Clean the Inside of Bottle By Applying These Tips

Water bottles are fun to have and provide you with a lot of uses. You can put any liquid you want in them. Want to drink orange juice or water mixed with a little lemonade? Make it happen with a water bottle and the mixture. I always find carrying a empty water bottle to useful. There are times when I want to get a new one. The bottle does like to carry flavors over and stuff. That’s why I took it upon myself to learn how to fix it. The answer was obvious and I figured it would end up with me cleaning the bottle. Cleaning a water bottle can sound stupid but think about the full effect you could get from cleaning and reusing a water bottle. Makes you feel you are taking a whole new take on it doesn’t it? Below, I want to teach you how to clean your water bottle. Drinks should taste like it is suppose to with each sip.

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Empty Bottle and Rinse

The first step in cleaning your bottle is to empty all the water that is in it. The bottle needs to be completely empty so you can begin cleaning it from the inside. Don’t want any fruits, alcohols, or soda juice carried over in the next water fill up. Make sure you untwist the top part to do it. Do not be lazy and squeeze everything from the bottle like a water gun. No, open the entire thing up and dump the liquid somewhere. I suggest you put it somewhere like your sink or outside grass. Once done, you are ready for the next step.

 Fill Up With Soap and Water

Second, fill your water bottle up with soap and water. The soap you can use can be dish washing liquid, bar soap, or bleach. Really any soap around your house can do. Once you got the bottle filled up with water and soap, the next thing is to close the top back. Tightly close the top to your water bottle mind you. I remember shaking up the bottle last month and getting soap all on my white pants. Keep it tight. Next, shake the bottle up and get the soap to foam up all around the water bottle. Make sure the soap is traveling all around the bottle. Then, pour the soap out.

Next, you take your bottle to a water fountain and rise the bottle out with water. Use the kitchen faucet. That seems to be the most applicable one. Rinse it 5 to 7 times to be safe. You don’t want to taste that little soap in your mouth. Even a little of its taste can make your drinking experience a fail. After, you are all done and ready to add in more flavors to your water bottle. Just be sure it is flavors you like. Plastic tends to carry flavors over as time goes by. Don’t use flavors you don’t want to taste again.

 Some Bottles Need Replacements

Unfortunately, you can’t reuse all water bottles. There are times when you drop that weak water bottle and realize that is has small hole in it. Those are the ones you can’t reuse. Also, the ones that turn into a shape that makes it hard for you to get a descent amount of water filled in them. Throw those water bottles away too. I know you really want to reuse that water bottle and save money. But, the experience does not have a price tag when it comes to drinking water. You got to yourself a personal service and buy a new water bottle container. Try a stainless steel one or one with a plastic that does not bend easily. There are plenty of them at your grocery store and online for reasonable prices. Can’t go wrong by looking for another water bottle to upgrade your drinking experience.

What a Normal Guy Needs to Know About Skin Care

Skincare is not something the average guy is concerned with. Men have been brought up to be clean and learn to take care of things. Looking like a sculpted goddess was never part of the plan. It is nice to look good. But, as a man in this world, looks should not be what he strives for. Looks do not matter in terms of getting things that just work the way you want them too. Though, the year is 2019 and some men feel they need to look good to impress women. Personally, I am not one to judge you but start the best facial moisturizer for men as a start. Get your face looking right and then later work on your other body parts. Your face has a lot of bumps, scars, and redness that could use some work. Work on your face first in my own opinion. More things you might want to know about face skincare below.

Get Skin Clean Products for Men

Every skin clean product you buy should be for men. Don’t use the women stuff or your sister stuff. No, that stuff will not work as effective as the men’s skin clean products. Men have skin that is often more oily than women. Their skin is made to be tougher to withstand more punishment. Could be that men were built for war. They use to hunt in tribes and sacrifice themselves for the tribe. It kept civilization alive all this time. Scientist take these things into consideration to make men have skin that is very soft like a women. The best facial moisturizer for men is designed to make the process go faster. These face cleaning products can only hydrate the skin, soften it up, and make you look pretty. Pretty like a God from the sky. If you going to take skin clean products made for men, don’t expect to have a tough face that can take punches.

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Wash Face Morning and Nights

If you truly want to get your face looking young and healthy, you got to wash face twice a day.Sometimes, I don’t want to take a shower each day. But, you got to wash your face twice a day in order to get the dirt that come in from yesterday and the outside in one day. You won’t be able to clean the face good if you wash it with a face cleaning product once a day. There is a problem I forgot to mention. Some of these face cleaning products should only be used once a day as instructed. In those instances, cut it down to once a dace with face cleaner product. Doing it two times can burn your face or cause you more skin problems. Always read the instructions and see if you can wash your face two times with the face cleaning product you bought.

Use Benzene Peroxide to Fight Acne in Face

Benzene peroxide does a high performance in removing acne from your face. Acne is the red bumps you had when you was in high school. Well, some of those bumps come back when you gt older. Bacteria loves to make your face bumpy and itchy. When they come back to your face, use a facial cleanser that has benezene peroxide in it. It will sting a little bit but it works well getting your face to become less bumpy. Kills zit causing bacteria that try to invade face every time you go outside. Face also transforms into a nice little boy face that you use have when you was younger. The face your girlfriend wants you to have. A face she can brag to her friends and talk about how cute you look compared to the other men. Besides, those red bumps need to be destroyed.

3 Supermarket Foods We Cannot Live Without

Living in New York City is great…until you have to go grocery shopping. Then I’d rather be living in Connecticut. Ok, that’s a slight exaggeration, but you get my point.

Grocery shopping in New York can be a daunting task–elbowing and pushing your way through the crowds is hardly relaxing. But every now and again, you strike gold, discover an amazing new food, and if you’re lucky, live to tell about it.

I had one such day on a recent Sunday afternoon at Trader Joe’s on the Upper West Side. I came across three amazing new foods that I now cannot live without, and I think you’ll find them equally satisfying.

Beans in a Box

Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils ($3.59)

Beans you can heat in the microwave, add to soups, or eat cold–it’s that easy. As many of you know, beans are an amazing food–full of protein, low in fat and an ideal substitute for meat in any dish. Cooking beans from scratch can take hours and I rarely find lentils canned. Problem solved. These keep in the refrigerator for days.

The Better Instant Oatmeal

Trader Joe’s Frozen Steelcut Oatmeal ($1.59)

Steelcut oatmeal takes forever to cook, so it’s usually a weekend thing for me. Until now, that is. It takes 3 minutes to heat these frozen blocks of magical oats to creamy perfection, and there’s no pot to scrub afterwards (bonus!). You get all the benefits of this fiber-rich food without the fuss. Give it some pizzazz by adding chopped walnuts and dried cranberries.

Chocolate in the Raw

Emmy’s Dark Cocoa Macaroons ($4.oo)

Decadently rich and melt-in-your-mouth chocolate morsels. I have nothing more to say. Other than the fact that they’re completely raw, 100% organic, vegan and gluten-free. They’re also super low in sugar–only 4 grams. Plus, raw cocoa is high in magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, and a ton of vitamins. That’s a good reason to indulge.

Do you have any grocery store secrets to share with us? What’s been filling your shopping cart lately and how can we get our hands on it?

The #1 Thing To Avoid While Dining Out

I like to think that I fall into the category of being a serious foodie. Admittedly, I’m not as culinarily-inclined as some folks in this town, but I take pride in trying all the latest and greatest restaurants. If you are familiar with the NYC dining scene, you know that keeping up with all the new openings takes serious commitment and a lot of eating! And it’s usually not eating of the healthful kind. In fact, it can get quite gluttonous.

You may be wondering, how do I eat so many indulgent foods (read: foie gras, bacon, lobster mac ‘n cheese, bacon, eggs benedict, and well, bacon) but manage to stay on the slender(ish) side? It’s a good question, and one for which I have a simple answer.

In fact, it all boils down to 1 thing–a simple secret that’s easy to follow, doesn’t require counting points (math is not my forte), or keeping a food diary. If you’re like me and apply this 1 easy rule when dining out, you can order what you want and enjoy it without feeling guilty.

The Fine Print…Just a Little

Ready for the disclaimer? This is not a hallpass to hit the all-you-can-eat buffet with reckless abandon. You still need to watch your portion size and continue to exercise–whether it’s regularly hitting the gym, playing catch with Fido, or biking to work.

Alright, no more disclaimers. You want me to blurt it out already? I can take it hint. Here it comes…

The Secret, Revealed

The #1 thing to avoid while dining out is…the sauce. It’s that easy. No matter what you order (even if it’s a salad), just ask for the sauce on the side. If you don’t, the restaurant is likely to add a lot more than you need, thereby adding A LOT more calories without much incremental flavor.

Want Eggs Benedict for brunch? Order it. Love every bite of it. Just get the hollandaise on the side.

Hungry for steak? Get the filet mignon and ask for the red-wine reduction on the side. Done. Check.

Lobster Ravioli finished in a butter cream sauce? Ummmm, this is a no brainer…

Scallops sauteed in a lemon sauce (this is typically a “brown-butter” lemon sauce). Seafood is healthy, but you gotta get the sauce on the side.

Chicken satay with a peanut dipping sauce? Luckily, this one already comes on the side.

Anyhow, you get my point.  Sauce on the Side…”SotS” for short. Once your dish arrives at the table (with the sauce on the side), drizzle a little on your meal–just enough to make it palatable and impart some flavor. Most of the time, if you’re eating at a good restaurant, the ingredients should be high-quality enough to be tasty on their own.

So what’s the #1 thing to do when you’re dining out?

SotS. But you already know that by now.

Now Serving: Spanish Brown Rice

Who loves flavored rice? We do!

Who doesn’t love all the sodium in most flavored rices? We don’t!

And nor should you. That’s why today’s news will make many of you very happy campers – we’re launching Spanish Brown Rice at all Pump locations! (Can you tell we’re a little excited? It’s just that good.)

So as of today, you can have your spicy flavored rice…and eat it, too. Without needing a gallon of water to counter the salt overdose. That’s pretty cool.

The Secret’s in the Spice

How did we get a rice that’s so flavorful without relying on salt? Well, that’s our little secret. But I’m horrible at keeping secrets, so I’m going to let you in on it.

Our own Chef Danny, who’s always finding innovative ways to add a healthful spin to the food we serve, starts by taking long-grain brown rice and cooking it until it’s perfectly tender with a slight bite. Meanwhile, he chops Spanish onions, red peppers, jalapenos, and prepares his “spice packet.” Only this spice packet isn’t made with anything artificial, and it doesn’t come out looking like some suspicious powder-like substance. No, no…this is the real deal. Danny combines chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and a pinch of sea salt. Then he adds it to the peppers and onions, which have been cooked in a little olive oil, folds in the brown rice, and voila! Our new Spanish Brown Rice is ready for some lucky Pump customers.

Low in Sodium. High in Fiber.

Guess how much sodium is in 1 serving? Less than 200 mg. Is that good, you may be asking? Well, let’s compare it to the boxed variety. Far East has 640 mg per serving and Zattarain’s has more than 500 mg. I rest my case.

We beat them in fiber content as well. We’ve got 4 grams of fiber per serving and the others have only 1 and 2 grams, respectively. Not too shabby. Complete nutritional information below.

So our Spanish Brown Rice has just as much flavor, but since it’s made from scratch with nothing but whole ingredients, it’s much better for you. It’s a pretty special dish, in our opinion. Thanks, Chef Danny.

So why are you just sitting there reading this blog post right now? (Thanks for reading it, btw.) Get up, head over to The Pump, and order yourself some of our new Spanish Brown Rice!

Then let us know what you think here in the comments, whether it be positive or negative. We always love to hear from you.

P.S. For those of you who aren’t into Spanish Rice, you can still get our regular brown rice. That isn’t going anywhere.

Nutritional Facts for Spanish Brown Rice

Serving: 1 oz

Calories: 170

Calories from fat: 19

Calories from saturated fat: 3

Total fat: 2 grams

Protein: 4 grams

Carbohydrates: 34 grams

Dietary fiber: 4 grams

Sugar: 2 grams

Sodium: 203 miligrams

Required Reading: Top 5 Health & Wellness Links This Week (March 18, 2011)

Hey, all. Hope you had a good week. Starting to get warmer out there…hopefully we have some more days like Friday pretty soon. Here’s this week’s links if you’re looking for some reading over the weekend.

1. Top 10 Deceptively Unhealthy Foods

Great list of foods that may seem healthy but really aren’t (similar to our Junk Food in Healthy Disguises series). The article also offers some suggestions as to what to replace them with. Very informative / helpful stuff.

See the list over at That’s Fit…

2. 6 simple rules to a good night’s sleep

This a must read for those of us who feel like we’re not getting enough sleep these days (who is, really?). It’s the best list of practical sleep tips we’ve come across. Short, simple, and actually doable.

Check it out over at Well+Good NYC…

3. Clues to Gluten Sensitivity

A new study shows that “gluten sensitivity,” which is a more mild but still quite uncomfortable physical reaction to gluten, does indeed exist. Give this is a read if you’ve ever suspected that you might be allergic to gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains.

Read more over at the Wall Street Journal online…

(Note: if you don’t have a subscription to WSJ.com, you can read the article by searching for the title in Google and clicking on the link from there.)

4. Food finesse: how to boost food nutrients

“The way you prepare your food can be just as important as what food you eat.” This may be obvious to most of us, but it’s a point that’s worth emphasizing. As many of you are probably aware, it’s a key component of our food philosophy here at The Pump – all of the items on our menu are prepared in very healthful ways. This article provides some tips on how to prepare some very popular foods (eggs, meat in general, broccoli, tomatoes, etc.) in ways that will maximize their health benefits.

Read the full article over at the Chicago Tribune…

5. For mental health, bad job worse than no job

Interesting article that suggests you’re better off holding out for a job you’ll really enjoy than taking the first thing that comes along (if you can afford to wait). The article also offers some insight for managers who are trying to create a more positive and productive work environment.

Give it a read over at Health.com…

* Photo courtesy of Kevin Lallier via Flickr.

Chicken Post Redux — An Update and Response

Hi Everyone –

Adam here.

Our post on switching from Murray’s Chicken to Nature’s Sensation Chicken by Allen’s has received some attention so I am writing to clarify a few points and explain our position on the topic. Here goes.

We’re big fans of Murray’s chicken.

They’ve been a great partner to us since late 2008, and it’s entirely possible that we’ll work with them again in the future. We never claimed nor meant to imply that Murray’s chicken was commodity chicken, and it should never be described as such. If this was misconstrued, we sincerely apologize. For the record, Murray’s chicken is NOT commodity chicken.

Allen’s new line of Nature’s Sensation Chicken is not commodity chicken either.

We’ve done our homework on Allen’s (countless hours of research, conversations and a visit to one of their farms, a processing facility, etc.), and we stand by our decision to serve their Nature’s Sensation product. Let me clarify as to why.

Nature’s Sensation Chicken is antibiotic-free (ABF).

This is absolutely critical as far as we are concerned – it’s the most important criterion in our hierarchy. ABF means that to the extent a chicken falls ill, it cannot be treated with drugs and sold as an ABF chicken. All ABF chickens are held to this standard.

How is this different from commodity chickens? Commodity chickens are packed into environments whereby the opportunity for illness is relatively high, thus necessitating the administration of antibiotics and/or other drugs when they fall ill. These chickens are then sold to consumers.

We buy only ABF chicken from Allen’s, and their chickens are raised in humane ways (more on that below) that make them much less susceptible to falling ill.

Tracing back their roots over 90 years, Allen’s primary business has been that of commodity chicken. This is 100% true. But the chicken industry has changed dramatically over the last 90 years, and Allen’s has changed with it.

Over the past decade or two, we have all embraced higher standards for the foods that we eat, and we now hold our food producers to much higher standards. This is a great thing and a big part of our food philosophy here at The Pump. As this has occurred, demand for naturally-raised, antibiotic-free chicken has grown and new brands have come into the marketplace to satisfy this demand (Bell and Evans, Coleman, Freebird, Murray’s, etc.).

Similarly, Allen’s began to develop a program to support a new line of ABF chicken under the name Nature’s Sensation. This product is NOT commodity chicken.These birds are not stuffed into tight quarters and injected with antibiotics to keep them artificially “healthy” so they can grow and be processed. They are fed a vegetarian diet that is completely different than that of the commodity chickens. Allen’s has protocols in place for the proper separation of ABF birds from the commodity birds that allow for proper traceability all the way back to the extent they would ever need to conduct a recall. We have seen these protocols firsthand, and they are sound.

We would encourage you to visit the farm as well as those of other ABF producers to compare their operations yourselves. We have done this for both Murray’s and Allen’s.

In general, we are always speaking with folks who process ABF chicken because we realize that as we build more restaurants, our volume requirements will grow, and we will not likely be able to rely on a single supplier. We began to speak with Allen’s several months ago, and after visiting their facilities in Delaware, meeting with the people and seeing the birds, we decided that their Nature’s Sensation line of chicken meets our standards. We have been working with their chicken for over a month now.

We appreciate that the optics of working with a large producer with a line of ABF chicken are not ideal. One might assume that, given their history as a large producer, they could never really produce, market or sell anything but commodity chicken. But we visited both a growing house and a processing facility, and we feel differently.

We acknowledge that Allen’s Nature’s Sensation Chicken is not Certified Humane.

While Allen’s ABF chicken meets (and often exceeds) the standards of several certifying bodies, it does not carry the Certified Humane certification. The only brandon the market today that carries this certification is Murray’s. This is great and one of the many reasons we’re big fans of Murray’s chicken.

But as a large buyer of chicken, it is impossible for us to limit ourselves to working with just a single chicken producer. There are several very high quality, non-commodity brands on the market, and for the reasons discussed above, we have chosen Allen’s line of Nature’s Sensation Chicken. If this is a deal-breaker for you as customer, then we respect your decision and hope you’ll give us another shot someday.

One last point of clarification. It seems that many people are concerned about the fact that we serve chicken that is not raised outdoors. The unfortunate truth is that we have never served chicken that is raised outdoors – Certified Humane, Murray’s or otherwise. Every ABF chicken producer (that we know of) in this day and age raises their chickens indoors. This is not to say that we would not support and embrace outdoor growing conditions – we would if it were practicable. But the reality is that it is not – most chickens (at any level of scale) are grown indoors.

Where we go from here.

As we move forward, we will continue to research and gather information from Allen’s and other potential partners. The exchange we have had over the past week has pushed us to dig further with Allen’s and make sure that we’re comfortable with our decison. For that, we sincerely thank you. And we assure you that to the extent that new facts are brought to light that change our view, we will absolutely make a change.

That being said, we as a company put a lot of stock in what we are able to see with our own two eyes and touch with our own two hands. Labels and certifications are important, but as many of us know, they do not always tell the full story. The integrity of the food we serve and the transparency with which we serve it are at the very core of what we do and this will not change. Ever.

Thanks again for reaching out and sharing your opinions. Your comments and feedback are making us better at what we do, and for that we’re very grateful.

Adam

Food You Should Be Eating: Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breast

Today we’re kicking off a new series here on the blog called “Foods You Should Be Eating.” (Pretty creative title, huh?)

This will be an ongoing series that highlights healthful foods that we think should be a bigger part of your diet. Over time, we’ll be examining a host of foods including fruits, veggies, whole grains, dairy and proteins. Selections will range from the well-known to the relatively obscure, and we’re hoping to call attention to some great foods that you may not have heard of. We do a lot of food R&D over here at The Pump so we’re always learning about interesting new things.

As we go on this journey, I encourage you all to send in any recipes that you may have for the ingredients we’re discussing. We’d really like to engage The Pump community as we explore all these great foods. Let’s do this together!

And with that, let’s get started…

Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breast

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Why not start with the obvious, right? Be it lunch or dinner, chicken breast should be a staple of your diet. It comes from the leanest part of the chicken so half a breast has just 2.5 grams of fat, but it packs a whopping 22 grams of protein. It also tastes great either on its own (especially if it’s coming from one of our kitchens here at The Pump) or as part of a more complex recipe, such as this excellent Curried Chicken Salad. Easy and delicious. Let me know what you think!

Chef Danny’s Curried Chicken Salad:

  • 1 Breast Chicken, cooked & shredded
  • 2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Raisins
  • ¼ C Celery, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • ½ tsp Lime Juice

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve.

Balance out your Super Sunday with these Healthful Recipes

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I’m pretty sure I know what you’ll be doing at about 6:18 PM on Sunday. How could I know that, you ask? Because it’s the greatest show on turf – the game for all the bragging rights. Not just for the players, but for the fans and the cities themselves.

This year’s Superbowl features two of the most storied franchises of our time: Green Bay and Pittsburgh. The Cheeseheads vs. Blitzburg. I know we live in New York so it’s a bummer that neither the Giants nor the Jets are there, but it’s still exciting.

And nothing adds to a great football game like good beer and great food. But since it’s a little late to consider making a home brew in time for the game, I’ll layout the game plan for the food instead. Mix these tasty yet healthful recipes in with some of the Superbowl classics to balance things out a bit.

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

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Yield: 1.5 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cloves Garlic, smashed
  • 1 Jalapeno Pepper, seeded
  • ½ lb Tomatillos, cored and coarsely chopped
  • 2 Scallions, trimmed chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  • Place garlic, jalapeno, tomatillos and scallions in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Be careful not to overdue it – you don’t want a puree.
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl and add 1/3 cup of water and remaining ingredients and set aside for 30 minutes to an hour to allow flavors to meld.

Spicy Corn & Black Bean Salad

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Yield: 3 Cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 C Corn, kernels
  • 1 C Black Beans
  • 1 C Tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 C Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1 Avocado, medium dice
  • 1 C Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions:

  • Toss all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary

Oven Baked Chicken Wings (3-Ways)

The secret to a really good bakes chicken wing is getting the skin nice and crispy. Using the recipe listed below you can make as many wings as you like and try a variety of sauces until you find the flavor you are looking for.

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Yield: 6 Lbs

Ingredients:

  • 6 Lbs Chicken Wings, fresh
  • See sauce recipes below

Directions:

  • Set up steaming basket on stove and bring to a boil.
  • Add wings and steam for 10 minutes.
  • Remove wings from steamer and align in a single layer on a baking sheet and place into fridge for 60-90 minutes to cool and dry the surface of the wings.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 450 degrees and bake the wings for 20 minutes on each side (the goal is to get a crispy skin and then rotate to crisp the other side).
  • Remove from oven and toss into one of the sauces listed below.

Hot Wings Sauce

Yield: 2 Lbs of Wings

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 C Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Margarine

Directions

  • In a small saucepan bring all ingredients to a boil and remove from heat.
  • Toss in wings and serve.

Teriyaki Sauce

Yield: 2 lbs Wings

Ingredients

  • 1 C Soy Sauce, Low Sodium
  • 4 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 4 Oranges, Juiced
  • ¼ C Tbsp Honey
  • ¼ C Tbsp Ginger Root, grated
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds, toasted
  • 1 C Scallions, chopped

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients aside from scallions in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Allow to reduce by 1/3.
  • Toss wings in mixture and serve.

Sweet & Spicy Wings Sauce

Yield: 2 lbs Wings

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ lbs Tomatoes
  • ½ lb Cherry Peppers
  • ¾ lb White Onions
  • 2 ½ C White Vinegar
  • ¾ C Honey

Directions

  • Chop tomatoes, cherry peppers (w/ seeds) and onions into large pieces and place in a medium size pot w/ vinegar and honey and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Place in a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Pour over sauce and serve (sauce will last 2 weeks in fridge).

Got any favorite snacks that you think we should know about? I’m giving out a free meal at The Pump to the person who posts the most creative or team-inspired game day recipe here in the comments. So huddle up and get ready to score. The clock is ticking!

Why Men Should Do the Group Fitness Classes at the Gym

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I can’t help but notice that there are never any guys in the group fitness classes at the gym. Why is that? Group classes have come a long way since the days of aerobics, step, and Jane Fonda leg warmers. Nowadays, most gyms are offering boxing, sports conditioning, and yoga–a diversified offering that suits men just as much as it does women. But still, no guys in sight.

This befuddles me greatly. As someone who attends classes on a regular basis, I can say with certainty that group classes are a dynamic, efficient, and super challenging approach to fitness. I benefit greatly from them, and I know men could, too, if they’d only let go of the notion that they’re catered purely to women.

So, men, in this blog post, I’m going to try to convince you that group exercise classes could be the answer to your fitness rut, and even help you yield the best results of your life.

3 Reasons Why Men should do the Group Fitness Classes at the Gym

1. Get a Total Body Workout in Less than 1 Hour

It’s difficult to complete an exercise routine in under 1 hour on your own. It requires planning, and let’s face it, it’s hard enough to get to the gym in the first place. The classes offer a complete fitness circuit that targets all the muscle groups to the point of fatigue. Plus, the instructors work on your heart rate, too, making sure it’s elevated the entire time. This means you can skip the cardio because it’s mixed in with the strength training.

2. It’s Harder than You Think

Most men don’t realize how challenging group classes can be. I’ve seen dudes dying just to keep up. Often times they are shocked at how well the women perform. Over time, after seeing the same guys in certain classes, I’ve witnessed their tremendous improvement and have seen the results – they look hot!

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3. It’s Easier to Meet Women

Women don’t like to be approached at the gym (duh!). But in group classes, women actually approach men. No joke! I’ve done it myself. Women feel more connected to guys if they’re sharing the same experience, and as a result, they’re more open. Trust me, if you’re worried that women are going to think you’re a wimp for doing the classes, you’ve got it all wrong. In fact, it’s the exact opposite – it’s kinda sexy.

The Best Group Fitness Classes for Guys

Not all group classes are meant for guys. You can skip Zumba, for example. But here are a few you can get excited about.

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Spinning

What it is: Available at most gyms, spinning is stationary cycling and is mainly a cardiovasular exercise.

Why it’s great for guys: It’s 45 minutes of intense movement and totally customizable. You change the bike’s resistance to compliment your fitness ability. There’s a collective energy that builds when everyone is pedaling away, and you can’t replicate that on a trendmill. Find an instructor with a good playlist and just ride. You’ll be addicted.

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Sports Conditioning

What it is: If you’ve ever played a team sport during high school or college, these classes will remind you of those after-school practices. Pull ups, push ups, sprints, cones, and the shuffle–ah, the good ‘ole days. Well, this is almost the same (just without the cheerleaders).

Why it’s great for guys: Lots of guys at the gym forget the basics and instead go straight for the bench press. One of the best measurements of fitness level is whether or not you can lift your own body weight. These classes emphasize repetition and building your endurance level, which is what will determine how well you perform at your next flag football game or on the ski slope. Plus, these classes make you sweat and incorporate lots of heart-pounding cardio.

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Yoga

What it is: Yoga is a full body workout that creates both strength and flexibility. Adam, our CEO here at The Pump, can attest to the awesome impact it can have on your level of fitness. He has been doing yoga for a couple of years now, and he swears by it as a way to stretch on his off days.

Why it’s great for guys: Men tend to get really tight in the hips, hamstrings, and shoulders, which often leads to injury. Yoga is a great tension-free approach to stretching. Plus, it’s been shown to improve one’s golf swing, too!

As you know, a good fitness routine must be supported by a healthful diet, and we make that really easy here at The Pump. So if this blog post gives you the urge to join a group fitness class, we want to hear about your experience. Please drop us a comment below and get the conversation started.