I see lots of no-nos around the gym and hear about them with my personal training clients and twitter followers. Sometime, you don’t realize you might be getting in your own way. Reach your fitness goals faster by ditching these not-so-good moves:
1 — My biggest thing– if you can read, your workout isn’t hard enough. Ditch that magazine or book and sweat like crazy to your favorite tunes. If you love a story, get an audiobook. Don’t dilly dally. Kill it. Sweat is fat crying. Work “Harder, better, faster, stronger” -(my favorite fitness song.)
2 — Shorter and more intense. People looking to lose weight or maintain a fitness routine sometimes rely on long runs/bikes/eliptical machines at a steady state. Cardio is great but you’ll burn more if you add intense intervals and shorten your time. Better yet, multitask your cardio workouts but doing plyometrics, cardio sculpt classes and videos, and do weight training circuits with your cardio.
For nearly a year now, I haven’t watched any news and it is amazing how much I haven’t missed. While I can appreciate the role of the media to keep us informed and connected, I wonder it if sometimes does more harm than good. A snappy headline here and there catches our attention especially, it seems, when it comes to our health. For whatever reason, soy has been much maligned in recent years as a dangerous and harmful food. This week alone, I had two people express their concern over soy and their vow never to eat it. Let’s stop the insanity and get at the real truth about soy.
Do you know what you really want? Before you even think about putting together a workout plan, you need to sit down and set some workout goals. And…”get big” isn’t exactly the kind of goal I’m talking about!
Okay, so gaining muscle and “getting big” may be your ultimate long-term goal. That’s fine. But the problem is that too many guys give up too soon when they don’t turn into the Hulk overnight. First — that’s just not healthy. And second, it’s not realistic!
How do you fix it? You need a plan just like any successful mission. After all…how do you know you’ve succeeded if you don’t know your target. And how will you stay motivated without planning out those little steps that are going to lead to the big changes you’re anticipating?
Are lunges your favorite move?
For those of you who connect with me regularly, you know my passion for our military and our veterans. From the bravery, courage, and inspiring leadership of my amazing veteran husband, Mark Gauger LtCol USAF(ret), to the thousands and thousands of everyday people who have risen up to serve our nation so valiantly, I remain in awe of your service and sacrifice. Recently, working here in Maine with the Travis Mills Project and the expansion of the National Veterans Family Center, I have become acutely aware of the unspoken needs of our Armed Forces. No where is that need more evident than in the tragic death of Marine veteran, Clay Hunt, in 2011. This article is a spotlight on a team who has taken up Clay’s torch to inspire leadership and provide mentorship for our veterans.
Building Muscle. The easy part is lifting weights. Find something heavy – either your own body weight, something man-made or nature-made – and apply resistance and repetition…consistently.
For the detail police, yes, I know there’s a little more to it than that such as technique and form…but not that much more!
The part that gets a little more involved is what to eat to build muscle. Knowing which foods will build muscle and which supplemental nutrients work best makes the difference between getting the physique and strength you want and getting an unwanted trophy of “Adult onset Diabetes”.
Now, I’ve never been one to dream about food but I have to say that after living in New Mexico for a few years working at White Sands Missile Range and Holloman AFB, I developed quite a taste for green chilies. As a meat & potatoes midwestern girl, spicy foods seldom, if ever, made it to my plate. So, it must have been the captivation of the high desert, the thin air, majestic mountain ranges, or even the expansive, clear night sky that drew me into not only the scenery but the culinary delights of the southwest. Little did I know that my indulgence into these potent peppers was a healthy one!
Once you pass all your tests and have been accepted into the Army, there are some simple questions that will come up. Army Basic Training. Yes, it’s physical, but what else happens? In this video, soldiers answer your questions about Army Basic Training:
It doesn’t matter why your lifting weights — for health, sport, or competition. Without a nutrition plan for bodybuilders that’s going to support the work you do in the gym you’re not going to see the changes in body composition you desire and you’re not going to get the performance on the field that you should.
In fact, it may seem like you’re moving backwards if you fail to fuel yourself at the cellular level. As they say, that 6-pack is made in the kitchen. Well, turns out that much of your overall health and performance is a result of what passes your lips.
This is more than just the macronutrients like carbs, fat and protein. Most of you have a handle on those (or so you think!) This also includes those micronutrients which keep every part of your body healthy and working properly.
What’s My BMI? And other useless questions…
The BMI, or body mass index is a measurement that some doctors and other administers use to determine if a person is obese, or right in line with where they should be to be healthy. However, health and a healthy lifestyle really have more to do than the number on a scale.
For example, there was a man in Mexico that weighed in at 1200 pounds. He was desperate to lose weight and nothing seemed to work for him no matter how much or how little he ate. The curious thing was that based upon his blood work…he was normal and had all the “stats” of a healthy individual. However, most people (including this man) would agree that living in a 1200 pound body is the furthest thing from healthy.
Some people mistakenly believe that “supplements” refer only to the stuff that meatheads use to juice up and bulk up, creating muscle that’s all for show with no real strength to back their play. And…there are some old-school philosophies out there that still support this antiquated way of thinking.
But make no mistake…supplements backed by science have a place. You see the results on the sports field. And, you see the result on the field of battle. Still there are skeptics that ask if there is any validity for the best vitamins for men training for military?
Have you ever had moments in your life when you’ve met someone and you knew that the meeting was more than just coincidental — like fate or faith had something to do with it? Recently, while on a wonderful anniversary trip to New Mexico, Mark and I met a terrific couple whose anniversary is the same date as ours. In just a few short days, we became fast friends and look forward to seeing them again soon. Was it just a coincidence.…or was it something else? There is a saying that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” When you keep yourself open to possibilities, it is remarkable how many pivotal people will enter your life at just the right time. Recently, one of those pivotal people in our lives has been Dr. Alfredo Galvez. I thought you might appreciate spending some time with this genetic genius as he answers important questions about your health.
Rhabdomyolysis is a word that not many people have ever heard or experienced. But recently, it has unfairly made the headlines with regard to difficult training programs such as CrossFit. I am not a CrossFitter, but this issue is part client and part trainer problem and not simply a CrossFit problem. Truth is, “Rhabdo” as many people refer to it, is very common in MANY challenging training programs such as military bootcamps, police and fire academies, even professional football, and body building. It is a deadly condition that should be studied by anyone who is a trainer, but also taught to students who are seeking challenging workout programs in harsh environments.
Defined, from a 2010 US Armed Forces study on active duty cases, Rhabdomyolysis is the breakdown of muscle cells with release into the bloodstream. If not treated, Rhabdomyolysis can be fatal and you can have kidney failure, heart attack, or stroke. It is definitely not a condition to make light of or wear as a badge of honor.
Each season I try the hottest new products to review. Some not so good, some fantastic. Check out my top 5 items that made the cut for Fall 2013 NikkiFitness Faves!
A Step Up From Treadmills: I am a huge running fan, and I also cross train with plyometrics and cardio sculpting class. I found a way to do both – at home when its raining or snowing, or just to cold to hit the trail or the gym. For nearly 30 years, the StairMaster StepMill has been called the toughest workout in the gym, but they never had a home-sized machine. Now, the new StepMill 3 is compact. It’s small footprint takes up less room than other cardio machines and moves easily on built-in wheels.
Laughter and fun have always been a theme in my family. After dinner, we often got a case of the giggles and wacky improvisation ensued. From our trademarked moves as the Zucchini Brothers to my youngest brother’s Elvis impersonations, evenings ended with us all in stitches. Last night I found myself in an extra silly mood and spent the better part of the evening laughing to Youtube clips of comedic geniuses like Jonathan Winters, Robin Williams and Steve Martin (three of my favorites). Isn’t it amazing how great you feel after a good chuckle? There’s actually more to it than a well-delivered line. Laughter can help you feel better, live longer, and what a way to go!
Some people think that training of the Navy SEALs is just like any other military training…until they go to special ops training in the military.
Only then can you fully appreciate the physical strength and mental fortitude required to get into a top military unit. You’ve got to have more than just muscles and speed. A lot of guys have that. In this video, you get an insider look at just one part of Navy Seal Training.
The internet is full of hilarious memes and the fitness industry is no exception. I have assembled what is, in my opinion, the funniest fitness memes I could find. Enjoy!
They come in all shapes and sizes. They are found in the places you expect to find them – on the battle field, in a burning building, wearing a uniform, wearing fatigues and combat boots, carrying a badge and a gun.
You also find them in unexpected places. On the streets of Boston wearing a pair of running shoes, on the streets of New York decked out in a business suit, and inside an average looking home as a mother or father sits with their child with love to instill a legacy of freedom, hope, courage, success, and joy.
Some people are surprised and perplexed when they see the human spirit in action; when they see Americans rushing to help a complete stranger. But we’re not. Because we understand that goodness prevails.
Insulin Resistance is our nation’s biggest public health problem and potentially much worse in our future. Insulin Resistance (IR) is defined by Dr. Greenwald of Specialty Health in Reno NV as “When humans become insulin resistant, the glucose receptors of our liver and muscle cells get clogged. Insulin has a difficult time allowing glucose to get into the cell. Glucose stays in the blood stream and blood glucose levels increase and so does the blood insulin levels as the pancreas keeps pumping more and more insulin to try to keep blood sugar (glucose) levels under control.”
Why is IR our biggest public health problem?
Insulin Resistance leads to many deadly ailments such as Heart Attack, Alzheimer’s Dementia, Cancer, Kidney Disease, Stroke, Gout, Obesity, and Diabetes to name the most serious illnesses. Obesity and Diabetes alone will continue progressing and cause lower back pain, joint pain, amputation, blindness, and slow healing wounds.
I am a sucker for old movies and, speaking of suckers, one of my favorites is Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory — the original with Gene Wilder. I watched it this weekend and rather than focusing on the river of chocolate (yum!), I paid close attention to the even sweeter message this campy little movie conveyed. You see, the lead character, Charlie, had a vision to win a golden ticket. He held onto that vision and ended up getting everything he had ever imagined. Walking through his wacky chocolate factory where anything and everything seemed to be possible, Mr. Wonka invited Charlie, and us all, to “Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.” It made me realize that we have the same imagination within all of us and that paradise may be right in front of us after all.