6 Ways to Eat Healthier this Thanksgiving (Yes, it’s possible)

It’s that time of year again. Turkey legs, mashed potatoes and second servings – it’s all so good! That’s why we shouldn’t have to limit ourselves around the holidays. We did some taste-testing and found these healthy Thanksgiving alternatives for you and your loved ones. Bon Appetit!

1. Kale Chips Instead of Potato Chips.

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2. Pita Bread Instead of Garlic Bread.

3. Almond Butter Instead of Butter.

4. Sweet Mashed Potatoes Instead of Mashed Potatoes.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

5. Vegan Mushroom Gravy Instead of Gravy.

Vegan Mushroom Gravy

6. Steamed Vegetables Instead of Boiled Vegetables.Steamed Vegetables with Chile-Lime Butter

Don’t forget to be thankful and treat yourself to some holiday treats, just don’t over do it!

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10 Easy and Effective Stretches You’re Forgetting About

It’s no secret our workouts make you sore, but there’s no reason to ache so much that you can’t kick it by the end of the week. We brought in stretching experts to show us and our 9Round family how to avoid the pain while helping you achieve maximum muscle performance.

Remember that all of these should be done for 15-30 seconds. If you start with these ten simple stretches before any workout, we promise you’ll be feeling better in no time.

  1. Running in place. We know it’s a no-brainer, but it warms you up by activating your hip flexors, calves, as well as preparing the core.

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    via notjustdiets.com
  2. Jumping Jacks. Keep your heart rate rising while activating your hip abductors and adductors.

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    via aimwellwomen.blogspot.com
  3. Forward & Backwards Windmills. These warm up the joints in your shoulders and enable your arms to punch harder.

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  4. Forward Lunge w/ Diagonal Twist. These work your quadriceps, hamstrings and core.

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  5. Drop Lunge. This will enhance the stretching and warming up in your glutes.

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  6. Side Lunge w/ Overhead Reach. For a little extra kick in your lats and adductors.

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  7. Inverted Hamstring. This helps improve your balance and stabilization.

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  8. Lunge w/ calf raise. Yes, more glutes.  

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  9. Back Extensions. These will loosen up the lower back.

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  10. Standing Quad Stretch. Lastly, loosen up your quads. 

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We hope these help and have you 9Round ready!

Real Men Wear Gloves: The Correlation Between Kickboxing and Your Sex Drive

When you think of your typical workout bro, you usually picture a dead-lifting, bench-pressing gym rat. Workouts like Pilates, yoga and kickboxing are often criticized by men for being too “feminine.” Well, gentlemen, what would you say if we told you kickboxing actually helps your testosterone levels and sex drive more than most workouts? Yes – for once, your hormones are actually working in your favor.

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It’s no secret that working out helps keep up your endurance and performance in the bedroom, but 9Round kickboxing workouts are designed to give your body a variety. These workouts help shed body fat, sculpt your body and prepare your body for top performance in almost any position.

Our thirty minute workouts with intervals take just the right amount of time to release enough serotonin and dopamine to keep your sex drive constant.

Now, we’re not saying to give up your favorite workouts. If you add squats, pull ups, dead lifts and bench presses to our full body cardio workouts, you’re on the fast track to hitting your “masculine max.”

Exercise Excuses: Why You CAN Afford it

We’ve all said it at least once. Some form of “I’ll just work extra hard tomorrow” or “I don’t want a trainer, I know how to work out.” When it comes down to it, time, money and life can get in the way of you and your fitness routine. Here at 9Round Tampa, we’ve learned to beat our excuses and we want you to join us.

We did some research and crunched some numbers to help you see what you’re missing.

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Look at your habits.

From happy hour cocktails to Netflix binge-sessions to fast food favorites, we all have our guilty pleasures. Our 9Round fam has a motto: keep a balance. We would never ask you to give up treating yourself (or your Netflix account), but making little sacrifices here and there will get you that much closer to your dream body.

Where is your money going?

We typically don’t think about adding up our receipts at the end of the week to see what we spent on lunches, snacks, coffees and treats. Just to give you an idea, the average American spends roughly $2,700 eating out annually. That’s $225 per month! Seventy-five percent of Americans dine out at least once a week and nearly a quarter of those dine out 2-3 more times. That’s cash rolling out and calories rolling in.

Save cash, not fat.

The monthly cost of an all-inclusive 9Round Tampa membership is $79 per month (less than your typical LA Fitness or Planet Fitness membership), which comes out to about $3.00 a day. That’s less than a pumpkin spiced latte with extra whipped cream.

Motivation to make the switch. 

If you want to make any kind of change in life, you have to give a little to get a little. Just because you start allocating some of your funds towards your health and fitness goals, doesn’t mean you can never have a night out at your favorite restaurant! Just remember: it’s all about finding your balance. So make the change today!