One Pan Chicken and Veggie Bake


One-Pan Chicken & Veggie Bake

Why is it that life’s most enjoyable moments can be followed by such tedious tasks? Going to bed early followed by waking up to a shrieking alarm. Showering followed by blow drying your hair. Putting on PJs followed by brushing your teeth. Having friends over for a party followed by clean up. And, alas, cooking followed by… dishes, ugh! I love cooking! I love creating new flavors, finding healthy alternatives to my favorite treats, and seeing the smiles on my guests faces when they try my food. But I hate, absolutely hate doing the dishes. For one, it’s gross. The grease, grime, and old food particles. Ick! And, after a big meal, it can seem endless. Say sayonara to perpetual Read More

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Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout

It’s January… still.. which means there’s a lot of you out there looking for a new workout plan. If you’re new to hitting the weights, it’s easy to get discouraged when the majority of options out there aren’t ideal for newbies. Although you can find results from these programs, it’s going to be hard to start if you’re feeling lost before you even pick up a set of dumbbells. Doing too much too quickly can also result in injury. And then what? You’re back to square zero. Just because you’re new to strength training doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout in! I designed this Beginner Dumbbell Total Body Workout with step-by-step instructions for any fitness level. I’ve also Read More

Foam Rolling Routine


Are You Skipping This Important Part of Your Workout?

Hands up if you feel like your muscles get super tight in winter? Mine are raised oh so high. My body definitely prefers warmer weather (cue all the non-Californian readers rolling their eyes haha). It’s really important to combat muscle stiffness caused by weather, intense training, and sedentary jobs to reduce your risk of injury. I came across an awesome foam rolling routine a couple weeks ago and asked the author, Cole, if I could share it! He agreed and was so excited he offered to write a post to go along with it for my readers. Without further ado, enjoy! Hello Life in Spandex readers! My name is Cole Matthews, I’m a fitness trainer from Southern California and I’m excited to talk Read More

weight loss hype vs help


Weight Loss Hype vs Help

Tea cleanses, miracle pills, shakes, oh my! The media is swarming with advertisements imposing on anyone with weight loss New Year’s resolutions. In all honesty, I don’t blame someone who falls for one of these gimmicks. From taking a number of weight loss pills to talking my parents into buying me at-home Ab Crunch machines, I’m guilty of it myself! These companies play a good game. For someone who already feels stressed out about weight gain, the exclamation points, titles in cool fonts, before and after photos, and celebrity endorsements, create an even more demanding sense of urgency to slim down. Whether you’ve never tried to lose weight or have tried everything in the books, dropping lbs can be frustrating Read More

The Best of Life in Spandex 2016


The Best of Life in Spandex 2016!

2016 in a one word description would be something like… changing. Maybe it’s a part of being twenty-something, but I feel like I’ve seen some of the biggest changes in my life during the past couple of years. During 2016, I acquired my Precision Nutrition Certification, went through a major personal life change, and was awarded a promotion at my work that combines my passion for fitness with my knack for marketing. These pivotal moments of 2016 not only changed my life circumstance, they helped me grow as an individual. Change can be scary for a lot of people. For me, it’s freeing. It’s freeing to know that no matter what the circumstance, it can change. And not only can Read More