

These days a gym visit almost doesn't seem to "count" unless one Instagrams it. This often leads women to wear makeup to the gym. Just don't. Dr. Shah says, "Most makeup will clog pores by not allowing the skin to breathe naturally during workouts. A better option is a tinted moisturizer if you are self-conscious about your skin tone."


If you're going to be outdoors, apply a light moisturizer with SPF to keep your skin protected from UV rays.  Make sure to choose a lightweight product as not to clog up your pores. Look for words like "non-comedogenic" or "oil-free" to know that your sunblock won't cause acne.

Don't Touch Your Face at the Gym!

Cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, these all breed bacteria. Touching them and them wiping beads of sweat off your face is a sure way to spread bacteria that can create new breakouts. Make sure to bring a towel for this instead of using your hands.

A Flowing Mane of Hair is Not Your Friend During a Workout

When you are working out it is a good idea to keep hair out of your face by styling it into a bun or rocking a dry and clean sweatband. Sweat and dirt can get transferred from your hair onto your face. If you haven't washed your hair and you use hairspray or other hair products, these can also splash onto your pores along with perspiration. This can cause irritations and breakouts.

How to Choose the Right Gym Towel

An old rag won't be effective at absorbing sweat. However, you don't want a gym towel that is as absorbent as a bath towel you would use to dry off your body after a shower at home. Dr. Shah says that "The gym towel should be a happy medium — absorbent enough to keep your face dry during a workout, but not so thick it clings to bacteria even after a wash."

Wear Loose and Comfortable Gym Clothes

"Spandex is tight clothing that can lead to skin infections from bacteria and fungi," warns Dr. Shah. "Wear loose attire that will also help wick away the sweat preventing it from being absorbed by your skin." Just google "sweat-wicking workout clothes."

Reduce the Redness

Calm down a flushed face with your redness control remedy made up of a little bit of iced green tea and a spray bottle. "You'll cool down your skin and add in a few extra anti-oxidants in the process," says Dr. Shah.

After your workout

Dr. Shah stresses, "Wash your face immediately after your workout. You don't want a mixture of dirt, oil, and bacteria clinging to your skin, affecting its pH, and clogging your pores. If you are exercising in a park where there is no sink, bring cleansing facial wipes with you."

Moisturize Post Workout

No matter your type of skin, after cleansing you must moisturize. Dr. Shah says that "Skipping this essential step can unknowingly dehydrate your skin causing your oil-producing glands to overcompensate by producing an oversupply of oil. Use a moisturizer that's been produced for your specific skin type and condition immediately after cleansing for the best results."

Skip the Hot Shower

Sure, your muscles are sore, and you're in the mood for a hot shower after a workout. Dr. Shah points out that, "Hot water strips skin of vital oils, leaving you with dry, itchy, dull skin." Exfoliate more often to avoid "Bacne." Breakouts on your back or chest are particularly common for "gym rats." To avoid this, use a gentle body scrub three times a week. Dr. Shah says, "This will keep pores clear and skin functioning well."

Save Your "Superhero" Products for Night

Save serious treatment products for bedtime. Dr. Shah points out that, "Even seemingly normal skin can experience much more sensitivity right after a workout.  You may want to wait until redness decreases by bedtime to use your super-active acne or anti-aging treatment products."

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