Spiritual Gemstones And Their Meanings

Many people, including myself as of recent, turn to crystals for their healing properties. I'm a firm believer that gemstones and crystals are full of elemental energy. These precious stones help channel our true intentions and when placed in certain areas of the body, can provide mental and physical benefits. I personally use my crystals when I need to create alignment and balance within my body's energy field. I keep two jade stones in my office for focus and to help reduce stress. I recently went to a cool shop along the beach in Monterey, CA. There were crystals and gemstones everywhere and I was so overwhelmed. I picked a few that stood out to me and decided to study what their meaning and intentions were. Amethyst This is one of my favorites aesthetically. Amethyst is a spiritual healing stone widely used in meditation. It can help reduce anxiety, protect against fear, instill calmness and alleviate feelings of guilt. Amethyst stones tend to be lilac or purple in color. H

Slam Ball Exercises Upper and Lower Body

A slam ball or medicine ball,is a rubber weighted ball that is used to condition your upper and lower body as well as your abdominals. The difference between a slam ball and a medicine ball is that a slam ball is thicker, making it ideal for high-impact throwing exercises. Slam ball exercises can target your core, back, triceps, shoulders, calves, and chest. I personally love to incorporate these slam ball excerzises after my regular weight training routine using a 15lb weighted ball. 

Lower Body Slam Ball Workouts

Bulgarian Squat

The Bulgarian squat is an excellent exercise to tone your legs, booty and abs. Whenever I perform this exercise my quads and butt burn and I know I'm making gains. 

Slam Ball Bridge

The bridge is a tried and true exercise that improves posture, and builds the glutes, quads, and core. Below is one version that really works the glutes. You can also place the slam ball in between your legs right below the knees making the same movement. 

Don't forget to perform the basic lower body exercises such as lunges and squats while holding the ball. 

Lying Quad Extension

Hamstrings, glutes and quads contribute to some of the biggest muscle groups in the body. Most people focus on building their hamstrings and glutes, but it's important not to neglect your quads. 

Upper Body Slam Ball Workouts

The Slam Ball Slam

This is a great exercise that targets your entire upper body. The slam ball slam works your shoulders, chest, triceps, abdominals and legs. 

Bear Crawl

Chest Throws

This exercise sculpts your chest and shoulders. I use this exercise as a finisher and challenge myself using a heavier weighted ball.


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