I just finished my first week at boot camp/biggest loser. It is awesome to see 45 people giving their all after a long day at work. At the first challange, we had to do a sprint relay. With my injuries, I am not to run but of course I did!!! Needless to say, I spent two days on a heating pad. Yesterday I walked when told to run and feel a little better. I should know better.
The personal trainer doing this boot camp is awesome! It is odd for me to be participating in group exercise instead of instructing. I could get used to this :)
The most important part of this program is logging what you eat. MyFitnessPal app is awesome. I have been using it for about a year now and it teaches you about what is important to eat. I would recommend it to everyone!
I will keep you posted on my progress and the awesome time I am having with 45 co-workers!
As some of you know, I am the co-chair on the Wellness Committe at the school board. The committee joined the YMCA to put on a Biggest Loser for HCSB employees! Of course, I couldn't pass that up. I can't wait to start my first book camp on September 2. I hope to learn a lot and share some things with you.
My favorite quote this week is "If it doesn't challange you, it won't change you" Remember to keep improving yourself!
I want to start by saying someone emailed me and let me know they enjoy reading my blogs! I tried to write back to you to say thanks for the input, but the email came back undeliverable! I appreciate any input you want to give me.
I just wanted to say when you start a program, don't expect to see results right away. I had a client that was 44 years old. Her previous trainer told her if she does what she did, her body would look like hers! I had to tell her she is 44 years old and her previous trainer was 21!!!!
When you start a program, start with the attitude that you want to improve you! I have found that women are so hard on themselves. First you have to embrass what you have and work to be better/healthier. Don't think you have to be a size 4. If you eat right, most of the time, exercise and have a positive attitude, things will fall into place.
Thanks again for your input!!!
Now we are coming into the beautiful part of the year, at least in Florida! It is triathlon season again and I am back at training for that sport to increase time and endurance. Can't wait to see how my clients do this year.
Don't let triathlons intimidate you. If you train correctly, you can accomplish anything. I have recruited more people to try doing just one sprint distance and they continue to do them.
When you are faced with something that seems off limits, just give it a try. Don't compare yourself to others, just compare yourself to you! You can do anything you set your mind too.
If you wonder if investing in a personal trainer is worth the price, I would have to say yes. Of course I am a personal trainer BUT when I go to the gym and watch some people lift weights or doing exercises all wrong, I just want to go up to them and correct them.
When you are just starting out in the gym, I would recommend you hire a personal trainer even if it is one session. If you are doing the exercise wrong, you could not only hurt yourself but you are not getting the benefits from the exercise.
Think before you lift and you will thank me :)
During this time of year it is hard to maintain eating healthy. If you want to have some sweet things, only take a little. That way you are not depriving yourself but you are not eating the whole pie.
When you go shopping, park the farthest away and walk, unless it is at night and not secure!! Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
If you can schedule 20 minutes a day to find time to do some kind of exercise, before you know it you will incorporate exercise every day like brushing your teeth. You will eventually get to the point where you will miss it. You will not only see the benefits in your cardio, but your mood will improve along with your dress size.
Do each of the following exercises for 30 seconds each with no rest in between for 3 rounds. Great exercise routine for those of you who don't have a lot of time:
Add more exercises like, high knees, lunches, planks, etc. if you have more time!
With the beautiful weather outside, this is a great time to start a walking program. Start off slow and work your way up to 3-4 miles a day. Once you get that accomplished, try to add some sprints into your program. Walk one block and run 1/2 block. Work your way up and you will be running the whole thing before you know it.
It also burns a lot more calories when you run intermittently.
For those of you interested in losing weight, diet is 95% of the change. While exercise plays an important role in so many areas of your life, diet is the most important thing to do when trying to lose weight. If you try to eat a healthy diet, the rest will fall into place.
If you incorporate 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week and 30 minutes of resistance training 2 days a week, you will see results. The point is, diet and exercise has to go together to get the results you want.
My favorite exercise with my clients is circuit training. I have them do a 5-10 minutes warm up by running ½ mile, doing the elliptical or treadmill for 10 minutes. I have an app on my phone for a circuit timer. I set the number of exercises, number of reps and the rest time in between. I have them do the exercise for 30 seconds and rest 15 seconds and then move onto the next one for 30 minutes. Here is an example of some of the exercises they do: bench press, squats on a bosu ball, pushups, jumping jacks, kettle bell, burpies, triceps kick backs.
Depending on their fitness level, you can adjust any exercise with any fitness level.