New MUST-HAVE Gym Accessories That I Love!!

Fire Team Fit Lifting Belt and Rip Toned Wrist Straps!!  Must haves for any lifter especially as you go heavier in weight and start feeling the pressure!img_0758riptoned

First I’m going to go over the Fire Team Fit Lifting Belt.
Currently retailing on Amazon anywhere from $16-$28.  Prices vary on size and color.
This is the first time I have ever used or purchased a belt and i’m amazed and immediately fell in love with it.  Day 1 using it the very first time I hit a new PR.  I primarily got this belt because I could feel as I was getting heavier in squats I was feeling back twinks from the weight… the weight was causing my form in my back to lean too far forward or back.  I’m not quite sure which, but ever since I’ve been using the belt I have 0 back pains and no problems whatsoever.  Since purchasing and using this belt I have gone up about 10-20lbs in my squats.  It helps me feel extremely secure and safe, allowing me to go heavier without being afraid as I do work out by myself.
Not to mention it is comfy and the sizing is 100% correct.  I purchased the XXS, which they call their ‘youth’ size.  I have a 23-24in waist and the XXS is advertised as (26″=29″ around navel.)   If you scroll up you can see the front overlapping a little because I am small…but the belt still works and I don’t even notice or feel any discomfort from that.  I also feel it is the perfect width and size for me since I always see some monstrous ones and i’m tiny haha.
Another reason to support Fire Team Fit is because they are a Veteran owned and operated small business.  I love supporting small businesses especially those who are military, ex-military, or the like.

Now the Rip Toned Lifting Wrist Straps.
Currently retailing for $9.97 on Amazon, varying colors as well but all the same price.
(Wish I got the camo!! I don’t think they had that when I purchased these 😦  )
The reason why these stuck out to me was because of the price, the claim that they are cotton padded, and all of the positive reviews, especially how positive out of over 2K reviews.
Another awesome thing with these is the first time when using them I hit a new PR with deadlifts!  They allow me to have amazing grip so I don’t get cut short on my reps due to losing grip at all.  These are comfortable and haven’t bothered me at all which is a nice bonus.  They are also pretty long straps, I believe this is the full dimension: (LxW) 23 1/4” X 1 1/2”

However the length doesn’t bother me or hinder anything despite being small and having smaller hands so that shouldn’t be a worry at all.  They also have a lifetime replacement warranty!  They come with a bag with a snap if you’d like to carry your straps that way but personally I just added them into my gym bag and didn’t want to worry about any additional extra-bags lol.

I really can’t say anymore great things about either of these brands.  I’m happy with my purchases and they’ve dramatically improved my performance and my growth.  Highly recommend!  Must-have gym accessories for a low cost.

Progress

Progress

 

My very first post.  Seeing these two images side by side made me realize how far I’ve come in my progress.  I started getting serious about changing my body, and my habits around July 30th, 2014.  The First pic in the shorts, was from sometime around May-June.  I was unhappy, I was what is referred to as ‘skinny-fat.’  Trust me, it’s a thing.  I weighed anywhere from 93-97lbs as it was fluctuating on and off within the past year.  I wasn’t toned and I was not happy with how I looked in the mirror, how I looked in clothes, I just wanted change.  Not only that but I wanted to be healthy and fit.  Be able to hold my own.  The picture on the right, Those were taken around the very beginning of February, and believe me there has been progress since then!  I didn’t realize how far I have come since seeing these pictures side by side and I wanted to share that with everyone.  So keep in mind despite where I started, I started around 93lbs, and in the early February pictures I weighed about 105lbs.  I now weigh 107.  My body has begun toning up, my legs are nice and firm, i’m strong, I’ve started focusing on lower abdominal workouts and actively achieving a flat stomach.  And this is all within the span of August 2014-March 2015.  Cleaning up my diet and developing healthy habits has caused my progress to happen faster and faster and I can’t wait to share that with you in future posts!  If you are wondering what type of workout plan I am on, it’s self-made but my workout method is weight training.  It doesn’t make you buff, it makes you strong, toned, and sexy!  Trust me!  I’m 5’2″, I have to wear kids jeans considering i’m tiny!  I weigh 107lbs, squat 105lbs, single leg press and deadlifts at 95lbs, and many more.  I just wanted to use the highest numerical weights for example.  Do I look like some beast of a woman?  No.  I look healthy, and toned.  You wont become some beast of a woman by accident, that happens on purpose and that takes A LOT of work and time.  That’s something you strive for purposely, not just become.