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Which shields should I be using for lash lift?

Which shields should I be using for eyelash lift?

This is a blog post for the beauticians and beauty salon owners. I strongly believe in sharing knowledge. It's how we learn and grow.

Size of shields available

There are loads of shields available on the market. The LVL shields are very pretty with a flower shape around the top! I use the salon system brand products, but not their shields. They are all silicon and need to be disinfected in Barbicide after every use. I wash mine in anti-bacterial soap first to remove the glue and products.  They will discolour over time. Remember to explain this to your client in case they think they are dirty.

The ones I use come in:

Extra small




Extra large

So which shield should I use?

First of all, ask the client how dramatic of a look they would like? Extra small is the biggest lift. Extra large is the smallest lift. The 'average' person is a medium! Don't be fooled though a client with natural lashes of 13mm using extra large shields is a powerful look! However, a client with natural lashes of 7mm using extra large is still lifted, but not as powerful.

Next, look at your client's natural lashes and even measure them if needed! To do this I use a 9mm eyelash extension up against their natural length and compare!

In my opinion a rough guide.

Extra small - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm long.

Small - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm or 8mm long

Medium - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm, 8mm or 9mm long

Large - to be used with natural lashes of 7mm, 8mm, 9mm or10mm long

Extra large - to be used with natural lashes of  7mm, 8mm, 9mm or11mm long

Hopefully, this photo of the Lash lift shields will make it clear, which shield to use. As a guide, I have glued a 9mm eyelash extension to each shield. You can clearly see the 9mm lash hangs over the edge of the extra small and small shields.

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This image has 9mm eyelash extension glued onto each shield. The shields are clean, but dyed with tint!


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This image has 9mm eyelash extensions stuck on each shield. The shields are very 'clean' from Barbicide, but stained from tint! Also wet glue.

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Why have the lashes got a kink at the ends after lash lift?

You have used a shield too small for that client's lashes. Next time use a size up.

Another option is not to apply the perm setting solution all the way up the lash and just do the base and middle. Simply don't put the solution on the tips. You won't get the curled in look though.

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This image shows an 11mm eyelash extensions stuck to a medium shield. You can clearly see the kink!



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How to sharpen your own eyelash or brow tweezers at home

Tweezers not plucking out hairs anymore



After a while I find my tweezers lose their grip and it drives me insane! I'll try and pluck an eyebrow hair out and the hair will just slide between the slates. Then you are left with two options: buy new tweezers or sharpen them. Some companies will do this for you, but I prefer doing it myself to get them perfect! Tweezerman offers this service, but only in the USA. Tweezers not plucking out hairs is a big problem.


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Beautiful contact area on these volume tweezers. Photo was taken with macro lens. Ideal now for picking up lash fans.
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Good large contact area to pick fans of lashes with these tweezers!


At my beauty salon, I prepare all my tweezers ready. I grip tweezers onto a sheet of sandpaper and pull the tweezers overs the sandpaper, if you are doing this correctly the tweezers will leave a mark on the sandpaper. The first couple of strokes won't be uniform and look patchy. Personally, I use 220 grit for sharpening my tweezers. After doing this 20 odd times or however many needed you will notice the mark left on sandpaper is more even. Hope this makes sense! Not the easiest to describe in words. I do this under my LED magnifier light. My mag light is 5 x zoom, so great for seeing the grip between the tweezers. If the tweezers aren't gripping the hairs you will notice visible light between the two slates of the tweezers. The aim is to see no light between the slates or any imperfections. Keep checking under the mag light as you sharpen your tweezers every couple of strokes against the paper. Hopefully, the images below will clear up any confusion about what I am trying to explain!

If the tweezers are really awful I would start with roughest grit sandpaper and slowly work down the numbers. So 80 grit, 150 grit, finishing with 220 grit. You will file the metal perfect, but it can sometimes take a while!

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The photo was taken with a macro lens on my phone. You can see these aren't great tweezers as the slates don't evenly match up. However no visible light can be seen between the slates of tweezers. The gap is completely closed meaning they will grip the fine eyebrow hairs and remove them.
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No visible light can be seen between the two slates of the tweezers.
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These are volume tweezers. This photo is taken with a macro lens on my phone. You can see the contact point isn't at the end of the tweezers with these.


40-80 grit - roughest

100-150 medium

180-220 - finest


After lots of sanding of the tweezers, the result will be stress-free eyebrow shaping or eyelash extensions appointments! Where the tweezers grip the hair every time and remove it from the root or picking up those perfect volume eyelash extensions fans. Tweezers not plucking out the hairs can cause massive stress.


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220 grit sandpaper to smooth out imperfections with your tweezers.


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This photo is taken through my LED magnifier light. For the best results never check without one.
Awful volume tweezers
Absolutely awful. No contact on the tip where it's needed to create lash fan before removing them from the strip.


Guest blog: Lap Band Removal Procedure - All You Need to Know

Lap Band Removal Procedure - All You Need to Know

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Lap band is one of the most common bariatric surgeries today. It is performed on obese patients who are unable to lose weight in any other way. In short, the band inserted will lead to reducing the size of your stomach, meaning you will have to reduce the amount of the food you eat. Consequently, it will lead to weight loss.

Unfortunately, many patients eventually have the band removed due to complications or inability to lose weight effectively. There is more to be told about this procedure and the following information will help you understand it better.

Reasons why the lap band procedure failed

There are around 10 different reasons why you need to have your lap band removed. You may not be losing the appropriate amount of weight or the lower part of the stomach has slipped through the band. The band may also get infected and the antibiotics don't work. It is also possible for the patient to show symptoms of band intolerance, such as pain, nausea or vomiting. Some patients experience GERD, which is a chronic condition leading to heartburn and damage to the esophagus. Port can also get infected, and if the antibiotics don't help, the removal will be necessary. Lastly, band erosion is also one of the possibilities, making the lap band ineffective, thus it needs to be removed.

The procedure

The lap band removal procedure includes removing the band, the tube and the port from your stomach. The first thing a surgeon needs to do is to cut the capsule that your body has formed around the device. The next step is to remove sutures and potential scar tissues. All the three parts are then removed through the incision. If you went through a laparoscopic procedure when you had your lap-band inserted, then the removal will probably be performed using the same incisions created during the first procedure. In that case, the lap-band removal will only last 10 minutes. In case you initially had open surgery, you'll probably have another open surgery to remove the lap-band.

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Possible complications

There is a somewhat higher risk of complications after a revisional surgery than the initial one. For example, it's possible to experience some inflammatory reactions around your stomach to the lap-band, which will make the removal procedure and the recovery more difficult. As with any surgery, bleeding may also occur, which means you'll need a blood transfusion.  There’s also a chance of a hole in the stomach to occur. If this happens, then it will be necessary to place a drain tube. It needs to be placed next to the hole for as long as the surgeon thinks it is necessary. When the surgeon believes the are is sutured, that’s when the drain tube will be removed. There is also a chance of anesthesia complications, as well as nausea and vomiting after the surgery. If you have constant pain that is getting worse, nausea or vomiting that don't subdue after a few days, a high fever or redness around the incisions, then you should consult a doctor immediately.

Your recovery

The cuts made during the removal will be sore for a few days after the surgery. In the meantime, the stitches will dissolve on their own. You may start feeling hungry more often, which could also lead to gaining some weight. You shouldn't feel too stressed or worried about that. It's better to share your worries with your doctor so that you can come up with appropriate steps together that will help you obtain healthy weight in the end and maintain it.

Depending on the person, most people are able to return to their usual routine within 1 and 4 weeks. Consult with your doctor about when you are safe to do activities like driving or going back to work. Bear in mind that every person recovers at their own speed.

Final words

Like any other surgical procedure, a lap-band removal carries certain risks. However, if you listen to your doctor instructions, there is no need to worry about complications and the procedure itself. After all, it is there to help you get better.

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Mia Johnson

Freelance writer & Fitness Expert

From Sydney, Australia

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Guest blog- My personal experience of a lash lift

Eyelash lift treatment

E J Humphries, guest blogger.

Most of us know what this is… eyelash curler

A device known as the ‘eyelash curler’ which clamps tightly to your eyelashes and lifts them for a short while. It’s not that comfortable to use and don’t forget to wipe the mascara off… they can get sticky!

Now, how about a beauty treatment that lifts your eyelashes for up to 6 weeks

without having to use a curler or daily mascara?

Elizabeth Smith Beauty salon in Norwich offers the ‘Eyelash Lift’ treatment. So what does it do and how does it feel?

I tried it out this week and I love the end result.  Please note, I don’t have any eye make-up on in these pictures. Have a look…

before and after lash lift



What happens during the treatment?

I laid down on the very comfortable beauty bed and Elizabeth began the treatment. The eyelashes are set with a perming solution which uses the same chemicals as an eyelash perm. It starts with placing silicon shields above and under the eyes. The aim is not to perm your lashes, just simply lift them.

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This is me with the silicon shields on. It feels a little strange to start with, as if your eyes have been glued shut. However, with my eyes closed and fully relaxed, I felt very calm and happy, also knowing that I’m in very good hands with Elizabeth Smith.


So how does it feel afterwards?

Well, I have a 1-year-old son, so for the first time in over a year, I don’t look so dog-tired.

In fact, my eyes feel bright and literally



The treatment may look subtle to some, but to me, I can really notice the difference and I love it.  

This would have taken me a long time to achieve with that eyelash curler!


Where can I get an eyelash lift?

Contact Elizabeth Smith Beauty for an appointment at

For more information, have a look at Elizabeth's blog post on lash lift treatment.

Blog is written by- E J Humphries, guest blogger.


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What to look for when picking a beauty salon - Norwich

Beauty salon in Norwich


Beauty salon Norwich

What to look for when picking a beauty salon.

There are loads of beauty salons in and around Norwich, Norfolk area. I am putting this blog post together to help you choose, which beauty salon is best for you. Its aim is to help you in making an informed decision on where you want to book for you to suit your needs and requirements.

Home or salon based beauty salon

This is down to personal preference. Most home-based beauty salons don’t have a receptionist, so making an appointment isn’t instant on the phone. Also, most of the online booking systems don’t suit home-based salons budgets. However, most salons have a way of booking by email now, which is far easier for most people.

I personally have a purpose build extension on the side of the house for my treatments. It’s completely separate from the family rooms and private. It’s always best to check this as the last thing you want is a bikini wax in someones front living room with the family dog watching!

Is it in a quiet relaxing room? Don’t be shy in asking questions.


Hygiene in the beauty salon

Massive point for me. It’s extremely important the last thing you want is to catch an infection from your beauty salon. Sadly training in cross-infection in the beauty salon is poor. I have extended training in this as my previous job was a dental nurse with the main part of the training in that was hygiene. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about policies in place to prevent the passing on of infections from one person to another. Here is my infection control policy.


Specialise - "Jack of all, master of none?"

Some beauty salons seem to offer every single treatment under the sun! I personally would look for a beauty salon that specializes in the treatment you are after. For example, the Wax Works in Norwich only do waxing and have extended training in this field, so they really are at the top the game for this.

Waxing I recommend - The Wax Works

Spa day I recommend - Imagine in Blofield

Lash lift I recommend … me! Read more about the lash lift on the treatment page.

On this note check their treatment menu, they might not offer what you want. For example, not every beauty salon offers blackhead removal as part of their facial. For most, it’s just a relaxing treatment, but not targeting people's needs.

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Is there a weight limit for my beauty couch?

I know this can be a very sensitive subject, overweight customers. We all come in different shapes and sizes, so I want to be able to provide the best treatments for everyone. It can be an extremely sensitive subject and no one wants to embarrass anyone, so I have written this blog to share ideas on the best way of handing this sensitive subject of client's weight in a respectful way and to prevent anyone from getting hurt or equipment broken. Please feel free to comment directly on this post with respectful comments. Any unkind comments won't be approved.

  • Never ask a client their weight in a public area where people can over hear.
  • State your equipment weight load on your info sheet you send all new clients. If you don't send one, then start sending one! I have things like where to park etc, to remove any stress leading up to appointment. This way if someone is extremely over weight it saves the embarrassment of having to ask them and you can possibly come to a solution of using a chair instead of laying down via phone call or email. Sometimes it can be much harder to discuss in person as people can feel embarrassed.
  • Ask in a kind respectful way.

This is the paragraph I have added to my welcome letter:

Sadly I am not equipped for bariatric/ heavy clients (over 25 stone/160Kg and / or with BMI of more than 40). Weight limit sourced from the NHS. My salon couch weight capacity is 125kg/ 19 stone. The chair in my waiting area is tested to 100kg/ 15 stone. This is for your safety as my equipment has a max weight load and I would hate for anyone to get hurt.

Most beauty couches on the market are designed to fold down, but this creates massive limitations. They advertise as having load weight of often 270kg/ 42 stone (on Amazon), however load weight is very different to what these beds will actually take as all the weight is in one area when the clients sits before laying.

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The term Bariatric is used to refer to a person weighing over 25 stone (160Kg) and /
or with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of more than 40.

My own salon couch has a weight capacity: 125kg/ 19 stone.

The Habitat chair in my waiting area is actually only 100 kg/ 15 stone.

It's important for this information to be on your risk assessment and to inform new clients, so no client is hurt by failing equipment.

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Due to the design of these beauty beds I have added some wooden supports underneath mine to increase it's weight load, by reducing the span of the bed without any support.

extra supports beauty couch

As a business owner one of my biggest concerns is the customer not satisfied with the treatment they received,  so any tips on handing this situation with care would be gratefully received.

3 cute accessory trends to try this spring

3 cute accessory trends to try this spring

Do you fancy refreshing your look this Spring but you’re not sure you have the time? Fortunately, injecting a bit of life back into your outfits after those chilly winter months doesn’t mean you have to overhaul your wardrobe entirely. With just a few simple pieces you can easily make your look sparkle again as we head into those warm summer months. 

Personalised jewellery

While plenty of statement jewellery pieces will come in and out of style, nothing will stand the test of time quite like a personalised bracelet. A small and sophisticated addition to any wardrobe, these bracelets — made up of your favourite links and charms — will not only give your outfit an elegant edge but become a treasured possession you’ll never want to take off. What’s more, Nomination’s selection of personalised bracelets offers a huge range of stunning link designs in both stainless steel and gold, so you can create something that suits your taste perfectly. 

Headwear is back

Seen on catwalks from Prada to Celine, head wear has made a comeback in a big way. Whether it’s big and bold headbands or sophisticated slides, make sure you add a piece to your wardrobe this spring. If you’re not sure where to begin with this trend, we’d recommend a simple satin headband in your favourite shade or a strategically placed beaded hair slide or two.

Enormous eyewear

While tiny frames took over catwalks this time last year, the opposite has to be said for the latest eyewear styles to hit the runway. From Gucci and Mui Mui to Tom Ford, it was all about mega-sized lenses and futuristic finishes. It’s not a look for the faint hearted but if you’re set on giving it a go, why not stick to a classic black pair for an easy transition into your existing wardrobe. 


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Beautiful, Young Skin: How to get most out of dermarolling?

Beautiful, Young Skin: How to get most out of dermarolling?

Dermarolling, a form of mircorneedling, is a simple procedure to get beautiful, young skin. The process needs a dermaplaning kit to treat different areas of your face for scarring, acne, and other issues. Make sure to choose the right needle to treat various skin conditions. Beginners should stay away from long needles with 1.5 mm or even longer. The longer needles can cause more pain.

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Prepare Yourself for Dermarolling

Cleanliness is key for this procedure. Keep your skin clean of dirt and oil with a foaming cleanser. A toner may help you to maintain a pH balance. Treat your skin with antiseptic cleanser before pricking. Generally, your skin needs a formulation of vitamins A & C almost one month before microneedling. It will pump up the production of collagen in your skin.

After preparing your skin, topical anesthesia is required to start dermaroling. On the day of the procedure, you can expect these things:

  • Plastic surgeon, aesthetician or dermatologist will apply an antiseptic and use a saline solution to clean your skin.
  • He/she will stretch your skin with hands. A dermaroller is rolled on your skin almost 5 times in every direction (diagonal, horizontal and vertical).
  • All punctures will have pinpoint bleeding that is easy to control.
  • After completing this procedure, an ice pack or saline formula is needed to apply to the treated skin.
  • Finally, the doctor applies a serum to enhance collagen to the treated skin.

The procedure will need repetition regularly for a few months. After this procedure, you have to pay attention to a post-care routine.

Aftercare Tips

After a dermarolling treatment, you have to follow these instructions. These can save you from significant problems.

Evade Sun Exposure

Stay away from the sun after this procedure. Before stepping out, cover your face appropriately. Avoid the use of sunscreen on your face. After this procedure, the pores of your skin remain open, so stay away from beauty creams and sunscreens. Harmful chemicals in these products can damage your skin. Consult your microneedling professional before using any product.

Keep Your Skin Clean

Cleaning is necessary for your skin, so use mild cleansers for cleaning. Avoid harsh cleansers for one week. Skin care products may have active ingredients, such as alpha hydroxyl acids, retinols, and other chemicals. These chemicals are harmful after your treatment.

Your skin needs time to recover after this procedure. Let it breathe and recover naturally by avoiding any makeup on your face.  Drink sufficient water to stay hydrated and allow your skin to heal faster.

Stimulate Collagen in Skin

After microneedling, your doctor will suggest you use some collagen stimulating peptides. Feel free to use them religiously to support your skin in the production of collagen. Water is necessary for quick recovery.

Dermaroller can refresh the appearance of your skin by increasing the appearance of pigmentation because of extra sun exposure. Make sure to moisturize your skin to achieve the best results with this treatment. With regular use of moisturizer, you can improve overall condition of your skin.


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Getting the best from your weight sets

Getting the best from your weight sets

When you want to workout, you have to invest a lot of money, time and energy so you can get great results. You have to make sure your investment is of great quality in terms of your diet, exercise regimens, and equipment. A combination of quality exercise, diet and equipment will give you quality muscle gains. Fitnessator’s top pick of weight set is the Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set. It is incredibly affordable at somewhere around $60 more or less and has very good quality for the price. It comes with a set of different weights which you can combine on a bar to give you your desired weight. So, we are going to refer to this weight set for this article.

weight lifting barHow to determine your 1-RM with the Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets:

The 1-RM means the 1 rep max which is the amount of weight which a person cannot do more than one rep conveniently. There are two methods of doing this. An estimated method for beginners who do not know how to use free weights safely and are not in the best form. Then we have the 1-RM assessment which is more accurate but will push you to a limit. We recommend this for people with more than a year’s experience in the gym.

Estimated method: this is for beginners. To do this you need a barbell and a complete set of Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets. Rest for 4 minutes between each session. Do a warmup round lifting only the weight bars. Then perform 8 reps of light weight, 6 reps of moderately heavy weight, then 5 reps of heavy weight. Gradually crank up the weight in each session resting 4 minutes between sessions till you get to the point you are able to just perform 5 reps comfortably. Once you get to this point multiply the weight by a factor of 1.15 to get your 1-RM. For example, if you can only do 5 reps of 100 lbs of weight then your 1-RM would be 100 X 1.15 which would give your 115 lbs.

1-RM assessment: this is for people with some experience in the gym and can safely push themselves to the limit. For this you will first estimate a 1-RM for yourself you can check out the estimated method above. After a warm-up session, carry about 10 reps of 50% of your estimated 1-RM. Rest for one minute. Crank up the weight to 75% of your 1-RM. Do only 5 sets this time. Rest for a minute. Crank up your weight to 90% of your 1-RM and do only three reps. Rest for 4 minutes. From this, you can get some estimates on your 1-RM. This is where you do some trial and error. Try your estimate first. If it is too comfortable to increase the weight a little and try after another four minutes. If you cannot perform a complete rep, reduce the weight a bit. By doing these little adjustments and resting appropriately, you will eventually get to your 1-RM.

The Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets is also a great tool for exercises. You should realize that your 1-RM may be different for each exercise so you should find out your 1-RM for the basic exercises. As you train you to get stronger so we recommend you review your 1-RM every 6 months at least. If your 1-RM is 200 lbs, 80% of your 1-RM would be 160 lbs (0.8 X 200lbs). Anywhere from 65% to 85% is great for muscle gains. Be safe use weights above 75% with 6 to 12 reps. Use anywhere between 80% to 90% of your 1-RM if you are a powerlifter with about 2 to 3 reps.


Great exercises you can do with Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets:

Exercises have to be of good quality and well-rounded. Well-rounded exercises exercise all parts of your body. We are going to talk about some exercises you can do with Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set which can give you great muscle gains in all parts of your body. Also, remember your 1 rep max (1-RM). It is a very important concept in bodybuilding.

Deadlifts: this exercise will work your back out. As long as you do it correctly, you do not have to worry about back damage; unless you have a disease of the bones like osteoporosis which makes your bones weaker.  To do this exercise, you can load your bar with the Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set on each side. The weights have to be heavy enough for you to lift to your waist level; not more. Bend at your knees and grab the barbell with your hands. Try to keep your back straight at all times to relieve your lower back from any pressure: this is what causes back injuries. Stand up pulling the barbell with your arms until you are erect. Slowly lower the barbell back to the ground to make a rep. We recommend 4 sets of 6 reps of 85% 1-RM with a minute rest interval between each set.

Bench press: this exercise strengthens the chest, arms, and shoulders. To do this exercise, you have to first load your bar with your Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight set at 80% of your 1-RM. Put it on your power rack which should be in a position that is easy for you to reach when you lie on your bench. You can check out great benches and power racks on the Fitnessator’s blog. Reach out and get the barbell from the power rack. Lower the barbell to your chest. Push the barbell upwards away from your chest by extending your arms while exhaling. Inhale while returning the barbell to your chest to make a rep. we recommend you do 4 sets of 6 reps with a minute rest interval between sets.

Reverse EZ bar curls: this exercise strengthens your arms. Load a bar with the appropriate weight of Gold’s Gym 100 pound weight sets. We recommend 80% of your 1-RM. To do this exercise, stand firmly next to the bar. Place your arms on the ez curl bar palms facing down and hands shoulder-width apart. Curl the ez bar up from the ground to your chest. Remember to always keep your back straight as much as possible. We recommend 4 sets of 6 reps with a minute rest interval between each rep.

You can get information on other great exercise regimens on the fitnessator’s blog.

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