Stop F*—-n Around!

February 25, 2011 by  
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How much strategy is used in YOUR workout?

Do you frequent the gym?
When you go to the gym do you know what it takes to effectively build muscle and burn fat?
Do you know why building muscle and burning fat is so important?
Do you know the best foods to choose to help you build muscle and burn fat?
Do you know that muscle gains can be accomplished at any age?  Extremely important after 40
Do you know that “small group” training can be the most effective way to reach your fitness goals?

Or……are you just f —–n around with fitness?  oops

No matter what program you choose with Friends Fitness, you are guaranteed to get the highest quality “small group” training that results in minimal time with maximum benefit!  Strategies to target muscle building.  For the last time, YES, you want to build muscle!  You men know this already.  Women… harder to convince.  You also get strategies for the most effective calorie burning cardio.  If you’re riding a treadmill week after week, those results diminish.  If you do any workout repeatedly, your results diminish.  If you only diet and check the scale every couple of days, you may lose some weight, but you are still FAT!  Yes, FAT!  Uh huh, FAT! It’s called “Skinny Fat”

I’ll teach you the strategies!  You will have a good time.  You will come back for more.  Just form the habit….21 days?  The Holidays arecoming and you still have time to form the habit.

November a.m. (5:30am) Fitness Camp begins Monday November 2.  4 weeks/16 Camps $120! BOGO for any NEW Camper! Return Camper (if I recognize you, you are a return camper) $20 off! 

Power Core and Stretch begins Tuesday November 3 $42 this month Tues and Thurs 8:30am
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Satisfying a Sweet Tooth

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Health and Fitness

No willpower when it comes to sweets? You are not alone! We all crave sweet foods. Here’s why: our tongues have a large amount of sweet taste buds, and they demand to be satisfied. So how can we satisfy a sweet tooth without resorting to Ding Dongs, Twinkies or our old pals Ben and Jerry? […]

Diet Sodas Increase Risk of Stroke by 61%

February 22, 2011 by  
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A new study from the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine reports that those who drink diet soda were found to have a 61% increase in stroke than those who drink no soda at all. Stroke is the third leading cause of death, behind heart disease and cancer, in the United States. More than […]

Exercise Trends

February 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Health and Fitness

Note from Kim!  Please take a few moments to read the following article. These fitness “tactics” express the very backbone of Friends Fitness!  Always in the fore-front and for the long haul!  Consider that Tabata training is suddenly big news, and you, (my clients) have been practicing Tabata training for 2 years.

Exercise Trends

Up-and-Coming Exercise Trends

Experts weigh in on what’s new in the world of fitness.

By Colette Bouchez
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic – Feature

Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD

  • Our fascination with self-improvement shows no signs of waning, and there’s no shortage of new exercise trends aimed at helping us meet our health goals. Watchers of fitness trends say the road to better health is paved with new possibilities — along with some old ones that are poised to make a comeback.

According to experts, some of the exercise and diet trends that appear to be past their prime are:

  • High-impact aerobic workouts.
  • Expensive home gym equipment.

Health trends on the way up, they say, include:

  • Back-to-basics exercise plans.
  • Functional fitness.
  • Mind/body workouts.
  • The “buddy system” of working out.

Just the Basics

After nearly a decade of chasing high-tech fitness dreams, experts say, there’s a movement back toward the basics for getting in shape.

“The high-tech stuff was great and everybody loves gadgets, but what ends up happening is it becomes a great place to hang your clothes,” says Ken Locker, MA, ATC, a spokesman for the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). “Everybody in America now has a little treadmill in the corner with clothes on it — and now, there is a trend away from that, a trend back to basics.”

By basics, he means using the body, and not much else, to get in shape, says Locker, a certified athletic trainer at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. So, remember those calisthenics from fifth grade — push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and sprints? If trend forecasters are right, that could be the workout of the future.

According to Phil Black, a former Navy Seal instructor who is now a personal trainer and San Diego fitness entrepreneur, another emerging trend is functional fitness — programs that help us move through daily life with greater ease.

“People don’t care so much about becoming a pro athlete as much as they care about whether they can pick up their child without hurting their back, or do things around the house without getting injured or sore,” says Black, inventor of the Fit Deck, a type of flash cards for everyday workouts. “We’re looking towards workouts that increase flexibility and core strength, and help you live a healthier life overall.”

Mind-Body Fitness Solutions

One of the most popular fitness trends involves combining what might seem like opposing exercises, like mind-body movements plus aerobics.

Among these new workouts are:

  • Cy-Yo, a one-hour workout combining 10 minutes of yoga, 40 minutes of speed cycling on a stationary bike, then 10 more minutes of yoga to cool down and refocus the mind. Cy-Yo workouts are offered in a number of health facilities across the nation, including some Gold’s Gyms.
  • YogaFit workouts merge traditional yoga with a variety of other activities, including strength training, core muscle building, and butt firming.
  • Yoga and Pilates is another hot combination to watch, say the trend watchers at IdeaFit.

“Whether it’s blasting your abs into shape or helping you heal a back injury, these [new combined yoga workouts] will give you the versatility to do both,” says Beth Shaw, a certified yoga instructor who is president of YogaFit.

The IdeaFit experts say we’ll also see more online training programs, core-conditioning classes, and kid-specific fitness plans. And, they predict, more of us will be hiring personal trainers.

You Need a Friend

So you can’t afford a personal trainer? Maybe your pet can serve as your exercise buddy. One up-and-coming trend combines man and beast for a program that helps people and their pets get fit together. There’s even a medical study to show it can work.

In a 12-month study, experts at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago demonstrated that both people and pets were more successful in staying with a weight loss program when they did it together. (Besides, you know how Fido hates to go to the gym alone!)

Both the people and their pets were placed on a balanced, low-calorie diet and given a 30-minute moderate activity plan to do together, three times a week. When compared to dogs only and people only, the combined people-pet group lost the most weight — the people, an average of about 11 pounds, the dogs, about 12 pounds.

Don’t have a furry friend with whom to share your workouts? Experts expect more of us to connect with fitness and diet buddies via the Web as we turn to Internet weight loss programs to slim down and shape up.

SOURCES: Fitness Trendlines Fitness Programs and Equipment Survey for 2005, Ideafit: People and Pets Exercising Together presentation, North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) annual scientific meeting, November 2004, Las Vegas. Cy-Yo.com web site. Ken Locker, MA, ATC, certified athletic trainer, Presbyterian Hospital, Dallas; spokesman, National Athletic Trainers Association. Phil Black, personal trainer; developer, The Fit Deck and FitDeck.com, San Diego. Beth Shaw, certified yoga instructor; president, YogaFit, Hermosa Beach, Calif.

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Weight Gain , Rapid Aging & Diabetes, Oh My! The Glycemic Index and Why You Should Care.

February 14, 2011 by  
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The Glycemic Index (G.I.) is a measure of how fast a particular food releases its “sugar” into the blood stream. Carbohydrates are just simple sugars bonded together in chains of various lengths. A long chain is a complex carbohydrate and takes some time to digest before the simple individual sugars are released into the blood […]

Information Wanted: Dead or Alive. How to escape captivity habits that hurt your productivity.

February 14, 2011 by  
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Do you recognize these scenarios? A: You’ve just come back from a meeting. You put your pad and papers from the meeting on the credenza behind you and you sit down to your computer to read the latest e-mail. Six weeks later, the pad and papers are still sitting there on your credenza, untouched… B: […]

Romantic Valentine’s Day Menu

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Eating Well

Romantic Valentine's Day Menu Menu
Romantic Valentine's Day Menu
<p>Say "I love you" this Valentine's Day with a romantic meal just for two at home. Here's a simple menu to get you started.</p>

Toasted Quinoa Salad with Scallops & Snow Peas 500-Calorie Menu

February 14, 2011 by  
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Toasted Quinoa Salad with Scallops &amp; Snow Peas 500-Calorie Menu Menu
Toasted Quinoa Salad with Scallops & Snow Peas 500-Calorie Menu
<a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/shop"><img width="30" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/images/shop30-500-Calorie.jpg" /></a><p><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/shop"> Buy the book now, EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners.</a></p>

<p>This scallop-studded quinoa salad gets an exciting texture from crunchy snow peas, red bell pepper and scallions.</p>

Vegetarian Curry Menu

February 14, 2011 by  
Filed under Eating Well

Vegetarian Curry Menu Menu
Vegetarian Curry Menu
There are endless varieties of curry. Try our healthy vegetarian version and serve with a traditional Indian spinach dish and a quick mango dessert.

Beef & Bean Chile Verde 500-Calorie Menu

February 14, 2011 by  
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Beef &amp; Bean Chile Verde 500-Calorie Menu Menu
Beef & Bean Chile Verde 500-Calorie Menu
<a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/shop"><img width="30" class="left" src="/sites/default/files/images/shop30-500-Calorie.jpg" /></a><p><a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/shop"> Buy the book now, EatingWell 500-Calorie Dinners.</a></p>

<p>Chile Verde, usually a slow-cooked stew of pork, jalapeños and tomatillos, becomes an easy weeknight meal with quick-cooking ground beef and store-bought green salsa.</p>

<p><strong>To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with ¼ avocado with 1 Tbsp. of reduced-fat sour cream.</strong></p>

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