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The REBEL Workout's Blog featuring training tips for functional training and HIIT, as well as tips for staying healthy and maintaining a consistent workout regime!
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11:00 AM

Let's Get Real... All About Adrenal Fatigue

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When you think back on the recent past, how many days have you woken up fully awake, alert, and ready to go?  The days when you’re 100% on the right side of the bed and you’re as energized as possible, ready to tackle the day.

If you’re like many of us, there are actually several days when you simply feel the opposite.  Stressed beyond belief, tired, more lethargic than you should be, and like you’re really craving an afternoon nap to tackle the “slump” in the day.  You eat right, workout, and try to stay as healthy as possible, so something has to give, right?!

If this sounds familiar to you, you’re far from being alone!  In fact, the crazy amount of stress that many of us put on our system nowadays can often lead to a condition called adrenal fatigue, and it impacts over 80% of the population.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

In our internal systems, the adrenal glands are the main element that helps us to rebound from stress.  When we get stressed, the adrenal glands release cortisol, which helps our bodies to prepare for what is or may become a stressful situation.  Our blood starts pumping faster, our breathing increases, and our blood sugar increases to power our muscles.

Then, once that stressor is gone, our adrenal glands bring our system back to neutral.  Or, at least, that’s what’s meant to happen.

But with adrenal fatigue, your adrenal glands never switch back to normal.  They just stay “turned on” all the time.  Everything makes your entire system feel stressed (emails, running to a meeting, working out, etc), and your adrenal glands start to fatigue because they never get a period of rest.  This leads to a long list of symptoms and side effects - none of which are good.

What are the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

There is a wide list of symptoms related to adrenal fatigue, but there are a few that are most prevalent.

  • Chronic tiredness, even after sleeping through the night
  • Trouble thinking clearly or finishing tasks (living in kind of a “brain fog”)
  • Getting irritable quickly (and often)
  • Lowered immunity and more severe case of the allergies
  • For women, more severe PMS and difficult perimenopause

Healing from Adrenal Fatigue

If those symptoms sound a bit too familiar to you, then we suggest starting with some natural strategies to help you get back to net neutral.  There are several strategies that you can try, but below are our top three.

Find a relaxation technique that works.  Meditation works for some people, gardening works for others.  Whatever it is, our systems feel completely relaxed when we feel a sense of total involvement and energized focus.  Find what works for you and make it a priority.

Balance your blood sugar.  The sugar rush, and following sugar crash, is hugely taxing on your adrenal glands.  To heal your adrenals, stick to whole, natural foods that are high in protein and healthy fat, like low-glycemic fruit and phytonutrient-rich vegetables.

Exercise, but take it slow.  If you’re dealing with adrenal fatigue, exercise can still be a priority, but we suggest slowing down a bit from your usual routine.  Intense activity increases cortisol production, which can be detrimental to your recovery.  Instead, incorporate yoga or try out interval training, which engages the rest-and-relax response in your body that you’re hoping to encourage.

Speak with one of our personal trainers at REBEL.  If you feel like you might be dealing with Adrenal Fatigue, then speaking with our personal trainers is definitely the best way to get you back on track.  We can customize your goals, understand your body, and provide a plan that will be entirely tailored to YOU.

This post was brought to you by the best gym in Denver - The REBEL Workout!

11:00 AM

Bulletproof Matcha Latte for the Win!!

Here at The REBEL Workout, we’ve been drinking a TON of bulletproof coffee.  But have you ever tried a Bulletproof Matcha Latte?

If you haven’t, we HIGHLY recommend giving it a try!

Matcha is incredibly high in antioxidants (including cancer-fighting catechins) and is jam packed with quality fats, fiber, and other nutrients that your body craves.  Matcha also has an interesting combination of higher caffeine than other teas, mixed with theanine, a relaxing compound that tempers that caffeine.  This offers you a healthy dose of calm alertness that also improves your short-term memory, increases your mental alertness, and improves your reaction time.

Plus it tastes absolutely delicious, too.

To make this deliciousness at home, follow the directions below.*

Bulletproof Matcha Latte

1 to 2 tablespoons pure organic coconut oil
1 to 2 tablespoons pure organic unsalted butter or Ghee
½ to 1 teaspoons Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 cup of fresh, filtered water
1 teaspoon of organic agave or organic honey (optional)

Heat water to boiling or just below the boiling point.  Combine your hot water, Matcha green tea powder, coconut oil, and butter in a blender or food processor.  Blend until frothy and foamy, about 20-30 seconds.** Pour into a cup, relax, and enjoy!

*This recipe is originally from the friendly folks over at Epic Matcha.

**If you don’t have a blender handy, simply melt your butter first and whisk everything very well.


Summer Special


Remember to sign up for our Summer Special before August 1st!  16 classes for only $208 - you pick the classes and we’ll make sure that you get a great workout.

This special is valid for new members and current members, so don’t miss out.  Only a couple more weeks to make sure that this is your fittest summer ever!!

11:00 AM

5 Questions with REBEL Client Olivia

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11:00 AM

All About Breastfeeding, a Sarah Jane Sandy Collaboration

Breastfeeding is one of the most under discussed, and yet hardest, parts of welcoming a new babe into the world. Learn all the details you need to know here. Read More