Mr. Burpee is sharing his advice for women on lift and dealing with Bros at the gym. Plus, I share 3 supplements he takes regularly!
Mr. Burpee’s Advice for Women & 3 Supplements He Takes Regularly
WELCOME to the Capable & Strong Series!
This series is all about strength training. We will be chatting about things from reasons why women should lift to suggested supplements. And you can expect strength training workouts!
Good Morning and Happy Friday!
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Today’s post was originally set for me to share 3 of the supplements Mr. Burpee takes regularly, without my
nagging suggesting. I’ve talked about Mr. Burpee before, also know as The Hubs and before that, The Workout Bud. We have pretty different philosophies when it comes to nutrition. After 7 years together, he does MUCH better when it comes to eating nutrient dense food. He’s at maybe a 60/40 split of nutrient dense food to not so healthy food. However, it can still be dangerous sending him to the store by himself. He ran to get ice cream earlier this week and came home with ice cream AND a bag of powdered doughnuts…
I’ll chat about the supplements towards the end, but since we are doing this strength training series, I thought it would be fun to ask his tips for women lifting and how to deal with Bros at the gym. Dealing with Bros at the gym was a reader question and his response will hopefully give you a chuckle.
Three Tips Mr. Burpee Would Give To Women About Lifting Weights
- Don’t be afraid to go with heavier weights. If it’s difficult it’s helping.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a guy how many sets they have left on a rack or machine. Most of us are in our zone and not trolling for women.
- Get off the treadmill and do more than cardio.
Via text, he can be a man of few words. Talk to him in person and it’s a different story. He could talk to a rock…for a hot minute.
He’s a big proponent of women lifting heavy weights. He often tells me to stop being a girl and start lifting real weight if I make excuses for not adding weight to the bar. That phrase is not one I love, but you better believe I get out of my head and show him that I can lift real weight.
On #2, I will also add…or because they are talking and forget that other people might want to use the rack /machine. He calls the gym his Barber Shop. I swear when any male is in the gym (because he can talk to ANYONE and knows EVERYONE), I can do an entire workout and he can still be on one exercise.
Mr. Burpee’s Advice for Dealing with Bros
Stay away from the men that stare at themselves flexing in the mirror. They are trolling.
If they are just staring, there isn’t much to do about it. You can make eye contact and make it clear you aren’t interest (things like “really?”, “please…”, “no”, “go away”, “you shouldn’t skip leg day“). A bro-troll’s biggest advantage and driving force for hitting on/staring at women in the gym is their overwhelming self-confidence. That confidence is usually just built on sand, covering up their own insecurities. Say the right thing and they will leave you alone or maybe if we are all lucky go curl up in the fetal position and cry.
I had to chuckle at this response. My constant question to him is ‘ Why Don’t Bros Do Leg Day?’ I mean, really. How will you support that giant upper body if you don’t do leg day? How? Skinny chicken legs are NOT cute.Bros bother you at the gym? Ask them why they skip leg day. Advice from Mr. Burpee #capablestrong Click To Tweet
I tend to agree with his perspective here. At our small gym, most guys know Mr. Burpee so they don’t try anything on me. I’m usually in my zone, either moving quickly or lifting heavy. When I used to workout at a box gym, I’d just own my workout and my weight, usually just ignoring Bros. There are a select handful that are quality fellas and genuinely want to offer encouragement or assistance (when needed).
Sometimes Most times it’s pretty fun to see the look on guys faces when they see what I can lift. I think a lot of Bros underestimate women.
Which is why it’s so important for ladies to feel confident in the gym and to lift heavy.
Three Supplements Mr. Burpee Takes Regularly
Alright, the real reason for this post – the supplements. Now, I wanted to write this post partly to add a little humor to your day. Also, because if a grown man that would eat Ramen Noodles, Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Steak, Gummy Worms and Ice cream every single day if his wife would let him can manage to work 3 healthy supplements into his daily routine, there is really not excuse to not add them into your diet. He hates cooking and wasting time on preparing (most) foods. If he takes time on these three supplements, you know they must be something special.
I hope by now, you know that I’m a big fan of Vital Proteins, specifically the Collagen Peptides. Like, maybe slightly obsessed. When they reached out to inquire about partnership, I had to quiet my squeals because I was at my day job. There are a few more posts in the works, but I thought this would be a fun introduction.
I’d been taking this for a good couple months before I convinced Mr. Burpee to try it out. He’s a big fan of consuming ALL THE PROTEIN, so the fact that 2 scoops of the peptides contains 18g of highly bio-available and easily digestible protein was a big selling point. He tried it in his smoothie a couple times and surprisingly, I was right, he couldn’t taste it! With my history of being right nearly all the time, it shouldn’t have been a surprise that I’d be right again.
Collagen provides the building blocks for skin, nail, tendon and bones. Also, for hair health – something he is increasingly worried about as he gets older and his hair gets scare. The peptides are soluble in hot or cold liquid – so perfect for warm lemon water or smoothies!
A Superfood Greens Powder
kid man to eat veggies is not an easy task. I’m always telling him to eat something green. One day at work, he took a photo of his Cap’n Crunch All Berries cereal. There was a green berry in bowl. #notimpressed.
Imagine my surprise when he came into the gym one day with an odd looking color liquid in his shaker bottle. I asked what was inside and he said, “Tart Cherry Juice, Creatine, EAA, Collagen and GREENS POWDER.” I was like, ‘WHAT?!’ He added greens powder (and collagen) without me
nagging suggesting. He’d added it to his smoothies before and apparently, he decided to keep up with it.
Now, I never advocate using a greens powder as your only source of veggies. It’s called a supplement for a reason. I’m happy to say that Mr. Burpee is eating veggies for at least 2 of his meals each day + the greens powder (most days).
Vital Proteins has a Collagen Beauty Greens supplement that we recently had the opportunity to try. You guys! It combines marine collagen peptides with raw organic greens, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics. Plus, it improves skin’s moistures, smoothness, and tone! Hello, so many benefits. Definitely an option to consider if you are looking to incorporate a greens powder!
Whey protein has always been tough on my stomach, so I tend to go plant based. Mr. Burpee, however, drinks whey protein pretty much exclusively. As someone that find it important to understand where your food comes from, I don’t always love his choices of whey protein. To him, the more protein the better, regardless of what other fillers are added.
Vital Proteins sent their Pasture-Raised, Grass Fed CollagenWhey Protein in Vanilla. He’s getting a solid 25g of protein per serving, collagen & whey AND 2nd generation spore probiotics for increased protein utilization. He’s a snob and only likes Vanilla, but I’m betting the chocolate is super tasty. I love this brand because it contains quality ingredients and a short list of them. Another option if you are looking for a whey protein!
Disclaimer: Thanks to the partnership with Vital Proteins, I was provided products in exchange for a post. All opinions are my own!
Hopefully this gave a little chuckle and some ideas for quality, supportive supplements you can add to your daily routine.
If you have specific questions related to this series, don’t hesitate to ask. I do have posts in the works on pre / intra / post workout nutrition and supplementation.
What are you up to this weekend?! Nothing big for us, except class and work on my end. Although, I am going to see Beauty & the Beast with my mom and sister this afternoon! SO PUMPED!
SO, TELL ME:
Have you tried any Vital Protein Products?
What are you doing this weekend?