Posts Tagged ‘Cardiovascular’

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

My Top 9 Tips for you to burn BODYFAT

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Succeed Personal Training Fat Loss Tips

Here are my top 9 tips to burn the bodyfat up fast…

fire

1. Warm up thoroughly – Warming up increases blood flow to muscles by about 55%, giving you better muscle contraction. You’ll sweat earlier, which helps to regulate your body temperature. It also jump starts the neuromuscular connection which initiates the release of carbohydrate and fat enzymes and hormones while reducing your perceived exertion during strength training. Just 5 minutes of walking or cycling will meet this requirement.

2. Vary your exercises – Alternate between two or more cardiovascular activities like walking and cycling or kickboxing and step aerobics, or a cardiovascular activity plus a strength exercise.This will help to optimally develop your cardiovascular fitness, maintain the element of fun in exercise, help you avoid over-training, as well as injury. Bottom line, you will expend more calories. Gone are the days to just come and sit on the bike or treadmill.

3. Variety – Use a combination of continuous,high intensity  interval, circuit and Fartlek (speed play) training. Changing techniques forces your body to adapt and become more efficient. Vary the intensity and modify impact styles every session. For example, if you have been walking the same path at the same pace every day, begin to incorporate bursts of acceleration intermittently. The underlying principle is that change is what keeps the body progressing, making improvements and burning fat.

4. Circuit Train – Perform several strengthening exercises interspersed with a short cardio segments. For example perform a leg press, lateral pull down and abdominal crunch followed by 2 minutes of cycling. Then repeat another 3 strength exercises followed by 3 minutes of running. Circuit training has a lower dropout rate, is an efficient calorie burner, increases muscular strength and decreases body fat.

5. Strength Train with Multi Joint  functional exercises – Choose exercises that work compound muscle groups – meaning more than one muscle group at a time. This will give you the most mileage per exercise. Examples include squats, lunges, and push ups. For every kg of muscle on your body you need 35 to 50 calories per day to sustain it, while every kg of fat on your body requires only a modest 2 calories per day.

6. Exercise first thing in the morning – Morning exercisers have a higher likelihood of showing up. Later in the day, the odds that you’ll skip your workout increase as interruptions arise and fatigue sets in. Morning exercise also helps regulate your hormone response, telling your body to release fat and kick start your metabolism. Not a guarantee, but a better chance to burn more bodyfat.

7. Eat a “pre training” meal prior to working out – Having a small balanced meal prior to exercise will help you burn fat. After you eat, your blood sugar rises and exercise acts like insulin to help regulate blood glucose. Eating will also give you the energy for a more intense workout – you will therefore burn more calories. Needs to be about 1 ½ hours before training.

8. Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day – Food has a thermic effect, meaning it takes energy (calories) for your body to digest the food you eat. Eating several times throughout the day increases the thermic effect, so you burn more calories. Eating more often also keeps you from feeling like you are being deprived of food and prevents hunger from setting in, which can cause you to binge eat.

9. Train with intensity – To get the full benefits of exercise, you must graduate from the “pink weights” and moderate walking. Do not be afraid to increase your resistance and challenge your muscles and cardiovascular system. In order to change, you have to push your physical limits beyond what you are accustomed to.

What are some tips that have worked well for you?

Let me know in the area below…

Scott

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

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

This one is for the ladies…

succeed-fitness-ladies-session

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

Want to do Away with Boring Cardio?

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Hey All Fitness Fanatics,

bored-kid-running

If you are like me, you seem to have less time throughout the day yet you have twice as much to do!

Well I know that is my world anyway.

We all understand the importance of exercise and what it does for you (I won’t go into details in this post, I am sure you have heard them all before).

I now get up at 4.30am every morning and do not hit the pillow till about 1am most nights ( is anyone else working these hours?)….

Anyway, out of all your training I can guarantee that cardio is taking up most of your time. If you are like the 74% of the Australian community that still train this way…

Well I am here to tell you:

The way of cardio is changing

 Gone are the days of long distance time consuming ( 40 + minutes) ‘boring’ walks/cardio. There is more and more research showing the greater benefits of doing a higher intensity session over a short period of time rather than the slow ‘old fashioned’ way.

What is the best I here you ask??

There is no exact best way to do cardio, other than being prepared to do what it takes to get the results.

Remember if we keep doing the same thing we will keep getting the same results!

Interval training is really starting to take over the fitness world with such benefits of shorter workouts, better results more body fat burnt just to name a few.

Crossfitworkouts (for those that have the heart), I will put you through a session with me for you to try it out.

You may end up like this though:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NcUgTD3GFE

I am not an advocate of low intensity cardiovascular, but it still does have its place at certain times for various people (not everyone can do high intensity).

There are a multitude of ways you can increase your intensity (running, varying your walking speed, mixing up the weights session). 

 It has been shown that high intensty cardio will maintain more lean muscle mass, build your endurance, boost your metabolism during and after exercie and burn more body fatthan low intensity cardio will do.

What I do want to talk about is that here at Succeed we have listened to you, our clients and your demands on the day to day grind.

So we have created a much more effective way for you to train.

You can read about our new program here:

http://www.succeed.com.au/personal-training/

Get a small group together and or join an existing group of our * Brand New* GPTXpress Training Program.

Simply click here for more information.

P.S. you can read about it here: Succeed GPTXpress Fitness Training Solution

Scott Williams

CEO, Succeed Personal Training

Contributor for Health Smart, Tony Ferguson and Readers Digest Magazines

The Last Two Training Sessions

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

Just a quick post to give you a rundown on Friday and Saturday’s training sessions.

Friday saw me have a go at one of the foundation girls of Cross Fit in Angie.

I have to say that Angie is not a very nice girl. You have to complete each exercise before you move on to the next one.

Angie

100 x chin ups

100 x push ups

100 x sit ups

100 x air squats

This is a time based challenge to be finished as quick as possible, and I really sucked at this one…. As much as it wasn’t really a cardiovascular based fitness session I really struggled. Once I had gotten to a certain number the muscles just wouldn’t contract to keep going and I found myself having to rest just to get two or three reps out at a time. 

man-exhausted-in-the-gym

Time: 24.30

Avg HR: 122

Calories: 249

 

 

Saturday saw me back at the Devil’s Den for another session with the boys (wish  had stayed at home)… I was a bit nervous as I had missed last weeks training session.

The cross fit session was made up of:

20 x 30kg push press ( standing shoulder press)

20 x squats

20 x push ups

20 x lunges

20 x burpees ( my fault I got these, when he asked what I wanted I said to lay down)

I have to say this was also a killer muscular wise. I felt ok with the caardiovascular, but I just couldn’t get my muscles to work at all and found myself having to rest to complete sets…

Time: 17.52

Avg HR: 163

Calories: 305

It was a great session and one I will definitely come back to at some stage.

I also had one of my Personal Training clients getting ready for the City to Surf and I had her do a modified version of

one of the cross fit sessions on Saturday morning and she was awesome. Well done girl…

Good luck to all of our clients heading to the City to Surf. I am sure you will all do yourselves and Succeed proud.

Scott Williams Succeed CEO & Personal Trainer

Stupid Ideas

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

I am not sure where I get these stupid ideas.

Before I even started yesterday I was still sore from Monday’s session. I had already taken Tuesday off to recover, but in my stupidity I thought I will push through and train…. and then to top it off I decided to do two sessions with 10 a minute break in between ( not the best idea I have come up with).

Within the Cross Fit world they call each session a WOD ( workout of the day). Due to the fact that the first one only took four minutes, I thought I might squeeze a second one in.

BAD IDEA

WOD 1 was deadlifts & hand stand push ups. Three sets at 21 reps, 15 reps, 9 reps for time.

85kg Deadlift (was supposed to 105kg but I was a bit soft) 21,15, 9

Hand Stand Push Ups 21, 15, 9

Time: 4.10

Avg HR: 151

Calories: 61

WOD 2 I decided to do a 4km time trial. For those that know me know that I really SUCK at running. If you know how to work out the timing on a treadmill it has taken me over 5 minutes each kilometre, which is slow I know, but hey doing the best I can without dying here….

Time: 20.10

Avg HR: 167

Calories: 357

Wish I looked like this guy below….

man-running

In saying that this was a stupid idea I actually recovered quite well this morning, although I am still quite sore all over. Not sure what today’s training will bring???

Any way I have a couple of my Personal Training clients wanting to do a modified version of Cross Fit this morning, so I am heading off to put them through their paces ( I will be taking photos today and will post them tomorrow).

By the way I am heading off to go through the process of getting the official qualifications for Cross Fit, although you could say it is a modified version of Personal Training or Boot camp ( another name really). It is still a grey area for legal purposes like the name Boot camp is,  but I really like it and it is something that I would like to teach.

Stay tuned in the coming months for some big news from the Succeed Team in Canberra!!!

Scott Williams Succeed CEO & Personal Trainer

The Personal Trainers Living HELL

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Well I thought it was time to head back and have a go at the very first cross fit session I completed a month ago, to evaluate how, if I have progressed…

The main problem is that I have gotten stronger and a bit fitter over the last month so I decided to try body weight chin ups and full squat, bum to ball which I didn’t do last time.

Only lasted two sets on the body weight chins before heading to the assisted machine.

I am still in a world of hurt two days later. I have to say this session has caused the most muscular pain I have felt in many years.

Air Squatairsquat

Here is the rundown on the session again:

1000m Rower

100 Chins

200 Push Ups

300 Air Squats

1000m Rower

As with the first attempt I broke the exercises down to 10, 20, 30 respectfully.

Comparison from one moth ago:

1st attempt – 34.04, 602 calories, Avg HR 161

2nd attempt -32.56, 559 calories, Avg HR 163

As you can see I have beaten the previous time by 1 min & 8 seconds, which is a very long time in this style of training.

I burnt less calories ( suggesting I am getting fitter), and I managed to work at a higher Avg Hr as well which is a great sign for such a long session.

Overall this session is an absolute killer. I have a few new Succeed Personal Training clients wanting to start up with me that are quite fit, so I believe I will do a modified version on them just for fun….

Scott Williams, Succeed CEO and Personal Trainer Canberra

Why you Should Weight Train

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

By: Scott Williams

Want to get a whole lot more out of life?

golf

 By undertaking a strength program you can help to combat diabetes, and it is a well known fact strength training improves glucose tolerance in people who have type II (adult onset) diabetes. Strength training combined with a sensible diet can level out glucose levels to the stage where a person with type II diabetes is no longer dependant on insulin.

 A combined weight training and cardiovascular program elevates your resting metabolic rate, which helps burn more calories at rest ( a good thing). The more muscle the body has the faster the metabolism works! Between the ages of 20 and 40 the average woman loses 3.6kg of muscle and gains 10kg of fat. Men between 20 and 80 lose up to a quarter of their muscle mass. Studies show, people doing a combined program can increase strength by 43% in the arms and shoulders and 22% increase in leg strength.

 Weight training also benefits people with arthritis as it gives a reduction in joint pain and fatigue and a big gain in strength. Recent studies conducted at Tufts University and The University of Nebraska, both show that strength training work caused significant declines in arthritis activity.

 Weight training develops muscle strength that supports the joints.

 WHAT YOU DON’T USE…. YOU’LL LOSE– as we get older our muscle and bone density decrease, weight training can turn all this around as it stimulates new tissue growth for both the muscles & bones ( a very good thing). On average people who lift weights and do regular cardiovascular exercise, have bones that are 46% more dense than our sedentary counterparts.

 Research shows that weight training causes fewer heart symptoms. It yields better coronary artery flow, greater muscle strength and less fatigue. It is scientifically proven that just by starting a weights program you can cut the risk of heart disease by up to 23%.

 Just by doing some basic weights/exercise, it can make simple tasks like carrying groceries, getting up & down or in and out of a car become much easier.

shopping

 By exercising regularly you will have more energy, sleep better, be more alert and become more active.

 Exercise doesn’t need to be complicated – it just needs to be regular. The following are some examples of how exercising can be made easier:

  • – organise fellow staff members for lunch time activities – bootcamp classes, various sports
  • – start a walking/running club at lunchtimes
  • – participate in a workplace fitness program
  • – join a local health club
  • – hire a Personal Trainer
  • – increase incidental exercise (ie. park the car further away, walk to work, take the stairs not the elevator)

 If you would like to organise a staff exercise program, or an exercise program for yourself, please do not hesitate to email me with your enquiry.

Beginners Guide to Fitness

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

What to do when you are ready to get in shape?

So you are finally ready to turn from your couch potato ways, and trade your T.V. remote in for a dumbbell! Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of fitness! I commend you on your resolve to lose weight and get into shape! Now where do you begin? These days there sure is a lot of talk about diet and fitness, whether it is a new diet pill or piece of exercise equipment. It is enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to confuse the beginner. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple tips to go from being a fitness beginner to a pro!

TIP #1: GET MOVING

The first thing you need to do, as a fitness beginner, is to start moving! I mean this literally. Get up, and walk out your front door. Now walk down the street. Now turn the corner. Keep going! Do you get the picture? Start introducing your body to fitness by going on walks. These walks will probably start out slow and short, but before you know it they will be brisk and long. Try to work up a sweat as you tour the neighborhood. Make it a habit to wake up early to go on your walk, or consistently go on a walk before you go to bed. These walks will get you to start burning calories each day, and will also begin to build your cardiovascular endurance.

TIP #2: STRETCH

Once you become a pro at walking, you will need to add something new to your routine. Stretch before and after your walks. Start by reaching down to touch your toes and holding it for 30 seconds. You will feel tightness on the backs of your legs, in your hamstrings. Now place your palm against a wall at chest level and turn your body away from it. As you hold this for 30 seconds you will feel a stretch in your chest. Most inactive people have tight hamstring and chest muscles due to prolonged sitting, so it should be your priority to stretch these muscles out. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this will do for your posture!

TIP #3: CLEAN YOUR DIET

Fitness professionals like to claim that 80% of what your body looks like is directly related to what you eat. In other words, if you are eating burgers and fries and visiting the gym everyday, you are still going to look like you are eating burgers and fries! It is time to clean up your diet, so you can continue on your fast track to fitness.

  • Rule #1: No more fast food. Fast food is cheap, available, and quick, but it is far from healthy. You are better off avoiding it completely.
  • Rule #2: Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Your body needs the nutrients found in these foods, and they will fill you up without empty calories.
  • Rule #3: Eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2 large ones. This will keep your metabolism high all day, and turn you into a calorie-burning machine!

TIP#4: FIND A GYM & PERSONAL TRAINER

After you have mastered walking, stretching, and have started to clean up your diet, you are ready to join a gym. Don’t be intimidated or scared of this concept, the gym is a friendly place where people go to burn calories and build muscle! Find a local gym that has a convenient location near your home or work place. The key to making your gym membership worth its monthly dues is to use it consistently. Go to the gym no less than three times a week. While you are there begin a resistance training program as well as a cardiovascular program.

TIP #5: FIND A BUDDY

There is no better motivator to get you to the gym than knowing that someone is there waiting for you. If you find yourself slacking off in your workouts, or skipping the gym, a workout buddy might be just what you need. Find a friend with whom you share similar fitness goals, and become workout buddies. Agree to meet three times a week at the gym, and encourage each other throughout your workout. You will find that this makes workouts motivating and fun.

There you have it, all you need to know to get yourself up off the coach and into a healthy, fit lifestyle! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I wish you all the best.

Looking for a trainer in the Canberra area? Then look us up at: www.succeed.com.au and you will receive a FREE Personal Training session with one of our professional staff.

Beginners Guide to Fitness

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

What to do when you are ready to get in shape?

So you are finally ready to turn from your couch potato ways, and trade your T.V. remote in for a dumbbell! Congratulations, and welcome to the wonderful world of fitness! I commend you on your resolve to lose weight and get into shape! Now where do you begin? These days there sure is a lot of talk about diet and fitness, whether it is a new diet pill or piece of exercise equipment. It is enough to make your head spin, and certainly enough to confuse the beginner. Take a deep breath, and follow these simple tips to go from being a fitness beginner to a pro!

TIP #1: GET MOVING

The first thing you need to do, as a fitness beginner, is to start moving! I mean this literally. Get up, and walk out your front door. Now walk down the street. Now turn the corner. Keep going! Do you get the picture? Start introducing your body to fitness by going on walks. These walks will probably start out slow and short, but before you know it they will be brisk and long. Try to work up a sweat as you tour the neighborhood. Make it a habit to wake up early to go on your walk, or consistently go on a walk before you go to bed. These walks will get you to start burning calories each day, and will also begin to build your cardiovascular endurance.

TIP #2: STRETCH

Once you become a pro at walking, you will need to add something new to your routine. Stretch before and after your walks. Start by reaching down to touch your toes and holding it for 30 seconds. You will feel tightness on the backs of your legs, in your hamstrings. Now place your palm against a wall at chest level and turn your body away from it. As you hold this for 30 seconds you will feel a stretch in your chest. Most inactive people have tight hamstring and chest muscles due to prolonged sitting, so it should be your priority to stretch these muscles out. You will be pleasantly surprised at what this will do for your posture!

TIP #3: CLEAN YOUR DIET

Fitness professionals like to claim that 80% of what your body looks like is directly related to what you eat. In other words, if you are eating burgers and fries and visiting the gym everyday, you are still going to look like you are eating burgers and fries! It is time to clean up your diet, so you can continue on your fast track to fitness.

  • Rule #1: No more fast food. Fast food is cheap, available, and quick, but it is far from healthy. You are better off avoiding it completely.
  • Rule #2: Eat 5 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables everyday. Your body needs the nutrients found in these foods, and they will fill you up without empty calories.
  • Rule #3: Eat 4-5 small meals a day, rather than 2 large ones. This will keep your metabolism high all day, and turn you into a calorie-burning machine!

TIP#4: FIND A GYM & PERSONAL TRAINER

After you have mastered walking, stretching, and have started to clean up your diet, you are ready to join a gym. Don’t be intimidated or scared of this concept, the gym is a friendly place where people go to burn calories and build muscle! Find a local gym that has a convenient location near your home or work place. The key to making your gym membership worth its monthly dues is to use it consistently. Go to the gym no less than three times a week. While you are there begin a resistance training program as well as a cardiovascular program.

TIP #5: FIND A BUDDY

There is no better motivator to get you to the gym than knowing that someone is there waiting for you. If you find yourself slacking off in your workouts, or skipping the gym, a workout buddy might be just what you need. Find a friend with whom you share similar fitness goals, and become workout buddies. Agree to meet three times a week at the gym, and encourage each other throughout your workout. You will find that this makes workouts motivating and fun.

There you have it, all you need to know to get yourself up off the coach and into a healthy, fit lifestyle! Making the decision to get into shape will be the best one you make in your life, and I wish you all the best.

Looking for a trainer in the Canberra area? Then look us up at: www.succeed.com.au and you will receive a FREE Personal Training session with one of our professional staff.