Hydration in Colorado

What do you like to do on vacations?  We took a family vacation to Copper Mountain Colorado and enjoyed the scenery and outdoors.  But, there are some things to remember when traveling to the altitude and increasing physical activity.

Yes, we have an active family, but adding in the altitude factor requires a little more focus to keep going strong.

Hydration- Water is important (you should drink it everyday).  In everyday life, water is important to help joints and muscles, keep body cool, promote cardiovascular health, and cleanse your body.  Now, when in the high altitude, the more water you have, the faster you will adapt to the altitude.  So, drinking water is an easy way to avoid altitude sickness and feel better overall.  Don’t go overboard, to much water can have negative effects on your body.  So, use your best judgement.  A good way to check hydration levels is the color of your pee. Darker pee=not hydrated, lighter pee=well hydrated.

BCAAs- BCAAs (branch chain amino acids) can help with endurance and exercise capacity.  Adding some in during exercise may be beneficial.  Taking some BCAAs on a high altitude hike may give you a little boost when you need it most.  BCAAs come in a powder form that can be mixed with water.  Definitely try some out before you get to high altitude to make sure your body agrees with the supplement. My favorite BCAAs are Titan Nutrition BCAAs (use code TEAMPRO for 20% off).

On my trip to Colorado I planned my big hike around our time at high altitudes.

Day 1- Little bike ride at Copper Mountain Bike Trail (getting adjusted to altitude and exercise).  Beautiful ride with great sights.  Visit Epic Discovery on top of Vail Mountain (elevation 11,570 ft) (8 hours at high altitude).molly wichman fitness11

Day 2- Little bike ride at Copper Mountain Bike Trail towards Frisco, CO (getting more adjusted to altitude).  Visit Leadville, Co (elevation 10,152 ft) for the day,  (another day at high altitude).

Day 3- Hike Quandary Peak, elevation 14,265 ft.  Started trail at 5:30am.  Hikes 2.5 hours up, stayed at summit for 10 min, hiked 2.5 miles down.  Packed my hydration pack with water, small water bottle for Titan Nutrition BCAAs, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, banana, trail mix, beef jerky, protein bar, first aid kit, whistle, and carried hiking poles.  This was my first “14er,”  and I’m up to try another one.  Yes, I got exhausted and had labored breathing as the altitude increased, but I kept a steady pace and kept moving.  My concern was making it to the top, which I did.  Then, to get down and move on with my day.  This was definitely a test of will power and inner strength to keep moving to the top.

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My family trip to Copper Mountain was a success.  This is the highlight of three of our six days. Fun, adventure, time with loved ones.  Now, who’s ready to take it up to the mountains?  Plan what you want and enjoy the time!

 

 

Team PROformations at the 2017 NPC Missouri State

Team PROformations, the competitive team of Life Transformations Personal Training, had a group of bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, bikini, and figure athletes compete at the 2017 NPC Missouri State Bodybuilding Championships, on July 15, 2017 in Springfield, MO. All athletes competed well and coaches Robert Wichman and Molly Wichman are proud of everyone.  Here is a wrap up of the results.
Melissa Lantz- 1st Novice Figure,  1st Open Figure, 5th Bikini
Kenzi Hanson 4th Novice Bikini, 4th Open Bikini
Jennifer Larson 2nd Novice Bikini
Joseph Larson 1st Novice Men’s Physique, 1st Open Men’s Physique, OVERALL Novice Men’s Physique, OVERALL Open Men’s Physique
Ricky Intharaphet  2nd Novice Classic Physique, 3rd Open Classic Physique, 4th Novice Middleweight Bodybuilding, 4th Open Middleweight Bodybuilding
Russ Williams 1st Masters Bodybuilding, 1st Open Heavyweight Bodybuilding, 1st Novice Heavyweight Bodybuilding, OVERALL Masters Bodybuilding
Tony Hamilton 4th Masters Bodybuilding, 4th Novice Light Heavy Bodybuilding
Skip Arzt Men’s 3rd Novice Classic Physique, 3rd Masters Classic Physique
Matt Smith 2nd Masters Classic Physique, 4th Novice Classic Physique

 

Trainer Tip- Strawberry Picking

Lee’s Summit fitness friends, I have the perfect little fieldtrip for you and your family.  Take a visit to Benny’s Berries U Pick Strawberry Patch just south of Kansas City, MO.  I went to pick strawberries at the end of the season and had a blast with my little guy.

We were first time pickers, but got all of the directions we needed.  Since it was the end of the season, we had to look under leaves and go to the back rows, but we got a box full of bright red strawberries.  Now, the fun doesn’t stop here.  We went home to wash our strawberries and found some tasty recipes to use our fresh pick.  Some recipes were healthy, and some I “healthied-up” aka my version of modifying a recipe to make it healthy.  Here is a collection of what we tried.  Now, all of these recipes are easy.  Make sure to grab a step stool and involve the kiddos.

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Fresh Strawberries

Eating strawberries plain is delicious.  Grab and go snack.  If you want to try a little dessert, add light Cool Whip to plain strawberries…Mmmmm good.

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Take whole strawberries, dip in vanilla Greek yogurt, place on wax paper, freeze for 3-4 hours, enjoy a fresh and healthy treat.

 

Strawberry Lemonade Pops

Puree strawberries in blender or food processor (I used Magic Bullet), add lemonade (or Crystal Light), pour in ice cube trays or popsicle molds, add stick or toothpick, freeze till set.  Enjoy a refreshing popsicle!!

 

Strawberry Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups fresh strawberries chopped & tossed in 1 Tablespoon of flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees. Spray two 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, using a mixer, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
  3. In a small bowl, beat eggs using a fork. Add eggs to sugar mixture and beat until combined. Add mashed bananas and mix until combined.
  4. Combine all dry ingredients: flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to banana mixture and mix until flour is just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX! Fold in floured covered strawberries.
  5. Pour batter into prepared loaf pans and bake at 375F for 15 minutes. REDUCE heat to 350F and bake for an additional 30 minutes until edges are slightly brown or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool completely before removing from loaf pans.

*I kept one loaf to enjoy and placed the other loaf in the freezer.

*Recipe from www.therecipecritic.com

 

Strawberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

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3 Tablespoons honey

1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

Directions

Combine frozen strawberries, honey, yogurt in food processor or blender (I used Magic Bullet), and blend until creamy.  Enjoy this refreshing and cool treat.  Can store frozen yogurt in the freezer.

*Recipe from www.justataste.com

 

This was a fun little field trip for my family.  Go out and try out Benny’s Berries U pick strawberry patch to have your own adventure.  Life Transformations Personal Training loves to share healthy tips and recipes.  Check out our NEWS page for more. Have a good Summer!!

Team PROformations at 2017 NPC Jr Nationals

Team PROformations, the competitive team of Life Transformations Personal Training, had a group of bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, bikini, and figure athletes compete at the 2017 NPC Jr Nationals, on June 17-18, 2017 in Chicago, IL. All athletes competed well and coaches Robert Wichman and Molly Wichman are proud of everyone.  Here is a wrap up of the results.

Jeremy Simons- 6th Men’s Physique

Angie Simons- 13th Bikini

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Team PROformations at 2017 NPC Muscle Mayhem Championships

Team PROformations, the competitive team of Life Transformations Personal Training, had a group of bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, bikini, and figure athletes compete at the 2017 NPC Muscle Mayhem Championships, on June 10, 2017 in Kansas City, MO. All athletes competed well and coaches Robert Wichman and Molly Wichman are proud of everyone.  Here is a wrap up of the results.

Keith Williams- 13th-IFBB Men’s Bodybuilding

Brandy Norris- 1st-Fitness

Dejuan Gardenhire- 2nd Novice Classic Physique

Juan Aguilar- 1st Novice Men’s Physique, 1st Open Men’s Physique, OVERALL Novice Men’s Physique

Ricky Intharaphet- 1st Novice Classic Physique, 1st Open Classic Physique, 3rd Novice Light-Heavy Bodybuilding, 3rd Open Light Heavy Bodybuilding

Melissa Lantz- 5th Novice Figure

Alberto Guardado- 1st Masters Men’s Classic Physique, 3rd Novice Men’s Classic Physique, 2nd Open Men’s Classic Physique

Rick Zungia- 1st Masters Bodybuilding, 1st Novice Bodybuilding, 3rd Open Bodybuilding

Kim Zungia- 2nd Masters Figure, Open Figure

Anthony Elayan- 1st Novice Men’s Classic Physique, 1st Open Men’s Classic Physique, 4th Masters Men’s Classic Physique, OVERALL Novice Men’s Classic Physique, OVERALL Open Men’s Classic Physique

Seth Snodgrass- 2nd Novice Classic Physique, 4th Open Classic Physique

Omar Pena-Estrada- Men’s Physique

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Personal Trainer Tip- Glutes Training

Molly Wichman, Life Transformations Personal Trainer in Lee’s Summit, MO, shares some glutes training tips.  Try it out these Trainer Tips for Glutes Training next time you are in the gym.  Great for bikini season!

Do you like your rear view?  As we approach competition season and bikini season, every gal wantslife transformations personal training lees summit trainer tip glutes 1.png to focus on her back side.  Ladies tend to hold onto body fat the longest in the glutes, hip and thigh areas.  While body fat reduction comes primarily from nutrition and cardiovascular activity; lifting and shaping the glutes region can help with the appearance of the rear view.

If you have a weak backside, you may want to allow a day for just glutes strength training.  Here are some good glutes building moves to incorporate into your workout routine.

Squats- We have all heard “Squat for that booty.” Yes, squats build muscle to the glutes, but they are not the only exercise out there.  Free bar, Smith machine, Pivot Squats, dumbbell squats and even body weight squats can train the glutes if done properly.  If you stand up from your computer and do a bodyweight squat focusing on pushing through your heels on the way up, you will feel your glutes muscles activating and being worked.  This is the feeling you need when doing any variation of squats, pushing through the glutes.  Now, squats are also great for all over thigh development; but, if the focus is glutes…push with the glutes.
Abductor- The abductor or outer thigh machine is great for training the hips and glutes.  Depending on the angle of the machine at your gym, you may need to lean forward to a 45 degree angle to really push the movement back into the glutes area.
Glutes Bridge- You may want to do this movement in the corner of your gym to feel more comfortable.   Lying on the ground with your feet on the floor directly under your knees, lift your hips up, then slowly lower to the ground.  If you squeeze through your glutes you should feel this.  To add resistance hold a dumbbell or weight plate on your pelvis as you lift your hips.
Leg Lifts- The best place to start leg lifts is on a bench.  Lie face down with your hips off the bench (move a little forward if too much pressure is on your back) and your legs resting on the ground. Grip your hands on the front of the bench to balance yourself.   Lift your legs so you do a “superman move” by pulling with your glutes muscles, and then come down slow and repeat without letting your legs touch the ground.  If this gets easy, try adding weight by adding ankle weights on your legs or a resistance band around your ankles.  Want to change the angle, try this move on the incline bench for a deeper stretch.  Another option is to put a BOSU ball on the bench so your bellybutton it on the center of the rounded BOSU.
Leg Press- The leg press or single leg press is another exercise that is great for overall thigh development.  For your glutes focused workout, but your feet at the top of the foot pad.  This will allow you to push through your glutes and hamstring muscles.
Plié Squats- Similar to the squat, but with a wide stance with toes pointing out.  Try a squat.  Then hold a weight plate or dumbbell to add resistance.  If you are flexible, try standing with each of your feet on a weight bench (still in a wide stance).  The added height will allow you to get a deeper squat and really push through your glutes and inner thigh muscles.

For more Trainer Tips visit our News Blog on our website

Team PROformations at the 2017 NPC Midway USA Championships

Team PROformations, the competitive team of Life Transformations Personal Training, had a group of bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, bikini, and figure athletes compete at the 2017 NPC Midway USA Championships on May 13, 2017 in St Louis, MO. All athletes competed well and coaches Robert Wichman and Molly Wichman are proud of everyone.  Here is a wrap up of the results.

Anthony Elayan- Men’s Classic Physique 2nd Place, Men’s Bodybuilding Light heavy 2nd Place

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Team PROformations at the 2017 NPC Midwest Championships

Team PROformations, the competitive team of Life Transformations Personal Training, had a group of bodybuilding, physique, classic physique, bikini, and figure athletes compete at the 2017 NPC Midwest Championships on April 4, 2017 in St Louis, MO. All athletes competed well and coaches Robert Wichman and Molly Wichman are proud of everyone.  Here is a wrap up of the results.

Ricky Hicks- Novice Men’s Physique 2nd Place, Open Men’s Physique 6th Place

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American Ninja Warrior Kansas City

Kansas City American Ninja Warrior fans, who is ready for ANW Season 9?  They are all set up in front of Union Station.  Filming will be Monday April 24th and Tuesday April 25th.  The competitors have been selected; they are just putting the final touches on the course.

 

If you have some free time, go check out the American Ninja Warrior course.  There are some road closures (http://www.unionstation.org/ has the details), but you can still park in the Union Station Parking garage in the back of the building.  If you exit on the 3rd level you end up by the course.  Spectators can see the course (stay outside of the fence) from the Liberty Memorial or inside Union Station (go up the elevator to the 3rd floor).   IT is a pretty large setup that takes up the whole front parking lot.  Definitely something to see for anyone interested in American Ninja Warrior.

 

Another way to experience the course, if you were not selected to be a contestant, is to be a tester.  I had the opportunity to be a tester last weekend and it was a pretty fun experience.  This is not testing to be on the show, which involves an online application and video submission due at the beginning of the year.  Visit for more https://www.anwcasting.com/ details.  A tester helps the crew of the course test individual obstacles.  They are looking for males and females of different sizes to try the obstacles.  Then the crew may make small adjustments to the obstacle angles, handles, difficultly, etc.   You never know how it will end up for the official show. american ninja warrior kansas city 2017 molly wichman 1

 

I was invited to be a tester from someone I know at Apex Climbing Gym.  They have a ninja warrior training facility and offer ninja warrior classes.  After being selected, you receive an email with all of the details of being a tester.  While they told me what to bring and where to go, I didn’t know what to expect.  I went to two testing sessions.  One had about 10 testers and the other one had over 30 testers.  The crew gave directions, then let us know which obstacle we would start with.  Everyone who wanted to do that obstacle got in line, and tried it out.  They the crew would take us to another obstacle.  You never know how long we would be at that obstacle before moving on.  To get the whole experience, make sure to watch all of the testers and see how they do the obstacles with different technique.  Also, cheer on the testers and see how everyone helps and coaches testers from the sidelines.

 

Overall, I would say being a tester is the next best thing to being a contestant on the show.  You get to try out your skill on the course, experience the atmosphere and have some fun with like-minded individuals.  If you ever get the opportunity to be a tester, then try it out and have fun!

 

If American Ninja Warrior is coming to your town, check out http://on-camera-audiences.com/shows/American_Ninja_Warrior to apply to be in the audience.

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Trainer Recipe- Ranch Dip

Life Transformations Personal Training in Lee’s Summit, MO shares healthy recipes and tips with clients and the community.  Try out a quick and healthy recipe for Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip.  This recipe is super easy to make and tastes great.  You can make ahead and store in the fridge.  Great to top salads, dip fresh veggies, add to sandwiches or wraps, or even replace high calorie cheese in casseroles.  Who doesn’t like ranch?  This is a family friendly recipe.

Greek Yogurt Ranch Dip

Ingredients

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3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Fresh, chopped chives garnish

 

Directions

 

In a medium bowl, stir together all of the ingredients: Greek yogurt, garlic, onion, dill, salt, Worcestershire, and cayenne. Garnish with fresh chives and serve. Store leftovers in the fridge.

 

*Recipe from http://wellplated.com