Sweat to Sparkle with Ryman Fitness (3)

This princess packs a serious punch! 

Not only is Lizzie Ryman a kick ass cowgirl, she is a 2017 Calgary Stampede Princess and is also a Certified Personal Trainer who operates Ryman Fitness out of Calgary, and Cochrane, Alberta. Through positive and upbeat motivation and guidance, her fitness program is tailored to balance a healthy and fit lifestyle. Ryman understands that balance can be hard to maintain, especially when you're on the road, or spending long days at your 9-5, and then heading straight to the barn. Through the "Sweat to Sparkle" series, brought to you every Monday, Ryman hopes to reach and help as many cowgirls (and cowboys too!) as she can. You can learn more about the services Ryman Fitness offers at www.RymanFitness.com.

We're taking the work out to the barn this week. My barn managers, lopers, grooms and slaves to your ponies and to the never-ending barn chores... this circuit is for you!

Circuit - one minute per exercise
15 second rest in-between
repeat three times

1. Deep Squats

Grab two hay bales, and a weighed down water bucket, and get to squatting.

2. Toe Taps

3. Bulgarian Split Squats

Ensure that your hips are aligned and you aren't over-extending your forward knee.

4. Incline Push-Ups

5. Plank Leg Lifts

This week we're bringing you a healthy, easy and yummy, dinner alternative:

Spaghetti Squash and Lean Ground Turkey: 

Spaghetti squash can be a great low carb alternative to pasta! 
Preheat oven to 400, and slice the squash in halves. 
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt. 
Bake 40 - 45 minutes, and use a fork to scrape out the “spaghetti” when done!
Add lean ground turkey to your favourite pasta sauce, pick a veggie to complement, and enjoy! 

Louisa Murch - White is the Creative Director of With A Western Twist, a western lifestyle blog that shares a variety of trending topics, stories from the show pen, influencer interviews and so much more. After deciding to retire her cutting horse, Lady, she found herself a little lost and a lot out of shape. Lizzie, and Louisa, know each other from the Calgary Stampede Ranch Girls, above is a photo of them running a victory lap with barrel racer, Lisa Lockhart. (No big deal or anything). Cue Ryman Fitness to come in for some day-saving, and booty-kicking in the process. 


This week was definitely a bit of a struggle for me. I started off the week really slow, really lacking energy and really lacking any desire to workout. I got really busy and instead of planning ahead... I started planning trips to Tim Hortons. Whoopsies. By Wednesday I got myself together. For those of you that really struggle with eating healthy when busy, here's my magic tip of the day. A crockpot. I'm probably one of the least picky eaters you'll meet, and so this may be easier for me than others but I literally throw in a bunch of veggies, lean turkey and some seasoning in my crock pot, cook for 6 hours, split up into containers and freeze. I'll eat that every night for dinner until gone. Some of you may be like... wtf, is she a bird or something? But like I said, my issue with food is sheer laziness, and I don't get urges to binge or snack like some people do so having stupidly easy to cook meals at the ready completely fits my lifestyle. Mid-week I had a great workout session with Lizzie and Brigitte (our lovely model for the above videos), and I discovered that some exercises are simply not for me. Cue me laying flat on an exercise ball, utterly confused, not being able to do the exercise and telling everyone I look like a dead seal. After my initial slow start to the week, things got back on track and I feel excited for the week ahead. Happy Monday ya'll! <3


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