Posts Tagged ‘Boot Camp Fitness’

Sugar VS Artificial Sweetner

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Hey Everybody,

Many people at Boot Camp and in the gym have been asking me about Artificial Sweetners.

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Here is an article from the latest Succeed Fitness Magazine:

http://succeed.fitpromag.com/Article.aspx?article=3229e9ef-f0e2-40d1-a560-9e5b00d4299e

I am not saying take it or don’t take it, the jury is still out on the effect of artificial sweetners.

There are as many studies to say how bad they are, as there is to say that they are safe and you are consuming less calories.

What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below and let us know?

The Succeed Team

Fitness Canberra Latest Poll – lazy vs tired

Monday, December 6th, 2010

Well some quite disturbing news on the latest fitness poll we have been doing!!

Here are some of the numbers:

25% of voters are just too lazy to train at all

18% of voters say they are too tired to train

16% of voters say they hate to train on their own

So my qestion to you is how do you fix these problems?

Well here at Succeed Personal Training Canberra we definately have the answers and can fix ALL the problems!!

I can understand that at various times in our lives we undergo a heavy work load, or a stressful home/family life, which can affect your training or even your desire to train, but at the end of the day we are only on this wonderful universe once, and many of us are not living to our full potential.

You see the less you do, the less you want to do! Then you will become more tired and even lazier than you already are! NOT GOOD!!!

So how do we fix these problems we experience each day? Easy… don’t think about it, DO IT…. most people spend so much time thinking about getting off their arse and doing something, that if they had of started when they had started thinking about it, they would already been in shape!

All you need is 30 mins, 3 or 4 times a week into your schedule. You make time to eat & sleep, well training is just as important.

Why you ask?

By undertaking any form of training regime you will automatically start to feel better and have more energy for the everyday grind (a good thing indeed). It will make all the issues in your life somewhat smaller and at the end of the day, we all need to let things go. We harbour so much stress, worry, anger, resentment etc in us that it is not healthy at all, and certainly won’t help you lose weight or trim up a bit. The more stressed you are the more likely you are to put bodyfat on!!

In regards to the last point of the fitness poll. If you hate training on your own, then Succeed Personal Training have the answer for you!

We have a choice of outdoor Bootcamp Canberra sessions, or group Personal Training available at Club Lime Tuggeranong, Alive Health Clubs Narrabundah and Queanbeyan, and of course we can do the PT outdoors.

With Christmas just around the corner and New Years resolutions due out soon, why not make a difference to either yourself or someone you know and book yourself in for a FREE trial of either Boot Camp or Group Personal Training. Why not buy someone a gift voucher, whether for Boot Camp or PT?

Simply send in your details and one of our staff will contact you to arrange your session: contact us

Canberra Bootcamp with Shannan Ponton

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Hey all,

Well with Spring fast approaching and finally some warmer weather it si time to get yourself outside and enjoy it.

With a bit of light in the early mornings we will be heading outdoors in a few weeks for a new season of Spring Bootcamp, but places are strictly limited so register today to avoid missing out.

Simply email admin@succeed.com.au and put your name down today…

Here is a bit of footage from Shannan Ponton doing a Bootcamp Canberra session recently:

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Don’t forget only limited spaces for Spring Bootcamp Canberra!!!

Register today at: admin@succeed.com.au

Don’t Leave it too Late…

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

What are the common mistakes people make about setting those goals in spring – weather’s getting warmer and they panic and want to lose weight too fast etc?

• People try to go onto any ‘fad diet’ they can get their hands on, nothing beats clean healthy unprocessed foods. We have so much variety of fresh fruit and veggies at this time of year
• People start out to hard too fast with the training and end up getting injured. Pace yourself and build into the program.
• Most leave it too late… make the start NOW to make it all easier to achieve your fitness goals
 
What are ideal kinds of physical activities/exercise for spring here in Canberra?

• Anything outdoors. It is a beautiful time of year for outdoor training of any description (Boot Camp, running groups, bike riding, tennis etc)
• An movement will get the natural endorphins running and the desire to do more will increase naturally.
• Look for things that you as an individual enjoy ( too many to list here)
• Ideally you have a mix of some sort of strength training for healthy muscle tone, bone density and to aid in burning up unwanted bodyfat, along with a variety of cardiovascular training to help ward off any unwanted diseases, increase heart and lung health and of course burn up the fat.

How important is it to find an activity you actually enjoy?

• It is vital to find something you enjoy. If not you will get bored or frustrated very quickly and end up giving up ( as it is only about 7 – 9% of the population will make a start to a Spring Fitness Regime. Then only about 3 – 5% will stick to it), so it is vital to find activities that you enjoy to prolonge your fitness endevours.

What are the pros and cons of exercising with a friend?
Pros
• Accountability to that friend
•  more fun exercising with a friend
• Push each other harder
• Brings out the competitive spirit
Cons
• Reliability (having to meet them and they don’t turn up)
• May not train as hard as you do
• Might be more of a distraction/hinderance than help to your training
• Different levels of fitness (you might have to wait for them or vise versa)
8. How can people stay motivated to be physically active?
• Pretty much all the points above
• But people really need to find something they enjoy. Over time it will become a habit for them and they will just make it part of their busy life and schedule.
• Set your training around a time that is suitable. Don’t set the alarm for 5am if you are not a morning person, because you will be just kidding yourself and fall off the wagon quicker than you got on!!
• Join a group of likeminded people in your area. You will be more likely to stay physically active if you are with a group of people that are also working on the same goals.

Do you Need Cardio?

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Do You Really Need “Cardio” Workouts?

What is more effective?? Doing cardio workouts or weight training for losing fat…
 
In this post I am hoping to get you thinking differently, and trying new things.

Do you really need cardio training to get lean and in great shape?

Most fitness trainers, weekend warriors, or anyone trying to get in shape or lose body fat, consider it a fact that they need “cardio” exercise to burn up their fat and attain their these goals. They would never even question it.

In fact, you may be surprised to know that some of the leanest people I know (men and women), NEVER do any type of normal or traditional cardio. And I’ve spent over 15 years working out in various gyms in Australia, and hanging out with athletes of all sorts, so I’ve seen it all.

I will say that there can be a place for low-moderate level cardio for really overweight or deconditioned people, but even in those cases, there can be more effective methods.

What do most see “Cardio” as?

Most people would consider cardio to be riding to knowhere on a bike, or running on a treadmill, or cruising on an elliptical strider, while watching the TV screen at their state of the art gym. This is what I call “traditional cardio”. No wonder the majority of people get bored with their workouts and give up after a couple months without seeing results. On Average about 70% of people that take out a gym membership never use it more than a dozen times in a year.

But, “cardio” exercise can be considered any type of exercise or activity that strengthens the cardiovascular system. To keep it simple, if it gets your heart pumping, and gets you huffing and puffing, it’s cardio. I don’t care if you’re holding dumbbells or a barbell and everyone calls it a weight training exercise…it’s still conditioning your heart.

Let’s take a look at a couple examples:

 Take a barbell  clean & press for example (of which many of you have seen me do plenty of), which involves lifting a barbell from the floor up to shoulders, then push pressing overhead. And listen up ladies, because even though this is usually seen as a manly exercise, it doesn’t matter if you’re not lifting 100kg; if 15kg is challenging to you, then you will still benefit just as much.

At first glance, most people think of the barbell C&P only as a weight training exercise or strength exercise. However, I challenge you to do a hard set of around 15-20 reps on the C&P. If you used a challenging enough weight, what you’ll find is that your heart rate is probably up to about 80-90% of your recommended max (get a HR monitor and try it), and you are huffing and puffing like you just ran a 100-meter sprint (which by the way, sprinting kicks the crap out of jogging any day if you want the easiest way to lose the flab).

Try the same thing for a set of 20 reps of one-arm swings with each arm with a kettlebell or dumbbell, and tell me your legs aren’t burning, heart racing, and you’re gasping for breath. How about trying 5 minutes straight of bodyweight squats, lunges, and pushups with no rest. Again, notice your heart pounding, sweat pouring off of you, and chest heaving for breaths!

Try and tell me you’re not conditioning your heart with this style of training!

Conventional trainers and thinking says that these are weight training or strength training exercises. However, they are fulfilling your cardio workout needs as well (saving you time!).

Not only do you save time, but you strengthen and condition almost every muscle in your entire body with these full body functional movements if you do them with enough intensity…some thing that can’t be said for that boring stationary bike ride or treadmill jaunt while reading or watching TV.

Gone are the days of the boring 90 minute gym sessions. Doing one set and talking to your mates for three minutes before you do your next set. If you can sit and talk you are not training hard enough!

Work hard, get in, get out and see the fat just melting off you..

So what do I recommend??

Group sessions like: Boot Camp, Crossfit, Boxing, or find a very experienced trainer in your area to help you out with a program.

For those in Canberra that have never tried a session, you can come for FREE to one of our Boot Camps and get a feel of what it is really like. For the month of August we have $50 off our Boot Camp program so why not make it NOW to make the change?

Simply go to the contact us section above and leave your email and location.

Scott Williams

Women Over 40 – Fitness Secrets Part I

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

A blog post for all those women over 40 who still want to look good

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A blog post for all those women over 40 who still want to look good.

Are you over 40? Feeling like it is too late? What’s a woman to do?

 Sadly there isn’t a ‘magic formula’, but there is hope.

While it isn’t possible to ‘spot reduce’, which means to lose fat from specific target areas, (unless you resort to surgical procedures) you can do exercises that will help tighten those TROUBLE SPOTS.  Then, if you lose body fat, your problem areas will also be affected, giving you the look that you desire.

I find that many women in their forties experience weight gain around their stomach and backsides, specifically; their tummies and behinds, resulting in a thicker waist and wider hips.

Here are a few ‘SECRETS’ that you can employ to tap into the fountain of youth.  I promise, you can feel better than you did in your thirties, look your best, and have energy to spare.

GET OFF THE TREADMILL!

Yes, that is right.  If all you do on a treadmill (or any cardio machine) is long, slow, monotonous sessions, stop it!
Your body (and maybe a few pieces of equipment) is all you need.

The key and the way forward is that you must replace your long slow cardio sessions with short high intensity interval training sessions.

PUSH YOUR WEIGHT AROUND!

To lose body fat, every woman MUST add some resistance training to their workout regime.

Your GOAL is to add some muscle to your body.  Muscle is an active, calorie burning tissue that helps keep your metabolism going strong. The main reason why many over 40’s are gaining weight while eating the same quantity of food is that they’ve lost some lean muscle mass generally due to a more sedentary lifestyle.

It’s a fallacy that our metabolism will slow down as we age, thus leading to that inevitable ‘middle age spread’ as we gain fat.

By adding muscle building exercises 3-4 times a week, you will hold onto the muscle that you had in your twenties and thirties.  In fact, if you work hard, you can even build a little extra.

This doesn’t mean that you need to join a gym or buy expensive equipment. No, don’t worry you are not going to get muscles all over your body. The female body simply isn’t capable of that unless you train very specifically with that goal in mind.

 Using basic things like your body weight as resistance is often more than enough weight, and you will achieve a beautifully feminine body shape.

Here is a list of BENEFITS that you’ll get from a combination of weights & cardio:

  • You will burn more fat doing a combination of both
  • You will change the shape of your body quicker
  • You will boost your metabolism by retaining or building more muscle
  • You will increase strength, becoming more functional
  • You will build strong bones which will combat osteoporosis
  • You will improve joint stability and reduce the risk of injury

 This can be accomplished with a few simple exercise programs. Look up your local Boot Camp or get a trainer with plenty of experience to write you a program or go online and get an online Personal Trainer and program written for yourself if you wish?? We can help you out here, simply email my office and we will get you hooked up: admin@succeed.com.au or stay tuned for the NEW ‘Succeed Body Overhaul Program’ that will be on sale real soon….

Scott Williams

CEO, Succeed Personal Training

How to Avoid Falling off the Wagon – Part II

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

As promised, here are the 8 reasons why you fall off the fitness wagon:

 1. No focus: you didn’t set goals, you didn’t put your goals in writing, and or you didn’t keep your goals in mind daily (by reading them, affirming them, looking at a vision board, etc.)

 2. No priorities:  you may have set a goal, but you didn’t put it on or near the top of your priorities list. For example, your goal is six pack abs, but drinking beer and eating fast food on the weekend is higher on your priorities list than having a flat stomach.

 3. No support system: you tried to go at it alone; no buddy system, training partners, family, spouse, friends, mentors or coaches to turn to for information and emotional support when the going got tough.

 4. No Accountability: you didn’t keep score for your own accountability – with a progress chart, weight record, measurements, food journal, training journal, and you didn’t set up external accountability (ie, report to someone else or show your results to someone else)

 5. No patience: you were only thinking short term and had unrealistic expectations.  You expected 5 kg a week  or 2 kg a week, so the first week you lost “only” 1/2kg or hit a plateau, and you gave up.

 6. No planning: you winged it.  You walked into the gym without having a workout in hand, on paper, you didn’t plan your workouts into your weekly schedule; you didn’t have a menu on paper, you didn’t make time (so instead you made excuses, like “I’m too busy”)

 7. No balance: your diet or training program was too extreme. You went the all or nothing, “I want it now” route instead of the moderate, slow-and-steady wins the race route.

 8. No personalization: your nutrition or training program was the wrong one for you. It might have worked for someone else, but it didn’t suit your schedule, personality, lifestyle, disposition or body type.

 So there you have it – 8 mistakes that cause most people to fall off the wagon. Are you guilty of any of these? If so, the solutions are clear and simple:

 Focus on what you really want, prioritize the order, get support, don’t try to do it all on your own, be accountable, be patient, plan, balance and personalize.

Do you agree? Disagree? Do you have anything else you might like to add that causes you problems?

Scott Williams

CEO, Succeed Personal Development

For the Ladies – What is your Favourite Type of Training?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This one is for the ladies…

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What type of training do you prefer to do?? Let me know in the comments below. In the meantime have a read of my take on this matter.

If you’re a woman considering the possibility of exercising regularly, you may be wondering which type of fitness program is the most effective. I highly suggest that you give some serious thought to circuit style weight/ cardiovascular training. There are so many benefits to strength training regularly, particularly as you grow older. By training with weights or weight resistance, you will reduce signs and symptoms of numerous diseases and chronic conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, back pain and depression.

Many women shy away from the higher intensity circuit style weight training because they fear that they’ll end up looking like a muscular bodybuilder. This is physiologically impossible, since women lack the high levels of testosterone needed to “bulk up.” Rather than looking too muscular, you will become lean and toned. The muscle that you’ll build will burn far more calories than the fat you’re currently carrying around, which will result in your body becoming a calorie burning machine – even at rest.

As mentioned earlier, the benefits of circuit style strength and cardiovascular training go beyond physical beauty. Studies have shown that strength training can decrease pain associated with moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis by up to 43%, and will most definitely increase your muscle strength and physical performance. The effectiveness of weight training in reducing the pain of osteoarthritis is just as significant (if not more so) as some medications used to treat this condition.

Additionally, post-menopausal women can lose bone mass at a rate of 1%-2% annually. Not to worry; circuit style strength and cardiovascular training actually increases bone density and reduces the risk of fractures in women.

If you’re concerned with your weight, then this style of training plays a significant role in managing women’s weight. As stated earlier, the muscle you build will burn more of the calories you consume. This is due to the fact that muscle is actually an active tissue, which consumes calories; stored fat, however, uses very little energy and doesn’t help to burn your caloric consumption. If you commit to a regular exercise routine, incorporating circuit style strength and cardiovascular training, your metabolic rate can be increased by up to 15%, which will be tremendously helpful for weight loss, as well as long-term weight control. Yes, the reduction in weight is fantastic when it comes time to try on a dress for that special occasion, but with a leaner body, you’re also reducing your risk of heart disease, which is the number one killer of middle aged women.

While the benefits of circuit style strength and cardiovascular training are quite obvious with regard to your overall health, physical appearance and weight control, did you know that weight training can actually help your state of mind, as well? Researchers believe this is because the more you train, the greater the amount of endorphins women create (the natural feel good drug). They feel better when they’re stronger, and weight training also may produce a biochemical change in the brain. By regularly training with weights and cardiovascular combined, your self confidence and self-esteem will be greatly improved, which will likely lead to a tremendous improvement in your overall quality of life.

Perhaps you’re asking yourself, “Whatever happened to the importance of just aerobic exercise?” Well, aerobic and cardio exercises most definitely have a positive impact on your overall health; after all, these types of exercises help to maintain your heart and lungs and increase your cardiovascular fitness and endurance – but, walking, running and swimming simply do not complete the picture, yet when combined with moderate weight training, the benefits are huge.

 If you want a lean, toned body with excellent bone density and muscle mass, it’s highly recommended that you train in this style at least three times a week.

What is the ideal training type for women I hear you ask? Great question and the answer is to look for a Cross Fit, Boot Camp type of training or a small group PT session in your area (just google the words and city you are in), as the majority of these classes will already have the perfect combination of both worked out for you. Be weary of the gym, health club based classes as they only work your body in one area, and that is either justs weights or just cardio.

Go ahead and get started; a lean, toned and beautiful body can be yours if you’re willing to invest even a small amount of time and effort.

 Scott Williams

Australia’s Leading Fitness Expert

Contributor and writer for Health Smart Magazine, Readers Digest

Shin Splints

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Hey everybody

Have been getting a few people at Succeed Boot Camp Canberra complain about shin soreness (shin splints), so I thought it easier to just post it up for you. Got my Business Partner Shaun to write one up for you:

What Are Shin Splints?

Shin splints is the general name given to pain at the front of the lower leg. Shin splints is not a diagnosis in itself but a description of symptoms of which there could be a number of causes. The most common cause is inflammation of the periostium of the tibia (sheath surrounding the bone). Traction forces occur from the muscles of the lower leg causing shin pain and inflammation. 

What are the main symptoms of Shin Splints? How do I know if I have them?

  • Tenderness over the inside of the shin.
  • Lower leg pain which goes after a period of rest but comes back when running starts again.
  • Sometimes some swelling.
  • Lumps and bumps may be felt when feeling the inside of the shin bone.
  • Pain when the toes or foot are bent downwards.
  • Redness over the inside of the shin.
  • Aching of the the inside of the lower leg.

If I Have Shin Splints, how do I get rid of it?

Unfortunately for Boot Campers and workout junkies, the best treatment for Shin Splints is plenty of rest and staying off your feet. Treatment for shin splints usually is as simple as reducing pain and inflammation. Then identifying training and biomechanical problems which may have helped cause the injury initially, restoring muscles to their original condition and gradually returning to training.

Some tips to get rid of Shin Splints………….

  • Rest to allow the injury to heal. 
  • Apply ice in the early stages (20 – 30 min on, 10 off), particularly when it is very painful. Ice reduces pain and inflammation. 
  • Stretch the muscles of the lower leg. In particular the tibialis posterior is associated with shin splints. 
  • Wear shock absorbing insoles in shoes. This helps reduce the shock on the lower leg. 
  • Maintain fitness with other non weight bearing exercises such as swimming, cycling or running in water. 
  • Apply heat and use a heat retainer or shin and calf support after the initial acute stage and particularly before training. This can provide support and compression to the lower leg helping to reduce the strain on the muscles. It will also retain the natural heat which causes blood vessels to dilate and increases the flow of blood to the tissues. 
  • Visit a physio/sports injury clinic for treatment and rehabilitation.

What can a sports injury clinic or physio do that you cannot do by yourself or with Succeed?

  • Prescribe anti-inflammatory medication. (Always consult a doctor before taking medication).
  • Tape the ankle for support. – They can show you correct taping techniques. Taping worn all day will allow the shin to rest properly by taking the pressure off the muscle attachments.
  • Perform an analysis to determine if you overpronate or oversupinate
  • Use sports massage techniques on the posterior deep muscle compartment but help avoid inflammation

IMPORTANT NOTE!!!!

Anti inflammatory drugs along with rest and ice can help reduce inflammation, particularly in the early stages. However if the underlying causes such as tight muscles are not treated through stretching and sports massage techniques then the likelihood of the injury returning is higher. 

STRETCHES TO PREVENT/REHAB SHIN SPLINTS 

Kneeling ankle stretch

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  • Kneel on both knees with your bum over both heels and feet extended back.
  • Slowly sit down on heels – or as far as you can go toward them, it shouldn’t hurt. Try not to sit between ankles.
  • Hold the position for 20-30 seconds and repeat as needed.

Tip: If you suffer from knee problems this may not be a good stretch for you. 

Soleus Stretch

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  • Put your foot up against a wall
  • Push your knee is towards the wall
  • Should feel a stretch up your Achilles and in your soleus muscle
  • Hold for 30sec – 1min 

Tip: Ankle Flexibility will determine the extent of the stretch

General Calve Stretch 

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  • Place Both Hands up against a solid wall
  • Place one foot forward underneath your arms with foot flat on the ground
  • Place one foot back, flat on the ground.
  • Transfer all your bodyweight toward your hands
  • Keeping your back heel on the ground, by leaning forward you should feel a stretch in your calf/ gastrocnemius muscle
  • Hold for 30 seconds to 1 min

Scott Williams

CEO Succeed Personal Development 

Pre Boot Camp Canberra Plan

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Welcome to Succeed Bootcamp!

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 I realise that many of you have started this week, but many are still on holiday’s.

Before you embark on the 12 week program, or if you are coming back from a lay off, there are a few procedures and pointers that will make the ‘transition period’ a little smoother and less of a shock to the system.

 Getting up early

 If your body is not accustomed to early rises, then this is generally the biggest adjustment you will have to make. After all, it has been said that “80% of success is just showing up!”.

 In the weeks preceding the start of Bootcamp, try getting up at 5.45 and doing some gentle exercise (see point below for more on this) – this will start to get your body accustomed to the early starts and activity levels.

 Remember, our brains (and therefore our bodies) operate on routine and habit – the sooner these habits can be created the better!

 Get Moving

 Just like the early starts, it is important that you commence (if you are not already doing regular exercise) some light activity over the next few weeks. This will help get your body into the habit of exercising and again make the ‘transition phase’ a lot easier.

 Light activity can include:

  • Walking
  • Light jog
  • Bike ride

  Fluid Intake

 It is vital that you replace the fluids that you lose whilst exercising. Like the two points above, drinking plenty of water is a habit that needs to be established if it is not already.

 Aim to drink at least one glass of water before leaving for Bootcamp, and always ensure that you have a full drink bottle with you. Consume water at every rest break you are given, and then aim to have another two glasses of water before you go to work.

 Should I eat breakfast before or after Bootcamp?

 Eating before exercising first thing in the morning is something that is different for everyone. Some people find they can’t function without some food in their stomach, whilst others find that they feel nauseous if they do eat.

 In the week leading up to Bootcamp, try both methods and work out what is best for you. When you do eat, choose light foods that will not sit heavily in your stomach, such as:

  • Yoghurt
  • Banana
  • Toast

 See how your body responds whilst you perform your exercise. Based on this, you will have a plan of attack for Bootcamp week 1!