Sweat to Sparkle with Ryman Fitness (6)

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.

Thanksgiving Booty Burner!

Circuit - 4 times
25 second rest in-between exercises

10 Squat Jumps

10 Glute Bridges

20 Lying Lateral Leg Raises
(10 each leg)

20 Donkey Kicks
(10 each leg)

20 Fire Hydrants
(10 each leg)

20 Sumo Squat
(Hold and Pulse) 

Healthy Thanksgiving Dinner Sides

Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash
- 1 Butternut Squash
- 1 Tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 3 Tbsp Olive Oil

Take your butternut squash, peel and cut. There will be elbow grease required but it's well worth it.
Cover the orange cubes with cinnamon, brown sugar and spices.
Spread the squash cubes evenly in a single layer of a greased pan.
Bake until you get your desired level of brownness.

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
- Medium-sized Head of Cauliflower, Chopped.
- 3 Roasted Garlic Cloves
- 1 Tsp Fresh Thyme Leaves
- 1 Tsp Fresh Chives, Chopped
- Salt and Pepper, To Taste

Fill a large saucepan with about an inch of water, and insert a steamer basket.
Bring the water to a boil, and add the cauliflower florets.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover, allowing the cauliflower to steam for 6-8 minutes, or until fork tender.
Drain the steamed cauliflower, and transfer to the bowl of a large food processor.
Add in the roasted garlic cloves and seasonings, and process to your desired texture.

Garlic Green Beans
- 1 lb of Green Beans
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 3-4 Cloves of Garlic, Minced
- 1/4 Cup of Fresh Parsley, Chopped Fine
- Salt and Pepper, To Taste

Boil your green beans for 10 minutes and drain well.
In a saute pan, add olive oil.
Add your garlic and salute for a couple minutes, stirring here and there.
Add the beans and the parsley and mix together
Add salt and pepper to taste.

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. 


Standing on Sentinel Pass,
looking out to Larch Valley and Valley of the Ten Peaks
It's Thanksgiving weekend after all, so I thought i'd touch on thankfulness. Fitness isn't always easy for me, especially given the fact I went from a very physical 10+ hour a day job, to sitting at my desk and working on my computer as a writer. It's easy to be lazy when you work from home ya'll. This summer, I spent more time in the mountains than ever before and my left knee started to give out on me. I recently went on two different hikes in the mountains where my knee felt strong and stable. I heavy-breathed my way up both hikes, but still did it, and felt strong doing them. I felt a quiet sense of pride that I knew I could have kept going for a full day out there. That I was able to trust my physicality. I got on a few horses this weekend to help lope them, and felt just as strong as when I left the game. Plus, the next day I wasn't sore at all. This Sunday Lizzie held her first ever bootcamp, and while it was difficult, I could have done another round. I'm thankful today for how strong i'm becoming physically, and how well-rounded my fitness is making me in all aspects of the things I enjoy, like hiking and riding. Happy Thanksgiving you guys, we have so much to be thankful for, and the world really is a beautiful place. 

Reminder - The Ryman Fitness October Contest is running ALL MONTH. All you have to do is submit ONE video or photo of yourself doing ANY of the exercises we have detailed in the last 6 blogs and share ONE of these posts and you will be entered in a chance to win a MONTH free of personal training with Ryman Fitness!


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