The Hottest Workout Of 2014

January 2nd, 2014

HIIT Group Training

Are you still Jazzercising or have you hopped onto the newest fitness bandwagon? A worldwide survey conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) concluded the hottest fitness trend of 2014 will be High-Intensity Interval Training, H.I.I.T. This widely popular style of exercise didn’t even break the top 20 in last year’s survey before rising to No. 1 this year.

H.I.I.T gets you more fit in less time, makes you smarter, and supercharges your metabolism, but it may not be a smart choice for everyone.

H.I.I.T. workouts usually include short bursts of intense exercise followed by short breaks to recover. The routines can contain an unlimited variety of exercises including body weight training, Olympic lifting, plyometrics (jump training), weight training, and sprints. This style of training has become so popular because the workouts are incredibly effective at transforming the body and usually take less than 30 minutes to perform.

Scientists have also been enamored with the effects of H.I.I.T. A Montreal Heart Institute study found that participants scored significantly higher on cognition tests and had boosted their brain oxygenation after doing just two HIIT workouts a week for four months. Another study at Colorado State University found that thanks to a boost in your metabolic rate, you can burn as many as 200 extra calories in the next 24 hours from only 150 seconds of intense exercise.

Despite its popularity, many health professionals warn that it isn’t for everyone.

“High intensity workouts are extremely effective in a short period of time, but they can come with a higher risk of injury,” says Joshua Kozak, founder of HASfit. “Traditionally, these routines are high impact so if you have any preexisting joint problems, then you’ll want to stick with low impact exercises. H.I.I.T is also best suited for those with a solid fitness base. If you’re just getting started, then this probably isn’t for you.”

This fitness approach produces what people care about most — fast results — so you can be sure this trend is here to stay.

“The Hottest Workout Of 2014.” ThePostGame. ThePostGame Staff, 31 Dec. 2013. Web. 02 Jan. 2014.

Go Back To Your Old Habits…Go Back To Your Old Body!

December 1st, 2013

break-bad-habits

I am a weight loss and fitness coach. My passion for fitness and my clients’ success have kept me doing what I love for over 20 years. I want to see every one of my clients succeed. Most do succeed, but I see this happen way too often.

A person TOTALLY changes their life around by adopting a healthier lifestyle; eating cleaner every day and exercising throughout the week. They’re feeling great! Energized with that new found hope of finally doing something good for their body that will make them look better, feel better, and ultimately prolong their life. They prepare and plan meals religiously. Logging their daily food intake and blogging their fitness experience routinely helps them stay focused. And within a few short months…they’ve totally transformed their bodies, which has totally transformed their life!

Friends and family members they haven’t seen in a while are shocked with their weight loss. They commend them on their hard work and dedication which has led them to their new body. They’re on “Cloud 9″! Shopping for new stylish clothes because their unfashionable old body ones no longer fit. They don’t fit them physically, nor do they fit how their new body makes them feel; healthy, energized and alive again.

Then for some reason, many put the weight back on again. They go back to their old habits. The same habits that got them to the weight they thought they would never let themselves get to in the first place. A weight they vowed not to ever see on the scale again.

Why does this happen? Why do so many that have worked so hard to get the weight off, put it right back on again? I believe it’s because of focus. Everyday life occurrences and busy schedules get in the way and focus is lost. Soon they stop logging which helped them stay honest, aware, and on track. Then they start eating out again and picking up whatever is convenient; not knowing what is in the meal or how it was prepared. Exercise becomes less and less and then not at all. The next thing you know…the weight is back on again. Sometimes put back on so fast, making their entire weight loss experience feel as if it were only a dream.

But guess what? Everyday life occurrences happen to everyone. They’ve always been there and they always will. It’s called LIFE! And you deal with life one day at a time. You are going to have good days and you are going to have some bad days. Try to keep your slips from turning into falls…and if you do fall, get right back up!

Remember this! Your old habits got you your old body, and your new habits have rewarded you with your new body. Go back to your old habits…go back to your old body!

New Calculator Determines Your Fitness Age

November 4th, 2013

If you take care of your body with physical exercise…you might be younger than your real age. There’s a new fitness calculator out that quickly figures your fitness age. How does it work? Well, after answering a few simple questions like; your age, resting pulse, waistline measurement, how often and hard you exercise, and the length of your workouts, it calculates (guesstimates) how efficient your heart and lungs deliver oxygen to your body’s cells. A measurement called V02 Max. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of an athlete’s cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.

Here’s a link to the fitness age calculator:
What’s Your Fitness Age?

Get Paid To Workout… What?!

October 29th, 2013

Maybe this is just what you need to motivate you to get to the gym. GymPact is a mobile app that rewards you for working out and dings you when you don’t. Basically you get paid for making it to the gym and working out. That’s right…you get paid to work out! However, if you miss a workout, you have to pay the Gym-Pact bank. And what you pay for a missed workout can be ten times as much as what you get paid for making a workout. The incentive seems to be on not missing workouts rather than making them, and that’s not a bad thing.

Here’s how it works. Once you sign up for the GymPact app, you decide how many days per week you want to hit the gym, and the penalty you will incur if you miss. You’ll need to commit to at least one day per week (default is set to three) for at least 30 minutes, with a minimum penalty of $5 for every missed work out.

You then submit your credit card or PayPal info which will be charged every time you miss a workout (or your personal training session, lol). You’ll then tag your gym from a list of over 40,000 gyms. The app uses your phone’s GPS to track you at your gym or on your fitness run. And if you leave before the required 30 minute workout, you’ll get a pop-up warning on your phone that your workout will be canceled if you don’t finish the full 30-minute session. If you miss getting to the gym altogether, your credit card or PayPal account will be charged $5 (or more, if you raised the stakes above the minimum) per visit.

If you do satisfy your agreement, you will be rewarded with cash; $.50-$.75 for every 30-minute session you showed up for. The money is deposited into a PayPal account, and you can withdraw your earning once they reach $10 (GymPact deducts a $1 every time you withdraw money out, though they may eventually charge a percentage of your earnings).

How much you earn depends on how many people (enrolled in the program) failed to meet their agreement that week. Every Sunday night, GymPact will calculate how much it collected from members who failed to meet their pacts. And the amount you collect is based on how many days you committed to go. So if you signed up for three days, you’re allotted “three portions” of the earnings. That’s not going to make you rich, but it’s better than getting nothing at all. And it’s kind of exciting to see what you’ve earned in your account at the end of the week…even if it’s only enough to buy one protein shake.

Three Good Reasons to hire a Personal Trainer

September 24th, 2013

Considering hiring a personal trainer? Maybe you’ve hit a plateau with your fitness level or weight loss. Or maybe you’re brand new to the world of exercise and don’t know where to begin. Whatever your reason, a personal trainer can help.

Not Seeing Results?

If you have been exercising regularly for several weeks and aren’t losing weight or seeing results, hiring a personal trainer may be a good idea. A trainer can evaluate your current program and eating habits and offer some changes to create more effective workouts. A personal trainer can help you identify realistic goals, hold you accountable for your workouts and help keep you motivated.

Bored with the Same Old Workout Routine?

All out of ideas for workout routines? A personal trainer can add some variety to your workouts and get you motivated and seeing results again. A trainer can also introduce new ways to exercise (fitness protocols) e.g., circuit training, Tabata training, superset training, etc.

Need Accountability and Motivation?

If you’re finding it easy to make excuses for not going to the gym, then hire a personal trainer. A trainer will not only motivate you to get in shape and lose those extra pounds, they’ll hold you accountable. Having a standing appointment with someone other than yourself will make it harder to skip your workout.

Tips to help you reach your goals

September 17th, 2013

When setting any sort of fitness / weight loss goal…make sure they’re S.M.A.R.T.: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Here are a few tips that will help with your goal setting :

1. Tell friends, family and coworkers about your goals. Better yet…POST THEM TO FACEBOOK! This makes your goals more real and also holds you accountable.

2. Set multiple goals. Get excited and write down several goals! In addition to losing weight, what about dropping a few pant or dress sizes? Run a 5K or even an obstacle 5K, i.e., Warrior Dash or Spartan Race.

3. Be specific with your goals. Don’t just say you want to lose 30 pounds in 12 weeks, lay the specifics out. “I will lose 2-3 pounds every week until I reach 30 pounds.” This will make it easier to measure your progress and it keeps you moving forward. Small changes lead to big results!

4. Review your goals daily. Post them where you’ll see them; on your mirror, refrigerator or computer monitor. This will keep you mindful of your goal as well as your progress.

Tips for making your weight loss permanent!

September 16th, 2013

Congratulations on your weight loss…now the challenge is keeping it off for good!

All the lifestyle changes you made to lose the weight, i.e., regular exercise, eating healthy and frequent meals, watching calorie intake, etc. are now your new routine for as long as you intend to keep the weight off. If one of these changes falls by the wayside…so will your weight.

To maintain your weight loss, you must accept that this is your new lifestyle of eating healthy and being more physically active. To help maintain your new weight, focus on all the positive benefits that have come from your weight loss: feeling better, looking better, having more energy, fitting into smaller sizes, getting off medications, a lower/healthier blood pressure, and sleeping better.

Don’t think of your weight loss efforts as dieting, but rather as shifting into a new gear in which you’re adopting small, realistic lifestyle changes that make you feel and look your best!

So how do you beat the odds of the stories we hear so often of gaining all the weight back? Here are some tips from successful weight losers that have kept it off:

1. They follow a relatively low fat, calorie-controlled diet; controlling portions and eating meals containing lean protein and vegetables. limit the variety of foods you eat, simplify your diet and make it easier to not overeat.

2. They follow a consistent pattern of eating from day to day, even on holidays. This establishes a routine, and even though there is room for splurges, this set eating plan is the cornerstone of their success. Since everyone needs a special treat once in awhile, plan your splurges in advance.

3. Successful weight loss maintainers eat frequently, every 3 to 4 hours, or 4 to 5 times a day. Frequent eating helps you control your blood sugar and manage your appetite. And make sure to drink plenty of water or, because being thirsty is sometimes confused with hunger and extra fluids can help take the edge off your appetite.

4. They start the day with a healthy breakfast; whether it be a meal or meal replacement shake/bar. This is an essential step to get your metabolism going and to help you perform better throughout the day.

5. They keep active, exercising for at least 30 minutes each day. Exercise not only burns calories and shapes those muscles, it’s a great stress reliever. So go to the gym, pop in an exercise DVD like P90X, play some basketball, or do whatever it takes to boost your heart rate each day.

6. This is a BIG one. Successful losers get on the scale regularly, whether it’s daily, every other day, or weekly. When the scale goes up…step up the activity and tighten up the calories.

The longer you keep the weight off…the more likely you are to keep it off for good!

Which is better for losing weight… cardio or weight training?

September 10th, 2013

If you’re wanting to lose some extra pounds, you might be wondering if you should focus on cardio or weight training? The answer is both. In today’s fitness world, most workout programs incorporate both cardio and weight training during the same workout session. Combining these two fitness components allows the body to burn more calories, increase lean muscle, and improve cardiovascular performance. Which in turn leads to more weight loss.

One size doesn’t fit all when figuring your target heart rate zone

September 8th, 2013

Heart Rate

You’re probably familiar with the traditional method for figuring your Target Heart Rate (Target HR); 220 minus your age multiplied by the Target HR percentage. Well…the problem with this method is that it doesn’t factor in your level of cardiovascular fitness. For example, a 40 year old with a Resting Heart Rate (Resting HR) of 60 beats per minute (bpm) would have the same Target HR as a 40 year old with a Resting HR of 100 bpm.

The Karvonen Formula

If you want a more personalized and accurate Target HR you can use the Karvonen Formula. The Karvonen Formula is a Heart Rate Reserve (HR Reserve) formula, and it’s one of the most effective methods used to calculate Target HR. The formula factors in your Resting HR, therefore, you’ll need to find out what your Resting HR is by doing the following:
First thing in the morning, before getting out of bed, take your pulse on your wrist (radial pulse) or on the side of your neck (carotid pulse). Count the number of beats for 60 seconds. Now you have your Resting HR.

To find your Target HR using the Karvonen Formula you need to determine your Maximum Heart Rate (Max HR), Resting HR, and HR Reserve. The HR Reserve is simply the difference between Max HR and Resting HR.

The calculations for the Karvonen Formula variables are shown below:

220 minus (-) your age = Max HR
Your heart rate at rest = Resting HR
Max HR – Resting HR = HR Reserve
(HR Reserve x Training%) + Resting HR = Karvonen Formula

So with the Karvonen Formula, if you’re 40 years old with a Resting HR of 60 bpm, your 65%-85% Target HR training zone would be 138 to 162 bpm. And with the older traditional formula it would be…117 to 153 bpm. That’s a huge difference!

Karvonen Formula Solution:

Max HR = 180
Resting HR = 60
HR Reserve = 120

65% Target HR using the Karvonen Formula is (120 X .65) + 60 = 138 bpm
85% Target HR using the Karvonen Formula is (120 X .85) + 60 = 162 bpm

Here’s a tool that’s done all the calculations for you, all you need to do is put your age and resting heart rate…then click “calculate”. Karvonen Heart Rate Calculator

Alcohol and Weight Loss Don’t Mix

September 7th, 2013

Whether you’re doing a 12-week transformation or preparing for a contest, you want to make sure you are consuming all the right things and avoiding the wrong ones. Unfortunately, proper nutrition can sometimes be complicated, and it might even result in you throwing in the towel. But when it comes to losing weight, alcohol is a no-no.

As you may know, carbs and protein contain four calories per gram, while fats have nine. Alcohol has seven calories per gram, but it’s processed differently than carbs and proteins. It’s not an essential nutrient, and when consumed, your body typically identifies it as a toxin and works quickly to get it out of your body.

Although alcohol is nothing but empty calories (no nutritional value), it is extra calories…and those calories can still add up fast. But it’s not just the extra calories that make alcohol a bad choice when dieting, it’s the fact that alcohol severely decreases the body’s fat oxidation rate. Fat oxidation is the body’s way of breaking down fat so that it can use it for energy (fat burning process). And if fat oxidation is severely decreased (which studies show to be as much as 73%), so is weight loss.

Furthermore, alcohol can increase your appetite, giving you the “munchies” and make you want to eat more. Studies have shown that people tend to eat more (additional calories) when they drink alcohol with a meal.

So, if your serious about losing weight…ditch the alcohol!