Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fitness Friday

When we set out to open up our own gym, we had a vision of what it would look like, and a what kind of training our clients would be doing.  We wanted to train people using their bodies, using free weights, using bands.  Our vision was to train the body as one unit, one machine, forgoing all the usual machines you would find in a gym.  It seems like that type of thinking, that type of training is getting more and more popular as those that train this way see amazing results. 

Doing bodyweight and free weight training is a great way to get a killer workout that will build muscle and torch body fat.  The more muscles you work, the more you challenge yourself, the better.  One thing that people over rely on when they want to lose weight is running.  The problem with running (this coming from a runner) is that the body is extremely efficient when it comes to calorie burning.  The more you run, the better your body gets at it, the less calorie burn.  Check out these other 5 reasons why running is the end all be all of weight loss. 

Sticking to just cardio to lose weight is one of those MYTHS that won't die.  Why? Probably because people keep perpetuating the same BS time and time again with no significant proof.  My other favorites are spot reducing(especially abs) and avoid fats and carbs because they make you fat.  Don't fall for these.  Low fat diets could be worse for you when it comes to losing weight.  Most associate fat they eat for what's on their body, however that's not the way the human body works.  This experiment is pretty awesome and looks at the difference between a high fat diet and a high carb diet.  Definitely worth the read.

If you're stuck in a rut and aren't seeing the results you want, it could be all in your head. Changing your behaviors is probably the hardest thing to do, but the most important.  Little changes in behavior, whether its switching from daily soda's to water, or eating breakfast. 

What is necessary to change a person is to change his awareness of himself.” –Abraham Maslow

We love kettlebells, we especially love swings.  However, just a quick reminder of the form when you're hitting those swings.  Always think hip hinge, not squat and brace those abs!!!

With that said, heres your kick ass workout of the weekend.

Weekend Workout
Tabata Swings
20 seconds on/10 seconds off 8x

Windmill 5x each side
Get-ups 1x each side

Snatches 10x each side
Single leg deadlift 10x each side
Row 10x
3 sets

Windmill 5x
Get-ups 1x

Figure 8 -30 seconds
High Pulls- 30 seconds
Shelf/Shovels- 30 seconds each side
3 sets

Windmill 5x
Get-ups 1x

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