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Just HIIT IT!

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What is HIIT Training?

Simply put, HIIT training is where it's at and has been sweeping the fitness world by storm. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is just that. It's intervals of high intensity and/or explosive movements which essentially bring the heart rate up and down quickly. Perhaps you've heard of Tabata? Tabata is a killer format of HIIT training and each circuit is only 4 MINUTES long! It is comprised of 20 seconds of maximum exertion or effort in movement to 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 repetitions or rounds. Sounds pretty simple, huh? In theory, yes, though in reality when your heart is pumping out of your chest, not so much. Give it a shot! Pick 4 total body exercises and Tabata-ize them. Some example exercises include burpees, squat to overhead shoulder press with dumbbells, jump rope, push-ups or even hopping on the old elliptical, cranking up the resistance a bit and giving it all you've got. You'll find yourself winded and probably quite proud of your effort in the end. Research shows that in some cases HIIT leads to better cardiovascular improvements and higher caloric expenditure in less time than steady state training such as running distance.). In summary, incorporating HIIT with appropriate intensity and frequency, into your cardiovascular training or regime gives you a time-efficient way to reach your goals. So go get your Tabata on!

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Fitness is Weird

Cables Rock!

Cables Rock!

Isn't it though? It's SO weird how in 30 minutes a day you can completely change your health/life/wellness and overall happiness. So why wouldn't anyone want to find that 30 minutes in their day??? THAT'S what weird.

OMG, I'm Just TOOOOOO Busy!

Um, who isn't? I work most days from 7 AM until 8 PM and NO it doesn't matter that I'm a trainer and I'm in the gym 11-12 hours each day. Those hours aren't spent on working on me, they are spent working with my incredible clients. I'm training them and coaching them and helping them reach their goals. Don't get me wrong, I love my job more than life itself and selfishly seeing my clients both reach and exceed their goals is the most gratifying feeling I've ever experienced. But I need to stay healthy too…

The Magical Solution Revealed...

 Schedule it! TA-DAH! Schedule your workouts and your time for YOU and YOUR health just as you would schedule a meeting with your boss or personal appointment. Lock it in and don't budge on it! Get selfish, you deserve it!

UGH. I'm just not motivated and I'm tired before/after work

Get. A. Trainer. And this is coming from a trainer of 18 years who sees 2 to 3 trainers herself each week cause you know what, I'm tired too! As we've already discussed, I spend 11 to 12 hours per day in the gym so when it comes time for my work out sometimes that couch looks much more appealing. But having that set appointment and that accountability to show up gets my a$$ where it should be, maintaining my own good health and fitness!

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Boxing for the Hungry Pacifist

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Boxing for the Hungry Pacifist

Train like a boxer. Look like a fox. Feel like a rockstar

Why I Love Boxing-Based Training

I fell in love with boxing about 10 years ago. It actually started back when I was a group exercise kickboxing instructor but once I strapped on my first set of gloves, I was hooked. First of all, you SWEAT. Buckets. Boxing training is not just about throwing punches and jumping rope but rather a total workout experience. The endorphin release is incredible! I like to call it my workout "attitude adjustment". It's amazing how throwing a few punches can turn a frown upside down.

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Because Agility is Sexy!

You use your entire body in every move that you make within boxing. Your core is rocking, you're moving in every plane of motion possible making you crazy agile. Your legs are trained in a unique way that gives you an incredible sense of balance and mentally you simply become sharper because boxing is just that, a mental workout, especially in the ring!

Boxing is endurance and power.

Boxing is a stress reliever. Boxing is a confidence building. Boxing is not about violence, I've never hit another human being. It's about skill, technique and most importantly bringing your fitness to a new level. And learning little self defense doesn't hurt.

 

Let's Kick Some Ass!

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HIIT IT!

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What is HIIT Training?

Simply put, HIIT training is where it's at and has been sweeping the fitness world by storm. HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training is just that. It's intervals of high intensity and/or explosive movements which essentially bring the heart rate up and down quickly. Perhaps you've heard of Tabata? Tabata is a killer format of HIIT training and each circuit is only 4 MINUTES long! It is comprised of 20 seconds of maximum exertion or effort in movement to 10 seconds of rest for a total of 8 repetitions or rounds. Sounds pretty simple, huh? In theory, yes, though in reality when your heart is pumping out of your chest, not so much. Give it a shot! Pick 4 total body exercises and Tabata-ize them. Some example exercises include burpees, squat to overhead shoulder press with dumbbells, jump rope, push-ups or even hopping on the old elliptical, cranking up the resistance a bit and giving it all you've got. You'll find yourself winded and probably quite proud of your effort in the end. Research shows that in some cases HIIT leads to better cardiovascular improvements and higher caloric expenditure in less time than steady state training such as running distance.). In summary, incorporating HIIT with appropriate intensity and frequency, into your cardiovascular training or regime gives you a time-efficient way to reach your goals. So go get your Tabata on!

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Move and Eat for Life

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Move and Eat for Life

2 Steps to Optimal Health

Well here we are, facing the end of Summer 2015. The sunny days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school and we are finding ourselves settling back into our normal day-to-day routines. For most of us, this time of year is a catalyst to get back to our exercise regimes and a more balanced and healthful diet. Especially after the 47 bbq's that we've attended over the past few months....

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