Archive for October, 2013

Strength Training….Does it REALLY matter?

Monday, October 21st, 2013

If you’re like me you LOVE CARDIO. Your heart pounding, sweat dripping and all of your body parts moving. Listening to your favorite beats will your cycling at your fastest RPM’s or training for your first 5k. Is all of this cardio really that good for you? I mean without any sort of resistance training, all your doing is pumping, pumping your heart muscles without working on stabilizing or strengthening some of your other major muscles groups like, quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, lats, biceps, triceps, traps, chest and core.

So, why do strength training AND cardio. The combination of both wiIMG_20120627_193802ll burn more calories between the repetitive motion of cardio, where you to take minimal to no breaks in a fairly long distance of time, and the heavy lifting, where you to take many mini breaks to either change out weights, move to another routine or just let your muscles “breath” for a minute. For one thing, strength training is needed to sustain muscle mass and increases your bones density, which is extremely beneficial when it comes to all of the stress you can put on your joints and bones from running, cycling, jumping, etc… Whenever you take on muscle, your body becomes this amazing furnace for calories and begins to slowly burn them away, so the right combination cardio and strength training will have you burning fuel and slimming down, but with the right intake of proper food you can always keep the furnace lit=energy sustained.  Energy sustained is more motivation, more focus and feeling young and spry again, like a teenager.

Because strength training strengthens muscles and increases bone density, as you age, you minimize the likelihood of encountering osteoporosis,  brittle bones, arthritis or encountering back issues. The proper nutrition, cardio and strength training will aide in the prevention of diabetes, heart disease, obesity.

So do your weight training.  We love Body Beast, P90X, P90X2 and P90X3 which is coming soon for the best weight training around!

Got questions?  Feel free to contact us here and remember we offer FREE fitness coaching, have groups on Facebook we’d love you to join for support and motivation and are always available for help anytime.  We LOVE to help!

My journey with having an eating disorder and fitness

Monday, October 14th, 2013

I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and talk about something that those with an eating disorder never really feel that comfortable talking about…and that is that we have or had an eating disorder. No, I am not a therapist of any kind so the opinions expressed are of my own experience with having an eating disorder from the age of about 19 years old to about 28 years old.

I grew up a tomboy, playing sports all of the time from the age of about 7 to 18. Then something called “real life” happened and the fairy tales experienced as a child are gone and responsibilities took place. Any pressures or “not so fun” things experienced as a child seemed to surface and they had to be dealt with. Of course as you get older, you become more aware of things and coping mechanisms are created to deal with stressful situations. Some coping mechanisms are healthy such as writing in a  journal, going for a run and talking to others.

I was a quiet child, I know hard to believe if you know me now, but my stress relief as a child was playing, running, pretending I was chasing the bad guy, using my imagination. I was an insecure child who didn’t have the “in” clothes or the “in” haircut, oh and we had little to no money. I went to a school where everyone’s parents were either a doctor or lawyer and my mother was working exceptionally hard to just make sure we had food and a roof over our head.

As a teen, pretending to be who you are not is a lot of hard work and a lot of unwarranted stress.  I was no longer a child though and life super smacked me in the face. I was a grown up and had too much stress thrown my way. So, control for me came at the hands of food and lots of it. I could control what and how much I ate and when I wanted to “release” the fullness and control, I did so.

As time went on, life had it ups and downs, but then I found the fitness track again and the healthy means of controlling my life. I met people who had my same goals in mind, which was living a healthy life by eating right and being active. I talked to people about my journey with food and they did not judge, they listened and some could actually relate.

I believe my unhealthy journey with food and the on-going battle with food and stress in my life unknowingly created a willful, determined and strong mind that to this day helps me overcome things by way of literally working out the problem instead of eating it away. My workouts are not unhealthy, meaning that I don’t for 2-3 hours at a time running, doing weights, etc… I am on a schedule and if I have to veer from that schedule for some reason, I make sure that I hold myself accountable to doing something active the next day.

It works for me to say, “A healthy mind is essential for a healthy body”, so I have committed myself to eating well, working out at least 5 days a week, associating with healthy, like minded people and eliminating as much stress from my life that I have control over.

If you can relate to any of this, then don’t hesitate to contact me. I am here to help people on their journey to having a healthier, active and happier life.  I am proud to say that I am 10 years “clean” so I must be doing something right.

P90X2…is it worth it?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

So the question is, Is P90X2 worth it? Worth your time? Worth your money? My answer to these questions is YES!!! YES!!! and YES!!!  P90X2 takes it to the next level by use of stability balls, medicine balls and for those who are not proficient at doing pull-ups on your own, they have created a wonderful device called the pull-up assist. A lot more sturdier that using a chair and the better you get at doing pull-ups, the lower you make the pull-up assist so it is more YOU doing the exercises that the assist.

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This program starts at focusing on your core. Which is the most important part of development with this program because as the program progresses into stability, mobility, balance and strength moves…the more secure, strong and stable your core is then the greater your success will be. Moves throughout this program include medicine ball burpees, stability ball push-ups, 4 position pull-ups, Drea (Webber) rolls, 4 ball push ups, yoga, Recovery and Mobility with a foam roller, and many more moves that are much more fun to experience for yourself than to read about.

One of the great things about all of these videos are the warm-ups. They are not your everyday, run of the mill warm-ups. Tony integrates the use of the stability ball (or a towel) to warm up with while doing squats, lunges and other moves to elongate and warm-up the body. Also the use of the foam roller really gets into parts of the body to help  loosen lactic acid or muscle tightness, prepping your tendons for a glorious workout. Sometimes just warming up in and of itself gets the sweat going and the heart pumping (wonderful, awesome goodness).

This program is challenging because some of the moves take TIME, PATIENCE and PRACTICE to master, but as the motto goes in any of the P90X programs “The More You Do, The Better You Get!”  There is always somebody modifying in whatever program you are doing and there is an option to just listen to the “Cues and Music” without having to listen to any of the participants in the programs.

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Want to join a group of us doing P90X2 or any other Beachbody workout program?   We have great group of folks that can help you stay motivated, accountable and provide you support to get through your journey! Contact us if you want to join!  It will be a lot of fun.   Ever checked out the Beachbody Challenge?  You can win money, a free t-shirt and a chance for $500 a day or the grand prize of $100,000!  Check it out here!

So remember if you choose to do this program or any other Beachbody program “DO YOUR BEST and FORGET THE REST!!!” The real workout begins when you decide to change your way of thinking and commit to having a healthier body and mind with a final result of succeeding with those goals you set for yourself.