Blue Sky Strongbox Personal Training

Blue Sky Strongbox Personal Training

Blue Sky Strongbox L.L.C. is a private workout facility owned and operated by Carlton Cullins. The facility is located in South Austin, Texas.

If the only reason you exercise is to burn off calories that are already in (and on) your body, listen up. Exercise is important for many reasons but burning calories might be somewhere near the bottom. Why? It’s similar to trying to save $10 a day while still spending $11 a day. You’ll always come up short if you continue to spend more than you earn. Eating & drinking calories is very similar to spending money. To lose body fat, you can’t keep eating and drinking more calories than you earn. To effectively lose body fat over the long haul, save more than you spend each day. Do this by cutting back on food and beverages before worrying about how many calories a workout burns. #caloriesincaloriesout #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

Are you exercising yet? Come on with it. It’s better for you than you may ever know. Today, I demonstrate a simple (not necessarily easy) workout for everyone stuck at home with no equipment or gym during this Pandemic craziness. Get outside if you can. Put a blanket down if you don’t have an exercise mat. Try the workout on the grass. Inside is ok too if need be. This whole routine has 3 exercises for the warmup, 10 reps for each. The main part has 5 exercises, do 5 slow reps for each for 3-5 rounds. Rest as needed between rounds. The cool down is only one simple glowing movement to help stretch you out and lower your heart rate and blood pressure back down to normal. Just make sure to breathe well. To make any exercise more difficult, slow it down and use some pauses. Be deliberate. Be graceful. Make it challenging. Stimulate but don’t annihilate. #noequipmentworkout #coronaapocalypse #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

[04/09/20]   ASK CARLTON A QUESTION: “How Many ...?”
Recently I’ve had a lot of questions. Not surprisingly, many have been the same questions. Today, I attempt to answer some of those questions while also having some fun. Mind you, please don’t be offended by anything I say. You don’t have to agree. It’s ok to disagree. That’s a lesson that i feel is being lost. I’m just trying to keep things real because so much of our existence is spent being fed bullsh*t and lies. If anything comes from this Pandemic, I hope it’s more truth, more transparency. #HowManyMealsAday #HowManyCalories #HowManyDaysaWeekShouldiExercise #HowManyExercises #HowManySetsAndReps #IsThereaMiraclePillYet #DontMakeItComplicated #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

If you know me, you know I want every single human to walk (a lot daily) if they are fortunate enough to be able to do so. With that said, you should walk FAST(er) if you can do so without harming yourself. Seriously, it’s great when anyone walks but the benefit is far greater if you push it a little bit more. No need to go crazy but no need to walk at the speed paint dries either. Put your phone away. Swing both arms. Put some pep in your step. Walk like you want to live another day. #walkingforhealth #walkingforfitness #auatinpersonaltrainers #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #blueskystrongbox

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you. You know who you are. #bssbbooks #blueskystrongbox

The world has always been a bit crazy. Maybe we notice it more right now. Nature is unpredictable. We are part of the Nature. Try shifting focus to that which brings out your best. Negativity and fear do so little to improve any situation. Doing this video was an enjoyable escape for me today. I hope it might help someone feel a little better. We’re all in this together. Remember to be creative. Be resourceful. Be thankful. Stay positive. Stay safe.
#carltonsmixtapegumbo #positivevibes #positivity #coronavirus #austinpersonaltrainer #blueskystrongbox

Carlton’s HOME HEALTH & FITNESS TESTING DURING QUARANTINE

Most of the world is stuck at home. It doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Use this time wisely. Use this time for improvement. Start by monitoring and maintaining your health & wellness. Each morning check your Resting Heart-rate and Body Temperature. Since it’s also a new month, check your body weight...how much do you weigh? During normal circumstances, I use the beginning of the month for assessments and testing. I do this to keep track of progress, not only for myself but for my clients as well. How many steps are you averaging each day? Not sure? Explore the many available options of how to track steps while quarantined. Normally, I also like to check a few fitness related things: Planks, Pushups, Pullups, L-Sit, Deadlift (sub-max test), 1.5mile Bike Ride on an Airdyne, 100 Kettlebell Swings for time, etc. Of course, these are not normal circumstances and most folks don’t have a gym at their house. It’s ok. Try timing how long you can hold a Plank, or a Hollow-Hold if a plank is too easy. How many Push-ups can you do? Pullups? (if you have the option). What about Split-Squats for the legs? Too easy, try holding your dog (or a weight) and count those reps. You have options. Write all these numbers down. Test again in a month. See if you do better. But most importantly, get plenty of rest right now. Quality sleep helps with the stress on the mind and in our bodies. Try Dr Andrew Weil’s 4/7/8 Breathing Technique before you close your eyes each night. It only takes 2 minutes and might help you relax. There is no excuse right now NOT to take care of yourself. I wish all of you well. #bssbbooks #wellness #drandrewweil #fitnesstesting #restingheartrate #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #auatinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox #coronapocalypse

GET OUTSIDE. WALK. IF YOU RUN, BE CAREFUL.

The whole world is in a funk right now. Getting outside and moving might really help with that. Walking is always my first choice and for many reasons, the single best recommendation for most. Some may want to run or jog. Proceed with caution. If you’re not currently a runner, you could actually end up doing more harm than good. If you’re serious about running regularly, learn proper form and practice often. It’s been said that no one should start running to get in shape, instead you should get in shape before you start running. This is great advice. Listen to your body. Sadly, Injuries from running are far too common. In all honesty, unless you LOVE running, I’d recommend avoiding it altogether. Walk instead. Try walking some hills. Try doing that with a pack on your back. There are lots of ways to make walking more challenging. Like most folks, I thought walking was too easy and too boring UNTIL I climbed my first 14,ooo mountain and hiked my first backcountry trail with a heavy backpack. Soon after that I discovered a whole new appreciation for “walking”, arguably the one single activity our bodies were BEST built for. Running is not inherently bad. Running can be a great choice for those that don’t have any injuries, are reasonably strong, NOT overweight and have great form. But for all the rest of us, it might be a recipe for disaster down the line. With that said, I do think learning to sprint (fast running) for short distances (10-40 yards) is a very worthwhile pursuit for many more important reasons than what any slower running might typically offer, but like I mentioned earlier, it’s something that needs to be learned slowly and correctly over time. Overall, I just want everyone to be careful when starting anything new. In general, exercising “too much” or “too hard” causes a decline in the immune system, especially without adequate rest and recovery. New exercises might fall into this category if overdone. Right now, this is something to avoid altogether. Ain’t no body got time for none of that, especially not during quarantine in an apocalyptic pandemic. Lol. Y’all stay safe and healthy, for real. #austinpersonaltraining #blueskystrongbox

These are questions that I personally feel have great value. The answers tell a story. Download a free app to your smartphone to check your resting heart rate. Do this regularly BEFORE you get out of bed. I think there is value in getting this number under 60 beats per minute. When it comes to steps, there is no magic number. With that said, I think there is great value in walking 10,ooo+ steps a day. (There is also great value in regular Strength Training although you won’t earn many steps doing it). You may be under 5,ooo steps each day. If so, it’s ok. Just know that you should be walking and moving a lot more. This is your friendly reminder. But wait, how do I lower my resting heart rate? Walking a lot more and getting more quality sleep each day might help. That’s why I love these 3 questions. That’s why I wrote them down for ya. There are numerous apps and other affordable devices you can use to answer each of these questions. Don’t use a sledgehammer if your foot will do. #restingheartrate #stepcounting #getmoresleep #healthylifestyle #bssbbooks #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox #covıd19 #covidquarantine2020

The whole world is in a funk. Getting outside and moving might really help our mood. Walking is always my first choice and my recommendation for most. Some people may want to run or job. Just be careful. If you’re not currently a runner, you could end up hurting yourself. Start slow. If you’re serious about starting running, study the technique and practice often. It’s often been said that no one should run to get in shape, you should get in shape before running. Start lose. Listen to your body. In all honesty, unless you LOVE running, I’d say don’t. Walk instead. Walk hills. Carry a pack. There are lots of ways to make walking more challenging. Running can destroy knees and feet if running form is less than perfect. With that said, I think learning to sprint (fast) fir short distances is a worthwhile pursuit if done correctly. I just want everyone to be careful. I’ve seen a lot body damage over the years. Ain’t no body got time for none of that, not even during a pandemic quarantine. Stay safe y’all.

When things get busy, I like lists. When things get complicated, I like simple. Here is some of my BIG IMMOVABLE STONES. And some PURPLE for your visual enjoyment (I felt like my profile needed more color). #prince #restinpurple #healthlist #fitnesslist #workoutessentials #coronatraining #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

You don’t need fancy equipment to exercise at home. You could easily use everyday things found around the house. Also, you don’t need liposuction to lose some body fat. Try eating & drinking less calories each day while stuck at home, especially if you’re not moving as much. Do you really wanna be the person that goes up in pant size during a pandemic while so many others struggle to pay their bills and acquire food? Maybe you do. Just realize that right now is great opportunity to curve any temptations or cravings that often lead to chronic overindulging. It’s a great time to practice being a better person, a stronger person. Invest in your Mind, Body, Heart, Soul. Use this time help others if you can, if possible. When it comes down to it, we all need each other, right now maybe more than ever. #coronatraining #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

CARLTON's Home Quarantine Workout #3 ADVANCED-ISH by Carlton Cullins-Personal Trainer 3/24/2020

https://youtu.be/z4S-M1Clj7k

Here is a simple yet very effective home workout for anyone that is a bit more experienced and has access to a Barbell, or 2 Dumbells, or 2 Kettlebells, or a...

As of today (March 25) Austin Texas has officially been out on a Stay-at-Home/Shelter-in-Place order until Tuesday, April 13. Because of this I will no longer be working with anyone from home. However, I will continue to work with people live via private Video sessions. While understandably not the same, they are still a great option for at home/private instruction, guidance, motivation, accountability, social interaction and hopefully a little comic relief as well. And as the great comedians often say, “I’ll be here all week”... three weeks to be exact. Contact me anytime about availability, rates or any other questions you may have. Y’all be safe out there and take care of each other! #bssbbooks #fatlosstips #destressing #coronatraining #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

What he said. #bssbbooks #fatlosstips #destressing #coronatraining #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #blueskystrongbox

My #1 choice for anyone interested in exercising at home, specifically Strength Training. These are the same bands I use. I don’t have any affiliation with the wonderful @perform_better company (yet) but I’ve met the owner and employees many times and can’t recommend them enough. You can order directly from their website or Amazon. You only need ONE for now, and a door that closes “all the way”. To use, use put the door hanger anchor (included) in the space between the door and it’s hinges and shut the door completely so that’s it secure. Then you’re ready to go. You could also wrap it around a pole or solidly stationary object but it is a little risky and you must be careful not to damage the rubber. (Ask me how I know).They have 3 thicknesses available on Amazon. Light, medium and heavy. Light is very light but a good fit for someone who is not very strong at all. Medium is good for the average person. I personally like heavy. Sometimes I even double up. Keep in mind, anything can work as long as it’s stimulative. I have tons of free videos on my YouTube page (Carlton Cullins) and here on my Instagram, my website. You have no excuse not to move. Stay tuned for more at-home exercise videos. Stay safe y’all! #bssbbooks #austinpersonaltrainer #austinpersonaltraining #austinpersonaltrainers #exercisingathome #exercisetubing #lifelinecables #blueskystrongbox

I care about a great deal mental health. You’re not alone! Remember the whole world is in this together. Don’t let fear overwhelm you. Reach out for help if need be. I also discuss my top 3 choices for home exercise equipment, fat loss tips, strength training tips, etc. STAY TUNED. I will be posting regular tips, workouts, exercises and other health & fitness related content regularly till this is done. I’m also on YouTube (under Carlton Collins) and Facebook.

Carlton’s Quarantine Home Workout 1-BEGINNER by Carlton Cullins-Personal Trainer-AUSTIN,TX 3/17/2020

Stuck at home and feeling the need to move? I can help. Follow me through this BEGINNER workout. There are 4 clusters of exercises. All you need is enough room on the cleanish ground to lie down. This entire workout takes about 10 minutes for one round. If one round is enough for you, stop there. You could repeat this up to 5 times if need be. I also did my best to demonstrate others ways to make things a bit more challenging if needed. Keep in mind, “harder” is only better if form looks good and doing less is not challenging. I should also add that doing “more” is rarely beneficial. Do something that is repeatable! Consistency is key! Start slow. Build strong. Never do anything that hurts. Understand that there is a difference in something that hurts and something that is uncomfortable. Exercise by its very nature should be slightly uncomfortable and challenging but don’t get carried away. For anyone with special challenges, write me and I will do my best to help. Consult with a medical professional if you have any serious medical issues.
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Stuck at home and feeling the need to move? I can help. Follow me through this BEGINNER workout. There are 4 clusters of exercises. All you need is enough ro...

Stuck at home and feeling the need to move? I can help. Follow me through this BEGINNER workout. There are 4 clusters of exercises. All you need is enough room on the cleanish ground to lie down. This entire workout takes about 10 minutes for one round. If one round is enough for you, stop there. You could repeat this up to 5 times if need be. I also did my best to demonstrate others ways to make things a bit more challenging if needed. Keep in mind, “harder” is only better if form looks good and doing less is not challenging. I should also add that doing “more” is rarely beneficial. Do something that is repeatable! Consistency is key! Start slow. Build strong. Never do anything that hurts. Understand that there is a difference in something that hurts and something that is uncomfortable. Exercise by its very nature should be slightly uncomfortable and challenging but don’t get carried away. For anyone with special challenges, write me and I will do my best to help. Consult with a medical professional if you have any serious medical issues.

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