My Top 5 Favorite Beginner Workout Programs

Moving outside your comfort zone can be difficult, especially in spaces you’re not used to. The gym can be one of those places for many people. Many gym newbies gravitate toward the cardio machines because they’re easy to use and there’s really nothing to learn. But what if you want to do something instead of, or along with, your cardio? Where do you start? I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite beginner workout programs that offer something different than a couch-to-5K cardio plan.  (more…)

Brand Review: Alphalete Athletics

I love to shop, but lately, I can never find anything I want unless it’s activewear. I’ve tried so many brands, most of which are crazy expensive, and most of the time I’m impressed. However, I thought I would try some other brands I’ve discovered through my research in the online fitness community. When you study digital media and monetization of the fitness industry, you’re bound to find some brands not promoted through traditional media. That is exactly how I found Alphalete Athletics. (more…)

My Favorite Supplement Company {Black Friday Fitness Deals}

My favorite supplement company: GHOST LifestyleHi friends! I’ve shared my favorite supplements a few times on my blog and YouTube Channel, but I’ve finally decided to share my love for one brand in particular. I do want to say this video is not sponsored (but boy, do I wish it was). I’ve been buying from this company for over six months now, and I’ll be honest, I first started as a bandwagon fan. A lot of you know I’m in graduate school studying media and my thesis is on fitness, so it’s hard not to get caught up in the most popular brands being promoted on social media platforms. However, there are more reasons to love this brand other than it’s amazing work with fitness influencers. Here are my favorite things about GHOST. {Read until the end to see some of my favorite fitness Black Friday fitness deals!}  (more…)

Understanding heart rate and why it matters

Remember all those times your Soul Cycle instructor told you to check your heart rate and you sort of knew what to do, but not really? You put two fingers on your neck and pretend to count, get a random number, get off your bike and leave? Never to think about that number again? You may want to re-think how you’re interacting with those numbers. Knowing your heart rate is important, and can tell you a lot about your health.

For those of you out there with an Apple Watch, it has a built-in heart rate monitor. I never gave much thought to it, but recently, the heart rate app on the watch was updated. It now shows you “Heart Rate Recovery” data. I wasn’t very knowledgeable about that number and what it might tell me about my health, so I went online and found next to no recent information  (Post-2014) on heart rate and recovery. I collected as much information as I could, and today I’m going to share it with you in the hope you can understand just a bit more about your heart health.  (more…)

Why you shouldn’t get your diet advice from me

Why you shouldn't get your diet advice from me | Chambery and ChampagneHi, my name’s Mariah and sometimes I blog about health and fitness and food. However, I am not a nutritionist or a certified personal trainer. Newsflash: what works for me WILL NOT work for you. It just won’t. You aren’t me. Well then, you might ask, why do you even blog about it? Why post your food on Instagram? Why share your workouts? (more…)

30 Days Out | Gym Playlist

30 Days Out Gym Playlist

Wow y’all…it has been a hot minute since I wrote anything on this site! I have been busy, however, creating a professional website I’d love for you to check out if you have some time. Anyways, I wanted to check in since yesterday marked 30 DAYS OUT from the end of Summer Shredding. My cut started in March, but I’ve been slowly changing my lifestyle since the beginning of 2017. Since January 13, I’ve lost 20 pounds and 8% body fat. During the month of April I fell off track just a bit, but that’s life, and now I have new motivation and a fresh set of goals to conquer. I’m focused and ready to crush this last month! (more…)

Workout of the Week {Legs} | Feb 27, 2017

Welcome back to another Monday and another Workout of the Week! This week we’re back to legs and I can’t wait to get started. For some who may not follow my Instagram {follow here if you don’t already} you don’t know that in less than a week I’ll be starting a #SummerShredding program. For 12 weeks I’ll be bringing in my physique with solid nutrition and intense workouts. I’m spending a lot more time on my YouTube channel lately, so subscribe to that if you’d rather watch me go about my programming rather than just talk about it on the blog. I’ll be sharing bits and pieces across all my platforms. (more…)

Workout of the Week {Back and Bicep} | Feb. 13, 2017

Hey back muscles…I see you coming in just in time for backless summer tops. Don’t see yours? Don’t neglect your back, ladies! I love training back, and because it is a pulling motion you almost always are working your biceps too, so why not kill two birds with one stone? I always combine back and biceps, as it’s easier to complete what you need to in a shorter amount of time! For those asking, my upper body weekly breakdown is: (more…)

Workout of the Week | Feb 6, 2017

Happy Monday, y’all! Today I’m sharing such a fun {and challenging} workout for you. Lately, I’ve been training six days a week, and sometimes I don’t want to do a typical weightlifting-style split, meaning I don’t want to focus on my shoulders/back/biceps one day, chest/triceps/abs another, or legs twice a week. Sometimes I want a total body burn that keeps my heart rate high with little rest. On these days, I do a body-weight/plyometric style circuit!  (more…)

Workout of the Week | Jan. 30, 2017

Another workout is coming at you! This week’s focus is upper body. So many women neglect their upper body because they think building shoulders and biceps will make them look bulky. Actually, that’s quite the opposite. Women want an hourglass figure, and a great way to thin your waist is by building up your shoulders! Also, it can be incredibly difficult to shave fat off of your arms, and you won’t be able to do so with cardio alone. Give weights a chance and I think you’ll be surprised what a consistent lift schedule will do for your body. (more…)

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