Tag: Exercise

There’s one thing I can’t stand about the fitness industry:

It’s full of bitches. (Ironically, I’m now going off on a bitch – ha! Hey, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!)

Anyway, there’s a ton of different forms of exercise you can do. Literally tons.

First off, you’ve got weight training in the gym. Then that can be broken down further into many “mini-categories”. For example, you’ve got bodybuilding style training, you’ve got Olympic lifting (no prizes for guessing that’s the thing they do in the… *drumroll*… Olympics!). You’ve also got powerlifting, too, as well as strong-man type training. Oh, and how could I forget CrossFit, too?!

And if you want to go even more in-depth, you can break these 4 categories down even further.

Anyway, we’ll move on from weight lifting. Let’s look at some other types of exercise…

So you’ve also got cardio training, which, just like weight training, can obviously be broken down further. You’ve got running, cycling, rowing, circuit training. Literally too many options for me to even think about, let alone actually write down.

Then you’ve got playing a sport.

And there’s also things like yoga and pilates.

So the point is this: There’s literally a TON of ways you can exercise.

But the one thing I hate about the fitness industry, is that so many people talk down upon on every other form of exercise that isn’t their own. They say it’s “wrong”. They say their way is the best way by a mile.

Do you know what I say to these people?

Shut up!.

Blunt? Yes.

But do they deserve it? Again, yep. Look, the Western world has got overweight. It doesn’t need me to tell you that. So surely we should be encouraging everyone to do any form of exercise, no matter what it is?

But to some people, seeing people exercise in a way that’s different to their own actually annoys them! Pathetic isn’t it. I mean, the amount of people who train in the gym bodybuilding style who look down on crossfitters is unbelievable.

See, I’ve never done CrossFit in my life. Is it perfect? No. There’s a much higher risk of injury (especially for beginners) as opposed to most other forms of training.

But, having said that, does it look fun? Yep!

Does it get people breathing hard and sweating? Yep!

And does it get people great fitness results, whilst helping tone them up? Again, absolutely!

So why so many people speak crap about it is beyond me.

Anyway, to wrap this up, I want to say this:

Do a form of exercise you ENJOY.

That’s literally it, my friend.

Don’t let Bob down the gym, Steve next door, or even me tell you what form of exercise you should be doing.

Just do something you’re gonna stick to.

‘Course, if you want to be a bodybuilder, then you’re gonna have to get in the gym and start lifting weights. Going out for long-distance runs ain’t gonna get you there!

But if you just want to tone up, lose weight, and get fitter so you’ve got more energy and you look and feel better, then just do something you enjoy.

Simple.

Source by Tom Andrews

What three motivational words can you say to yourself that will put your exercise program in overdrive and make your fitness dreams come true?

"I Want To!"

Too often we approach our fitness routines with the thought "I have to," and it produces a counterproductive attitude toward our fitness program. Say both phrases out loud (if you're in a public place you can wait till you get home … or not) and pay attention to how it feels within your body. "I have to" produces dread and a "heavy" feeling. "I want to " produces an extra pep in your step and a joy associated with whatever you want to do.

How I used this phrase to help me.

I'll be honest, getting myself to work out is not difficult at all. I just set a plan, follow it, and adapt along the way. It's one of the reasons I became a personal trainer; it has pretty much come easy to me. But there are goals I have had that have really challenged me mentally and emotionally. In fact I am going through one right now.

Back in February I threw caution to the wind and hired a French teacher to, well, teach me French. I knew French back when I was a wee tike but lost it when we moved to the States. And ever since I could remember I have wanted to relearn it. So I started doing my research, looking for a teacher, and I found Sabine. Born in France, she has a PhD in French studies and is a teacher … DING DING DING! I stalked her down and got her to meet with me, and after a nice chat I knew it would work. So even though I was still trying to build my business, take care of a baby, and learn a new city, I committed. I told her I would be with her for at least a year, and we got started.

(PS There are a lot of really good teaching points in this last paragraph about achieving your goals. You might want to go back and reread it.)

This French teacher is kicking my butt!

I was so gung ho those first couple of classes, and I was feeling really excited about finally being able to speak French. And then I got hit smack in the face with reality. I remember it really clearly, that feeling of being overwhelmed and all the negative thoughts flooding into my head. "There is no way I can learn all this." "You'll never get this." Etc., etc. I continued because I do not like to quit, but I was trying to power through these thoughts and feelings. I "had to" do this! Push Push Push!

Then the thought came to me, "I want to do this," and I felt the calmness that came with it. Done. I don't question things when they are this clear. So I started to approach learning French in this manner, and it has helped me tremendously. Do I still get frustrated and impatient? You bet I do! But I don't let it become me. Because I "want to" I can now relax, have fun, and consequently learn more efficiently.

What's running in your head?

Do you "have to" go work out? Or do you "want to"? If you "have to," you are fighting yourself and it will make accomplishing your goals exponentially harder. If you "want to," you are enjoying the process and it will allow you to get to where you want to go quicker. So add a little " want to " in your life.

Source by Ekemba Sooh

We are really out of shape! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, two out of every three Americans are overweight and one-third is clinically obese. Regular exercise would greatly improve the situation, but according to the American College of Sports Medicine, less than half of all Americans get the recommended amount of exercise. This is compounded by the fact that more than 50% of the people who begin an exercise program abandon it within the first six months. This happens for five primary reasons: injury, a lack of time, boredom, a lack of support and a lack of motivation. The good news is there are specific steps we can take to address each of these problems.

1. Injury. Injuries are the single biggest reason people abandon their exercise programs. An injury can include significant damage to muscle tissue such as a sprain, or the minor muscle damage that causes soreness. Either situation can diminish your motivation to exercise. The most effective way to deal with injuries is to avoid them. You can do this by warming up before exercise, by starting with a simple exercise regimen and expanding it over time, by learning the proper form for every exercise, and by engaging in a variety of aerobic and strength training activities.

2. A Lack of Time. The number one excuse for not exercising is, you guessed it, a lack of time. No one ever thinks they have enough time to work out but the truth is, you only need to spend about 30 minutes, 5-6 days-a-week to get significant health benefits from exercise. In addition, you don’t need a formal exercise regimen. Instead, try to make increased physical activity a part of your daily life. You can do this by cycling to work or school, by engaging in physical activities with your children (e.g., throwing a Frisbee), by participating in sports activities you enjoy (but be careful, this is how injuries often occur), by walking on a daily basis, or by doing household activities (e.g., mowing the lawn, shoveling snow).

3. Boredom. Another reason people stop exercising is because they get bored. Therefore, it is important to have variety in your physical activities. Try to do different exercises day-to-day or week-to-week. Select activities you enjoy, not those someone else says you should do. Remember, there is no best exercise. Anything that gets you moving will enhance your fitness and overall health.

4. A Lack of Support. It is difficult to engage in a successful, long-term exercise program without the psychological support of your family, friends and even co-workers. Develop this support by exercising with others. This is especially powerful early in your exercise regimen. It is much harder to skip a workout if you have one or two friends exercising with you.

5. A Lack of Motivation. Each of the aforementioned factors can have a negative impact on your motivation to exercise. However, at the end of the day, you must define your reasons for exercising. Are you trying to get into shape for an athletic event? Perhaps you want to look better for an upcoming social engagement. Maybe you want to reduce your risk for disease. Whatever your reasons are, clarify them in your mind and always keep them in front of you. One way to do this is to write down your reasons for exercising and post them in highly visible areas. This will give you a constant reminder of why you are exercising and can motivate you to continue through difficult periods when your enthusiasm is low.

Source by Tyrone Holmes

A few years ago I found out something that has changed my life forever. I want to tell you about it here.

You see, for some reason, I’ve never struggled to motivate myself to workout, so when I was talking to a friend about an online business he was working on, and he told me that loads of his subscribers suffered from the ups and downs of motivational slumps (you know the ones, where you simply have no motivation to exercise, no ‘get up and go’ to spur you on to your next hideous workout), I was intrigued.

Imagine how much more intrigued I was when he told me that he also suffered from this ‘lack of motivation to workout’!

I had no idea it was such an epidemic (I profess the innocence of ‘not knowing what we don’t know’). But I soon found out that not only was a lack of motivation to workout a huge problem, but that the solutions being offered were weak. And that’s putting it kindly.

So what did I do?

Did I shrug my shoulders and walk away smugly, knowing that I never, ever suffered from a lack of motivation to exercise or workout, or be motivated to go to the gym?

Or did I want to help and give people the strength and resources they need to succeed?

I’m sure you can guess the answer; I’m a fitness professional, I like helping people. But more than that, I’m also an NLP Master Practitioner, and that gives me something else to offer. Now, if you don’t know what NLP is I’ll leave that for another article (and you can go and read one of the thousands of articles online about it), but for our purposes right now, NLP is a set of tools that allows me (or anyone else, I’m not special here) to understand HOW someone does what they do.

This is important in two ways;

1: I can find out ‘how’ I and others naturally motivate myself.

2: I can find out ‘how’ other people don’t motivate themselves. Or to put it more succinctly, how they mis-manage their brain to create ‘low motivation’, or ‘motivational peaks and troughs’.

So all those years ago I started a project, in NLP terms a modelling project, to find out how people are ‘broken’ (actually they work perfectly, but it’s not the type of perfect they want!), and how they can fix themselves.

Here’s what I came up with:

1: People are not broken, they work perfectly. It’s just perfectly wrong! (this is actually a good thing, as it means you have learned ‘how’ to do what you do, and that means you can also learn to do something else, something different, something that means you feel like you work perfectly).

2: Any system of motivation that relies on anything other than you and your brain is destined to failure in the long term (think gadgets, motivational videos, motivational music, motivational quotes, motivation buddies, personal trainers, etc)

3: There’s no such thing as ‘natural motivation’, and there’s also no such thing as ‘naturally un-motivated’. There’s simply a set of programs, strategies and behaviours that someone has learned, and the repetition of these strategies and ‘motivation programs’ is what gets you your results, good or bad.

4: Anyone can learn ‘how’ to be motivated. I’ll repeat that again, as it may be something close to heresy for some of you: ANYONE can learn how to be motivated, that includes YOU. All you need to do is let go of the stuff that’s holding you back, and learn some new programs (and this is very, very easy to do).

5: It takes, on average, 3 – 5 hours to learn how to naturally motivate yourself. ‘Hang on a minute, you said there’s no such thing as natural motivation?’ I did, but it serves as a good label to help you understand the difference between useful habits (‘natural motivation’) and un-useful habits (naturally un-motivated, or uncontrollably, variably motivated). The goal is to make it feel like you’re doing your motivation naturally…

So it should come as no surprise to you now if I told you that I (and many …

According to most dictionaries, hoist means to lift with the assistance of a mechanical device. Or at least, mimic the action made through body weight. And in a clever marketing move that the company can claim for itself, this is exactly what any Hoist fitness equipment does!

Hoist Range of Products

As a manufacturer of fitness equipment for 30 years, it is to be expected that the product range will be on the diverse, if not impressive, side. Fitness enthusiasts have many choices in fitness apparatus for strength training in all its aspects – weight, resistance, isometric and integrated.

The company’s official website classifies its fitness equipment into two user categories: consumer/home use and commercial/GSA use. Expectantly, the general dimensions for each category will differ as space consideration is an important factor in choosing gym equipment.

There are 8 product lines under the Hoist fitness equipment home category, namely, V Select Series, V-Core Gym, V-Rox, Gym, V Express Gym, V6 Personal Pulley Gym, Free weights, PTS Personal Training and H MultiStack Gyms. For users, this means choices from the simple flat bench (HF-4164) to the one-in-four multi-stack station (H-4400).

For the commercial range, there are 7 product lines, namely, ROC-IT, HD Series, HS Series, HMG MultiStations, CF Seroes, KL Series, and H MultiStack Gyms. It must be noted that the KL Series is targeted towards teens, with the intention of encouraging them to be fit at an early age.

With all these products made available to a fitness enthusiast, it’s time to “get hoisting” with Hoist fitness equipment!

Product Features

When exercising, especially in strength training where muscles and joints are at greater risks of injury and stress, safety is always a prevalent concern. After all, you want to increase muscle size and strength but not at the expense of safety! It bears saying here that safety starts with the right equipment.

This must have been what the developers of Hoist equipment had in mind when developing their product lines. All of the equipments comply with the safety standards of the ASTM International as well as the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health/Fitness Facility Standards Guidelines.

Other features of the Hoist fitness equipment that ensure durability, function, safety and, well, beauty include but are not limited to:

– Patented weight system for smoother and quieter movements, be it in the hoisting of the cables or the changing of the weights.

– High quality hand grips, where applicable, for comfort and stability.

– Foot rests for user stability and support.

– Steel tubing for the body, aluminum for the bars, and rubber for the flooring.

– Body straps where necessary to ensure stability.

Also, instructional DVDs and user manuals are provided for the equipment purchased from the website and in other stores. Of course, the various types of equipment boasts of different dimensions, resistance and functions but each one has the guarantee of lifetime durability from the manufacturers.

By any other standards, the Hoist fitness equipment is an excellent choice for fitness enthusiasts, whether they are novices or experts in the field. So, “get hoisting” now and see the results in a leaner and meaner body.

Source by Mike Singh

With the unofficial start of summer at the end of this month, many begin to think about starting to exercise before putting on a bathing suit and hitting the beach or pool. Exercise is of course helpful for weight management and building muscles and can improve physical appearance. What is not as well known are the other physical, mental and emotional benefits of incorporating exercise into your daily routine.

In addition to weight management, other physical benefits of exercise include improvement in our cardiovascular system functions. Aerobic exercise can help prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and stokes. Other forms of exercise can help prevent arthritis, osteoporosis and can help improve balance to prevent falls.

What is equally as impressive are the benefits to mental and emotional health when exercising on a regular basis. Exercise improves not only focus and concentration but also enhances mood as well. In fact, studies have shown that 15 minutes of aerobic exercise was equally as effective as an antidepressant for some forms of depression. Walking around the block often shifts perspective and helps reduce stress.

Joh Ratey MD, who studies the benefits of exercise has suggested that if the positive effects of exercise could come in a pill form, it would be the most widely prescribed medication. Since that is not possible, how do you incorporate exercise into your busy life when you already feel pressed for time?

Ten Tips to Sneak Exercise into your Day

Don’t like or feel like you have time to go to the gym? The good news is exercise does not have to involve getting on a treadmill or pumping iron at the gym to be effective. It can be relatively low cost and not a huge time investment. However, before you start, check with your doctor if you have not exercised in awhile or if you are pregnant. Also, make sure you are wearing proper footwear for your activity. Many joint or back injuries are caused by wearing old or worn-out shoes. Here are ten ways to get moving:

  1. Park away from your office, trip to the store or school and walk. These small walks add up through the day. In fact, studies have shown that small bursts of exercise throughout the day are more effective than one long burst.
  2. Take the steps instead of the elevator. If you are going between floors, walk up the steps. Need a quick break in the afternoon – walk up and down a few times. Exercise will revive you much more than a trip to the coffee machine.
  3. Wear a fitness tracker and measure your steps. There are many inexpensive trackers as well as more sophisticated and pricey devices but even the inexpensive will give you data on steps. Set a goal and stick to it. For the first few days, wear it without changing your activity. Once you create a baseline, add 500 to 1000 steps per day to it each week.
  4. Use apps to get inspired. Studies have shown that like fitness trackers, individuals who utilize apps are more successful at sticking with an exercise program. There are apps like 5K that inspire and lead you from couch to 5K. My Fitness Pal and ActivX are a few other popular fitness apps.
  5. Sign up for a charity walk or run and use it to inspire you to get moving. Whether it is 1mile, a 5 or 10K, it gives you a goal and a deadline to work toward.
  6. Grab a buddy or two. People are far more likely to stick to a routine if they have another person who is going to do it with them and hold them accountable. Making fitness social gives the extra benefit of connecting with others.
  7. Have a family or office challenge. It does not have to be a competition, but it can be a way to cheer each other on and keep everyone involved in a common goal.
  8. Try a new activity like dancing, hiking, swimming or a fun group exercise class you have always been curious about.
  9. Make fitness a weekly family activity. Go on a hike, bike ride or walk around the neighborhood.
  10. Household activities like gardening, cleaning or

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Source by Jared D. Ingram

Smooth Exercise Bikes Review

With over 25 years of experience Smooth Fitness has mastered the art of making high quality and ergonomically designed fitness equipment. What made Smooth Fitness the leading name in this business is its commitment in proving its consumers not only with top notch products, but great customer service as well.

From industry-leading warranties, next-business-day shipping, extended service support to factory direct pricing – all these has helped Smooth Fitness become the #1 online retailer of exercise and fitness equipment in the market today. A nationwide service support of over 600 authorized technicians and 30-day money back guarantee ensure that you and your purchased product is well-protected.

Smooth Fitness is know for its exercise machines such as treadmills, elliptical machines and exercise bikes. Smooth Exercise Bikes are among the best in the market. The three dynamic models of exercise bikes guarantee to help you reach your fitness goal whether it’s for strength, cardiovascular or targeting problem areas in your body.

Smooth UB4 Upright Bike will give you what you are looking for in a bicycle workout with its roomy, comfortable seat and 17.6 lb flywheel for a friction-free ride. Its Magnetic Resistance Breaking System and 16 Levels of Resistance give you the right amount of resistance for an effective workout. To help you monitor your vital signs and progress, the Body Fat and BMI calculator and 5 Heart Rate Control programs can be followed on the easy-to-use Training Computer with Two-Color Display.

For users with back problems and experienced athletes, Smooth SB4 Recumbent Bike is just perfect. It is also equipped with the above-mentioned features and a Recovery Pulse Measurement which is a convenient and reliable way to calculate your pulse rate and evaluate your fitness level.

Smooth UB5 Upright Bike is a class of its own. A good alternative to outdoor cycling, the UB5 Upright Bike gives you smooth momentum by utilizing electromagnetic resistance. It also recharges the battery as you pedal which in turn lights up the patented Tri-Color LED display.

Smooth Exercise Bikes ensure that you get all that you need for the ultimate bicycle workout; you don’t have to leave the house to stay fit.

Source by Everett Dunn

Blasting into the Home Exercise market, the T-Bow is a new idea in exercise equipment that combines heart-pumping cardio workouts with muscle conditioning and toning and adds core stability for a full-body workout every time!

I’m a Personal Trainer, and I specialize in training clients in their own homes. Some lucky clients have their own gym and swimming pool, which makes my job easy. Most, however, just have a few square feet in the spare room for their exercise – and it’s my job to work out how to give them the results they want. Most are on a limited budget, and want a piece of equipment that will tidy away easily into a closet when their workout is over.

That’s asking a lot! Most small exercise machines just do one thing – cardio, or muscle toning or core and ab work. But – and here’s the bit that gives me a headache – you need to do ALL 3 types of exercise for optimum fat-burning and muscle toning. Tell the client that they need, say, a Stepper, and some dumbbells and a fitball, and they’re likely to give up before they start.

So, to the likes of me, the entrance of the T-Bow is as welcome as sunshine in January in England. Heaven-sent! (Weather’s miserable here in UK. Cold ‘n’ wet in winter, mild ‘n’ wet in summer. Give me Florida winters any day)

The T-Bow will do all 3 types of workout, fits away easily under a bed or stacked in a closet, and comes with its own exercise bands and a great DVD for well under $200. And it makes exercising fun!

Here’s how I create the perfect workout using a T-Bow:

Cardio exercise

Essential for burning fat and calories and making heart and lungs healthier. My client warms up by using the T-Bow curve up as a Step; up and down, side-to-side, knee lifts, single leg kicks, you name it. Then we turn the T-Bow over and really rock! Balancing on the unstable side uses more muscles, including core, and really works those legs. We go from slow to fast, turn so we’re rocking forward and back (that takes some balancing, let me tell you!) and sing along to all those cheesy 80’s tracks when pop stars really could sing…I’m showing my age here!

Muscle Strengthening

No workout is complete without muscle work. Ladies, forget those worries about building big, bulky muscles – not going to happen (unless you specifically want it to). Toning muscles makes them sleek and shapely and smaller. And having muscle burns fat – all the time. Cool, huh?

So we attach the exercise bands to the sides of the T-Bow – now curve side up again – and my client tones legs, shoulders, butt, arms chest and back.

 Core Stability and Stretching

Whittle that waist and lengthen those legs! We get down to floor level now and use the T-Bow to lie over, lean on and sit against for a Pilates and core workout that uses muscles you never even knew you had! Pilates exercises are unrivalled for sculpting long, lean leg muscles and a trim waist and hips as well as strengthening your back and helping you walk taller. We finish our workout with some stretching on the T-Bow, which lengthens muscles and makes them feel good!

So with just 1 piece of equipment, you have performed a perfect workout – as good as if you had your own gym (and certainly a lot cheaper).

Source by Carol Bartram

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